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mhaleem
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Is sport aviation dying?

Postby mhaleem » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:36 pm

It may be too early with the recent basic med passage, but do you guys/gals see a decline in folks pursuing sport pilot training as a result of the new rules?
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Jim Hardin
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Re: Is sport aviation dying?

Postby Jim Hardin » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:44 am

There will be some effect.

But we have not had a single call from someone asking about BaseMed. And when we bring it up, they don't think they can qualify. Now keep in mind that this is one place and it is too early to claim a result.

Other FBO's I talk have not seen a surge in BaseMed pilots beating down their doors. Again, one place.

Curious if others have seen a surge of interest?

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Re: Is sport aviation dying?

Postby TimTaylor » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:31 am

I wonder how many pilots who quit flying over the past 10 years even know about Basic Med? Maybe their medical expired and they didn't want to fly LSA so they moved on to other interest.

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Re: Is sport aviation dying?

Postby Jim Hardin » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:08 am

TimTaylor wrote:I wonder how many pilots who quit flying over the past 10 years even know about Basic Med? Maybe their medical expired and they didn't want to fly LSA so they moved on to other interest.


That is a very good question!

During my 12 year layoff I kept my AOPA & EAA memberships active and renewed my CFI every 2 years. So I was able to keep abreast of things that were stirring in aviation. But I would bet that a lot who dropped out don't keep up.

Wonder how to reach them?

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Re: Is sport aviation dying?

Postby TimTaylor » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:35 am

I think you could get that information through the FAA records, public info AFAIK.

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Re: Is sport aviation dying?

Postby Warmi » Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:42 pm

If it is dying then it shouldn't take weeks/months for Faa to process aircraft registrations or N number changes ...
But I guess it is a government agency and thus rational rules don't apply.
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Re: Is sport aviation dying?

Postby TimTaylor » Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:51 pm

It's called sequestration.

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Re: Is sport aviation dying?

Postby Warmi » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:24 pm

Since they are inherently inefficient and wasteful , I would rather have then sequestered to death - it won't make a difference in their level of service anyway ( it never does ) but at least will save us some money.
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Re: Is sport aviation dying?

Postby rsteele » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:36 am

Warmi wrote:If it is dying then it shouldn't take weeks/months for Faa to process aircraft registrations or N number changes ...
But I guess it is a government agency and thus rational rules don't apply.


It took mine seven days from the time I mailed the application until i got the registration in the mail. I have to admit I was a bit surprised. This is better than most companies one must deal with, especially insurance.

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Re: Is sport aviation dying?

Postby Warmi » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:41 am

Almost 5 weeks for the registration part and still waiting for the N number change part ( 2+ weeks so far )
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