AOPA membership value without flightplanner
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I for one, place great value on the flight planner. In fact it would probably affect my membership decision making.
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Ron, I never said that the flight planner was the ONLY reason I am a member.  But it was an important part.  I've watched three nearby airports close in recent years, so advocacy did not help much there.  Aviation costs continue to climb due to over regulation; perhaps AOPA has helped to slow the rate of increase.  Perhaps the membership value is in what hasn't happened.  But that it is hard to tie cause and effect.  Medical reform has been slightly beneficial, but it is just part of my regular health care regimen anyway.  

Perhaps you are right.   Maybe I really don't understand what AOPA does or what it does for me.
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If you think the only reason to belong to and support AOPA is an electronic flight planner, you just don't get what AOPA is, and what it does for you.
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iFlightPlanner just doesn't do it for me.  I guess you have to pay extra to get the useful features that we used to have with the Boeing/Jeppensen version.  One think lacking is any sort of EFB integration.  Instead, iFlightPlanner is hawking their own EFB.  It might be ok, but I have a sizeable investment int ForeFlight in terms of both subscription and knowledge that I am not ready to abandon.  And I am not about to pay for two EFBs just to get something comparable to the old AOPA Flight Planner.

The loss of Flight Planner definately dilutes the value ot my AOPA membership.  It was the one touch-point with the association that brought me to the AOPA website on a regular basis.  

The AOPA version of iFlightPlanner is a giant step backward.
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We are happy to announce iFlightPlanner for AOPA, available on Wednesday, April 22. AOPA members can access the new planner through https://www.aopa.org/travel/aopa-flight-planner.

To read the full story on the launch of the new iFlightPlanner, please click here.
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Hi everyone. We don’t take your concerns lightly and are working with several companies in the industry to provide a replacement option(s) for those who wish to continue to utilize a desktop Flight Planning application. While we didn’t have the option to keep the current Flight Planner going, we do understand the value of having a desktop tool. We are also exploring opportunities for those who wish to use an EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) to have this option from our industry partners at the best price possible. We will communicate all details as soon as they become available. Thank you for taking the time to give us honest feedback and share your thoughts. Thank you for being valued members and AOPA pilots.
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I use the flight planner each x-country flight.  All weather and forecasts are in one bundle, easy to view and interpret.  Please let's come up with a total solution that makes business sense for AOPA and utilization sense for members.  Mike.