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FAA Re-opens Comment Period on Proposed 51% Rule Policy Changes

October 31, 2008 — Those people who did not submit comments to the FAA’s proposed changes to interpretation and enforcement of the “51% Rule” will have another opportunity to do so following action this week by the FAA. Citing the inadvertent removal of reference materials for several days during a previous comment period, the FAA announced this week it will accept further comments until December 15, 2008. These reference materials and other related documents are located on the FAA website.

When the first notice announcing the proposed policy changes was published in the Federal Register on July 15, 2008, the original comment deadline was August 15, 2008. After EAA and others protested the short comment period, which was further diminished by the July 27-August 3 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh annual convention, the FAA agreed to extend deadline another 45 days to September 30, 2008. EAA submitted official comments on September 30.

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