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FAA tightening LSA inspection rules

Article | Oct 22, 2012

FAA inspectors and designated inspectors are now required to notify FAA headquarters when a new light sport aircraft (LSA) make or model is presented for approval. The notification is to allow the FAA's aircraft certification group, called AIR-200, to determine if an aircraft conformity inspection is required.

Pilot, member of Congress offers insight into GA issues

Advocacy | Oct 12, 2012

How do you get across the importance and range of general aviation to your member of Congress? Take a picture of your airplane and send it to them, whether it's a Stearman or Citation Ten, suggests Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Epic hiring, moving toward certification

Article | Oct 12, 2012

Bend, Ore.-based Epic Aircraft is hiring engineers as it presses toward certification of a factory-built version of its Epic LT kitbuilt turboprop, the company said at AOPA Aviation Summit Oct. 11.

Life-saving revisions to certification rules gain traction

Advocacy | Oct 11, 2012

The goal of cutting certification cost in half while doubling safety has prompted a sea change among regulators once reluctant to consider a comprehensive overhaul of aircraft certification rules and procedures.

Seeing colors, but not by knockout?

Article | Sep 20, 2012

This isn't an article about boxing and what happens when you get knocked out, but concerns a hereditary or acquired condition known as color vision deficiency.

Coalition lauds new Avgas Fuels Program Office

Advocacy | Sep 14, 2012

The FAA has created a new Fuels Program Office in response to a letter from the General Aviation Avgas Coalition, which had urged funding an unleaded avgas program.

Special issuance authorization update

Article | Aug 31, 2012

For pilots who have a special issuance authorization, if you missed the announcement this summer, you are no longer required to carry your authorization letter with you when you fly.

FAA delays Icon weight-increase decision

Article | Aug 27, 2012

Earl Lawrence, manager of the FAA's Small Airplane Directorate, has told Icon Aircraft CEO and Founder Kirk Hawkins that a decision on his request for an exemption to the light sport aircraft weight limit must wait until the end of 2012.