Comments Still Open for Young Eagles Fuel Exemption
May 3, 2012 - EAA members and pilots can still comment to EAA's petition for an exemption from pilot reimbursement restrictions when Young Eagles pilots receive free fuel while flying youth in the popular aviation education program.
Without the exemption (FAA-2012-0442), pilots would not be able to accept free fuel during Young Eagles free flight experiences, because it would be considered reimbursement that is contrary to operations by private pilot, recreational, or sport pilot certificate holders, or the operation of experimental aircraft.
The exemption request also includes pilots who would fly adults within EAA's new Eagle Flights program, which is scheduled to launch this summer.
Comments can be submitted through the Regulations.gov website. The full text of the exemption request can also be reviewed at that site.
EAA's Young Eagles program is the largest youth aviation education program in history, having flown more than 1.6 million young people at no charge since 1992. More than 43,000 pilots have volunteered to fly young people in the program, which has inspired thousands of youth to explore and pursue aviation-related careers.