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So will they or won't they? "I expect that multiple manufacturers will choose to enter this market," Paul Fiduccia, president of the Small Aircraft Manufacturers Association, told AVweb on Saturday. "Many manufacturers will be reviewing the rule and the final ASTM standard, when it comes out, and they will be evaluating their aircraft for manufacturability, and maybe make revisions." So when will you be able to go out and buy a new ready-to-fly Sport Plane? Fiduccia says April 2005, at Sun 'n Fun, is a realistic target. "I believe there is a substantial market out there," he said, that will attract manufacturers, but that remains uncertain. "It's a big experiment we're involved in here," he said. "We won't know until we do it."