Well-known names in general aviation, including Tom Poberezny, Dale Klapmeier and Frank Christensen, have joined the advisory board of the new Aircraft Kit Industry Association.
Sonex Aircraft has added new pre-fabricated parts to its Sonex and Waiex kit models.
MEXICO, Missouri — A quick build kit of the low-wing CH 650 from Zenith Aircraft Company is now available. The main fuselage of the all-metal, light sport aircraft, is assembled at the factory which cuts built time and simplifies the process. In addition, the kit also offers factory-installed bubble canopy and cabin frame. The new quick build kit costs $22,950 while the regular CH 650 base kit is priced at $18,500.
Introduced at this year’s Sun’n Fun was Zenith Aircraft Co.’s bigger Zenith STOL CH 750 light sport utility kit aircraft. The STOL CH 750 cabin has been increased in size by raising the cabin height by nearly 3 inches (or 70 mm.)
Sub kits for the Radial Rocket are now available from Altitude Group. Previously only complete airframe kits were available. The four sub kits now available are Horizontal Stab Kit ($8,935), Fuselage Kit ($20,980), Wing Kit ($29,750) and Finish/Final Assembly Kit ($14,985). Once complete a builder will have a 220+ mph tandem two-seater capable of travelling 1,300 miles at a time. Available as either a fixed gear tail dragger or a retractable tricycle gear, the Radial Rocket is designed for either an M-14P (360 hp) or M-14PF (400 hp) radial engine. For more information call 913-634-8531.
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.