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Embry-Riddle to Honor AOPA President at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh


MEDIA ALERT
July 22, 2015

Embry-Riddle to Honor AOPA President at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

WHAT: As part of its scholarship-raising Name A Plane Program, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will unveil a personalized decaled Cessna 172 from its university fleet to honor aviation organizational leader Mark Baker, President & CEO of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) at a special dedication ceremony during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

A longtime general aviation pilot, Baker is just the fifth president of the world’s largest aviation member association. In addition to focusing on key advocacy initiatives like third class medical reform, making ADS-B equipage more affordable and protecting general aviation in the U.S., Baker is intensely focused on keeping pilots engaged and bringing new pilots into the community. Key programs he has spearheaded include AOPA’s flight training initiative, a long-term effort dedicated to increasing the percentage of students who earn a pilot certificate; the flying clubs initiative designed to keep flying fun and affordable; and AOPA’s new Rusty Pilot Program, designed to return lapsed pilots to the skies.

Embry-Riddle leadership, including Interim President Dr. John R. Watret, will be part of the presentation. Media is invited.

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. CT Wednesday, July 22

WHERE: The Embry-Riddle booth space at No. 49, 50, 59, 60 and 61 is located in Aviation Gateway Park at EAA AirVenture.

MEDIA CONTACT:
- Melanie Hanns, Director of University Communications/Media Relations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; (386) 226-7538, (386) 283-0753; melanie.hanns@erau.edu

About Name A Plane
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Name A Plane Program provides a unique opportunity to personalize one of the university’s residential campus fleets of Cessna 172s and Diamond Twin Stars as a tribute, honor, memorial or recognition of a loved one, special individual or organization. Money raised from this campaign goes directly to support students in the form of scholarships and financial aid. For more information, contact Director of Annual Giving, Yoon Choi, at (386) 226-7223 or choiy3@erau.edu. For more information on the Name A Plane Program, go to erau.edu/name

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 75 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.
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