October 2, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
AOPA President Phil Boyer received standing ovations for his presentations to Alaskan pilots this week in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. But it wasn’t just about the Pilot Town Meetings. Boyer also spent a considerable amount of time lobbying on behalf of general aviation.
Boyer addressed more than 150 state aviation officials at the annual convention of the National Association of State Aviation Officials. He reminded them of the importance of GA to their communities and of AOPA’s strong support for GA airports. He urged them to continue to partner with AOPA to fight against the threats to airports, including residential encroachment and unwarranted security regulations. And he said that airports need to be proactive in addressing environmental issues that will become more of a factor in the future.
Boyer also met with key Alaskan aviation officials to update them on the FAA funding issue and the latest information on the proposed deployment of ADS-B. Alaska was a test bed for the technology under the Capstone program, and Alaskan pilots are eager for the FAA to build out the system in a useful way.
During the Anchorage Pilot Town Meeting, Boyer presented an AOPA Presidential Citation to State Sen. Donald Olson, who pushed a bill through the Alaskan legislature to establish low-interest, state-supported loans for aircraft owners to equip with ADS-B.
Boyer also honored State Rep. Kyle Johansen, who sponsored the legislative resolution opposing an increase in the aviation fuel tax and the imposition of user fees.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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