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The FAA can now conduct training for designated airworthiness representatives (DARs) to inspect new and transitioning light-sport aircraft (LSA), removing a major roadblock in the implementation of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule. The required approval, FAA Order 8130.2F change 1, Airworthiness Certification Of Aircraft And Related Products, was issued on April 4.

Les Sargent of the FAA Designee Standardization Branch announced that the first class for light-sport DARs would be held April 27-28, 2005, in Oklahoma City. The first class will instruct existing DARS on the certification process for LSA, specifically those DARs who have requested permission to inspect LSA and have been approved by the National Examining Board (NEB). In May, a second LSA DAR course will be held for new DAR candidates who have already been approved by the NEB.

Sargent stated that more LSA DAR courses would be scheduled as needed until there are sufficient DARs to handle the workload.

The FAA Order also provides the needed guidance for FAA inspectors to issue airworthiness certificates to new and transitioning LSA, and Sargent noted that FAA inspectors can begin issuing certificates as their workload permits.

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