National issues, local focus at Maryland event
AOPA Vice President of
Airports and State Affairs Greg Pecoraro, Vice President of Regulatory
Affairs Rob Hackman, and Manager of Airport Policy John Collins
conducted an aviation town hall meeting at the Maryland Regional
Festival of Flight.
Pilots around the country are affected by efforts to promote flight
safety, protect airports, defend against costly proposals, and build
aviation communities. On May 4 and 5, AOPA staff discussed national
issues and their local implications with an audience close to home.
The Maryland Regional Aviation Conference and Maryland Regional
Festival of Flight—both held at Hagerstown Regional Airport, a 15-minute
flight from AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Md.—offered educational and
social opportunities to area pilots, airport managers, and members of
the local community. AOPA staff discussed present advocacy efforts and
issues of general aviation safety.
AOPA Vice President of Airports and State Affairs Greg Pecoraro
delivered the keynote address for the Maryland Regional Aviation
Conference, the annual meeting of the Maryland Airport Managers
Association and FAA regional staff, on May 4, speaking about a broad
range of AOPA’s advocacy activities at the national and local levels. An
effort to prevent Maryland from enacting a luxury tax on the sale of GA aircraft
is among the association’s recent battles. Airport managers often
connect with AOPA members on a local level; Pecoraro thanked them for
supporting the association’s Airport Support Network
program and encouraged them to support AOPA’s efforts to build airport communities.
A larger contingent of AOPA staff returned to the airport the
following day for the Maryland Regional Festival of Flight, hosted by
the FAA Safety Team and Hagerstown Aircraft Services. Pecoraro, AOPA
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Rob Hackman, and AOPA Manager of
Airport Policy John Collins conducted an aviation town hall meeting,
fielding questions on topics ranging from the AOPA/EAA medical exemption request
to the prospects for federal aviation user fees
The Air Safety Institute’s David Kenny joined panelists from the
Experimental Aircraft Association, the insurance industry, the FAA
Eastern Region, and the FAASTeam to discuss safety during flight testing
of amateur-built experimental aircraft. Panelists encouraged close
attention to resources such as FAA Advisory Circular 90-89A and EAA's
series of articles on test-flying procedures for this important period.
“Conventional wisdom holds that initial flight tests represent a
period of greatly increased risk, and both insurance claims and NTSB
accident reports support that view; in 2010, more than 10 percent of all
accidents in homebuilt aircraft occurred during their first 20 hours of
operation,” Kenny later explained. Reasons included physical
deficiencies in the aircraft, inadequate transition training, or lack of
recent flight experience.
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