30,000th Homebuilt Certified

On July 31, in AeroShell Square, during the 2008 EAA AirVenture show, Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell allowed EAA President Tom Poberezny to award the 30,000th Experimental aircraft airworthiness certificate to Robert Noll and his daughter Katrina, of Yuma, Arizona, who have built an RV-9A together.

In fact, the RV-9A was one of several aircraft that applied for and were awarded experimental airworthiness certificates in the last six months. All of them were entered into a lottery to select the ceremonial 30,000th experimental aircraft. But the Nolls will tell you that it was certainly an honor worth flying to Oshkosh to receive.

As for the airplane, "It was a family project," said Robert Noll, as his daughter stood beside him nodding.

"Mom designed the paint and the unique logo, and I helped Dad with the build," she says.

Sturgell noted that 10% of the certificated general aviation fleet are now Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft, and that number is growing.


Contributing Editor Amy Laboda is a freelance writer and editor of Aviation for Women magazine. She's an ATP-rated pilot and instrument and multi-engine Flight Instructor with a passion for teaching and flying in light aircraft. Her steady rides these days are a 18-year old Kitfox IV and a fresh Van's RV-10.

One Reply to “30,000th Homebuilt Certified”

  1. THE FAA TURNS 50! The Bone-Yard Of Bone-Heads, And “50 Ways To Fire Sturgell”.

    A copy of this message with accompanying photographs is posted at:

    “50 Ways To Fire Sturgell

    ‘The problem is all inside your head’, she said to me
    ‘The answer is easy if you take it logically
    I’d like to help you in your struggle to be free
    There must be 50 Ways To Fire Sturgell’

    She said ‘It’s really not my habit to intrude
    Furthermore, I hope my meaning won’t be lost or misconstrued
    But I’ll repeat myself, at the risk of being crude
    There must be 50 Ways To Fire Sturgell
    50 Ways To Fire Sturgell”

    To recap recent postings on the above-cited blogs, on Friday July 18, 2008 Quiet Rockland scooped the story that FAA temporary Acting Administrator “Bobby” Sturgell told senior aviation personnel that he had already given notice of his November-or-sooner departure from his post as failed FAA Head, and that FAA’s Ruth Leverenz would be acting in his absence. Quiet Rockland’s response? That’s Not Soon Enough. We want Bobby Sturgell lawfully and forcibly removed from office now. He could possibly hurt and even kill people if left in office for 4 more months. It is in the public interest that he take his ball and go home now. Hence this blog.

    Some of the items of publicist-swill spewing out of the Failed Aviation Administration (FAA) would actually be funny, but for the fact that it emanates from the habitually-death-defying turkey-vultures comprising that Tombstone Agency and the 3rd-rate publicists that seek to enable them and feed from their trough.

    This latest one is simply UNBELIEVABLE! Witness the State Fair-esque pomp-and-circumstance of FAA’s new “Birthday Celebration” publicity balloon issued to the aviation press, indubitably complete with office sheet-cake marking the occasion internally, and reading in relevant part:

    “The FAA Turns 50!
    Monday, July 28, 2008 / FAA
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is having a 50th birthday party - and you’re invited! Starting August 1, the FAA will offer reporters an exciting range of media opportunities to highlight the agency’s extraordinary achievements since 1958 in making air travel today’s fastest and safest means of mass transportation”.

    Of course, the most astounding part of FAA’s “Birthday Celebration” is the FAA’s own glorification of the wreckage and human agony FAA itself caused over the past 50 years. One must ask why would the FAA need a “boneyard” as a physical exhibit, if air travel is indeed the “safest means of mass transportation”. I kid you not - the following text is literally FAA-planted ghoul-text, in an aviation publication:

    “Roam the ‘Boneyard’. The National Aircraft Accident Investigation School at the FAA’s Aeronautical Center has trained aerospace accident investigators since 1963. Report from the “boneyard”, where a wide variety of wreckage and aircraft/rotorcraft parts are available to examine. School instructors will be available for informational briefings and interviews. Additional details at:

    Get up close with an airport firefighting and rescue truck. Airports around the nation and the world use sophisticated, specialized vehicles to fight aircraft fires and rescue passengers and crews. We’ll have one on display on the Independence Avenue side of FAA Headquarters at 800 Independence Ave. SW on Aug. 21.”

    * * * * *
    Celebrating the 50th Birthday of the FAA, or soliciting members of the press to start “Reporting From The Boneyard” for that matter, makes about as much tasteful sense as celebrating the 50th birthday of Lizzie Borden or David (Son of Sam) Berkowitz – or celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hiroshima or the Bataan Death March.

    The only “5-0” that should be pertinent right now, is the veritable “Hawaii 5-0” of federal law enforcement who should be swarming in on 800 Independence Avenue in D.C. as we speak, and taking “Bobby” Sturgell out in manacles and leg irons along with his file drawers, his hard-drives, and all of his morally-defective “colleagues”.

    You know, along with other smoke-and-mirror techniques, the FAA is prone to touting “compression” as an efficiency-enhancer:

    “Compression” is more than relevant here, when we consider the past 50 years of the FAA.

    The “Partnership Program” whereby the supposed federal regulators at FAA sold themselves like streetwalkers to private airline industry, commenced just around the same time that Bobby Sturgell commenced working for the FAA in 2003, 5 years ago. That’s 50 years worth of nauseating pandering and corruption, compressed into 5 years time.

    Bobby Sturgell has only been Acting Temporary FAA Administrator since September 2007, for less than one (1) year - yet in that time he “compressed” 50 years worth of unlawful acts and malfeasance into the space of one (1) year’s job “performance” alone. The damage that Bobby Sturgell has done to our country’s aviation system will probably now take 50 years to fix.

    So to the FAA I say, “I’ve got your ‘50 Year Celebration’ – RIGHT HERE!”

    And my celebration of your tired and dysfunctional lawless and hypocritical agency, FAA, is to celebrate the now-manifest 50 Ways To FIRE BOBBY STURGELL.

    1. Fire Bobby Sturgell for FAA’s threats made to aviation safety inspectors, now FBI-investigated.
    2. Fire Bobby Sturgell for lying about and seeking to cover-up the cracked Southwest planes.
    3. Fire Bobby Sturgell for lying about and seeking to cover-up the American airlines wire-bundles.
    4. Fire Bobby Sturgell for perpetuating the Tombstone Agency culture, reacting only to a tombstone.
    5. Fire Bobby Sturgell for “closing the book” on fuel-tank explosions when they remain a threat.
    6. Fire Bobby Sturgell for countless mid-air near-misses and runway incursions.
    7. Fire Bobby Sturgell for low-fuel landings and wrong-way departures.
    8. Fire Bobby Sturgell for being nothing more than an aeromercantile sycophant and airline-company patsy.
    9. Fire Bobby Sturgell for lying about and seeking to conceal accidents and incidents when they occur.
    10. Fire Bobby Sturgell for his repeated acts of perjury.
    11. Fire Bobby Sturgell for his repeated acts of contempt of Congress.
    12. Fire Bobby Sturgell for failing to consider people and lives on the ground.
    13. Fire Bobby Sturgell for ignoring Inspector General Scovel and Congressman James Oberstar.
    14. Fire Bobby Sturgell for lying to threatened-to-be-overflown communities.
    15. Fire Bobby Sturgell for lying to the ATCs, to NATCA, to the American people, and to the press.
    16. Fire Bobby Sturgell for making bad hires of unethical and incompetent colleagues.
    17. Fire Bobby Sturgell for being inarticulate in a federal position that actually requires the ability to speak.
    18. Fire Bobby Sturgell for seeking to maliciously manipulate the media at every turn.
    19. Fire Bobby Sturgell for wasting unbelievable amounts of fossil fuel and energy.
    20. Fire Bobby Sturgell for overscheduling our airports and over-saturating our skies, causing numbing delays.
    21. Fire Bobby Sturgell for forgetting that the AMERICAN PEOPLE are the ‘customers’, not the airlines!
    22. Fire Bobby Sturgell for rejecting any Culture of Safety.
    23. Fire Bobby Sturgell for pretending to know what he is doing, while not caring.< br />24. Fire Bobby Sturgell for his arrogance and failure to lead.
    25. Fire Bobby Sturgell for lying that Redesign would create a 20% savings.
    26. Fire Bobby Sturgell for only reacting when forced, and not otherwise.
    27. Fire Bobby Sturgell for failing to timely implement NextGen and other critical technologies.
    28. Fire Bobby Sturgell for taking orders from the wrong people.
    29. Fire Bobby Sturgell for re-introducing defective planes and parts back into the stream of world commerce.
    30. Fire Bobby Sturgell for collaborating with a FOIA unit to conceal information and falsify documents.
    31. Fire Bobby Sturgell for wasting litigation dollars on matters that should never have been litigated.
    32. Fire Bobby Sturgell for concealing flight plans.
    33. Fire Bobby Sturgell for always blaming the victim and never taking personal responsibility.
    34. Fire Bobby Sturgell for repeatedly screwing-up FAA Reauthorization.
    35. Fire Bobby Sturgell for forgetting that he works for the people and not the other way around.
    36. Fire Bobby Sturgell for the sought intimidation of bloggers and others exercising the First Amendment.
    37. Fire Bobby Sturgell for ignoring Homeland Security concerns.
    38. Fire Bobby Sturgell for not preventing dangerous non-Americans from “repairing” American aircraft.
    39. Fire Bobby Sturgell for not fixing lax and rushed security and screening procedures at airports.
    40. Fire Bobby Sturgell for harming the environment and contributing to our current energy crisis.
    41. Fire Bobby Sturgell, to prevent more falling blue ice, aircraft parts, and pilot guns going off in cockpits.
    42. Fire Bobby Sturgell for abusing the workforce of air traffic controllers, and not planning ahead for their retirement.
    43. Fire Bobby Sturgell for getting investigated by virtually every federal law enforcement and governmental body that could do so.
    44. Fire Bobby Sturgell for being the DelMarVa ideological spawn of J. Edgar Hoover, himself emanating from a Maryland biker-bar which recently posted racist, homophobic, and anti-biker epithets on its own outdoor wall.
    45. Fire Bobby Sturgell for maintaining the “Partnership Program” with airlines that puts lives at risk.
    46. Fire Bobby Sturgell for not preventing dangerous non-Americans from attending FAA-certified flight schools.
    47. Fire Bobby Sturgell for lying to Senators Arlen Specter, Claire McCaskill, Frank Lautenberg, and Barbara Boxer.
    48. Fire Bobby Sturgell for fostering the “Cozy Relationship” with airlines, thereby abdicating his and his agency’s legal duty to regulate.
    49. Fire Bobby Sturgell for helping waste over US$53.5 million on a failed NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign, and tons more money on other failed boondoggles.
    50. Fire Bobby Sturgell for lying about the fact that he already quit his job and tapped Ruth Leverenz as his default successor.

    Hey, FAA and Bobby Sturgell?

    HAPPY 50TH!

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