On January 1, 2006, AOPA members, staff, and Board of Trustees celebrated Phil Boyer's fifteenth year as AOPA president. Boyer is only the third president in the association's 67-year history, following J.B. "Doc" Hartranft and John L. Baker.
"Phil brought a new approach to AOPA, and we think it only fitting that his tenure be honored with a new approach - a GPS approach, in fact," said Jeff Myers, AOPA executive vice president of communications.
So when the terminal procedure charts are updated in June, check the RNAV (GPS) RWY 5 approach to Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK), AOPA's home base. You'll see three new fix names - PHILB, DEFND, GEEAY.
"I can't think of anything more appropriate," said Myers, "since nobody defends general aviation like Phil Boyer!
"And Phil is a technology guy. He's done an awful lot to push GPS in his 15 years in AOPA's left seat."
In fact, the GPS 5 approach to Frederick was one of the very first GPS approaches commissioned, and Boyer flew then-FAA Administrator David Hinson on an inaugural approach in Boyer's Cessna 172. (For more on Boyer's term as AOPA president, click here.)
January 1, 2006