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Thousands sign AOPA's petition against FAA funding scheme
"This overwhelming response is hard evidence from the pilot community of what AOPA and the other aviation associations have been saying for two years — the vast silent majority of the aviation community does not and will not support the FAA scheme," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "We've had to order more of the petition forms because of the demand and the passion this issue has generated.
"Congress is already sitting up and taking notice," he continued. "The FAA and Administrator Marion Blakey need to as well."
Each petition is 7 feet high and 15 feet wide with space for nearly 5,000 signatures. There are three posted around the Sun 'n Fun grounds. Visitors are arriving at Sun 'n Fun aware of the petition drive and are actively seeking AOPA staffers to locate the petitions. By the end of the first day, the petition posted next to AOPA's Big Yellow Tent was nearly three-quarters full.
"We expect interest in the petition to grow as AOPA Day at Sun 'n Fun (Friday, April 20) approaches," said Boyer.
Boyer will explain in much greater detail the FAA funding scheme and the threat it poses to general aviation when he hosts a Pilot Town Meeting at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday evening (April 19) at Sun 'n Fun.