Tom Horne

The chopper pilot pays a call

March 15, 2010 by Thomas A. Horne, Editor At Large

Those of you who liked the March AOPA Pilot’s story–and there were a lot, judging by my inbox–on the Virginia Beach, Virginia police helicopter unit may be interested to know that the pilot featured in the article (“Eyes in the Sky”) paid a visit to AOPA headquarters. David Cook was taking some time off, and flew from his home field in Norfolk to FDK. And no, he didn’t fly the Bell 407 he flies on duty. Instead, he flew his personal Cherokee 140.

MPO Dave Cook, Virginia Beach Police Dept.
MPO Dave Cook, Virginia Beach Police Dept. (center),
with ‘AOPA Pilot’ Editor in Chief Tom Haines (left) and
‘AOPA Pilot’ Editor at Large Tom Horne (right)

I gave Cook the “dollar” tour, which included the chance to meet with all the AOPA Pilot and Flight Training staffers, plus stops at each of AOPA’s divisions. He was an especially big hit in the Membership Department, where a few staffers postively swarmed Cook. “I’m not a┬ácelebrity!” Cook protested. But never mind. In the end, he┬álent his autograph to staffer Kim Lee’s copy of the March issue.

Then it was over to the “Airway Inn”, the airport restaurant. He had a club sandwich. I had a burger. Then he was off to Kentucky to meet his relatives, taking with him the extra magazines we gave him–and a couple of poster-sized covers of the March issue. A half-hour later I called up his N-number on He was over Martinsburg, WV, doing 107 knots and no doubt wearing a smile.

2 Responses to “The chopper pilot pays a call”

  1. Kevin Says:

    I noticed from the photos you guys had a contourhd camera mounted on the windshield. I just ordered my Countour HD last week.. was interested in where the footage is from that shoot?

  2. Virginia Says:

    This was an interesting feature and a great story. The posters im sure will be held in honor forever

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