Sonex Aircraft LLC has announced that the FAA's National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) has approved and published amateur building checklists for the company's Onex single-place, folding-wing kit aircraft. These approved checklists will allow current and future Onex builders to show compliance with the FAA's 51% rule. NKET checklist participation also opens the opportunity for Onex builders to legally obtain commercial assistance for their projects.
Sonex is also introducing Onex upholstery packages and Onex-specific installation provisions for the AeroConversions AeroVee engine.
According to the company, the Onex was designed to offer Sport Pilots an economical way to build and fly. The folding-wing design allows the airplane to fit into a garage or share hangar space. The wing panels can also be removed for trailering.
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.
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"
Zenith Aircraft Company is reporting that its CH 750 kit aircraft has cleared evaluation by the newly formed NKET (National Kit Evaluation Team) as compliant with Experimental/Amateur-Built rules. That is, the kit, which was introduced after the moratorium on kit evaluations was placed in early 2008, has been evaluated and leaves the "major portion" of work still to be done by the builder. Continue reading "Zenith CH 750 Kit Passes NKET Evaluation"