WASHINGTON, D.C. — Throughout 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board conducted a study of Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft to evaluate the safety of this growing and innovative segment of general aviation. In addition to using the information gathered during its accident investigations, the NTSB has been working with the FAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and individual owners and builders to evaluate a range of issues unique to this popular segment of general aviation.
The fuselage is together, the panel in place, the primer on the airframe. Now comes the daunting task of choosing the final color for that airplane you built yourself. Sometimes, the airplane will tell you what color to paint it, notes Mark Swalley of Gig Harbor, Wash.
Swalley has a green Zenith CH 701 SP that bears a distinct resemblance to a grasshopper or cricket — so much so that there is an image of Disney’s Jiminy Cricket on the fuselage.
Barrington Irving, who at 23 became the youngest person and first black pilot to fly solo around the world in 2007, flew an aircraft built by high school students on Oct.15 at Opa-locka Airport in Florida.
The airplane was built by high school students enrolled in a 10-week summer program called Build & Soar, offered by Irving’s nonprofit Experience Aviation Inc. in collaboration with the George T. Baker Aviation School.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, will recognize many important aviation achievements July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. One major activity, though, involves recognizing 30,000 homebuilt aircraft currently registered in the United States.
During EAA AirVenture, one newly finished homebuilt aircraft flown to Oshkosh will be recognized as the honorary 30,000th homebuilt aircraft. The owner of that aircraft will be honored as the representative of the worldwide homebuilt aircraft community during the event.