Elsa, SLSA, Importing into USA? Tapping your knowledge

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Caltard13

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Ok everyone, I'm veering off topic here, please forgive me, but I think this site is a great collection of knowledge and experience, so maybe someone here can provide info, guidance, insight?

So I'm looking into buying a used aeroprakt A-22. They are sold here in the USA by a distributor, but he seems to have pretty tight control on inventory / prices. They are readily available in Europe, and price wise, it looks like I can find a nice one for 25 - 40 K less than here in the USA.

They can be registered here in the USA as either ELSA or SLSA, according to the distributor, and in looking at the FAA website, it doesn't seem like it would be that hard to get the import registered here in the USA. (uless I'm missing something).

but the importation process, and the taxes / duties? i have no idea? I did bring a Land Rover 110 over from england a couple of years agao, and that wasn't particularly difficult, but I have no idea on an airplane.

anyone here have any thoughts, info, experience, warnings they wish to share?
 

Dana

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For a used aircraft, what you can do will depend on how it was registered in Europe, what kind of airworthiness certificate it has. Even if it came off the same production line, if the manufacturer didn't sell it as a US spec SLSA or ELSA kit, you may have a problem.
 
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