A Senate resolution, S. Res. 203, led by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), passed the full Senate on May 13 commemorating AOPA’s eightieth anniversary.
Since 1939, AOPA has represented the interests of general aviation pilots across the United States and has tirelessly advocated to protect the freedom to fly.
Duckworth also reiterated praise for AOPA: “For eight decades, AOPA has been a leading advocate in the aviation community, educating the public and members of congress about the many important issues facing our nation’s general aviation pilots. I’m excited to have worked alongside Senator Inhofe to pass this resolution honoring their valuable contributions.”
The bipartisan resolution acknowledged AOPA’s legacy, including its role in growing the pilot population, advocating for aviation safety, and protecting and promoting aviation in the United States.
AOPA President Mark Baker said, “As the fifth president of AOPA, I am honored that the U.S. Senate is commemorating AOPA’s eightieth anniversary. Our staff works hard everyday to protect general aviation and ensure its lasting vitality. Recognitions like this make it all worthwhile.”
Other cosponsors and key supporters of the resolution include Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.).