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No, not THAT President, who cares what "Mr. 23 percent approval rating" thinks. As a duck, he could not possibly be more lame. For us aviators, our real president is AOPA President Phil Boyer, and each time he has spoken since taking that helm, we've listened.
Recently, Aero-TV.net caught up with Boyer, a pilot who is more like the guy in the hanger next to you then a major-league executive that lobbies Washington on our behalf. Each time I have met him, I came away feeling like he was completely honest and approachable, and that what I said mattered to him. Unlike some Federal bureaucracies under BushCo that elevates cronies with zero experience to top positions, Boyer brings plenty of aviation experience to AOPA. From ANN:
"Phil Boyer became President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association on January 1, 1991, adding onto a career as a senior-level broadcasting executive and general aviation (GA) advocate. A 7,000+ hour instrument and ME-rated pilot, Phil has been flying for more than 30 years, and 15 of them as an aircraft owner. In addition, Boyer is President of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA), representing pilots and aircraft operators in 66 countries."To set up a very good Aero-TV interview piece, the site says this:
"If AOPA – as the world's largest pilot's association – is the 600 pound gorilla of aero organizations; then there should be little question that AOPA President, Phil Boyer, ranks as 'King Kong.' Humorous as that title might be, the description is pretty much on target when you measure the man against the job he has done for the 415,000++ members of the AOPA -- and aviators, in general. Throughout the industry, few will doubt that Phil Boyer is one of the hardest working guys in GA... if not in all of aviation. Phil has been a tireless advocate for the value of GA, and an aggressive soldier in the fight against all those who would deprive us of the freedoms and privileges we have as flyers. Still, it was the battle over User Fees where Phil Boyer identified himself as a "scrapper" and a guy who would not quit... and aviation benefited greatly from having a watchdog at the ready."So pour yourself a cold glass of whatever suits your taste and click here to view part one of the interview with Boyer, and be sure to click parts two and three on the right side of the page. If you like what you see on Aero-TV, I suggest bookmarking the site now, because their coverage of EAA's 2008 Airventure in Oshkosh will be spectacular. It is the best way to keep up with the daily happenings at Airventure without actually being there.
Now if they could just figure out a way to let us download Brats and Beer from their site...