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July 29, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.29.11

Randy Babbitt avoids the hard questions at Oshkosh.
LoPresti has a diesel SR20 in the works.
And Rolls-Royce steps up to help Young Eagles.

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The Buzz From Honey Bee

New Engine Option For For The Top Of The Line Rotorcraft

Jim Fields, the head bee at Aeroworks International, manufacturers of the Honey Bee Gyroplane, said Tuesday that the 2-place Honey Bee is now going to be supplied with the GM Ecotec 4-cylinder inline engine. The engine is rated at 200 hp but it will be reduced to 180 hp for the Honey Bee 2-place.

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Kitfox Series 7 Super Sport Receives FAA 51% Approval

National Kit Evaluation Team Completes Evaluation

The FAA's National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) recently concluded its evaluation of the Kitfox Series 7 Super Sport Aircraft.  In a letter dated July 21, 2011, Terry Allen, manager of the FAA Production and Airworthiness Division, stated that the Evaluation Team determined that the kit will "allow an amateur builder to meet the major portion requirement of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Parts, § 21.191(g)," known as the "51-percent" requirement to register the aircraft as Amateur-Built - Experimental.

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