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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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Repairman certificate eligibility, who to list as the manufacturer, installing ADS-B equipment.

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Importing a Canadian experimental to the U.S., maintenance regs, Form 8000-3 confusion.

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SLSA max empty weight, sailplane condition inspections, licensing a RANS S-7LS as an ELSA.

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Questions about operating limitations when changing engines and adding avionics for IFR.

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Engine data plate, airworthiness certificate issued by an IA, ELT requirements with ADS-B.

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Electric motors, major repairs, combining parts from several kits, using completed wings.

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Repairman certificate eligibility, ELSA mods, flying at civil twilight, fuel cap engraving.

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Private pilots flying LSAs, aircraft registration, prop strikes, E/AB to ELSA, N-number location.

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Major restoration of a 34-year-old Experimental, fabricating an engine from raw materials.

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ELSA condition inspections, converting an ELSA to E/A-B, non-TSOd lighting.

In Case You Missed it

Checkpoints

Those pesky inspections.

Completions

Builders share their successes.

The Dawn Patrol

They may not be comfortable, and they don't go fast, but flying a WW-I plane is just plain fun. When you can share the experience with some American heroes, its even better.

Landing Gear Guru

A visit with Robbie Grove of Grove Aircraft Landing Gear Systems.