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EAA Hosts Rainbow Aviation's LSA Repairman-Maintenance Class

Attendees (l to r) Karl Scott, Perry Walton, and Frank Cuba check the position of Frank's Kappa KP-5 on scales while performing weight-and-balance calculations as part of the light-sport repairman -maintenance class being held at Oshkosh this week through September 28. (Terry Jenkins is pictured in the cockpit.) The 120-hour course is being conducted by Rainbow Aviation. Photo by Jim Koepnick.

September 13, 2007 — Rainbow Aviation's 120-hour light-sport aircraft Repairman Maintenance course got under way this week at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh. Twenty EAA members are enrolled in the course, which earns participants a light-sport repairman-maintenance rating upon successful completion. This rating allows holders to commercially maintain, repair, and perform annual condition inspections and 100-hour inspections on all special light-sport aircraft. The rating also authorizes holders to perform condition inspections on experimental-LSA in the airplane class. The course runs through September 28 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Rainbow Aviation, based in Corning, California, is currently the sole FAA-accepted provider for this course, and previously the class has been available only in California. "Hosting this course here allows us to help reduce the cost and make it easier for people from the Midwest and East Coast to attend," explained Charlie Becker, director of EAA Aviation Services.

A number of aircraft companies are supporting the course by providing airplanes, including IndUS Aviation, which transported a Sky Scooter from Texas for the school, and Savage Aircraft Sales of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Keith and Julie Hartlaub of Savage loaned the class their personal J-3 Cub for use in weight and balance work and other hands-on activities. Later in the course, Savage will provide two Savage Cub kits for the assembly and inspection sessions.

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