More Time Granted For Aircraft Registered, But Awaiting
Common sense has prevailed. The
Experimental Aircraft Association tells ANN officials with the FAA
have approved EAA’s exemption request for the transition of
ultralights and two-place machines to the Experimental-Light-Sport
Aircraft (E-LSA) category after the January 31 deadline.
The exemption allows aircraft owners who have submitted their
aircraft registration (n-number) application to the FAA Aircraft
Registration Branch and had it entered into the FAA system on or
before January 31, 2008, to complete the process, including
issuance of an airworthiness certificate, beyond the deadline. As ANN reported, EAA asked
for the exemption last month due to a backlog in inspections from
FAA personnel, caused by the flood of applications for E-LSA
"EAA is very pleased that FAA saw the necessity of this
exemption to meet the backlog of applications to the E-LSA
category," said Earl Lawrence, EAA’s vice president of
government and industry programs. "Our good working relationship
with FAA allowed us to understand exactly what these aircraft
owners needed, what the FAA would allow within a request, and the
time-essential nature of this exemption approval."
The exemption provides additional time for those already
registered but awaiting inspection, and also provides relief for
those facing certification issues beyond their control (i.e.,
severe weather preventing DAR travel, shortage of critical flight
safety components from manufacturers, etc.) to complete the
certification process beyond the deadline.
More information on the exemption is available from EAA Aviation
Services at 877-359-1232.
Meanwhile, FAA senior staff is in Oshkosh for the annual
mid-winter EAA/FAA summit meeting at the EAA Aviation Center. EAA
says the annual meeting is a unique gathering, that allows for
productive discussion of important aviation issues on many fronts,
including homebuilt and vintage aircraft, sport pilot, warbirds,
aerobatic flights, and more.