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EAA Instructs At FAA Light-Sport Aircraft Workshops

September 13, 2007 — EAA's Earl Lawrence and Joe Norris were at FAA's Oklahoma City offices this week where they served as sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) expert instructors for several FAA-sponsored training courses and workshops. At one workshop, nearly three-dozen FAA inspectors from around the United States learned more about LSA operation and maintenance. Discussions focused on continued airworthiness issues, such as conducting and approving alterations and repairs on special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA). Other discussions centered on the ASTM International consensus standards; S-LSA certification; and accident investigation.

The workshop also provided an opportunity for FAA field inspectors to identify issues and discuss with FAA headquarters, the FAA Sport Pilot office and the ASTM Light Sport Aircraft Committee representatives. This joint EAA/FAA training effort was developed as a result of discussions held at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 that addressed the need for FAA field inspectors to learn more about LSA policies and procedures, as they are dealing with increasing numbers of LSA and sport pilots.

FAA and the aviation industry continue to work together to not only further develop the SP/LSA regulations but also to implement and maintain continued safe operations in the category.

Also this week in Oklahoma City, Lawrence and Norris joined FAA instructors to instruct an amateur-built LSA designated airworthiness (AB/LSA DAR) inspector class. The joint effort aims to help fortify the AB/LSA DAR ranks, which is becoming increasingly crucial as we approach the January 31, 2008, deadline for converting ultralight trainers and so-called "fat" ultralights to the experimental (E-LSA) category.

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