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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1378] Re: EZ


Thread: [IAC-L:1378] Re: EZ

Message: [IAC-L:1378] Re: EZ

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From: jmaurer at

Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 22:10:51 UTC


     Of course it's all a matter of opinion, but I would feel infinitely 
     safer in a new homebuilt than a used, certified airplane.
     Take, for instance, something we have all probably flown in, training 
     aircraft... The local FBO's 152 for example.
     What do you know about the plane? NOTHING!
     Consider the following scerarios: Joe Blow, a recently soloed pilot 
     goes flying on his first solo cross country...  Since he is so intent 
     on flying the airplane, he neglects to look over an the tach in a 
     descent and realizes he forgot to pull the power back. The tach has 
     been indicating 200 rpm over the red line for the last five minutes. 
     As a renter, will you EVER be made aware of this? NOPE. What about the 
     guy who is racing to get home as bad weather comes in and is flying in 
     turbulence 10 KTS above Va? Will you ever hear about that? NOPE.
     I owned a 1968 cessna 150, and I have no idea what torture that plane 
     endured over the 27 years prior to my ownership. That's a scary 
     concept! The airframe could have been overstressed, engine over-revved 
     or run at more than 75% power for long periods of time, un-documented 
     damage could have ooccured to the plane or worse. You just never know.
     I know that any homebuilt that I built would be one of the safest 
     planes in the sky because I would make sure that everything about the 
     assembly of the plane was perfect.
     jeff maurer

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Subject: [IAC-L:1374] Re: EZ 
Author:  <iac-l at > at internet
Date:    10/16/97 3:58 PM

                                                     October 16, 1997
     It's not just the media that think homebuilts are less
safe than certified aircraft.  I own a Baron and a Pitts 
and am building a Loehle 5151.  But because I also 
believe homebuilts are less safe (at least any aircraft
that I build) I never intend to fly the 5151.  I am building
it solely for the fun of building.  Are there any hard statistics 
that compare the safety record of homebuilts with fully
certified aircraft?  This is a question that can best be 
answered with real numbers.  I would be surprised if the 
accident and fatality rates for homebuilts are anywhere 
near as good as the numbers for certified aircraft.
     Fly safely and have fun.
                                                Sheldon Apsell
                                                Newton, MA
                                                Pitts S-2B   N11AN


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