AOPA Aviation Summit

AOPA Aviation Summit
October 11, 2013
Fort Worth, Texas, was hopping with aviation action during AOPA Aviation Summit 2013. AOPA photographers were there to capture the action as attendees got to hear from a baseball legend, dance to the music of a country star, and get an early look at a warbird-inspired light sport aircraft.

October 11, 2013
By AOPA ePublishing Staff

AOPA Senior Vice President of Media, Tom Haines ... introduced baseball legend and pilot Ken Griffey Jr. Asked why the baseball star became a pilot, Griffey said, “I wanted to go see the kids [at college] and still be home for dinner.” Griffey first flew with his father who had gotten his certificate when he was 36. He and his father spent much quality time in the aircraft together and Griffey Jr. also ended up earning his certificate when he was 36. He flies a Cirrus—“My wife said I could have the one with the parachute”—and is on his fifth aircraft. “Baseball was good to me and I am fortunate that I can buy an airplane. I like cars and I like planes—even my golf cart is street legal.”

Haines asked Griffey what he thought would bring kids into aviation. “I compare this to Major League Baseball and the NFL—they show kids the fun side,” he said.

Greg Coleman of Walt Disney Animation Studios then discussed the creation of the movie Planes with Haines. Coleman is a new private pilot and is justifiably proud of the movie, which he says is the product of much research. “It was important to keep the characters believable.” Director Klay Hall has an aviation background and part of the DVD release in November will feature Hall’s personal journey in making the film. “He wanted the authenticity to make it believable,” Coleman said.

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