The California Pilots Association (CPA), formed to resist
the closing of so many airports in that state, is
having their annual meeting this coming weekend. If you
love to fly and especially land in the state of California,
The CPA, around 1,000 members strong, has been active in the
past two decades as a state-wide, volunteer, non-profit public
benefit corporation whose main mission of is one of general
aviation airport advocacy.
They are a having their annual meeting Oct. 6 and 7 with a
cocktail reception Friday night and a full day of speakers on
Saturday discussing the shape of California general aviation.
This year's speakers include
Brian Terwilliger, who will be discussing his film
"OneSixRight - The Romance of Flying", and the importance of
California's general aviation airports. The movie celebrates
the busiest general aviation airport in the country, Van Nuys.
Brian will also have "OneSixRight" DVD's for sale at the
Clay Lacy, an icon of general aviation, will be speaking
about his life of flying and general aviation's
importance to the state and country. Mr. Lacy's aviation
experiences in Hollywood and flying celebrities around the world
are well known and he should have some amazing stories.
Abel Maldonado, a California senator and private
pilot, will be discussing the importance of general aviation to the
state. Senator Maldonado's experience in Sacramento should
provide an interesting viewpoint in what really happens in the
California political process.
Gary Rice, Santa Maria Airport Manager, will provide the
welcome to his airport and discuss the improvements to the airport
and the issues he faces. Here's an opportunity to get another
perspective of an airport's importance and the problems associated
with it from an airport manager's viewpoint.
John Pfeifer, AOPA's California Representative, has worked
tirelessly on behalf of general aviation in the state. As AOPA's
rep, John Pfeifer has significant insight regarding the many issues
facing California's general aviation airports. Hear the
background and real story behind the sad closing of
Santa Maria Airport (SMX) has the longest runway on California's
central coast and is considered to be one the more
small-plane-friendly airports in the Golden State. The meeting will
be right on the field at the Radisson Airport Hotel with
abundant aircraft parking facilities, so you won't even need a