AOPA president will hold June Pilot Meeting in Kansas City

Phil Boyer, president of the 345,000-member Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, will hold an AOPA Pilot Town Meeting on June 14th, consulting with pilots in the Kansas City area. He will update pilots on recent developments in national aviation legislation, policy and regulations, and will solicit pilotsí views of the General Aviation situation in their local areas.

A major current issue to be examined is the continuing fight against user fees proposed to fund the Federal Aviation Administration. Congress has rejected them three times, but they turned up again in the Clinton Administrationís FY2000 budget proposal.

Another issue vital to the nationís pilots is unlocking the aviation trust fund, releasing its $9-billion surplus for the aviation programs it is intended to fund. Representative Bud Shusterís House bill (H.R.111, "The Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century - AIR 21), would take the aviation trust fund off budget and block future attempts to divert the money to non-aviation programs. AOPA strongly endorses the bill, and Boyer urges all pilots to write their Senators and Representatives asking them to support it.

At the Town Meetings, Boyer will update the progress of the AOPA Airport Support Network, which is recruiting hundreds of volunteers to help in AOPAís defense of beleaguered GA airports.

And as a principal element of the meetings, Boyer will invite discussion of local issues of concern to pilots and aircraft owners.

An unusual feature of Boyerís presentation is an interactive technology system that provides immediate audience feedback Ė interesting, provocative and often very amusing.

The Meeting on Monday, June 14th will be held in the Embassy Suites-Kansas City International Airport, on I-29 at Tiffany Springs Parkway.

Phil Boyer, a 32-year veteran aviator and former network television senior executive, is the third president in AOPA's 59-year history. Instrument- and multiengine-rated, he has logged some 5,500 flight hours, including two transatlantic crossings. He has been president of AOPA since January 1991.

AOPA represents pilots and owners of three-quarters of the 187,000 General Aviation aircraft that constitute 96 percent of the U.S. civilian fleet.

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