Below is the letter the feds sent us that put us all out of business. They sent one of these to each and every American who had a 2-seat ultralight, and who had jumped through their silly hoops and registered it as required by law, whether they’d been teaching in them or not. They sent one (1) letter for each machine. What that meant is that since I, for example, had three (3) of these machines, I got three (3) letters.
“Experimental Light-Sport dual training about to end”, was a nice way to say, fuck you dude, yer shit-out-of-luck. It was January 31, 2010, when Fun went to die.
This flight instructor is pretty sure there was some way to license and register itty-bitty funny-looking planes without putting us all out of business, but that might require that the useless feds actually do something productive with their time and of course, that’s the last thing they want.
Experimental Light-Sport dual training about to end
With the creation of the Light-Sport rule the FAA did something it had never done before. It allowed flight training in an experimental aircraft for compensation. This is about to end on January 31, 2010. If you have the training limitation in your Operating Limitations and/or an Expiry date of January 10, 2010 on your Airworthiness Certificate, you must have them amended BEFORE that date.
Contact the local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). Make an appointment with an Airworthiness Inspector (find out if they are going to want to inspect the aircraft)
You will need the list below with you at the FSDO.
When you go to the FSDO bring:
Application for Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-6 dated (10-04), available on line.
I. Aircraft designation
a. Fill out all pertinent aircraft information
II. Certification Requested
Check applicable items: B, 4, 8, 8a
III. Owner Certification
Fill out applicable items
IV. Inspection Agency Verification
Leave for FAA Inspector
V. FAA Representative Certification
Filled out by FAA Inspector (make sure box 4 is checked)
VI thru VIII Inspector
Your aircraft’s Operating Limitations
Your aircraft’s Airworthiness Certificate (the pink card FAA Form 8130-7)
Your Aircraft Registration card so the inspector can verify ownership.
PS If you’re wondering about the amended airworthiness certificate, what it means is that on January 31, 2010 you and your trike are out of business now and forever, amen.