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L-39 Incident Makes News

By Rick Siegfried, President, EAA Warbirds of America

November 12, 2009 — An incident from 2008 involving a pilot flying over the ocean near the Santa Monica Pier made the national news this week when the FAA took action against the pilot. Based on details in the Los Angeles press, it appears that the incident does not shed a good light on operators of experimental exhibition jet aircraft. Most operators of these types of aircraft do an excellent job of maintaining, operating, and exhibiting these aircraft in a manner in which the Federal Air Regulations allow. It is unfortunate that sometimes these aircraft are operated in a fashion that is not compliant with the regulations. We in the warbird community all suffer the consequences of those operations.

EAA Warbirds of America will continue to work to have the Federal Air Regulations, FARs, and Technical Orders, which govern the operations of warbird aircraft in the experimental exhibition category, reflect the safe and responsible manner of which most operators comply. We will continue to work to keep the regulatory requirements of these FARs and Technical Orders at a minimum as the industry has proved that it can safely and responsibly operate these aircraft. We do not condone operators who do not comply with the standard practices set forth by the warbird community and FAA.

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