If you’re interested in the new aviation products – aircraft, avionics, stuff in general – AOPA Summit is great place to go. LGB (is the place to be) and despite being in high density traffic we’ve always had great ATC service. Mere mortals can do this!
The airport itself serves as a poster child of complexity and if you’re a bit foggy on airport signage, review the Air Safety Institute’s Runway safety Course (sponsored by FAA’s Office of Runway Safety). I always ask for progressive taxi anyway at complex locations and the controllers are helpful so don’t let this be a deterrent.
The show itself is a nice blend between the down home of OSH and the super upscale of NBAA. Hitting the static display is always a high point for me to see both new hardware such as the LSA exhibit as well as as some of the classics. Not a bad time to buy either as dealers are dealing.
Not in the market for a new airplane? Go to the seminars – There are literally dozens covering everything from insurance, financing and how to stay healthy to all the educational offerings.
Some new things for this year:
- NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator Wayne Pollack will join me on Friday November 12 at 11:30 to co-host the Air Safety Institute’s popular seminar, “What Went Wrong?” Look at two general aviation accidents through the eyes of the investigator – starting at the scene and working backwards to reconnect the links in the accident chain. Plenty to learn here.
- Saturday evening (November 13) is a special fundraiser benefit for the AOPA Foundation. “A Night for Flight” takes place aboard the historic RMS Queen Mary and features a cocktail hour, dinner, and entertainment from jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli. There will be some special guests joining us.
- The AOPA Foundation auction culminates at “A Night for Flight” but you don’t have to attend the event to get in on the bidding. Just visit the auction website and bid on incredible items such as a Waco bi-plane, lunch and a flight with Harrison Ford, aerobatic training with Sean Tucker, as well as flight gear such as headsets, flight bags, and sunglasses. It all goes to support Foundation activities.
- Visit the Exhibit Hall and the AOPA Foundation booth (#746), which will be showcasing the newest in online safety education from the Air Safety Institute.
- All information on Summit can be seen at www.aopa.org/summit/.
Hope you’ll join us – remember life’s not a dry run! Create an adventure! If not, at least join us on AOPA Live to see some of the action.