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EAA Government Advocacy


Your EAA Advocacy Team in Action

One of the EAA advocacy team’s core functions is to be your voice with government officials, working to reduce the barriers to participating in aviation.

EAA strives to preserve the freedom to fly by providing clear solutions and practical alternatives to burdensome regulations. On these pages in EAA Sport Aviation and through our weekly e-Hotline electronic newsletter (visit www.EAA.org/newsletters to subscribe) we keep you informed about the key issues of the day, why they are important, what we are doing, and how you can lend a hand or your voice.

We classify our main advocacy efforts within three categories—safety, affordability, and security. This month, we’ve introduced the top issues in each of those categories, but we also work on a number of other issues. Throughout the year we will highlight those individual issues, such as through-the-fence agreements, user fees, and inspection authorization (IA) mechanic’s renewal, to name a few.

The EAA government advocacy team includes Sean Elliott, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs; Doug Macnair, vice president of government relations (based in Washington, D.C.); Randy Hansen, government relations director; and David Oord, government and advocacy specialist. As appropriate, we work together with various aviation organizations and the aviation industry to achieve the best outcomes for general aviation.

But working with government officials on your behalf isn’t all we do. We also advocate directly for chapters and individual EAA members who have issues or concerns with any governmental agency, be it federal, state, or local. For example, in the past year we have worked on local airport issues, and international border crossing concerns, and fought potential state taxes on aircraft owners. We also refer members to our various advisory councils as needed, including the EAA Legal Council and the EAA AeroMedical Council, as well as other staff experts. All of these resources and services are free to EAA members.

We also review the Federal Register and Department of Transportation docket on a daily basis to look for any regulatory or policy change that could adversely affect our members’ abilities to participate in aviation, taking appropriate action as needed.





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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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