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|I recently purchased an RV-6 after completing all the FAA flight and training requirements and knowledge exam for the private pilot license (but prior to my oral and practical exam.) I would really prefer to do my check ride in the RV-6, but it seems that there are conflicting reports of whether or not this is feasible, dependent on an available examiner familiar with RVs, and barring any FAA restrictions on pp check rides in experimental aircraft.
The regulations regarding what aircraft can be used for a practical test (checkride) are found in
61.45. Paragraph (a)(1)(ii) of this regulation states that the aircraft must have a standard, limited, or primary category airworthiness certificate. This would preclude using an amateur-built aircraft for the practical test. However, paragraph (a)(2) states that, at the discretion of the examiner, an aircraft that holds an airworthiness certificate other than standard, limited, or primary category would be acceptable. This means that you would have to find an examiner who is willing to administer the practical test in your RV-6. If you find an examiner, and your aircraft has all the proper equipment needed for the practical test, then it would be acceptable to use your aircraft.
As you’ve mentioned, you can view the aircraft requirements for your practical test by looking at the practical test standards (PTS) for the certificate you seek. In order to make sure you’re looking at the most current version of the private pilot PTS, check
Also check with your local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) for a list of examiners in your area. Then you can check with these examiners to see if any of them would be willing to give you your practical test in the RV.
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Rocky Mountain This Week; Northwest EAA Regional Fly-In July 7-11
They're ready to kick off the Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In
this weekend, June 26-27, at Front Range Airport (FTG) in Watkins,
Colorado. Visit the
fly-in’s website for complete information.
Just around the corner after the holiday weekend, the
Northwest Regional EAA Fly-In gets under way at Arlington
Municipal Airport, Washington. Want to learn all about the
"Friendliest Event in the West"? Visit the NWEAA
website for more information.
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feel it - when the X Team and Masters of Disaster take to the
flight line during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
We provide a bonus image in honor of
Scaled Composites' unprecedented successful private manned space
launch on June 21 with its White Knight/SpaceShipOne aircraft. Visit the
EAA website and choose one of five different resolutions to best suit your screen.
Rutan, Melvill to Tell Space
Will be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 29-August 1
EAA President Tom Poberezny was personally contacted by SpaceShipOne designer/builder Burt Rutan late Monday, expressing thanks for the support and congratulations from EAA following
that day's successful flight of SpaceShipOne over California. Rutan also said he was "looking forward to a good event" at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, including four forum presentations by Rutan, plus his Theater in the Woods evening program "Fun at Mojave" on Thursday, July 29. The longtime EAA member has always been an active participant at Oshkosh, as his aircraft design and building roots with EAA go back more than 30 years.
The 'Most Unique Space Flight in History'
June 21, 2004, was the official summer solstice. It was also Burt Rutan's birthday. Was there some sort of crossing of cosmic forces that also made that the day that Mike Melvill rode the Rutan-designed SpaceShipOne to 328,000 feet and into the record books as the first civilian to gain astronaut wings while piloting a non-governmental vehicle?
This is the most unique space flight in history in that not a single taxpayer's dollar was involved.
AeroShell Square Provides
Aircraft's Center Stage
The line-up at EAA’s main showcase AeroShell Square will provide several notable aircraft from the past and present, as well as several that represent the next century of flight. EAA officials confirm a considerable list of unique, interesting aircraft to appear during the 52nd EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention, July 27 - August 2.
See the Future of Flight at Theater in the Woods
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is famous for providing entertaining and informative evening programs at the Theater in the Woods, but this year’s line-up is one of the most impressive ever assembled. In keeping with this year’s theme, plenty of attractions will certainly help launch the next century of flight, including NASA’s X-43 Mach 7 team; ever forward thinker and SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan; X Prize Founder and Chairman Peter Diamandis with foundation trustees Gregg Maryniak and Erik Lindbergh; and world record-holding pilots Jon Sharp (Nemesis NXT designer) and Bruce Bohannon
(Exxon Flyin' Tiger).
New Homebuilt Headquarters Nears Completion
Work nears completion at the new EAA
Homebuilt Headquarters at EAA AirVenture. Located on Wittman Road, the new HQ is considerably larger than the previous building, including a spacious registration area and store stocked with the latest homebuilding reference books and videos. An outside shelter/porch faces the flight line and can be used rain or shine.
Wanted for Display at
AirVenture: Bargain Homebuilts!
Have you built your airplane on a tight budget?
EAA Homebuilt Headquarters wants to show others project examples that can be done
on limited budgets, so they're looking for three representative airplanes
to display in front of their new building at EAA Air Venture 2004.
Specifically sought are aircraft completed within the last four years that
totaled building costs of less than $10,000; less than $20,000; and less than
$30,000. If you plan to fly in your "bargain beauty" and would like to submit your aircraft for possible display, please
e-mail Wally Anderson of the Homebuilt Aircraft Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention: Type Clubs
- Submit AirVenture Meeting/Dinner Dates Online
Are you having a type club dinner or meeting during AirVenture 2004? If so, please go to
the secure EAA website at https://secure.eaa.org/airventure/type_clubs.html
where you can complete a form with information to share with other EAA members. This information will
be posted on www.airventure.org
and also included in the AirVenture Today newspaper during the
Soucy/Stokes Prepare to Thrill AirVenture Flight Line
Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes will once again bring their popular wingwalking act to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year in the modified Grumman Ag Cat, Showcat biplane. Soucy is a former member of the record-setting Eagles Aerobatic Team, flew with two World Champion U.S. Aerobatic Teams, and has won more awards than any other active air show pilot. Stokes, is also a pilot with multiengine, instrument, and commercial ratings who also enjoys flying aerobatics. The duo will perform at the Tuesday, July 27, Thursday, July 29, and Sunday, August 1 air shows.
Golden West Success!
Organizers celebrate a great EAA fly-in
The Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In may be the youngest of the various regional events, but organizers and volunteers performed like old pros for their seventh annual event June 18-20 at the Yuba County Airport in Marysville. Official numbers are not in yet, but EAA’s Ron Wagner had nothing but good things to say about the fly-in.
“It was typical of a well-run EAA fly-in,” he said. "This was a collection of several hundred dedicated EAA volunteers and EAA leaders showing what they could do by working together toward a common goal. And they achieved it: a well-run, well-attended EAA fly-in.”
Ultralight Day Descends on EAA’s Pioneer Airport
Twenty ultralight aircraft flew into to EAA’s annual ultralight day at Pioneer Airport on Saturday, June 18. There were 18 fixed-wing ultralights and two powered parachutes flying in from Ultralight Chapter 121 in Wautoma and Chapter 75 in Wausau. About 15 pilots heading up from Milwaukee Ultralight Chapter 1 got as far as Dodge County Airport in Juneau, Wisconsin, but were forced to turn back due to strong winds. Ultralight types seen included Challenger, Kolb, Quicksilver, SkyRanger, Kitfox, and Sea Ray.
Attendees were delighted as 14 pilots flew their planes in the proficiency events organized by Ultralight Chapter 75. Events included spot landing, torpedo run, and beanbag drop.
LH-10 Ellipse Unveiled in France
French Manufacturer LH Aviation unveiled a mock-up of its LH-10 Ellipse kit plane at the recent Avia Expo in Lyon, France. The LH-10 Ellipse is a two-place tandem with a mid-mounted lightweight (101 lbs.) Masschi 105hp engine (in development) in pusher configuration. LH claims
it will burn only 1.8 gph at 100 kts. and also be capable of flying to 200 kts. LH plans a flying prototype before 2005. For more information, visit
Robb Report Selects DA42 Twin Star
The June 2004 issue of the upscale Robb Report names the Diamond DA42 Twin Star as best personal aircraft of 2004. The Twin Star is the first piston aircraft to incorporate new technology propulsion (diesel engines), avionics (Garmin G1000), and composite airframe. Diamond received 122 orders for the aircraft in April alone. For more information, visit
XM to Deliver Datalink Weather to Avidyne FlightMax Systems
Avidyne has selected XM WX Satellite Weather to prove broadcast datalink weather for their FlightMax EX500 multifunction displays and FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck systems. Since FlightMax systems already include Avidyne's Narrowcast datalink system, Avidyne will be the first company to offer multiple, complimentary satellite datalink capabilities. It provides an interface to the Heads Up Technologies XMD-076 XM receiver and will soon be available as a software update for all Avidyne FlightMax EX500 and Entegra EX5000 multi-function displays. Avidyne's Narrowcast and XM's Broadcast weather can operate individually or together as complementary systems. XM Satellite Weather will also provide access to lightning data from the National Lightning Detection Network while operating over the continental United States (CONUS). This is a new capability on FlightMax systems and provides ground-based or airborne lightning detection or a combination of both. FlightMax already includes the capability to display ground-based and airborne weather radar. For more information, visit
www.avidyne.com and www.xmradio.com/weather.
Garmin G1000 Certified in the Cessna Skylane
Cessna has received FAA approval for an amended Type Certificate (TC) allowing the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system in the 182T Skylane. The G1000 system integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, and Engine Instrumentation and Crew Alerting System (EICAS) data on two 10.4-inch, high-definition LCDs. These active-matrix displays feature XGA resolution (1,024x768-pixel count) and are capable of presenting data in brilliant, sunlight-readable color at wide viewing angles. Deliveries of G1000-equipped Cessna 182T/T182T aircraft are imminent. Certification for Cessna’s T182T Turbo Skylane is also expected soon, and both aircraft will feature the G1000 as the NAV III premium avionics option. The G1000 system has also been selected for 2004 models of Cessna 206H Stationair and T206H Turbo Stationair aircraft — as well as Cessna’s Citation Mustang business jet, slated for production in late 2006. For more information, visit
Seawind Amphibian Halfway Home to Certification
The certification process for the four-place Seawind amphibious aircraft proceeds in Canada with FAA approving steps along the way. The aircraft, estimated to be more that halfway through the Part 23 certification process, was offered as a kitplane from January 1991 through 2001, with 150 kits shipped and 63 finished aircraft. Seawind President, Dick Silva, with assistance from the Quebec government, brought the project to St. Jean-sur-Richelieu and while production will remain in Canada, marketing and sales efforts are being handled in the U.S. The three most significant modifications to the kit design include an enlarged canopy space, permitting more headroom to the front and rear seats; trailing link landing gear which allows for sod or gravel strip landings; and an escape hatch in the roof for enhanced safety. The Lycoming IO-540-powered composite aircraft achieves a 190 mph cruise at 75 percent power, stalls at 50 knots, climbs at 1,250 fpm, and has a 1,150-lb useful load. Deliveries of completed aircraft are expected to begin in mid-2005. About three-dozen customers have placed escrowed deposits for delivery slots upon issuance of the TC. For more information, visit
www.seawind.net, call 610/917-1120, or e-mail
King Schools Offer Online RVSM Pilot Certification In One Hour
King Schools has FAA-approved Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) training available online to help pilots comply with the new RSVM regulation that goes into effect on January 20, 2005. Certificates showing that pilots have received training in RVSM procedures must accompany the application for the required Letter of Authorization (LOA). RVSM pilot training utilizes web-based training with interactive questions. It covers both domestic and international requirements and includes a cockpit reference card so pilots can respond to RVSM issues while in-flight. Upon completion, the pilot can download a Training Completion Certificate to document course completion to the FAA. Visit
or call 800-854-1001 for more information.
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