Allows Retractable Gear On Amphibs, Lighter-Than-Air LSA
It's official: pilots of amphibious light-sport aircraft may now
legally reposition the landing gear on their aircraft while
inflight. Last week, the FAA issued an amendment to its original
2004 "Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of
Light-Sport Aircraft" ruling, which also creates guidelines for
lighter-than-air light sport aircraft.
As ANN reported, the FAA
issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 19, and invited
comments on the changes. The agency notes it received two comments
-- and neither was within the proposed law's scope.
"One commenter suggested the regulation be amended to restrict
the use of LSA to only unpopulated areas," the FAA states. "This
rulemaking is limited to the definition of LSA and changing the
areas where LSA may operate is clearly beyond the scope of the
Direct Final Rule. The other commenter fully supports the revised
definition and recommended consideration of design changes to
facilitate egress from LSA should they crash and submerge
"The FAA has determined that this comment has merit; however, it
is also beyond the scope of this rulemaking," said the agency.