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FAA Unveils Groundbreaking Rulemaking MOSAIC Proposal: MONTAER Ready to Soar


Montaer MC-01. Photo: Marcio Jumpei

In a momentous development that is set to redefine sport aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally released its highly-anticipated rulemaking proposal, presenting a visionary approach to the future of light sport aircraft (LSA). Under this proposal, the FAA aims to abolish weight limits and other constraints on pilots flying LSAs, ushering in a new era of possibilities. Excitingly, the proposed rules align seamlessly with the forward-thinking design of the MONTAER MC-01, positioning it to take full advantage of the rule changes.


Years of meticulous effort have culminated in this modernization endeavor, under the banner of the Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates (MOSAIC) initiative. The primary goal is to revamp the existing aircraft certification rules, harkening back to the 2004 establishment, to accommodate advanced technologies that will pave the way for safer and more capable aircraft.

Notably, the FAA has extended an invitation for pilots and industry experts to collaborate on this initiative, emphasizing the importance of collective expertise in shaping the future of sport aviation. This inclusive approach exemplifies the FAA's commitment to fostering a vibrant aviation community.


The scheduled publication of the rule in the Federal Register on July 24 will initiate a 90-day public comment period, providing stakeholders with the opportunity to offer their insights and feedback.


At the heart of this transformation is a move towards performance-based criteria, with the FAA eliminating weight restrictions and embracing innovative concepts. Among the proposed changes are an increase in the airplane stall speed to 54 knots and a maximum speed of 250 knots calibrated airspeed. Controllable-pitch propellers and retractable landing gear will now be permitted, granting manufacturers like MONTAER the freedom to explore cutting-edge designs.


This is where the MONTAER MC-01 takes center stage. Already engineered with the foresight of the new proposed rules, the MONTAER MC-01 is uniquely positioned to excel in this dynamic environment. With its ability to accommodate increased aircraft weights, enhanced safety features, and more seating capacity, the MONTAER MC-01 stands ready to embrace the future of sport aviation.


Notably, the proposal seeks to enable sport pilots to fly four-seat aircraft while retaining the existing limitation of carrying only one passenger at a time. This flexibility opens doors to exciting possibilities, allowing pilots to explore new flight configurations while adhering to safety considerations.


As experts analyze the details of this first major overhaul of aircraft certification rules in two decades, and a significant step in modernizing the general aviation fleet and enriching the aviation experience for pilots. This progressive stance fosters growth and innovation within the sport aviation landscape.


With an eye on safety, the FAA recognizes the lower accident rate of light sport aircraft compared to experimental amateur-built airplanes since the 2004 rule's inception. This successful track record bolsters the case for expanding the scope of certification for light-sport category aircraft and operations.


As the FAA proposes options for compliance with noise limits, it emphasizes the need for a balanced approach that safeguards safety while encouraging progress in aviation capabilities. This balancing act is vital to ensure a seamless transition into the future of sport aviation.


As professional pilots, we stand on the brink of an aviation revolution, with the FAA's progressive rulemaking proposal poised to redefine our industry. The MONTAER MC-01's readiness to embrace these new rules positions it as a leading contender in the next generation of sport aircraft. Engaging in the public comment period, we can collectively shape the future of aviation, opening doors to new horizons for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Let's prepare to soar into a new era of aviation excellence!


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Wiley Siler
Wiley Siler
Jul 20, 2023

Cannot wait to see how this changes the planes in the market. Performance will go thru the roof. Efficiency as well.

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Shalom Confessor
Shalom Confessor
Jul 20, 2023
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Interesting comment. We just sold an MC-01 with a 916iS engine this week, despite this configuration not being advertised. This plane will be delivered in 5 months. However, in this case, the plane will be limited to 132Kts VNe, as it will have the regular fuselage and wings of the MC-01, which have been fully tested. To increase the VNe, we are introducing a reinforced and bigger fuselage: The MC-04.

We are about to announce the MC-04 this weekend (spoiler), which features the same fuselage, just slightly elongated, and reinforced wings, designed to perform at a projected 135 Kts cruising speed, 150Kts VNe while accommodating four passengers. We already have 4 orders for this model, and the lead time is…

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al4r31
al4r31
Jul 19, 2023

I have been involved in this process and it really is about time this happened. Now a sport pilot isn’t restricted to weight or power limitations as it stands now. These current limitations also limit the size of the pilot. I’m sure they did not intend to cut out a certain segment of the population by limiting the size of the plane or how fast it moves through the air but that is exactly what happened. Now a person doesn’t have to meet requirements of their weight or length. These were the unspoken rules that have kept many from obtaining a sport license. Good to see that these rules will further open the doors of aviation to others. Bra…

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al4r31
al4r31
Jul 20, 2023
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That’s me. Where did you get that clip

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