EAA Technical Counselors Here to Help
By Chad Jensen, EAA 755575
EAA Communities Manager
June 26, 2012 - The EAA Technical Counselor program has a long history, dating back to 1965, when it was called the "Designee Program." Today, there are almost 1,100 technical counselors in seven countries.
The use of the Technical Counselor program in your chapter is an excellent way to ensure you are building the best possible airplane under the watchful eye of an expert. A visit from a technical counselor every few months, or before you close up a structure, is an opportunity to get another set of eyes on your project. That set of eyes will come in the form of an experienced builder who can offer advice or suggestions on many areas you may have a concern about.
I am a technical counselor myself, but as I work my way through my homebuilt airplane projects, I continually take advantage of the services of another technical counselor. As an EAA member, the service is provided free of charge, you will have a record of the technical counselor visit, EAA Headquarters will have a copy of the visit, and there is potential for some insurance companies to offer discounts for use of the program.
It's a value that's hard to pass up, and the added safety factor of knowing you have had your airplane project participate in the Technical Counselor program will go a long way to keeping you on the path to a fun and safe airplane.
Find a counselor in your area online or call the Safety Programs line and speak with Jennifer Bork at 920-426-6830.