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AOPA president to meet with pilots in Pontiac

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Who: Phil Boyer, President, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
What: Pilot Town Meeting in Pontiac, MI
When: Thursday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Detroit Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway

AOPA President Phil Boyer will host a Pilot Town Meeting (PTM) in Pontiac on Thursday, July 14, to meet with area pilots and discuss a wide variety of important general aviation topics. PTMs provide Boyer with the opportunity to hear directly from pilots, keeping AOPA's efforts focused on current issues.

Topics will include: the future of flight service stations, the continuing FAA budget crises, and user fees. Boyer will also discuss the latest AOPA efforts in Washington, D.C., and AOPA's work to ensure that GA is not singled out as the next terrorist opportunity.

In today's climate of beefed-up security, temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) and how they affect a pilot's flight planning is another key topic to be addressed.

A review of AOPA's Airport Watch, a national program designed to increase security awareness at local GA airports, is also on tap. It is a means for pilots to proactively keep their local airports secure from a wide range of threats, while still keeping the airport accessible to GA pilots.

Phil Boyer, a 36-year veteran aviator and former network television senior executive, is the third full-time president in AOPA's 65-year history. Instrument- and multiengine-rated, he has logged more than 7,500 flight hours, including two transatlantic crossings. He has been president of AOPA since January 1991.

Boyer has held more than 300 Pilot Town Meetings since 1992. To date, more than 65,000 pilots have attended these Pilot Town Meetings.

With more than 400,000 members (many of whom reside and fly in Michigan), AOPA represents pilots and owners of the 211,000 general aviation aircraft that constitute 92 percent of the U.S. civilian fleet. AOPA is committed to ensuring the continued viability, growth, and development of aviation and airports in the United States. These airports are a vital and critical component of a national transportation system.

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July 6, 2005

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