U.S. Homebuilt Aircraft Reaches New Milestone: Now Total More Than 29,000
July 5, 2007 — The number of airworthiness certificates issued to amateur-built (homebuilt) aircraft in the United States now exceeds 29,000, according to the latest report released this week by the FAA. The report shows 29,079 homebuilt aircraft airworthiness certificates issued, continuing the movement?s steady growth that adds approximately 1,000 newly certificated aircraft every year to the general aviation fleet.
Homebuilders have comprised EAA?s core constituency since its founding more than 50 years ago. Many activities and services are available to member builders, including:
- Technical Counselor program: EAA has over 1,500 volunteers who are experienced airplane builders who volunteer their time to assist EAA members in the process of building their aircraft. They will gladly answer any technical questions you come across with their ultimate goal being to help you produce a ?zero defect? aircraft for the FAA?s final inspection.
- Flight Advisor program: EAA also has over 500 volunteer Flight Advisors who will personally consult with you to evaluate your flying skills and determine how well suited you are to fly your particular homebuilt aircraft.
- EAA Aviation Services: Toll free assistance to EAA members from EAA?s staff of experienced homebuilders.
- SportAir Workshops: These intensive, tuition-based, hands-on workshops held throughout the U.S. and Canada teach key concepts of aircraft construction.
EAA also worked with the FAA to develop and implement the amateur-built Designated Airworthiness Representatives program, which uses specially appointed inspectors to considerably shorten the time for homebuilt aircraft inspection and certification services.
?Although some claim that homebuilding is no longer a central part of EAA, the numbers tell a different story,? said Charlie Becker, EAA aviation services. ?We encourage current and would-be homebuilders to use our resources so that that can achieve their dreams of flight.?