Due to the pending war with Iraq, AOPA has been forced to cancel the Alaska Pilot Town Meetings scheduled for March 24 in Anchorage and March 25 in Fairbanks.
"I realize that Washington, D.C., must seem a long way away from the 49th State," said AOPA President Phil Boyer, "but what happens in our nation's capital does affect everyone. With the pending war, I am almost certain general aviation will once again be made a scapegoat.
"The war will undoubtedly have an impact on GA operations. As was the case following 9/11, AOPA's work with the regulators and Congress will be most important, and I need to be in Washington to help the AOPA team defend GA's interests."
Boyer expressed regrets for having to cancel the meetings and promised to reschedule them later this year. "I make sure Alaska is on my schedule at the same interval as major cities in the Lower 48—approximately every 18 months to two years. This time I was really looking forward to meeting Alaska pilots outside of the timeframe of my regular summertime visits, when flying is most active."
When new dates for the Alaska Pilot Town Meetings are set, they'll be published on the Web, in ePilot, and direct mail to area pilots.