FAA - FO 8130.36
Special Light-Sport Aircraft Audit Program
|Publication Date:||4 June 2013|
Purpose of This Order.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is establishing an approach to continued oversight of special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) manufacturers to enhance aviation safety. This action is based on recommendations from the Light-Sport Aircraft Manufacturers Assessment (LSAMA) Final Report, dated May 17, 2010. The report identified areas needing minor to significant improvement and made recommendations based on assessment data analysis, conclusions, trends, indicators, and industry responses to a questionnaire. The report led to the publication of Issuance of Special Airworthiness Certificates for Light-Sport Category Aircraft; Notice of Policy (77 FR 38463; June 28, 2012) (to be codified at Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Parts). This notice clarifies original FAA policy of reliance on manufacturers' Statements of Compliance for the issuance of airworthiness certificates for S-LSAs under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.190, Issue of a special airworthiness certificate for a light-sport category aircraft. The notice explains the need for more FAA involvement in the airworthiness certification process for S-LSAs. This order provides guidance and assigns responsibility for the implementation of an S-LSA audit program. This program complements other FAA light-sport aircraft (LSA) policy and guidance initiatives and uses FAA aviation safety inspectors (ASI) to-
a. Conduct audits of S-LSA manufacturers and their associate facilities to determine compliance with 14 CFR, FAA-accepted consensus standards, and procedures established to meet those requirements. Regulations applicable to the production, airworthiness certification, maintenance, and operation of LSAs include but are not limited to 14 CFR parts 1, 21, 43, 45, and 91.
Note: ASIs do not issue airworthiness certificates or special flight permits for LSAs as part of an audit.
b. Analyze audit results to identify national trends that may require developing or revising regulation, policy, or guidance.
Note: The use of the word "should" throughout this order refers to a recommended practice. The associated activity is not a requirement; therefore, a record of completion is not required.