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2004 AOPA Annual Report

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

AOPA puts a powerful team to work for members every day As I come to work each day, I am inspired by the team of professionals that has created the world's largest aviation association. As strategist and author Lance Secretan has said, "Leadership is about inspiration — of oneself and of others....

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

Government Report Praises Government, Industry Efforts to Secure GA Airports A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued recently acknowledged the relative lack of threat from general aviation aircraft, and concluded that continued partnerships between the GA industry and the government — such as AOPA's Airport Watch program — are vital to the long-term security at the nation's nearly 19,000 GA landing facilities. Titled "General Aviation Security: Increased Federal Oversight Is Needed but Continued Partnership With the Private Sector Is Critical to Long-Term Success," the report — the result of more than a year of study — says, "The public/private partnership has been strengthened...through the teaming of TSA [Transportation Security Administration] and general aviation industry associations," such as AOPA.

AOPA Action

Article | Feb 01, 2005

AOPA, TSA Cooperate to Refine Alien Flight-Training Rule By the time the alien flight training/citizenship validation rule went into effect for all pilots on December 20, 2004, it was a markedly different rule than originally imposed, thanks largely to the hands-on efforts of AOPA. "AOPA was the first aviation association to raise a red flag when the Transportation Security Administration issued the interim final rule last September without any notice or the usual public comment period," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Dealing with airport security Airport security has become a major issue in the aviation industry, as any air traveler will tell you. But security now extends far beyond the excruciating lines in the terminal building to certain considerations for the general aviation airport user.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

AOPA to Help TSA Fix Citizenship Validation Rule AOPA has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to fix the citizenship validation/alien flight training rule while still addressing national security concerns, and perhaps to create a model for future development of TSA aviation-related rules. After hearing the grave concerns of AOPA members during his appearance at AOPA Expo on October 22, 2004, in Long Beach, California, Rear Adm.

AOPA Expo 2004

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

Long Beach hosts a jam-packed AOPA Expo For three fall days — October 21, 22, and 23 — 11,185 AOPA members gathered like bees to honey at the Long Beach Convention Center in sunny Southern California to take in the latest in general aviation technology, to pose important questions to the heads of both the FAA and Transportation Safety Administration — two agencies that directly affect members' flying activities — and to meet and schmooze with fellow fliers and AOPA staff members from President Phil Boyer on down. During a year when AOPA membership stayed above 400,000, and the GA accident rate continued to decline, AOPA members and staff had plenty to celebrate — and celebrate they did by flocking to the exhibit hall to learn about the latest products and walking the flight line to get a look at the AOPA Win-A-Twin Piper Twin Comanche and 73 other airplanes featured in the static display.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2004

AOPA to Pilots: Take Election Security Concerns Seriously The 2004 presidential election is only a few weeks away, and security officials remain extremely concerned that terrorists will try to disrupt or influence the outcome with renewed attacks within the United States. The specter of the attacks on Spanish trains in March, which helped sway national elections there, looms large for security agencies in the United States.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

General Counsel John S. Yodice represents AOPA and its members in litigation and rulemaking matters.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

The last time I had a fighter on my wing was during the Cold War, and I was the leader of a two-ship formation. As a pilot with the 146th Fighter Squadron assigned to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) I was combat-qualified in the F-102, a single-seat delta-wing supersonic fighter-interceptor, and most of our missions involved practice intercepts designed to keep us sharp in the face of the constant threat of Soviet bombers.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

AOPA President Phil Boyer is a former executive with ABC. With more than 400,000 members, whenever anything negative about general aviation becomes public, it isn't long before more than one pilot contacts someone at AOPA headquarters with the news.