It was FAA Headquarters, 10:03 am EDT, in the Administrator's
Conference Room as FAA Administrator Marion Blakey (pictured
right whilst playing in a PPC... and having a good time of it),
officially announced the release of a new rule commonly known as
Sport Pilot. Sometimes called the "Loch Ness Monster" of rules,
because it appeared and disappeared so many times, it is now
written in FAA concrete.
USUA EVP Dale Hooper Weighs In On The LSA/SportPilot
Sport Pilot has been a long time coming, and the look of calm
relief on the face of FAA National Program Manager of Sport and
Recreational Aviation, Sue Gardner, this morning, was refreshing.
Now, after so many months of being required to keep silent about
the finished rule, she, and others, are finally able to relax. But
that relaxed attitude can't last for very long. They are now able
to discuss the rule (for months they were legally bound to
secrecy), and provide assistance in its implementation.
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey has officially unveiled the
long-awaited Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft rule that will
allow many pilots to fly with a valid driver's license in lieu of a
medical certificate and create new, less-expensive ways to become a
GAMA is cheering the FAA’s release of the Sport Pilot and
Light-Sport Aircraft rule. The long awaited rule provides safe
standards for an evolving category of general aviation aircraft and
operations without being overly burdensome.
Will Continue Working On Drivers License Medical Issue
EAA chief Tom Poberezny is happy with the Sport Pilot rules
announced on Tuesday.
"More people will fly," he said in an exclusive interview with
Aero-News Net. "This provides an economic opportunity to get people
involved in aviation."
1. What if I meet the requirements set forth in
the rule that allow me to medically qualify using my current and
valid US driver's license? When may I use my current and
valid US driver's license as medical qualification?
Answer: Provided you meet the
requirements and you are qualified to exercise sport pilot
privileges using a current and valid US driver's license, you may
do so on September 1, 2004, the effective date of the rule.
And Projects Trillions In Revenue Over Next 20 Years
It could well be the mother of all airplane orders at this
year's air show in Farnborough -- a $2.96 billion sale of Boeing
777-300ERs to Emirates Airlines. And if Boeing Commercial CEO Alan
Mulally is right, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
35th Anniversary Of Apollo Moon Landing And NASA Is Looking
The success of the Apollo 11 mission that landed NASA astronauts
Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on the Moon July 20, 1969,
was a defining moment that opened a new era in human history.
Today, as NASA marks the 35th anniversary of that first lunar
landing, the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville (AL)
celebrates the role it played in the Apollo program. Under the
leadership of its first director, Dr. Wernher von Braun, the
Marshall Center developed the Saturn V rocket that carried our
astronauts to the Moon.
First Flight Test Aircraft Undergoing Modifications
The world's first civil tiltrotor aircraft, the Bell/Agusta
BA609 begins envelope expansion flight test late this year.
Meanwhile, the first flight test aircraft is continuing to undergo
configuration modifications at Bell's Flight Research Center,
Arlington (TX), following the conclusion of the first phase of
flight testing in 2003. So far the BA609 has flown a total of nine
flights with 14 hours of flight time.
Pilots And The Public Will Have Access To WSI's Weather
WSI Corporation will host a number of weather briefing outlets
for travelers to EAA AirVenture 2004 in Oshkosh (WI). Enthusiasts
and pilots will be able to access WSI's information at over twelve
locations on and around Wittman Regional Airport including the
EAA's Flight Operations, Membership Tent, and the FAA's Oshkosh
Temporary Flight Service Station (FSS), as well as in the daily
AirVenture Today newspaper and through a special WSI hosted
"We didn't need it."
Source: Aerocomp test pilot Ron Lueck, after the
first flight of the CA-Jet on Tuesday. The flight departed Merritt
Island Airport (FL) and flew over Titusville. Lueck landed at TICO,
where he had the luxury of runways that are much longer than at
Merritt Island, but said the new jet didn't need all that concrete
Air-taxi operator Linear Air this week launched its new luxury
charter service from Hanscom Field, 15 miles west of Boston in
Bedford (MA), flying to almost 200 cities along the Northeast and
Mid-Atlantic coasts. The company says its service is ideal for
business travelers, particularly those who travel in small
When the FAA's Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS) mandate
goes into effect in March 2005, Mid-Continent plans to be part of
the compliance solution for Class A, B and C operators. "This
mandate affects us because it affects our customers," said Bill
Barnes, Design Engineer. "Our customers fly aircraft from piston
singles to business jets and helicopters. Mid-Continent is able to
provide annunciation products for a majority of these applications.
We want to raise awareness so they can avoid the last minute rush
they had with the ELT mandate in 2003 which forced people to ground
their aircraft because they missed the deadline."
The FAA today issued new requirements for light-sport aircraft,
pilots and repairman.
Light-sport aircraft are small, simple, low-performance,
low-energy aircraft limited to:
1,320 lb.(600 kg), (1,430 lb. seaplanes) maximum takeoff
1 or 2 occupants
single engine (non-turbine)
maximum stall speed (without lift enhancing devices) of 45
maximum airspeed in level flight of 120 knots
fixed landing gear
fixed pitch propeller.
ANN has just concluded the first interview with Aerocomp test
Pilot Ron Lueck, who piloted the CA-Jet (shown below, minutes after
its maiden flight) to its first flight on the 35th Anniversary of
the First Lunar Landing, Tuesday, July 20th, 2004.
ANN Continues To Be FIRST With Sport Pilot/LSA Details...
ANN has been monitoring the press conference just concluded by
the FAA that announced the new Sport Pilot/LSA rules. Due to take
effect on September 1st, 2004, we found the FAA's remarks
interesting and noted few surprises.