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April 24, 2023

FAA Releases Policy Memo on Task-Based Phase I

Better to Do than Wait

In early March 2023, the FAA published guidelines for an optional task-based Phase I flight-testing program, thereby establishing an alternative to the standard 25 or 40-hour flight-testing requirement for amateur-built aircraft and replacing the hours-based testing period with a list of comprehensive and concise tasks. On 21 April, the FAA released a formal policy memorandum fully enabling the use of the task-based methodology.

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