April 11, 2013 - After budget sequestration limits blocked FAA officials from attending the annual EAA/FAA winter summit in Oshkosh this year, EAA's advocacy staff did the next best thing: They ventured en masse to Washington, D.C., on April 8-9 to meet with top FAA officials on a variety of GA issues.
Those discussions were positive and productive, and sometimes remarkably frank. EAA's unique collaborative working relationship with government agencies gives us the ability to bring these topics to the table in a way that seeks solutions.
Among the key issues were:
- Warbird concerns such as life-limited parts, inspection programs, and use of designees--where EAA left with a high degree of optimism that positive results for warbird owners will soon follow
- Designated pilot examiners (DPEs) for vintage aircraft
- Funding for unleaded aviation fuel research, where FAA continues to support the creation of a fuels office and unleaded fuel evaluation and certification process within the agency
- EAA's response to the NTSB on amateur-built safety, urging education over regulation to improve the safety rate. FAA agrees with that approach.
EAA met with officials ranging from FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to individual division managers, all aimed at representing EAA members and removing barriers on their behalf. We'll be sure to share with you the specific progress on all the major issues as the agreed-to solutions become finalized this year.