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NTSB Sets Air Race/Air Show Safety Hearing Agenda

EAA among organizations giving testimony on January 10

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December 21, 2011 – The NTSB has released an agenda for its January 10 hearing on air race and air show safety issues. Several organizations and government agencies involved in the events, including EAA, have been invited to testify before the board at the hearing at its offices in Washington, D.C. The hearings are open to all.

The NTSB plans to hear presentations from witnesses, including EAA, on specific areas of air show and air race operation, regulation, and standard practices. After each presentation, board members will question the witnesses. The objective is for the NTSB to gain a fuller understanding of how the races and shows have been regulated and operating, and determine areas of safety concern and potentially recommendations for change.

The hearing will not result in any immediate recommendations by the NTSB as the board will take an undetermined amount of time to consider the testimony. Any organization or individual is also invited to submit written comments that will be included in the board’s final report. E-mail comments to airrace_airshow@ntsb.gov. The deadline for receipt is February 17, 2012.

The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room at the NTSB headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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