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News Release: AKIA Elects New Officers

August 4, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oshkosh, WI – The Aircraft Kit Industry Association has elected new officers for the coming year. Jeremy Monnett will serve as President, Dick Van Grunsven has become Vice President and John McBean is the

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News Release: AKIA President Appointed to EAA Board

December 9, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oshkosh, WI – AKIA President Dick VanGrunsven, has accepted an invitation to join the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Board of Directors during the board’s fall meeting on Nov. 14-15 at Oshkosh, Wis. As a Class III

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News Release: AKIA Covers Lengthy Agenda with EAA

November 19, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oshkosh, WI – Members of the Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA) sat down recently with senior staff at EAA to discuss a variety of issues affecting both organizations. With EAA planning to honor the

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Jeff and John Hanson’s Grand Champion Hatz Classic Homebuilt

By David Gustafson We should all be so lucky. It was a father/son team from Minnesota that won the Gold Lindy designating their Hatz Classic open cockpit biplane as the Grand Champion Plans Built Aircraft at AirVenture 2013. What an

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Jay Sabot’s Grand Champion Lancair Legacy

By David Gustafson It took an entire decade of tinkering, tweaking and fine-tuning, but Jay Sabot finally managed to thread the whale through the eye of the needle and won the coveted, highly competitive Gold Lindy  Trophy that designated his

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News Release: Robert Goyer Joins AKIA Advisory Committee

March 20, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aurora, OR – Robert Goyer, Editor of FLYING Magazine, has accepted an offer to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA). He will provide advice and counsel for the group

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Introduction to Building an Airplane

By David Gustafson Today there are over 30,000 homebuilt aircraft on the FAA’s registry. It’s estimated there may be another 30,000 under construction. Some builders opt to just buy a set of plans and then go hunting for aircraft grade

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News Release: Tom Poberezny, Frank Christensen and Dale Klapmeier Join AKIA Advisory Board

August 9, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aurora, OR – The Aircraft Kit Industry Association was formed this past summer at AirVenture to provide corporations with a vested interest in homebuilding an opportunity to speak with a unified voice on issues

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News Release: AKIA Launches

July 27, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oshkosh, WI – The Kit Industry Association, or AKIA, formally organized during AirVenture, agreed on a mission statement and sent its officers to a stream of meetings to introduce the new organization to key

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