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FAA Ends Moratorium on Kit Evaluations

September 18, 2009 — The FAA today (Friday, September 18), officially ended its temporary suspension of amateur-built aircraft kit evaluations which was in effect since February 2008. The action, outlined in FAA Order 8130.35, allows kit manufacturers to resume submitting their homebuilt kits for FAA evaluation to determine compliance with the major portion rules governing amateur-built aircraft certification. Compliance means inclusion on the FAA’s “51 percent approved list.”

“This order defines the policy and procedures for the formation of a National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) and establishes a standard methodology to evaluate amateur-built aircraft kits,” wrote Frank Paskiewicz, manager of the FAA’s production and airworthiness division, in communicating the resumption of FAA evaluations. The order also describes the selection and orientation of NKET members; the process for requesting an aircraft kit evaluation; the conduct of evaluations; and reporting and records maintenance requirements.

In an e-mail communication with EAA, Paskiewicz confirmed that kit manufacturers can once again start to apply for evaluations per instructions contained in the order on page 2.2.

EAA’s Earl Lawrence, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, welcomed the news and called it further evidence that the amateur-built aircraft ARC report published this past week would accurately reflect the FAA’s intentions with regard to its revised amateur-built policies.

The FAA has not yet proclaimed its final policy for interpreting and enforcing the amateur-built aircraft regulations.

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