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FOUNDATIONFOCUS

BY BRUCE LANDSBERG
PRESIDENT, AOPA FOUNDATION

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of the Air Care Alliance and pushing the Let’s Go Flying message, this initiative is highlighting charitable groups that are served by aviation and encouraging people to take flying lessons. These stories demonstrate that private flying is both accessible to ordinary people and a tremendous force for good. In recent months, we’ve seen the fruits of these efforts with dozens of stories in media markets of all sizes. On the national scene, CNN recently aired Back then, “avocado” was both a food and a desirsegments on the Veterans Airlift Command and local coverage in Michigan highlighted a Wings able color for your kitchen, and double-knit Bruce Landsberg was polyester was a stylish choice for clothing. Need of Mercy flight for a student who is receiving treatnamed president I say more? ment for brain cancer. of the AOPA Even in the aviation world we need to rethink At the AOPA Foundation we’re also funding a Foundation in our image from time to time—and that’s just one project to provide pilots with the tools they need 2010. of the efforts under way at the AOPA Foundation to answer questions from the media, whether they are speaking to reporters after an accident these days. The AOPA Foundation is probably best known for the Air or promoting an airport open house in their community. Safety Institute, whose online and in-person courses and What kind of information are reporters looking for? What seminars help tens of thousands of pilots fly safely year after information and statistics should I have ready before an interyear. But that’s by no means all the AOPA Foundation does. We view? How do I deal with sticky situations? Of course, few pilots fund a wide variety of programs designed to protect airports, ever expect to be the subject of media interviews, and AOPA’s grow the pilot population, enhance safety, and, yes, improve media relations team is always available to talk to the press. the image of general aviation. And then there’s the need to clarify just what general This last area can be especially challenging, not so much aviation is and what it does. Pilots often discover that friends because general aviation has a negative image outside the and colleagues are unclear about what comprises GA. It’s always flying community—although that is the case in some com- been easy to define general aviation by what it is not—it’s not munities—but because so many people are blissfully unaware the airlines or the military. But let’s face it, that doesn’t mean that GA even exists, at least right up until the moment there’s much to nonpilots who have no way of knowing what’s left. a high-profile accident or someone decides to vilify private Then there’s the question of what general aviation does. flying as the exclusive perk of overpaid executives. Most people outside of aviation have no idea how much chariImproving GA’s image means making the media and the table flying GA does, nor would they guess that critical services public aware of general aviation and the many ways it serves like air ambulance, law enforcement, search and rescue, firethe people of the United States. In that context, unfortunate fighting, and more are all part of general aviation flying. How accidents can be viewed as just that, and business flying can about aircraft? If you ask a nonpilot about the types of airbe appreciated for the flexibility and efficiency it offers. If planes flown by GA, they probably think of something such as you’ve been around AOPA for a while, you’re already famil- a Piper Cub or a luxurious jet. They simply have no exposure iar with the General Aviation Serves America campaign to the many, many types of aircraft in between. By providing the tools pilots need to explain what general launched a few years back to help promote GA. Today, the focus of that effort has shifted from advocacy to education aviation is—and not just what it isn’t—this program allows and the whole effort is now under the purview of the AOPA AOPA members and others to make meaningful presentaFoundation. tions for Rotary Clubs, Chamber of Commerce groups, local Under the GA Serves America initiative, the AOPA Founda- decision makers, and others who could benefit from a deeper tion is funding programs that will raise awareness of general understanding of aviation in their communities. aviation among nonpilots, teach pilots how to communicate Those of us who fly already know just how much general effectively with the media, and promote positive stories about aviation has to offer everyone. Now we have a responsibility the varied ways GA serves all Americans. to share that knowledge so GA can be appreciated for all that With funding from the AOPA Foundation, a public rela- it is and does. tions initiative is informing local, regional, and national media about the many good works performed by the general aviation Your generous contributions to the AOPA Foundation fund these community every day. By working closely with the members efforts to enhance the image of GA (www.aopa.org/foundation). 34 • APRIL 2012

ow and again, we all need to update our image. Why? If you’re old enough to remember the 1970s, you probably know the answer.

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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012

AOPA Turbine Pilot Magazine - April 2012
Contents
President’s Position
Hangar Talk
AOPA Media
AOPA Action
Letters
Waypoints
Proficient Pilot
Foundation Focus
License to Learn
Pilot Counsel
Fly Well
Pilot Briefing
L–39: Cool Flying. ’Nuff Said.
Flying a ‘Real’ Jet
For Pax Sake
Mentoring Matters: FARs for Jets
Trouble for Throttle Jockeys
Turbine Market Shows Mixed Signals
Glass Cockpits: Moving Targets
LSA: Big Foot Kitfox
Survival Mode
Aerial Amazement
Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Calm in Chaos
Rebirth of the Pioneer RV
Revisiting a Tragedy
Bouncing Back
Technique: Mountain Majesties
Tougher Than a Tornado Sweepstakes: Setting the Hook
Products: A Range of Rescue Devices
Wx Watch: Radar Revolution
Dogfight: Time On Their Hands
Never Again
Fly-Outs
Fly by Wire
Pilots
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - AOPA Turbine Pilot Magazine - April 2012
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Cover2
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 1
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Contents
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 3
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - President’s Position
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 5
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Hangar Talk
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 7
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 8
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - AOPA Media
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 11
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - AOPA Action
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Letters
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 27
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Waypoints
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 29
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Proficient Pilot
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 31
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 32
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 33
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Foundation Focus
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 35
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - License to Learn
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 37
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Pilot Counsel
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 39
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Fly Well
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 41
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Pilot Briefing
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - I1
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - I2
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 49
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - LSA: Big Foot Kitfox
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Survival Mode
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Aerial Amazement
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 73
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Calm in Chaos
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 75
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 76
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 77
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 78
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Rebirth of the Pioneer RV
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 80
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 81
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 82
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Revisiting a Tragedy
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 84
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 85
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 86
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Bouncing Back
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 88
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 88a
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 88b
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 89
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 90
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Technique: Mountain Majesties
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 92
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Tougher Than a Tornado Sweepstakes: Setting the Hook
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 94
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Products: A Range of Rescue Devices
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 96
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Wx Watch: Radar Revolution
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 98
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 99
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Dogfight: Time On Their Hands
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 101
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Never Again
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 103
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 104
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 105
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Fly-Outs
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Fly by Wire
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 108
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Pilots
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