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FAA Comes To EAA For Mid-Winter Aviation Summit


Senior FAA officials meet with EAA staff members in Oshkosh Wednesday, January 18, to discuss a wide array of aviation issues.

January 18, 2006 — A number of general and recreational aviation's most pressing issues are under discussion today and Thursday (Jan. 18-19), as more than a dozen senior FAA staff members are at the EAA Aviation Center for the annual EAA/FAA Recreational Aviation Summit.

The FAA group, led by John Hickey, Director of Aircraft Certification, and Jim Ballough, Director of Flight Standards, came to Oshkosh because of the opportunity to discuss a number of important topics, including sport pilot/light-sport aircraft, amateur-built aircraft and safety, warbird operations, vintage aircraft issues and others.

"We've come to Oshkosh because EAA is the single entity that gives us access to all facets of recreational aviation, which is the cornerstone of flying in this country," Hickey said. "FAA and EAA have a strong relationship, and this summit helps us track the commitments and actions we have made."

The recreational aviation summit builds on EAA's longtime spirit of finding solutions to aviation issues and forging constructive working relationships with government, industry and aviation users. For instance, members of the EAA Warbirds of America board are also involved in the summit, participating in discussions on specific warbird issues such as operating limitations and safety training programs. EAA's Vintage Aircraft Association and International Aerobatic Club are also represented during the two-day session.

EAA and FAA officials will also continue planning for the agency's involvement at EAA AirVenture 2006, which will take place July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. FAA's activities at AirVenture include the extremely popular "Meet the Administrator" session, dozens of forums and presentations by high-level agency staff, and countless meetings between agency officials and their aviation constituents.

"This annual summit looks at where progress is being made in areas essential to the operation and growth of recreational aviation in this country," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "It's also an excellent opportunity to follow up on the actions promised during similar discussions each summer at EAA AirVenture. During these two days in Oshkosh, the most important issues to EAA members will be discussed with the FAA officials who create specific policy."

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