AOPA President Phil Boyer met January 30 with six FAA aviation safety counselors who serve the Tallahassee area of the Florida panhandle, offering them AOPA Air Safety Foundation resources in their quest to keep general aviation pilots safe. The AOPA president was in Tallahassee for an AOPA Pilot Town Meeting.
The Tallahassee volunteer FAA safety counselors work in relative isolation, since their official FAA point of contact is the flight standards district office in Tampa, more than 270 miles away. Boyer pointed to various ASF resources available by mail or through the AOPA Web site that could help the volunteer FAA counselors.
"Phil expressed both understanding and interest in the fact we are in a [resource] remote location in Florida, and gave us...support," said counselor Bill Humbert. "We especially appreciated his help in linking us to Dick Hiner, ASF's vice president for training."
At the meeting were (left to right, front row) Dan Brown, Boyer, Dick Norman, and Bill Humbert. In the back row were Art Eickenberg, Lloyd Wheeler, and Ron Fisher. Norman, 75, first joined AOPA in 1945.