...And A Warning From AOPA
While the FAA says that incentives such as insurance benefits should encourage GA to quickly adopt FITS, those incentives have caused some concern over at AOPA. As AVweb reported last week, AOPA is worried that the program might become a financial drain on pilots, while generating cash flow for manufacturers and insurance companies. No regulatory mandates will be used, says the FAA, and pilots may continue to comply with current regulatory standards such as the flight review and pilot proficiency or "Wings" program. But AOPA argues that if insurance companies and manufacturers make the FITS training mandatory, it becomes a "de facto" requirement, and costly to pilots.