Many Kudos to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, which updated its Web site every few hours during the recent shutdown of the United States airspace. The Web site at www.aopa.org kept aircraft owners, pilot and skydivers informed of the lobbying AOPA was conducting to get private pilots and general aviation aircraft back in the air.
No other Web site had as much timely and accurate information during a time when fulltime skydivers were forced out of work. And the site’s updates continue as the struggle goes on to bring our airspace back to normal following the terrorist strikes on Sept. 11.
Thanks to the AOPA, most skydiving centers are fully operational again as VFR flights were allowed to resume on Sept. 20. Count me as one skydiver who appreciated the hard work of the AOPA and one who recognizes the direct value of this organization has on my industry.
On Sept. 20, 2001, I joined AOPA and I urge other skydivers to do the same to show appreciation for a job well done.