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EAA’s MOSAIC comment guide available to support FAA proposal
January 22 deadline for comments on expanding pilot, aircraft certification
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (January 12, 2024) — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has issued a guide to assist those who wish to comment to the Federal Aviation Administration’s MOSAIC (Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification) rule proposal that opens additional opportunities for pilots and aircraft certification. The comment period ends on January 22, 2024.
MOSAIC builds upon the 20 years of positive experience with sport pilot and light-sport aircraft and proposes to broaden the definition of the privileges of each. EAA sees tremendous benefit in expanding the capability, size, and scope of aircraft that can be built utilizing industry consensus standards and the aircraft that can be flown while exercising Sport Pilot privileges.
“The MOSAIC rule proposal accounts for the requests of thousands of our EAA members and other pilots who fly for recreation,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board. “The FAA has presented us an opportunity to safely expand the parameters for sport pilots and for light-sport aircraft. This has the potential to create growth in our community and benefit everyone in it. It also gives a tremendous opportunity for innovative technology to be introduced in a more effective way while maintaining elevated levels of safety.”
EAA has been promoting the MOSAIC concept for a decade as a natural evolution in the safe flying history demonstrated by sport pilots and light-sport aircraft over the past 20 years. MOSAIC would replace the current arbitrary gross weight limit in favor of performance standards and would allow thousands of sport pilots to continue flying familiar aircraft.
The MOSAIC comment guide is available at EAA.org/MOSAIC. It encourages members to consider these topics and draft comments in their own words, drawing upon their experiences to support the proposal. The FAA needs to hear support for the MOSAIC proposal from the aviation community and recommendations in areas where the proposal can be enhanced.
“We believe that MOSAIC provides an opportunity to build a modern, technologically advanced sport aviation community built on safety and the desired needs of that community,” Pelton said. “We see some areas where that can be developed even further, and we encourage aviators who favor growing aviation to join us in commenting to the FAA.”
EAA will file its officials by the January 22, 2024, deadline and will release those comments publicly at that time.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and embodies The Spirit of Aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 290,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org.