Friday, July 1, 2005
July-Aug 2005 On The Radar
Adam Aircraft received the final type certificate for the pressurized, twin-engine A500. Less than one year after founders Rick Adam and John Knudsen gave Burt Rutan $1 million and a back-of-the-napkin design for an all-composite, centerline-thrust twin, a proof-of-concept A500 was flying over Mojave, Calif. In 2002, flight testing began out of Denver’s Centennial Airport." />
|Flight Design CT|
|Eclipse 500 jets|
|Avidyne Entegra on the Symphony 160|
On April 8, 2005, at ceremonies in Lakeland, Fla., the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) certification to the Evektor SportStar and the Flight Design CT. Both aircraft are imports from overseas. Over the next few months, as many as a dozen other aircraft are expected to apply for similar certification, including the IndUS Aviation Thorp (www.indusav.com), the Legend Cub (www.legendaircraft.net), the Zenair CH601 (www.senair.com), the Rans Coyote (www.rans.com) and the KP-5 imported by Kappa Aircraft (www.ultralight.cz).
The FAA published the sport-pilot and light-sport aircraft rules in September 2004, but it has taken the last seven months for the details of regulations to be ironed out. The approval of the fourth and final segment of the light-sport aircraft regulations came in late March 2005, and the first aircraft certifications came just more than a week later at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In (www.sun-n-fun.org).
Last year’s FAA publication created two new aircraft airworthiness certificates: one for S-LSA, which may be used for personal as well as for compensation while conducting flight training, rental or towing; and a separate certificate for experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA), which may be used only for personal use. The rule also establishes requirements for maintenance, inspections, pilot training and certification. The two new S-LSA certifications are important because these aircraft now can be used for flight training for the new sport-pilot license. For more info, click on the FAA’s Website at www.faa.gov.
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