Non-certified floats for O-M aircraft

Several new float manufacturers are producing non-certified floats for the homebuilt market. Some of these are suitable for small, certified aircraft that appear on the list of eligible Owner-Maintenance aircraft. The new composite floats can be cheaper, lighter, stronger, more streamlined and easier to repair than the traditional certified aluminum floats. New aluminum float designs are also available as kits.

Once the Special Certificate of Airworthiness - Owner-Maintenance is issued, the airplane may be flown under the same regulations and standards as when it was a certified aircraft. The same maintenance regulations and standards also apply, except maintenance and inspections on the aircraft may be signed either by the pilot/owner or an aircraft maintenance engineer. The Special Certificate of Airworthiness Owner-Maintenance is valid indefinitely.

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