The homebuilt movement is fast approaching a
major milestone; 30,000 amateur-built aircraft certificated in the United
States! And what better place to celebrate that achievement than at the
event created by homebuilders more than a half-century ago, EAA AirVenture
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
At AirVenture, we will select an honorary
30,000th homebuilt to be the focal point of our celebration."
To be eligible, a homebuilt aircraft must
- Flown to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008
- Completed certification in the
amateur-built category in 2008
- Registered at Homebuilder's Headquarters
no later than Tuesday, July 29
- Owner must be present at AirVenture on
Wednesday and Thursday (July 30-31)
The honorary 30,000th homebuilt will be
selected on Tuesday evening via random drawing from among the eligible
Other special events surrounding the
honorary 30,000th aircraft
- A special display will showcase the
honorary aircraft on AeroShell Square on Wednesday and Thursday.
- Owner will accept a special award on
behalf of all homebuilders from the FAA
- Aircraft and owner will 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."
We'll have more on this special milestone
as the event approaches, so stay tuned. And for those of you who are close
to completing your project, there are less than three months before
AirVenture Opening Day!