The AOPA Air Safety Foundation has promoted David Wright to the newly created position of vice president of operations. In his new role Wright will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the foundation.
"David has worked with the Air Safety Foundation for three years in increasingly responsible roles," said the foundation's executive director, Bruce Landsberg. "He has proven himself to be a highly effective manager with a thorough knowledge of the aviation industry."
Promoted from director of training for the Air Safety Foundation, Wright assumes the responsibility for operations ranging from production of safety seminars to promotion and outreach for all of the foundation's programs, including its highly acclaimed online courses.
Before joining the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, Wright worked as a technical specialist for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Prior to that he was an airline pilot with USAir Express and lead flight instructor for the University of North Dakota.
A graduate of UND, Wright holds a commercial pilot certificate and is a flight instructor with both instrument and multiengine ratings.
Wright's promotion is part of an overall effort within the Air Safety Foundation that will maximize its strategic growth potential.
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation is the nation's only private, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to providing continuing pilot education and safety programs for general aviation. It is funded by donations from individual pilots and organizations, which support the cause of improved general aviation safety. The AOPA Air Safety Foundation was founded in 1950. Since that time, the general aviation total accident rate has dropped by more than 90 percent despite a large increase in general aviation flight hours.
January 27, 2006