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Revised Certification Rules Released—Effective April 2011


The FAA issued a new version of their Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft and Related Products handbook, FAA Order 8130.2G. EAA staff is still reviewing the document to determine what changes have been made to the certification and operating limitations for experimental light-sport, amateur-built, and exhibition aircraft, and for special light-sport aircraft. Owners and operators are cautioned to make sure your aircraft is being assessed to the current standard.

It is very important for members to understand that this new version DOES NOT become effective until April 16, 2011.

Therefore, the current version and existing processes outlined in FAA Order 8130.2F is what the FAA inspectors from Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs), Manufacturing Inspection District Offices (MIDOs), and individual Designated Airworthiness Representatives (DARs) must continue to use until April 16, 2011.

If EAA members experience an FAA inspector or DAR using the FAA Order 8130.2G guidance prior to April 16, 2011 they are encouraged to contact EAA:

Exhibition/Warbird aircraft at 920-426-4874 or warbirds@eaa.org
Light-Sport Aircraft at 920-426-6124 or govt@eaa.org
Amateur-built aircraft at 920-426-6806 or experimenter@eaa.org .

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