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06/20/05 – TAKE EAA/FAA ELECTRONIC SP/LSA SURVEY ON EAA WEBSITE

June 20, 2005 - To accurately gauge the interest level in Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA) programs and services, EAA and FAA’s Light-Sport Aviation Branch are conducting an electronic survey between Tuesday, June 21 and Monday, June 27. The survey, located on the EAA website, will enable both the EAA and the FAA to ensure the resources are available when needed to enable people to take advantage of the new SP/LSA regulations.

The EAA-developed survey is a follow up to one conducted prior to the release of the final SP/LSA rule last summer.

Martin Weaver, manager of the Light-Sport Aviation Branch, says the information will be used to help plan infrastructure development for the new recreational flying category. “We would like to be able to determine the requirements for the future in order to support the national sport pilot and light sport aircraft programs,” he said.

Specialized educational materials and courses, like EAA's maintenance repairman's certificate course, put resources in the locations were they are most needed, said Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. "The information from this survey will also enable EAA to provide data to the FAA justifying the appointment of additional Designated Pilot and Airworthiness representatives where they are most needed, who will certificate more sport pilots and LSAs thus enabling EAA to better serve our members."

EAA encourages anyone interested in the new sport pilot and light sport aircraft rules and the opportunities it provides to complete the survey at
http://www.eaa.org/survey/splsasurvey.htm.


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