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Sam Buchanan - "Hopefully this will
become a good listing of DARs (and FAA FSDO Personnel) available to RVers everywhere; this list is
intended only for recommendations and is not a place to blast somebody you don't
like. If you have a flying RV, and found your DAR to be a nice person who
was reasonable, thorough, and fair, and that individual has not already been
listed, please submit info to Doug so builders coming along behind us can take
advantage of our experience."
To submit a name simply email me.
State City DAR Name Phone Amt. Paid Recommend by/Plane/N-Number Date Inspected Comments ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alabama Birmingham John Burgin (205) 836-8390 $200+mileage Sam Buchanan RV-6 N399SB 9/1/99 John has inspected several Tennessee Valley RV Builders Group RVs and is well respected by our local builders. Inspection was fair, and much assistance was provided by John in getting all the paperwork completed. Details of my inspection with John's inspection checklist: http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/airport3.html
Arizona Phoenix Beck, Phil 480.288.1431 $200 Paul Besing RV-6A 7/20/01 Very fair, and very thorough. Has done many RV's.
Arizona Phoenix Towner,Gary 928-587-0953 $300 Nancy McNamara/Michael Taylor Gary actually lives just outside of Heber, AZ and will travel to inspect your aircraft. He is very thorough, very knowledgeable and very fair. He takes his time inspecting, answering questions and going over the paperwork. He made the inspection a pleasant experience."
Arizona Tucson Hare, Ralph 520.398.9406 $250+trvl Mel Jordan/RV6A/N6JX Very helpful, did a reasonable inspection, nice to work with, very accommodating on the schedule.
California Bakersfield Adam Valdez 661 792 2826 $500.00 Bill Marvel/RV8A/N751MB 4/02 Does many RVs in So. Cal. and takes 5 hours or so. He checks everything. Nice guy, too.
California Los Angeles Sobek, Gary 310.767.1327 Walter Tondu/7A He's very thorough, provides excellent feedback, precise, detail oriented and a pleasure to work with. I'm very happy to have selected him and I would highly recommend him. And, he's a hell of a nice guy. What some folks don't know is that he's the FFI guru as well.
Colorado Boulder Edwards, Terry (303) 499-9884 $450* Bill VonDane's RV-8A 5/02 Great guy, has done many RV's, will not hassle you about anything... *amount includes 100 miles of travel
Colorado Pueblo Ben Walden 719-544-0039 $275 Jim Thornton RV-8A N858T 9-28-02 Came to Durango to inspect three birds in our group. Was thorough, very knowledgeable and best of all, a nice guy to deal with. All of the Durango contingent highly recommend him. You get a lot for the money with Ben.
Florida Jacksonville Rozanski, Richard 904.997.2821 $250 Jack Eckdahl RV9A N489JE 3/18/05 My Inspection was on March 18, 2005. He was very thorough and helpful. He charges by the hour so individual prices may vary. He has even kept in touch and followed up with suggestions for flight testing and control adjustments.
Rich was extremely helpful at informing me on what and how to prepare for the inspection as well as very flexible with the inspection date. Very thorough with the proper emphasis during the inspection with several opportunities to instruct as well. Overall the whole experience could not have been better. 8/14/06. Marcus Cooper - Marcus.Cooper 'at' moody.af.mil
Georgia Acworth Steve Walton 770-974-2758 $400 +travel John Myers RV8 N851JM 8-8-08
Georgia Griffin Ken Secrest 770.229.1788 $500 M.L.Harper RV-6 12/31/03 (He) is very easy to work with. He was my DAR on my RV-6 in June 2003.
Georgia Locust Grove Vic Syracuse 770.898.222 $425+trvl Vic 3/10/07 ...and have coverage for Georgia, N & S Carolinas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and parts of N. Florida for Amateur Built, Experimental Light Sport and S/Light Sport metal, composite, and tube and fabric airplanes. alt number: 404.307.5133 (cell)
Georgia Griffin Don Swords 770 412 8885 $N/A Cary Rhodes RV-7 4/1/04 Don inspected my -7 saturday. Was easy to work with and has considerable experience with Van's airplanes.
Georgia Peachtree City Darley, Vern 770.310.7169 $450+travel exp. vern at mindspring dot com
Illinois Dekalb / Chicagoland Auman, Jim 630-886-0835 $300+Travel Don Mack RV-6A 01/26/11 Jim was easy to work with and very accommodating. He Saved a lot of time by reviewing the paperwork before we met. He did a very detailed inspection and shared a lot of his knowledge.
Indiana Lagrange Farrand, Lowell 260.894.3438 Expenses Don McNamara RV-8 N8RV "Lowell is a great guy whose passion is homebuilt aircraft. Thorough and fair, easy to work with and helpful with the FAA paperwork. The inspection was a very pleasant experience."
Michigan Pontiac Gauthier, Ted 248.933.0062 $350-$450 Don Miller RV-8 Has inspected (and flown) other RVs and is almost ready to fly his own RV-6. Thorough, helpful, reasonable, knows and loves airplanes. What more do you want? Call Ted! His home phone is (248) 681-8184
Missouri Kansas City Ernie Jarvis 816-891-2100 $0 Paul Stratman RV-6A N21PS 2/6/02 Excellent service for my tax dollars. Likes doing RVís Ė understands the RVís proven history
Ohio Toledo Burdue, Brad 419.382.3603 $250 Paul Baird RV-9A N109RV Great guy, easy to work with, flexible schedule
Oregon Portland Sneed, Frank 503.644.6931 $200 Randall Henderson RV-6 Thorough, helpful, knowledgable, reasonably priced. Everyone's favorite DAR around here.
Oregon Independence Brown, Gary 503.269.3907 "A&P, IA, CFI (LODA on RV-7 - can do transition training.)"
Pennsylvania Mackeyville Everly, Paul 570.726.3571 $550 William Schneider (9A) Paul was very prompt getting to the airport within a few minutes of when he had predicted. He gave us a thorough inspection and offered several helpful suggestions and comments. He was efficient handling the paperwork and got us completed within a few hours. If anyone within a reasonable driving distance of Paul needs his services I would highly recommend him. His total cost was $550 (he probably drove 4 hours) and well worth every penny. He is professional, prompt, courteous and helpful.
S.Carolina Newberry Clamp, Todd 803.321.9046 $275 Ken Harrill RV6 N629K Familiar with RV's and easy to work with
Tennessee Franklin Hasch, Edward 615.646.7189 $350 John McMahon RV6 I have been on many inspections with him Very helpful to the local RV builders in our area......
Texas Arlington Robinson,Ken 972.264.4693 $300/$400 Don Jordon RV6A N6DJ 5/22/02 Good Guy (he said nice things about N6DJ)
Texas Dallas Asberry, Mel 972-784-7544 $395 Marvin Brott RV-8 3/8/01 Very thorough inspection of my RV-8. Mel is also a EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Very knowledgeable about RV construction in that he has build two RV-6s and helped with a number of "eights and nines". Very easy to work with. [ed. Mel inspected my RV-6 (N617AR) and I recommend him wholeheartedly. dgr]
Washington Seattle Cotton, Charlie 360.893.6719 $200 Kevin Shannon RV-8 6/11/05
Wisconsin Duluth Holter, Jeff 715.398.9622 $300+travel Tim Olson RV-10 N104CD 2/12/06 Jeff is a very nice guy who inspected my RV-10. He's a DAR who works for Cirrus in Duluth, MN. He will use a company club plane to fly around to do his DAR inspections, and his travel costs are very reasonable. He was very flexible in his scheduling, and was very helpful in ensuring the paperwork was prepared properly the first time. Highly recommended.
Wyoming Greybull Mikus, Tim 307.765.2230 $350+travel Jim Berry RV-8 N725CB 6/15/03 Has done RV's and other homebuilts. Very knowledgeable, helpful, reasonable, and thorough. A real gentleman to deal with.