EAA Works With Other GA Groups Responding to Avgas Lawsuit
Recently, EAA worked with AOPA, NBAA, NATA, and GAMA to respond to a lawsuit filed by environmental groups, led by Friends of the Earth, against the Environmental Protection Agency. The lawsuit claims EPA has been slow to respond to an earlier petition to make an endangerment finding regarding the lead in aviation fuels. The GA groups first assured aviators that the lawsuit will not change short-term availability of avgas such as 100 low-lead. EAA and the other groups also noted that the lawsuit ignored the considerable work that has already been done to lower lead levels in aviation fuel, and the additional steps underway to find a safe, viable unleaded alternative to current avgas. EAA Vice President of Government Relations Doug Macnair, Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs Sean Elliott, Government Advocacy Specialist David Oord, and Director of Communications Dick Knapinski have been working with other GA groups on this issue.
Continuing with avgas discussions, Sean and I participated via teleconference last Thursday with other GA organization CEOs in a Washington, D.C., briefing, which focused on the key issues and recommendations from the FAA's Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). Avgas and the evolution to an unleaded fuel supply will be a crucial issue in the coming years and an issue where GA groups working stronger together will be essential. Doug was in Washington representing EAA in person at that briefing.
Women in Aviation Appearance a Success
EAA's presence at the Women in Aviation International convention in Dallas recently was extremely successful. On March 10, I was one of the keynote speakers at the event and I was pleased to be able to attend the convention with three of my daughters. Our display received plenty of visits throughout the three-day convention. The graphics at our display were outstanding and a real draw for attendees. EAA welcomed a substantial number of new members at the event.
Sport Pilot Instructor Database Gets Upgrade
EAA's online database of sport pilot instructors has been rejuvenated. Sport pilot instructors who are accepting sport pilot students can fill in their information and automatically add their names to the online list available in the "Training" area on the Sport Pilot website. Previously, sport pilot instructors had to contact EAA with their information, which would be handled by at least two separate departments to be included on the site.
Steve Miller Band Highlights AirVenture Opening Night
We've officially announced that the Steve Miller Band will be playing the opening night concert at AirVenture 2012. Steve Miller is a Wisconsin native who had several No. 1 hits and a large number of top 40 records in the 1970s and 1980s and is still a popular draw in concert and on classic rock radio. For the seventh straight year, Ford Motor Company is sponsoring the opening night concert, which will start at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 23. That is a later start for the opening night concert than in previous years. We hope to see you there as we kick off what is sure to be a memorable week! Tickets and camping can be purchased on the AirVenture website.
Chapter 551 Hosts 'Breakfast on Ice'
Today is the first day of spring, but it was anything but springlike a few weeks ago in Minnesota where Chapter 551 (St. Cloud, Minnesota) hosted a breakfast fly-in on Mille Lacs Lake. Nothing like a hot breakfast and avgas to warm you up on when it's 5 below! View pictures