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I have just completed building an RAF 2000 two-place gyroplane and have made application for an airworthiness certificate. The local FAA MIDO in Fort Worth, Texas, is insisting that I install an emergency locator transmitter (ELT). I know of RAF 2000s that were granted airworthiness certificates in eight other the states, as well as one in the Houston area, all without ELTs. Their reasoning is that FAR 91.207 uses the term “aircraft” when addressing the exemptions, but the requirements spelled out in paragraphs “a” and “b” refer clearly to “airplanes.” The FAA defines an airplane as "engine-driven, fixed-wing, heavier-than-air......". My position, like those in the aforementioned states, (plus others) is that gyroplanes are not airplanes. They are, however, by definition, aircraft. Is the EAA aware of any FAA Headquarters position on this matter? Where to I go to appeal?
As you say, the ELT requirement found in 14 CFR 91.207 specifically states "airplane" rather than "aircraft." Here's the pertinent text:
"(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (e) and (f) of this section, no person may operate a U.S.-registered civil airplane unless- (1) There is attached to the airplane an approved automatic type emergency locator
Since the definition of an "airplane" found in 14 CFR 1.1 specifies
"fixed-wing," a gyroplane certainly doesn't fit the definition, and thus is not required by 91.207 to have an ELT installed. The fact that the exemptions listed in section (f) of 91.207 use the word "aircraft" rather than "airplane" does not trump the fact that the basic regulation applies specifically to airplanes.
We verified this with the aircraft certification folks at the FAA in Oklahoma City. If you care to check with them, I recommend that you contact Les Sargent., who heads up the training of all FAA designees, including designated airworthiness representatives (DARs), so he's very much in tune with understanding the regulations. You can reach Les via email at
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