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Ensuring Compliance for Vintage Military Aircraft Operations

December 6, 2018 - EAA representatives are using this week’s International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) convention in Las Vegas to facilitate discussions regarding the Living History Flight Experience (LHFE) exemptions, and changes that might be coming because of the FAA reauthorization bill that was passed and signed last summer.

The exemptions allow vintage aircraft owners to provide passenger flight experiences in such legendary aircraft as B-17, B-29, and B-25 bombers, as well as fighter aircraft such as P-51s.

“While the FAA reauthorization measure approved by Congress and signed by the president earlier this year provides essential stability for the agency’s funding, language regarding the Living History Flight Experience exemptions are among the significant number of individual provisions that are now being clarified for future operations,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety, who is among the EAA contingent at the ICAS convention this week. “EAA is facilitating those discussions to ensure that aircraft operators have a clear understanding of their responsibilities within the new legislation.”

Those discussions will continue at the annual EAA/FAA Recreational Aviation Summit and the National Warbird Operators Conference in early 2019.

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