There's important news today for the owners/restorers of antique & classic aircraft. The FAA has finally released order 8110.120 - Processing Surrendered, Abandoned, and Historical Aircraft Type Certificates.
This order (primarily the Historical Aircraft Type Certificate section) is in large part due to the efforts of US Congressman Sam Graves (MO), Aviation Foundation of America President (and AAA Lifetime member) Greg Herrick, AAA Executive Director Brent Taylor & AAA member Mike Pangia in their efforts since 2002, to allow the owners/restorers of antique/classic aircraft access to the approved data they need to restore and maintain their aircraft.
We have just started the review of this document and the section dealing with "Historical Aircraft Type Certificates" appears at first glance straight forward. However, other parts of this order seem to contain language that's contradictory and somewhat at odds within the content of order itself. We'll keep our members and fans updated, after a complete review of this FAA order.