Originally Posted by bkervaski
The FAA doesn't verify whether or not the manufacturer submitted on the registration is actually the name of the manufacturer, you can submit whatever you like.
Submitting "Vans Aircraft" as the manufacturer on an experimental registration does not make "Vans Aircraft, Inc.", the company, the manufacturer.
I think this leads to a lot of confusion since a lot of folks put "Vans Aircraft" as the manufacturer and in fact they are the manufacturer.
An ELSA is an experimental, so the FAA would have no way to know which ones are ADS-B equipped. Lots of RV-12's are not ADS-B compliant.
Due to the expense I expect that a lot of small aircraft are going to remain non-compliant an just avoid the airspace for which a mode-c transponder is required.
The SLSA that Vans is actually building seems like a candidate for the list but since they just started rolling out it's probably just lagged.
Actually, this is wrong. An ELSA RV-12 is a special case of experimental, different from the RV-14 that you built and certificates as an E-AB (Experiemntal, Amateur Built). The ELSA is an exact copy of an SLSA, just assembled outside the “factory”, but built to the exact same specifications and instructions - no changes allowed. When this is done, the manufacturer is, indeed, Van’s Aircraft - not the person that assembled it.
Again - you would be correct if you were talking E-AB, and an RV-12 CAN be built as an E-AB, but if it is ELSA, then the manufacturer is Van’s.
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