With the EAA contemplating a
of kitbuilt aircraft where the builder wouldn't (necessarily) have to be
involved in over half of all wrench-turns during construction, we asked
readers for their take on the 51% Rule.
A clear majority of our readers (54% of those who took time to
respond) said that yes, technology has come so far that the rule now
limits the ability of kit manufacturers to get maximum performance and
utility out of their designs. On the other hand, a pretty
significant 31% of respondents said maybe not but still thought
that professional assistance should be allowed (and encouraged) under
the 51% rule.
For the complete breakdown of answers,
(You may be asked to register and answer, if you haven't already
participated in this poll.)
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
The Environmental Protection Agency says it's getting
a lot of inquiries from people concerned about the impact of
aviation on the environment. What should aviation's response be?