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Young Eagles Fuel Exemption Comment Deadline Is July 16

Your comments will help keep Young Eagles thriving

June 27, 2012 - Just a few days remain until the comment deadline for EAA's petition to the FAA requesting an exemption from pilot reimbursement restrictions, allowing volunteer Young Eagles pilots to receive free fuel while flying youths in the EAA Young Eagles program. EAA members are being asked to comment in favor of the petition before July 16, 2012.

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, 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.

These are the critical points of the exemption request that you should stress to the FAA in your comments:

  • Give a short background on your Young Eagles volunteer background.
  • Explain how the rising cost of fuel affects your ability to fly Young Eagles.
  • Describe how the ability to be reimbursed for fuel can help your chapter's ability to grow participation in aviation.

Help us reach 1,000 comments by acting today and supporting this Young Eagles and Eagle Flights request for exemption. Make sure you state "Comments to FAA-2012-0442" in all the documents/comments you submit to the FAA. Your comments can be submitted:

  • Through the Regulations.gov website
  • By fax to the FAA at 202-493-2251
  • By mail to:
    Docket Management Facility
    U.S. Department of Transportationy
    1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
    West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140
    Washington, D.C. 20590
  • By calling EAA Membership Services - Catherine Lute, 920-426-6859, will assist you in submitting your comments.

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.

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