Nearing 30,000 Amateur-Built Planes In US!
Aircraft Association notes the homebuilt movement is fast
approaching a major milestone -- 30,000 amateur-built aircraft
certificated in the United States -- just in time for AirVenture
2008, the latest incarnation of an event created by homebuilders
more than a half-century ago.
During AirVenture week, July 28-August 3, EAA will announce the
honorary 30,000th milestone homebuilt, chosen from among the
aircraft flown to Wittman Regional Airport.
"Right now we are at about 29,800 certificated homebuilts," said
Charlie Becker, EAA director of member programs. "We checked with
the FAA and it is impossible to determine just which aircraft will
be the 30,000th. This is a huge milestone for the homebuilt
movement and EAA could not let this milestone go by unnoticed, so
we've created another way to recognize this major achievement."
"At AirVenture, we will select an honorary 30,000th homebuilt to
be the focal point of our celebration," Becker added.
To be eligible, a homebuilt aircraft must be:
- Flown to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008
- Completed certification in the amateur-built category in
- Registered at Homebuilder's Headquarters no later than Tuesday,
- Owner must be present at AirVenture on Wednesday and Thursday
The honorary 30,000th homebuilt will be selected on Tuesday
evening, via random drawing from among the eligible aircraft. A
special display will showcase the honorary aircraft on AeroShell
Square on Wednesday and Thursday, and the owner will accept a
special award on behalf of all homebuilders from the FAA.
Both aircraft and owner will also be honored at the annual
Homebuilders Dinner Thursday evening.
This year's commemorative "I Flew My Homebuilt" patch, which is
given to all attending homebuilders who fly to AirVenture, will
recognize this milestone. The patch features a Hatz Biplane in
recognition of that model's 40th anniversary, along with the
special tribute, "30,000 & Climbing."