Last weekend I set myself the goal of kickstarting my Phase 1 with a resumption of flying only to find that the airport is now closed for a month (estimated) for airport lighting improvements. No warning, no notice. Lovely.
I’m told people will probably just use the taxiway but I’m sure that would not be covered by my insurance if I were to miss it,
In the meantime I finally got an appointment with the FAA to get my repairman certificate. This allows me to perform the annual condition inspection required by my operating limitatiOns. Unlike a certifed plane that is required to have an annual inspection to prove air worthiness, an experimental does not have this requirement but usually the operating limits specify an annual check. But the check is only to verify that the plane is in a condition safe for flight, and therefore I don’t need a licensed A&P.
Thanks to a mix up with scheduling three of us showed up for a 9am appointment and I drew the short straw and was last, got out of there at 11. I took a printout of my google drive log book and a selection of build photos. I was complimented that I was the most prepared they had seen. It really wasn’t much more than a paperwork check but they did suggest I have a mechanic present to supervise my first inspection so I don’t miss anything.