AOPA TV Commercial, Website Will Spread The Word
Don’t be surprised when you start seeing TV commercials
this week on the Weather Channel... saying general aviation is NOT
a threat to national security, period. It's all part of a
campaign by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association to send a
clear and concise message to the public, media and political
"No GA aircraft has been used in an act of terror anywhere in
the world. Ever!" said Jeff Myers, AOPA executive vice president of
communications. "That's a fact that gets lost in the media's
Myers said the organization "is turning to two of the most
powerful ways to communicate -- TV and the Web -- to bring the
message home to the public."
AOPA already has the
new section up on its General Aviation Serving America Web site.
The section explains in everyday English how General Aviation
aircraft are too small, slow, and limited in carrying capacity to
pose much of a threat.
Additionally, the program will show that GA pilots are subjected
to multiple levels of security screening intended to identify
potential terrorists and prevent them from training in or using GA
The new Web pages will also demonstrate how the GA industry and
pilots have been involved in a proactive, nationally-coordinated
security partnership with federal, state, and local governments to
protect GA resources from potential terrorist acts.
The site (below, and the FMI link) will also feature a
comprehensive explanation of the multiple layers of protection
guarding national resources from terrorist attacks -- including
airspace restrictions; operational, airport, and aircraft security;
and the new pilot screening and credentialing program.
"For too long, our industry has been too shy about blowing GA's
horn," said Myers. "No more. AOPA will continue its aggressive
efforts to reach out to the public, to explain general aviation and
its value to every citizen.
"People sometimes fear what they don't know. They're going to
know us now!"