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    Ultralight plane(s) in a barn story

    Say you come across 2 complete, maybe enough pieces for 2 more, 2-place (aka "fat") ultralights in a soon to be abandoned barn. They've been stored for a number of years and were never registered as LSA. Looking for (more) suggestions on what to do with them.

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    I believe the "window" to register an ultralight as a LSA or amateur built expired in 2010. Unless you can prove you built or meet the 51% rule to register the airplanes as amateur built experimental aircraft, the complete airplanes are simply a collection of parts. If the weight and speed restrictions can be met for an ultralight - then keep them as ultralight airplanes. Don't forget a ballistic parachute will give you an additional weight allowance which may allow a "fat" ultralight meet the regulatory weight restriction.

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    They are worthless and can't be used for anything.

    You should contact me and I'll take em off your hands.. :-)

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    They can probably be registered in Canada as basic ultralights ... so you could possibly sell them north of the border ...

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    You dont have to show that you built 51% of the plane to register it as experimental. The plane itself needs to meet the 51% rule. You just wont get the repairmans cert for them, so an A&P will have to inspect all work and do the annual inspection

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    'airporthound' had it almost right. Only he should have told you to contact me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njones View Post
    They can probably be registered in Canada as basic ultralights ...
    That's an interesting suggestion...however, I though a 2-seat basic ultralight in Canada was limited to to training roles. Might be worth investigating.



    The amateur-built route simply won't work as none of these 'vehicles' fit the definition that the "major portion was fabricated and assembled for recreation/education.

    Can certainly be restored to a legal US ultralight vehicle with minimum fuss.

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    [QUOTE=martymayes;1329]

    The amateur-built route simply won't work as none of these 'vehicles' fit the definition that the "major portion was fabricated and assembled for recreation/education.

    QUOTE]

    How come? Were they built for commercial use? I would think they were built for recreation....
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    If they are a barn find then most likely it would be unsafe to fly these aircraft with out an extensive maintenance check. I would disassemble everything down to the "kit stage" and then document the building of these aircraft and add enough new parts to meet the 51% rule. Then I could legaly register them as AB and more importantly I could be sure they are safe to fly and built correctly.
    Fixnflyr

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixnflyr View Post
    If they are a barn find then most likely it would be unsafe to fly these aircraft with out an extensive maintenance check. I would disassemble everything down to the "kit stage" and then document the building of these aircraft and add enough new parts to meet the 51% rule. Then I could legaly register them as AB and more importantly I could be sure they are safe to fly and built correctly.
    Fixnflyr
    Thats got my vote

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