By TED LUEBBERS
One member of Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 recently received an Airworthiness Certificate for his aircraft building project from another chapter member who did his first airworthiness inspection as a newly minted Designated Airworthiness Representative.
Steve Tilford from the Villages in Florida, has been working on his Van’s RV-7A off and on for 12 years and close to 4,000 hours. He worked on his plane in a hangar at the Leesburg International Airport (KLEE) for the last few years and now it is just about ready to take to the air.
The last step was that all important FAA Airworthiness Certificate.
Arnold Holmes from Fruitland Park, Florida, also a member of EAA Chapter 534 , has been an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic for 25 years with FAA Inspection Authorization. Holmes, who runs an aircraft repair business at KLEE, recently completed FAA training to become a Designated Airworthiness Representative. [Read more…]
When David Porter took his first flight in his RV-7 on Nov. 24, 2017, he probably didn’t know he was making history.
The Martinsburg, W.Va., pilot’s plane became the official 10,000th Van’s RV aircraft to transition from a collection of parts and take to the skies. [Read more…]
CubCrafters has introduced two new variants of the Carbon Cub model: The Carbon Cub EX-3 and FX-3.
The Carbon Cub EX-3 is an experimental amateur built (E-AB) kit, and the Carbon Cub FX-3 is the company’s FX (Factory eXperimental) builder assist version. Both feature a more powerful, fuel-injected engine, constant-speed propeller, and higher 2,000 pound gross weight limit. [Read more…]
Fatal accidents in experimental category aircraft, particularly amateur-built aircraft, continued their decline during the FAA‘s 2017 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, falling to historic lows.
For the 12-month period from Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017, fatal accident totals in amateur-built aircraft were down 18% to just 27, compared with 33 during the 2016 fiscal year.
That continues a four-year trend that has seen a total drop of 47% in fatal accidents, despite an increasing amount of flight hours each year over that period, according to officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association. [Read more…]
UVALDE, Texas — Lancair’s first production Mako customer was welcomed last week to the newly-launched Builder Assistance Center at the company’s Texas headquarters.
Housed in a 10,000-square-foot climate-controlled hangar, the Builder Assistance Center provides a dedicated work environment for Lancair kit owners to complete critical aircraft assemblies or the entire aircraft.
In-house factory support, including customized jigs and fixtures, tools, supplies and expertise, allows aircraft buyers to shave months or even years off their aircraft build time, Lancair officials said. [Read more…]
AUSTIN, Texas – Bearhawk Aircraft reported the recent first flights of five amateur-built Bearhawk Patrol aircraft.
These builder-pilots join several others who completed their Bearhawks in 2017 and include a Bearhawk LSA completion and a couple who built matching aircraft. Additionally, the company released a new video showcasing the Bearhawk Aircraft kit factory. [Read more…]
The performance and plane got so much attention that he flew it again in Sunday’s closing day airshow.
What many people don’t know is that Sunday’s performance was “25 years to the day” of his father, air show legend Jimmy Franklin, debuting the Kitfox Model 4 Speedster at Oshkosh.
“I was only 12 years old when my father flew it the first time,” he said. “But I remember him saying how fun that little airplane was and how impressed he was with the airplane — and that everybody really liked the way the airplane looked when it flew. I remember, even from back then, the high praise he gave that airplane.” [Read more…]