EAA Talks Homebuilt Reform With FAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) says that its Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) rulemaking initiative has made substantial progress after a meeting with FAA officials in Washington, D.C., earlier this week. EAA also met with the FAA during AirVenture to discuss MOSAIC, which is designed to "relieve builders of well-proven homebuilts of some of the burdens that have limited their aircraft's use and flexibility but not enhanced safety." Continue reading "EAA Talks Homebuilt Reform With FAA"

Experimental Maule?

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Looks like a Maule, no?

One of the inherent pleasures of OSH are the little gems, rarities, and curiosities that one can stumble upon. One of those present this year is an apparent "Maule" parked in homebuilt camping like an Asian bike at Sturgis.

Closer inspection shows that the airplane is no carpetbagger as it has the requisite EXPERIMENTAL markings. Continue reading "Experimental Maule?"

Kitplanes Flies Cubcrafters EX-3

CubCrafters FX-3

Cubcrafters, the Yakima-based creator of the Carbon Cub and a variety of experimental Cub kits, has recently introduced their beefy -3 model--available as the FX-3 (factory assisted build) or the EX-3 (homebuilt kit).

Featuring an airframe several hundred pounds lighter than a traditional Super Cub, but with 180 or 186 HP and a constant speed prop, this is the high-performance airplane in their line-up, and its Experimental! The EX/FX-3 has an increased gross weight of 2000 lb, which coupled to the low empty weight makes for a tremendous useful load. Continue reading "Kitplanes Flies Cubcrafters EX-3"

Why Does This Baron Have an Experimental Sticker on It?

Frequent KITPLANES contributor Dave Forster of Friendswood, Texas, is a multiple Homebuilder-offender with an F-1 Rocket and a Searey currently in his hangar. But, he wanted a strong IFR platform to use as an Angel Flight plane, so he bought a certified Bonanza Baron B58 within his budget. He soon learned that the old, steam-gauge-equipped Baron had avionics far inferior to his Rocket but updating the panel to match the Rocket's, or almost any RV-10's IFR capacity would run into six-figures. What to do? Continue reading "Why Does This Baron Have an Experimental Sticker on It?"

Seen at Mojave

We'll admit we had to ask Scott Stearns what his eager looking taildragger was. "A KIS TR-1c," he smiled, and with far fewer than 100 kits built we don't feel so bad about not identifying it. The TR-1 series dates from the 1990's; Stearn's sports healthy IO-360 power "and is the only one with a carbon fiber wing, tail and cowling." Another standout is 80 gallons of fuel carried in front and behind the spar. Cruising at peak EGT at 12,000 ft Stearns reports a 185 kt cruise at peak EGT at 12,000 ft; flaps down stall is 55 kt.

Walking the 2017 Mojave Experimental Fly-In ramp

Pre-event publicity for the 2017 Mojave Experimental Fly-In was low-key this year, but that didn't stop a healthy crop of experimentalists to buzz in for this popular meet-and-greet gathering. Perfectly CAVU, windless weather helped as well. Continue reading "Seen at Mojave"