AOPA President Baker To Address WAC on October 15

September 22, 2015 10:29am

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Mark Baker will speak at the Wichita Aero Club’s October 15 luncheon about a number of subjects that will be of interest to owners and operators of aircraft in Wichita but probably none will be more interesting or provocative than the AOPA’s efforts to support the “Reimagined” 152 and 172 models that were on display at the organization’s EAA AirVenture exhibit in Oshkosh this summer. Of course, the Ascend 172 will draw major local attention because it’s being produced by Yingling Aviation and it is, by all accounts, an extraordinary value for owners of Cessna Model 172 “N” models produced between 1976 and 1982 who have been wondering what to do with their tired or worn out aircraft. Yingling has developed a program that literally breathes new life into the airframes that qualify for their program. They’ll even supply the airframe—purchased on the open market from pre-owned inventory—or work with owners who want to update their existing airplane—to create a version that provides an affordable alternative for individuals, flying clubs, flight schools, and educational institutions. AOPA is supporting this initiative as part of its “YOU CAN FLY!” promotion and its president, Mr. Baker, is an enthusiastic advocate for pursuing virtually any creative, cooperative, well-conceived means to revive the interest in flight training and grow the pilot population.

The luncheon of the Wichita Aero Club will be held on Thursday, October 15, at noon. The event will be in the Emerald Ballroom of the Doubletree by Hilton at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. Doors will open at 11:45 AM. Seats are $30 for Wichita Aero Club members and $40 for non-members. It is open to the public. _