AOPA Vice President for Regional
Affairs Roger Cohen briefs Ohio Valley-
area ASN volunteers on enhancements
to the Airport Support Network program.
AOPA last weekend held its third regional summit meeting for Airport Support Network volunteers. Some 15 ASN volunteers from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana were hosted at Sporty's Pilot Shop in Batavia, Ohio.
"These volunteers display an incredible commitment to the core goal of the program - preserving and protecting our general aviation airports," said Roger Cohen, AOPA vice president of Regional Affairs. "And in addition to being AOPA's local 'eyes and ears,' they also serve the very important role of being the airport's advocate outside the airport fence."
Volunteers talked about what they need from AOPA to help protect their home airports. They also found the meeting useful for information exchange, to discover what has worked at other airports.
Based on suggestions from a series of meetings being held across the country, AOPA will update support materials that make it easier for the volunteers to act as airport advocates in the local community. The association will also develop additional advocacy materials designed to address critical issues such as security, access restrictions, noise, encroachment, or closure.
"This kind of grass-roots organization other advocacy groups dream of," said Cohen. "So we're working to make sure the volunteers have all the skills and tools they need."
There are currently more than 1,600 ASN volunteers nationwide. By year's end, AOPA expects to have 1,750 volunteers, with an ultimate goal of one volunteer at 2,200 public-use airports included in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. More information about the ASN program and a form for nominating a potential volunteer are available online.
The next ASN regional summit is scheduled during AOPA Expo in Long Beach, California, October 21-23.
June 24, 2004