We hear the term “experimental” used within the sport aviation industry regularly. The most common usage of experimental applies to a classification of an airworthiness certificate used for an amateur-built airplane. This is different from the airworthiness category assigned to a plane that’s mass-produced by a manufacturer, which is then sold to the general public.
We will explore the meaning of the word experimental in this article. The Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) about the performance of experimental planes can be complicated. We will try to clarify the confusion that exists and also to simplify the regulations as they apply to build an aircraft. Each phase of construction and operating an airplane will be …Read more