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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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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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Increasing gross weight, adding IFR to operating limitations, transponder requirements.

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Inactive homebuilts from the 1970s, confusion about changing from SLSA to ELSA.

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Should A&Ps also get a repairman certificate, using multiple pilots for Phase 1 testing, putting E/AB wings on a certificated fuselage.

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Moving a certified aircraft to another category, operating an Experimental internationally.

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Towing gliders with an E/A-B aircraft, POH requirements, taxi-testing scenarios.

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Applying for a Repairman Certificate, importing Experimentals, converting an SLSA Cub to ELSA.

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Converting heavy ultralights to ELSA, ELSA maintenance requirements.

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Complying with the 51% rule, bringing Canadian aircraft into the U.S., adding auxiliary fuel tanks, using non-TSOd ADS-B in an Ercoupe.

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