Homebuilt aircraft

June 20, 2011 - 6:15am

The Big Frog racer is getting attention for more than just its tongue-in-cheek patriotic name. The French aircraft is the first carbon-fiber race plane to run on a diesel engine powered purely by jet-A fuel. And it is turning heads here at the Le Bourget show.

September 12, 2010 - 4:09am

Terrafugia is planning to build its new aircraft/auto hybrid, the Transition, in a new facility in Woburn, Mass. The company has said it is setting up for low-volume production of the roadable light sport aircraft as early as late 2011. Earlier this year, the company got approval from the FAA to increase the vehicle’s maximum takeoff weight by 110 pounds over the 1,320-pound maximum takeoff weight for light sport aircraft.

July 27, 2010 - 12:03pm

Doug King, CEO of the LT Builders Group, yesterday at EAA AirVenture said that kits for the $1.9 million (complete) single-engine turboprop LT are back in production at the former Epic factory in Bend, Ore. Epic filed for bankruptcy last year and was liquidated. The LT Builders Group subsequently acquired exclusive rights for the former Epic kitplane designs in North America and the U.S. territories.

July 27, 2010 - 11:23am

Alan Klapmeier, the former chairman of Cirrus and new CEO of Kestrel Aircraft, told AIN yesterday at EAA AirVenture that the company still needs to raise additional funds to certify its six- to eight-seat, 350-knot single-engine turboprop, but was confident it would succeed.

April 30, 2010 - 9:39am

A bankruptcy judge on April 12 approved an asset purchase agreement between China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA, also known as AVIC General Aviation) and the bankruptcy trustee of Epic Air. CAIGA’s bid of $4.3 million

February 2, 2010 - 6:38pm

Piper Aircraft’s entrant into the Light Sport Aviation (LSA) segment, the two-seat PiperSport, is parked in the static display here, its first venture outside of the U.S. in Piper colors. The U.S. manufacturer, which is making its Singapore Airshow debut, launched the aircraft last month.

October 22, 2009 - 9:07am

The FAA just released the long-awaited final order that revises the amateur-built aircraft certification policy and guidelines for how builders should properly certify every step of the building process (see page 42 of Tuesday’s edition of NBAA Convention News).

October 21, 2009 - 10:16am

The FAA just released the long-awaited final order that revises the amateur-built aircraft certification policy and guidelines for how builders should properly certify every step of the building process (see page 42 of Tuesday’s edition of NBAA Convention News).

October 14, 2009 - 6:15am

The Experimental Aircraft Association (Booth No. 1263) and its members, following last month’s publication of the final report of the 2008 Amateur-Built Aircraft Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), eagerly anticipate the publication of FAA orders and advisory materials that will provide guidance to FAA inspectors, designated airworthiness representatives and the builders of experimental aircraft kits.

August 27, 2009 - 11:31am

Comp Air is still planning to certify its single-engine turboprop CA-12, but has not yet formally applied to the FAA for a type certificate. “We’re waiting for everything to be in place before we apply,” said COO Bill Fedorko. The company is not yet taking deposits on the CA-12, he added.

 
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