|EuroControl Director General Yves Lambert, IAOPA President Phil Boyer, and CAA Chairman Sir Malcolm Field|
The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) officially opened its 20th World Assembly in Edinburgh, Scotland today. IAOPA is the international umbrella group of 54 AOPA organizations worldwide. AOPA members in the United States benefit from the leadership role their association plays in IAOPA, since many of the aviation issues that will be confronted in the future in the United States are already being addressed in other parts of the world. User fees, environmental issues such as noise restrictions and unleaded fuel, and airport restrictions are just some of the examples of the issues other countries have already confronted and are now coming to the foreground in the United States.
Delegates from 22 countries are participating in the 20th World Assembly. IAOPA President Phil Boyer opened the session Monday with welcoming remarks and a review of the technology issues facing GA in the new millennium. He cautioned attendees, however, to stay focused on the core principles of keeping flying safer, less expensive, and more fun, which are the AOPA heritage. Two other distinguished speakers participated in the opening program. Sir Malcolm Field, chairman of Britain's Civil Aviation Authority (equivalent to the FAA administrator in the United States), spoke about the privatization of the U.K.'s National Air Traffic System (NATS) and his support of a simplified (both requirements and medical standards) private pilot license. Yves Lambert, director general of EuroControl (the coordinating body for all traffic flow throughout Europe) spoke about general aviation's participation in their modernization plans, labeled "ATM 2000+."
September 25, 2000