Every two years delegates from AOPAs around the world get together to discuss important issues and set an agenda for our international efforts for the months and years ahead. We call this gathering the World Assembly of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations, and this year we are meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel.
As you might imagine, our agenda is full as we discuss the many common opportunities and threats facing general aviation around the globe.
Our Israeli hosts have organized a very robust program, which kicked off this morning with speakers from Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both discussing the importance of GA.
After lunch, our speakers came from multilateral agencies—the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Union.
Whenever I am with colleagues who lead AOPA organizations from around the world, I am reminded of the uniqueness of our GA community in the United States. Nowhere else in the world are there so many pilots, so many private aircraft, and so many opportunities to enjoy and use aviation.