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EAA Urges E-LSA Owners to Hang in There

November 4, 2010 — Are you a pilot whose patience is running out waiting for the FAA to issue a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) so you can resume giving instruction in your experimental light-sport aircraft? If you’re one of the hundreds of E-LSA owners who had a training deviation prior to January 31, 2010, but are now considering selling your aircraft, EAA has a piece of advice: Don’t give up hope just yet.

EAA’s Government Services continues to work the issue to get the LODA order revised to allow for instruction toward a sport pilot certificate or operating privileges. But if you sell your E-LSA, you’ll forfeit your eligibility to qualify for it.

“We’re still working this issue,” said David Oord, EAA government relations specialist. “And we have received some indications that the FAA is considering a revision to the LODA. A lot of people are frustrated and deciding to sell their aircraft because the issue continues to languish, but once you do that, you’re out of options as far as providing training in an E-LSA is concerned.”

Oord added that once a final draft revision to the LODA is written, it will take another two months for it to work through the FAA’s internal comment period.

“We hear a lot of CFIs are ready to sell their E-LSA, but we’re just saying don’t throw in the towel just yet,” Oord said.

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