The list and
variety of homebuilders’ designs seems infinitely varied
within the more than 30,000 flying today — a number to
celebrate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Photo by Dave
homebuilt movement has reached a major milestone—30,000
amateur-built aircraft certificated in the United States! That’s a
quarter of the general aviation fleet, and what better place to
celebrate that achievement than at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
will announce the honorary milestone homebuilt at 11:30 a.m.
tomorrow on AeroShell Square, chosen from among projects that will
represent No. 30,000. "It would be virtually impossible to
determine just what aircraft is the 30,000th, so we’ve created
another way to celebrate this event," said Charlie Becker, EAA
director of member programs. "This week we will select an
honorary 30,000th registered homebuilt from a list of eligible
aircraft flown here that were certificated in 2008."
eligible, a homebuilt aircraft must be:
to AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.
(certificated) in the amateur-built category in 2008.
at AirVenture’s Homebuilders Headquarters no later than
Tuesday, July 29.
aircraft owner must be present at AirVenture on Wednesday and
Thursday (July 30-31).
30,000th homebuilt will then be selected via a random drawing from
among the eligible aircraft.
year’s commemorative "I Flew My Homebuilt" patch, which
is given to all attending homebuilders, honors the milestone with a
Hatz biplane along with the special tribute "30,000 &
special events surrounding the honorary 30,000th aircraft include:
special showcase display for the aircraft on AeroShell Square
Wednesday and Thursday.
to receive a custom-painted leather flight jacket as well as a
special plaque from the FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell.
- Aircraft and owner
will be honored at the annual Homebuilders Dinner Thursday
evening. (Tickets are available for the dinner at Homebuilders