My dad always described the pilot community as a community of people who are brought together by their common love of flying. He described the AOPA as place for people within that community to share stories, experiences and further their knowledge of flying. When my dad was killed in a plane crash last summer, my family and I were forced to join a different community, one of people brought together by our common grief and sadness over having lost a loved one in a plane crash. Fortunately, there is an organization called ACCESS which provides my family with a place to share our stories and experiences with others who are grieving in a similar way. I am thankful to have ACCESS to help get me through this tragic time. It is important for the pilot community to have the AOPA, and it is instrumental for me, my family and those in our situation to have ACCESS.
Robin Freeman, San Francisco, CA, lost her father James in a private plane crash on 8/4/10