Fri, Sep 12, 2008
Also Calls Builders To Action, And Plans October ARC Meeting
Sonex Aircraft, LLC formally submitted its comments to the FAA this
week, regarding proposed policy changes to the
Experimental-Amateur Building regulations which
empower thousands in the United States with the privilege of
constructing and flying their own homebuilt aircraft.
The message, sent Thursday morning by Sonex Aircraft CEO and
General Manager Jeremy Monnett to Miguel Vasconcelos of the
Production and Airworthiness Division of the FAA, was clear:
Enforce the regulations already on the books, and do not place an
undue burden upon builders complying with the spirit and intent of
the Experimental-Amateur Built aircraft regulations by creating new
regulation via changes in policy.
"The key to the continued success of the Exp-Amateur Built rules
depends on the consistent enforcement of the rules already in
place," Monnett wrote. "The resources required to carry out this
enforcement have not been made available by the FAA over the last
few years. Without these resources, enforcement loosens and the
rules are pushed beyond their spirit and intent, compromising the
rules continued existence."
Sonex Aircraft joined the Experimental Aircraft Association
(EAA) and others in calling Sonex and AeroConversions customers to
action, with a posting on the planemaker's Web site urging
individuals to submit their own comments to the FAA regarding the
proposed "51 Percent Rule" calculation and enforcement policy
changes before the September 30, 2008 comment-period deadline.
Sonex says it has participated in the FAA-chartered aviation
rulemaking committee (ARC) formed to study amateur-building issues,
which rendered recommendations from August 2005 through November
2006, and plans a presence at the next meeting, scheduled for
October 22-23, to discuss public comments submitted in response to
the FAA's proposal.
The ARC, consisting of representatives from government and
industry, was formed in response to abuses to the spirit and intent
of the Experimental-Amateur Building regulations via excessive
commercial assistance and "professional builders."
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