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FAA Visits Van's, Epic to Assess Proposed Kit Evaluation Policies

April 2, 2008 — Representatives from the FAA visited Van's Aircraft, Aurora, Oregon, and Epic Aircraft, Bend, Oregon, last week to test the agency's new amateur-built kit aircraft evaluation policies and procedures against the previously used system. EAA's Earl Lawrence, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, saw firsthand some of the inspections and reports there is still some uncertainty regarding the FAA's definition and requirements for fabrication.

"There are questions as to whether the currently evaluated fast-build kits (metal and composite materials) will continue to be acceptable under the FAA's new policy," he said. "We expect the FAA will also visit Lancair and Sonex prior to finalizing its new proposed policy." EAA anticipates the FAA's draft procedure will be published in the Federal Register by the end of May 2008. EAA members will have an opportunity to submit comments at that time.

EAA and its members, through the organization's letter-writing campaign, continue to provide input to the agency as it develops its new amateur-built policy.

To learn more about this issue and how you can help EAA preserve the homebuilding movement, visit www.eaa.org/govt/ and click on the Amateur-Built Aircraft link at left.

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