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FLYING CLUBS INITIATIVE, WHERE IT'S GOING
AOPA started on this project
about one year ago, announced its intentions publicly at AOPA Summit
last October, and is now setting out on an effort to grow the nationwide
collection of 650 independent flying clubs into 1,000 networked aviation
Like many large successful organizations that
attempt to collect people -- and money -- to support a common cause,
AOPA has found its critics regarding what it does and how it spends its
money. But Adam Smith, who originally joined the cause as a consultant
for the project and now serves as senior vice president of AOPA's Center to Advance
the Pilot Community, is frank about his assessment of the
association's flying clubs initiative. "If this isn't classic
association work," says Smith, "I don't know what is."
want to obscure our work with dollar signs," Smith said to AVweb
this week. "AOPA isn't coming at this from a financial perspective."
AOPA is well aware that successfully building a national network of
grass-roots flight clubs wouldn't be bad for the organization and could
present opportunity for growth. But done right -- by facilitating more
affordable access to more aircraft for more people -- the effort could
bring benefits to aviation as a whole that may be similarly undeniable.
It's that mix of motivation and benefit that could make possible the
idea of nearly doubling the number of flying clubs. And nearly doubling
the number of flying clubs is only the short term goal. As Smith says,
"There are 5,100 public-use airports in the country. Why wouldn't we
want a flying club at each one?" There are, of course, some significant
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COLLISIONS: THE MYTH AND THE MATH
Few chapters in the great book of safe
flying are as incomplete and misleading as guidance for avoiding mid-air
collisions. In over 50 years of active flying, I have not yet seen any
information accurately describing a workable method ensuring awareness
and avoidance of mid-air collisions for the general aviation pilot. In
fact, the FAA's well-meaning rules and guidance may be dysfunctional
seeds of disaster, sown early in a pilot's flying career, later leading
to a mid-air collision.
It's actually a familiar story: Concepts
based on intuitive assumptions instead of empirical knowledge
so often become concrete and immutable. The pilot's ability to
see and be seen is one of the most profound of all safety myths, and
understanding why pilots are not always able to meet this obligation
will help avoid complacency, motivating us all to compensate for
deficiencies in the system. Let's get started.
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CIRRUS AIMS FOR THE FUTURE
At Cirrus Aircraft this week,
Pat Waddick moved up through the ranks to take on the job of
president, while Dale Klapmeier will retain his title as CEO.
AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with both of them about their vision for
dealing with the challenges and opportunities ahead. More...
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