EAA-Led Reform Ideas Include LSA Weight and Homebuilt Regulations

MOSAIC discussions started with FAA more than two years ago

EAA and FAA logosEAA's proposed weight limit change to 3,600 pounds for light-sport aircraft is part of the current discussions between EAA and FAA prior to any broad MOSAIC (Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates) rulemaking, but discussions are still in the formative stage with much work to be done. Continue reading "EAA-Led Reform Ideas Include LSA Weight and Homebuilt Regulations"

Kitfox Series 7 Super Sport Receives FAA 51 Percent Approval

The FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) recently concluded its evaluation of the Kitfox Series 7 Super Sport Aircraft, and in a letter dated July 21, 2011, Terry Allen, manager of the FAA Production and Airworthiness Division, stated that the Evaluation Team determined that the kit will allow an amateur builder to meet the major portion requirement of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Parts, § 21.191(g), known as the 51 percent requirement to register the aircraft as Experimental/Amateur-Built.

The FAA Production and Airworthiness Division (AIR-200) will have the Kitfox kit added to the List of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits located on the FAA web site. Continue reading "Kitfox Series 7 Super Sport Receives FAA 51 Percent Approval"

Zodiac CH650 Light Sport Meets 51% Rule

A five-person FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) recently concluded a two day visit to Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico, Missouri, and determined that the Zodiac CH650 Light Sport kit will meet the FAA's 51% rule that qualifies it as a kit. The FAA Production and Airworthiness Division (AIR-200) will have the Zenith kit added to the List of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits located on the FAA website.

According to Zenith president Sebastien Heintz, “While we never doubted that the CH 650 kit meets the intent of the major portion [51% rule] requirement, it's useful to have it officially recognized as such. We provide a significantly higher level of completion with the CH 650 kit compared to many kits on the market."

According to the company, the CH 650 is a second generation light sport aircraft, developed specifically for Sport Pilots. This model offers a larger cabin area with more width and head room, improved ventilation and visibility, and a new canopy latch system. The company offers both complete kits and “buy-as-you-build” component kits, as well as blueprints.

For more information, call 573/581-9000 or visit www.zenithair.com.

 

NKET Visits Zenith for Evaluation of CH 650 Kit

A five-person FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) is visiting Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico, Missouri, to determine whether the CH 650 kit will officially allow an amateur builder to meet the major portion (51 percent) requirement of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Parts, § 21.191(g).

While it will be several weeks before the FAA issues its official determination about whether to add the CH 650 to its Revised Listing of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits, Zenith officials are pleased with the NKET’s visit. “Based on the FAA’s onsite inspections and our subsequent discussions, the CH 650 kit will be added shortly to the FAA list of eligible aircraft kits,” said Zenith Aircraft President Sebastien Heintz. The FAA has already evaluated earlier Zodiac models, and last year evaluated the STOL CH 750 kit. Continue reading "NKET Visits Zenith for Evaluation of CH 650 Kit"

Upgraded Zodiac CH 601 Remains 51% Legal

This just in from Zenith Aircraft:

The FAA Kansas City Manufacturing Inspection Office has evaluated the Zenith Aircraft Company Zodiac CH601 XL aircraft kit changes, specifically the 6-ZU Upgrade Package. The MIO has notified AIR-200 that they have found no significant change compared to the original Amateur Built Fabrication and Assembly Checklist, and meets major portion requirements ("51% rule"). Continue reading "Upgraded Zodiac CH 601 Remains 51% Legal"

Backcountry Super Cubs added to FAA Eligible List

The FAA national kit evaluation team was in Douglas, Wyoming, during the first week of December 2010 to evaluate four different aircraft kits produced by Backcountry Super Cubs, LLC. The company had each of the kits it currently offers, the Super Cub Replica, Super Cruiser, Mackey SQ2 and the Mackey SQ4 evaluated. The Aviation Safety Inspectors determined that all four kits meet the major portion requirement of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations Part 21, Certification Procedures for Products, Articles and Parts, § 21.191(g). The kits were officially added to the FAA’s listing of Amateur-Built aircraft that comply with the 51% rule on December 30. Continue reading "Backcountry Super Cubs added to FAA Eligible List"