EAA Seeks FAA Extension For Ultralight E-LSA Conversions


EAA has asked the FAA to extend its January 31 deadline to allow owners of ultralights more time to convert them to Experimental Light Sport Aircraft status. The FAA has stated repeatedly that the final deadline would not be elastic, but EAA says that given the backlog of applications awaiting processing, an extension is necessary and justified. “We were hoping that the backlog would start to shrink as we got into the fall, but that has not been the case,” said EAA’s Joe Norris. “An exemption would provide more time for FAA inspectors and Designated Airworthiness Representatives to deal with the volume.” The EAA has asked the FAA to allow owners of two-place, or “fat,” ultralights who have submitted an application to the FAA on or before January 31, 2008, to complete the process, including issuance of an airworthiness certificate, beyond the deadline. A backlog of applications has outpaced the ability of FAA inspectors and designated airworthiness representatives to perform inspections before the deadline, EAA says. The required forms (FAA form 8050-1 & 8050-88A) are available at your local Flight Services District Office (FSDO). EAA also sells a kit with all the paperwork and instructions needed to complete the process.