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"
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"
Kitplanes' editor-in-chief, Marc Cook, hosts a short segment on flying with the Grand Rapids Technologies' Horizon HX synthetic-vision EFIS. Featuring footage from actual flights, this Video Brief gives pilots an in-the-cockpit view of this stunning new technology.
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Kitplanes' sister publication, Avweb, has posted a new video on Garmin's touch-screen aera handheld GPS. The bulk of the flight testing was done aboard Kitplanes' editor's Glastar Sportsman. Avweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli reports on Garmin's latest offering.
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KITPLANES editor Marc Cook visits Matco Manufacturing near Salt Lake City to see how the company's brakes, wheels and master cylinders are built. Join us for another edition of KITPLANES' exclusive Factory Tour video series.
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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"