More than 1,000 pilots attended AOPA President Phil Boyer's keynote address last weekend at the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show in Puyallup, Washington.
Boyer spoke about key issues affecting pilots nationwide, including security, reducing flying costs, and AOPA's goals for 2005. He explained the so-called A76 process and the FAA's selection of Lockheed Martin to provide flight service station services under government contract. That decision will save the taxpayers some $2.2 billion over the next 10 years, while providing pilots with better service with no additional user fees. Boyer also spoke to Northwest concerns such as restricted airspace over the Puget Sound area and threats to some local airports.
This year's expanded conference schedule included safety seminars covering many facets of the industry from helicopter to seaplane operations, plus topics on mountain and instrument flying.
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation presented two safety seminars: "Single Pilot IFR" and "Ups and Downs of Takeoffs and Landings."
February 28, 2005