EAA ChapterGram
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Vol. 13, No. 1
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EAA President Rod Hightower with the latest news and happenings in EAA and the aviation world that are important to you

Sebring Meetings Show EAA's Role in GA Growth and Safety
EAA Government & Advocacy Specialist David Oord represented EAA at meetings before and during the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, recently, and our organization continues to be very active in current and future GA activity and planning. Among the sessions in a very busy few days for David were those with ASTM International task groups focused on light-sport aircraft standards and manufacturer compliance tools, LSA joint safety committee and its role within FAA's larger GA Joint Steering Committee, and joining the FAA Safety Team Summit meeting about homebuilt aircraft safety and programs that would enhance safety in those aircraft. EAA's active involvement in those committees and others shows the importance of our organization to the current and future aviation communities.

EAA Playing Part in Updated Security System
The Department of Homeland Security announced recently that it would be phasing out the color-coded terrorism threat system over the next 90 days, and replacing it with a new alert system that will emphasize specific sectors. DHS gave a number of organizations, including EAA, a short pre-briefing about the new system even though it has not yet been fully detailed. However, EAA and other aviation groups have been asked to make comments to the DHS regarding the general aviation portion of the new system, which allows us to speak on behalf of our members and other GA enthusiasts.

Grassroots Pilot Tour Dates Filling Up Calendar
It was a pleasure meeting hundreds of EAA members at our first Grassroots Pilot Tour held in Poplar Grove, Illinois, a few weeks ago. We continue to confirm more upcoming stops: I'll make stops in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 4, and Atlanta on April 5, on my way back from the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In. We have another confirmed tour stop scheduled in Mississippi in May, plus another dozen or more additional tour dates that will be confirmed in the coming weeks. If your chapter is interested in hosting a Grassroots Pilot Tour event, you can find out more information here.

In the media Featured newsletters

EAA Chapter 407
Idaho Falls, Idaho

This newsletter from "The Snake River Chapter" has two nice flying stories, one about flying in a Piper Cub and the second about a sightseeing flight in Chile. Enjoy!

Thanks to Chapter 407 for sharing its newsletter.

Chapter briefing

Pilot-in-Command: Fog Lowering, Pressures Rising
While reading EAA Chapter 673's newsletter (Marlboro, MA), we came across an article of interest written by chapter member Jim Noone. Jim has granted permission to share this article about the responsibility of being pilot-in-command. Remember, all articles featured on EAA's websites and publications are available for use in chapter newsletters and websites. Please credit the original source. Read the article


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