AOPA's 2001 Bonanza Sweepstakes - Dec. 20 Pictures and Commentary

November 11, 2009

Pictures and Commentary

Dec. 20 - Within the last week there has been significant progress related to gaining an STC that will permit installation of the Meggitt "single side" EFIS system in the Sweepstakes Bonanza. However, there's still a long way to go.

The first meeting that kicks off the official STC application process has been completed, and letters are in hand that clarify the parameters of the application. This is good news for Meggitt, the manufacturer of the equipment, and of course, good news for the sweepstakes Bonanza.

Meggitt has started sending data, drawings and test results to the FAA examiner and office that is overseeing the STC application. Unfortunately, due to some debate within the FAA about whether to hold Meggitt to current regulations, or require them to comply with a set of more stringent regulations that are presently in draft form has led to a delay in processing Meggitt's application. This debate was ironed out early this week.

As we said when we initially installed the Meggitt EFIS system, the timing will be a crapshoot. The approval process hasn't gone as smoothly as we had hoped, but it's started and you can bet that Mike Keirnan and his troops at Meggitt are working long hours over the Christmas season to complete the process.

Stay tuned.

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