The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) held its 23rd biennial World Assembly in Toronto, Canada, 19-24 June 2006. The board met to discuss the status of worldwide general aviation (GA) and to determine ways to foster and promote the needs of its constituents. Representatives from 24 affiliates, each representing a national Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), gathered to discuss international GA, seeking a world view for their diverse operations.
IAOPA President Phil Boyer told the delegates that they should be proud of their achievement. "This world assembly is one of the best we have had in terms of the presentations, discussions, and resolutions," he said. "We have provided a way forward for general aviation in a time of significant challenges."
Delegates discussed a variety of issues of critical interest to their members, including aviation security measures, preserving aerodromes, user fees, the public perception of GA, aviation fuel availability, and emerging communications, navigation, and surveillance equipment requirements.
A number of resolutions emerged from these discussions that will provide direction for the association and its affiliates for the future. Among them are:
Full text of the resolutions and copies of the presentations may be found on the council's Web site at www.iaopa.org.
IAOPA represents the interests of AOPA affiliates in 64 countries of the world, comprising more than 470,000 GA and aerial work pilots and aircraft operators. The council was formed in 1962 to provide a voice for GA in world aviation forums. GA encompasses four-fifths of all civil aircraft and two-thirds of all pilots worldwide.
June 27, 2006