The COPA Guide to Certified Aircraft
Welcome to the world of traditional factory built aircraft that are certified to government standards.
The early days of aviation were dominated at first by amateur-built aircraft built by people like the Wright brothers and Samuel Langley in the USA and the Aerial Experiment Association under Alexander Graham Bell in Canada. With the start of World War I military aircraft suddenly came to prominence in aviation. Civil aviation really got going after the First World War when airline, bush and personal aviation became established.
In those days between the wars it became quickly apparent that it wasn’t a good idea to let just anyone design, build and sell an aircraft to the general public, or to the airlines to carry members of the general public. There were lots of accidents due to faults in aircraft design and the public started to demand that the government set standards for production aircraft.
The US government set the early standards that most influenced aircraft flown in Canada with the introduction of the CAR 3 (US Civil Aviation Regulation) standards for
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