EAA: FAA Authorization Bill Won’t Fix ATC Funding Problem, Creates New Ones for GA

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EAA LogoATC privatization, other elements have ominous consequences for general aviation

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin - The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act introduced in the House of Representatives today is being touted as a plan for the future of U.S. aviation, but it could create dire consequences for the future of personal recreational flying in our nation, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association. Continue reading "EAA: FAA Authorization Bill Won’t Fix ATC Funding Problem, Creates New Ones for GA"

EAA Ensuring Homebuilts Not Forgotten in ADS-B Mandate

EAA LogoEAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin - (December 19, 2014) - EAA is in ongoing discussions with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure that Experimental Amateur-Built owners are not forgotten as the FAA looks toward the January 1, 2020, mandate for equipping aircraft with ADS-B avionics.

Historically, builders and owners of experimental aircraft have been able to install avionics that meet the performance standards of certified equipment but are not specifically approved by the FAA. Even in IFR-equipped aircraft, avionics do not have to be approved devices and can be installed by the aircraft builder or by an A&P mechanic. EAA seeks to preserve that historical precedent for ADS-B equipment installation as well.

“The latitude within the amateur-built regulations includes the ability to meet the required performance standards in the ADS-B mandate through means other than certified avionics and professional installers,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety. “EAA wants to maintain the culture of innovation and education that has been a hallmark of our community and the FAA appears willing to help find a path forward for us.” Continue reading "EAA Ensuring Homebuilts Not Forgotten in ADS-B Mandate"

Australian Authorities Propose Limitations on Jabiru-Powered Aircraft

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Photo: Jabiru

CASA - the Australian equivalent of the US Federal Aviation Administration - issued draft documents that would severely limit operations for aircraft equipped with Jabiru engines, at least until addition study and investigation into a significant number of engine failures is conducted. Quoting the CASA web site:

CASA is responding to a high, and increasing, rate of engine failures among aircraft that are powered by engines manufactured by, or under licence from, Jabiru Aircraft Pty Ltd (Jabiru). Such aircraft are referred to in this document as 'Jabiru powered aircraft'.

The issues appear to be the result of several failure modes, which require separate investigation.

CASA has formed the view that its functions under the Civil Aviation Act 1988 require it to mitigate certain risks to passengers, trainee pilots and persons on the ground.

Accordingly, while CASA works with Jabiru to identify the causes of these engine failures and to implement appropriate corrective actions, CASA proposes a set of operating limitations on Jabiru powered aircraft.
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