AOPA Chief Visits With EAA Staff
AOPA President Craig Fuller visited EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, speaking with EAA President Rod Hightower during a Monday luncheon in the EAA Founders' Wing.
April 30, 2012 - AOPA President Craig Fuller talked flying, fuels, and the political world in Washington on Monday, as he joined EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower for a lunch with the EAA staff inside the EAA AirVenture Museum's Founders' Wing.
Fuller and Hightower spent the morning discussing key aviation issues, a continuing part of the "Stronger Together" effort that brings the nation's leading GA groups to work on key issues for aviators. The two men then joined more than 100 members of the EAA staff for an informal lunch to talk about the common passion for flight.
Among Fuller's comments during the conversation with EAA employees:
On increasing the pilot population: "We have too many people who begin flight training and then don't finish - as many as 70 to 80 percent of them. The research we've done shows that people who get into flying want to engage in this community of ours. We need to help them become part of something bigger... something that will definitely alter the way they look at life."
On the NextGen and the national air traffic control system: "This is a very important issue for all of us. There are going to be decisions made in the next 18-24 months that will lock us into a path for the next eight to 10 years."
On the future of aviation fuels: "Lots of people talk about a quick solution, and there are lots of ideas out there right now such as the work on a new fuel without lead. But any new fuel must also be able to be stored and delivered, and we also must have a network of FBOs to service local airports and have those fuels available."
On working together with other aviation organizations: "Both Rod and I hear the same thing when we're out talking with pilots; they tell us, 'EAA and AOPA have to find solutions to these problems.' I can tell you our organizations are having more conversations than ever before about these issues."
Hightower presented Fuller with a glass base that featured the words "Stronger Together" and the logos of the two organizations, in recognition of their joint efforts to benefit all aviators.