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Advocacy Efforts Rate High Among Members
May 17, 2018 - EAA members continue to tell their organization that advocacy efforts are among the most important elements of their memberships, a level of importance that was confirmed by the EAA board of directors at its meeting last week.
Member surveys indicate that advocacy efforts rank second in importance to EAA members, following only the monthly EAA Sport Aviation magazine as the most vital parts of their membership.
“Our advocacy takes place on many levels and is based on the principles established by Paul Poberezny more than a half-century ago,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety. “It can be a big as working with many other aviation organizations to stop threats such as the huge, unified effort against the disastrous ATC privatization proposal that was just defeated. It also takes the form of day-to-day interaction with FAA officials, planning for the future pathways for general aviation, and with individual EAA members on local matters such as aircraft certification and airports.”
As EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 nears, a strong focus is on the interactions with government officials at Oshkosh, including high-level FAA and NTSB leaders, as well as representatives from numerous other federal and state agencies. That contact is aimed at preserving the freedom of flight and growing participation in aviation on behalf of EAA and its members.