EAA Talks Homebuilt Reform With FAA

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The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) says that its Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) rulemaking initiative has made substantial progress after a meeting with FAA officials in Washington, D.C., earlier this week. EAA also met with the FAA during AirVenture to discuss MOSAIC, which is designed to “relieve builders of well-proven homebuilts of some of the burdens that have limited their aircraft's use and flexibility but not enhanced safety.”

“We are pursuing improved operating limitations that are much less restrictive for certain parts of the amateur-built community,” said EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety, Sean Elliott. “It is a natural step given the proven and continuing high level of safety within the homebuilt community. This rulemaking initiative, along with redefining light-sport aircraft, is one of EAA’s top priorities over the next two years.”

EAA says that MOSAIC is intended to expand amateur-built pathways while leaving the traditional approach in place. Examples given by the organization of some of the proposed changes include allowing assistance from professional builders beyond the 51-percent rule and letting a contractor build a complete aircraft for a client.

The MOSAIC rulemaking package will also include language for light-sport reform, according to EAA. Although the specifics for the LSA proposal have not yet been laid out, the organization expects the reform to expand the LSA category to include more qualifying aircraft and make provisions for features such as electric propulsion. EAA says MOSAIC seems to be on track to enter the FAA rulemaking process in early 2019.

Comments (3)

Three thoughts:

1. It would be nice if us "regular Joes" could get a little input on this before it goes to the formal rulemaking process.

2. Where's PNC?

3. If this goes through and "build to suit" of homebuilts goes into practice... well, there goes Part 23 for personal aircraft. It'll be all but irrelevant except for commercial ops and training. Why pay all that money when you could hire out building a "homebuilt" at a fraction of the cost?

Posted by: Robert Gatlin-Martin | September 14, 2018 11:06 AM    Report this comment

We have to make GA available for more to enter and our future is in the sky, not on fwy as S CAL is testimony to that. EAA is promoting that agenda and that is great.

Look at how many startups and IPOs are space related and big guys, Bezo, Musk, Apple and Microsoft all jumping in. That is where high good paying jobs come in. Electrification of flying of hopping from point to point, at will, at a fraction of current cost is where the future is, will someone let Trump know and stop him from barking up the wrong trees.

Posted by: Simon Shum | September 14, 2018 1:11 PM    Report this comment

"We have to make GA available for more to enter ... EAA is promoting that agenda and that is great."

Absolutely, and I didn't mean for my comment to be taken any other way. I've been saying for a long time that the future of light personal aircraft lies in homebuilts. Getting changes like this put into law will just accelerate that.

Posted by: Robert Gatlin-Martin | September 15, 2018 5:51 AM    Report this comment

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