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    Default Big Announcement From AOPA/EAA/FAA

    From AOPA Carbondale Fly-In:
    Baker invited Jack Pelton, EAA chairman and CEO, onto the stage. On Jan. 19, 2019, Pelton said, the FAA will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking that seeks to raise the weight limit for light sport aircraft from the current 1,320 pounds to 3,600 pounds. “That will allow you to fly in a 172, have four seats in the airplane, and fly 150 mph,” said Pelton, who also anticipates a rule change that would allow professional builders to construct experimental amateur-built aircraft.

    Had been hearing about this at Oshkosh without good details.

    https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2018/october/07/big-news-from-aopa-carbondale-fly-in

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    April 1 already, geez time flies.

    Hard to believe after not letting us use our drivers license to fly the same airplanes several years ago and came up with basic med so we would see a doctor. The nanny state will find away to screw this up too.
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    I have to second Gilberts comments on this. If it does come to pass, it will likely take another three years anyway.
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    Seems to me the biggest loser in this rule change is all the aircraft that were purpose built for the LSA rules. A good example is the Vans aircraft RV12. What respect will the market show for a little aircraft with limited speed, cargo, fuel and people capacity that costs over 100K to build? Kind of like the Vagabonds that went for upwards of 35K when the LSA came out and now cost under 20K. All the alphabet groups (EAA,FAA,AOPA) have made a lot of errors and bad judgements in the LSA segment.

    Will this also be the death nail for the certified A&P/IA in the general aviation aircraft market as you can roll your own ELSA under 3600 LBS and up to 150 MPH?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbert Pierce View Post
    April 1 already, geez time flies.

    Hard to believe after not letting us use our drivers license to fly the same airplanes several years ago and came up with basic med so we would see a doctor. The nanny state will find away to screw this up too.
    Our CASA here announced almost a year ago that they would be introducing a new "Basic Medical" as an alternative to the full "Class II Medical" for the private pilot licence. That sounded great--just have to pass the equivalent of a commercial truck or bus driver's licence standard, which is a lot less restrictive.
    When it was finally published a short time back, the last line was 'not for aerobatics'. That was the first time that it was mentioned in all the documents to date. I do aerobatics, so back to square one.
    Our CASA has no requirement to promote aviation in any form. It's remit is only to do with safety, and that mainly for fare paying passengers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabondblues View Post
    Seems to me the biggest loser in this rule change is all the aircraft that were purpose built for the LSA rules. A good example is the Vans aircraft RV12. What respect will the market show for a little aircraft with limited speed, cargo, fuel and people capacity that costs over 100K to build? Kind of like the Vagabonds that went for upwards of 35K when the LSA came out and now cost under 20K. All the alphabet groups (EAA,FAA,AOPA) have made a lot of errors and bad judgements in the LSA segment.

    Will this also be the death nail for the certified A&P/IA in the general aviation aircraft market as you can roll your own ELSA under 3600 LBS and up to 150 MPH?
    That's a relief, I was tired of trying to keep the owners from buying their parts a Home Depot. I does bring to mind a few questions. Will the aircraft have to conform to a TCDS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton Harper View Post
    That's a relief, I was tired of trying to keep the owners from buying their parts a Home Depot. I does bring to mind a few questions. Will the aircraft have to conform to a TCDS?
    You mean ACE Hardware. Aircraft Components and Equipment!!

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    ACE only in small towns, my guys like the big box stores.
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    Be just like certified LSA does now. It is all good, ask for the sky and settle for what you wanted to began with. Will be better than it is now and hopefully will be a quicker process.

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    This sounds like a positive step for GA. Thanks for sharing.

    AVweb also posted this information.
    Last edited by Stephen; 10-07-2018 at 06:37 PM.
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