Robert E. “Bob” Minter, Sr.

Robert E. “Bob” Minter, Sr.

Enshrined November 3, 2012

While growing up in Kingsport, Bob Minter built model airplanes and spent endless hours at Tri Cities Airport longing to become a pilot. Following enrollment at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute in Miami, Florida, he soloed a Piper J-3 Cub at Tamiami Airport on October 25, 1960; studied aeronautical engineering, airframe and powerplant technology and earned a Commercial Pilot’s license. Following graduation Bob built flying time as a freelance pilot flying a variety of single and multi-engine aircraft around the country and the Caribbean, worked with a major Cessna dealer and managed a small FBO in South Florida. In 1963, Bob became a corporate pilot based at TRI where he flew a Beechcraft Twin Bonanza and an Aero Commander 720 to destinations nationwide. He later returned to Miami to work for the newly formed Burnside-Ott Aviation Training Center. BATC became the largest civilian flight training organization in the world and during his eight years there Bob served in a variety of management positions. Minter again returned to Tennessee in 1973 to serve during Governor Winfield Dunn’s administration where he became Director of Development & Operations for the TDOT- Bureau of Aeronautics, the agency responsible for the State’s system of 76 public airports. While at the Bureau of Aeronautics, he oversaw the development of airports across Tennessee. After leaving state government, Bob formed his own firm, Bob Minter & Associates and contracted to sell advertising for AOPA PILOT Magazine and was a consultant to other major aviation clients.  AOPA contracted with Minter as the Regional Representative for member services and governmental affairs in the mid-eighties. To date, he has represented AOPA for more than 35 years and is currently employed as AOPA’s Southern Region Manager in eight states in the Southeast. Bob Minter has earned a reputation as a staunch advocate for general aviation and as an accomplished aviation policy strategist, marketing and technical consultant. He has served on numerous aviation technical and advisory groups throughout the Southeast; co-founded the Tennessee Aviation Association and Founded the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2002, The Tennessee Aeronautics Commission awarded Mr. Minter its highest individual honor for his “Career Contributions to Aviation”. Bob Minter has been an AOPA member for more than 51 years; a member of EAA and The Ancient and Secret Society of Quiet Birdmen – TYS Hangar.

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