Boosting GA Safety Through Type Club Coalition
December 15, 2011 – On December 8, EAA welcomed Tom Turner from the American Bonanza Society and John Lohmar from the National Stearman Fly-In to the Aviation Center. Those two men lead the Type Club Coalition, which EAA originally developed with type clubs to meet the goals of the FAA’s Transforming GA Five-Year Safety Initiative.
Turner and Lohmar met with EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower as well as Sean Elliott and David Oord from EAA’s Government Relations staff as the coalition looks to find more effective ways to reach all aviators with safety information that will continue to lower the GA accident rate.
The coalition grew from data that showed that many pilots were not receiving FAA safety information or participating in safety programs. That is particularly true when pilots transition to a newly purchased or built aircraft.
Among the founding organizations of the Type Club Coalition last summer were EAA, American Bonanza Society, AOPA Air Safety Institute, Cessna Pilots Association, Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association, Commemorative Air Force, Helicopter Association International, Lancair Owners & Builders Organization, and Van’s Aircraft. More organizations are encouraged to participate in the coalition to ensure that GA safety is enhanced.