I am headed to Texas today for some meetings on my way back to the Washington area after a great couple of days in the Southwest. Last night I was in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a wonderful town hall meeting. We brought together AOPA members and others interested in the future of general aviation at the beautiful Hangar One complex built by AOPA member Bennett Dorrance. Bennett was a terrific host and the audience was impressively well-informed about the issues that affect our freedom to fly.
We were joined by a candidate for the open Congressional seat in the area, as well as a very pro-aviation mayor from a nearby city, and a state representative. All three seemed to appreciate my General Aviation Serves America message about the true value of general aviation for all Americans. Gatherings like this, when we can bring informed pilots and elected officials together, are critically important to helping us demonstrate just how “engaged” and passionate the general aviation community is. I think the officials who were part of the gathering left with a better understanding of GA, and the pilots and AOPA members who were present played an important role in delivering that message.
I will be continuing to travel the country with the GA Serves America message throughout the year. I hope you’ll join me and be part of sharing the GA Serves America message when I’m next in your area. You can find a list of upcoming events on the President’s Page on AOPA Online. We’ll also send you an e-mail invitation to the next gathering in your area. Login in to your member page to make sure we’ve got your current e-mail address so you don’t miss out on these great opportunities to get engaged!