Mid June Starting the Documentation Work
The engine is hung and I'm working on finishing the baffling, testing the
EFIS engine data and readying for firing up the engine for the first time on the
plane. It's time to take care of all the little things like placards, log
books, weight and balance and overall documentation.
I've started generating the paperwork for applying for an Airworthiness
Certificate. One of the most interesting pieces is the Amateur-Built
Aircraft Fabrication and Assembly Checklist (2009) (Fixed-wing) which is found as
appendix 8 of Advisory Circular (AC) 20-27G. This checklist is used with
guidance from the Amateur-Built Fabrication and Assembly Checklist (2009) Job
Aid which was published August 25, 2011 by the Production and Airworthiness
Division of the FAA. This document provides specific details for
completion of the Checklist in addition to adding and removing a few of the
checklist items. The following is my checklist completed per the Job Aid
complete with updated checklist items.
It becomes very clear just how simple fully composite aircraft are from a
parts count when compared to metal framed aircraft when you look at all the Not
Applicable or NAs on so many of the checklist items. For example, the wing
consists of spars, ribs and skins all glued together.
The Checklist accompanies the
Eligibility Statement Amateur-Built Aircraft which is the notarized
statement by the builder that he/she in fact actually did the work they claim to
have done on the Checklist.
Lastly, there is 8130-6, the
U.S. Airworthiness Certificate which I have filled out requesting
Experimental Amateur Built. Page 2 does not have any fields completed and
thus is omitted here.