NWA air manufacturer’s carbon fiber plane gets FAA certification


A Bentonville-based air manufacturer can now take to the sky after receiving its production certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday.

Game Composites GB1 Gamebird plane is a rarity in the aviation world due to its carbon fiber body.

This allows it to be used for aerobatics and for a cross-country flight, according to CEO Philipp Steinbach. 

Steinbach said his team is ready to roll out the custom planes.

“We’re aiming to make two airplanes a month,” Steinbach said. “Some people tell me that’s probably a little, you know, probably wouldn’t be enough to meet market demand, but we can wait for this. This kind of production is very labor intensive. The main challenge is not to sell the airplanes, but to make the airplanes.”

Steinbach said getting a production certificate is rare and it means the FAA trusts his company on the safety of his product. 

The GB1 Gamebird will be available to the public and will be built from the ground up in Bentonville.

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