KITPLANES Briefs the FAA on Experimental's Capabilities

Paul Dye (left) demonstrating the RV-6's avionics to FAA's Division Director of Policy and Innovation Michael Romanowski.

KITPLANES Editor-in-Chief Paul Dye responded to an EAA request for a demonstration on the glass screen capabilities on today's homebuilt aircraft. The plan was to compare the possibilities in an experimental to the EAA's fully STC-updated C172 and an "average" jet.

Dan Elwell, FAA Acting Administrator with Paul Dye. (Photo credit: EAA)

The EAA Government liaison folks escorted the FAA's Division Director of Policy and Innovation Michael Romanowski to the RV-6 that Dye had flown in. Dye then explained all the capabilities of the three-Garmin glass panel and it was clear that Dr. Romanowski was amazed at our options. No information on what he thought about the spam cans. 🙂

Louise Hose

Louise Hose is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who regularly flies her RV-6, her husband’s RV-8, and an RV-3B and a Dream Tundra, which they built together. They live in Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada. She also edits the monthly, free digital newsletter, The Homebuilder’s Portal by KITPLANES®.

2 Replies to “KITPLANES Briefs the FAA on Experimental's Capabilities”

  1. So the gentlemans title is "Division Director of Policy and Innovation" and he is "amazed" at the options... out of touch much? Bureaucracy at its finest.

  2. What a great opportunity to show what could be so commonplace with a little more flexibility.

    I have done DO178 approvals. It is a good process but quadruples the time required. Reuse of solid commercial software is tough.

    Easier acceptance of proven COTS software building block could drop prices. Just look at all of the portable EFIS systems . Safer than vacuum and unde $1000. Putting that in the panel would make it even safer.

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