29, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Leaders
of EAA-affiliate the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) met
with a variety of light-sport aircraft industry representatives Tuesday to
discuss standards for Flight Training Supplements to be included in the
Pilot’s Operating Handbooks (POH) of their products.
Each POH Flight Training Supplement would be
tailored to its particular LSA; it would provide a kind of annotated
checklist of items pilots should learn when training or checking out in
that model. It would also give the manufacturer’s instructions or
recommendations for configuring the aircraft for each training maneuver or
“For example, under ‘Spiraling Descents’
a POH Flight Training Supplement could give the manufacturer’s
recommendations for the flap setting, maximum bank angle, and minimum
airspeed, along with notes about stalls and spins, and any other
information related to the maneuver,” explained Jason Blair, NAFI’s
The ultimate goal, he said, is to ensure the
safety and effectiveness of flight training in light-sport aircraft.
More than two dozen people took part in the
meeting, including representatives from NAFI, AOPA, FAA, ASTM
International, and LAMA (Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association), plus
airframe, engine and avionics manufacturers, and publishers of flight
manuals and handbooks.
“It was a strong turnout and a lively
discussion,” Blair said. “Obviously, this is something people have an
The group established a task force to
determine, and recommend to the FAA and manufacturers, the type of
information that should be included in a Flight Training Supplement that
would go above and beyond what is already in the POH.