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Date:  7-7-2017
Number of Hours:  1.00
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Brief Description:  Airworthiness Inspection

Today was a significant milestone in the life of N39DZ. With a few strokes of his pen, Les Thompson, an Aviation Safety Inspector with the FAA Flight Standards Service Indianapolis District Office, signed the birth certificate for my Panther, converting it from a collection of aluminum and fiberglass components to a legitimate aircraft.

His brief visit was an enjoyable experience. He seriously enjoys this part of his work - inspecting homebuilt aircraft. It is evident in the attitude and preparation he brings to the job. He was not familiar with the Corvair engine conversion, so he did his own research before inspecting my plane, enabling him to evaluate my work with the proper knowledge and expectation. He had carefully reviewed and corrected my paperwork in advance, having everything ready for both of our signatures.

After inspecting the airplane, my Condition Inspection Report, Operators Manual, and log books, he walked me through a detailed discussion of the Operating Limitations. He then signed the Special Airworthiness and Repairman Certificates, ending the official part of his visit.

We then discussed some of his experience with previous homebuilt aircraft, and he encouraged me to help others who may be first time, or less experienced builders.

I have not been a strong fan of the FAA due to what I believe are seriously misguided rules for another class of aircraft; but Les puts a good, competent face on the FAA. Thanks Les.

With this milestone behind me, it’s on to taxi and flight testing.
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The All Important Pink Slip

The All Important Pink Slip

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Ready for Taxi and Flight Testing

Ready for Taxi and Flight Testing

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