Expo brings FAA experts, pilots together

November 13, 2008

Dr. Warren Silberman of the FAA's medical staff (left) with Sandy Skolnick and his wife, Sharon Dr. Warren Silberman of the FAA's medical staff (left) with Sandy Skolnick and his wife, Sharon

If you were at AOPA Expo in San Jose, Calif., last week, you probably noticed a lot of FAA types on the scene. In fact, numerous FAA employees, many of them 30-year veterans of the agency, took part in Expo to educate and assist AOPA members.

From the FAA’s medical staff, Dr. Warren Silberman, manager of the aerospace medical certification division in Oklahoma City, Okla., was on hand to review special issuance medical applications and, in some cases, grant them on the spot.

Members of the FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate also were on site to meet with AOPA staff about key issues, including airworthiness directives, the future of light sport aircraft, alternatives for leaded avgas, and future updates to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s “ Aging Aircraft” online course ( http://flash.aopa.org/asf/agingaircraft/swf/flash.cfm? ). FAA staffers also presented an educational course on aging aircraft to AOPA members at Expo.

Staff from the FAA’s airspace division presented a seminar, discussing the FAA’s role in temporary flight restrictions, the integration of unmanned aircraft into the airspace system, and ways that pilots can get involved in airspace redesign in their area.

“The FAA professionals who attend Expo have tremendous experience and really understand general aviation,” said Randy Kenagy, AOPA government affairs chief of staff. “It’s a great opportunity for them to share their expertise with our members and to hear directly from pilots about what’s important to them.”

For your chance to talk to the FAA’s experts, be sure to join us for AOPA Expo 2009 in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 5 through 7.