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  •  Here is the REALLY bad news... (2+ / 0-)
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    Otteray Scribe, 43north

    ...in the U.K. there is NO 'Experimental' class of aircraft. MUCH tighter regulatory framework, and so costs and insurance goes through any available roof you care to point at!

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:33:27 PM PST

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    •  What do they do about homebuilts (2+ / 0-)
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      shortfinals, 43north

      or restored warbirds in private hands?

      The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

      by Otteray Scribe on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:36:31 PM PST

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      •  Homebuilts are supervised via the... (2+ / 0-)
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        Otteray Scribe, 43north

        ....Light Aircraft Association, who has CAA approved inspectors (they work on a one-to-one, staged approval basis with the builder)

        Restored warbirds are VERY hard! The CAA has a whole directorate who deal with projects like this, and approvals to work on such aircraft are handed out sparsely, and to a limited number of companies. Those who have such approvals mean BUSINESS....

        To give you one instance, a VERY well-known warbird owner (with a VERY large fleet) once imported a flying replica of a Fw190 into England. The whole thing dragged on for around 18 months, but because he couldn't PROVE the materials used, and their suitability or show a paper trail, he couldn't get a permit to fly, and the aircraft eventually departed the U.K.!!

        'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

        by shortfinals on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:48:09 PM PST

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