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  1. #1

    This is NOT Mouse specific

    But that's OK on BAC Mail.

    My questions stem from the inevitable fact that I'm getting older and facing the potential of some day losing a medical and also the hassles of annual inspections. I'm looking at the possibilities of the new LSA rules (and in particular an E-LSA). My two questions are:

    1. If I buy and build an LSA fast build kit (which I understand meets the 51% owner built requirment for experimental) can I do the annual inspection myself?

    2. Can I use a non-IFR certified GPS (in an experimental aircraft), such as the new handheld Garmin 396 to fly an IFR approach.


    Cloyd Van Hook
    President, BAC

  2. #2

    This is NOT Mouse specific

    Humm...

    1) I think you can work on a plane that you build
    under the 51% rule, there may also be a course that
    you can take where you can work on your LSA plane that
    you purchased (not too sure). You need to join EAA
    and take up the 'sport pilot' magazine.

    2) You could probably fly your IFR approaches all day
    long, but you will be busting LSA regulations
    (specifically that LSA regs are only valid for daytime
    VFR only)

    Jay

    --- cloydvanhook@imtt.com wrote:

    > But that's OK on BAC Mail.
    >
    > My questions stem from the inevitable fact that I'm
    > getting older and
    > facing the potential of some day losing a medical
    > and also the hassles of
    > annual inspections. I'm looking at the
    > possibilities of the new LSA rules
    > (and in particular an E-LSA). My two questions are:
    >
    > 1. If I buy and build an LSA fast build kit (which
    > I understand meets the
    > 51% owner built requirment for experimental) can I
    > do the annual
    > inspection myself?
    >
    > 2. Can I use a non-IFR certified GPS (in an
    > experimental aircraft), such
    > as the new handheld Garmin 396 to fly an IFR
    > approach.
    >
    >
    > Cloyd Van Hook
    > President, BAC>
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  3. #3

    This is NOT Mouse specific

    James Bruce <j_w_bruce@yahoo.com>
    07/26/2005 12:24 PM To
    cloydvanhook@imtt.com, bac-mail@beechaeroclub.org cc
    Subject
    Re: [BAC-Mail] This is NOT Mouse specific




    Humm...

    1) I think you can work on a plane that you build
    under the 51% rule, there may also be a course that
    you can take where you can work on your LSA plane that
    you purchased (not too sure). You need to join EAA
    and take up the 'sport pilot' magazine.

    I already get the magazine. I saw something about a repairman certificate and a 120 hour course. I thought for an experimental that you build yourself you could do the annual but haven't nailed that down in regs or FAQs.

    2) You could probably fly your IFR approaches all day
    long, but you will be busting LSA regulations
    (specifically that LSA regs are only valid for daytime
    VFR only)

    Don't think so. I read something on EAA site that said you can fly at night with the right equipment. You MAY be right about the IFR. I guess we're mixing regs on the plane with regs on the pilot.

    Jay

    --- cloydvanhook@imtt.com wrote:

    > But that's OK on BAC Mail.
    >
    > My questions stem from the inevitable fact that I'm
    > getting older and
    > facing the potential of some day losing a medical
    > and also the hassles of
    > annual inspections. I'm looking at the
    > possibilities of the new LSA rules
    > (and in particular an E-LSA). My two questions are:
    >
    > 1. If I buy and build an LSA fast build kit (which
    > I understand meets the
    > 51% owner built requirment for experimental) can I
    > do the annual
    > inspection myself?
    >
    > 2. Can I use a non-IFR certified GPS (in an
    > experimental aircraft), such
    > as the new handheld Garmin 396 to fly an IFR
    > approach.
    >
    >
    > Cloyd Van Hook
    > President, BAC>
    _______________________________________________
    > BAC-Mail mailing list
    > BAC-Mail@beechaeroclub.org
    >
    http://www.beechaeroclub.org/mailman/listinfo/bac-mail
    >




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  4. #4

    This is NOT Mouse specific

    You need to visit the EAA website for very specific Q&A.

    There is a big difference between Private Pilot, LSA pilot, LSA certified aircraft, and LSA Experimental aircraft.

    If you build a plane (any plane) and license it as an Experimental, and you have met the 51% rule (meaning you personally, and not you and the preceding three builders), you can apply for the Repairman's Certificate for that specific airplane (which will also bear your name, as in VanHook Belchfire SN121). With a RC you can do all work AND inspections on your specific plane (but not others like it). Without the RC, you can do work on it, but an A&P (A&P-IA not required) must do the annual Condition Inspection (as opposed to Annual Inspection).

    So far as I know, you can equip any Experimental aircraft for IFR, and get the so-called "IFR certification" done on it. Of course, you usually won't have such niceties as lightning resistance standards built in, as on certified IFR airplanes. I know of no legal way to use non-certified equipment to fly genuine IFR approaches (as opposed to practice approaches under VMC). The regs specifically state what equipment is required for IFR flight, and there is no latitude in the regs for the type of plane the gear is in. In other words, IFR-equipped means specific equipment is needed that is suitable for the flight and the type of approaches to be flown. There is no such thing as "Experimental IFR In IMC".

    There is also an importantdifference between someone who has failed a medical, versus someone who hasn't. If you have ever failed a Medical, you cannot self-certify your LSA Medical using your driver's license. If you have serious reason to believe you may not pass a Medical, you are better off not taking it at all. Then you have to decide whether that serious reason should keep you grounded, before you self-certify, as you will be signing statements about your health status.

    This could get very extensive, and you are better off visiting the EAA website. The answers to your questions are nowhere near as simple as the questions themselves.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: cloydvanhook@imtt.com (cloydvanhook@imtt.com)
    To: bac-mail@beechaeroclub.org (bac-mail@beechaeroclub.org)
    Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2005 1:08 PM
    Subject: [BAC-Mail] This is NOT Mouse specific



    But that's OK on BAC Mail.

    My questions stem from the inevitable fact that I'm getting older and facing the potential of some day losing a medical and also the hassles of annual inspections. I'm looking at the possibilities of the new LSA rules (and in particular an E-LSA). My two questions are:

    1. If I buy and build an LSA fast build kit (which I understand meets the 51% owner built requirment for experimental) can I do the annual inspection myself?

    2. Can I use a non-IFR certified GPS (in an experimental aircraft), such as the new handheld Garmin 396 to fly an IFR approach.


    Cloyd Van Hook
    President, BAC

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