When, a decade or so ago, Australian authorities refused to license homebuilt Lancairs because they lacked what was officially considered a safe margin of longitudinal stability, designer Lance Neibauer protested that his customers preferred their airplanes unstable. Perhaps a better expression would have been "didn't mind." After all, an airplane may be light, fast and responsive and still return to a trimmed speed when the stick is released. Test pilots do not rank lack of speed stability as a desirable flying quality. Nevertheless, with airplanes just as with spouses and pets, some people prefer things that are unusual, but their own. The FAA recognizes the individual nature of homebuilt airplanes, even kit-built ones, by employing a naming system that attributes the airplane to its builder, not to its original designer. Thus, if I build an RV-4, it is a Garrison RV-4, not a Van's RV-4.