Warbird Operators’ Conference Addresses Living History Flights

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The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) reported today (Feb. 15) on last week’s National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC), held in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The conference, organized by NWOC, included a breakout session on the FAA’s Living History Flight Exemption provision that enables flight experiences for the general public in warbird aircraft.

The warbird community has come under pressure after some high-profile fatal accidents involving Living History flights and other warbird exhibitions. EAA VP of advocacy and safety Sean Elliott led the well-attended breakout session, at which FAA representative presented some important clarifications for warbird operators, EAA said. The association’s Warbirds of America division is among the operator groups working with the FAA on advocating for safety and keeping the Living History Flight Exemption in place.

Elliott also led the conference’s opening session on Feb. 9, and was joined on video by U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., who serves as a Warbirds of America board member and sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Graves updated the conference on current initiatives in Washington, according to EAA.

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Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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  1. Graves updated the conference on current initiatives in Washington, according to EAA.
    Yeah, we get that, beurocrats hold meetings, but do they ever reveal their real agendas?

    Any update on what came out of this meeting?

  2. “The association’s Warbirds of America division is among the operator groups working with the FAA on advocating for safety and keeping the Living History Flight Exemption in place.”

    SO–we ALREADY have the warbirds operators and the FAA on the same page–advocating for safety–WHAT MORE can can come out of these meetings–except a call by “the regulators” to CEASE OPERATING THESE AIRCRAFT.

    Never mind that “the warbirds” are ALREADY RESTRICTED far more than the average GA flight–and turn in a pretty good safety record (though it IS much more highly visible than the rest of GA).

    Despite years of “hand-wringing”–they have yet to find a reasonable proposal, other than “Though Shalt Not………”

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