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Protecting and Growing General Aviation: AOPA and EAA Collaborating on Mutual Issues

The two organizations will jointly host major general aviation roundtable in 2010

EAA and AOPA leaders gather at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wis., on June 3.  Shown in front of the Cirrus VK-30 prototype are (from left): Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs; Karen Gardinier, EAA vice president of human resources; Rick Larsen, EAA vice president of marketing and communications; Elissa Lines, EAA vice president of development; Craig Fuller, AOPA president; Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president; Karen Gebhart, AOPA executive vice president of communications; Bruce Landsberg, president of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation; Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs; Adam Smith, EAA vice president, membership.
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June 4, 2009 — Two of the nation’s largest aviation associations, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will be collaborating on issues and programs that protect, support and grow general aviation as the result of a June 3 working session at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wis.

EAA chairman/president Tom Poberezny and AOPA president Craig Fuller, along with senior staff from each organization, met to discuss how they can work more closely to support general aviation (GA).  They agreed to a collaborative, three-pronged commitment to protect general aviation interests, promote GA safety, and grow the general aviation community in the United States.

“This is a logical collaboration that makes sense for the greater good of general aviation,” Fuller said.  “Each of our associations has been an effective advocate for GA. But now I look forward to EAA and AOPA working more closely together at all levels to protect and grow general aviation, and to keep it safe.”

AOPA and EAA leaders identified a significant number of near-term opportunities for collaboration, which will be evaluated over the next few weeks.  In addition, the organizations agreed to jointly host a general aviation roundtable in early 2010 that would include a wide spectrum of the GA community. 

“What evolved during the meeting was the mutual respect for the strengths of each organization, which will be used in ways that are mutually beneficial and address aviation growth and preservation,” Poberezny said.  “The majority of our nation’s pilots belong to one or both of these organizations, so our members expect us to utilize these strengths in a way that addresses the long-term vitality of general aviation.”           

Additional information regarding future collaborative efforts will be announced in coming weeks as details are finalized.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is the world's largest aviation association, representing two out of every three pilots in the United States, and providing representation, education and information to protect and foster the future of GA.  More information is available at AOPA’s website at www.aopa.org.

EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts.  EAA’s members and local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft.  EAA also annually hosts EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” For more information on EAA and its programs, go to www.eaa.org.

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