AOPA President Phil Boyer this morning asked all pilots to join President George W. Bush and other Americans in prayer and remembrance for those lost in the terrorist attack of September 11. AOPA telephones will be shut down for five minutes at noon (Eastern time) today to allow employees to silently reflect on the horrifying events of the past few days and pray for both victims and survivors.
"Like all Americans, general aviation pilots are in pain now, in mourning, in shock," Boyer said. "We're still grappling with the unreality of the awful thing those cowardly terrorists did and outraged that they would use the freedom of our own aviation system against us. I urge GA pilots to join with AOPA staff and other Americans in observing this national day of prayer and remembrance."
Boyer also cautioned pilots that national security is still at stake and urged compliance with the ban on Part 91 general aviation flying. "In days to come and as GA flying resumes, there will be heightened security and additional restrictions to ensure our national welfare. There may even be misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. But rest assured, AOPA is continuing to work with the FAA, DOT, and the administration to allow GA flying as quickly as possible and limit restrictions to only those absolutely necessary."
AOPA has also canceled Monday's scheduled AOPA Pilot Town Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.