A Casual Chat Allows ANN To Catch Up With Baker's Progress At AOPA
ANN had the chance, finally, to meet AOPA's Mark Baker, face to face, while attending the 2013 Redbird Migration Flight Training Conference. A bit more cheerful and open than the first chat that took place when Baker barely had 20 days time in grade, it allowed us to get a better idea of who the "new guy at AOPA" really was... and just how accessible he might be.
A native Minnesotan, Baker, 55, became a pilot in his twenties and has logged more than 7,500 hours of flight time. The pilot community and his close flying friends are the reason he can be found at an airport or a seaplane base nearly every weekend. An aircraft owner, Baker enjoys flying everything from light seaplanes to turbines to helicopters, but his favorite airplane continues to be his Piper Super Cub. Baker and his wife, Vickie, have four children and six grandchildren. Not only did he encourage his father to learn to fly, but two of his sons-in-law have their pilot’s certificates and his own son will become a pilot soon as well.
Baker took office on September 6, 2013, following formal appointment by the Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting of Members in Frederick, Maryland.
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