BENEFITS OF ASSOCIATION:
While different organizations
and associations represent different segments of the aviation community,
there's no question that all of them share a unified desire to protect
and preserve our nation's system of airports. The reason is simple --
without airports, aviation goes nowhere, and all the economic and societal
benefits of aviation would never be realized.
At the beginning of "Lessons
Learned" we stated that it wasn't our intention to rewrite
the book on how to save your local airport because the task had already
been completed with great success in various ways by numerous others.
If you've been involved with aviation for anything over an hour, you
know many of these associations by name: Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association; National Business Aviation Association; Experimental Aircraft
Association; American Association of Airport Executives; National Air
Transport Association; Helicopter Association International; among many
others. When called by their acronyms, the list is a veritable alphabet
soup of aviation knowledge, experience and expertise.
efforts developed by the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
is its grassroots Airport Support Program. Just as all politics is local,
so, too, are the first steps in saving an aviation resource. The Airport
Support Program recognizes this by making certain that the first line
of defense in protecting an airport is manned by those who use it and
benefit from it directly. AOPA has a long list of other useful materials
and programs too.
Helicopter Association International
(HAI) has long recognized the special impacts its members have on any
community surrounding an airport or heliport with significant levels
of helicopter use. HAI's Fly Neighborly Program plays a vital role in
reminding pilots of the importance of following established patterns
and airport guidelines.
That's no different for the
fixed-wing corporate pilot who refers to the National Business Aviation
Association's (NBAA) Airports Handbook for tips on how to work toward
the mutual goal of preserving airports.
We could write pages on the many programs and materials available from
such groups. Instead we hope to point you to them so you hear it directly.
resources exist. The body of knowledge has considerable expertise. It's
incumbent on all of us in aviation to take advantage of the resources
that have been developed not only to promote aviation and the local
airport, but also to provide the tools necessary to preserve them. Airports
and their users must work with the various associations and organizations
and add their resources to the toolkit to be used in defense of airports.
View the National Associations
and Organizations page for more information on what these membership-based
groups have to share about airport preservation. And please let us know
if you find additional groups and information to add.
not alone! Take advantage of the resources offered by national,
state and local aviation organizations and associations. Find them
in the Associations and Organizations
section of our Resources Pages.