I just finished reading the August issue of AOPA Pilot. Yeah, I know. I am a little bit behind. What follows are some things I saw in the magazine. Mark Baker, the President of AOPA, talked a bit about Air Venture and how it brings together people from all aspects of aviation from the Antique/Classic crowd to the Basic Med folks to the ones wanting to learn how to fly to the High School/College crowd with various STEM programs. There were various snippets about what AOPA is dong on the advocacy front. Thomas Haines discussed a project that Uber is undertaking that may make General Aviation available to more people trying to get from here to there. Barry Schiff waxed nostalgic about his area of expertise, various airline subjects from then to now. Richard McSpadden analyzed a helicopter accident and how the politicians are trying to restrict our aviation freedoms. Several other columnists brought their perspective to various other subjects that should be of interest to all of us. Red Bull cancelled their air races. A school teacher had a dramatic effect on one of his students. A couple of articles on places to fly. There was a nice article about a man and his Cessna 195. A subject rather dear to my heart. One of the principals of Buffalo Airways told of his efforts to resurrect an old C-47 for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. There was an article about a neat little LSA called the Texas Colt. If you are interested in vintage airplanes and aerobatics, there was an article on that. There were various articles on pilot technique and new products and ADS-B and mechanics and Never Again. And more. I didn’t see any articles this time about corporate hardware or airlines or any of that big iron stuff. AOPA stands for Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. It doesn’t stand for LSA owners or Antique owners or Multi-engine owners. It covers pretty much all aspects of aviation at one point or another. Some people bemoan the fact that it doesn’t appear that AOPA is very effective at representing their members in Congress. Well the fact of the matter is that EAA is in the same boat. Yeah, they have Sean Elliot as an advocate. What he is good at is conveying to the membership what he is doing. I am pretty sure folks at AOPA are doing the same thing. The difference is that they aren’t as good at communicating their efforts. It distresses me a little when people say they are dropping AOPA just because they shut down their forum. Make no mistake, I also think they were short sighted in doing so. But I for one will retain my membership in AOPA. The more representation we have, the better. There are approximately 600,000 pilots in the US. That is approximately 0.2% of the population. Add in all the mechanics, dispatchers, flight attendants, and all the other aviation professionals, and I doubt we add up to 1% of the population. Given those numbers, it takes a Herculean effort to get anyone in Congress to even acknowledge that we exist. Given the fact that we are such a small percentage of the population, I think our AOPA and EAA representatives are doing a pretty good job at least keeping the congress critters from steamrolling us. My name is Greg Bockelman and I am a proud EAA member and AOPA member and I will remain so for as long as I live.