Proposed Warbird Operating
Limits, Inspection Standards
Groups within the warbirds community, includ- ing EAA Warbirds of America (WOA), the Classic Jet Aircraft Association, the Commemorative Air
Force, and others, are working with the FAA to rewrite
the operating limits on warbirds. Bill Fischer, WOA executive director, said the group’s goal is to make the
limits less restrictive without compromising flight safety. They want limitations to be based on known concerns or deficiencies in the warbird industry or in specific aircraft, not on speculative “what-ifs.” The warbird
community also aims to make the regulations clearer
and more concise.
The inspection program, Fischer said, needs to be
standardized and clarified, so owners, mechanics, and
inspectors know consistently what is required.
The warbird community has worked closely with the
FAA’s Aircraft Certification, Flight Standards, and Aircraft
Maintenance branches and its Small Airplane Directorate. It’s been a slow process, Fischer said, but a productive one. The FAA is expected to issue the new operating
limitations and inspection standards for public comment sometime this fall.
Three New EAA Directors
Three new directors, all homebuilders, were elected to serve three-year terms on the EAA board at the annual meeting during AirVenture. They are Eileen
Drake (building an RV- 8), Barry Davis (who formed the Big
Piet Builders Group), and Jim Phillips (an RV builder).
Also re-elected to three-year terms were Jack Harrington,
David Lau, Dave Pasahow, Dan Schwinn, and Alan Shackleton.
Young Eagles Fuel Rebate
Rod Palmer, general manager of Phillips 66 Aviation, announced the doubling of ConocoPhillips’ fuel rebate for Young Eagles volunteer pilots—to $2 per
gallon, effective through December 31, 2009.
Phillips, presenting sponsor of Young Eagles, has been
supporting the fuel rebate program since 1994. The rebate
to volunteer pilots helped the program achieve its original
goal of one million flights. More than 4,000 pilots have
taken advantage, introducing more than 350,000 kids to
the wonders of flight.
For complete details, visit www.YoungEagles.org/volunteers
and click on Phillips Rebate Program.