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Volume 9, Number 3 July 29, 2008     

Legislative issues and amateur-built rules on stage at AirVenture
By David Sakrison

Yesterday saw two important public forums at AirVenture: Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee talked about aviation-related legislation, and a joint EAA/FAA panel discussed the FAA proposed new policies on the 51 percent rule. Read full coverage of both events in today’s AirVenture Today.

Members of the congressional delegation spoke briefly on several aviation issues, including user fees, air traffic control modernization, and fuels. But Congressman Vern Ehlers of Michigan probably summed up the feelings of the delegation when he said, "I’m here to listen, not to talk." The subcommittee members took questions for about half an hour, from the audience of about 200 people.

NASA "splashdown" at AirVenture
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin arrived in Oshkosh yesterday. He’ll be here for several days, talking with EAA staff and meeting with aviation manufacturers. NASA and its industry partners are working toward the development of new low-cost engines; easy-to-read instrument and navigation displays; safer aircraft structures and airbags; and improved restraint systems for general aviation aircraft. NASA has also been instrumental in getting FAA approval for composites and other improved structural materials for general aviation aircraft. Griffin and other NASA staff come to Oshkosh each year to meet and recruit industry partners and to seek out innovative technologies and ideas.

LAMA board meets at Oshkosh
The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association held its semiannual board meeting at EAA headquarters on Monday. LAMA is a nonprofit national trade association representing manufacturers of light aircraft, engines, avionics, parts/subassemblies, and suppliers and distributors to the light aircraft industry and community. Along with EAA, the association was instrumental in developing ultralight/light aircraft standards in the mid-1980s and light-sport aircraft standards in 2003 and 2004.

NAFI & FAA discuss recurrent training standards for amateur-builts and LSA
Members of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) met yesterday with FAA officials to discuss possible upgrades in recurrent training standards for pilots of amateur-built aircraft and light-sport aircraft. NAFI is an affiliate of EAA and is working closely with the FAA to ensure that pilot training standards are sensible and up to date.

This is one of several meetings this week between EAA and the FAA to review safety data and outline possible new initiatives. Read AirVenture Today for full coverage of any new developments.

Safety is one of EAA’s primary concerns, and the FAA recognizes the pivotal role that EAA has played and continues to play in improving the safety of recreational pilots and sport aircraft. To learn more about NAFI activities and benefits, visit the NAFI Flight Instructor Headquarters tent at EAA AirVenture.

On final approach for Tuesday
This morning, EAA Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence and leaders of the Homebuilt Aircraft Council will hold an open forum on the FAA’s proposed new policies on the 51 percent rule at 10 a.m. in Pavilion 10. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will present information about NASA’s latest general aviation research at 11:30 a.m. in Pavilion 6.

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