As we’ve done for many years, a group of AOPA staff recently got together to discuss member comments and perceptions. Although the vast majority of member comments are positive, some are not. It has been that way for decades and with AOPA membership around the 400,000 number, there will always be controversy on something we’re doing.
It’s too bad we didn’t have a mechanism, or time to answer the charges, dispel myths, correct misconceptions, and set the record straight without pulling resources from our mission. After all, in decades-old corporate fashion, responses would have to be drafted, vetted, analyzed, reviewed, etc., etc. Way too slow and cumbersome.
Not so now. What I propose is this Blog—“AOPA Sounding Board – An insiders viewpoint.” A simple, straightforward look into the reasons behind AOPA’s decisions – as I see them.
The Blog will be my response to your questions, concerns, and curiosities. Just me, with nearly 20 years experience at AOPA and 43 years in aviation, responding without editing or corporate review to the stuff that’s bugging you about AOPA.
I’ll respond to your concerns submitted via this Blog, as well as to concerns from members who call or email our Member Assistance centers. As far as being politically correct – don’t bet on it. What you’ll get is a straight-up response without the fluff, from an insider’s point of view. My intent is not to change your mind. That’s your decision. My intent IS to provide you with the facts. You can make your own decision to take them or leave them.
I do have a day job at AOPA that I very much enjoy. So, at least initially, I plan on selecting a topic every two weeks. What do you want me to respond to first? I’m ready. Bring it on.