YOUR OWN AIRCRAFT
Experimental Light Sport Aircraft
Inspection Courses offered for the following:
WEIGHT SHIFT CONTROL
POWERED PARACHUTE GLIDERS
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courses- the course hours are: 8:00am to 5:00pm Short refreshment
breaks and a lunch break each day are a part of the timetable.
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Summary of the Rule
Space is limited to 16 students
This course provides required training for those who own (or
plan to own) E-LSA airplane, weight-shift control , or powered parachute
aircraft to be eligible for the FAA light-sport repairman certificate with
inspection rating. This certificate (which does not expire) authorizes owners to perform their own
annual inspections. See course content below.
The repairman certificate
earned during this course is only applicable to aircraft
certificated as Experimental Light Sport - in the specific
class you attend i.e Airplane, Weight Shift, Glider.
It IS NOT valid to
obtain a Repair / Inspection Certificate for an aircraft
with an Airworthiness Certificate in the following
Special Light Sport Aircraft
(SLSA) Factory Built Light Sport Aircraft Ready To Fly
Experimental Amateur Built
(Homebuilt from plans or a kit)
Standard Category Aircraft
(i.e. Piper J-3 Cub, Aeronca Champ, Ercoupe, etc.)
regulation §65.107 allows the owner of an Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft to
earn a Repairman (LSA) Inspection rating by attending an FAA accepted course.
Successful completion of the course allows you to perform the annual condition
inspection on any Experimental-LSA airplane you own now or in the future.
Rainbow Aviation has applied
for and received acceptance of this course in accordance with FAA
Order 8000.84. The course is 16 hours in length (2 day) 8-5 each day.
Weekend courses are the most popular. Students must be in attendance for the entire length
of the class. Due to the FAA
restriction on class size - seating is limited to 16 students.
Brian and Carol Carpenter.
(Team teach the course) Authors of A Professional Approach to
Ultralights and Sport Pilot Airplane. Brian is an A&P aircraft
mechanic with an inspection authorization rating, an FAA Safety Counselor, EAA
Technical Counselor, a CFII, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, a DAR, and he is
the designer and builder of the Ranger aircraft featured in several aviation
publications. He has built over 30 experimental and ultralight aircraft. Carol holds a California teaching credential and she is
a Sport Pilot Instructor, an FAA Advanced Ground
Instructor, a Private Pilot, Light Sport Repairman
with a Maintenance Rating an Ultralight Instructor, ASTM committee
member, and an FAA Safety
Counselor. She also is a freelance writer for
several aviation publications.
Jim started his career at age 14
working at a small airport in Michigan. He has over 1,000 hours of flight time
in certified aircraft, and over 5,000 hours in ultralight aircraft. Jim
has been involved with Rotax aircraft engines since the early 1980's and is
fully certified and equipped to overhaul all 2-cycle models of Rotax engines and
perform heavy maintenance on 912/914 Rotax engines.Jim, a
licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic since 1977,
has a fully-equipped, full-time shop on Airlington Airport and
specializes in Powered Parachute maintenance. As
co-founder and builder of the Arlington Ultralight Airpark, Jim trained and
soloed over 400 ultralight students and has built 70 ultralight and light sport
aircraft from kits and plans. He is very active in the ultralight and light
sport community as a pilot, aircraft owner and mentor to new pilots.
Terri Sipantzi: Eastern
Distributor for AirBorne Windsports, Ltd.,Authorized by AirBorne to assemble and
install standard accessories on AirBorne’s S-LSA aircraft. Completed AirBorne
Windsports’ two week training program in assembly and quality control at their
Australian factory.First civilian certified Weight-Shift Sport Pilot CFI.
Registered first Experimental – Light Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) weight-shift
aircraft in state of Virginia. Registered first AirBorne Special – Light Sport
Aircraft (S-LSA) weight-shift aircraft. Commercial / Instrument rated SEL.
Sport Pilot CFI and Examiner,
LSA Repairman with Maintenance Rating for Airplane, Weight-Shift, and Powered
Beisswenger. Owner of Easy Flight Repairman
Maintenance Rating (AP, WS, PP)
Roy may best be
known as the host of the UltraFlight Radio Show, a weekly two-hour show
featuring interviews with representatives from across the spectrum of powered
sport aviation. Airplane, Weight Shift Control, Powered Parachute, Powered
Paraglider, Glider, and Gyroplane topics are covered. He is a
Powered Parachute Ultralight Flight
Instructor-Examiner (UFI-E) with (EAA), an Advanced Flight Instructor (AFI) with
(USUA).A Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) , Sport Pilot and Certified Flight
Instructor-Sport Pilot (CFI-SP) for powered parachutes. Currently qualifies for
and is in the process of applying for his DAR Certification
Carol Carpenter is the course manager. Email:
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Aircraft) with Inspection Rating
Carol and Brian Carpenter Location: Corning
The course will be taught
75% lecture and 25% practical training. Due time will be devoted to questions,
review, and testing. Although the course objective is successful completion of
the final exam, pragmatic issues will be included in the lecture. Videos,
handouts, and power point presentations will be used to supplement lectures.
Students are required to
attend each module of the course in its entirety.
for Mechanics: Federal Aviation Regulations (Available
Circular 43.13-1B (included in the course)
This course is designed to
prepare the student to perform an annual condition inspection on ELSA.
Obtaining Your Certificate
Any FAA Flight Standard District
Office (FSDO) will issue (click on link below to find the one nearest to you):
Call the office to make an
Bring your course completion
certificate, your airworthiness certificate for your ELSA
Government ID, such as a driver's
The FSDO will require you complete
FAA Form 8610-2 provided in your course binder.
here to see an example completed form. The
example is for a weight shift repairman
certificate for a specific N-numbered- serial number trike. You will enter the n-number and
serial number for your ESLA. Do not
sign the form until you are in front of the FAA Inspector.
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR INSPECTION SEMINARS
Repairman seminars are specialized courses with limited attendance to
enhance your learning experience. Additionally participants will need
lead time to attend. Therefore, NO Refunds will be authorized,
will assist you in selling your seat to another participant if
possible - there will be an additional $75.00 rescheduling fee if
your seat is sold and and a voucher issued for another training course.
transactions must be made directly through Rainbow Aviation. DO NOT
"purchase" a seat from a participant.
A “no show” with
no notice will be charged the full workshop fee. WE USUALLY HAVE A WAITING LIST IF YOU DECIDE
TO SALE YOUR SEAT, However resale is NOT guaranteed. All 2 day
courses require a deposit of the total class fee. This fee is
A STAND BY SEAT may be issued to participants with family or personal
emergencies -with a $75.00 rescheduling fee (documentation
required- ask about policies, rules and restrictions) Stand by seat
may be use when room is available in a class, with the same instructor, or another
cancels. Stand by seats are valid for 12 months.