Frank Hofmann of Canada has been appointed as the representative of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). On May 31, 2001, Hofmann presented his credentials to Renado Costa Pereria, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
"Mr. Hofmann's broad background and years of experience as an advocate for general aviation make him superbly suited to continue IAOPA's longstanding work to protect and promote general aviation and aerial work in the international arena," said IAOPA President Phil Boyer.
IAOPA became an ICAO accredited observer in 1964, the first and only general aviation organization to do so. Hofman will monitor ICAO activities and present general aviation and aerial work's views on issues critical to their worldwide interests.
Hofmann is an experienced pilot and aviation maintenance engineer who has been involved in general aviation advocacy activities for many years. He is currently serving as a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, a founding IAOPA affiliate.
A professional educator, he most recently held the chair of aerospace technology at Montreal's John Abbott College. He and his wife Margaret live in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada, a suburb of Montreal.
Hofman's predecessor, Bill Peppler, is retiring from the post after four years of service. He will continue to reside in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations represents the interests of more than 400,000 pilots and aircraft operators who are members of 56 national affiliates around the world. The principal objectives of the association are to promote and protect the interests of general aviation and aerial work operators engaged in international aviation.