Here’s a question for all pilots, do you join associations, societies, or any aviation communities? A gut feeling tells me the answer is no! We live and work in a tiny little office, otherwise called a cockpit, for good reasons. There’s many a pilot who has said, either out loud or to himself, “I’m glad to get airborne to get away from the BS on the ground!”
“So what?”, I hear you cry. Well, there are some advantages to joining those organizations who represent us. Three in particular spring to mind, in no particular order:
Helicopter Association International
The first meeting of the founding members of this group took place on December 13th 1948. Yes, younger readers, there were helicopters way back then. Going through several name changes, the mission of the HAI has remained largely the same over more than 60 years. Their mission statement; “To provide its members with services that directly benefit their operations, and to advance the international helicopter community by providing programs that enhance safety, encourage professionalism and economic viability while promoting the unique contributions vertical flight offers society.”
You may join the HAI by clicking here.
National EMS Pilots Association
Whilst HAI serves the entire helicopter community world-wide, NEMSAP represents the EMS pilot in the USA. Much more specific and focused on issues that effect the American EMS pilot’s life. From personal experience, I know that NEMSPA has been very influential with those people who regulate us! It is clear that their efforts have prevented overbearing regulation, have created an influential voice for us all at Washington, DC, and are actively pursuing leading-edge research into issues that effect us all. Their mission statement; “We, the National EMS Pilots Association, will strive to help the Air Medical industry prosper safely and enhance the delivery of pre-hospital health care. We will provide the leadership necessary to establish standards of operational safety and a forum for the dissemination of knowledge. This organization will continue to be a major advocate for positive change for our industry.”
You may join by clicking here.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Incorporated on May 15th 1939, AOPA represents over 400,000 members. Their advocacy and campaigning efforts with the nation’s lawmakers and regulators have helped to prevent aviation hostile political people from closing us down, closing our airports, and from unfairly taxing us out of existence. The contribute greatly to aviation safety through their Air Safety Foundation, and rely on general aviation’s support through their Foundation.
AOPA’s mission statement; “We preserve the freedom to fly by…
advocating on behalf of our members,
educating pilots, nonpilots, and policy makers alike,
supporting activities that ensure the long-term health of General Aviation,
fighting to keep General Aviation accessible to all, and
securing sufficient resources to ensure our success.”
AOPA’s vision statement; “AOPA is the beacon for those who cherish the freedom to fly. It demonstrates what is possible when a determined organization listens to its members, collaborates with its colleagues, finds solutions with its partners in government, and focuses its resources—all to secure the future of General Aviation. AOPA’s success is proof that the public good can be served while individual freedoms are preserved.”
You may join by clicking here.