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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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Condition inspections, N-number problems, removing an electrical system and transponder.

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Overweight LSA, paperwork confusion for a DAR inspection, converting an SLSA to an ELSA.

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Logbook entries, LSA on floats, replacement airworthiness certificates.

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Two engines, one prop; ownership without a sales receipt; ultralight registered as E/A-B.

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Confusion about FAA Form 8130-12, replacing the 2-inch Experimental placard, selling an engine.

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Converting a Taylorcraft to E/A-B, rebuilding and modifying a Rans S-9.

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Higlander gross weight increase, using certified parts in a plansbuilt Cub.

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Registering without builders logs, adjustable prop on an LSA, incorrect N-number placement, repairman certificate for a rebuilt RV-6.

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One fuel gauge for two tanks, becoming the builder of record, converting a Europa to LSA.

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Combining parts from multiple kits, N-numbers, using an amphibian for land-only training.

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