An experiment in aircraft certification began in 2004 when the FAA created the Light Sport Aircraft/Sport Pilot (LSA/SP) rule. Opening the door to a self-declarative certification process based on industry consensus standards, this rule lowered the barrier to entry for manufacturers as well as pilots of small two-seat aircraft.  To support the LSA/SP rule, an international industry committee under the ASTM International F37 committee crafted a set of standards. While the FAA maintains ...

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