A resolution introduced by U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) to officially observe the 70th Anniversary of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the leading organization representing general aviation, today passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote.

The organization celebrated its milestone anniversary on May 15, 2009. AOPA’s membership exceeds 415,000, including 7 out of every 10 pilots in the country. Its activities include maintaining a close working relationship with federal government agencies and Congress, and advocating for important advancements in general aviation safety and efficiency.

“I’m confident every Member of Congress currently has a valuable relationship with general aviation pilots flying in their District,” Congressman Dent said. “On a personal note, AOPA members from the Lehigh Valley area serve on my Aviation Advisory Board and have proved to be some of the most informed and influential participants. Their expertise has truly been a great resource for me as I serve on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Aviation.

“I believe the passage of this resolution congratulating AOPA on its 70 years of service to our nation is a fitting way to salute the many pilots who help make our aviation system the safest and most efficient in the world.”

Among the AOPA’s achievements noted in Congressman Dent’s resolution:

• AOPA’s was a leading of the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, which led to the recovery of America’s general aviation light aircraft manufacturing industry

• AOPA was among the earliest proponents of civilian use of the Global Positioning Satellite System, setting the stage for development of the Next Generation Air Transportation System