EAA’s Joe Norris talks about operating limitations in his “Tales from the DAR Side” series.
he FAA uses the term “operating limitations” to mean many things. On a type-certificated aircraft the operating limitations will include some combination of approved performance data such as an approved flight manual or pilot’s operating handbook, required placards and markings, and other information as required by the aircraft’s certification. Pilots learn to look for these operating limitations during their primary training and are reminded during flight reviews. The FAA uses the term in a completely different way when talking about experimental aircraft, and these operating limitations are less well known and understood. Allow me to shed some light on the subject! Read more
Experimental aircraft operating limitations are issued by the FAA as a part of the aircraft’s airworthiness certificate. The document will typically be three or four pages long, the first page being FAA letterhead identifying the issuing office. Included in the pages is a list of numbered limitations that outline various requirements and restrictions placed upon the operation of the aircraft.