Embry Riddle To Offer LSA Audits

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Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association are moving forward with a plan for ERAU to provide audits to LSA manufacturers, LAMA and ERAU said this week. The audits, which previously were provided by LAMA, are meant to ensure buyers that an independent party has checked to ensure that the manufacturer is following ASTM standards in production. Dan Johnson, president of LAMA, told AVweb the idea took root when LAMA worked with staff and students from the school on the Green Flight Challenge last year. "We found out that they were interested in taking this on, so we started discussions and have been figuring out how to make it work," he said.

Mikhael Ponso, a test pilot for ERAU who has been working on the project, spoke with AVweb about it at Sun 'n Fun on Monday. "We have multiple people on staff who are very familiar with LSA aircraft," he said. Some staff have had training in audits with the FAA, and they are eager to take on this new task, he said. Ponso spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about the project; click here for the complete podcast.