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President's Position

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.

President's Position

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.

President's Position

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.

President's Position

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.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

Phil Boyer is a 7,500-hour-plus pilot who has been flying for more than 30 years, more than 15 as an aircraft owner. Since the passage of the GA Revitalization Act in 1994, due in large part to the power of AOPA member/pilots to get behind product liability reform and write to Congress, the general aviation manufacturing community has seen a rebirth of piston-aircraft manufacturing.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2006

AOPA President Phil Boyer and his staff were instrumental in assuring a successful outsourcing of the FSS system. Recently, a small booklet designed for pilots in Europe crossed my desk.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

AOPA President Phil Boyer flies an ADS-B-equipped Cessna 172. Most of us who own aircraft enjoy selecting the equipment for a new airplane or, with used aircraft, working from a "dream list" of what we would like to install when our finances allow.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

The Washington, D.C., ADIZ is eight nautical miles from AOPA President Phil Boyer's home airport in Frederick, Maryland. In his book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, author Richard Bach, AOPA 200827, attempts to put forth the message "impossible is nothing." His small story, first published in 1970, has had a profound influence on many of us to become pilots, or appreciate the "bird-like" freedom of flight.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

AOPA President Phil Boyer is general aviation's spokesman in Washington. Earlier in the year this column discussed the pressure from the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and airlines to change the way our federal air traffic control (ATC) system is financed ("President's Position: FAA Funding," June Pilot).

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

AOPA President Phil Boyer is an annual contributor to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Hat in the Ring Society. Sitting in the left seat of AOPA for the past 15 years has given me an enviable view of the many facets of this remarkable organization.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

AOPA President Phil Boyer's home airport is 8 nautical miles from the edge of the Washington, D.C. ADIZ.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

AOPA President Phil Boyer flies his Cessna 172 from Frederick, Maryland. Lately members come up to me and comment, "Boy, am I glad I don't have your job!" They are usually referring to the rash of airspace incursions in the Washington, D.C., area or one of the recent airport security issues.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

AOPA President Phil Boyer and his wife own a 1977 Cessna 172. Most of us in aviation have become familiar with the NASA-FAA-Industry partnership called SATS, the Small Aircraft Transportation System.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2005

AOPA President Phil Boyer is dedicated to fighting user fees. This month's issue of AOPA Pilot is dedicated to covering the "State of General Aviation." Looking forward, there is one huge issue that transcends post-9/11 security, airport issues, and the myriad other problems and opportunities facing GA.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

AOPA President Phil Boyer visits as many GA airports as possible each year. Annually, in the last 15 years, your association has conducted research aimed at helping us direct our advocacy in the regulatory and legislative areas towards what you deem important.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

Phil Boyer assumed the duties of president of AOPA in January 1991. In this job as president of your association, along with the emotional highs of winning on general aviation issues, there is plenty of frustration, as you might imagine.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

AOPA President Phil Boyer has served the association for the past 14 years. I write this month's column immediately after ending a meeting with a team from Lockheed Martin, the winner of an FAA contract to assume design and operation of a twenty-first-century flight service station system — FS21.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Phil Boyer is a 7,000-hour-plus pilot who has been flying for more than 30 years, more than 15 as an aircraft owner. It's pet-peeve time for this month's column, and perhaps my personal concern is shared and will ring true to others who are pilots.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

Phil Boyer is the president of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations. Thanksgiving Day in America is meant to be a time to offer thanks with family and friends, and symbolizes the start of a holiday season for many of us.