...Two Years In The Making

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It's been almost two years since the FAA published the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that began the process of creating the new aircraft and certificate class. It was originally thought that it would take a year to get to the final rule but ironing out all the new standards and compliance methods took time. Last August, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey signed off on the package and it was thought the DOT would be finished with it by the end of October, but there were some questions Mineta and his staff wanted answered before putting pen to paper. EAA President Tom Poberezny said it's been a lot of work to get the rule to this stage and he commended the FAA and DOT for their effort. "EAA and the aviation community have been looking forward to this important announcement as the rulemaking package enters its final phase," he said. Knapinski said the OMB's last look should be a formality and he's hopeful it will be done within the prescribed 90 days. After that, it goes in the Federal Register as a final rule with an implementation date set by the FAA.