News & Information You’ll Want To Know In
Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska & Iowa
by Yasmina Platt
Manager, AOPA Central Southwest Region
It was great seeing many of you at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth in October. Thank you for making it a great event! While it may be our last AOPA Summit for now, I am excited that AOPA will be holding six “Regional Fly-Ins” around the country in 2014, in addition to interacting more at other grassroots events. It means I will get to see more of you, more often.
The goal of an AOPA Regional Fly-In is to create a positive, grassroots relational experience for our members and the local aviation community, to promote the value of general aviation, and to draw positive attention to the local airport and its value to the local community. Exact locations and dates are expected to be announced in January. Watch for your January issue of AOPA Pilot Magazine for details.
We are currently in the pre-selection process, identifying and contacting airports, to ensure that we cover as much of the country as we can, in areas that are easy to get to and have all the facilities and space we need. We are also considering locations that are family friendly and ideal spots for weekend getaways.
The events will be free to all attendees and the public. They will be held on Saturdays and we hope most of you will fly in and bring friends and family along.
While all seven regional managers have been very involved since the program started in 2012, this new direction is going to give us an even better opportunity to help fulfill President Baker’s vision. To learn more about the Regional Manager Program, read Bob Minter’s blog: http://blog.aopa.org/advocacy/meet-the-aopa-regional-managers/. Bob is my counterpart in the Southern Region.
To stay current on developments in our region or your specific state, visit http://www.aopa.org/Advocacy/Airports-and-State-Advocacy.aspx or follow me on Twitter @AOPACentralSW.