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.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
Ice protection and a gross weight increase are improving the utility of the Lancair Evolution turboprop, according to Doug Meyer, CEO of the Oregon aircraft kit manufacturer.
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