AOPA Government Affairs Specialist John
Collins with Cheryl Popp, ASN volunteer
at Blue Ash, Ohio (ISZ), and Bruce Angell,
ASN volunteer at Arlington, Washington (AWO).
AOPA President Phil Boyer personally thanked more than 75 Airport Support Network (ASN) volunteers and their guests at the first ever Sun 'n Fun ASN meeting Friday morning for their dedication to promoting, protecting, and defending America's community airports.
"When I retire from AOPA, I think the most significant accomplishment I will take with me is creating this exceptional program," Boyer told the volunteers. "You are part of a very special group, what I like to call an association within an association, and all of us at AOPA - members and staff - are grateful to you for your commitment to keeping GA airports open."
During the meeting, volunteers learned about the numerous resources AOPA offers to help members preserve their airports. Volunteers received copies of AOPA's newest publication, the " Aircraft Hangar Development Guide" and a preview of the soon-to-be released Airport Watch DVD.
The ASN is made up of 1,600 AOPA members, spanning all 50 states. And since the ASN program was unveiled at AOPA Expo in 1997, the number of airport closures each year has significantly decreased.
April 8, 2006