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Revised Guidance Should Broaden E-AB/LSA DAR Ranks

November 10 2011 – The FAA has issued long-awaited revised guidance to the sport pilot regulations that should help increase the ranks of designated airworthiness representatives available for both experimental amateur-built and light-sport aircraft. Effective October 28, persons who have earned an experimental amateur-built repairman certificate can apply to become an E-AB DAR and those who have completed the LSA Repairman course and achieved a maintenance rating can apply to become an LSA DAR.

The action dates back to 2005 when EAA and FAA discussed ways to help increase the pool of qualified DAR applicants by modifying the application process to allow highly qualified E-AB aircraft builders with AB repairman’s certificates (but not A&Ps) to apply to become an E-AB DAR. While FAA representatives agreed with EAA’s proposed changes to the policy, it was not published in the Federal Register until late last month.

“This is one of the many projects we work in partnership with the FAA on to reduce the burden on members certifying recreational aircraft,” said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director. “One of EAA’s long-term goals continues to be improving safety within the E-AB, E-LSA, and S-LSA communities. These newly published changes allow highly qualified experts to share their skills, expertise, and in-depth knowledge with others, which has a direct impact on the overall aircraft construction and flight safety.” 

To learn more about becoming an E-AB, E-LSA, or S-LSA DAR, read chapter 13 of FAA Order 8100.8D, or e-mail Chad Jensen, EAA Homebuilders Community Manager.

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