March 24, 2005

AOPA Pilot Town Meetings

aopa_logo.jpgIf you are a frequent reader of this blog you know I am a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). AOPA is a great organization that promotes and protects general aviation through local, state, federal and international advocacy.

Throughout the year AOPA holds Pilot Town Meetings where they share their accomplishments and goals with pilots as well as talk about current issues related to General Aviation. I was excited that one of these meetings was planned for Cincinnati.

I did not know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. First off it was great to see over 200 pilots or General Aviation enthusiast in a room together some of which travelled great distances by plane and car to make it. I met a gentleman that drove an hour and a half to be part of the meeting. His home airport is in Hillsboro, OH which happens to be home of one of my favorite airports - Highland County Airport (KHOC). I wrote a post about this airport when I was first learning to fly.

Secondly it was great to hear all the accomplishments AOPA has made. They work very hard in Washington to protect the interests of General Aviation enthusiasts. Phil Boyer, President of AOPA, gave a great speech and was not only knowledgeable but very entertaining as well.

Keep an eye out for a Pilot Town Meeting near you and make sure you attend!

I will write tomorrow night about some of the issues that were discussed in the meeting.

Posted by at March 24, 2005 11:11 PM