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Forum: Tools 04-29-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 727
Posted By jnorris
If you are an EAA member (and I certainly hope...

If you are an EAA member (and I certainly hope you are!) you can watch my Hints for Homebuilders video on checking torque wrench calibration....

https://www.eaa.org/videos/6207475464001

Basically a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,993
Posted By jnorris
You make a good point. This isn't just DARs...

You make a good point. This isn't just DARs either. Lots of FAA inspectors have their own personal "rules" that they impose on applicants. For example, when I was still one of the instructors in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2021, 01:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,993
Posted By jnorris
It's really not that hard to make them legal, so...

It's really not that hard to make them legal, so why are so many talking about ways to "work around" the rule? Just make them legal!! Then there's never a problem.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,993
Posted By jnorris
Interesting. What you describe is a direct...

Interesting. What you describe is a direct violation of 14 CFR Part 45, which states in pertinent part (my emphasis added):

45.21 General.
Except as provided in 45.22, no person may operate a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2021, 02:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,423
Posted By jnorris
I have been riding motorized two wheel vehicles...

I have been riding motorized two wheel vehicles for most of my life. Started with what we called a "minibike" back when I was a young lad. It was a Rupp with a 3.5 hp Tecumseh engine. Traded it for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,507
Posted By jnorris
Paul is correct in that it will likely take you...

Paul is correct in that it will likely take you nearly 40 hours to properly flight test your aircraft anyway, especially if it's a a complex or high-performance aircraft.

Also, it's important to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By jnorris
Peter, There's not a huge difference between was...

Peter,

There's not a huge difference between was we were issuing in 2009 and what we issue today. If your operating limitations do not include the paragraph that allows the aircraft to perform...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2021, 05:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By jnorris
Peter, Yes, there is. While it is a bit...

Peter,

Yes, there is. While it is a bit cantankerous to figure out, the draft operating limitations can be found in appendix D of FAA Order 8130.2J. You can find the order via the FAA website at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By jnorris
Mel is correct. Unless you have a REALLY old set...

Mel is correct. Unless you have a REALLY old set of operating limitations, there will be no reinspection of the aircraft required after incorporation of a major change. This has been the case since...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 03:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,795
Posted By jnorris
I'm with ya! I keep a regular paper log as well,...

I'm with ya! I keep a regular paper log as well, and always have. But the electronic log sure makes things easy when renewing insurance, renewing CFI, and any other time I need to come up with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,795
Posted By jnorris
I use Safe Log and really like it. ...

I use Safe Log and really like it. (www.safelogweb.com) I've been using it for many years. They have apps for your phone and tablet, and everything syncs to the website so you always stay up to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,913
Posted By jnorris
First, before we get too far down this road, make...

First, before we get too far down this road, make sure your aircraft's operating limitations actually require such a records update. This requirement came into being just a few years ago, so older...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,971
Posted By jnorris
I think we are on the same page. When you said...

I think we are on the same page. When you said the DAR doesn't care who built the plane, I took the "who" to mean if it was an amateur or a paid professional. You are correct in that the DAR or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2021, 08:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,971
Posted By jnorris
Not sure where you got that idea. The DAR (or...

Not sure where you got that idea. The DAR (or FAA inspector) definitely DOES care who built the aircraft. Proof of compliance with the major portion requirement (aka the "51% rule") for an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,520
Posted By jnorris
Deleted...

Deleted...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-08-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,140
Posted By jnorris
What Mel said! To add, I recommend that, no...

What Mel said! To add, I recommend that, no matter how many items of information the data plate has room for, ONLY put the builder name (Make), Model, and serial number on the plate. DO NOT put...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 928
Posted By jnorris
Any questions, just ask, either here or via...

Any questions, just ask, either here or via private message. I'm happy to help with the AWC process. If my video linked above doesn't answer your questions, let me know!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2020, 08:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,260
Posted By jnorris
Keith, Once you submit it to the FAA there's...

Keith,

Once you submit it to the FAA there's really no way for you to make any changes. Your DAR should return the application to you so you can make the corrections and then resubmit. Or, send...
Forum: RV-14 12-19-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,385
Posted By jnorris
I don't know any DARs that would let you get away...

I don't know any DARs that would let you get away without placarding the fuel filler locations with minimum grade of fuel and capacity of that tank. That's what we were taught in DAR training, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2020, 08:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,448
Posted By jnorris
The weight and balance report my FAA office likes...

The weight and balance report my FAA office likes is one that includes all the info on the spreadsheet I've attached here. Read the notes carefully on the bottom of the form, as these outline the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,781
Posted By jnorris
The FAA has some conflicting info regarding...

The FAA has some conflicting info regarding applicability of ADs to experimental aircraft. However, you are required by your operating limitations to operate your aircraft in a condition for safe...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 10-27-2020, 03:11 PM
Replies: 652
Views: 257,518
Posted By jnorris
Dave, You missed one BIG issue - ease of getting...

Dave,

You missed one BIG issue - ease of getting in and out. A high-wing design offers a certain ease of entry and exit that no low-wing airplane can offer. This goes for loading people as well as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2020, 07:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,870
Posted By jnorris
Regardless of what their sidebar in the magazine...

Regardless of what their sidebar in the magazine says, I maintain that the registration marks on the AOPA RV-10 are not legal. I would definitely not issue an airworthiness certificate to that...
Forum: Midwest 10-24-2020, 12:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,056
Posted By jnorris
Yes, Iowa is within MSP MIDO's area of...

Yes, Iowa is within MSP MIDO's area of responsibility, but don't try to get me at EAA HQ these days. I'm on furlough at the moment, along with several others. If you're interested in talking about...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-21-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,751
Posted By jnorris
Yep, I concur with Vic and Mel. The transponder...

Yep, I concur with Vic and Mel. The transponder isn't an airworthiness item.
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-08-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,394
Posted By jnorris
While the FAA does not strictly require...

While the FAA does not strictly require in-process inspections during construction of an amateur-built aircraft, they do highly recommend it, as stated in FAA Order 8130.2J. As a DAR, I always ask...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2020, 10:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,410
Posted By jnorris
i have a Wilson bi-fold on my hangar. It has the...

i have a Wilson bi-fold on my hangar. It has the automatic latch system so you just push the button and the door goes up or down. Works great! A friend has a Schweiss that works very well too. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2020, 11:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,911
Posted By jnorris
I am fully convinced that the FSDO/MIDO doesn't...

I am fully convinced that the FSDO/MIDO doesn't actually look at the application if the applicant has requested a specific DAR. They just automatically assign it to the DAR and let that person make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,911
Posted By jnorris
That doesn't surprise me at all. If your DAR is...

That doesn't surprise me at all. If your DAR is worth his salt, he WILL look at the W&B when he performs the inspection. Submitting it through the AWC system just allows the inspector to look at it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,911
Posted By jnorris
You beat me to it Rick! I was going to post the...

You beat me to it Rick! I was going to post the link. Thanks for doing that. I encourage everyone who is going to make application to watch the webinar at the link. Then, if you still have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,880
Posted By jnorris
I did an EAA webinar on the new system. You can...

I did an EAA webinar on the new system. You can watch the webinar here:

https://www.eaa.org/videos/6160355187001

It's a big improvement.... for the folks at the aircraft registration branch. We...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2020, 12:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,319
Posted By jnorris
No note necessary. Just write that N number on...

No note necessary. Just write that N number on the registration application. they'll make the connection.



Assuming that you are talking about a Van's RV series aircraft, you will check box #2,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,319
Posted By jnorris
On the bill of sale from Van's, you should cross...

On the bill of sale from Van's, you should cross out "Aircraft" and write "Kit" next to it. It is not an aircraft until it is certificated.

On your application for registration, the aircraft...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2020, 12:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,532
Posted By jnorris
There is no reference to "punctuation" found...

There is no reference to "punctuation" found anywhere in FAA regulation or guidance, at least as far as aircraft registration or certification is concerned. However, the aircraft registration branch...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,532
Posted By jnorris
Just put the N number you reserved on the...

Just put the N number you reserved on the registration application and pay the $5. No need for any additional fee or letter.

You can use VANS RV-14, or just RV-14 for the model. Keep in mind that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,644
Posted By jnorris
An interesting question. I don't know of any...

An interesting question. I don't know of any regulation that specifically addresses this. However, there is guidance found in FAA Advisor Circular AC 21-12, relating to filling out the application...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,644
Posted By jnorris
Ok, for your example you would put "John D...

Ok, for your example you would put "John D Johnson" as the "Builder" or "Manufacturer". You would put "Vans RV-7" as the model.

If the registration shows the MANUFACTURER name as "John D Johnson",...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,732
Posted By jnorris
Very cool, and very interesting. Thanks for...

Very cool, and very interesting. Thanks for putting this together!
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-23-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 652
Views: 257,518
Posted By jnorris
I owned a Cessna 180 for 22 years. Wonderful...

I owned a Cessna 180 for 22 years. Wonderful airplane. But I sold it because I got tired of having to scrounge for parts, pay dearly for them when I found them, and always wondering when the next...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2020, 06:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,711
Posted By jnorris
The kit will still be very helpful since you need...

The kit will still be very helpful since you need to fill out all the forms on paper and upload them via the online system. You don't need to upload the 8130-6, application for airworthiness...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 650
Posted By jnorris
The owner/builder of an amateur-built aircraft...

The owner/builder of an amateur-built aircraft can be a corporation or LLC. An officer of the corporation will sign all the FAA documents, using his or her title in the corporation. For example,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2020, 04:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,422
Posted By jnorris
I second Mel's motion. 6-8 weeks should be...

I second Mel's motion. 6-8 weeks should be plenty, and if all your paperwork is in order you'll get it back a lot quicker than that.

I also agree that you shouldn't do it too early, both from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 893
Posted By jnorris
Yes, as Colin said, there can be only one...

Yes, as Colin said, there can be only one "primary builder". At least that's how the rule reads right now. One per aircraft, non-transferable.

There has been some discussion about changing the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-20-2020, 07:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,447
Posted By jnorris
Another vote for the Phillips Victory oil. I...

Another vote for the Phillips Victory oil. I have used Phillips oils in all my aircraft for many years with great results.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-29-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,166
Posted By jnorris
All of that is in FAA Order 8130.2. Current...

All of that is in FAA Order 8130.2. Current version is 8130.2J, but K is in the works.

The specific verbiage an inspector or DAR is supposed to use to complete an airworthiness inspection is on...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-16-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 35,826
Posted By jnorris
The biggest drawback I can see on the Ranger is...

The biggest drawback I can see on the Ranger is that it is a little short on useful load. About the same as a Cessna Skycatcher, which is to say, not a lot. This is a problem with a lot of the LSA...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-22-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,248
Posted By jnorris
Not automatically. Even if the aircraft is built...

Not automatically. Even if the aircraft is built 100% in accordance with the instructions, the builder/applicant has the option of certificating the aircraft as either ELSA or amateur-built. There...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-22-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,248
Posted By jnorris
The 120 hour course is for a Light Sport...

The 120 hour course is for a Light Sport Repairman Certificate with a Maintenance rating. The A&P certificate requires far more training and experience.

The 120 hour repairman certificate course...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-22-2019, 07:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,248
Posted By jnorris
Every aircraft that holds a special airworthiness...

Every aircraft that holds a special airworthiness certificate (including all experimental and SLSA aircraft) will have operating limitations as a part of the airworthiness certificate. Those...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2019, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 885
Posted By jnorris
There is no regulatory requirement for a pilot...

There is no regulatory requirement for a pilot operating handbook or aircraft flight manual in an experimental aircraft. It is a very good idea to develop one specific to your aircraft, but it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2019, 06:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 885
Posted By jnorris
I suggest that you get a copy of EAA's flight...

I suggest that you get a copy of EAA's flight test manual and follow the flight test cards. That will show you the kind of stuff you're supposed to be testing and logging. Good flight test records...
Forum: RV-10 11-11-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,876
Posted By jnorris
The updated 2011 version of the checklist can be...

The updated 2011 version of the checklist can be found here:

https://www.faa.gov/aircraft/gen_av/ultralights/amateur_built/kits/media/AmBuiltFabAssyCklistFW.pdf
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,698
Posted By jnorris
Don't overthink this, or try to "read into" the...

Don't overthink this, or try to "read into" the regulations something that is not there. Your regulation quoted from Part 91 contains the language "... a person authorized under 43.7 of this...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 09-18-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 652
Views: 257,518
Posted By jnorris
That's what I always said about the Champion...

That's what I always said about the Champion Lancer too. Twin O-200s, fixed pitch props. No feathering. But the FAA certificated it, so I guess it's OK!! ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,946
Posted By jnorris
The guy with the teriyaki bowl is pretty good...

The guy with the teriyaki bowl is pretty good too! Other than that, back to the pits!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 08:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,946
Posted By jnorris
If you're going to Reno for the vendors you're...

If you're going to Reno for the vendors you're missing the point of the whole event! It's all about the airplanes and the races. At least, that's the way I see it. When I go, I don't spend 10...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,946
Posted By jnorris
If you don't get a pit pass you're missing the...

If you don't get a pit pass you're missing the whole show! It's the only way to go.

As was mentioned before, it's darned chilly in the morning, so make sure you layer up. It can get pretty warm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,402
Posted By jnorris
There is some discussion circulating around...

There is some discussion circulating around regarding the possibility of modeling the amateur-built repairman certificate on the E-LSA repairman certificate. That is, maybe the regulations could be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,230
Posted By jnorris
I recommend that you use the standard FAA...

I recommend that you use the standard FAA aircraft bill of sale (Form 8050-2) for any transfer of the kit. This will avoid any problems with registering the finished aircraft at the end. Just cross...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-01-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 36,254
Posted By jnorris
I would love to see Van's come out with an...

I would love to see Van's come out with an airplane similar to the Glastar Sportsman. I love the "numbers" of the Sportsman, but frankly I've never liked the looks of the thing. And if I'm going to...
Forum: California 06-12-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,784
Posted By jnorris
Thank you! You beat me to it. I was going to...

Thank you! You beat me to it. I was going to post nearly the exact same words. (This is one of my "pet peeves"!!) :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,357
Posted By jnorris
I stress this issue (among others) with every...

I stress this issue (among others) with every builder I work with. I tell them both verbally and in writing that the form AND format of the builder name (and all other info) on the data plate must...
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2019, 07:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,213
Posted By jnorris
Congrats! What a tremendously satisfying...

Congrats! What a tremendously satisfying accomplishment. Nothing quite like flying an airplane that you built. Bravo!

Fly safely!!
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-18-2019, 07:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,280
Posted By jnorris
Cool beans! Glad you got things ironed out. Fly...

Cool beans! Glad you got things ironed out. Fly safely!!
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