First Glasair Sportsman in China

Chinese national XueQiang Si is building a Sportsman 2+2 at Glasair’s Two Weeks To Taxi program and, upon completion, will fly it to China. XueQiang Si, who will base his plane in city of Laiwu, in Shandong province, said that his Sportsman will be the first Experimental category aircraft to fly in the People’s Republic of China.

“There is no homebuilt category in China yet,” XueQiang Si said. “I will fly it with an N number first.” Continue reading "First Glasair Sportsman in China"

UPDATED: FAA Publishes Special Airworthiness Bulletin on Zenith CH 601XL and CH 650 Models

UPDATE, Monday November 9, 2009: Zenith has published the Safety Alert for the CH 601XL and CH 650 aircraft.

On Saturday November 7, the FAA published a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin warning pilots and builders of CH601XL and CH650 aircraft to look for and adhere to a Zenith safety directive that should be published shortly. The FAA cited the inflight breakup record of this aircraft series, both as SLSA and Experimental/Amateur-Built models, in publishing the SAIB. The agency is recommending owners comply with the upcoming guidance before further flight. Continue reading "UPDATED: FAA Publishes Special Airworthiness Bulletin on Zenith CH 601XL and CH 650 Models"

FAA Releases New Advisory Circular Governing Homebuilt Approvals

After a lengthy wait and more than a bit of hand-wringing on the part of builders and kit manufacturers, the FAA has finally published Advisory Circular 20-27G, which forms the approval basis for Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. In the preamble, the FAA says that, "This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, to comply certification and operation requirements of amateur-built aircraft." However, virtually all Designated Airworthiness Representatives and FAA inspectors look to the AC for guidance. Continue reading "FAA Releases New Advisory Circular Governing Homebuilt Approvals"