March 19, 2014
Contact: Steve Hedges
Frederick, MD – A legendary airshow pilot will serve as an “AOPA Ambassador,” the Association announced Wednesday.
Patty Wagstaff brings excitement about flying everywhere she goes, and as an AOPA Ambassador her mission is to share that energy with pilots and aviation enthusiasts at AOPA events across the country.
“Flying is all about fun and freedom, and one of the best people to communicate that is Patty,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “We are thrilled to have her representing AOPA as we celebrate our 75th anniversary.”
Wagstaff will meet fans, sign autographs, speak about the demanding and exciting world of competitive and demonstration flying at the AOPA booths at major airshows and several of the AOPA Fly-Ins scheduled nationwide throughout 2014.
Patty Wagstaff is a three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, has won countless awards and is a member of the Motion Picture Pilots Association. In addition to flying low-level, envelope-pushing aerial demonstrations, Patty has started “Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School,” located in St. Augustine Florida at Southeast Aero Services, using an Extra 300L and a Super Decathalon to train pilots in precision aerobatics and upset training.
“I am thrilled to be representing AOPA as an Ambassador,” said Wagstaff. “AOPA has a long history of representing pilots and aviation enthusiasts and is one of the most important defenders of the freedom to fly we have in this country. It's up to all of us to support AOPA. I pledge to encourage everyone I meet at air shows and aviation events across the U.S. to become members so the fight can continue.”
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association. With representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media products. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.
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