AOPA President Phil Boyer took time during a Pilot Town Meeting in Portland, Oregon, this week to present a 50-year pin to AOPA member Jules Prickett.
"Honoring members like Mr. Prickett for their longstanding support of AOPA's mission is why we created the Honor Pin program," said Boyer. "Without the continued support of all of our members, we would not be nearly as effective in protecting the interests of general aviation in America."
Members who have been with AOPA for 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 years receive distinctive lapel pins recognizing their ongoing support of AOPA's mission. Prickett is one of more than 2,600 members who have been with AOPA for 50 or more years.
Jules Prickett of Hillsboro, Oregon, joined AOPA in 1952. He had received his private pilot license three years earlier, while still in high school. He has a lifelong association with aviation, serving as an instructor in the Air Force, working for Hawaiian Airlines and Learjet, and running an FBO.