EAA - 6, AOPA - ZIP!

EAA - 6, AOPA - ZIP!

<HTML>AOPA has been loudly proclaiming that Phil Boyer has been doing this, and Phil Boyer has been doing that, and Phil Boyer has been here, and Phil Boyer has been there,...but so far Phil Boyer hasn't accomplished very much in the way of getting results for the thousands of VFR pilots stuck in Class B.  No one seems to know why the National Security Council and the White House have a problem with licensed pilots flying their airplanes, even if only to move them out of the way!  But in today's email, EAA Paul Poberezny notified EAA members of the true reasons for the NSC and White House's concerns, and made them understandable.  Furthermore, EAA managed to get Jane Garvey and DOT Secy Norman Mineta to respond meaningfully about what the concerns are, and Mr. Poberezny proposed several simple solutions to the concerns.  See the EAA website for the headline, and consider joining EAA,...the general aviation organization that gets results, instead of simply promoting Phil Boyer!  http://www.eaa.org/index.html</HTML>

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<HTML>Gentlemen,
I just read the above referenced letter to Jane Garvey,and must say the E.A.A. has some good ideas.Being a member of the A.O.P.A.,I do find it rather interesting that Mr.Boyer indeed is mentioned quite alot,however I dont remember reading such an in-depth suggestion study from AOPA(that doesent mean there isnt one,Ive just not been directed to it).
Concerning the EAA itself,Ive had a rather "rude" response from some of their local boys,as it seems that if you own a puddle jumper like a 150,youre beneath the Aviation food chain.I suspect this is an isolated pocket of people,but choose to associate with that consider Aviation in ANY form as a brotherhood.....</HTML>

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<HTML>As a member of both organizations I felt qualified to express my disappointment in the one who's primary claim is the promotion of general aviation.  I first joined AOPA thirty-one years ago.  When Mr. Boyer became president it was with great hoopla, and it hasn't died down since.  It was his boisterous condemnation of the Feds commandeering "our" general aviation airspace that was one of his first publicity stunts, and it's never ceased.  (Although the public relations director, with his head buried in sand, consistently claims ignorance of the claims.)  Sooner or later Mr. Boyer is likely to be successful in convincing the authorities that there are indeed seperate types of airspace,...theirs and ....ours.  When he finally succeeds in that endeavor I'm afraid that "their" "enhanced" Class B will be so large as to make the present TFR's seem miniscule.  When his rushing about grabbing (his own publication's) headlines failed to obtain results, he finally turned to the constituency of members from whom he actually derives his influence.  Hopefully it reminded him that he is not the star of the show,...AOPA members are.  His self-publicised rushing about failed to achieve what EAA accomplished with one or two well-intentioned meetings. 
It remains to be seen as to whether he has the courage to congratulate EAA's efforts,...or if he intends to lay claim to the results himself.
Like many organizations, local EAA members-groups may take on a flavor or character of their own local leadership.  That is one of the reasons for their existence,...to promote their local chapter's specific areas of interest and expertise.  If the local chapter is into building RV-4's, then a Cessna 150 may not hold their particlular interest.  That doesn't excuse rudeness.  I agree with you Alan.  As aviators and aircraft owners we need to befriend and tolerate one another's special areas of interests while reminding ourselves that we're more alike,...than we are different.
I hope AOPA and Mr. Boyer can take a little criticism without resorting to retaliatory responses.  I hope he's susceptible to having a little self-reflection and coming up with the possible conclusion that AOPA member-promotion not self-promotion is his job.</HTML>

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<HTML>I'm a member of AOPA and EAA and appreciate the many benefits both have provided over the years - I have personally favored one or the other (slightly) probably because I was flying a homebuilt or a production aircraft. I (like many others) have flown an aircraft with little more than 20 hp and another aircraft that easily exceeded 200mph. When I used to stop by my local FBO and had to rent an aircraft - they knew, but asked anyway - what kind of aircraft did I want to rent and then they would see if any were available - my response was that I would take anything with wings and if that wasn't available then I would consider anything else that would fly. AOPA and EAA have different perspectives but I'm happy they both exist and have met many good people there - like going to the airport - I would rather not waste my time on the not so friendly ones and enjoy the conversation and shared information and hanger talk with the many good people. Most recently, (this last year) I have owned a 1969 c-172 ( a middle of the road aircraft ) and enjoy it immensely, including the Cessna Owners Organization and many helpfull people.

I would like to focus on the posative - a result of the so many good people in aviation and the organizations. I'm not trying to sugar coat anything - just appreciate the freedoms and privledges we have.

Thanks AOPA, EAA, and COO       Ken Wanagas

OK so I waived the flag - thats a good thing</HTML>

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