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President's Position

Article | Dec 01, 2010

Seventy-one years ago our founders recognized the need for an organization to prevent encroachment on our freedom to fly. They knew that excessive regulation could prove costly.

President's Position

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Everywhere I travel these days, I hear a recurring question from the pilots I meet: “How are we going to grow the pilot population?” This is a question that keeps us up at night, and it is one we must answer. The past 20-plus years have been filled with dozens of well-intentioned attempts to solve the problem.

President's Position

Article | Oct 01, 2010

On the hustings—it’s a Middle English term not heard much outside the political arena. Over time, the phrase has come to mean a platform for speaking to an audience about matters of public policy.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

AOPA has always been a forthright and forward-looking organization. It’s almost hard to believe just how prescient the association’s founders were, back in 1939, when they decided to stand up and become the voice of general aviation.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

My column this month focuses on avgas, and if you read nothing else, you need to know that I believe: 1. Supplies of 100LL will remain readily available; 2.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

There’s something about summer excursions—they just seem to be more fun, more relaxed, than trips taken at other times of the year. Whether you take off on your own or are joined by your family, summer is a wonderful time to do a little exploring, go someplace new, and try something different.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

You’ve heard me talk about the work being done through the GA caucuses in the House and Senate. Each caucus serves as a forum for senators and members of Congress to discuss the role of general aviation and the issues that affect the future of GA flying (see “GA in the Halls of Congress,”).

President's Position: Join the force

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

All this year, we’ve been talking about getting engaged in aviation and the many simple ways we can all take action to protect our freedom to fly. Along the way I’ve discovered most of the AOPA members I meet don’t know about some of the most basic and vital tools we have for protecting aviation—AOPA’s three fundraising programs.

President's Position: Staying the course

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

The first quarter of the year has been an extraordinary roller-coaster ride for the general aviation community as a whole and for AOPA and its members in particular. Soon after learning that there would be no user fees in the Obama Administration’s budget proposal, I got to give away our Let’s Go Flying Sweepstakes Cirrus SR22.

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.