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12/01/05 - EAA CONTINUES EFFORTS TO SUPPORT SP/LSA IMPLEMENTATION
EAA’s Earl Lawrence and Joe Norris represented the interests of EAA members and other potential light-sport aircraft owners and operators this week during discussions held at the FAA Small Airplane Directorate headquarters in Kansas City. They provided significant input on key experimental and special LSA certification issues in meetings with representatives of the FAA Sport Pilot Office in Oklahoma City, FAA headquarters, and Kansas City.
Chief among the membership feedback received at EAA headquarters are two areas of concern:
- The certification of amphibious LSA aircraft
- Flight in congested airspace and over densely populated areas with Experimental LSA aircraft
Other issues discussed centered on a complete review of certification policies for both types of LSAs, Special and Experimental.
“EAA is very appreciative for the opportunity to address the concerns of the LSA community with the FAA team responsible for the official policy and procedures,” said Lawrence, EAA vice president of government relations. “The meeting allowed both parties to share ideas and proposals to deal with various issues that have been identified in this first year of LSA certification.”
The FAA was receptive to EAA’s suggestions, Lawrence added. The FAA team proposed some additional changes based on feedback they have received from both FAA employees and the industry. The proposed changes presented to EAA were positive and, if ultimately adopted, will reduce the regulatory burdens of pilots who own and operate light-sport aircraft
The FAA will draft its proposed changes—incorporating the EAA proposals—into the next change of FAA policy 8130.2. The final version and/or acceptance of the proposed changes suggested during the meeting will likely occur in mid-2006.