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View Poll Results: Which association should I join?
AOPA ONLY 4 1.47%
EAA ONLY 46 16.91%
Both AOPA & EAA 213 78.31%
NONE 9 3.31%
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Old 11-03-2016, 03:07 PM
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For those of you who voted "none", I urge you to rethink your position. If you can afford to fly, you can afford the few dollars it takes to become a member of these organizations. You may not like everything they do, but they are our voice in the regulatory environment. It's important that we support them both.
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Old 11-03-2016, 03:15 PM
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I also strongly recommend purchasing the legal services through AOPA...it's worth every dime.
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Old 11-03-2016, 03:48 PM
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My membership to both are more for what they do for the industry than what they do for me in specific.
I am a member of both and feel the same way (in fact I don't have much interest in the articles the generally run in the AOPA magazine so I don't even read it much).

I feel it is very important to support every GA voice we have in Washington.

Who still remembers what happened after 911? If it wasn't for these two organization, this web site might not even exist today.
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Old 11-03-2016, 03:51 PM
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I am a member of both and feel the same way (in fact I don't have much interest in the articles the generally run in the AOPA magazine so I don't even read it much).
At least AOPA gives you the option of a lower rate without the magazine.
Unfortunately EAA won't offer that option.
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Old 11-03-2016, 03:53 PM
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In addition to the Legal Services Plan, which I haven't used, I also pay a little extra to the AOPA for their Medical Services Plan. I'm on Special Issuance after a heart valve replacement in 2009, and I couldn't imagine going through the experience of getting my 3rd Class medical reinstated without the help of the Medical folks at AOPA HQ (which I got in 2009-2010). I called them just yesterday because the FAA medical office in OKC recently sent me a letter that I have to answer (they want more info ).

To me, the expense of EAA and AOPA membership (and services) is just a part of being able to fly.
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Old 11-03-2016, 03:57 PM
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I dropped my AOPA when Phil Boyer was still there and solidifying his power with his ridiculous "us against them" mentality when it came to handling the media. He made the situation much worse than it needed to be .

I like Mark Baker (AOPA prez) and I think they're pushing all the right buttons and I'm friendly with Dave Hirschman and Paul Harrop. They do great work. So I'm happy to support them.

The ONLY thing that bugs me is AOPA's PAC contributes based only on aviation and I think there's more to a politician than whether he favors aviation or not. Now, whether any of that money comes from dues (which are nothing, really), I don't know.

EAA? Cripes I want my ashes scattered in homebuilt camping. That's what EAA means to me.

Jack Pelton has been phenomenal and has almost -- almost -- washed the stain and stench of Rod Hightower away

The cost of supporting the two organization is less than it costs for me to fly off for a burger.
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Old 11-03-2016, 03:59 PM
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I also pay a little extra to the AOPA for their Medical Services Plan. I'm on Special Issuance -----snip-----and I couldn't imagine going through the experience of getting my 3rd Class medical reinstated without the help of the Medical folks at AOPA ).

To me, the expense of EAA and AOPA membership (and services) is just a part of being able to fly.
Exactly.

If you dont yet need the medical assistance, congrats to you. Hope you never do.
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Old 11-03-2016, 04:48 PM
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I am a member of lots of aviation groups even type clubs I have never owned or care to own. I like supporting ALL aviation groups. The more aviation groups out there the better for aviation.
Saying that, maybe I ought to stop and pool all that money to donate to this site since this is the only place I get my moneys worth.
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Old 11-03-2016, 06:28 PM
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Member of both...no regrets.
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:22 PM
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WOW! Huge response! Thank everyone for your input. I wasn't sure what to make of the association based on past threads on this forum.

I'll will be a member of AOPA and EAA before going to bed tonight.
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