October 3, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
Aviation advocates and professional airport managers share many goals, and stronger ties between the two groups can help accomplish those mutual objectives, AOPA said at an industry conference in Foxboro, Mass.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, and Sean Collins, AOPA eastern regional manager, represented the association at the fortieth annual conference of the Massachusetts Airport Management Association (MAMA) at Gillette Stadium Sept. 24 to 26.
Pecoraro joined Lisa Piccione, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Business Aviation Association, for a presentation to the airport administrators on "Advocacy: How we can help each other," in which they profiled AOPA’s and NBAA’s advocacy initiatives and priorities.
"It is important that AOPA attend this kind of event, representing member interests by participating in presentations, hearing the perspective of other industry stakeholders, and networking with them as we continue to work toward the common goal of promoting and protecting general aviation," Pecoraro said. "Airports are a central focus of AOPA advocacy, and building relationships with airport industry leaders is vital to our efforts."
Other conference sessions focused on aviation’s role in the domestic economy, working with government regulators, regional system planning, security, and federal budget updates.
Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey, a speaker at the conference, proclaimed October as General Aviation Month in the commonwealth on behalf of Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick.
Gillette Stadium, the conference venue, is the home field of the New England Patriots professional football team.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
National Business Aviation Association,
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) welcomed a Sept. 18 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announcement that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) by the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline. ADS-B is a critical component of the NextGen air traffic modernization program.
The FAA announced Sept. 18 that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for ADS-B, a move welcomed by AOPA.
Changes to departure and arrival procedures in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport airspace will take effect Sept. 18, and AOPA is cautioning pilots to plan ahead for the new procedures.
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