Starting on October 12, 2018, the FAA will offer rebates of $500 to owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft based on their purchase of avionics that have received an ADS-B Technical Standard Order authorization and meet ADS-B Out rule requirements. The program will run for approximately one year or until the funds for all remaining rebates are exhausted, whichever comes first. Continue reading "ADS-B Rebate Available Again"
MOSAIC discussions started with FAA more than two years ago
EAA's proposed weight limit change to 3,600 pounds for light-sport aircraft is part of the current discussions between EAA and FAA prior to any broad MOSAIC (Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates) rulemaking, but discussions are still in the formative stage with much work to be done. Continue reading "EAA-Led Reform Ideas Include LSA Weight and Homebuilt Regulations"
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) says that its Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) rulemaking initiative has made substantial progress after a meeting with FAA officials in Washington, D.C., earlier this week. EAA also met with the FAA during AirVenture to discuss MOSAIC, which is designed to "relieve builders of well-proven homebuilts of some of the burdens that have limited their aircraft's use and flexibility but not enhanced safety." Continue reading "EAA Talks Homebuilt Reform With FAA"
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. Continue reading "KITPLANES Briefs the FAA on Experimental's Capabilities"
The talk of pilots today at Oshkosh were the many challenging arrivals experienced by many of the thousands of pilots over the last couple of days. The image that you see here is not doctored in any way - that is the way we received it from an experienced pilot who arrived yesterday. If that doesn't scare you, nothing will! Continue reading "Problem Arrival"
Cruising across the wilds of central Nevada the other day, my thoughts turned to GPS and the frequent outage NOTAMs we get when the military decides to play games with the signals. Its not uncommon for wide swaths of the western deserts to have warnings that GPS might be unreliable for significant portions of time. Now don't get me wrong - I am the very understanding of the potential military issues of having or not having GPS available (by the military and everybody else), as well as the need to train for use without it. We have to remember that initially, GPS was designed as a military asset - the fact that it has now been incorporated as key technology in everything more advanced than a toaster is simply a testament to its universal acceptance. Continue reading "Thoughts in Cruise"