IT IS WITH FOND MEMORIES of my experiences at
EAA and great excitement for my next endeavor
that I write my last Sport Aviation commentary
as an EAA staff member. I am leaving EAA to
lead the FAA Small Airplane Directorate in
Kansas City, Missouri. It is truly an honor to
have been selected for this position, which
will allow me to serve the general aviation
community in a new and expanded role.
I have been an active EAA member since
I have represented members on a wide range of issues including
1986 and joined the EAA staff in April 1994,
My time working for you has been a privilege. I have worked on
some interesting projects, starting with my first assignment to help
end an FAA moratorium on the certification of warbirds. That effort
led to a long series of initiatives related to experimental aircraft
operating limitations and certification policies.
MY LAST COLUMN
By Earl Lawrence, EAA Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs
the security threats to personal aviation after 9/11, multiple amateur-
built safety and regulatory issues, numerous regulatory rewrites, and
the writing of entirely new regulations like the recreational pilot and
sport pilot certificates and the light-sport aircraft regulations.
I have worked directly with many wonderful members including
the EAA Ultralight & Light-Sport Aircraft, Canadian, Homebuilt
Aircraft, Legal Advisory, and Aeromedical Advisory councils; flight
advisors and technical counselors; convention aircraft parking
chairmen; aircraft tour volunteer pilots; mechanics and tour
coordinators; the convention air show operations group; and the
West Ramp Rats.
My goal in working for you has always been to spend your dues
wisely, work hard to reduce the barriers to participation, and find
ways to help you through the regulatory process.
I leave you with a top-notch advocacy staff with Doug Macnair
as vice president of government relations in Washington, D.C.,
Randy Hansen as government relations director, and David Oord as
a government relations specialist in Oshkosh. And they have great
support from Sean Elliott, director of aircraft operations, and all of
the executive directors at EAA.
Thank you for being part of my EAA family, and please fly safely!
“Breakfast in New York, Lunch in Chicago, Dinner in Denver”
Cavernous 49” Cabin