While it might seem to many folks getting into the experimental world from certified that the rules allowing us to operate Day VFR without ANY instrumentation are wildly insane and unsafe, you have to remember that the Experimental category exits to allow the operation of anything that someone might want to try to get into the air. That includes Experimental airplanes, gliders, balloons, dirIgible, rotorcraft, rocket planes….anything! And to allow folks the freedom to experiment, the FAA tris hard not to prescribe anything - they allow you to use your own judgement as to what is necessary. And that is a good thing! I certainly don’t need a “magnetic Direction Indicator” in a glider that is never going to leave sight of the launch runway, for instance.
The fortunate part is they also don’t restrict you from putting whatever you feel you’d like to have in your airplane - so you can “add from zero” whatever you think is needed for your own risk levels.
Paul F. Dye
Editor at Large - KITPLANES Magazine
RV-8 - N188PD
RV-6 (By Marriage) - N164MS - "Mikey"
RV-3B - N13PL - "Tsamsiyu"
A&P, EAA Tech Counselor/Flight Advisor
Dayton Valley Airpark (A34)