Joe Norris, EAA Senior Aviation Specialist, was appointed the nation’s first designated airworthiness representative (DAR) for function codes 47 (Experimental-Light-Sport aircraft) and 48 (Special-Light-Sport Aircraft) on Thursday, February 17. FAA Aircraft Certification Services Director John Hickey presented Norris with his Certificate of Authority at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, authorizing Norris to perform inspections and issue initial, recurrent, and replacement airworthiness certificates for E-LSAs and S-LSAs.
Norris will work under the direction of Richard Warren (Manager) and Jim Kane (ASI) of the Minneapolis Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO). Norris was also the first authorized volunteer amateur-built DAR in January 2004 and has performed eight homebuilt inspections over the past 13 months.
The certificate presentation occurred at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh during this week’s EAA-FAA light-sport aircraft long-range planning meetings. Joining Hickey were: Jim Ballough, Director, Flight Standards Service; Martin Weaver, Manager, Light-Sport Aviation Branch (Flight Standards); Frank Paskiewicz, Manager, Production/Airworthiness Certification Division (Aircraft Certification); Scott Sedgwick, Manager, Standards Office, Small Aircraft Directorate; Joe Tintera, Manager, Regulatory Support Division (Flight Standards); Anne Graham, Assistant Manager, General Aviation Division (Flight Standards); Carol Giles, Deputy Director, Flight Standards Service; and Dave Cann, Manager, Aircraft Maintenance Division (Flight Standards).
Joe Norris, second from right, receives his Certificate of
Authority from John Hickey, FAA Director of Aircraft
Certification Services. At left is Martin Weaver, Manager,
FAA Light-Sport Aviation Branch, and Frank Paskiewicz,
Manager, FAA Production/Airworthiness Certification
Division, is at right.