Accept Free Fuel, Go To Jail?


Fellow pilots:  we are breaking FAA law by getting free eagles fuel! EAA Needs YE coordinator and Chapter President Support!

On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, EAA submitted a petition for exemption (attached) to the FAA seeking authority to provide free aviation fuel to volunteer pilots flying Eagle Flight (EF) and Young Eagles (YE) flights.

That document has just been assigned a DOT tracking number – FAA-2012-0442.

EAA is now requesting YE coordinators and Chapter Presidents submit comments to the FAA supporting this request.  With your help we believe we can be successful in gaining FAA approval.

As a reminder, YE and EF volunteer pilots are still prohibited from accepting free fuel – at least until the FAA approves this petition for exemption request.  We don’t expect to hear from the FAA with their approval (or disapproval) decision for at least four (4) to six (6) months.

Right now, you can help us succeed by asking your volunteer pilots and other chapter members to submit supporting comments the DOT/FAA by one of these four (4) methods:

1.  by US mail:
U.S. Department of Transportation
Docket Management System
Attn: Comments to FAA-2012-0442
400 7th Street, S.W., Room PL 401
Washington, D.C. 20590-0001

2.  by the web / on-line:, then enter “FAA-2012-0442” in the search block, then follow the “submit a comment” icon on the right side of the page.

3. by fax – 202-493-2251.  Make sure you include “Comments to FAA-2012-0442” in the submit line of the fax cover sheet.

4.  The fourth option is to send your comments directly to EAA by e-mail and specifically state that you wish EAA to submit your comments on your behalf.   If you prefer this option e-mail your comments to Catherine Lute, EAA Member Services,

The DOT Docket system does not accept comments by e-mail.

If you have any questions feel free to contact myself or:

Trevor Janz, Manager EAA Chapter and Eagle Flight Programs, 920-426-6809,


Brian O’Lena, Manager EAA Youth and Young Eagles Programs, 920-426-6297,

Thank you for supporting this effort!

Randy –
Randy Hansen, EAA # 590242
Government Relations Director

EAA – The Spirit of Aviation –

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