In Bill's reply he stated that Rich from 610 said: "He also said that Experimental aircraft were never used for initial flight
training and the FAA doesn't want to allow that because they have no way to make sure they're safe."
That statement is correct but he is forgetting that there were hundreds of exempted ultralights that were allowed for training. Just because the manufacturers wanted to control the Light Sport program is no reason for the FAA to say these existing trainers are now "not safe for flight training and they have no way to make sure they are safe. This is telling me that the FAA has no trust in their DAR's that inspected these experimental aircraft and issued it an N number. For the FAA to say that we could continue to use these unsafe aircraft until a certain date, make's no sence at all. Why would the FAA allow me to use an aircraft that they didn't know was safe? The FAA has not idea how safe the factory-built aircraft are until someone dies. The standards for quality is in the hands of the money hungry manufacturers.
For a manufacturer to offer a slow tube and fabric airplane, or a 50 mph weight shift, or a 30 mpf powered parachute for almost twice the money as they were sold before Light Sport rules only show the greed in the industry. To look at some of the quality that comes out of some of the companies is a joke, where are the FAA inspectors ( oh, that's right they now trust their DAR's.)
We all know these slower flying aircraft have no business in the Light Sport Program. If these manufactures want to build $150,000 aircraft for the rich and famous, just fine. But why take away affordable flying from the not so rich and famous in the slower aircraft.
To tell me, as an instructor in the slower aircraft, that I need to come up with thousands and thousands of dollars because someone ( I have no idea who this) now feels that my aircraft I have been using for flight training is now unsafe. If anyone at all really cared about the sport and not the money, this LODA could be approved in the way it was intended with an inspection from the MIDO, FSDO or the dumb DAR.
James M. Leon ( dumb DAR )
He suggested that maybe there should be more regulation to
make that possible. Now I hope I am characterizing it correctly, but I felt one
of the people in this conversation was being coy....
So I asked if this meant the agency wanted that part of the sport to just die
until suitable SLSA's were available.......guess I was being a little coy
Result? This LODA seems to promise much, but gives little or nothing. If you
can find a morsel in it to sustain you, please do.