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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedCollaboration the key
By David Sakrison,  EAA AirVenture Today
  

July 28, 2009 - Oshkosh, WisconsinThis is the place where government aviation officials come to talk with, listen to, learn from, and work with the grassroots community of general aviation. Not “a place,” but “the place”—EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

For our government visitors, AirVenture represents an unmatched collection of general aviation expertise and experience, a unique opportunity to exchange views with people at the heart of general aviation, and a welcoming place where collaboration, not confrontation, is the rule. “We don’t always agree with our legislators and regulators,” said EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny, “but we realize that we can accomplish more and create better solutions as partners instead of adversaries.” The sport pilot/ light-sport aircraft regulations are a significant example of the benefits of EAA’s approach, Poberezny added. “There are many more examples—issues that affect individual pilots or amateur aircraft builders or small airports, to issues that affect the entire general aviation community.”

Poberezny said, “We accomplish a lot for aviation when we invite everyone to sit down, listen to each other, and work together to find the best way forward. That’s the process we engage in here at AirVenture and all year round as we represent for the interests that affect general aviation.”

The list of government officials visiting AirVenture this week is a long one. They come to engage in the collaborative process—everyone from local airport managers to congressmen, the FAA administrator, and members of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s staff. On the general aviation (GA) side, most of the key general aviation “alphabet groups” are represented here, along with type clubs, EAA chapters (of course), airport and fixed-base operators, and aircraft owners, pilots, and mechanics.

Randy Babbitt, the newly appointed FAA administrator, will be here for several days, holding his Meet the Administrator forum on Thursday, July 30. FAA Director of Flight Standards John Allen, FAA Director of Aircraft Certification Dorenda Baker, and FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan will be here, along with a small army of the agency’s department and branch managers and specialists. Many of them come for the entire week.

Brian Delauter, the new manager of GA operations for the Transportation Security Administration, and his deputy, Erik Jensen, will be at AirVenture to discuss general aviation security measures and issues. They are joined by members of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. EAA has been working hard to represent GA’s concerns to these agencies and to promote a reasonable balance between security and the freedoms of flight.

Many of the visiting government officials will be conducting forums this week. While you are here, take the time to visit one or more of their forums or exhibits, to meet and talk with them, and to thank them for coming to Oshkosh. It’s one of the ways you can make a difference.

And visit the Welcome Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh or go online to www.EAA.org to find other easy and effective ways that you can Stand Up for GA.

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