Dotting the I's, Crossing the T's...

I worked for the Federal Government for 34 years, and back in my college days, I spent two summers as a clerk in our state department of education, so I totally get what it means to be a civil servant when it comes to following the letter of the law, and the exact text of the regulations. So I have a lot of respect for the folks that work at the Civil Aviation Registry - the people in Oklahoma City that process, record, and issue aircraft registration documents. It's because of their careful adherence to the rules of documentation that we can have clear and traceable titles to our flying machines - and such care is hard to do quickly. So it is a good idea, when registering an airplane, to get started well before you need the paperwork. Continue reading "Dotting the I's, Crossing the T's..."

ADS-B Rebate Available Again

ADSB Rebate

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"

EAA-Led Reform Ideas Include LSA Weight and Homebuilt Regulations

MOSAIC discussions started with FAA more than two years ago

EAA and FAA logosEAA'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"

EAA Talks Homebuilt Reform With FAA

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 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. Continue reading "KITPLANES Briefs the FAA on Experimental's Capabilities"

Problem Arrival

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"