President’s Position

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President's Position: A reprieve, not a rout

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

The entire general aviation community has a victory to celebrate, even as we recognize that this win is by no means final.

President's Position: More than we asked for

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

It’s not too often that you get more than you ask for.

President's Position: Working together

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

America may be the land of the rugged individualist, but there are times when it’s best not to go it alone. That goes for organizations as well as people.

President's Position: Seeking to understand

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Any time you start something new, there’s a lot to learn. And I’m a big believer in learning first, then acting decisively.

President's Position: Priorities

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

In the few weeks I’ve been on the job at AOPA, the number-one thing members ask me is what I’m going to do first.

President's Position: Behind the curtain

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

A change in leadership is no small thing for any organization, especially one that has had only a handful of presidents in nearly 75 years. So in this, my very first column for AOPA Pilot, let me say how proud and excited I am to be AOPA’s fifth president.

President's Position: Thank you!

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

With this month’s column, I conclude five enjoyable years in the left seat at AOPA. You and I have shared an extraordinary journey through some very challenging times.

President’s Position: Your AOPA Summit

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

During the course of the year, AOPA creates and participates in gatherings across the country where we interact with our members, share flying stories, and talk about the issues that affect our general aviation community. There is one gathering that, for us, represents the pinnacle of our annual outreach activity—the AOPA Aviation Summit.

President’s Position: Regulatory delays

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

During most AOPA Town Hall gatherings, I remind participating members that AOPA's founders created our organization in 1939 largely because they feared that a government about to enter a world war just might regulate general aviation out of existence. Nearly 75 years later, our mission is grounded in similar concerns--raised not by the prospect of war but by the growing power of regulatory agencies, many of which operate with increasing autonomy and minimal oversight.

President's Position: Choosing wisely

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Only a few weeks ago, legislation to provide the FAA with budget flexibility passed the Senate unanimously and the House of Representatives by a huge margin.

President's Position: Paranoia?

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

During the past few weeks, I have found myself thinking more than once of the adage: “You’re not paranoid if people really are out to get you.” For months, the administration in Washington, D.C., said sequestration simply would not happen. But, then it did.

President's Position: Welcome to our world

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

Sharing the experience of flight

President's Position: The gift of giving

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

The real winner is the joy of flying.

President's Position: Looking West

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Fully committed to building the pilot community .

President's Position: Going low and slow

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

Exercising my freedom to fly across America.

President's Position: Storm brewing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Yes, I know it's summer across America and we are supposed to be enjoying friends, families, and flying. But there is a storm brewing, and those of us who fight for our freedom to fly find it very, very troubling. That's what's on my mind as I prepare for my flight to Oshkosh for AirVenture.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Some months ago at AOPA, we asked ourselves one of those "what if" questions. It went something like this: What if we could find a meaningful way to share everything we know about what makes a successful flight training experience?

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

After about three weeks of nonstop travel, I found myself in Billings, Montana, with a friend's Aviat Husky A–1B and a very experienced backcountry pilot, Jeanne MacPherson.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

It seems like just a few days ago that I joined my colleague Dave Hirschman to begin a 12-day adventure that any pilot might enjoy. Dave flew the Tougher than a Tornado AOPA Sweepstakes Husky, and I piloted my own Husky (N24HU) from our headquarters in Frederick, down the Gulf Coast of Florida to Key West, then back north to Lakeland to spend a week at Sun 'n Fun, before returning home.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

It is always wonderful to move into spring. This year--at least at our headquarters home in Frederick, Maryland--we saw very little winter weather.