OK, let me give some input here before this goes too far off track.
There has been a lot of behind the scenes work between EAA and the FAA on MOSAIC. I am honored to be a part of that process since early this year, but it has been happening even prior to this year. As a team, we spent a LOT of time with the real FAA decision-makers at Oshkosh, and I will tell you that I saw the FAA genuinely engaged, and leaving those meetings with as much excitement as we have! I was really impressed. Their excitement was REAL! I emphasize that because I know some of you will be naysayers when it comes to the FAA relative to change. But I have seen this first-hand now, multiple times. It will happen.
Not only will it happen, there will be a time for public input before it changes. It has to. This will be a Rule change, which is law. Everything we are discussing with the FAA is very notional at this point, and once the formal rulemaking process starts we are in fact prohibited by law from discussing the proposal with the Agency (or knowing any specific details of it) until it comes out for public comment, at which point anyone is welcome to submit input directly to FAA.
So for now, please be patient, don't jump to conclusions or go to the dark side. As it progresses and we can talk about it, we will. Just know that good people are involved on both
As an example, one of the contributors here, Paul Dye (I'm sure some of you know him.
), spent time with his airplane at OSH showing the Administrator how far we have progressed in the AB world. It was a home run! There is now a lot of pressure from WITHIN the FAA to get this done. We couldn't ask for it to be any better.
One thing you should all feel good about---- it is our safety record in the AB world that is giving us credibility and a reason for the FAA to look at changes. So, please, if you want to do something to help this along, FLY SAFELY and don't do silly things. We do get measured on the monthly fatal accidents, and so far we are doing OK. Let's keep it that way. It's a whole lot more fun to be discussing good changes as opposed to creating plans to drive down the accident rate.
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