New Jersey's highest ranking aviation official
wants the state's public-use airport managers to take an active
role in promoting AOPA's Airport Watch.
Director of Aeronautics Thomas Thatcher recently sent a letter
to all of the state's public-use airports, explaining the program,
urging that the airports take an active role, and setting a strong
example at the state level.
Wholehearted Support For Airport Watch
"A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet
with AOPA President Phil Boyer to learn more about the Airport
Watch program," Thatcher wrote. "To express our support for this
program, the Division of Aeronautics purchased 200 Airport Watch
signs to be distributed at no cost to New Jersey public use
He went on to list more than half a dozen national aviation
organizations and government agencies that back the program and
said, "Your local support of Airport Watch is greatly
In a note to Boyer, Thatcher said "I am very pleased that we can
support AOPA in this important national program."
"Airport Watch will succeed only if airports and airport users
actively participate," said Boyer. "We greatly appreciate the
strong show of support from both Thatcher and the State of