||03-11-2016 10:50 PM
When the airplane was originally advertised for sale I looked at the photos and posted video and considered buying it. The photos showed that the airframe was very much repairable. In fact less damage than my RV-6A and that I had flying again in about 7 months
Kent has posted photos of skins being carefully removed as if planning to replace them, and even mentioned pulling out dents, so it sounds to me like repair vs replace is being done wherever possible.
I have not met Kent (though I would be happy too... it sounds like he is located near me and we have something in common.... extensive rebuild of a wrecked RV) and have nothing against him. My comment was only in response to Bills suggestion that it could be certified as a new airplane.
Now if the airplane had been purchased just for the major components like the control system, landing gear weldments / legs, etc., and an entirely new airframe was built using those parts; then I agree it might be doable depending on what was used.
That is my opinion, with my level of understanding of the rules.
Anything beyond that I defer to Mel or Gary. As active DAR's, they likely have an opinion of what level of reuse for a new build they would allow, and what process would be used to determine eligibility.