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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.

President's Position: On the road again

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

Phil Boyer created ABC’s “Wide World of Flying” in the late 1980s. Holding pilot town meetings (PTMs) around the country is one aspect of working for you that I missed throughout 2007.

Topics AOPA, Pilots

President's Position: Still $39

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

This issue of AOPA Pilot marks a new year. With a presidential election topping 2008, it is predicted to be a year filled with challenges and opportunities.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Phil Boyer has served as president of AOPA since January 1991. As this is the last issue of AOPA Pilot of the year, I thought it timely to bring members a progress report on the FAA funding legislation, better described as the battle over "user fees." The last time pilots were so aware of congressional activity with regard to aviation was in the early 1990s concerning the "product liability" bill.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

Phil Boyer has served as president of AOPA for more than 15 years. In the past 60 days the FAA has taken two somewhat bold steps in fulfilling the promise of a Next Generation Air Traffic System (NextGen).

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

When not flying for the affairs of AOPA, President Phil Boyer can be found with his Waco biplane or his wife's Cessna 172. I write this column as Congress returns after almost a month of vacation, and it is hard to predict whether or not the FAA funding legislation will be finalized by the end of September, when the current bill expires.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

AOPA President Phil Boyer leads a team of dedicated individuals in advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. Right now I feel like I'm in the eye of a hurricane.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

AOPA President Phil Boyer leads a staff of talented individuals who work for general aviation on Capitol Hill. It was one of the best phone calls I've ever received.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

AOPA President Phil Boyer's home airport is Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland. How many of you are as frustrated by the flight service station (FSS) mess as I am? Long hold times, dropped calls, briefers unfamiliar with the flight plan area, lost flight plans — believe me, I've experienced them all myself, and hundreds of you have e-mailed me personally, detailing your problems with the system.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

AOPA President Phil Boyer mentored his wife, Lois, throughout her flight training. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job — sitting in the left seat of AOPA for all these years — is hearing from members like you.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

Phil Boyer has served as AOPA's president since January 1, 1991. In her continuing quest to "sell" the agency's financing proposal, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey recently stated, "You know, GPS is the law of the land in virtually every other business and logistic situation that we have.

President's Position

Article | Apr 01, 2007

Phil Boyer has served as president of AOPA for more than 15 years. He has helped defeat airline-supported user fees three times.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

Under President Phil Boyer's leadership, AOPA has become one of the top 100 associations in the country. Outside of operating a nuclear reactor, aviation is one of the most tightly regulated and controlled industries in existence today.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

AOPA President Phil Boyer joined the association in 1967 and became its president in 1991. Behind my desk is a cabinet containing bound copies of AOPA Pilot dating back almost 30 years.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

AOPA President Phil Boyer will be a 40-year member of the association this year. Time flies when you're busy.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

AOPA President Phil Boyer is a former executive with ABC News. For many years I have received Chief Executive magazine, a controlled-circulation magazine, which claims a readership of more than 170,000 top management executives.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

Since Phil Boyer became AOPA's president in 1991, membership has grown more than 25 percent, to 408,000 members. I began using AOPA as a resource many years ago, but it wasn't until I took the helm of the association in 1991 that I discovered the extent of knowledge and experience available to me and any member of the association.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Phil Boyer has served as president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association since 1991. From a newly rated pilot to a seasoned airline captain, when flying on instruments, most of us hate to be given holding patterns.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

As AOPA's president, Phil Boyer has championed the rights of general aviation pilots for the past 15 years. When most of our members think about AOPA advocacy efforts, what come to mind are the big federal issues, but some of our most important battlegrounds are in the state legislatures.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

Phil Boyer has mentored several new pilots during his tenure as president of AOPA. This month from the front cover and throughout AOPA Pilot magazine, attention has been brought to the new Project Pilot program being undertaken by your association.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

AOPA President Phil Boyer advocates for general aviation at conferences and meetings throughout the country. Recently, I was invited to give a keynote luncheon speech at the annual meeting of the American Association of Airport Executives, the "AOPA" of airport anagers.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

AOPA President Phil Boyer has seen firsthand the decline of general aviation in foreign countries after the imposition of user fees. The ancient Greek story-teller Aesop, whose fables usually end with a valuable lesson, wrote, "Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties." In this case, Aesop's words are the moral of the fable that the Air Transport Association (ATA) has created in giving advice for funding the FAA with user fees.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

AOPA President Phil Boyer and his wife, Lois, have owned a Cessna 172 since 1992. Looking back to the days immediately after passing my private checkride, I remember that the next experience was to check out in the flight school's Skyhawk, which seemed like an airliner to me after all my student pilot time in the two-seat Cessna 150.