Friday, May 23, 2014

Washington Pilots Association Donates $1000 to AOPAs Efforts

The Washington Pilots Association contributed $1,000 to go toward AOPA’s advocacy efforts.

This donation will support AOPA's attempt to influence changes to the current medical certification system. The proposed changes would exempt noncommercial VFR pilots that operate aircraft with six seats or less, weighing less than 6,000 pounds at speeds less than 250 knots, and at an altitude of less than 14,000 feet msl from FAA medical certification.

Why does the Washington Pilots Association (WPA) feel that the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act is important to support? It isn't a secret that General Aviation is shrinking. Some would blame over regulation, the high price of fuel, limited attention spans and a myriad of other things.

Aviation is expensive and that will never change but if we can identify roadblocks to flying and either eliminate them or lessen the impact that they have on the pilot population we just might be able to increase the number of pilots again.

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