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Old 06-29-2012, 03:52 PM
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Thumbs up Dick VanGrunsven to head Aircraft Kit Industry Association

This is interesting. Van has been selected as President of the new Aircraft Kit Industry Association.

The AOPA news release, written by our own Dave Hirschman, states, the organization will be "a new association that aims to increase flight safety, promote Experimental aircraft, and defend the freedom of individuals to build their own airplanes."

Sounds like a good thing to me, especially with Van at the helm. Let's hope it helps not only in the area of improving our safety record, but also in the area of improving our image in the public eye.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:07 PM
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Wish they would allow owners of kit airplanes to join too, even as non-voting members or some similar lesser position. I'd contribute in a heartbeat.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:16 PM
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I love it. When I clicked on the article, I was hoping that he would have other folks on his staff like John Monnett and others. And he did!

That's an awesome move to bring in other manufacturers early, so it doesn't become one dimensional and simply "The RV Club"; it's truly about kit built airplanes.

I'm in.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:24 PM
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A new Aircraft Kit Industry Association....with the press release via an AOPA writer. Interesting.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:09 AM
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A new Aircraft Kit Industry Association....with the press release via an AOPA writer. Interesting.
Actually, Dave Hirschman is an RV-3 owner and strong advocate for homebuilding. He is probably a lot of the reason for the increased amount of homebuilt themed content in the AOPA magazine.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:03 PM
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This is great news. What a strong group of kit manufactures. This group is the top of the best. I am very impressed that all the manufactures are able to put their ego's aside and join together to improve safety and be an advocate for kit builders.

It may be a good idea to include builders at a nominal fee to help support the organization and show the FAA, EAA, and AOPA, that AKIA is backed by many builders. Im in for sure!
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:26 PM
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Actually, Dave Hirschman is an RV-3 owner and strong advocate for homebuilding. He is probably a lot of the reason for the increased amount of homebuilt themed content in the AOPA magazine.
Interesting all the same that this story has been online for 3 days and there is not a word about it on the EAA site.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:15 AM
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The reason it's not on EAA's website yet is because someone was a bit early in making the announcement...folks, Van didn't even know that was going to be posted on AOPA's website yesterday.

EAA is looking forward to the opportunity ahead with the new Kit Industry Association.

I personally think it's great...the kit industry needs a trade association in the same fashion avionics and GA manufacturers need a trade association.

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Is it just me or did anyone else chuckle and think "Hmmm" when they read the name.

Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA), a group is composed of about a dozen kit manufacturers.

IKEA is a privately held, international home products company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture

OK maybe it's just me being juvenile...still seems funny to me.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:55 AM
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I would never ever in any instance or time think you are juvenile.......
Great to see the man lead out this organization during these interesting time we pilot type and experimental types live in.



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Is it just me or did anyone else chuckle and think "Hmmm" when they read the name.

Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA), a group is composed of about a dozen kit manufacturers.

IKEA is a privately held, international home products company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture

OK maybe it's just me being juvenile...still seems funny to me.
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