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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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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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Transferring an aircrafts repairman certificate, replacing a lost airworthiness certificate, converting a certified aircraft to Experimental.

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Proving compliance with the 51% rule, licensing ELSA or E/A-B, using an LSA commercially.

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