The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association presented a $5,000 grant to the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation, continuing the association's long-running support for improved air safety in Alaska. AOPA President Phil Boyer gave the check to AASF Chairman Tom Wardleigh October 22 during the AOPA Expo 2000 Grand Finale banquet.
"AOPA has long recognized Alaska's unique flying conditions and the special educational needs of Alaskan pilots," said Boyer.
"When it comes to Alaska, one size doesn't fit all compared to the needs and regulations of the 'Lower 48.' That's why we have partnered with the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation for so many years."
AASF develops safety programs tailored to Alaska's unique weather, geography, and flying conditions. It conducts specialized safety seminars across the state. Its weekly television show, Hangar Flying, now in its fifteenth year, is seen in more than 260 Alaskan communities.
AASF's Tom Wardleigh was the 1994 winner of AOPA's Sharples Award for his lifetime of service to aviation safety and to Alaskan general aviation.
October 22, 2000