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EAA Highly Visible at AOPA Chino Event

  • Jack Pelton
    EAA Chairman Jack Pelton, right, and AOPA President/CEO Mark Baker speak during AOPA’s regional fly-in at Chino, California.

September 25, 2014 - EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton and several other staff members were in Chino, California, last weekend to participate at AOPA’s regional fly-in. EAA was invited to participate at this and other AOPA events this year to help showcase aviation in various regions of the country.

Pelton appeared with AOPA President/CEO Mark Baker in a forum to outline where the two organizations are continuing our joint efforts. The top priority is on third-class medical certification reform, particularly the push to get the promised FAA rulemaking package to the public comment stage. The two organizations are gathering support from the legislative and medical communities, as well as continuing briefings and education to federal agencies involved in the process.

In addition, Pelton answered several questions on the FAA’s proposed hangar-use policy, where EAA has taken a lead role. EAA’s full comments will be submitted to the FAA next week before the public comment period ends on October 6. AOPA submitted comments this week that support flexibility in the policy as well as EAA’s recommendations that such activities as active aircraft construction and aviation organization presence are protected aeronautical activities.

Pelton and EAA’s Vice President of Advocacy and Safety Sean Elliott also met privately with Baker to further review other top priorities for members in the coming months.

EAA will be a part of the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on October 4 in Frederick, Maryland, including appearance of the B-17 Aluminum Overcast and the One Week Wonder Zenith airplane built during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

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