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EAA President To Meet With FAA Administrator This Week

EAA Young Eagles Program Viability Threatened By New Air Tour Rule Language

February 16 , 2007 — EAA President Tom Poberezny will meet with FAA Administrator Marion Blakey this week to discuss the potentially damaging ramifications the recently published Air Tour Final Rule could have on the EAA Young Eagles Program. The new rule would limit what aircraft could be used for Young Eagles flights, with additional restrictions on pilot qualifications and frequency of Young Eagles activities that would be extremely harmful to the program.

?While the FAA likely didn?t mean to have such a devastating effect on this great program that introduces aviation to young people - without a dime of government funding, we should mention - the air tour rule has created the current ominous situation,? Poberezny wrote in a message to EAA members included in this week?s e-Hotline newsletter. ?We are engaged in daily dialogue with FAA, but we don?t yet have all the answers on the rule?s immediate ramifications on Young Eagles.?

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