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National pilot association president to meet with pilots in northern New Jersey, then Long Island, New YorkNational pilot association president to meet with pilots in northern New Jersey, then Long Island, New York

Who: Phil Boyer, President
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
When: Monday, April 14, 2003
Where: The Crowne Plaza Meadowlands
Two Harmon Plaza
Secaucus, New Jersey
When: Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Where: The Wyndham Wind Watch Hotel
1717 Motor Parkway
Hauppague, New York

AOPA President Phil Boyer will hold two separate Pilot Town Meetings, one on Monday, April 14, for general aviation pilots in northern New Jersey, and then travel to Long Island, New York, on Wednesday, April 16. During this era of heightened national security, it is timely that Boyer will discuss AOPA's newly unveiled Airport Watch program, a joint venture with the Transportation Security Administration to help keep America's general aviation airports secure from terrorists. He will also field questions on perceived security issues facing the general aviation community, plus he'll address the recent overnight demolition of the runway at Chicago's Meigs Field. Boyer will also update pilots on developments in national aviation legislation, policy, and regulations and will solicit pilots' views on the general aviation situation in their state.

Boyer, president of the more than 395,000 member association, will also outline the new General Aviation Serving America Web site, which is an initiative to educate the public about the important role of general aviation in the national economy and transportation system. The Pilot Town Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are open to all pilots without charge.

Phil Boyer, a 36-year veteran aviator and former network television senior executive, is the third full-time president in AOPA's 64-year history. Instrument and multiengine rated, he has logged nearly 7,000 flight hours, including two transatlantic crossings. He has been president of AOPA since January 1991.

Boyer has held over 290 Pilot Town Meetings during the past 10 years, reporting to pilots all across the country and soliciting their feedback to keep AOPA action focused on current pilot concerns. To date, more than 63,000 pilots have participated in these Pilot Town Meetings.

AOPA represents pilots and owners of the 221,000 general aviation aircraft that constitute 92 percent of the U.S. civilian fleet.


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