EAA Supports I-TEC/Maverick Weight Exemption Request
August 16, 2012 - The I-TEC Maverick roadable aircraft (powered parachute) is moving closer to full FAA certification for sport pilots to operate. On Wednesday, EAA submitted comments in support of I-TEC's exemption request to allow sport pilots to fly the Maverick PPC at the already approved increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 1,430 pounds. Currently sport pilots are limited to aircraft that weigh 1,320 pounds if the LSA is not intended for operation on water.
In June 2011, the FAA granted I-TEC an exemption to produce the Maverick PPC as a special light-sport (S-LSA) with a MTOW of 1,430 pounds so it could meet federal, state, and local laws and regulations to operate on any street, road, or highway. Then, in February this year, I-TEC received a similar exemption for the experimental light-sport (E-LSA) category.
Even though the above approvals allowed I-TEC to produce and sell the Maverick as a roadable vehicle under LSA certification rules, it still requires an FAA exemption so sport pilots can fly it at the higher MTOW. I-TEC submitted the exemption request on May 10, 2012.
"EAA fully supports this final step by I-TEC that will allow sport pilots to fly the heavier Maverick," said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director. "We believe the vehicle is a prime example of S-LSA and E-LSA aircraft, with roadable, take-it-anywhere capability, that focuses on the recreational and easy-to-operate aspect of the light-sport aircraft industry."