AOPA was ranked among the most effective organizations on Capitol Hill in a recent issue of Fortune magazine. The publication surveyed members of Congress and congressional staffers, senior White House aides, and professional lobbyists and asked them to rate the political "clout" of various associations and interest groups. AOPA was the only aviation organization to make the list.
"Defending the interests of general aviation before Congress is one of the most important things we do," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "And the reason we do have clout on the Hill is because of our membership. When we talk to senators and congressmen, they know AOPA represents more than 385,000 committed pilots who are important members of their communities and who vote. That's power in Washington."