EAA Analyzing New Air Tour Final Rule
February 9, 2007 — FAA's long-awaited National Air Tour Safety Standards final rule became available Friday morning, and EAA immediately began a thorough analysis of what it means to charity flights, as well as commercial and sightseeing air tour operations. The regulations spelled out in the 107-page document will affect a significant part of certain flying by EAA and many of its members, including the B-17 tour, Pioneer Airport operations, and Young Eagles flights. Many EAAers also provide "barnstorming" flights that will be affected by the new regulations.
"EAA members should realize that this rule has not yet been published in the Federal Register (as of Friday, February 9), and will not become effective until 30 days after publication," said Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of government and regulatory affairs. "We will complete our analysis by early next week, then determine the best course of action for our members and other aviation enthusiasts."