AOPA President Phil Boyer is the first recipient of the Lawyer Pilot Bar Association's Aviation Advocacy Award.
"Advocacy has been the hallmark of AOPA since our founding in 1939," said Boyer, "and our skills were never more sorely tested than in the days following September 11. I'm proud of the work that the AOPA staff did to restore general aviation to the air, and I'm honored by this award."
In presenting the award, LPBA President William Wimsatt praised Boyer and AOPA for letting pilots know what was going on. "At a time when there was very little solid information, and a lot of misinformation, AOPA made sure not only its members, but all GA pilots knew what was happening," said Wimsatt. "At the same time, AOPA was working tirelessly to make sure GA pilots would also retain access to the skies."
Boyer was the guest speaker at a joint meeting of the LPBA, the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association, the aviation sections of the Oregon and the Seattle/King County Bar associations, and the British Columbia Bar Association last week.
The LPBA was formed more than 40 years ago by nine lawyers who shared a love of flying. Since then, the association has grown to 1,200 members. Its stated goals are to improve knowledge and understanding of aviation law, to promote the spirit of fellowship among lawyers who are also pilots, and to promote cooperation with governmental and other organizations to enhance general aviation safety.