FAA Withdraws Repair Station NPRM
The FAA has withdrawn a controversial December
2006 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that
called for new repair station ratings classifications, capabilities lists, and quality systems. The rule
would have also required the designation of a chief inspector and mandated permanent housing for facilities,
equipment, materials, and personnel.
The FAA states it has withdrawn the proposed rule
because it does not adequately address the current repair station environment and because of the significant issues raised. EAA’s Doug Macnair, vice president
of government relations, expressed relief in the decision, saying, “The cost of compliance would have been
significant and would not have provided a commensurate improvement in safety or quality of maintenance.
These costs would surely have been passed on to our
The FAA plans to move forward with a new NPRM,
and as it does that, EAA will work to ensure that the
needs of all of general aviation, particularly vintage,
amateur-built, warbird, and light-sport aircraft, are
properly considered and accommodated.
N ew and Improved:
AirVenture Event Schedule
Create your own itinerary in advance
Each year EAA aims to provide the most accurate,
up-to-date information about EAA AirVenture
forums, workshops, presentations, and other
scheduled events…and well in advance of the event to
allow attendees to plan their week. This year we think
we’ve created the most useful version yet.
Now available at
www.AirVenture.org/forums, you can
see the complete presentations schedule, allowing you
to peruse every scheduled
event (there are more than
1,000), create and print
your own personal AirVenture itinerary, and stay
abreast of schedule changes that can occur during
If you have a web-enabled mobile phone (or
a smartphone), you will
have access to the complete AirVenture schedule
of events wherever you
have phone service.
“In response to member
requests and suggestions,
we’ve been working hard on creating a new way to efficiently share and disseminate all the events information
that AirVenture has to offer,” said Mark Forss, presentations coordinator who has shepherded the new system.
“Our new ‘plan your schedule’ feature, coupled with the
ability to look up information on a web-enabled mobile
device, is what sets this new system apart from previous
efforts. The new system also gathers previously disconnected information from numerous sources and puts
it into one easy-to-find place on the web and on your
phone. We anticipate these new tools being very popular
among the attendees!”
Visit the AirVenture website and start planning your
Oshkosh visit today!
K eeping Tabs on New
Climate Change Policy
E AA is closely monitoring a formal ruling issued
by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in
April that stated greenhouse gases, including avia-
tion emissions, threaten public health. The ruling could
mean that the agency might step in to regulate emis-
sions from aircraft and other sources as public health
hazards, depending on congressional action on climate
EAA and 20 other organizations from the aerospace
industry signed a joint letter that offered perspective and
a constructive set of principles to frame the discussions
of policy to address aviation and climate change. This
letter, shared with the EPA, members of Congress, and
international climate change forums, included princi-
ples expressing the shared vision of the labor, manufac-
turing, operator, and service sectors representing every
kind of airplane, airport, service provider, and worker in
the aviation industry.
EAA will continue to work with Congress and the EPA
in an effort to minimize any future impact on general
aviation. EAA members who are interested in learning
m ore about this issue or would like to comment to the
EPA may do so by visiting
H intsfor Homebuilders DVD
N ow Available
W ith more than 700,000 views since being introduced in March 2008, EAA’s online video series
Hints for Homebuilders has been a roaring success.
Until now, the only place you could view them was online,
provided you had a broadband connection to the Internet.
With the launch of the new DVD, Hints for Homebuild-
e rs - Sheet Metal - Volume 1, you can view 19 helpful hints
from experienced builders anywhere—on a big-screen TV,
at chapter meetings, or on a computer with a DVD drive.
The DVD is available for a member’s special price of $9.95
through the EAA online store (
http://Shop.EAA.org) or by call-