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11/15/02 - LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT DESIGN STANDARDS RELEASED FOR BALLOTING
Another significant step was achieved this week in the ASTM International consensus standard process for certificating special light-sport and experimental light sport aircraft. On November 13, the design standards for both fixed-wing aircraft and powered parachutes were released to members of their respective subcommittees for balloting. Members of the subcommittees have 30 days to review, make comments, and vote to accept the standards, which deal with such items as wing loadings, rates of climb, and much more.
"This is a sure sign that the standardization process is moving forward," said EAA Vice President of Government and Industry Relations Earl Lawrence, who serves as Chairman of the ASTM Committee. "We're closing in on the ultimate goal of making aircraft ownership more affordable and achievable, allowing more people to get involved in aviation."
The final sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule is expected in 2003. EAA will continue to be your best source of information on progress of the ASTM committee as well as the rulemaking process. Visit www.sportpilot.org for the latest information, or refer questions to the EAA Members' sport pilot hotline, 1-877-FLY-1232.