Wed, Jul 21, 2004
FAA's Official Statement
The FAA has "issued new
certification requirements for light- sport aircraft, pilots and
repairmen that will make recreational flying safer while keeping it
affordable and fun."
The FAA has created two new aircraft airworthiness certificates:
one for special light-sport aircraft, which may be used for
personal as well as for compensation while conducting flight
training, rental or towing; and a separate certificate for
experimental light-sport aircraft, which may be used only for
personal use. The rule also establishes requirements for
maintenance, inspections, pilot training and certification.
The FAA worked with the general aviation community to create a
final rule that sets safety standards for the 15,000 people who
will now earn FAA certificates to operate more than 15,000 existing
uncertificated ultralight-like aircraft. Another 12,000 pilots and
new aircraft will be certificated over the next 10 years.
Because the new rules will help keep recreational flying
affordable, the agency expects the return of thousands of pilots
who left aviation because of high costs. The rule’s safety
requirements should also give this segment of the general aviation
community better access to insurance, financing, and airports.
“We want to make aviation safe and affordable for
recreational pilots,” said FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey
(right). “This sport pilot, light-sport aircraft rule reduces
the barriers to becoming a pilot and an aircraft owner while
assuring that safety will always be the priority.
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