EAA Welcomes FAA Senior Staff To Oshkosh Recreatioinal Aviation Summit
January 16, 2007 — More than a dozen senior FAA staff members are meeting with EAA representatives at EAA Headquarters in Oshkosh today and tomorrow (Jan. 16-17) to discuss a lengthy aviation agenda during the annual EAA/FAA Recreational Aviation Summit.
John Hickey, director of aircraft certification, and Jim Ballough, director of flight standards lead the FAA group, whose agenda includes such items as sport pilot/light-sport aircraft; experimental/amateur-built issues; flight safety; flight training; warbirds; aerobatic practice and competition boxes; air show policies; vintage and aging aircraft issues; air tour operations; and finally, planning for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. The group will also review the action log established at meetings held during EAA AirVenture last summer.
Other FAA officials planning to attend are Frank Paskiewicz, manager, Production/Airworthiness; Rick Domingo, assistant manager, Aircraft Maintenance Division; Joe Tintera, manager of Regulatory Support Division; John Duncan, manager, General Aviation Commercial Division; Mike Brown, certification branch manager; James Seipel, manager, Airworthiness Certification Branch; Larry Clymer, manager, Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft Branch; Kim Smith, manager, Small Airplane Directorate; John Colomy, manager of standards - Small Airplane Directorate; Steve Wallace, director, Office of Accident Investigation; and Larry Werth, light-sport aircraft program manager - Small Airplane Directorate.
"We used these gatherings in previous years to look at where progress is being made in areas essential to the operation and growth of recreational aviation in this country," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "Hosting the Recreational Aviation Summit fits well with our unique approach to advocacy on behalf of the membership, allowing us to have dialogues with the FAA officials who create specific policy so we can address issues and concerns before they become problems.
"It's also an excellent opportunity to follow up on the actions promised during similar discussions each summer at EAA AirVenture. During these two days in Oshkosh, the most important issues to EAA members will be discussed and acted upon."
The recreational aviation summit builds on EAA's longtime spirit of finding solutions to aviation issues and forging constructive working relationships with government, industry and aviation users.
"We've come to Oshkosh because EAA is the single entity that gives us access to all facets of recreational aviation, which is the cornerstone of flying in this country," Hickey said. "FAA and EAA have a strong relationship, and this summit helps us track the commitments and actions we have made."