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EAA to Participate in Next Month’s AOPA Summit

October 14, 2010 — EAA will be active before and during the AOPA Aviation Summit scheduled November 11-13 in Long Beach, California. David Oord, EAA government and advocacy specialist, will serve as moderator for a panel discussion, “The Sport Pilot Solution: Is It Right for You?” scheduled for 3:30-4:30 p.m. on November 11. Panelists will include Dan Johnson, president, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA); Tom Gunnarson, transportation industry analyst - Light Sport Program, FAA Small Airplane Directorate; Carol Carpenter, co-owner of Rainbow Aviation Services; and Jill W. Tallman, associate editor, AOPA Publications and an active sport pilot.

Two other meetings are scheduled before the Summit: The ASTM F37 committee on Light-Sport Aircraft meets Tuesday and Wednesday and among the items to be discussed will be the FAA’s recently issued Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) on seat belts in the Sky Arrow 600 airplane. Oord serves as technical lead and will present a new ballot to revise the standard addressing the definition of what constitutes a seat belt in the ASTM standards, which will also address the NTSB’s concerns.

As co-chair of the Light Sport-Joint Safety Committee (LS-JSC), EAA will report out to the General Aviation - Joint Steering Committee prior to the summit. EAA will also participate in the day-long Future of Flight Training program, hosted by Flight Training magazine.

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