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AOPA - A family affairAOPA - A family affair

AOPA - A family affair

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The Woodside family includes pilots (l-r, back row) Kevin Woodside, Andy Woodside, Rich Holmes (wife Anne Woodside Holmes, not pictured), and Jason Woodside. (l-r, front row) Brady Woodside, Aaron Woodside, Peter Holmes, and Jennifer Woodside.
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The Woodside clan and their Navions
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The Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes aircraft in
front of the AOPA tent at AirVenture Oshkosh.

Aviation gets in your blood. Or maybe it's in the DNA. For many, general aviation and AOPA are a family affair.

Consider the Woodside clan. They stopped by the AOPA tent today at AirVenture in Oshkosh to check out AOPA's Win-A-Twin sweepstakes Twin Comanche and talk with AOPA staff. The family flew to OSH in their four Navions. All are huge AOPA supporters.

Byron C. Woodside was a longtime AOPA member who instilled a love of aviation in his children at an early age. He began flying in the 1960s, with his wife Nina, an avid "right seater."

Son Andy remembers flying on family trips when his brothers Kevin and Jason were babies sitting on his lap in the airplane. The tradition has continued through the next generation. Brady, the youngest member of the family in the picture, took his first flight when he was a couple of days old. Aaron was only three weeks old when he took his first flight.

Andy Woodside is a research scientist for ConocoPhillips and is representing the company at its AirVenture booth.

"AOPA is the voice of general aviation," he said. "AOPA is there for us when dealing with the government on any number of GA issues."

His brother Kevin is also directly involved in general aviation. He and partner Bill McCoy own and operate White Hawk Aviation, a flight school and maintenance center at Culpeper Regional Airport (CJR) in Virginia. "As a business owner, I count on AOPA for leadership, services, support, and information," said Kevin Woodside.

Sister Anne married Rich Holmes, who is an aeronautics engineer with Boeing.

Brother Jason followed in his father's professional footsteps and is a dentist and active GA pilot. "Why is AOPA important to us? Well, you guys do it all for us. We need AOPA," he said.

July 30, 2004

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