For the next two days, dozens of sport aviation
industry experts and luminaries will be huddled together at Kermit
Weeks' Fantasy of Flight Aviation Museum. They are attending
an Aero-News Network-sponsored
meeting designed to take some serious "next-steps" on the road to
building the oh-so-critical consensus standards mandated by the FAA
for Sport Pilot aircraft certification.
We're pleased to note that solid progress is being made. Several
extensive fixed wing specs, under the enlightened Chairmanship of
FlightStar/HPower's Tom Peghiny, have been voted on and initial
approval has reportedly been reached on the most important (and
involved) of what will be a number of pivotal standards.
Specifications and standards for powered parachute certification
will also be discussed though those standards seem a mite immature
for the moment. Weight-shift aircraft standards have been written
and are under discussion, as well. Under the expert guidance of
Rotax expert Eric Tucker, engine/powerplant standards will also be
discussed and dissected en masse.
moment, the long awaited Sport Pilot rule seems delayed until at
least Oshkosh 2003 (July) though welcome rumors of some unexpected
compromise on contested ultralight training waiver issues has
reportedly been discussed favorably. ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim
Campbell, a member of a number of ASTM committees, will be in
attendance this week and will be reporting each day. More info to