Rotax guru Eric Tucker updates ANN on meeting results
Just two days ago,
ANN updated our readers on an upcoming ASTM meeting in
Salt Lake City.
The meeting is now over, and Rotax guru and ANN columnist Eric
Tucker gave us an exclusive wrap-up summary of the proceedings and
progress, and the news is all good. The meetings went extremely
well, and significant progress was made by the parties involved on
a number of areas related to the Sport Pilot initiative.
According to Eric, the meetings closed at 3PM, and everyone felt
that as far as working sessions go, it was a very productive
gathering which produced a significant number of documents well on
the way to being worked on. A good number of new proposals
were also introduced which are now being tracked in draft form.
On the powered parachute arena, three documents were approved
and published, and a wing interface document is now working its way
through the system.
The fixed wing folks had three documents approved. The
reciprocating engine document is approved and is now pending
publication. The emergency parachutes document was approved and
published, and a number of other documents are now in the pipeline
and looking good.
The ballistic parachute standard document is going to be
modified to add wording on the issue of proper labelling of the
producs. This matter was brought up by the NTSB, the FAA
and the International Fire Chiefs organization, and the amended
document is already being edited. It is expected to be out for
balloting for the July deadline.
A number of new task groups were formed during this meeting. One
group was formed to tackle the subject of air parks and the
development of national standards for this type of property. The
group will be considering subjects such as how to integrate all
sort of types of sport aircraft -- fixed wing, PPC's and trailered
aircraft, for example -- into an air park scenario.
Another task group was formed to develop standards for sport
aircraft FBO's and other commercial concerns establishing
themselves to provide services to sport aircraft in smaller air
A third task group
was formed and given the task of tackling noise issues. This one is
considered highly important because of issues such as
high-profile anti-aviation litigation currently working its way
through the legal system. This task group is expected to produce
ballots before the next ASTM meeting go-around.
In addition to these, the propeller task group should have a
draft for balloting in July, which will address propeller
manufacturing standards for sport aircraft. Another task group will
be producing a draft for balloting on tandem operations -- hang
glider tugging operations and minimum standards.
Eric commented that there are many things going on which will
begin to bear fruit within the next six months, when everyone
involved will be gearing up for the next ASTM meeting in Washington