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Welcome to the May 2009 Issue of Experimenter

Joe's Words of Wisdom

Joe Norris

Well, I survived Sun ’n Fun! This was my first trip to the event since joining EAA’s staff in 2001, so it’s been a few years since I walked the grounds at Lakeland Linder Airport. When I got to the grounds everything felt very familiar, so I hit the ground running. It was great to meet and talk with many of you at Lakeland. I appreciate everyone’s input and suggestions. Keep those cards and letters coming in!

Unfortunately, the much-anticipated update from the FAA regarding the new amateur-built certification policy didn’t materialize. Changes in the FAA’s upper management have delayed the release of the policy, and even the progress report it had hoped to give at Sun ’n Fun was postponed because the incoming FAA administrator has not yet been confirmed. So we’ll have to wait a while longer before we find out any details on the FAA’s response to the huge volume of public comment it received regarding the proposed policy released just before AirVenture last year. The FAA has stated that it will release the new policy by July 31, which would drop it right in the middle of this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. EAA has encouraged the FAA to release the policy before AirVenture so that everyone has a chance to digest it before all the convention activities take over. Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Experimenter, and I invite you to keep an eye out for interesting projects or cool innovations to share with your fellow homebuilders. Send article suggestions and any other feedback to Experimenter@eaa.org. Let us know what you’re building!

Enjoy this month's issue!
- Joe Norris, EAA's Homebuilders Community Manager

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