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EAA President at AOPA Summit Next Week

November 4, 2010 — EAA president/CEO Rod Hightower will participate at next week’s AOPA Summit in Long Beach, California. His participation in the event, which runs November 11-13, includes an AOPA Live interview with Craig Fuller on Friday, November 12, at 11:05 a.m. PST.

Hightower’s participation is just part of EAA’s presence at AOPA’s annual event, which brings together pilots and exhibitors from throughout the nation. EAA will also be active before and during the Summit as David Oord, EAA government and advocacy specialist, will serve as moderator for a panel discussion, “The Sport Pilot Solution: Is It Right for You?” scheduled for 3:30-4:30 p.m. on November 11. Panelists will include Dan Johnson, president, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA); Tom Gunnarson, transportation industry analyst - Light Sport Program, FAA Small Airplane Directorate; Carol Carpenter, co-owner of Rainbow Aviation Services; and Jill W. Tallman, associate editor, AOPA Publications and an active sport pilot.

Two other meetings are scheduled before the Summit: The ASTM F37 committee on light-sport aircraft meets Tuesday and Wednesday and among the items to be discussed is the FAA’s recently issued Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) on seat belts in the Sky Arrow 600 airplane. Oord serves as technical lead and will present a new ballot to revise the standard addressing the definition of “what constitutes a seat belt” in the ASTM standards, which will also address the NTSB’s concerns.

As co-chair of the Light Sport-Joint Safety Committee (LS-JSC), EAA will report out to the General Aviation - Joint Steering Committee prior to the summit. EAA will also participate in the day-long Future of Flight Training program, hosted by Flight Training magazine.

AOPA Summit registration is still available here.

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