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EAA Continues MOSAIC NPRM Evaluation, Maintenance Community Requests Extension

MOSAIC extension

Upon initial review of the NPRM, EAA continues to be pleased with the overall approach taken by the FAA and many of the specific proposals in MOSAIC. Areas of specific interest that we are evaluating and discussing amongst the industry and will be including proposals in our comments include the changes to the definition of LSA, the privileges of sport pilots, and the changes to the repairman certificates. These areas of focus include:

  • The VS1 of 54 knots calibrated airspeed for aircraft.
  • The limitation of sport pilots to carrying a single passenger.
  • The medical requirements for adding night flying privileges.
  • Changes to the light-sport repairman maintenance courses.
  • The addition of noise standards for LSA (including experimental light-sport aircraft).

A feature story on the MOSAIC NPRM will be included the upcoming October 2023 issue of EAA Sport Aviation.

A group of eight industry associations representing predominantly the maintenance community requested the FAA extend the comment period for the MOSAIC (Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification) NPRM an additional 90 days. The request is submitted by the Aviation Electronics Association (AEA), Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA), Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC), Helicopter Association International (HAI), International Air Response, Inc. (IAR), Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA), and National Air Transportation Association (NATA).

The groups make the request for additional time based on a number of factors including the breadth of the proposed changes, the potential for overlap with the recent powered-lift NPRM, and the amount of supporting documents provided by the FAA. If or when the FAA will grant an extension is unknown at this time. EAA is continuing with our review of this important and significant proposal that would expand the definition of light-sport aircraft. EAA will provide members guidance on commenting in the near future.

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