APR 2015

Experimenter is a magazine created by EAA for people who build airplanes. We will report on amateur-built aircraft as well as ultralights and other light aircraft.

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Why wait? You've dreamed about owning an aircraft for years. Now is the time. EAA Finance Solutions will help you make those dreams a reality. It's easy, with no hassles and no waiting period–submit your documents securely online and get your answer within 24 hours. EAA members get access to member-exclusive discounts on already industry-low rates and loan fees on the types of aircraft they fl y. Making your dream a reality starts here. Visit EAA.org/fi nance today. Finance Solutions Administered by National Aircraft Finance Company 22 Vol.4 No.4 / April 2015 THE ADDITIONAL PILOT PROGRAM FLIGHT DECK COORDINATION The APP recognizes that the inclusion of a second pilot in the cockpit automatically requires a certain amount of pre- flight planning as to whom will be PIC during different portions of the flight. Additionally, the question of who will be flying the airplane in the event of a problem occurring and who will carry out certain tasks will be answered in the preflight briefing. WHAT ABOUT THE AIRPL ANES? At this time, the APP does not apply to all homebuilt aircraft or all powerplants. Specifi cally, it applies only to aircraft con- structed from FAA-approved kits. Plansbuilt aircraft do not qualify, even if the plans are for a popular kit airplane. Also, only those engines recommended by, or specifi cally approved by, the kit manufacturer are qualifi ed for the program. It doesn't make any dif erence what that engine is (automotive, etc.), it will be allowed access to the program as long as the kit manufacturer has specifi cally given its blessing to it. However, factory approved or not, turbine engines will not be permitted in the program at this time. The approach to the APP has purposely been conservative. However, it is expected by both sides that, if successful, the program will eventually be expanded to include plansbuilt air- craft of many types as well as other engine types. THE FUTURE LIES IN OUR HANDS Over the years, EAA has worked with the FAA to put policies into effect that will make life for the homebuilt community much easier and safer. In reality, it could be said that the APP is a test program to determine how successful an advo- cacy program such as this can be. It is a first step, and both the FAA and EAA are hoping it works well so they can expand it and move on to other equally beneficial parallel programs. It is up to us to show good faith and prove to the FAA that additional reforms are worthwhile. It's important not to abuse the additional rights they've given homebuild- ers by stepping over the line and viewing the APP as a relaxation of the older "no passengers" rules. Our future is bright and getting brighter, but only we can make it stay that way. Budd Davisson, EAA 22483, is an aeronautical engineer, has fl own more than 300 different types, and has published four books and more than 4,000 articles. He is editor-in-chief of Flight Journal magazine and a fl ight instructor primarily in Pitts/tailwheel aircraft. Visit him on www.AirBum.com.

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