General aviation stories tend to be inaccurate and negative at best. No, the media isn’t out to get us, but according to AOPA “aviation is a complicated and specialized industry that can’t be understood in a few phone calls.” In short, we aren’t good at talking to journalists!
To help, AOPA has put together a great interactive guide to talking to reporters. It gives pilots and airport workers a clear idea of the do’s and don’ts of news interviews and even provides a great checklist for media events.
Check out AOPA’s Guide to Talking to Reporters here.
If AOPA and EAA have their way, medical certificates may become a thing of the past. Amidst a dramatic Star Wars entrance at the annual Pancake Breakfast, AOPA President Craig Fuller and EAA President Rod Hightower announced a united front to change the face of medical airmen certification.
Rain set in early Friday morning in Hartford, shifting the focus from nearby AirportFest to the indoor exhibits and seminars at the Hartford Convention Center. Cirrus Aircraft got a lot of attention on the heals of their 5,000th delivery as well as Dave Klapmeier’s return to Cirrus as their new CEO. On the opposite end of the floor was brother Alan Klapmeier’s company, the Kestrel Aircraft Company with their roomy single-engine turboprop mockup. Terafugia’s roadable airplane was another big hit attracting crowds of people on the verge of realizing their dream of the flying car.
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A Cirrus Vision VLJ parked in the middle of downtown Hartford, CT? A sure sign that AOPA Summit is in town.