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    AOPA Forums History

    AOPA just announced due to "security reasons" that they are shutting down their forums in favor of facebook and their other site (which is even worse than the aborted Oshoksh365 thing). Of course, it's no wonder the site looked risky as they haven't updated their VB since 2009 (they're running 3.8.x which has not been supported in years). Of course, I complained to AOPA management and I got NOTHING back (which is par for the course because years ago I offered to help fix up their site to a modern version, get tapatalk working, etc. and they didn't even give me the courtesy of an answer).

    Contrast this to the EAA where the last time I had issues not only did Pelton respond via emails but I got phone calls from Connie Bowlin (WOA), Michael Goulian (IAC), and Susan Dusenbury (Vintage). AOPA is a bit ineffectual and unreachable.

    If the forums go, so will my AOPA membership. I've had enough of their shenanigans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingRon View Post
    AOPA just announced do=ue to "security reasons" that they are shutting down their forums in favor of facebook and their other site (which is even worse than the aborted Oshoksh365 thing). Of course, it's no wonder the site looked risky as they haven't updated their VB since 2009 (they're running 3.8.x which has not been supported in years). Of course, I complained to AOPA management and I got NOTHING back (which is par for the course because years ago I offered to help fix up their site to a modern version, get tapatalk working, etc. and they didn't even give me the courtesy of an answer).

    Contrast this to the EAA where the last time I had issues not only did Pelton respond via emails but I got phone calls from Connie Bowlin (WOA), Michael Goulian (IAC), and Susan Dusenbury (Vintage). AOPA is a bit ineffectual and unreachable.

    If the forums go, so will my AOPA membership. I've had enough of their shenanigans.
    I've been a member of AOPA for over 50 years. I finally dropped it this year when my renewal fee more than doubled. I tried to negotiate a "LifeTime" membership, but they were not interested.

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    I, too, have dropped my AOPA membership due to the fee going way up.
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    I dropped my AOPA membership when they increased the dues several years ago. I learned a lot from participating in the forums over the years, but in my opinion they were catering more to corporate & higher income owners & not to us little guys. I was particularly upset by their former president's full support of ADSB requirements which add significant costs to aircraft ownership. Even though I haven't flown in several years due to family commitments, I feel I get significantly more from my EAA membership than I ever did from AOPA.

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    I dropped my AOPA membership quite a number of years ago, to a large degree because I got sick of them alleging that they had done this and done that and done the other thing all by themselves, while it was obvious that EAA, GAMA and/or other organizations were involved, blowing their own horn to a (to me) sickening degree. There's a degree of that with EAA(not nearly as bad), but in recent years they've more and more been acknowledging the participation of other organizations too.

    Actually, there were other things I didn't much care for, too. I still get occasional postal mail asking me to rejoin.

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    As a Canadian, I was only an AOPA member in order to have access to the US Airport Directory. When I got Foreflight over 5 years ago I cancelled my membership.

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    I'm not knocking the AOPA....they at least send one a hat.
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    You should have held out for the flight bag or the battery power bank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Giger View Post
    I'm not knocking the AOPA....they at least send one a hat.
    I've not got a hat from them. Even if they did, it probably wouldn't fit. Most of my Volunteer hats from EAA don't fit either.

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    ha ha....I've gotten a couple hats over the years, renewing at sun n fun or airventure...nice hats too. I've never gotten anything much like it from EAA...not that I expect it really.

    I maintain my memberships primarily because I know they have some lobbying efforts on behalf of GA...even if they may not be lone players in that game, they do play a roll I suppose. i enjoy the magazine too....and I have used their med support people for support a time or two many years back.

    I had only just recently joined their forums, and so I'm sad to see it going away. Didn't seem overly active anyway...oh well.

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