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Deadline for 51% Rule Comments is Monday

Fight to preserve amateur-building movement continues

December 11, 2008 — The privilege of the EAA community’s amateur-building enthusiasts to build and fly their own aircraft - and for all of us to enjoy and marvel at the innovations that spring out of the homebuilt movement - is in jeopardy. We have a handful of days remaining in the public-comment period during which to urge the FAA not to encumber amateur builders with unwieldy, unwarranted, and unnecessary compliance requirements.

Anyone who intends to submit a comment on the FAA’s proposed changes to interpretation and enforcement of the “51% Rule” has until Monday, December 15, to do so as the FAA’s supplemental comment period draws to a close. (The FAA reopened the comment period in October after disclosing it had inadvertently removed reference materials for several days during the previous comment period.)

The FAA’s says its proposed changes would address activity occurring outside the current homebuilding regulations called out in FAA order 8130.2 - namely, excessive commercial assistance and “pro building” of amateur-built aircraft. However, as EAA’s comments submitted on September 30 contend, the proposed changes – including the cumbersome “20-20-11” requirement, would not only harm amateur-built aviation but they also would not adequately address the excessive commercial building.

EAA calls on the FAA to enforce the existing amateur-built aircraft rules that have served aviation and the homebuilt movement well for more than 50 years and not impose new, complicated requirements on homebuilders. We urge those of you yet to comment to act now before the December 15 deadline. For much more information on the issue, including how to submit a comment, visit www.EAA.org/govt/building.asp.

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