EAA Responds to Misleading LSA Story
January 27, 2010 — EAA today responded to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram regarding an article that gave a misleading portrayal of light-sport aircraft and the regulations that govern them. The article, written by Bob Cox, the newspaper’s senior aviation reporter, came in the aftermath of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of a Dunbar (Texas) High School student and his flight instructor.
In EAA’s response, Earl Lawrence, EAA’s vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, explained that FAA, industry and groups such as EAA worked together with ASTM International to create the standards that were ultimately accepted by FAA in 2004. Lawrence also emphasized that the same light-sport aircraft have been used safely as primary flight training aircraft in European nations for more than 20 years.
“These standards have also been adopted by many other developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand, Israel and China, and mirror European standards in place for many years,” Lawrence said.
EAA was not contacted prior to the story, but welcomes the opportunity to work with all media sources to present the facts regarding general and recreational aviation.