EAA Proposes New Vintage Category
Earl Lawrence, EAA's vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, says too much time and money is spent trying to comply with regulations that do nothing to improve the safety of aging aircraft, and in fact, the current rules have become an impediment to safety. "We need a different system," he told AVweb on Saturday. EAA and the Vintage Aircraft Association have asked the FAA to create a new category for vintage aircraft, Lawrence said. "Aircraft flown by private owners in low-stress, personal flying need to be able to modernize. We need to make it easier for owners to maintain their aircraft and keep them safe while cutting down on paperwork." The FAA liked the proposal, he said. It would make their work easier, and enable them to use their limited resources more efficiently. But that doesn't mean change will happen overnight. A 10- to 12-year time frame would not surprise anyone, Lawrence said.