Vol. 4 May 2006
Velocity's Quarterly Newsletter

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FAA Inspection Checklist


Historically, we have included photos and stories of recent Velocity completions and first flights. Unfortunately, we haven't received any submissions for this Newsletter cycle. We have, however, spoken to a number of you on the builder's line - and it seems as though several of you are quickly approaching your initial taxi testing and test flights. Here's a quick checklist to go over prior to when your DAR comes for a visit.

( ) Instrument panel markings including “N” number, all switches and circuit breakers properly marked, throttle/mixture/prop marked, passenger warning placard and compass card properly marked.

( ) Fuselage marking including “N” number properly displayed on winglets, (no electrical tape allowed) metal data plate properly filled out and attached to the fuselage and the “experimental” placard displayed above the doors or elsewhere within easy sight of a passenger. Data plate “MUST” agree with the Registration word for word.

( ) Airframe log book entry to show that the builder has pressure tested his pitot and static system to check for leaks. (Note: this is not an official IFR certification test, only a check)

( ) Aircraft will need to be weighed and the weight and balance information be copied and given to the inspector. This includes a most forward CG and a most rearward CG computed and available for the inspector to check. This document will also show the date, “N” number of the aircraft, most forward CG allowed and most rearward CG allowed based on the owners manual information.

( ) The inspector will expect that the airplane has been taxi tested, engine run to full power, brakes tested and the airplane is ready for first flight. Airplane to be presented to the inspector with cowling and inspection plates removed, canard cover and battery covers removed and the “airframe” log book ready for the inspectors stamp and signature.

( ) ARROW. The inspector will complete the pink “Airworthiness” certificate. The white copy of the “Registration” should already be in the hands of the builder. (pink copy not acceptable)  Radio Station License (not required if airplane is to remain within the United States airspace. The inspector will also complete the “Operating Limitations” and this will be presented as Phase I and Phase II. Phase I is the 40 hour restriction period and Phase II is the rules an experimental aircraft is subject to the rest of its life and also contains the wording necessary for future log book entries. The “Weight and Balance” to be provided by the builder.

( ) Eligibility Statement. This is an FAA form #8130-12 and your signature needs to be notarized. This is the 51% rule form. It can be found on line at At the top is a box with the word “search”. X this out and put in 8130-12. This is the form you need to complete.