RAAP 03 Amateur Built

Friday 15 September, 2017

Recreational Aviation Advisory Publication (RAAP) – 8 

Version 1, August 2017

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Commited to providing timely information

RAAus is committed to providing timely information to its members and potential member’s about the types of aircraft operated. As a result of recent discussions with members of the powered parachute community RAAus has created a factsheet to inform about amateur built RAAus aircraft registered 19-. 

The continual airworthiness of an amateur built aircraft is the responsibility of the registration holder. That is you, the person who owns, operates and flies the aircraft

The understanding amongst the RAAus membership regarding maintenance and operation of aircraft is varied and is possibly the result of loose interpretations and urban myths. 

An experimental amateur built aircraft is not required to comply or meet any known design standards. The current regulations allow a person to construct an aircraft for their own education and recreation. This means that a builder can use materials that do not need to comply with any known legislation or be tested to any standard. 

Definitions and Abbreviations

Building an amateur built aircraft can result in the use of materials and processes not normally considered by mainstream aircraft designers and engineers. In purchasing an amateur built aircraft, the prospective buyer needs to remember the adage about Buyer Beware A term commonly used to refer to these aircraft is Experimental which means that the aircraft builder is doing exactly that, experimenting.

In regards to the purchase of a scratch or kit built powered parachute, areas that members should take into consideration are:

  • Material utilised in the construction of the main-frame i.e. is the material of a known standard such as 4130 chrome molly or is the material mild steel?
  • Grade and type of hardware utilised in the construction i.e.is the bolt of a commercial material or is the bolt of a known grade such as an aviation type AN hardware? 
  • Does the aircraft have a logbook and does it list any modifications or changes?It is a requirement that a logbook for maintenance activities is kept. 
  • It is also a requirement that an owner - operator that holds a RAAus Pilot Certificate must have completed the RAAus L1 online assessment to be eligible to maintain their own aircraft.


Further areas to consider

•The engine and propeller combination  

•Have the appropriate maintenance practices been carried out i.e. – Annual inspections, service bulletins etc.?

•Requirements for the safe and continued operation of attachment points and carabineers for the parachute.


RAAus encourages and fosters experimental aircraft design and construction, which is the basis of what the RAAus 19- amateur built category is all about

That's a WRAP!