In my February newsletter and following addendum, I clarified the process that must be followed to obtain FAA approval of a new aircraft design. Following a review of the options, management decided that operating the Neuera 200 in ground effect for a number of hours would add credibility to the subsequent FAA approval process. This is our present plan which also ensures a low risk approach during the initial demonstration and test flight phase.
In my February newsletter I made statements regarding the Neuera 200’s initial range of operation and when it would be allowed to carry a passenger. This addendum to that newsletter is provided to add more detail to my previous information. Prior to receiving FAA airworthiness approval, the Neuera 200 will operate in ground effect which is defined as up to one half the wing span or 4.7 feet. After FAA approval of its workmanship, the Neuera 200 would be allowed to operate under the FAA experimental-R&D airworthiness certificate. Under this level, the Neuera 200 will be allowed to operate within a predefined area that must be approved by the FAA.
The Neuera 200 remains scheduled for FAA approval on April 1st 2016. Our concern is completing some unexpected requirements that have been added and others that may be added. The FAA has made us aware of additional tests they would like to see that were not previously stated, like determining the maximum thrust or lift that the Neuera can generate. This is not a simple test. Another requirement is that we must provide traditional foot operated yaw controls like a helicopter in order to fall under the rotary wing FAA category. This does allow the Neuera 200 to be approved under an existing regulation which is helpful but adds to our workload. The Neuera will therefore have both foot pedals and stick twist for yaw control until stick twist alone is approved by the FAA.