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Minister pays tribute to Ron Bertram.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Warren Truss MP Minister for Transport and Regional Services

06 April 2006 047WT/2006


The Australian Government Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Warren Truss, has expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President, Ron Bertram, who died in an aircraft accident at Bankstown on Wednesday (5 April).

Mr Truss said Mr Bertram was a passionate advocate for pilots and aircraft owners on general aviation issues.

"His contribution and practical approach to aviation issues will be missed by both the government and the aviation industry," Mr Truss said.

"In his role as President of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Mr Bertram was a strong advocate for his members. He worked tirelessly to bring the views of AOPA to the attention of the government and its agencies.

"He was a constant and much valued participant in the Government's consultation on aviation security - particularly the anti-theft requirements for the General Aviation sector, background checking and Aviation Security Identification Cards for General Aviation pilots," Mr Truss said.

"Ron played a leading role in forging a positive relationship between the Government and its departments and agencies and the aviation industry. I met with him at Bankstown only the day before his death to discuss a range of aviation issues," he said.

"His integrity, balance and high energy will be sadly missed by the government and the industry," Mr Truss said.

Mr Truss said Mr Bertram's achievements in aviation were substantial.

"He was an experienced pilot with thousands of hours experience. He was an ultralight instructor who took an energetic interest in the expanding sports aviation field. He was active in the Air League, encouraging young Australians to take an interest in aviation.

"On behalf of AOPA, Mr Bertram played a leadership role in the regulatory reform process for the civil aviation regulations. Under Mr Bertram's leadership, AOPA has been an active member on the Standards Consultative Committee as well as a strong lobby group in the development and implementation of government aviation policy."

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