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The EAA AirVenture that most people never see
By David Sakrison, EAA AirVenture Today
July 26, 2009 - Oshkosh, WisconsinThere is an essential side of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that most visitors and most EAA members don’t see, but it is vitally important to the vitality and the future of sport aviation. Behind all the excitement—the air shows, the display aircraft, the commercial displays, the portable toilets—groups of people will gather in quiet corners of the convention grounds to work out solutions to the challenges facing sport aviation and general aviation.

These working sessions—held throughout the week at Oshkosh— bring together EAA staff, EAA members, aircraft type club members, representatives of general aviation industry groups, and aircraft owners, pilots, and mechanics.

Also taking part in many of these brainstorming and problem-solving sessions are hundreds of government aviation officials, from local airport managers to the FAA administrator. Oshkosh is the place where government aviation officials come to talk with, listen to, learn from, and work with grassroots aviation. Not “a place,” but “THE place.”

As important and as productive as these meetings are, they are only a microcosm of the work carried out year-round by the EAA government relations staff on behalf of EAA members and the EAA community. In some of the meetings this week, joint EAA/FAA work groups will report on progress made on various regulatory issues. Other meetings with legislators, regulators, and aviation groups will initiate conversations and projects that will continue through the rest of the year, to promote and preserve sport aviation.

EAA maintains a full-time presence in Washington, D.C., to track issues that could affect EAA members and to lobby on behalf of EAA members and the general aviation community. Doug Macnair, EAA vice president for governmental affairs, works with legislators, government agencies, and other general aviation organizations to ensure that EAA members’ views and concerns are well-represented in our nation’s capital.

None of these government advocacy efforts would be possible without EAA members. Your numbers—160,000 strong—give EAA credibility and clout. Your membership and your support of EAA programs give EAA the resources for effective government advocacy. When you join EAA or renew your membership, you are making a direct investment in the future of general aviation.

From its very beginnings, more than half a century ago, EAA has employed a unique approach to government advocacy. Founder Paul Poberezny was determined to deal with the government not as an adversary, but as a partner committed to finding solutions. Today, FAA officials tell us that they need to be here at EAA AirVenture and that they enjoy coming here because of the collaborative atmosphere they find in Oshkosh, during AirVenture and beyond.

In countless ways, big and small, EAA is standing up for general aviation, working hard to reduce the cost and complexity of participating in the dream of flight. We need your participation. Through EAA, your voice and your efforts do make a difference.

Visit the Welcome Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh or go online to www.EAA.org to find easy and effective ways that you can Stand Up for GA.

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