FlyingMonkey Posted January 22, 2017 Report Share Posted January 22, 2017 I had the DAR inspection yesterday, and my airplane is now officially an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (E-LSA). It was a pretty painless experience, the hardest part is gathering all the paperwork for the DAR to review. I needed to show a current condition inspection had been performed, the ELT and transponder maintenance were current, a current W&B showing all installed equipment, a POH, flight training supplement, and FAA limitations, factory flight test, ground test, and final acceptance documents, factory authorization (usually MRA/LOA) for any modifications, the original factory FAA 8130-15 statement of compliance form, and a few other documents. All that took me a couple of weeks to locate and compile. My new W&B (which I needed to do anyway) showed that between the Matco wheel, autopilot install, and the Dynon D-100 (which was not on the factory sheet as it was installed at Airtime Aviation), I gained about ten pounds, and the empty CG moved slightly forward (which is good, my empty CG was close to the aft limit - not that the airplane flies empty!) -- current useful load is now 575lb. The inspection was pretty easy, I was only missing the "NO INTENTIONAL SPINS" placard, and I printed one and stuck it on in front of the DAR, so he was happy with that. Everything else checked out fine, and the DAR complimented me on the attention to detail in having everything ready and all the documentation correct. He poured through my logbook pretty thoroughly, and asked me a few questions, but was satisfied with all my answers. I'm happy he let me put the "EXPERIMENTAL" placard on the front of the spar box -- it's visible from both entrances as required, but not emblazoned on the outside of the airplane. I also had to change the passenger warning placard to indicate experimental status. Since he has done a lot of these conversions, I asked him about changes to resale value. He doesn't think it really affects it. Only flights schools and commercial users get turned off by it, he said. Most users like the idea of doing their own maintenance if inclined, if not they can follow factory guidance. I guess someday I will find out one way or another. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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