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FAA inspects company's new aircraft kit

May 31, 2011, 01:47 pm

In an effort to continue their inspection into aircraft kits to determine if they meet the 51 percent rule, the Federal Aviation Administration's National Kit Evaluation team recently visited the Zenith Aircraft Manufacturing Company, according to General Aviation News.

The intention of the 51 percent rule is to ensure that an individual who wants to build their own aircraft must fabricate more than 50 percent and assemble more than 50 percent of the vessel the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reports.

The FAA was trying to determine if the company's new CH 650 aircraft kit was in compliance with the rule, but Zenith officials seemed confident that the review would favor them.

"Based on the FAA’s on-site inspections and our subsequent discussions, the CH 650 kit will be added shortly to the FAA list of of eligible aircraft kits," Zenith Aircraft’s president Sebastien Heintz, told the news outlet.

For aviation enthusiasts that want to purchase pilots life insurance, but also want to fly their own plane, these kits can help alleviate some of the financial burden.The company's new design incorporates easy to build features, including pilot-hole drilled skins, according to the news source.  

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