The merits of communicating via a few flying electrons...Vans quality is very factory like but I doubt if they will ever sell completed RV10s due to US liability concerns.
I would argue that point. Certification DOES have a negative effect.
I think where BBerson is going with this is that IF Vans chose to (and legally could) simply start producing finished RV-10's they would be just as safe as any other similar aircraft produced, and cheaper too, because the FAA oversight and documentation requirements adds practically zero to the actual safety.
I got BB's point, what I disagree with is that it's not a possibility, but a fact that certification does hinder safety, as compared to a manufacturer that does the right thing WRT safety, like Van's and several others.
Nice parallel.We need to get the FAA, and every other CAA, out of the design and "certification" loop and restrict them to an oversight roll for these simple and well understood aircraft, like F37/LSA was before the FAA decided they needed to start pre-production "audits". The ARC ASTM process was originally intended to do this but much like "black aluminum think" tends to waste carbon "FAA / EASA think" has taken over the ASTM process.
Unfortunately, speaking from experience on both accounts, getting the "more rules, more enforcement" guys to be realistic is just as hard/impossible as to get people to think/design in composites...