The FAA published the findings of its Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on amateur-built aircraft in the Federal Register Sept. 16.
Contrary to previous indications from the FAA, the agency did not publish a comprehensive final policy, but piecemeal revelations are on the way, according to officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association.
In an report on EAA’s website, the organization’s officials note the full picture of final FAA policies will require interpretation of several official documents and actions anticipated from the FAA in the weeks ahead.
EAA’s regulatory-affairs team is anticipating publication in the near future of an FAA order that will guide inspectors charged with determining whether aircraft kits leave more than half of the construction tasks to the amateur, as required by the regulations. A forthcoming FAA order for designated airworthiness representatives (DARs), an advisory circular for consumers on aircraft kit certification, and other advisory materials will encompass all elements of the FAA’s interpretation and enforcement of the amateur-building regulations.
The FAA has not yet proclaimed its final policy for interpreting and enforcing the amateur-built aircraft regulations. EAA recommends that all amateur aircraft builders follow current policies and accepted practices until any new processes and procedures are confirmed.
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