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Will the Pump Go Dry - What's next after 100 low-lead? - For most of us who fly, the routine is the same. Fuel up the airplane with 100 low-lead (100LL) or auto fuel, preflight, and go. What happens if the first step is taken out of the equation? What if the fuel that has powered our aircraft so long is suddenly no longer available? That possibility could become reality in the next decade.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken its first step toward eliminating the largest remaining airborne source of lead in the nation—100LL. It is developing a notice of proposed rulemaking designed to reduce and ultimately eliminate lead in aviation fuel. Read More

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EAA is encouraging the FAA to approve petitions filed by AutoGyro GmbH, Magni Gyro, and Sport Copter for exemption to 14 CFR Part 21.191(i)(3) and Part 21.193(e)(1), which mandate that for an aircraft to be registered as an experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA), there must be an aircraft of the same make and model manufactured and assembled by the aircraft kit manufacturer and issued a special airworthiness certificate in the special light-sport category (S-LSA). Current regulations explicitly prohibit gyroplanes from being issued an S-LSA certificate.

The addition of gyroplanes into the E-LSA category would allow a new group of aviation enthusiasts to enter the market, an act as an interim step to a regulatory change allowing for the production of gyroplanes to S-LSA ASTM standards.

This issue also highlights the need for letter of deviation authority (LODA) guidance provided per 14 CFR Part 91.319(h). Because the FAA rescinded the current LODAs, there are no gyroplanes available for compensated flight training.

EAA in Action

Accident Investigators from several government agencies visited EAA headquarters for a Transportation Safety Institute training course on experimental, light-sport aircraft, and warbirds. EAA Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence and EAA Homebuilders’ Community Manager Joe Norris provided training to investigators who will encounter incidents regarding non-type-certificated aircraft.

“Part of EAA’s mission is to provide these investigators with key information and insights about the aircraft our members fly,” Lawrence said.

In a Washington, D.C., event co-hosted by EAA, members of the House and Senate General Aviation Caucuses heard from Harrison Ford, actor, avid pilot, and former Young Eagles chairman, on the importance of GA to economic development, humanitarian efforts, and medical services.

EAA was part of a coalition of aviation organizations and enthusiasts in the state of Washington that successfully fended off legislation that would have created a considerable excise tax increase for the state’s aircraft owners. Both the Washington House and Senate approved a conference committee report that removed an annual 0.5 percent excise tax on all of the state’s aircraft. The bill has been forwarded to Governor Chris Gregoire for her signature.

Congressman Allen Boyd (D-Florida) introduced a resolution, co-sponsored by Vern Ehlers (R-Michigan), to the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize International Learn to Fly Day. Boyd and Ehlers are co-chairs of the House General Aviation Caucus.

House Resolution 1284 supports “the goals and ideals of International Learn to Fly Day.” It also praises “the contributions of flight instructors, flight schools, aviation groups, and industry in promoting and teaching the nation’s next generation of pilots.”

Co-chairs Boyd and Ehlers formed the House GA Caucus to inform their colleagues about GA. The Senate GA Caucus was formed by co-chairs Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska).

Earl's Epilogue

Lawrence and his 1964 Twin-Commanche

AirVenture and Advocacy - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “Super Bowl” of aviation…and of aviation advocacy. I can think of nowhere else where the entire spectrum of regulators from agencies such as EPA, Customs and Border authorities, FAA, international civil aviation authorities, and congressmen come together for the specific purpose of hearing about and from those most closely associated with general aviation—EAA members and other users of the airspace systems.

However, AirVenture is much more than an opportunity for regulators to connect with each other and the sport they regulate. It is a place where we all interact, learn, and remind ourselves why we love aviation. Oshkosh reinvigorates our aviation souls. Every AirVenture attendee plays a role in our advocacy efforts. You bring the enthusiasm and the energy to the event that creates a truly special environment. The beautiful aircraft restorations, the award-winning homebuilts, the exchange of ideas, and passion are contagious, and no one is immune, not even federal regulators.

EAA’s advocacy staff facilitates hundreds of meetings and introductions between government officials, industry, aircraft owners, and pilots. We work behind the scenes to connect aviation leaders with the right people, at the right time, with the right information to remove barriers to participation.

As we gear up for AirVenture 2010, we have outlined some of the advocacy issues we’ll be working, but we’d like to know what you’d like us to focus on…or what questions you might have for the Administrator.

Please visit www.Oshkosh365.org to share our topics or offer questions for the Ask the Administrator forum. Find a direct link to that thread at www.SportAviation.org.

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EAA's Government Relations department works to preserve the freedom of flight and reduce the regulatory barriers affecting affordability and access to EAA members’ participation in aviation. Protecting the freedom to fly is the foundation on which all of the organization’s advocacy initiatives are built. EAA fights to preserve this freedom by providing clear solutions and practical alternatives backed by hard work and dedication. EAA’s 55-year history of success is a testament to that philosophy.

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