Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Aubrey Gladstone serves as CEO of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, firm that offers consulting services in a range of industries, including aerospace, healthcare, and finance. Also a commercial pilot, Aubrey Gladstone has for many years been affiliated with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
AOPA represents hundreds of thousands of pilots across 75 nations. As the world’s largest aviation community, AOPA strives to expand opportunities for pilots and protect their rights in general aviation.
Since December of 2016, AOPA has been attempting to work with the FAA in order to mitigate delays and flight restrictions at the Palm Beach County Airport. This important airport is near President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, which he has visited frequently since the election. Each time Mr. Trump weekends in Florida, it results in a temporary closure of the airport and other disruptions.
These disruptions represent a significant economic threat to the airport and the surrounding community. The Palm Beach County Airport employs 250 people and contributes $27 million to the local economy each year. A presidential Mar-a-Lago visit can halt 200 aircraft operations per day and over a recent three-day weekend created losses of $30,000.
AOPA is continuing to seek support from the FAA, as well as from Florida legislators, in order to establish provisions for limited flight activities during presidential visits.
AOPA 2016 Fly-In
For over two decades, Aubrey Gladstone has served as president of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., in Boca Raton, Florida. Also an accomplished pilot, Aubrey Gladstone has years of flying experience and maintains a long-standing membership in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
In celebration of National Aviation Day, AOPA recently held a Fly-In event on August 19-20, 2016, at the Bremerton National Airport in Bremerton, Washington. Throughout the year, AOPA holds several Fly-Ins, which feature aircraft exhibits, presentations from aviation experts, and a variety of fun activities.
At the AOPA Fly-In at Bremerton, pilots and flying enthusiasts had the opportunity to take part in several learning activities and meet with innovative aircraft builders and dozens of equipment manufacturers demonstrating the latest aircraft tools, products, and technologies. The event also included a pancake breakfast, an ice cream social, and a fun evening featuring great food, drinks, and live music from the U2 tribute band U253.
Like all other AOPA Fly-Ins, the Fly-In at Bremerton was supported by a grant from the AOPA Foundation.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
As the CEO of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., Aubrey Gladstone leads a team in providing comprehensive, hands-on services in the areas of corporate liquidation, litigation support, and problem resolution. Also an experienced aircraft pilot, Aubrey Gladstone has toured the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and England, piloting small private planes.
For those interested in getting a pilot’s license, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) offers three different certifications in its Learn to Fly program. Below is a brief description of the training certificates offered.
1. Recreational pilot certificate – Ideal for those interested in daytime, local flying at a home airport. Pilots must stay within 50 nautical miles of their home base.
2. Sport pilot certificates – This certificate requires the fewest hours of training, and it allows a pilot to fly one- or two-seat planes during daylight hours in good weather.
3. Private pilot certificate – Similar to a driver’s license, this certificate allows the pilot to fly anywhere in the United States. This is the right option for someone interested in exploring a career in flying.
Individuals can start with either the sport or recreational license and then continue with their training if they decide to pursue the more intensive private pilot certificate.
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
The president and CEO of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., Aubrey Gladstone served as a commercial pilot with National Jet Corp. Aubrey Gladstone has experience flying jets, helicopters, and propeller aircraft. He and Marianne Gladstone have long been members of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association.
The Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) is the largest aviation community in world. Spanning 75 countries, the organization offers both annual and lifetime memberships. There are four different types of annual membership that are briefly described below:
Regular: Costing $59 a year, regular membership provides individuals with either a “Flight Training” or “AOPA Pilot” magazine subscription and access to AOPA media resources, newsletters, and a helpline. Premier: Premier memberships cost $99 a year and include all the benefits of the regular membership. Members also receive a 20 percent discount on AOPA Pilot Gear, advanced screening of Air Safety Institute online courses. Premier Plus: The premier plus membership is $179 per year and comes with the added benefit of AOPA Pilot Protection services and coverage to protect their pilot certificate. Pro Pilot: The highest annual membership available, pro pilot memberships cost $259 a year and is designed for professional pilots. Members get access to accidental death and dismemberment insurance and term life insurance.