Friday morning in Maui, Hawaii, AOPA President Phil Boyer gave the keynote speech to Superior Air Parts 2002 Worldwide Symposium for suppliers and dealers. Boyer covered post-September 11 tragedy measures taken by the association to restore VFR flying. Like flight schools, FBOs, and others, this group was hard-hit as people were unable to move their airplanes for needed repairs or engine replacements. Boyer commented on the recovery of general aviation, pointing to record AOPA Expo attendance less than 60 days after the terrorist attack. He noted that many AOPA members have said that they will be flying their own airplanes more on business, rather than using the airlines.
At the conclusion of his speech, Superior Air Parts President and CEO Bernie Coleman presented Boyer with a special award— "For your outstanding leadership in helping to secure a solid future for general aviation."