KU Experimental Category Aircraft Policy
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Experimental Category Aircraft Policy
Use of Department-owned aircraft with an aircraft with an Airworthiness Certificate in the Experimental Aircraft category.
Employees and students of University and affiliated corporations using Department-owned aircraft for flights conducted to support University-supported research.
Aerospace Engineering currently owns a Cessna 172 which is used to support Aerospace Engineering’s research program. Per the KU University Aircraft Policy, “Policy on the use of this aircraft is overseen by the Department of Aerospace Engineering”.
Minimum Aircraft Requirements
- Have a current Airworthiness Certificate in the Experimental Aircraft category
- Be insured on the University insurance policy as detailed in the Insurance section, below
- Be maintained as described in the Maintenance Requirements section, below
The Pilot must have:
- At a minimum, a Private Pilot’s license with a Single Engine, Land rating
- At least 200 hours total logged flight time, any aircraft
- At least 20 hours logged time in a single engine aircraft
- At least 5 hours in a Cessna 172
- Current Class II medical certificate
- Three take-offs and landings as a sole manipulator of the flight controls in a single engine aircraft within the previous 90 days.
All required inspection and maintenance procedures must be performed by an appropriately rated FAA certificated repair station, the manufacturer or a manufacturer authorized service center. Maintenance log records must be maintained at the Flight Research Lab office at the Lawrence Airport.
The following restrictions apply to all flights. Operations will be conducted
- In accordance with relevant FAA regulations
- In Visual Metrological Conditions only
- In Daylight only
- Under a ceiling of 10,000 ft above MSL unless pilot and flight engineer(s)/observer(s) are outfitted with FAA-approved supplemental oxygen systems
- An approved ConOps approved by the KUAE Flight Safety Board, which consists of at least 2 faculty members and a pilot with credentials outlined in the Pilot Requirements section, above
Minimum liability limits for aircraft used by University: $1M each occurrence excluding passengers; medical $50k per person to $200k per occurrence.
Aircraft Physical Damage: equal to the fair market value of the aircraft.
The insurance shall include the following:
- Kansas Board of Regents and the University of Kansas shall be named as additional insured with respect to the operations of the aircraft owner/operator.
- The insurance company shall agree to waive all rights of subrogation with respect to physical damage to the aircraft in favor of Kansas Board of Regent and the University of Kansas.
- The insurer agrees to provide thirty (30) days advance written notice of cancelation to Kansas Board of Regents and the University of Kansas.
All insurance shall be provided by an insurer licensed/admitted in the state where the policy is issued and maintain minimum A.M. Best rating of “A” with minimum financial rating of “X”. A current and valid certificate of insurance showing all insurance requirements outlined above have been met\exceeded shall be provided to the University of Kansas prior to operations of the aircraft. (Insurance requirements listed above can change on a case by case basis with a risk analysis and waiver by the Director of Aviation Services after consultation with Director of Risk Management.)
Director, Flight Research Lab
C.E. and M.J. Spahr Professor and Chair
APPROVED ON: 24 May 2019
EFFECTIVE ON: 24 May 2019
REVIEW CYCLE: Annual (As Needed)