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Transcript of EAA AirVenture Today Sunday, July 26, 2015


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    AirVenture 2015: Planes, people, flying, and as fun as everDid you see it? What flew? You buy anything? What? How many airplanes came? Any newsomething? How was the weather? Such questions and scores more await the lucky tens of thousands returning from this years wildly varied, entertaining, and successful EAA AirVenture 2015. In a word: It was grrreat! The answers may make questioners wish they were hereand lament they missed out. A new Goodyear Wingfoot One air-ship; five new homebuilding projects for

    five lucky chapters; two night air shows; enough pyrotechnics to rattle walls. Con-certs, films, forums; a full Fun Fly Zone; warbirds enough for a national air force; and a greater-than-ever variety of aerial, film, and musical entertainment. Veterans honored with yellow rib-bons; would-be builders taught work-shop skills; forums by the score on a wide range of topics; aircraft builders and owners recognized. Programs with the remaining crew of Apollo 13; a record-setting sky diver; the

    first B-52 to land at EAA AirVenture; a new Airbus; more business and fun. EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton sported the grin of a guy having as much fun as anyone on the grounds. And he showed up everywhere. Even Mother Nature smiled, treating AirVenture to seven days of smooth winds and (mostly) moderate temperatures. Final attendance numbers remain at least a few days away, but Rick Larson, EAAs vice president of communities and member programs, confirmed its been

    a very strong week, attendancewise. Translation: Lots and lots of people came. A record? Cant saybut by the sights and sounds, the week boomed. And sometimes you dont need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. (But an airship helps.) And though not wholly accident-free, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 came so close to safety perfect that one could scarce-ly believe that it occurred in airspace satu-rated with the movements of 10,000 aircraft. When you get home, consider how to answer all those questions. Be kind and point them toward your copies of this pa-per, or link them to the copious coverage on EAA.org and the plentiful tweets and blogs and videosoh my. No point in making them feel bad when your answers can set the stage for those friends to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. And now a scheduling reminder: With 2016s AirVenture set for July 25-31, theres already barely 360 days to prepare. Safe travels homeand see you next year!

    The show crowd watches the Airbus A350 on a demonstration flight during EAA AirVenture 2015.

    By Dave Higdon

    EAA fires back at ALPA

    EAA and other general aviation groups are react-ing strongly and swiftly to an in-flammatory let-ter from the Air Line Pilots Asso-ciation (ALPA) that surfaced Friday night, in-

    accurately characterizing GAs efforts to reform aeromedical certification.

    Airline pilots union attacks PBOR2, EAA calls on members to redouble efforts

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    The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Vol. 16, No. 8AIRVENTURE TODAY

    PUBLISHER: Jack J. Pelton, EAA Chairman of the BoardDIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS: Jim BushaEDITOR: Ric Reynolds MANAGING EDITOR: Dave HigdonEDITORIAL STAFF: Randy Dufault, Megan Esau, Frederick A. Johnsen, Nicole Kiefert, Barbara Schmitz, James WynbrandtCOPY EDITORS: Katie Holliday, Colleen Walsh PHOTO EDITOR: Sadie Dempsey

    PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mariano Rosales, Phil WestonDESIGN: Jenny Hussin, Chris LivieriADVERTISING: Sue Anderson, Larry Phillip AirVenture Today is published during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, July 19-July 26, 2015. It is distributed free on the convention grounds as well as other locations in Oshkosh and surrounding communities. Stories and photos are Copyrighted 2015 by AirVenture Today and EAA. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without written consent.

    The letter, which was sent to all Unit-ed States senators, makes numerous false and unsubstantiated claims regarding efforts to expand freedoms in GA and reform the third-class medical require-ment for many private pilots. The letter urges senators to reject an amendment to the highway bill offered by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Sen. John Boozman (R-Arkansas) that would reform the third-class medi-cal certification for pilots. A vote on that amendment could occur as early as this coming Tuesday, July 28. Saturday morning EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton strongly refuted ALPAs unsubstantiated claims and urged the EAA membership to redouble their efforts to support reform of aeromedi-cal certification. We sat in a forum earlier this morn-ing with many ALPA members who are EAA members, who fly for the airlines, who have great careers that started in general aviation and theyre just flat out shaking their heads saying, What the hell is going on? he said. Current and past ALPA members who also fly rec-reationally should be angered that their union has decided to turn its back on general aviation. The proposed aeromedical reform is contained in the Pilots Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2), authored by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), and EAA has worked hard to expand co-sponsorship of the bill to 57 senators. Pelton spoke at an AirVenture forum hosted by Sen. Inhofe on Saturday morn-ing. Also attending were pilots and EAA members Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana), along with Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wiscon-sin) who represents the Oshkosh area. It was the first time ALPA had ex-pressed any position regarding the bi-partisan congressional effort that EAA and AOPA had spearheaded for the past four years. Pelton said that not only has ALPA never reached out to those working on this vital issue, they are completely out of step with the two other air carrier unions; the Southwest Airlines Pilots Associa-tion and Allied Pilots Association have both been working with the GA commu-nity on this issue, including signing onto

    an industry-wide letter of support for the Manchin-Boozman Amendment. The rhetoric from ALPA is most dis-appointing and utterly out of step with the rest of the general aviation and air-line pilot community, Pelton added. Why it would turn its back on the com-munity that inspires, supplies, and trains its professional aviators is baffling, espe-cially when the vast majority of statistics and opinions by safety professionals, regulators, and other pilots agree that ALPAs position has no basis and makes no sense. Its especially shortsighted when one considers that the health of GA is direct-ly connected to the health of the airline pilot community. EAA and AOPA have been work-ing in support of their members and all GA pilots by creating a third-class aeromedical exemption proposal that resulted in draft FAA rulemakingcurrently stalled in the Department of Transportationand by urging their members to support PBOR2. For 25 years, EAA has supported aeromedical reform because the safety facts support it and it will eliminate financial and other burdens to GA

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    pilots, Pelton said. This is as far as weve ever advanced, with 57 co-spon-sors to bring the amendment to the Senate floor. We need all EAA mem-bers and GA pilots to contact their senators now to support this amend-ment and turn aside the falsehoods and political rhetoric from groups such as ALPA. Further, GA pilots who are current and past ALPA members need to stand up and tell their union that it is wrong based on facts and the views of the rest of the general aviation and profession-al pilot communities.

    Senate Bill S. 571, the Pilots Bill of Rights 2, is also the language used in the Manchin-Boozman Amendment. Sen. Inhofe is also urging GA pilots to act swiftly, carrying that message to numer-ous appearances at EAA AirVenture Os-hkosh this week. Visit govt.eaa.org for the Rally Con-gress tool to get contact information for your senators. You can also get your senators contact information by calling 202-224-3121. Remember, the vote could happen as soon as this Tuesday, so contact your senators today!

    EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton addresses PBOR2 supporters and responds to the unfounded attack on the legislation by the Air Line Pilots Association.



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