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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.

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Flight Review: Mustang II

When Don Caskey recognized that a passel of his neighbors had built and were flying Mustang IIs, he got the bug and constructed a custom-made version of his own.

Setting Up Shop

Before you decide you cant build a plane because you don't have enough shop space, think again. After all, as author Bob Fritz points out, projects have been built in apartments. This article wont go quite that far, but it does detail some pitfalls to avoid and makes suggestions about maximizing the ease and efficiency of working in a limited-space environment.

Replacing Baffle Seals

They wont last forever, but are critical for proper engine cooling.

What’s New: Dynon’s New Com Radio and Intercom

Audio components designed to work with the latest SkyView firmware 6.0.