Miltec UV’s founder Joseph Blandford Jr. is a Director and the Florida Area Representative of the United Flying Octogenarians or U.F.O. The U.F.O. is a pilot organization that is considered one of the world’s most notable. The group was founded in 1982 by a group of 31 aviators over the age of 80. The U.F.O. now has a membership of over 1,500 men and women in the United States including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Argentina, Australia, France, and the United Kingdom. They meet regionally to exchange flying stories, for education, comradery and renewing old friendships.
The U.F.O. Charter states that the purpose of the non-profit organization “is to promote longevity and safety in aviation; to represent the interests of senior pilots worldwide; to inspire youth to fly; and to promote fellowship among senior pilots”.
On Memorial Day weekend, Joe Blandford is hosting a Tri State Meeting of the U.F.O.’s at the Thomasville, Georgia Aviation Club. Over 200 members from Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been invited to attend with guests. All are welcome, and members are encouraged to bring along prospective new members – the only requirement for membership is that they have flown as pilot in command on or after having reached their 80th birthday. The educational seminar offered at the May meeting titled, “Aging Gracefully – Flying Safely” will discuss the effects of aging on pilot performance and flying safety.
The love of aviation binds this elite group together. Joe Blandford is as passionate about flying as he is about Miltec UV. His love of aviation is an invaluable contribution to the success of the company. Miltec UV is dedicated to building long term relationships with their customers. Personally flying parts to a “down” customer is an example of customer service at its best!
For more information about the U.F.O. please visit https://ufopilots.org/