Follow us on Twitter Follow us on FaceBook Kitplanes Videos Get RSS Feed
 

Miscellaneous

June 20, 2009




Ask the DAR: How big is your flight-test area?

How big is your flight-test area?

Question: What size and location of flight test area can I have?

Answer: Obviously everyone wants the largest area they can get. I’ve even been asked: “Can I get a corridor from my home airport to Oshkosh, Wisconsin?” The answer to that is probably going to be, “No!”

Although the FAA guideline is a 25-n.m. radius from the home airport, that is not always practical with today’s modern amateur-built aircraft. For example, a Glasair III with a 25-n.m. radius would have the pilot constantly flying in circles. On the other hand, such a radius is perfectly suitable for a Light Sport/ultralight aircraft where the cruise speed is about 75 mph. So the test area must be suited to the type of aircraft. The FAA has given DARs some latitude in this area as long as we use common sense.

Another point: The test area does not have to be centered on the home airport. For example, if your home airport is at the edge of Class B airspace, you may pick a point farther away from that airspace as long as your home airport is still within the designated area. Remember, you are not allowed inside Class A or B airspace during Phase I of your flight testing. Every DAR will have personal standards for a certain speed of aircraft. If you wish a deviation from these standards, you must coordinate with the DAR before the inspection. For example, with the RV series of aircraft, I typically give a 75-n.m. radius from the home airport plus a couple of airports outside this area. Airports outside the normal radius are sometimes requested for a paint shop or transponder certification that may not be available within the assigned area. These airports must still be within a reasonable distance, and you will only be allowed a straight-line corridor to them.

One critical factor is that the test area may not be over densely populated areas, and you must be able to make a safe emergency landing in the event of a power failure without hazard to persons or property. If the aircraft is located at an airport that does not have an entry/exit route that avoids densely populated areas, the DAR must deny the application until the aircraft is moved to another more suitable airport.

Occasionally I get a request for a two-part Phase I where the applicant wants to relocate the aircraft during this phase. Maybe he built his aircraft at a builder’s assistance center and wants to take the aircraft to his home base. While this is a possibility, it is rare, and the reason and practicality of the request must be thoroughly discussed beforehand. Also, if this involves changing to the jurisdiction of another FSDO, all FSDOs involved must approve of the plan.

Please send your questions for DAR Asberry to editorial@kitplanes.com with “Ask the DAR” in the subject line.

Download File

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
After many years of both building and not building (about 50/50) N184GC (One RV-8 for Grandpa Christensen) and I made the maiden flight on April 22, 2015 from Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, NM. That was prior to paint and empty weight was 1,041 lb. Making the first flight in the airplane I built was …
I completed Sonex #1072 on August 18, 2014 and made the first flight on August 22, 2014 from Charlie Brown/Fulton County Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The airplane now has over 150 hours on it and has made several trips from Atlanta to South Florida, the Carolinas, and to Tower, Minnesota which is just south of …
My CubCrafters EX N-96FV was finished July 30, 2016 - last weekend of AirVenture. My 87-year old Dad was the first passenger after my 40-hour fly off. He flew chase in his Cherokee for the maiden flight. It's painted in D-Day colors for my C-130 unit's 70th anniversary. 96th Airlift Squadron Flying Vikings were the …

Dynon Avionics' latest-generation SkyView integrated avionics called the SkyView HDX has a newly designed bezel and user controls for easier use while flying in turbulence, plus brighter displays and a reworked touch interface. Larry Anglisano takes a product tour of the HDX with Dynon's Michael Schoefield in this video.
At Sun 'n Fun 2016, Dynon continued to push into the world of non-certified avionics with its SkyView SE, a less expensive version of its popular SkyView EFIS system. Paul Bertorelli prepared this video report.
The G5 is a self-contained electronic flight instrument, which can be interfaced with Garmin's G3X/Touch avionics and autopilot for backup and flight instrument redundancy. The GMA245 and remote GMA245R Bluetooth audio panels have advanced entertainment input functions and onscreen programming.
At Sun 'n Fun 2016, Just Aircraft is showing off its new Titan-powered SuperSTOL XL. Harrison Smith took Paul Bertorelli for a half-day demo flight in the new airplane, and here's his video report.
Kit manufacturer Zenith Aircraft Company has released a new 360-degree VR short video to showcase its kit aircraft and to promote the rewarding hobby of kit aircraft building and flying light-sport aircraft.
Whether you are upgrading the audio system in an older LSA or experimental or building a new project, PS Engineering and Garmin have non-certified audio panels equipped with advanced features better suited for smaller cabins.
Video Archive

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER SERVICE NOTICE TO KITPLANES SUBSCRIBERS:


All mailed correspondence, including subscription invoices, renewals, and gift notices, will bear our address:
PO BOX 8535
Big Sandy, TX 75755

Third parties claiming to be selling KITPLANES subscriptions are not legitimate.