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EAA Helps Out Puerto Rico Pilot Group

October 22, 2009 — The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) recently sought comments to update a set of airport rules and regulations for all of the public airports in Puerto Rico. The Aeroclub de Puerto Rico, representing some 170 pilots, aircraft owners, and general aviation enthusiasts - many of whom are EAA members - were concerned that the proposed rules and regulations would negatively impact GA in Puerto Rico.

Several Aeroclub members contacted EAA asking for a review of the proposed revisions affecting their airports. “This is the first project in which EAA has partnered with the PRPA and the Aeroclub, and the outcome was a resounding success,” said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director. “Overall the PRPA draft document was well written. Our review indicated key recreational aviation areas that needed modification.”

EAA recommendations to improve the document included: eliminating references to using ultralight vehicles for flight training; adding E-LSA and S-LSA flight training authorization; authorizing autofuel as an aviation fuel; allowing FBOs to rent S-LSA aircraft; eliminating the requirement for flight training aircraft to be capable of instrument flight specifically for LSA aircraft; and creating a written policy allowing airport tenants to suggest changes to future rules and regulation documents.

The Aeroclub of Puerto Rico has taken EAA’s comments under consideration and hopes to have further discussions with the PRPA about general aviation there.

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