Phil Boyer Joins Aspen Avionics’ Board of Directors
18-year Veteran AOPA President Brings Wealth of Experience to Help Guide Avionics Company
Albuquerque, NM, January 13, 2009: Aspen Avionics, maker of the critically-acclaimed Evolution Flight Display System, announced today that Phil Boyer, President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) for 18 years until his recent retirement, has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Boyer becomes Aspen’s first outside Director, joining six investors and company executives already on the Board. As a Director, Mr. Boyer will help guide the company through its next stages of growth.
“Phil Boyer and Aspen Avionics share a passion for making flying more accessible, more affordable and safer for pilots around the world, and for bringing the most advanced technologies to the entire general aviation fleet,” said John Uczekaj, President and CEO of Aspen Avionics. “Aspen enjoys an active board of directors, with everyone contributing to the company’s success. Phil Boyer will be an outstanding addition to our team.”
Mr. Boyer recently retired as President of AOPA, a not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of more than 400,000 aircraft owners and pilots. During his tenure as president, Boyer achieved an impressive list of accomplishments, from championing the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, to developing the Airport Watch program with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the wake of 9/11, to dramatically increasing membership in AOPA’s ranks.
“Nearly two decades spent listening to the concerns and issues of the nation’s pilots, aircraft owners, manufacturers and regulators has given Phil a deep understanding of the GA industry’s opportunities, as well as its challenges,” continued Uczekaj. “Phil’s extensive expertise and relationships will be invaluable in helping chart Aspen’s strategic course in the years ahead, and in ensuring that our products meet the needs of pilots around the world.”
Boyer is no stranger to emerging technologies and recognizing their potential to improve aviation safety. Under his leadership, AOPA was instrumental in convincing the FAA to endorse and certify the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) for use in GA aircraft navigation. More recently, he has worked closely with the FAA on its NextGen initiative to use 21st-century technologies to transform the air transportation system.
The opportunity to continue bringing transformational technologies to all segments of the GA industry is part of what attracted Boyer to join the Aspen Avionics team.
Phil Boyer is an 8,000-hour-plus, instrument- and multiengine-rated pilot who has been flying for more than 40 years, 25 as an aircraft owner. Prior to AOPA, Boyer was Senior Vice President/Development for Capital Cities/ABC Video Enterprises, Inc., where he explored new business opportunities in communications technologies and coordinated ABC’s international business activities. He also created ABC’s “Wide World of Flying,” a quarterly subscription-based video magazine.
About Aspen Avionics, Inc.
Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability from the commercial and business aviation markets into general aviation cockpits—and budgets. Our products increase situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, making it even easier and safer to fly in both VFR and IFR conditions. The way we look at it, getting the latest avionics technology shouldn’t always mean spending a lot of money—on equipment or installation. At Aspen Avionics, we design products to be affordable, easy to install, and easy to own. The company can be found on the web at www.aspenavionics.com, or may be reached at (505) 856-5034. Print-ready images of the Evolution Flight Display are available at www.aspenavionics.com/imagedownloads.