AOPA On The Lookout
"AOPA has been following this for a number of months now," spokesman Chris Dancy told AVweb on Wednesday afternoon. "In fact, Phil Boyer had a brief face-to-face meeting with Bill Cutter last August after the story first surfaced. Now that another shop has apparently made the business decision to keep their insurance premiums in check by declining to work on aircraft 18 years old or more, it raises the question of whether these are only a couple of isolated incidents or the beginning of a very disturbing trend." Dancy said AOPA is still investigating the situation. "Is this truly the beginning of a trend? If so, what action is appropriate? Will it require legislation? What type of legislation? All of these questions and others need to be answered before AOPA can take any action." He added that anything that potentially jeopardizes AOPA members' ability to maintain their aircraft is of great concern. "Rest assured, AOPA is working to find the answers and will take action as appropriate to defend our members' ability to maintain and fly their aircraft," Dancy said. He added that the average age of an aircraft in the GA fleet is currently about 35 years, and the FAA forecasts the average age could approach 50 by 2020.