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FAA Changes Rules for Certain Condition Inspections

Some owners of experimental aircraft will find it easier to obtain special flight permits (SFPs) for their aircraft in order to reposition them for condition inspections, according to a new policy issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The revised policy means certain designated airworthiness representatives (DARs) will be able to “remotely conduct inspections” as part of the so-called flight ferry permits.  This will make it easier to obtain flight permits so they can reposition their out-of-annual aircraft for inspection.  The policy apples primarily to owners of experimental aircraft who are not the original builders in possession of a repairman certificate; they can perform the annual condition inspection on their own.

According to the Experimental Aviation Association, “While EAA would ideally like to see more simplified flexibility on annuals and condition inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic, this policy will help many experimental aircraft owners.”