July 26, 2002
AOPA President Phil Boyer will hold Pilot Town Meetings on September 10, 11, and 12 for general aviation pilots in Florida. In lively, interactive sessions, Boyer will update pilots on current and upcoming developments in national aviation legislation, policy, and regulations. He will make special note of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks and discuss the current state and future of general aviation in the new security environment. Boyer will also solicit pilots' views of the general aviation situation in their state.
Boyer, president of the 384,000-member association, will also report on AOPA's success on pilot photo IDs and discuss perceived security issues facing the general aviation community. He plans to outline AOPA's General Aviation Restoration Fund (GARF), which is an initiative to blanket the country with information amplifying the role of general aviation in commerce. All the Pilot Town Meetings in Daytona Beach, Miami, and Melbourne, Florida, begin at 7:30 p.m. and are open to all pilots without charge.
Phil Boyer, a 35-year veteran aviator and former network television senior executive, is the third full-time president in AOPA's 63-year history. Instrument and multiengine rated, he has logged more than 6,800 flight hours, including two transatlantic crossings. He has been president of AOPA since January 1991.
Boyer has held over 275 Pilot Town Meetings during the past 10 years, reporting to pilots all across the country and soliciting their feedback to keep AOPA action focused on current pilot concerns. To date, some 57,000 pilots have participated in these Pilot Town Meetings.
AOPA represents pilots and owners of the 221,000 general aviation aircraft that constitute 92 percent of the U.S. civilian fleet.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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