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"
No need to rush out to your doctor for the latest vaccine, unless, of course, you are living at our air park and your spouse is allergic to seeing a new airplane kit arrive! It seems that new kit starts in our neighborhood are blossoming - now doubt a follow to a successful AirVenture and economic optimism on the part of many who have been contemplating a new build. Continue reading "A Building Epidemic!"
All has not been quiet in ye 'olde aeroplane factory since we got back from AirVenture. With another kit coming in late September, and the shop fully up and running, it was time to get moving on the wings for the Xenos, and the result is now a finished left lifting surface, with the right framework ready to go on the workbench to get its skin in the next couple of weeks! No, we have no intention of finishing up the motor glider before the little jet arrives, but it would be nice to have the majority of the metal work done so that it's "just" a matter of systems work and over-all integration. You know -the last 90% or so... Continue reading "One Down - One to Go!"
You're forgiven if you thought Homebuilt Camping at AirVenture was an RV fly-in. The Van Grunsven aluminum squad so out numbers all other designs that anything different--other than a Thorp T-18--really stands out. Continue reading "AirVenture Whatsit?"
In a prominent location of the Homebuilt Camping area you'll discover a truly one of a kind experimental aircraft: a 1/3 scale of the B17G bomber. Scratch-built by Jack Bally of Dixon, Illinois, this flying replica of the historic bomber is a crowd stopper. Continue reading "Jack and the Bally Bomber"
Last week, just as I was girding to launch into the savage hinterlands of central Florida where Sebring is situated, I got a note from Sebastien Heintz, of Zenith Aircraft. At the Sport Aviation Expo, he wanted me to build a rudder from one of the company's new match-hole kits because he wished to make a point that might not be obvious. Continue reading "Sport Expo: Building Airplanes Is Getting Easier"