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IAOPA 21st World Assembly scheduled for Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2002IAOPA 21st World Assembly scheduled for Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2002

The 21st World Assembly of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) will be held 23-27 September 2002 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, sponsored by the Brazilian Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (Associacao de Pilotos E Proprietarios de Aeronaves Brazil).

Every two years, IAOPA board members and other interested parties meet to evaluate the state of world general aviation and aerial work activities and to plan future courses of action.

"This is the first IAOPA World Assembly to be held in South America," said IAOPA President Phil Boyer. "The emerging air transportation needs for this vast continent are especially pressing as we enter the twenty-first century. AOPA Brazil has been a leader in articulating the needs of general aviation in their nation; therefore, it is appropriate that they host this important event."

International delegates to the World Assembly will participate in a wide range of discussions of importance to general aviation and aerial work activities, including air traffic services, airport and airspace access, user fees, and pilot certification.

Delegates will hear presentations from experts representing the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Brazilian Department of Civil Aviation, regional aviation associations, aircraft manufacturers, and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. Resolutions developed from these discussions will be used to provide policies and direction for IAOPA and its affiliates.

The IAOPA 21st World Assembly will be held at the Hotel Transamerica, located in downtown Sao Paulo. The hotel features full convention services in addition to a wide range of recreational facilities. A number of touring events at nearby attractions are planned for delegates and their guests.

All interested parties are invited to join with IAOPA delegates in the World Assembly public sessions to learn about the future direction of worldwide general aviation and aerial work.

World assemblies were most recently held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2000 and Palm Springs, California, USA, in 1998.

IAOPA represents the interests of AOPA affiliates in 56 countries of the world, comprising more than 400,000 general aviation and aerial work pilots and aircraft operators. The council was formed in 1962 to provide a voice for general aviation in world aviation forums.

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