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General Aviation Coalition Meets with FAA Administrator

"Itús been a challenging two years in the post-9/11 environment," Poberezny said. "Much of our tenure as chair was spent dealing with security and security-related issues, which is a significant departure from the traditional work of the coalition. We doubled our efforts by developing relationships with the Transportation Security Administration, establishing periodic meetings with TSA as well as continuing our relationship with FAA. We're pleased to be able to provide input to the people making security-related decisions that directly affect general aviation." SSA was represented at the meeting by Dennis Wright, Executive Director and Judy Ruprecht, SSA's advocacy program director.

Administrator Blakey expressed appreciation to EAA for its leadership over the past two years and thanked those organizations which recently stood with the FAA in support of the reauthorization bill currently mired in the Senate.

Numerous topics on the table included airport access and restrictions; pilot certificate actions and violations for restricted airspace incursions; recently released general aviation accident rate statistics; the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Air Tour Operators and several other matters.

The level of importance placed on FAA's relationship with the GA community was evident by the number of senior FAA staff in attendance. Virtually the entire FAA senior management team attended, including Deputy Administrator Bobby Sturgill; Chief Operating Officer Russ Chew; many of the associate administrators including Nick Sabatini, Steve Brown, Woody Woodrow, and Chief Council Andy Steinberg.

Posted: 11/11/2003 By: General News

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