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FAA issues clarification on FAR 91.215/91.225 exempt aircraft

The FAA issued a letter of clarification on the the differences in wording regarding exempt  aircraft as described in FARs 91.215 and 91.225.  Essentially, the FAA has indicated that the wording differences are unintentional and therefore aircraft exempt under 91.215 are also exempt under 91.225.

 

A copy of the letter is located here.

Posted: 2/4/2017


FAA Withdraws Transponder ANPRM

The FAA has withdrawn ANPRM FAA-2015-2147 which would have required that gliders operating above 10,000 MSL have an operating transponder.  Glider operations below 10,000 MSL would not have been impacted even if this rule had passed.

The SSA continues to encourage voluntary compliance for gliders operating in high traffic areas.

The Federal Register entry is located here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/23/2016-30910/transponder-requirement-for-gliders-withdrawal

A pdf copy of the above Federal Register entry is located here.

 

Posted: 12/28/2016


FAA develops procedures to allow Student Pilot solo on their eligibility birthday

FAA develops procedures to allow Student Pilot solo on their eligibility birthday.

Notice Number: NOTC6635
As a result of the Student Pilot Application Requirement rule, which became effective April 1, 2016, student pilot applicants with intentions of exercising pilot in command privileges on their eligibility birthday were unable to do so because of the new TSA vetting requirements. The FAA recognized the unintended impact the new rule presented, and has published a notice that defines the procedures to allow student pilots to solo on their 16th birthday (or their 14th birthday when seeking a balloon or glider rating.)
Qualified individuals processing student pilot applications for applicants with intentions of exercising pilot in command privileges should encourage applicants  to submit a paper FAA form 8710-1: Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application to a qualified individual through a face-to-face interaction up to 90 days prior to their 16th birthday when seeking an airplane, rotorcraft, airship, weight­shift­control, powered parachute, or powered lift rating privilege (or up to 90 days prior to their 14th birthday when seeking balloon or glider rating privileges.) The FAA cannot ensure adequate processing time for applications submitted less than 30 days prior to the applicant’s eligibility birthday. All qualified individuals, including Certificated Flight Instructors, should forward the completed application to their jurisdictional Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). Typical processing time for a Student Pilot Certificate is approximately three weeks from the date the Airman Registry receives the application, provided they clear the TSA vetting process.
On the applicant’s eligibility birthday, the applicant should print a temporary authorization to operate from the FAA online service at: http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/certificate_replacement. This authorization allows the applicant to exercise pilot in command privileges for no more than 60 days or until the applicant’s permanent student pilot certificate arrives via mail.
For a complete explanation of the procedures, the FAA Notice can be found at http://fsims.faa.gov/PICDetail.aspx?docId=N%208900.371 or on the FAA Orders and Notices page at http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/orders_notices/index.cfm/go/document.list/documentType/notice

 

-- Cindy Brickner, Govt. Liaison Committee

Posted: 8/4/2016


FAA Simplifies ADSB installations

The FAA recently issued a new policy regarding ADSB installations.  The policy is located here:

 http://tinyurl.com/FAA-ADSB-Policy


News Article:
http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2016-05-16/new-faa-policy-simplifies-ads-b-installations

From the article:

"The FAA released a policy memo on March 2 that updates guidance on
installation of ADS-B out systems, essentially allowing avionics shops
to install ADS-B equipment on aircraft not covered by a supplemental
type certificate (STC) without having to obtain a new STC. This new
policy, said Bill Stone, Garmin senior business development manager,
“significantly reduces cost, downtime and uncertainty about how long the
aircraft is going to be down.” The installer does have to obtain
permission from the original STC holder.

 

Posted: 5/18/2016


L 23 Super Blanik Gliders - Global AMOC Issued - FAA AD 2010-15-05

Dear Stephen,

I’d appreciate your assistance in getting the word out on a global AMOC to AD 2010-15-05, paragraph (f)(2), on the Aircraft Industries a.s. Model L 23 Super Blanik gliders.  The AMOC allows the use of an alternate inspection method (eddy current) for the repetitive inspections called for in paragraph (f)(2).   The requester, Ms. Laurie Marshall, has given her permission for this letter to be posted online for the benefit of all operators.  It’s already been posted to the www.regulations.gov website.  I appreciate your  help to get this information out to the L 23 glider community through the normal SSA channels.     

Thanks and Best Regards,

Jim Rutherford

Aerospace Engineer

Federal Aviation Administration

901 Locust Room 301, ACE-112

Kansas City, MO  64106

Office: 816-329-4165

Email: jim.rutherford@faa.gov

Posted: 6/30/2015


AMOC to Grob AD-2012-10-11

From the FAA on AD-2012-10-11:

I would like your assistance in getting the word out on a global AMOC to AD 2012-10-11, paragraphs (f)(1)(i), (f)(1)(iii), and (f)(2), on the Grob G 109 and G 109B gliders.  The AMOC allows the use of a later version (Rev 1) of the referenced service information: Grob Aircraft S/B No. MSB817-58/1, dated February 17, 2015.  The requester, Mr. Christian Klix, has given his permission for this letter to be posted online for the benefit of all operators.

A copy of the FAA letter describing the AMOC is here.

A copy of the Grob SB is here.

Posted: 4/15/2015


FAA Letter regarding glider landouts (1988)

There is a letter (here) from the FAA to a member of the TSA stating that there is not a reporting requirement for glider off field landings that do not involve damage to aircraft or property, or injury to persons.

Posted: 10/15/2014


Pegasus AD AMOC to 4500 hours

The FAA has issued an Alternate Means of Compliance (AMOC) to Centrair Pegasus AD 2005-24-01 which increases the FAA recognized airframe life limit from 3000 to 4500 hours, based on meeting the specified criteria.  A copy of the AMOC is here.

This AMOC was achieved through the efforts of Bob Carlton who worked with Pat Mullen, Mike Reyer and Karl Schletzbaum of the FAA’s KC office.  The SSA thanks Bob for the innumerable hours he has spent on this, and we thank the FAA personnel listed above for thier efforts in working this issue.

Posted: 8/3/2014


FAA letter to SSA on L-13 Blanik

See attached letter from FAA to SSA.

Posted: 9/23/2013


G109B AD Update 1/9/13

Please see attached an approved Global AMOC for an alternative inspection method and an additional 3 month time extension to FAA AD 2012-10-11, paragraphs (f)(1)(ii) and (f)(1)(iii).  This AD affects Grob Model G 109 and G 109B powered sailplanes. The current compliance due date of paragraphs (f)(1)(ii) and (f)(1)(iii), based on a previous Global AMOC, is January 09, 2013.  The requester of the Global AMOC, Mr. Ron Schwenninger, has given his permission for this letter to be posted online for the benefit of all operators.  It will be posted to the www.regulations.gov website although it may take a few days to actually appear.  I appreciate any help you can provide to get this information disseminated to the sailplane community through the normal channels of the SSA.

Thanks and Best Regards,


Jim Rutherford
Aerospace Engineer, Project Support Branch, ACE-112
Small Airplane Directorate, Kansas City, MO
Federal Aviation Administration
Office:  816-329-4165
Email:  jim.rutherford@faa.gov

the AMOC letter dated 1/9/2013 
is here.

Posted: 1/9/2013


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