Exemption No. 9785
This exemption cannot be used unless you receive a authorization from ASC. Call 269-209-1466 for details.
US Department Federal Aviation 800 Independence Ave .. SW
of Transportation Administration Washington. D.C. 20591
JUNE 29, 2012
Exemption No. 9785B
Regulatory Docket No. FAA-2001-10583
Mr. Jim Stephenson
Aero Sports Connection
231 SW Bonanza Glen
Lake City, FL 32025
Dear Mr. Stephenson:
This letter is to inform you that we have granted your petition to extend Exemption No. 9785,
as amended. It explains the basis for our decision and describes its effect, and lists the
conditions and limitations.
The Basis for Our Decision
By letter dated June 7, 2012, you petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on
behalf of Aero Sports Connection (ASC) for an extension of Exemption No. 9785, as
amended. That exemption from § 103.l(a) of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR)
allows ASC to operate unpowered ultralight vehicles with another occupant for the purpose of
sport and recreation.
In your petition, you indicate that there has been no change in the conditions and reasons
relative to public interest and safety that were the basis for granting the original exemption.
The FAA has determined that good cause exists for not publishing a summary of the petition
in the Federal Register because the requested extension of the exemption would not set a
precedent, and any delay in acting on this petition would be detrimental to ASC.
The FAA has determined that the justification for the issuance of Exemption No. 9785, as
amended, remains valid with respect to this exemption and is in the public interest. Therefore,
under the authority provided by 49 U.S.C. 40113 and 44701, which the FAA Administrator
has delegated to me, I grant your petition, subject to the conditions and limitations listed
Conditions and Limitations
The Effect of Our Decision
Our decision extends the termination date of Exemption No. 9785, as amended, to
This exemption is limited to § 103.l(a) only.
Each operation must comply with all other sections of part 103.
All flights operating under this exemption must be for training purposes only. This
exemption applies only to flights for the purpose of giving instruction in foot-
launched, two-place powered and unpowered paragliders or hang gliders.
Prior to all two-occupant training flights, the student must be informed that the flight
is conducted under an exemption granted by the FAA and that the foot-launched, two-
place powered and unpowered paraglider or hang glider does not meet aircraft
certification standards set forth by the FAA.
For identification purposes, ASC shall issue an individual authorization to each person
allowed to conduct operations under this exemption. Each authorization shall include
an identification number and a copy of this exemption. ASC shall also have a
procedure to rescind this authority when needed.
Each individual who operates a foot-launched, two-place powered and unpowered
paraglider or hang glider under the authority of this exemption must be familiar with
the provisions contained herein and must have in his or her personal possession a copy
of the authorization issued by ASC and a copy of this exemption. These documents
shall be presented for inspection upon request by the FAA.
November 30, 2014, unless sooner superseded or rescinded.
Leslie Smith //s/
Acting Director, Flight Standards