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XB? What Country is That?

Sun 'n Fun
(Left to right) Doris and Javier Romo and Arturo Hernandez

April 8, 2008 — Traveling along the homebuilt flight line this morning looking for interesting aircraft, I spotted a bright red RV-6 with the "N" number XB-JXK. Turns out XB is Mexico's designation, and Javier Romo, who built the RV-6, flew it from Leon, Mexico to Sun 'n Fun along his friend Arturo Hernandez, an air traffic controller in Mexico. They flew a total of 14 hours with 4 stops, and a few days of weather delays.

Javier built the airplane on top of his father's roof.'cause it was the largest open space. He used a crane to get it off the roof; that's probably a first in the homebuilt world. Javier purchased the partially completed kit after the original builder passed away, and he spent about two and a half years finishing the project. It made its first flight in 2006.

Arturo explained that homebuilding aircraft in Mexico is difficult because of the problems involved in importing parts into the country. He said there are only about 40 homebuilts in the country.

And, I learned a bit more about Mexican "N" numbers.XA designates a corporate aircraft, XB a privately owned aircraft, and XC, an aircraft owned by the Mexican government. You can learn something new every day if you're not careful!

Javier and Arturo are also new EAA members, having joined after arriving at Sun 'n Fun yesterday. Welcome to the family!

- Mary Jones

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