Homebuilding okay in hangars

You probably know someone who is building an aircraft in a hangar at a publicly owned airport. It may surprise you to know that, until recently,  the FAA considered that activity outside the appropriate use of a hangar.

On July 22 the FAA released a proposed policy statement stating that the final assembly of homebuilt aircraft can be done in airport hangars at publicly owned airports.

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New FAA hangar policy causing confusion

Two weeks after the FAA unveiled its draft policy for allowed uses in hangars at airports that receive federal grant funding, much confusion has emerged regarding the overall effect of the policy and what it means for hangar tenants. That’s particularly true for homebuilders, who have heard conflicting stories about what it means for building an aircraft in an airport hangar, according to officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

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Homebuilt groups meet

As the homebuilt community gears up to honor Experimental Aircraft Association founder Paul Poberezny at next year’s AirVenture, officials with the Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA) recently sat down with senior staff at EAA to discuss a variety of issues.

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Sebring Expo introduces homebuilding workshops for 2014

SEBRING, Fla. — The Sebring Expo, considered the premiere light-sport aircraft show in the nation, is extending a special welcome to owners and enthusiasts of homebuilt aircraft to participate in the 2014 event, slated for Jan. 16-19.

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EAA makes finding transition training in homebuilts easier

The Experimental Aircraft Association has debuted an online listing of Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) holders for instruction in experimental aircraft.

The list, categorized by state, includes CFIs who are authorized by the FAA to offer certain types of instruction for hire in their experimental aircraft for the purposes of type-specific training. [Read more...]

Kit manufacturers form new association

Aircraft kit manufacturers have formed a new association that aims to increase flight safety, promote experimental aircraft, and defend the freedom of individuals to build their own airplanes. According to a report at AOPA.org, Richard VanGrunsven, founder of Vans Aircraft, is the group’s president; John Monnett, designer of the Sonex line, is vice president; and Dave Gustafson, an industry advocate, is secretary of the Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA).

Hints for Homebuilders surpasses 2.5 million hits

EAA’s Hints for Homebuilders video series, which has more than 245 videos, has has surpassed 2.5 million plays by aviators worldwide.

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Aircraft Spruce launches ‘Perspectives on Homebuilding’

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has launched “Perspectives on Homebuilding,” an online magazine that will share the perspectives of those involved in homebuilding general aviation aircraft. The inaugural issue features the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Paul and Tom Poberezny.

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Onex hardware kits at Wicks Aircraft

Wicks Aircraft Supply has reached an agreement with Oshkosh-based Sonex Aircraft to supply the hardware kits for its new Onex (pronounced “one-x”).

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Onex receives FAA nod

Sonex Aircraft reports that the FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) has approved and published amateur building checklists for the new Onex Single-Place, Folding-Wing Sport Pilot Aircraft.

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