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Briefing December 2014 Issue

Briefing: December 2014

New FAA Policy Will Save Lives, Says EAA

Building your own airplane, even from a kit, is not an easy task, and until recently, builders then were required to fly the airplane solo for the first phase of testing before they could carry a passenger. Those first eight hours of flying proved to have a high rate of fatal accidents. The FAA said in September it will now allow home builders to carry a second qualified pilot on board for the initial flight tests. “This is the first time that builders can get the best of both worlds: going airborne on the plane’s first flights and having an experienced test pilot on board to add an additional layer of safety,” said Tom Charpentier, EAA government advocacy specialist. “The [program] has significant potential to reduce the number of Phase I accidents for our community.”

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