The basic instinct of a regulator is to regulate to meet the agency’s mission. It is difficult for the professionals who work at the FAA to pull back on the controls, even when the goal of this reduction of “control” is to help create a new segment of aviation.
The Light Sport Aircraft rules constitute an effort by the FAA to “loosen” the strictures of its certification rules in order to attract new designers and manufacturers and thereby hopefully introduce new pilots and flying through these vehicles. The initial success created some optimism.
Not surprisingly, the relief from some of the more demanding of the Part 23 rules has resulted in some concerns. It appears as though the LSA OEMs have not met all of the expectations of the FAA.
The attached article asks the question “IS THE LSA A FAILURE?” Good question, but a better way to phrase the issue might be “WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO MAKE LSA WORK?”
USE THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW to voice what should be done, such as…
- Should the FAA relax and tolerate some less-than-ideal record keeping, and/or
- Should the OEMs step it up and do a better job, and/or
- Would better communication between the FAA and OEM result in a functioning LSA regime, and/or