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Legal Advisory Council

EAA's Legal Advisory Council is a group of attorneys who possess expertise in representing airmen in FAA enforcement actions, legal matters pertaining to FAA rulemaking, regulations and other matters pertaining to aviation law. The Legal Advisory Council helps provide EAA with the best possible information on regulatory issues that require particular expertise. 

A major goal of the Legal Advisory Council is to promote the portion of the EAA mission statement that emphasizes the preservation of the privilege and right to fly of the general and sport aviation community. Specifically, the council believes that airmen must be made aware of their rights when dealing with the FAA in a potential enforcement matter.

In conjunction with that awareness, the council is promoting the knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) and their effect on general and sport aviation. Most importantly, EAA feels that continued pilot training and the encouragement of safe aviation in conjunction with thorough knowledge of applicable FARs help preserve our privilege and right to fly.

Council members are available to EAA members and its chapters to answer basic legal questions and provide guidance from an attorney.

Ronnie Gipson – Vice Chairman
San Francisco, California

Kathy Yodice - Vice Chairman
Potomac, Maryland

Alan Farkas
Chicago, Illinois

Jack Harrington - Member Emeritus
Chicago, Illinois

Mike Pangia
Washington, D.C.

Michael Van Hoomissen
Portland, Oregon

Pat Floyd
Victoria, British Columbia

James Cooling
Kansas City, Missouri

R. Patrick Phillips - Member Emeritus
Orlando, Florida

Pete Axelrod
Brisbane, Australia

Paul Herbers - Member Emeritus
Kansas City, Missouri

Pete Axelrod - Member Emeritus
Brisbane, Australia

Jim Cooling - Member Emeritus
Kansas City, Missouri

Don Anderson
Atlanta, Georgia

John Yodice
Potomac, MD

Greg Reigel
Dallas, Texas

John Yondice - Member Emeritus
Potomac, Maryland

The EAA Legal Advisory Council activities are coordinated through the EAA Government Relations Department, at 888-EAAINFO (322-4636) or

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