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Bureaucracy Off Course: LODA tangle strangling aviation growth and safety Everyone in aviation—pilots, industry, and government alike—agrees on the need to get more people involved in flying. New enthusiasts are the lifeblood of aviation’s future.

Sometimes, though, aviation can’t get out of its own way when it comes to executing policy. The exasperating experience EAA has faced while working with the FAA on the letters of deviation authority (LODA) issue is a prime example of how bureaucracy keeps people out of the cockpit. Read More

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On our Radar

The FAA reauthorization bill will be back up for debate as Congress reconvenes following summer break. EAA continues to stress the need for long-term FAA funding.

Transportation infrastructure investment, including airports and the next generation (NextGen) air transportation system, were identified as priorities by President Barack Obama. EAA urges that general aviation is an important part of the national transportation system, thus would call for improvements to benefit all of aviation, including general aviation.

New operating limitations may be coming next April. The FAA issued a new version of its Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft and Related Products handbook, FAA Order 8130.2G. EAA staff is determining what changes have been made to the certification and operating limitations for amateur-built, exhibition, experimental light-sport, and special light-sport aircraft. This new version will become effective April 16, 2011. FAA Order 8130.2F remains the current guidance for FAA inspectors from FSDOs, manufacturing inspection district offices (MIDOs), and individual designated airworthiness representatives (DARs).

Existing residential through-the-fence (TTF) agreements at public-use airports will be allowed to continue…provided they meet certain requirements, the FAA announced in a proposed draft policy released in mid-September. However, new TTF agreements will not be allowed. EAA will offer comments during the 45-day public comment period ending October 25, 2010, and asks that members who also submit comments provide a copy to govt@eaa.org. EAA expects the FAA to take 45 to 60 days to review public comments and then issue its final TTF agreement policy by December 31, 2010.

The first notices for re-registration and renewal of aircraft registration will be sent on or shortly after October 1, 2010, for aircraft that were registered in March of any year. These aircraft are now assigned an expiration date of March 31, 2011. Owners of these aircraft must apply for re-registration between November 1, 2010, and January 31, 2011. For more information, call EAA’s aviation services, 888-322-4636, or visit www.SportAviation.org for a direct link to the appropriate FAA website.

EAA in Action

In a joint effort to improve amateur-built aircraft safety, the FAA and EAA developed an advisory circular (AC) as guidance for individuals transitioning into experimental aircraft. EAA’s additional objective is that an improvement in the amateur-built safety record for those transitioning into experimental aircraft would forestall FAA considering additional regulations or operating limitations on such aircraft. The AC stresses transition training and guidance to pilots who are the second owners of experimental aircraft and those pilots who have never flown amateur-built aircraft.

“We worked with the FAA to find a solution that seeks to improve safety without additional operating limitations being placed on aircraft,” said EAA Director of Air Operations Sean Elliot, who, along with EAA Homebuilders’ Community Manager Joe Norris, attended meetings with the FAA.

The draft of the AC is in final revision and will be published by the end of the year.

The General Aviation Avgas Coalition, which includes EAA, filed comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking released earlier this year, stating there is insufficient data to make a determination on lead emissions from aircraft engines.

Some of the particular issues addressed included:

  • Any current finding on lead endangerment is premature, as additional data is still forthcoming. Complete data is not expected until early 2012.
  • The best solution will be found by working in cooperation with FAA and general-aviation stakeholders so that the aviation industry and businesses are not endangered.
  • Reformulation of avgas without an adequate solution that meets the needs of the entire existing fleet would create negative safety implications.
  • Creating multiple grades of fuel for aviation use would bring difficulties in distribution that could hamper availability in some areas.

Earl's Epilogue

Lawrence and his 1964 Twin-Commanche

What Are Your Priorities? How does EAA staff determine its priorities for EAA’s advocacy efforts? You, our members, determine our priorities. Three main inputs direct our mission to reduce regulatory barriers to participating in aviation: one-on-one member-to-staff interactions (phone calls, e-mails), interactions in the field, and recurring surveys.

Based on data from the most recent survey:

  • Overall, members are satisfied with EAA’s advocacy efforts.

  • Protecting the access and promoting the affordability of personal flight is very important.

  • Affordability” is rated “most important.”

  • Aviation fuel and safety are top-ranked issues.

  • Security, medical-related issues (including elimination of the third-class medical), protection of airspace/airports, and the ADS-B changes round out your major concerns.

For the top-rated issue, the future of aviation fuel, your overwhelming response indicated you are not willing to pay more for a future fuel than you currently pay for 100LL. However, the higher the value of your aircraft, the more willing you are to spend money on aircraft modification. However, very few surveyed are willing to spend more than $5,000 to ensure their aircraft can operate on a future fuel.

With regard to aviation safety, most members seem to comprehend that if it is not improved, government will impose additional restrictions. And let’s not forget, we want our fellow aviators to safely engage in the activity we all love and enjoy.

As for how you’d like to receive information on important advocacy topics, you listed EAA Sport Aviation magazine, as well as the magazines of EAA’s divisions, as your primary resource. Your secondary resource is our electronic aviation news sources, particularly the weekly e-Hotline newsletters.

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

Read more about out what else is happening in the world of EAA's government relations.

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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