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07/20/04 – POBEREZNY PERSONALLY THANKS FAA SPORT PILOT TEAM
July 20, 2004 - Following FAA Administrator Marion Blakey’s announcement that the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations are now a reality, EAA President Tom Poberezny met with FAA’s sport pilot rulemaking and administrative teams to express heartfelt thanks on behalf of EAA and aviation enthusiasts throughout the country. In a private conference room at FAA headquarters Poberezny presented FAA staff including Marion Blakey, Ron Wojnar, Jim Ballough and Peggy Gilligan, with a signed, framed issue of the first EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine, published earlier this year.
In addressing the group, Poberezny said, “This is a great day for aviation and for sport aviation. I wouldn’t be anywhere else but here when this happened. When you’ve been working on something such as this you often wonder how you’re going to feel when it really happens. I can safely say there is nowhere else in the United States or on the planet that I would want to be than here.”
Poberezny thanked all the FAA staff personally for their hard work and perseverance. “I invite you all to come to Oshkosh next week, where we are going to launch the next century of flight beginning with the small, light-sport aircraft that became legitimized here today, all the way up to private flights into space by Burt Rutan and Mike Melvill.”