November 5, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
An ownership change from Quicksilver Manufacturing to Quicksilver Aeronautics, located in Temecula, Calif., triggered a rule requiring the FAA to determine that 51 percent of the kit is built by the owner, in order to qualify for the experimental amateur-built category. Several kits have now received a letter of authorization showing that approval.
The FAA evaluated the MX Sport, MX II Sport, MX Sprint, MX II Sprint, and the Sport 2S; two of the models are single seaters and three are side-by-side two-seat aircraft. Between them, the models have delivered nearly 15,000 kits. The FAA has added them to its Revised Listing of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits on the agency's website.
Quicksilver makes the GT 400 single-seater and GT 500 tandem two-seater. Both GT series models have been previously approved.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
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