According to a recent announcement by the EAA, “the FAA has failed to develop guidance for the issuance of letters of deviation authority (LODAs) under §91.319(h).”
That means that I can not continue to train in my E-LSA, after January 31.
Well, today February 4, 2010, I got this bad news, but worse, I almost saw a new guy at the airport kill himself!
This guy purchased a used Phantom Ultralight and had been working on it, fixing a few things. He had told me that he had “some” Cessna 150 training about one and a half years ago. Of course I explained the differences between a Cessna 150 and the Phantom Ultralight and suggested that he does not attempt to fly it until he receives some dual time in a “low-mass / high drag” airplane like my QuickSilver Sport 2S. I also told him that it had to be before January 31!!! I never saw him again until today when he took off with a decent cross wind. On the second landing attempt, after bouncing many times and drifting down wind, he decided to go around doing a 180 about 10 feet from the ground and heading directly for a row of airplanes parked on the ramp. I don’t know how he missed them. On the third landing attempt, after multiple bounces, he finally brought the Phantom down to the amazement of the few onlookers.
So now that we can not use our fat ultralights (E-LSA) for training, how does someone like him get training in something that somewhat reflects the kind of ultralight he has?
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