Wednesday, 18 May 2011

AOPA US under attack

Over the years, I've spent some time talking to people working for AOPA US. I've been to their annual events, and I read AOPA Pilot, their magazine. They're a good bunch doing a good job in tough times. A few years ago the organisation had a change of President when Phil Boyer retired and Craig Fuller took over.

Craig's timing was less than ideal - the economy took a dive and that, combined with rising fuel prices, led to fewer aircraft sales and fewer people learning to fly. Times were tough and they're only just starting to get better.

AOPA has recently been getting some stick, see this post for an example from the end of 2010, and now others are joining in too. ANN has hit out with this. That's a bit of an outpouring about AOPA's email marketing campaign, and given that ANN and AOPA are also competitors on the commercial side, it's a bit wide of the mark IMHO. What a shame…

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