A New Era For U.S. GA...

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Light-Sport Aircraft/Sport Pilot Now Official...

So, did you feel any different on Wednesday morning? Was the grass a little greener, the sun a little brighter? Well, it might not have been a cosmic event, but for pilots and the aviation industry, the world changed significantly on Sept. 1. The Light-Sport Aircraft/Sport Pilot rule came into effect and Earl Lawrence, EAA's VP of government relations, told AVweb that general aviation took a giant turn for the better. "This is really the day that it's real," said Lawrence. Time will tell just what that means. In case you haven't heard, the new rule, which was 10 years in the making (and is still very much a work in progress) creates a new class of aircraft and pilot. Everything from powered parachutes to relatively sophisticated single-engine airplanes that meet performance and weight standards can be flown by a new class of pilot who (in most cases) needs only a valid driver's license as proof of medical fitness.