AOPA President Phil Boyer welcomed 15 Airport Support Network (ASN) volunteers to the first ever ASN Board of Advisors meeting Saturday. The volunteers gathered in Dallas-Fort Worth to begin developing a strategic plan to advance the ASN program, an already successful effort with about 1,700 volunteers.
"We are fortunate to have such a vast pool of volunteers so dedicated to general aviation's community airports that they were willing to spend a weekend locked in a room to improve the ASN program," said Boyer. "The overwhelming part is that we actually had to narrow down the group to a manageable number."
The board adopted a new mission statement, "Promote, protect, and defend America's community airports," to lead the program into its eighth year. The goal is to establish a volunteer at each of the country's nearly 5,200 public-use airports.
AOPA and ASN staff will work with the board to develop more tools and resources volunteers can use to ensure the health and viability of their airports.
The volunteers appointed to the board represent a range of airports - from a small privately owned, public-use field to the busiest of GA airports. Those who were appointed to the board bring expertise on various airport issues because they have either successfully protected their airports in the past or are currently battling a threat.
ASN Board of Advisor members are Martha Ainsworth, Freeway Airport, Maryland; Mitch Anderson, Flying Cloud, Minnesota; Lynne Birmingham, Jekyll Island, Georgia; Phil Ecklund, Boulder Municipal, Colorado; Chris Erkmann, Spirit of St. Louis, Missouri; Barbara Harper, Ryan Field, Arizona; Randall Henderson, Seaside Municipal, Oregon; Howard Kave, Orange County, New York; Bob Lenox, Palo Alto Airport of Santa Clara County, California; Bob Miller, Big Spring McMahon-Wrinkle, Texas; Chip Perryman, Athens Municipal, Texas; Cheryl Popp, Cincinnati-Blue Ash, Ohio; Chris Rossi, Byron Airport, California; Elliot Sanders, Van Nuys Airport, California; and Jack Tunstill, Albert Whitted, Florida.
September 21, 2005