No bird ever flew nonstop from New York to Tokyo, or raced 15 miles high at triple the speed of sound.                                                                                                   
  But birds do something else.
  They do not conquer the air; they romance it.

  Peter Garrison


Jur's RV7 Aircraft Factory
1566 hours and counting...                      

Some decisions in life are bare of any obvious logic.


Good news. My free pass for importing the plane and parts of the plane has been approaved and today I received the necessary documents.

One step closer to ordering the first parts. Now the only thing to wait for is the approval from the Belgian Aero authorities. I gave them a call yesterday and they confirmed the receiving of my letter and told me the approval would follow shortly. So we live on hope.

At this speed, I will be ordering the empannage kit before the end of the year.

Today, I sent of my request for a 'aanvraag voor een vergunning voor een bijzondere bestemming'.

For Belgian builders, this will allow to import the RV-7 from the United States without having to pay import taxes.

An interesting link with more info on this procedure can be found here.

I forwarded my request to the 'Douane Procedures, Directie Gent, Sint Lievenslaan 27, 9000 Gent.

 Just some info I received on the phone:

  1. describe in an accompanying letter what type of aircraft you build, the empty weight and the duration
  2. you also need to tell them where the plane will be stationed once it is completed so they can do some control.
  3. the article group code when buying for planes is : 8802 20 0010.
  4. the 'vrijstelling' of import taxes is applyable to all goods related to the airplane: including kit, propellor, engine. 
  5. it does however not apply to the tools. unless you can proof they can only be used for the construction of the airplane.
  6. I got adviced to have the import customs procedures performed by a so called 'declarant'. I will have to give them my 'vergunning' nr and they will handle the rest of the procedure. Belgium burocracy...

Caution !

Some advice on reading my log for fellow builders !

In some articles, I made corrections at later date on the original article to rectify my own stupidities or faults. Read through the entire article if you intend to use my findings/experiences on your own project !

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