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EAA’s Earl Lawrence to Join FAA Leadership Team

Selected to lead agency’s Small Airplane Directorate

Earl Lawrence

October 13, 2010 — Earl Lawrence, who has been a part of the EAA staff since 1994 in government advocacy roles, will be departing EAA on Nov. 1 to become Manager of the FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate in Kansas City. Lawrence’s new FAA duties will include development of airworthiness standards, policy and guidance for small aircraft (airplanes, gliders, airships and lighter-than-air); administer type, production and airworthiness certification, in addition to the continued operational safety for the general aviation aircraft.  He will also manage the budget, personnel and training for the Small Airplane Directorate which covers a large geographic area from Alaska to Florida.

“FAA’s selection of Earl for this important position recognizes his talents and expertise developed through his responsibilities at EAA,” said Rod Hightower, EAA’s president and CEO. “Our advocacy efforts are a top priority for our members, so I will be working with Earl to get up to speed more quickly on the essential issues and programs to maintain the high standards for which we have become known. I will also work with Earl to ensure an effective transition for our government relations staff and programs. We wish him the best of success at FAA.”

EAA and the general aviation community will also benefit from Lawrence’s presence within the FAA in a position that affects all of GA. As a longtime pilot, engineer, and aviation mechanic with Inspection Authorization, Lawrence’s passion for flight and knowledge of the aviation community will serve GA very well.

“We are sorry to see Earl leave EAA, but his selection is a compliment to his achievements here and now puts him in a role that is critical to general aviation’s future,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman of the board. “The good news is that we will have the opportunity to continue working with him and benefiting from his aviation knowledge, passion, and dedication.”

A graduate of Northrop University in Los Angeles, Lawrence joined the EAA staff in March 1994 as a Government Programs Specialist, following an earlier career focused on aircraft and spacecraft maintenance and construction.

Lawrence is also a past member of ASTM International Board of Directors and the chairman of the ASTM International Committee F37 on Light-Sport Aircraft.  In recognition of his standards work for Light-Sport Aircraft, Earl received the 2003 Robert J. Painter Memorial Award from the Standards Engineering Society.  Along with his work on F37, Lawrence is the engineer responsible for EAA’s autogas STCs and a member of the ASTM D02 aviation gasoline subcommittee on Petroleum Products and Lubricants.

Lawrence is an associate staff member of the US Transportation Safety Institute, where he instructs on Experimental Aircraft Accident Investigation and Amateur-built/Light-Sport Aircraft Designated Airworthiness Representative initial training.

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