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EAA Staff in Las Vegas Area This Week to Meet with Chapters

Amateur-built aircraft still threatened in Nevada

April 7, 2009 — EAA members in Nevada have an opportunity to discover more about homebuilt aircraft safety this week as Joe Norris, EAA’s homebuilt community manager, is in the Las Vegas area to meet with EAA chapter members and other aviation enthusiasts.

Norris will be speaking tonight to EAA Chapter 163 in North Las Vegas and on Wednesday evening to EAA Chapter 1300 in Boulder City. He will highlight the various ways EAA supports the homebuilt movement and promotes safety in homebuilt aircraft. As building and operating safe aircraft are paramount in our aviation community, he will outline key components of EAA SportAir Workshops, such as “Test Flying your Project,” and the EAA Flight Advisor and Technical Counselor programs. These meetings are open to all EAA members and other general aviation pilots/enthusiasts. Complete meeting times/dates are listed below.

Interestingly, Norris’ previously scheduled visits to EAA chapters in the region come during the same week that a Nevada state senator is introducing a resolution asking FAA to allow a local county aviation department to bar experimental-category aircraft and flight training from North Las Vegas Airport. Such authority would usurp federal authority over airspace regulations and set a dangerous precedent. It would create a confusing patchwork of capricious local regulations for aviators to follow – an additional and distracting demand on flight operations that could compromise safety. EAA and AOPA have both been adamant in opposing such local or state resolutions.

EAA is urging members in Nevada to contact their state senator to oppose this resolution (Senate Joint Resolution No. 3).

In addition, FAA and NTSB statistics regarding safety issues at North Las Vegas Airport indicate that accidents involve ALL types of aircraft, with homebuilts involved at a lesser rate than their total percentage within the general aviation fleet. Prohibiting experimental-category aircraft and flight training will not address the root causes of accidents at that airport.

Details of this week’s meetings with Joe Norris:

Chapter 163, North Las Vegas
NLV Airport Terminal
Grand Canyon Room
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Specific inquires regarding the meeting location, time or venue should be directed to Dave Edwards at (702) 306-3590.

Chapter 1300, Southern Nevada
Boulder City Airport
Glenn Smith’s Hangar Wednesday, April 8, 2009
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Specific inquires regarding the meeting location, time or venue should be directed to Chapter President Roger Hansen at (702) 348-0076.

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