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A Foot in the Slamming Door: EAA, lawmakers stand up against FAA's through-the-fence policy - It’s a perfect morning; the sun is just beginning to glow in a cool blue sky, and there is not a wisp of wind. It’s a great day for flying, you think, as you step out of your house into your hangar, do your preflight, and taxi directly to the runway.

The ultimate dream for many EAA members and other aircraft owners is to have instant access to their airplane and a runway, just as drivers do to their car and the street. Imagine, then, if you backed out of your driveway one morning, turned the corner, and found a gate smack across the road that led to the highway out of town. Read More

On our Radar

On our Radar

The long-awaited guidance regarding training--a letter of deviation authority--was finally published by the FAA, but the guidance does little to improve training availability for experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA). Critical compensated transition training is allowed in experimental amateur-built aircraft, but primary instruction in E-LSA is not. EAA continues to work with FAA on this issue.

Improving the safety records of homebuilt and light-sport aircraft remains a top priority for EAA’s advocacy team. A recent EAA webinar highlighted the importance of transition training for pilots moving from higher performance aircraft to LSA. Visit www.SportAviation.org to listen. EAA Government Advocacy Specialist David Oord will speak on this subject at the AOPA Summit, November 11.

Earl's Epilogue

Lawrence and his 1964 Twin-Commanche

Safety is Key Safety is key for preserving the flying and building privileges we have and those we wish to gain. There was an exponential increase in amateur-built safety in the 1990s, and with that came a corresponding increase in the privileges amateur-built aircraft owners and builders earned. This improvement also furthered the development of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations, the first set of aviation regulations written solely to support fun flying.

After years of enjoying increased privileges for our members, we are now entering a phase of consolidation and re-evaluation by the FAA. Current FAA management is focused on significantly reducing general aviation accidents and implementing the new airspace management structure, that is, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B).

In reading safety reports and comments from both government and industry, there is basic agreement on a dominant cause of aircraft accidents today—human factors or decision-making. There are no new ways to crash an airplane; we just continue to repeat the same errors.

Each time there is a rise in the accident rate, there is a corresponding increase in focus on safety forums, education, government meetings, and a string of new legislative and regulatory mandates.

We must all be willing to put safety first and keep safety in the forefront of our flying activities. It is not fun to fly through, or under, a thunderstorm, so why do pilots do it? We need to find a way to improve our culture so that we think about safety first while we enjoy our segment of the flying community. Why do we choose not to get transition training for a new aircraft? Why do we choose to go on a flight and not check weather first? Why do we choose to not fix items on our aircraft the way or when the manufacturer says the item needs to be fixed? Why do we choose to buzz houses? Why do we…?

The privileges we gain through advocacy efforts are linked to the actions of our community. What are your thoughts? How can we improve our safety record?

Are these your priorities? Please share your thoughts with us on www.Oshkosh365.org.

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EAA's Government Relations department works to preserve the freedom of flight and reduce the regulatory barriers affecting affordability and access to EAA members’ participation in aviation. Protecting the freedom to fly is the foundation on which all of the organization’s advocacy initiatives are built. EAA fights to preserve this freedom by providing clear solutions and practical alternatives backed by hard work and dedication. EAA’s 55-year history of success is a testament to that philosophy.

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