AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2020 - 6

PRESIDENT'S POSITION

Turning the calendar

BY MARK BAKER
President and CEO

Thanks for your support in this difficult year

AOPA President
MARK BAKER is a
commercial pilot
with single- and
multiengine land
and seaplane
ratings, and a
rotorcraft rating.

AS WE ENTER DECEMBER, the final chapter of this tumultuous year, I can't say I am sad to see it go. With the
pandemic, many small businesses closing, protests, and
political tension, it hasn't been an easy year for any of
us, personally or professionally.
In the aviation industry, tens of thousands of airline employees have been laid off as major carriers have
lost billions in revenue. And although general aviation
is doing fairly well, it will take several years for our airline counterparts to get back to pre-pandemic levels.
When contemplating all these issues, I find solace in flying; it's my time to think and appreciate how
blessed I am to have the freedoms that I do-namely
the freedom to fly. Since 1939, AOPA has stayed true to
that mission, laid out by its founding fathers. We have
continued advocating on behalf of our members, educating leaders and policy makers alike, and supporting
activities that ensure the long-term health of GA. We've
done so in great times and down times. And while some
of our initiatives have changed over the years, the core
of our mission remains the same.
I was not able to meet with many of you face to face
at AOPA and industry events this year, but I am hopeful
we will make up for it in 2021. As we bid a not-so-fond
adieu to 2020, I am excited to share our major priorities for the year ahead.
As many of you know, ramp and pricing transparency at airports and FBOs has been a long-term goal
for AOPA. I believe online transparency of FBO ramp
fees, which sometimes include infrastructure fees, tiedown fees, parking fees, overnight fees, security fees,
and more should be made available to all pilots, piston
and turbine, during their preflight planning so they can
make informed decisions and not be surprised when
it comes time to pay. We also want to bring transparency to GA parking ramps on airports and standardize
the labeling of these areas on airport diagrams. Airports
that have GA transient ramps should label them on their
diagrams, so pilots know their options before arriving
at their destination.
We want more transparency when it comes to
insurance. Many of you are concerned about the spiking premiums, increased restrictions, and hassles just
to get coverage. This is an important issue and we are
working to find ways to address this by, in part, better
understanding how decisions are made about coverage and premiums.

6 | AOPA PILOT December 2020

AOPA is working to continue growing the pilot population through our You Can Fly initiative and supporting
legislation in Congress that focuses on workforce development. The National Center for the Advancement of
Aviation would bring together all sectors of the aviation
industry to collaborate on emerging technologies and
training methods, maintenance and technician development, dissemination of STEM aviation curriculum
in schools, helping veterans transition to opportunities
in the aviation sector, and conducting aviation safety
data analysis and research (see "AOPA Action," p. 12).
We need an industry coordinated approach to address
workforce needs and the NCAA provides that missing
piece. There are many good programs going on in aviation, but no concerted effort to pull everything together.
Legislation for the NCAA has bipartisan support in
Congress and the aviation community.
I hear from many pilots about the frustration with
the delays when it comes to special issuance medicals.
AOPA is working with the FAA to address this issue
and we have stood up our Board of Medical Advisors to
assist in developing these long overdue changes. There
is no reason that the FAA cannot use today's technology to communicate with pilots and aviation medical
examiners. And while we have made some progress
with getting more designated pilot examiners in the
field, we have a long way to go. This remains a top priority for us. No one should have to wait months for a DPE.
The FAA plans to advance a sweeping initiative to
bring reforms to the light aircraft category, amateurbuilt aircraft, and the legacy fleet. We are excited about
the Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates
(MOSAIC), and believe it has the potential to fundamentally change and modernize the GA fleet.
These initiatives represent a fraction of what our
organization does on a daily basis. From our nationally recognized government affairs team advocating
on behalf of GA on Capitol Hill, to our regional managers who deal with hundreds of local airport issues
each year, to our staff in Frederick working on behalf of
our members, AOPA is an effective leader in promoting
and protecting GA, fueled by support from our members
who all share the passion of flight. Thank you for your
support this year and, from my aviation family to yours,
happy holidays and blue skies!
AOPA
EMAIL mark@aopa.org



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