June 22, 2010
AOPA ePublishing staff
The Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association Migration in Dayton, Ohio, June 17 through 19, drew hundreds of Cirrus aircraft as well as AOPA President Craig Fuller and Canadian Owners and Pilots Association President Kevin Psutka to celebrate general aviation and discuss challenges facing the industry.
Before discussing the top three issues facing GA, Fuller shared one of his more memorable moments at AOPA with the group.
”It involved me, a Cirrus, and a very happy and surprised AOPA member,“ Fuller said, hinting at the surprise revealing of AOPA’s 2009 Sweepstakes Let’s Go Flying Cirrus SR22 to AOPA member Michael Graves on Super Bowl Sunday in Grass Valley, Calif.
Psutka and Fuller then spoke to about 200 pilots in attendance about the top three challenges each organization is facing. Psutka cited his organization’s concerns about unmanned aerial systems, security policies, and keeping Canada’s borders and airports open. Fuller explained three of AOPA’s top initiatives, which include increasing the pilot population; helping to shape NextGen, the modernized air traffic control system; and finding a replacement for 100LL, which proved to be the hottest topic at the event. After the migration event, Fuller stayed in Dayton to meet with Cirrus owners and representatives from other type clubs to discuss the association’s efforts on finding an avgas replacement.
The key to success on all of these issues facing pilots in Canada and the United States is to be active, engaged members of the GA community, Fuller stressed.
”With so much going on, it’s vital that we all get engaged in keeping GA strong,“ he encouraged pilots. ”If each of us does just a few things, we can make an enormous difference in the future of GA.“
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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