So it is now official ( light sport and other airworthiness changes )

Talk about airplanes! At last count, there are 39 (and growing) FAA certificated S-LSA (special light sport aircraft). These are factory-built ready to fly airplanes. If you can't afford a factory-built LSA, consider buying an E-LSA kit (experimental LSA - up to 99% complete).

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So it is now official ( light sport and other airworthiness changes )

Postby Warmi » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:38 pm

https://www.eaa.org/eaa/news-and-public ... fdfpOXFx78

It is just a matter of time.... at least that’s how I read it.
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Re: So it is now official ( light sport and other airworthiness changes )

Postby Atrosa » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:11 pm

Wow 4 place. That is a game changer and in the right direction in my humble opinion.

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Re: So it is now official ( light sport and other airworthiness changes )

Postby Atrosa » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:15 pm

Oh it just got me thinking. I wonder if additional Vans products will be allowed. A 180 mph LSA would be sweet.

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Re: So it is now official ( light sport and other airworthiness changes )

Postby drseti » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:14 am

Elwell did not announce a date for the proposed rule to be released, but promised that it would be "worth the wait."


English translation: "Don't hold your breath. It won't happen within your lifetime."
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Re: So it is now official ( light sport and other airworthiness changes )

Postby FastEddieB » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:39 am

That’s great news! With BasicMed, it won’t hugely affect me, but anything that makes more planes accessible to more pilots is a net positive, assuming no negative safety effects.

But as the Professor implies, I would NOT let this carrot-on-a-stick influence decisions made today. It could take years for the changes to take effect, and like it or not our flying careers are ultimately finite in duration.

The one thing with the biggest impact for me would be this:

For older aircraft not being used for commercial purposes, owners will be able to exchange the standard airworthiness certificate for a special airworthiness certificate — similar to certificates held by experimental aircraft. "That means the owner will be able to install lower-cost, safety-enhancing equipment — the kind that is widely available for the experimental market — without an STC or 337." Such a change would also have the potential to expand the ability to substitute for parts that are no longer available, and perhaps even the ability for owners to perform additional maintenance on their aircraft.”

Depending on the exact form, the idea of being able to take a Citabria, Maule, Cessna 180 or Tiger the equivalent of “EXPERIMENTAL” would greatly expand the scope of planes I’d consider partnering in going forward. My Sky Arrow suits my needs nicely now, but a bigger, faster plane would still have some appeal for certain missions.
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Re: So it is now official ( light sport and other airworthiness changes )

Postby Warmi » Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:59 am

Well, my point was that this is no longer a mere speculation - how long will it take ... who knows.
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Re: So it is now official ( light sport and other airworthiness changes )

Postby TimTaylor » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:31 am

When and if it ever happens, it will be a good thing. I'm not holding my breath as to what it will actually say or when it will actually happen, if ever.
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