Project CS 14/13 - Weight and balance of amateur-built aircraft
Project closed 28 January 2016.
Civil Aviation Order 100.96 Instrument 2015 has been published on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments website and is now in effect (FRLI number: F2015L01128).
Amateur aircraft builders have traditionally weighed their aircraft and calculated the empty weight centre of gravity (CG) as part of the build process in the belief that it was their prerogative as the aircraft manufacturer to do so.
The SAAA recently became aware that CAO 100.7 (and CAO 100.96 with regard to balloons) applied to their members and has advised all builders that prior to applying for a special certificate of airworthiness, they must obtain weight and balance data produced under the control of a weight control officer (WCO). This has created difficulties for those builders whose projects are nearing completion because of a shortage of WCOs who are available for the purpose.
The SAAA advises that approximately 60 amateur-built experimental certificates are issued annually. The SAAA also advises that WCO authority holders are not plentiful, and most are unavailable for this type of work. The net effect of this shortage is that travel and accommodation costs must be factored for many builders which can push the cost of weighing as high as $4000 for an aircraft.
The SAAA has requested that CASA provide a legislative solution to deal with their concerns.
The Objective of this project is to permit owner-builders of experimental amateur built aircraft affected by CAO 100.7 or CAO 100.96 to use alternative weighing processes and procedures controlled by the SAAA.
This project was approved by Peter Boyd, EM Standards Division on 2 May 2014.
Project Leader: Zachary Kennedy
Project Sponsor: Peter Boyd, Executive Manager Standards Division.
Standards Consultative Committee (SCC)
|Consultation updates in 2016|
|Project CS 14/13 - Weight and balance of amateur-built aircraft||Project closed.||28 Jan 2016|
|Consultation updates in 2015|
|CD 1427MS - Proposed amendments to CAO 100.96 - Administration and procedure - weight control of balloons and CAO 100.7 - Administration and procedure - weight control of aircraft||All comments should be submitted via the Project Leader, Zac Kennedy by close of business 10 April 2015.||23 Mar 2015|
|Consultation updates in 2014|
|Project CS 14/13 - Weight and balance of amateur-built aircraft||Project approved.||8 May 2014|