The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Israel (AOPA Israel) will host the 25th biennial World Assembly of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA), June 6-11, in Tel Aviv. IAOPA is a federation of 68 pilot organizations that represent some 470,000 pilots and aviation enthusiasts across the globe, making it one of the largest aviation organizations in the world.
“General aviation is under pressure everywhere in the world, chiefly because it is so poorly understood by leaders and the general public,” said Craig Fuller, president of both IAOPA and AOPA-USA. “The World Assembly is an opportunity for all of us to share not only our concerns, but also lessons learned in one country that may benefit all.”
During working sessions, delegates to the assembly will tackle such issues as access to airspace, environmental concerns, security and safety. In addition, delegates will discuss emerging regulations and an issue IAOPA General Secretary John Sheehan recently brought before the International Civil Aviation Organization: The need to increase the pilot population worldwide.
“The declining worldwide pilot population is simply unsustainable,” said Sheehan. “Our associations need to work individually and collectively to remove the barriers to learning to fly, and to attract more people into aviation. One way to do that is to rekindle the dream of flight among our young people.”
For more information: IAOPA.org