June 21, 2002
AOPA President Phil Boyer will hold Pilot Town Meetings on August 13, 14, and 15 for general aviation pilots in Texas. In lively, interactive sessions, Boyer will update pilots on current and upcoming developments in national aviation legislation, policy, and regulations and will 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 progress on pilot photo IDs and discuss perceived security issues facing the general aviation community. He will also 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 Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, Texas, 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 56,000 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.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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