AOPA President Phil Boyer hosts a Pilot Town Meeting to kick off AOPA Day at Sun 'n Fun.
Apr. 15, 2004 - AOPA President Phil Boyer on Thursday evening surprised the president and vice president of Sun 'n Fun with a donation to the organization's Florida Air Museum. Boyer presented John Burton and Greg Harbaugh with a check for $5,000 during the Pilot Town Meeting that kicked off AOPA Day at Sun 'n Fun, held in the museum's pavilion.
"AOPA has no museum of its own - it's not really part of our mission of advocacy, education, and information for general aviation pilots," said Boyer. "But there's no denying the huge role air museums play in bringing the wonder of flight to the general public.
"Who knows when that first seed of wanting to learn to fly is planted in a young person's mind? I would guess that it often happens when a parent and child are standing beside a plane like some of the wonderful homebuilt aircraft inside and dream of what it would be like up there looking down."
Pilot Town Meetings allow Boyer to stay in direct touch with GA pilots and make sure that AOPA remains focused on what's truly important to the members. Thursday night's event was the kickoff for AOPA Day at Sun 'n Fun on Friday, April 16.
AOPA members receive a discount off general admission to Sun 'n Fun on AOPA Day and can get free prizes and take part in drawings at the big yellow AOPA tent near the Gifts of Flight shop. The grand prize in AOPA's 2004 Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes, a better-than-new 1965 Piper Twin Comanche, is parked right outside the tent, sporting a brand-new paint job.