EAA Welcomes FAA Airports Division
Pictured (l to r) seated, EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny, Randy Fiertz, FAA, and Deandra Brooks, FAA. Standing are EAA’s David Oord, Randy Hansen, Earl Lawrence, and Sean Elliott.
February 25, 2010 —Officials from the FAA’s Airports Division were in Oshkosh Tuesday as first-time participants in the EAA/FAA Winter Summit. EAA’s government advocacy team welcomed Randy Fiertz, director of airport certification and field operations, and Deandra Brooks, airport compliance specialist, for discussions on a variety of general aviation airport issues that affect participation and the health of general aviation.
The topics included fuel availability; recreational aircraft access to airports; expansion of self-service (maintenance and repair) for aircraft owner/operator on airport property; and adjacent residential through-the-fence access agreements.
Participants’ goal was to identify and discuss issues that, when resolved, will increase the ability to participate in aviation by reducing barriers. Most important, however, is the open dialogue and relationship now established with the FAA’s airport division.
“We greatly value our effective working relationship with the FAA,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president. “Working in partnership with FAA Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification leaders over the past six decades, and now expanding that partnership to include the FAA Airports Division, we’ve been able to resolve many issues – which is what EAA members expect of their organization.”