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Lawrence to Discuss 51% Rule at Golden West

Earl Lawrence

May 29, 2008 — Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, will talk about "Understanding the 51% Rule" during the Golden West Regional Fly-in and Airshow Forum. The three-day event is next weekend, June 6-8, Yuba County Airport (MYV), and Lawrence will appear at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.

"The FAA will soon announce its revised policy regarding exactly how it will determine and enforce an amateur builder's compliance with the '51% Rule,'" Lawrence said. "That rule requires the amateur builder to personally complete more than half of the construction tasks on the aircraft-building project."

At April's Sun 'n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Florida, the FAA announced that all aircraft kits currently on the approved list will continue to conform to the 51% Rule. This alleviates the concerns that those kits builders purchase (or already own but are not completed) could lose their compliance status. However, there are some apprehensions that the FAA will enforce the rule more narrowly as it relates to prefabricated assemblies, quick-build kits, and professional assistance.

"We realize that there are abuses of the rule, and the EAA supports the 51% Rule, but we're also concerned that too narrow an interpretation will take much of the innovation, creativity and enjoyment out of the home-build movement," Lawrence observes.

In addition to the Forum, The Golden West Regional Fly-in will feature workshops, an air show each day, and the Golden West Aero Mall with exhibits by manufacturers of the latest aircraft, avionics, and pilot supplies. The Kid Qwest hangar will provide hands-on, aviation-related activities for children of all ages, and EAA chapters will provide Young Eagles flights for children ages 8-17 on Friday Aircraft judging will be on Saturday with awards presented at a dinner that evening.

Many additional exciting and interesting activities are planned for this year's Golden West Fly-in, so check www.goldenwestflyin.org for the latest information. People who love flight will be "Flying Together" (this year's theme) to Marysville next week!

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