Poberezny Flight With Phoenix PD Reinforces GA’s Vital Role
EAA’s role in aviation community bigger than ever
Pictured in front of the Phoenix PD’s AgustaWestland A119 helicopter are (l to r) Sharon Poberezny, Tanner Matheny, Lesley Poberezny, Tom Poberezny, Tate Matheny and Tim Matheny.
Night vision image of Tom Poberezny in the Phoenix Police Department Air Support Unit’s A119 helicopter with the city lights below.
January 14, 2010 — On a recent visit to Phoenix, Arizona, EAA President/Chairman Tom Poberezny had the opportunity to fly in one of the Phoenix Police Department Air Support Unit’s AgustaWestland A119 helicopters during a routine night patrol. The experience, he said, reinforced the important role general aviation plays in our everyday lives.
Poberezny rode with Officer Tim Matheny of the PPD, whose son, Tanner, worked at the EAA Air Academy last year on a Cliff Robertson Scholarship.
The Air Support Unit’s patrol that night proved anything but routine. “During the patrol, the unit assisted in finding two missing children as well as working with ground-based officers in two robberies,” Poberezny said.
Given recent negative reports in the media, such as attacking the way GA airports are funded, Poberezny said the experience was another example of how general aviation benefits everyone.
“It reinforces the important role of general aviation in our everyday lives, and that we are all impacted positively by general aviation in ways that are sometimes taken for granted,” he said. “And this is just one city; it happens all across the country every day.”
EAA’s role and influence in the aviation community has grown enormously in the past quarter-century, and with it come more expectations and opportunities for the organization. EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny discusses those and other items, including aviation participation and AirVenture 2010, in a video interview.