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Mel Asberry

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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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.

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Phase I testing not completed, understanding operating limitations, non-TSOd position lights.

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Night VFR in an ELSA, flying from the right seat, ELSA certification for an original design.

In Case You Missed it

Alternative Energies

The Grand Unified Airplane: Is it possible to extract energy from the act of flight itself? By Dean Sigler.

Wind Tunnel

When unexpected drag is an issue, the cause could be gaps in the skin of your airplane. A simple seal might solve the problem.

Back to School

There's always more to learn at the National Test Pilot School (Part 2).

Stressing Structure

V-n Diagram.