Concerns about the needs of elder
aircraft are being addressed by the FAA and leading aviation
interests. Better yet; there is a solid expectation for positive
changes in the coming year.
Work on an FAA Advisory Circular for documenting approved
substitute standard parts and materials was conducted at a meeting
of the FAA Aging Aircraft Ad Hoc Committee held this week in Kansas
City, Missouri. Representing EAA were Vice President of Government
and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence and Director of Aircraft
Maintenance Daryl Lenz. The committee works with the FAA Small
Airplane Directorate to develop materials that help small aircraft
owner maintain and restore their aircraft.
EAA reports that discussion centered on "developing an AC that
will provide aircraft owners with a common-sense document that will
make it easier to obtain approvals for replacement parts while they
are maintaining their aircraft." They note that the committee hopes
to develop a draft AC for FAA internal review by early 2004, with a
final approved AC available as early as the end of 2004.