Sport and Private Pilots operating light-sport aircraft have modern technology but not a fully developed infrastructure. Operations, maintenance and inspections will be discussed here that assist with this new technology.
The General Aviation light standard category aircraft community is used to Cessna and Pipers with Continental and Lycoming engines functioning with analog technology. Integrating the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft technology and FAA rules is quite a challenge, especially when you the GA industry looks at trikes, aircraft with no tails. We need to understand these new rules and technology, while figuring out how to integrate and bring the rest of the general aviation community up to speed with sport and private pilots operating LSA trikes.
The big challenges are how to operate, maintain and inspect, and who can maintain and inspect your aircraft.
ROTAX ENGINE Introduction to Operations
What it is and how to operate.
Weight-Shift Control Trike maintenance and inspections.
Who can do what on your aircraft, and what the FAA maintenance certified mechanics ratings are.
In order for a amateur-built or light-sport airworthiness certificate to be issued for your trike weight-shift control light-sport aircraft, it must be inspected by a representative of the FAA. This can be either an FAA employee or a private individual who has been designated by the FAA to perform these inspections. This designee is called a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR).