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.
MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.
The FAA will miss a deadline to reform aircraft certification by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.
AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”
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