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Mel Asberry

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Mel Asberry is an experienced Designated Airworthiness Representative specializing in Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. He and his wife, Ann, have built seven amateur-built airplanes including two ultralight types, a Moni Motorglider, a Dragonfly Mk2, two RV-6s and a Zenair CH 601HDS. They are currently building a scratch-built biplane.

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DAR Mel Asberry continues his discussion of operating limitations and Phase I flight-test requirements.

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We begin a short series that looks at the particulars of a homebuilt aircrafts operating limitations. Have you read yours?

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Can a homebuilt whose core is a certified airplane fuselage ever be seen as an Experimental?

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This month DAR Mel Asberry addresses what it takes to build to LSA requirements, why importing an ultralight from Canada can be problematic, and when ELTs are required.

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Can you use Function Code 33 to amend Experimental aircraft limitations and flight-test locations?

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Readers want to know when you can use your homebuilt for paid instruction and how to convert a certified aircraft into an Experimental.

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DAR Mel Asberry clears up airspace restrictions for homebuilts during flight testing and discusses how the original builder of a homebuilt design remains the builder unless the airworthiness certificate is surrendered, which has implications for reselling an aircraft.

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When do service bulletins have the force of law with regard to Experimental/Amateur-Builts?

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This month DAR Mel Asberry tackles questions about modifying an aircraft and the flight testing required, what should be on a dataplate, and what you need to know about getting an airworthiness certificate after completing a partially built aircraft.

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DAR Mel Asberry discusses the process for registering and certifying an ELSA, including how to find an inspector and the paperwork you'll need to provide.

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