Last week EAA Headquarters in Oshkosh hosted the 10th annual FAA/EAA Recreational Aviation Summit. During the summit EAA staff along with VAA, Warbirds of America and the International Aerobatics Club officials sat down with over a dozen top FAA officials and discussed matters concerning general aviation along with aviation interests specific to each group. The summit affords EAA and the communities the unique opportunity to sit down with the FAA and discuss the wants and needs of the general aviation community collaboratively and maintain the cooperative working relationship EAA and its divisions have with the Agency.

MaxPlattsPhotoMax Platts, VAA Administrator, was present at the summit representing the interests of the vintage aircraft community. “The two days of the summit are very important for EAA and VAA members because it allows us to have the FAA management and policy right here in Oshkosh to focus on the issues that matter most to our members,” said Platts, “It is a fantastic opportunity for us to sit down face to face with Agency upper management and examine issue that affect our industry and hobby.”

Among the issues discussed during the summit’s two days were:

  • Allowing electric propulsion for ultralights and light-sport aircraft, and clearing regulatory hurdles that prevent today’s electric motor technology from emerging
  • Current conflicts in regulations that limits the availability to provide flight training for ultralights and other low-mass, high-drag aircraft, so those areas of aviation can become more vibrant and safe
  • An option for use of an additional qualified pilot during homebuilt flight testing, which would add an additional opportunity to enhance safety and best practices in those initial flying hours
  • Incompatibility issues for ADS-B and NextGen technology, where pilots are spending significant dollars for future mandated equipment but cannot ensure that it is supplying the correct data
  • Warbird operating limitations that potentially hinder how warbird owners can use their aircraft or add significant cost and complexity to their maintenance and operation

Here is the link to full EAA Press Release: