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Northeast Pilots Group Message Board › NorthEast Pilots Group Mission

NorthEast Pilots Group Mission

Clark B.
FlyingDutchman
Greenwich, CT
As we approach the end of another year, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and contributions that made the NEPG one of the largest aviation groups in the world.  A lot of credit is due to organizers Kevin Bayusik, Joel Glickman, and Andy Zastrow for keeping our calendar stocked with compelling events.

As General Aviation pilots, we have a common interest that bonds us together, but GA also faces many challenges from those who don't share our passion, and a lot of that is due to unfamiliarity with the industry.  Animal Rescue Flights, our sister group, is an excellent example of GA being put to work for a great cause:  volunteer pilots helping to transport animals from overcrowded kill shelters to rescues from where they can be adopted.  I encourage pilots to consider participating in ARF but there are also many other steps we can take to promote GA in a positive way.

The NEPG was founded to address two issues.  The first is to give our member pilots good reasons to take to the skies and enjoy the privileges that come with a pilot certification.  The second is to encourage our member pilots to bring along non-pilots, including family and friends, to demonstrate that general aviation enables us to do things that would not otherwise be possible or practical.

With that in mind, NEPG events should be fun for anyone, not just pilots, and aviation should be what makes them possible.  Some of our most popular events follow this model:  the Provincetown whale watch, boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, the Keene Pumpkin Festival, Katama beach day, Jaffery fireworks, and special cuisine parties at airport restaurants.  Even the annual Simsbury Fly In, while sounding like a pilot-only event, features a huge collection of show cars and planes and is a great example of a "Five Star Family Fly-In Event", perfect for family, friends, or anyone, and that's the key.

We have a lot of ideas, but it would be great to include your ideas as well.  Any event that is fun for everyone and is made possible by general aviation is worth considering.  We'll always have the $100 hamburger flights, but it's those that help introduce GA to others that make us shine.

The more people who embrace GA as worthwhile and enjoyable, the better our chances of overcoming the inevitable challenges from those who don't know what we're about.  When making your RSVPs, consider inviting members who might not have access to a plane (No Pilot Left Behind) or bring along a family member or friend.  It's important...and it's fun!

Clark Burgard

Founder - NEPG
Co-Founder - Animal Rescue Flights
Recipient of the ASPCA Presidential Service Award
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