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EAA, Warbirds Of America Secure Breakthrough On Warbirds Proficiency Flight Limitations

 

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (September 18, 2007) — After several years of concentrated effort by

EAA, its Warbirds of America division and other partners in the warbirds community, there was good news from the Federal Aviation Administration regarding their requests to ease a burden on many former military aircraft owners when they are flying training missions.

The FAA issued a letter of deviation for warbird aircraft owners to conduct proficiency flights beyond the current 300-nautical mile radius of operation for piston-powered aircraft and 600 nautical miles for turbine aircraft. In developing the deviation, FAA incorporated many of the recommendations forwarded by EAA and Warbirds of America.

"EAA, Warbirds of America and our industry partners have worked very hard to make this possible for our members," said Rick Siegfried, Warbirds of America president. "The ability for meeting with FAA representatives face-to-face in Oshkosh on this issue helped facilitate progress on this and other issues. We are extremely pleased with the outcome and look forward to even more progress in the near future."

Meetings at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh in March 2007, which included industry leaders and senior FAA officials, created an atmosphere for progress on warbird issues. Siegfried urged individual warbird aircraft owners to review the FAA memorandum outlining the letter of deviation process and decide whether it will best serve their needs. For many warbird owners and operators it is an attractive option, as it expands their training and proficiency flight opportunities.

More details are available at www.eaa.org or www.warbirds-eaa.org.

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