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Facts about experimental aircraft

As one who once built an experimental aircraft (home built, not homemade,) I offer congratulations on the banner headline, “FAA investigating cause of crash” (The Union, Tuesday, Feb. 19). Now everyone can be certain that there is something nefarious about this accident and/or this airplane.

Fact: The FAA investigates all aircraft accidents in the United States, not just some.

Fact: Manufacturers do not build an experimental aircraft and then disassemble it. By law, they can build no more than 49 percent of it (in terms of labor investment.) The home builder must invest at least 51 percent of the effort in order for the aircraft to qualify and be registered as “experimental.”

Bob Martin

Penn Valley

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