Experimental aircraft

June 25, 2012 - 11:46am

There is only a little time left to comment on a petition for exemption from the third-class medical requirement for pilots flying recreationally. The exemption petition was submitted to the FAA by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the comment period closes on July 2. As of June 25, there were more than 3,300 comments, but the more comments received, the more the FAA might pay attention.

June 4, 2012 - 1:05am
Epic Aircraft Epic LT

Following the purchase of kit-builder Epic Aircraft by Russian MRO provider Engineering llc, Epic has launched an effort to achieve FAA certification of the six-seat, pressurized, composite Epic LT. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-67, the LT is currently offered as a kit in the experimental aircraft category.

April 2, 2012 - 1:45am

Epic Aircraft announced March 6 that it has been sold to a Russian MRO by the name of Engineering llc and plans to put its kit LT single-engine turboprop aircraft into FAA-certified production. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

April 27, 2011 - 4:25am

An Eclipse 500 on display was among more than 60 parked aircraft damaged or destroyed when a violent storm cell tore a swath through central Florida and hit Lakeland Regional Airport during the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In about noon on March 31, scattering furniture, upending tents and ripping aircraft from their tiedowns. The Eclipse was damaged by an experimental aircraft that was blown into it.

March 1, 2011 - 3:00am

Next time you have some solitude, sit quietly and think back to that early part of your life when you began to wonder what itπd be like to fly.

October 22, 2009 - 9:07am

The FAA just released the long-awaited final order that revises the amateur-built aircraft certification policy and guidelines for how builders should properly certify every step of the building process (see page 42 of Tuesday’s edition of NBAA Convention News).

October 21, 2009 - 10:16am

The FAA just released the long-awaited final order that revises the amateur-built aircraft certification policy and guidelines for how builders should properly certify every step of the building process (see page 42 of Tuesday’s edition of NBAA Convention News).

October 14, 2009 - 6:15am

The Experimental Aircraft Association (Booth No. 1263) and its members, following last month’s publication of the final report of the 2008 Amateur-Built Aircraft Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), eagerly anticipate the publication of FAA orders and advisory materials that will provide guidance to FAA inspectors, designated airworthiness representatives and the builders of experimental aircraft kits.

April 2, 2008 - 6:27am

Airworthiness Directives (ADs) were in the news as I was writing this article as a major airline has admitted that it failed to comply with the ADs on a considerable number of aircraft. (See story on page 14 about the penalty imposed on Southwest.) Major media outlets have given the story a great deal of attention, providing the public a look into the world of maintenance and, according to one reporter, scaring some passengers to death.

March 20, 2008 - 10:26am

The 19th annual Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference, held late last week, drew a record number of attendees to the San Diego venue. More than 250 of the 3,320 participants were military members, which broke all previous records for military participation, not to mention overall total conference attendance.

 
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