William C. Trimble III, Paul
C. Heintz, and Phil Boyer
William C. Trimble III was elected chairman of the AOPA Board of Trustees May 14 during the association's annual meeting at historic Wings Field outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AOPA was founded in 1939 at Wings Field [KLOM]. The airport celebrates its 75th anniversary during 2005, with a celebration planned this Saturday, May 21.)
Trimble succeeds Paul C. Heintz, who has led the board since 2002. Chairman Trimble said of Heintz, "Paul listens and doesn't always talk, but when he talks, everyone listens." AOPA President Phil Boyer noted that Heintz has led the board during the very difficult times following the 9/11 attacks. Paul C. Heintz has served on the AOPA Board of Trustees for 30 years and, at the board's request, will continue as a board member.
On behalf of AOPA members, the board, and AOPA staff, Trimble and Boyer also presented Heintz with a special framed painting by noted aviation artist and AOPA Air Safety Foundation supporter Sam Lyons. The painting shows an Aeronca Champion 7AC, N2637E, including its unusual yellow over blue paint scheme, the aircraft Heintz flew as a member of the Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) Flying Club.
The presentation to Heintz also bore a plaque reading, "In recognition of your tireless, selfless, and humble service as AOPA Board of Trustees Chairman May, 2002 to May, 2005 and for your unwavering support of the AOPA mission as a continuous Board member since 1975."
The presentation was made at the Philadelphia Aviation Country Club, the birthplace of AOPA.
"All AOPA members owe a real debt of gratitude to the trustees," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "The trustees serve without compensation, generously donating their time and expertise to ensure the future of the association and the continuation of our unique freedom of flight."
William C. Trimble III is a senior executive at a money management firm. He resides in the Washington, D.C. area and is an active pilot, flying his single-engine aircraft to locations throughout the Eastern United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.
With more than 404,000 members, AOPA is the world's largest civil aviation association, working to protect the interests of general aviation. Nearly two-thirds of all U.S. pilots are members of AOPA.
May 18, 2005