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EAA Participates in Homebuilt Safety Panel Discussions


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From left, the industry safety panelists Doug Kelly, Jim Lauerman, Chad Jensen, Sandra McClure, Terry Bartley, and David Kenny.

May 9, 2012 - Chad Jensen, EAA Homebuilders Community manager, joined other industry representatives for a pair of industry safety panels last week in the Washington, D.C., area. Panelists included Sandra McClure from the Baltimore FSDO and East Region FAAST team manager; Avemco President Jim Lauerman; David Kenny, statistician from AOPA; and local builder/FAAST team member Terry Bartley. Former EAA Director Doug Kelly was the panel moderator.

For Thursday's panel discussion in Frederick, Maryland, Jensen joined a well-attended EAA Chapter 524 monthly meeting where amateur-built safety issues were discussed and a Q&A session was held. Main topics of discussion were the EAA technical counselor and flight advisor programs, second-owner homebuilts, flight testing, insurance needs, and the operational statistics from the previous five years.

On Saturday the panel appeared before a larger, more diverse audience gathered at the Maryland Festival of Flight in Hagerstown, Maryland.

"Both sessions were very well received and we certainly appreciated the interest in making our world of amateur-built airplanes safer," Jensen said. "We hope this leads to more of these types of discussions across the nation to help increase safety and improve our not-to-exceed fatal accident rate."


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