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DOT/FAA RIN: 2120-AL50 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification 

This rule will amend numerous provisions concerning aircraft that hold special airworthiness certificates and airman that operate and maintain those aircraft. Specifically, this rule will expand the scope of aircraft that may be certificated as light-sport aircraft (LSA), increasing margins for incorporation of safety-enhancing designs, increasing the overall robustness of LSA, enabling a more useful load for fuel and passengers, enabling electric propulsion, and other performance enhancements. This rule will meet a Congressional mandate to enable space support vehicles to obtain an experimental certificate for commercial operations without an air carrier certificate or exemption. 

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 14 CFR 1    14 CFR 137    14 CFR 145    14 CFR 147    14 CFR 21    14 CFR 43    14 CFR 45    14 CFR 61    14 CFR 65    14 CFR 91   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f)    49 U.S.C. 106(g)    49 U.S.C. 40103    49 U.S.C. 44701 to 44704    49 U.S.C. 44707    49 U.S.C. 44709    49 U.S.C. 44711    49 U.S.C. 44713    ...   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
James Newberger
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20785
Phone:202 267-1636