EAA Expresses Support for FAA's MOSAIC Initiative to Expand Opportunities in Light Sport Aircraft

EAA Expresses Support for FAA's MOSAIC Initiative to Expand Opportunities in Light Sport Aircraft

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has officially announced its endorsement of a pre-publication version of the FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the MOSAIC (Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates) package. MOSAIC, a collaborative effort between EAA and the FAA, aims to enhance light sport aircraft (LSA) opportunities, as stated by the EAA.

Jack Pelton, CEO and Chairman of the Board of EAA, highlighted the origins of MOSAIC and its alignment with EAA's vision to create more aviation possibilities in a safe manner. Pelton stated that EAA will closely examine the NPRM and provide focused comments to ensure that the FAA's final language preserves the goals of the EAA-inspired initiative.

The key objectives of the MOSAIC program, as outlined by EAA, include:

1. Transitioning from arbitrary weight limitations to performance-based metrics for LSAs, enabling larger and more capable aircraft. This change will enhance access to flight training, expand fleet options for flight schools, and offer increased durability for training operations.

2. Removing the restriction that powered LSAs must have reciprocating engines, thereby allowing for future advancements in electric, hybrid, distributed power, and other emerging propulsion technologies.

3. Broadening the scope of the sport pilot certificate by leveraging the existing system of training and instructor endorsements. This expansion aims to provide current and future sport pilots the opportunity to operate larger and more capable aircraft, while also offering existing pilots a pathway to stay engaged in general aviation.

Pelton also noted that the NPRM will be a significant topic of discussion during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, taking place in the following week. The NPRM will undergo a 90-day public comment period, expected to commence shortly after its publication in the Federal Register, which may coincide with AirVenture.
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