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NEWS & NOTES

WHEN REP. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)

recently learned that there
were more than 600 AOPA
members in his district, he
wanted to meet some of
them. AOPA Airport Support
Network volunteer Butch
Roberson quickly stepped up
and organized a low-key gathering of pilots based at Aiken
Municipal Airport.
It was a great success,
thanks to Roberson's dedication to the airport and its
pilots. Organized and always
involved, Roberson worked
with fellow pilots to set up
a reception that was well
received by the congressman. Among the many topics
on which the pilots were able
to voice their stance was the
important third class medical
reform bill currently before
Congress. After learning more
about the issue during the
reception, Wilson announced
that he would be supporting the bill and would add his
name as a co-sponsor to the
legislation.
Roberson has served as the
ASN volunteer at Aiken since
2006 and continues to be an
important part of a program
that serves as the eyes and
ears of airport advocacy, and
his help in making the meeting happen just shows his
dedication and willingness to
go above and beyond in support of keeping GA alive.
Which elected officials represent your airport?
Federal, state, or local, it's
good to know them.
WEB

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AIRPORT SUPPORT NETWORK

IT'S GOOD TO
KNOW YOU!

AOPA ACTION

ACTION IN THE STATES

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have until March 6 to submit their original

an event that brought together pilots,

works of aviation art on the theme of "cele-

industry leaders, and government officials

brating flight" to a juried competition

t o c e l e b ra t e G A . SOUTH DAKOTA:

sponsored by the Aviation Museum of New

Representatives from AOPA have scheduled

Hampshire. NEW JERSEY: At a meeting with

a meeting with Gov. Dennis Daugaard and

the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition, AOPA dis-

are preparing updated information on the

cussed plans for legislation that would

role and value of GA in the state. TENNESSEE:

improve aviation tax policies. NEW MEXICO:

The Southeast Chapter of the Ninety-Nines

AOPA Regional Manager Yasmina Platt

hosted AOPA Regional Representative Bob

attended the Land of Enchantment Fly-In in

Minter to discuss the future of GA and

Albuquerque, the New Mexico Aviation

AOPA's efforts to grow the flying community.

Conference, and Ruidoso's Fly-In, to talk

TEXAS: The Texas Agricultural Aviation

about local and national issues affecting GA.

Association and AOPA are collaborating to

NEW YORK: AOPA took part in the New York

prepare legislation that would require the

Aviation Management Association's annual

marking and registration of meteorological

conference, held in Syracuse, to discuss issues

evaluation towers. UTAH: State Aeronautics

affecting GA in the state. NORTH CAROLINA:

Director Pat Morley met with AOPA to dis-

Members of the Charlotte Aero Club orga-

cuss Class G airspace changes in Utah and

nized a fly-out to the final AOPA Fly-In of

other western states. VIRGINIA: AOPA met

2014, in St. Simons, Georgia. NORTH DAKOTA:

with the head of the Virginia Department of

The University of North Dakota's Student

Aviation to discuss opportunities to collabo-

Aviation Management Association is working

rate on state aviation issues. VERMONT:

with AOPA to plan an event that will bring stu-

Vermont Tech is the first college in the United

dents together with GA leaders. OHIO: AOPA

States to offer training in multiengine sea-

is serving as a member of the project advisory

planes, thanks to the addition of a Twin

committee for an ongoing Ohio Airports

Seabee donated to the school's Professional

Focus Study aimed at providing the Ohio

Pilot Technology program. WASHINGTON:

Department of Transportation and the FAA

The challenges facing GA airports were the

with a better understanding of the state's air-

focus of a meeting at the Washington State

port system. OKLAHOMA: AOPA is supporting

Community Airport Association's annual con-

the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission's pro-

ference in Leavenworth. WEST VIRGINIA:

posal to mark and register meteorological

Sikorsky Aircraft has unveiled its S-97 Raider.

evaluation towers. PENNSYLVANIA: Pro-

The high-speed helicopter's airframe will be

aviation legislators worked with AOPA to

fabricated in Bridgeport, West Virginia.

amend a state property tax bill in order to

WISCONSIN: AOPA is working with members

maintain a sales-and-use-tax exemption for

of the Wisconsin Airport Management

aircraft parts and labor. RHODE ISLAND:

Association to plan the Sixtieth Annual

Regional Manager Sean Collins was the guest

Wisconsin Aviation Conference in May.

speaker at a Rhode Island Pilots Association

WYOMING: At the Wyoming Airport

dinner and took part in the annual conference

Operators Conference in Laramie, AOPA

of the National Association of State Aviation

Regional Manager David Ulane delivered a

Officials, held at T.F. Green Airport. SOUTH

presentation on AOPA's advocacy efforts and

CAROLINA: AOPA was among the exhibitors

discussed

at the Southeast Aviation Expo in Greenville,

participants.

local

OREGON: Regional Manager Dave
Ulane was a keynote speaker at the Oregon
Pilots Association convention in Eugene.

challenges

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