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FAA Releases LSA Assessment Project Update

February 19, 2009 — The FAA recently provided a status report for its ongoing light-sport aircraft assessment project with an open letter to the light-sport aircraft industry. Assessment teams have visited 23 of 29 randomly selected U.S. facilities thus far, and FAA evaluators expressed confidence that LSA manufacturer’s compliance can match that of the commercial aviation manufacturers, further validating the use of industry consensus standards and compliance self-declarations for the LSA industry.

The project objective is to collect data to evaluate the current state of the LSA industry manufacturing and maintenance systems and processes. This data provides a “snapshot” of the industry to identify baselines for future efforts as well as areas for improvement to ensure the industry meets public and FAA safety expectations.

Completion of the Phase 2 activity (assessments and data collection) is scheduled to occur in June 2009, with Phase 3 activity (data analysis/reporting and final report of findings and conclusions) to be completed by September 2009.

EAA will continue to provide all the available information regarding the FAA evaluations project to inform members and others in the market for an LSA.

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