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Old 09-10-2018, 08:27 AM
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If you have time check with local FSDO as some have inspector available, I checked 3 surrounding as I was in middle of 3 jurisdictions , it’s FREE if you can
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Yes, let the FAA do the paperwork and get as many local inspectors/A&Ps/builders to do additional inspections for you.

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Old 09-10-2018, 10:16 AM
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Keep in mind that the FAA may not be as generous as a DAR can be in defining your phase one test area. I'd work that out in advance to avoid being given a nice 25-30 mile radius in which to spend your 40 hours. I've seen this happen.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:31 PM
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Keep in mind that the FAA may not be as generous as a DAR can be in defining your phase one test area. I'd work that out in advance to avoid being given a nice 25-30 mile radius in which to spend your 40 hours. I've seen this happen.
Yes, talk to them first. I asked for 100 miles radius and got it easily.

I sent them a pretty map and they simply incorporated it in my Op Limitations.

Look for airports at different altitudes for testing and tell them the RV's fast cruise speed.
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Old 09-11-2018, 05:39 AM
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I used the local FSDO. My taxes paid for it, and it went super smooth. They have done several at our home field. After we looked the plane over and went through the required documents we simply took one of my old sectionals picked 5 airports within the region and "connected the dots". RV's as we know are fast, and its nice to have several airports in the phase 1 area to practice on. No disrespect to DAR's, as I may even apply to be one myself, but the FSDO was so accommodating the choice was easy.
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:13 PM
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I've built two aircraft and used a DAR for one and the FSDO for the other.

Both went smoothly and the inspectors were great. The FSDO was free and they came out right away. The FSDO had no problem with my large flight area request as it was over rural Illinois and ended south of the ORD class B.
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Old 09-12-2018, 12:50 AM
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I've built two aircraft and used a DAR for one and the FSDO for the other.

Both went smoothly and the inspectors were great. The FSDO was free and they came out right away. The FSDO had no problem with my large flight area request as it was over rural Illinois and ended south of the ORD class B.
I used a DAR; my hangar neighbor used a FSDO inspector. Both inspections were identical, except I paid $750 and his was free. Identical, because we both got the same inspector! When my -10 was finished, I called the OAK FSDO. They said they were too busy, I had to hire a DAR. I did. After the inspection, he told me he was applying for a job with the faa. A year later my neighbor’s -10 was finished. He called the OAK FSDO and said he couldn’t find a DAR because the FAA had hired him. So the FSDO sent him out, free!
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Old 09-12-2018, 02:45 PM
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The problem in dealing directly with the FAA is that there is no consistency between FSDO's and even inspectors at the same FSDO. I agree that our tax dollars should cover the cost of an inspection, but in many cases such as mine, it was easier to just bite the bullet and pay a DAR. For those of you who had a good experience with the FAA - I'm jealous.
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Old 09-12-2018, 02:58 PM
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In the case where I was a witness to the FAA inspection, it was purely about paperwork and placards. Period. There was no real inspection. I am glad I had Vic come do mine despite the expense, because he found issues and we corrected them either right then or soon after. I'd have Vic, Mel or any of the RV-savvy DARs do mine again despite the expense.
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Old 09-12-2018, 04:43 PM
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In the case where I was a witness to the FAA inspection, it was purely about paperwork and placards. Period. There was no real inspection. I am glad I had Vic come do mine despite the expense, because he found issues and we corrected them either right then or soon after. I'd have Vic, Mel or any of the RV-savvy DARs do mine again despite the expense.
Same here. I paid Mel to do my inspection, because I wanted a real inspection.
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