AOPA President Phil Boyer took time during a recent stopover in Branson, Mo., to meet with aviation students at the College of the Ozarks.
"The student pilots and student mechanics of today are truly the future of aviation in America," said Boyer. "These are the men and women that the public will depend upon for decades to come to get them from one place to another, and to get them there safely."
The College of the Ozarks is a liberal arts college that is routinely ranked among the 10 best in the Midwest. Its aviation program offers private, commercial, air transport pilot, and flight instructor training, as well as a degree program in aviation maintenance.
The century-old college has graduated hundreds of students who have gone on to careers in both civilian and military aviation. It provides students a unique opportunity to fully fund their education while providing real-world experience by working in real-world situations while attending college full-time.
Photo: AOPA President Phil Boyer and C. of O. Director of Aviation Joe Robbins at the college's Graham Clark Airport.