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President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

On the first of February, the aviation community re-viewed the 2011 federal budget proposal offered by President Barack Obama and quickly learned that something amazing had happened. The $9.6 billion aviation user fee proposal hinted at during the previous year had vaporized.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

Count on this being a big year for general aviation. Even though 2010 has barely begun, we know a lot will be going on that will shape GA for the decade.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

As January arrives, we launch ourselves into a new year and a new decade. And, I complete my first year in the left seat at AOPA (see “Pilot to Pilot: Aviation’s New Vision,”).

President's Position

Article | Dec 08, 2009

If I ask a room full of pilots what matters to them most, the answers I get are remarkably consistent. Almost all of them come down to the same thing: “I want to be able to keep flying now, and for years to come.” We’ve spent a lot of time in the past year talking about protecting our freedom to fly, and as a community we’re facing no more serious issue.

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Article | Nov 02, 2009

As November approaches, the final preparations are being made for AOPA’s annual gathering, which is now AOPA Aviation Summit. All of the exhibits that have always made our Expo enjoyable will be there, along with the forums.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Just a couple of weeks ago, I found myself in the left seat of a Cessna Caravan, climbing toward 14,000 feet out of Rifle, Colorado. We were headed east and all the indications on the Garmin G1000 were comfortably in the green.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

With the kids headed back to school and summer flying adventures fading into warm memories, it’s time to find something new to look forward to. For me, that’s the first-ever AOPA Aviation Summit, set for November 5 through 7 in Tampa, Florida.

President's Position

Article | Aug 03, 2009

Wow, how did we arrive at the middle of summer so fast? I hope this issue of AOPA Pilot finds you relaxing with family and friends and, of course, flying! Summer is a great time for flying events large and small. Whether you spend a week with thousands of fellow aviation enthusiasts at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, or just get together with a few friends for a breakfast fly-out, summer’s more relaxed pace makes this the perfect season for pilots to spend time together.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

AOPA President Craig Fuller flies his A36 Beechcraft Bonanza for business and pleasure. Our General Aviation Serves America campaign to inform and educate policy makers, opinion leaders, and the public about the true value of general aviation is moving ahead at full speed.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

Click the image above to view a slideshow. Imagine what flying will be like when the promises of NextGen come to fruition in a way that can make a difference for general aviation.

President's Position: State of the Association

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

This month marks the seventieth anniversary of AOPA’s existence. That’s an incredible achievement, especially when you consider that aviation itself has only been around for about 100 years.

President's Position: A refreshing story

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

AOPA President Craig Fuller is traveling across the country telling the general aviation story. Just a few weeks ago, I experienced a first—awarding the 2008 Get Your Glass Sweepstakes Piper Archer to one of our lucky members.

President's Position: Pride of the Midwest

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

In Washington, D.C., it has become fashionable to take shots at the use of private aircraft. Some legislation has been contemplated that would force companies to sell or stop using private airplanes.

President's Position: Fly AOPA

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

Craig Fuller took the reins of the AOPA presidency in January 2009 after a successful career in national politics. There is no shortage of speculation about the future around us here in the nation’s capital.

President's Position: Ready for the challenge

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

AOPA President Craig Fuller is only the fourth president in the association’s 70-year history. Seventy years ago, a group of dedicated aviators met to form the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

President's Position: Crossing a waypoint

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

Phil Boyer is only the third president in AOPA’s 70-year history. He has served AOPA for 18 years.

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President's Position: North to Alaska

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

As AOPA’s president, Phil Boyer conducts Pilot Town Meetings throughout the country. This month I am writing my column from a hotel room in Fairbanks, Alaska.

President's Position: Friends on the ground

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Phil Boyer co-owns a Cessna 172 with his wife, Lois. They fly from Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) in Maryland.

President's Position: The airman medical

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

AOPA President Phil Boyer became a private pilot in 1967. What’s the most under-utilized resource AOPA offers its members? Without a doubt, it’s our medical certification services.

President's Position: Passion for flight

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

AOPA President Phil Boyer is president of the International Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations. The passion for flight.

President's Position: Sharing the thrill

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

AOPA President Phil Boyer took his first flight in 1967 with a business associate in a Piper 140. What are the biggest thrills in your life? Like me, I’m willing to bet that right near the top of your list would be your very first flight in a general aviation airplane.

President's Position: Flight service update

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

Phil Boyer has served as president of AOPA for more than 17 years. Last year we all experienced the somewhat flawed transition of the government-funded and operated flight service station system (FSS) to a government-funded system operated by Lockheed Martin (LM).

President's Position: Listening to you

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

Before joining AOPA, Phil Boyer was senior vice president of development for Capital Cities/ABC. In my “previous life” I was a television executive, and during that career I learned how important it is to listen to your audience.

President's Position: Spring fever

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Phil and Lois Boyer own and fly a 1977 Cessna Skyhawk. Spring is upon us, and that usually means a significant increase in flying activity for those of us who live and work in four-season climates.

President's Position: Some things never change

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

Phil Boyer serves as publisher of AOPA Pilot magazine. There are some constants in aviation, things that never really change no matter how much we advance.