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Briefing November 2013 Issue

Briefing: November 2013

LAMA: Don’t Expect More LSA Weight Exemptions

When Icon walked away from EAA AirVenture this summer with a 250-pound weight exemption from the FAA for its A5 amphibious light sport aircraft, based on the safety advantage of its spin-resistant design, ears perked up around the industry. But in September, the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association recommended that LSA manufacturers think long and hard before they apply to the FAA for a weight exemption. LAMA said the FAA is not interested in granting exemptions for standard safety features such as parachutes, since those should be included in the weight allowance. Spin resistance is a different matter because it was not considered an option when the LSA rule was created; but fully documented test results will be required.

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