The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Pilot Town Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 17, in Charlotte has been canceled. AOPA President Phil Boyer explained that with the disruption of national aviation caused by Tuesday's tragic events, "it seems prudent for me to cancel the meeting." He noted that he has been holding these pilot meetings for more than decade, and this is the first cancellation.
The Pilot Town Meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.
Boyer told Carolina pilots who had planned to attend the meeting that "while your opinions on the current state of affairs during this crisis would be valuable to our organization, it seems my time would be better spent in the nation's capital, participating in the dialogue to restore the nation's aviation system for all classes of users."
AOPA represents pilots and owners of three quarters of the 206,000 general aviation aircraft that constitute 92 percent of the U.S. civilian fleet. More than 60 percent of the 20,000 pilots in the Carolinas are AOPA members.