Pilots gather for town hall meeting

September 23, 2010

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita and AOPA President Craig Fuller Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita and AOPA President Craig Fuller

About 125 pilots from near and far joined AOPA President Craig Fuller at Mount Comfort Airport in Greenfield, Ind., for a pilot town hall meeting Sept. 18.

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita and Women in Aviation, International President Dr. Peggy Chabrian were among the member pilots at the event; some drove in from as far away as 100 miles, and more than 15 airplanes flew in to hear about engagement in general aviation and what’s happening on Capitol Hill.

Fuller has dubbed 2010 “ the year of engagement”—a call to action for pilots to get involved in aviation, whether it’s by staying informed, staying proficient, getting involved in the political process, or in another way. He discussed how pilots can get engaged and how AOPA is working to protect GA.

“As a pilot for over 20 years and as a member of AOPA, I appreciate firsthand the organization’s continuing efforts in advancing general aviation causes,” Rokita said. “Craig Fuller’s speech during the town hall meeting showed his passion for aviation and extensive knowledge in business, leadership, and politics will continue AOPA’s overall objective of ensuring polite safety while allowing them to get the most out of their flying experience.”

Fresh off the heels of a visit to Swift Enterprises, a company working on one potential alternative to 100LL, Fuller fielded questions about the industry’s efforts to chart a path to an unleaded avgas. He also answered questions about the challenges of keeping GA affordable.