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 FAA needs to be more efficient and complete critical projects, House leaders said during a hearing on FAA reauthorization.
Bell Helicopter put a new engine in its 407, got a larger payload, and upgraded avionics. It attracted a new customer.
The FAA is asking for help on the thirty-seventh annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey covering calendar year 2014.
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