[balloon-makers] Attack on Sport Pilot Proposal
sandyh at nauticom.net
Fri Apr 12 10:09:45 CDT 2002
An article in the March 2002 EAA magazine explains the sport pilot license.
In reference to the letter sent to Bob LeDoux the article reads... The NPRM
does not change FAR Part 103 ultalight rules in any way, and it does not
change the existing amateur-built experimental aircraft rules or the
requirements for the repairman for this aircraft catagory.
The sport pilot license is not regulating the aircraft but is making it
regulating the license.
--- Original Message -----
From: "Bob LeDoux" <bobledoux at proaxis.com>
To: <balloon-makers at mail.deering.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2002 10:36 PM
Subject: [balloon-makers] Attack on Sport Pilot Proposal
> I received the following from a local pilot who also is an Aerostar
> This position is one being encouraged by balloon manufacturers who fear
> loss of market due to lighter balloons with less restrictive type
> certification. The sport pilot process will make less expensive balloons
> available in the market place as the few current type certificates stop
> being a barrier to new entries into the manufacturing process.
> Our sport is dying as a few factories compete for a limited number of
> $20,000+ sales each year. Without less expensive opportunities for new
> balloon enthusiasts, there won't be anyone left to fly lighter-than-air.
> Eliminate the cross country requirement, but encourage the sport license
> continue to apply to LTA aircraft.
> We need to push for changes to the proposed rules that make the process
> resonable for ballooning.
> I ENCOURAGE PERSONS WHO BELIEVE THAT SMALLER BALLOONS REPRESENT A VIABLE
> OPTION TO THE FUTURE OF OUR SPORT TO SUBMIT COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF THAT
> POSITION TO THE FAA. THE ADDRESS FOR RESPONSE IS IN THE TEXT BELOW.
> ENCOURAGE YOUR FELLOW PILOTS, WHO ARE NOT BUILDERS, TO RECOGNIZE THE
> OPPORTUNITIES FOR LESS EXPENSIVE AIRCRAFT AND THE BENEFIT WE CAN ALL
> THE MESSAGE READS:
> As you probably know (and may have read) the FAA is proposing
> regulations for a new category of Pilot called "Sport Pilot".
> The intent of this proposal is to establish regulations for small
> aircraft that are not currently governed.
> Smaller Balloon Systems will fall within this category... Small
> experimental s, AX2-4 or any system with a gross weight of 650 pounds
> or less...
> Included in the set of requirements for Student Pilots is the
> requirement for a Cross Country Solo Flight of at least 25 miles.
> This requirement is unrealistic, unsafe, and counter to existing Part
> 61 Student Pilot Regulations.
> Unrealistic - Would you do a 25 mile flight in an AX-2 or 3 with 6-10
> hours of experience? Would you as an instructor sign a student with
> 6-10 hours off to perform such a flight?
> Unsafe - The weather conditions and skill required by the pilot to
> safely perform this type of flight is such that the average Student
> Pilot is not equipped to deal with.
> Counter to Part 61 - Existing Part 61 regulations concerning Cross
> Country Requirements exempts "Balloons". This regulation needs to do
> the same.
> What can you do? The FAA is now accepting public comments on the
> regulation. I encourage you to submit your comments requesting the
> regulation be changed to exempt "Balloons". Form letters signed by a
> group will not be as effective as filling their mailbox with
> individual's comments.
> Time is important: Comments will only be accepted until May 5, 2002.
> After that, we'll have to live with whatever is decided.
> How to do this? You can submit your comments on-line. It takes about
> 5 minutes. Visit the FAA Web site www.AAA.gov/AIR/ARM/pro.cam and
> click on Docket number FAA 2001-11133 then follow the instructions for
> submitting a comment.
> Thank you.
> Jim Smith
> Pacific Peaks Balloon Company, Tigard, Oregon USA
> AEROSTAR Dealer for Hot and cold air systems
> BFA Junior Balloonist Program Co-chairperson
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