A lot of
FAA employees have spent time at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this week—from
nearly every branch and every level of the agency. They come to talk, to
listen, to learn, and to work collaboratively, not just with EAA but
also with a host of organizations, companies, and individuals—the
grassroots of aviation. Relationships get built here that continue
year-round, to support the interests of general aviation and,
especially, sport aviation.
of us who have been around flying things for more than a few years, it’s
a welcome change from the "us versus them" attitudes that once
seemed to prevail on both sides of the table. That change didn’t just
happen. The EAA Government Affairs staff works long and hard to maintain
that open communication with the FAA and other government agencies, to
represent the needs and views of grassroots aviation. AirVenture
provides a place and a spirit that, like no other, weaves together all
the divergent threads of aviation, to celebrate the dream and to work
together to build the future of flight.
EAA supports the electric
experts and other officials from EAA, FAA, ASTM International, and the
aircraft industry met Friday afternoon to explore the possibilities for
developing and certifying electric motors for powering light aircraft.
"EAA led the way to light-sport aircraft," said EAA President
Tom Poberezny. "Electric motors are a natural evolutionary step, to
reduce dependence on petroleum-based fuels, to develop more efficient
and lower-cost powerplants, and ultimately to make the dream of flight
achievable for more people. This meeting is a first step—to assess the
industry’s interest in electric powered flight and to identify
potential resources for bringing an electric airplane to market."
EAA addresses NTSB
concerns about light-sport aircraft
officials at the National Transportation Safety Board are concerned
light-sport aircraft (LSA) manufacturers are not fully complying with
ASTM manufacturing and production standards for LSA. Some NTSB officials
also say that using ASTM standards might not be adequate to assure the
safety of light-sport aircraft and pilots.
officials and members of the ASTM standards committee for LSA met
yesterday with NTSB representatives to answer those concerns.
"Anytime you try something new, like adopting ASTM consensus
standards for the manufacture of aircraft, there are going to be
questions," said EAA Vice President Earl Lawrence, who chairs the
ASTM/LSA committee. "We are confident that ASTM is a
more-than-adequate approach, and FAA officials are in support of the use
of ASTM standards."
EAA councils work behind
the scenes on behalf of EAA members
Aeromedical Advisory Council, Legal Advisory Council, and Pilot Advocate
Council, held separate meetings at AirVenture yesterday. These three EAA
councils work throughout the year to address legal and medical concerns
and to assist EAA members with individual legal or medical issues
involving aviation. Among their accomplishments, the Aeromedical
Advisory Council has helped push through reductions in the waiting
period for aeromedical certificates and special issuances; the Legal
Advisory Council educates EAA members about their rights, privileges,
and options under FAA rules; and the Pilot Advocate Council, made up of
aeromedical examiners, helps individual pilots with aeromedical issues.
advocates for YOU.
Poberezny and a small group of aviation enthusiasts founded the EAA in
1953, their purpose was to foster and promote recreational aviation.
From the very first, government advocacy was an important part of their
worked tirelessly in support of new laws, regulations, and government
policies that supported and expanded recreational flying, at the local,
state, and federal levels. From the start, Paul was determined to deal
with the government not as an adversary, but as a partner committed to
finding solutions. That philosophy has served EAA members—and all
aviation enthusiasts—very well.
depend on your support. Your
EAA membership, and contributions from EAA members like you, support EAA’s
government advocacy. You are an essential part of these efforts.
need your participation. EAA
members are often asked to participate in making our collective voice
heard to keep the skies free and to keep regulations from becoming
burdensome or costly. Through EAA, your voice does make a difference.
Learn more about
EAA government advocacy programs and activities, and about the issues
affecting you, at www.EAA.org/govt/.