of the U.S. House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee arrive
early today for a public forum at 11:30 a.m. in Utah Valley
University Pavilion 6. It will be an opportunity for you to learn
about current legislative issues relating to general aviation, and
to ask questions of the House members. Doug Macnair, EAA’s vice
president for government affairs, will moderate the forum.
freedom to experiment
weeks ago, the FAA published proposed policy changes relating to the
"51% Rule — the requirement that an owner-builder must
complete "the major portion" of an amateur-built aircraft.
EAA’s government affairs staff has spent the past two weeks
analyzing the proposed new policy in detail. This afternoon, EAA
Vice President Earl Lawrence will present a forum on those proposed
policies. EAA staff members and FAA representatives will be there to
answer questions and to hear comments from EAA members and others.
its very beginning in 1953, EAA has worked hard to foster and
preserve the freedoms and privileges we enjoy in sport aviation. EAA
stands for "Experimental Aircraft Association" and
EAA members have created countless innovations in methods,
materials, and technology. Composite construction, glass cockpits,
alternative fuels and powerplants, and many other innovations
pioneered by EAA amateur builders have become standard practices in
general, commercial, and military aviation.
has always worked hard to ensure that its members will be able to
keep on innovating. We work with the FAA and other agencies to
ensure that government regulations and policies don’t hinder
grassroots innovation. And we work hard to make advances—like the
use of auto fuel in general aviation (GA) aircraft—widely
available to our members and others.
the past year, the FAA has been contemplating changes in the way it
administers and enforces the 51% Rule, and EAA has been leading the
effort to preserve the freedoms embodied in the Amateur-Built
2007 Lawrence and EAA Member Dick Van Grunsven, president of Van’s
Aircraft, co-chaired an FAA advisory panel on the 51% Rule. The
panel made specific recommendations to the FAA last November. The
proposed policies published two weeks ago by the FAA represent some
significant victories for EAA and its members.
the policy proposal now in its public comments phase, EAA is calling
on its members and other aviation enthusiasts to submit comments to
the FAA. Through your EAA membership, you have the clout and the
credibility to help influence FAA policies and practices. Attend
today’s forum on the 51% Rule and stop in at EAA Welcome Center
here at AirVenture Oshkosh, to learn how you can comment on the FAA
No user’s fees! ...
course, the other big item on everybody’s mind this week is GA
user fees. In the U.S. Senate, pressure from EAA members and other
general aviation organizations has pushed user fees off the table—for
now. The airline industry and the administration are still lobbying
hard for GA user fees and the battle is far from over.
find lots of information about user fees at the EAA Welcome Center
and in the pages of AirVenture Today. EAA staff will also
provide information on other airline-backed proposals that would be
detrimental to general aviation.
important, there are ways that you can help wage the battle against
user fees. Stop in at the EAA Welcome Center and learn about user
fees. Then lend a hand. It only takes a few minutes to make a