|On the other hand, the owner of Lancair International, Inc, said that if the aircraft are built and flown according to the aircraft operators manual and in compliance with the FAA regulations they should be very safe.
Federal officials said on March 25th that homemade airplanes like the Lancair are prone to stall when flown at very low airspeeds.
The FAA issued a safety advisory to pilots flying aircraft that are homemade to be aware of the fact that these aircraft are prone to stall when operating at slow airspeed close to the ground. During 2008 there were 82 people killed in accidents involved with aircraft built from kits, significantly higher than in manufactured aircraft accidents. While kit-built aircraft account for less than 5% of total flight time for general aviation aircraft, they are involved in 18% of accidents each year, nearly 7 times higher than commercially manufactured aircraft. The FAA recommended that Lancair owners have their aircraft inspected by a licensed mechanic to make sure it is properly rigged, that the wings are aligned properly and that the weight and balance date is correct. In addition, the FAA urged additional stall training and recover techniques for these pilots. If you have built and fly a Lancair we would love to hear from you. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 It's better to miss the lead story at 6 . . . than to become the lead story at 11. — Bruce Erion, President of the National Broadcast Pilots Assn., 1999.