October 9, 2012
By Benét J. Wilson
Jay White, former president and current general counsel of the California Pilots Association (CPA) was named the winner of AOPA’s Joseph R. Crotti award Oct. 12. White was lauded for his efforts in the past 30 years to protect California’s general aviation airports and fight for pilots’ flight privileges.
In 1974, White, a commercial airline pilot, singlehandedly saved the organization, then known as the California Aviation Council, when no one came forward to assume leadership.
As the new leader, White worked tirelessly on GA matters within the state, subsequently developing an excellent working relationship with the California Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics. This valuable relationship is still in place. He also applied his law degree to better understand state aviation regulations, and deal with some of the state’s airport sponsors who rejected the aeronautic division’s handbook on appropriate land usage around their airports.
The Crotti Award for GA advocacy in California is named in honor of the late Joe Crotti, longtime AOPA regional representative and former chief of the state’s Division of Aeronautics. The award was presented during AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
Department of Transportation,
The Environmental Protection Agency has denied the most recent petition from environmental groups that asked the agency to reconsider a 2012 decision not to immediately pursue an endangerment finding for leaded avgas.
Pilots in Washington State have another voice advocating for them on airport, economic, legislative, and public perception issues: the Washington State Aviation Alliance.
Few states match Massachusetts when it comes to supporting airports, and the enthusiasm continues to be nurtured by AOPA and many others.
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