EAA Hosts Recreational Aviation Summit with FAA Officials

    January 23, 2008 - The 2008 Recreational Aviation Summit gave the EAA Warbirds of America the opportunity to hold an open discussion with FAA officials regarding the future of vintage and experimental aircraft. The EAA Warbirds of America asked for and received a commitment to continue work on revisions to FAA Order 8130.2F, an order providing critical guidance for the experimental exhibition category aircraft. FAA Associate Administrator, Nick Sabatini voiced his support of the Warbird movement, stating the FAA is willing to facilitate efforts to solve the issues of concern in the Warbird community.
    The rapport we have established over the years with FAA management allows EAA Warbirds of America to work directly with the FAA to resolve “safety and operational issues for Warbird operators,” said Rick Sigfried, EAA Warbirds of America president.

    From left, EAA's Earl Lawrence with FAA's Nick
    Sabatini and John Hickey at the start of Wednesday's
    EAA/FAA 2008 Recreational Aviation Summit.


    “This year we were fortunate to be joined by FAA Associate Administrator, Nicholas Sabatini. Nick's presence and input at the summit meeting demonstrated the commitment that the Administration has towards working on issues affecting Warbird operators."

    The FAA and members of the Warbird community met in Oshkosh in March and July of 2007, outlining concerns with the experimental exhibition category operating limitations. Many of these strict operating limitations were imposed in the early 1990's and EAA Warbirds of America and other industry groups felt it was time to rework the document.

    “Having the ability to meet with high-level FAA officials is a direct benefit to the entire membership,” said Bill Fischer, EAA Warbirds of America executive director. “We will continue to work hard, supporting our ability to own and operate these historic aircraft.”



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