FAA Wants Transition Training in Experimentals, Slow to Approve Regs
August 26, 2010 — If you are a sport pilot and fly a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) or experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) with a top speed of 87 knots or less, the FAA requires you to receive training and an endorsement to fly. A few of these aircraft are S-LSA, but most are E-LSA, and the FAA currently does not allow instruction in training versions of these aircraft.
At the end of 2009 the FAA was set to issue guidance on how operators of E-LSA trainers could continue to provide instruction, but an interagency squabble has stymied any action, leaving this segment of aviation in bureaucratic limbo. EAA Radio’s Fareed Guyot talked with EAA Government Advocacy Specialist David Oord about this Catch-22 situation where the FAA has made a big push to increase transition training for Experimentals but has not provided a regulatory means to accomplish it. Listen to the interview