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First Flight Considerations of Experimental/Amateur Built or After Major Repair
First Flights – In New or Newly Refurbished Aircraft
Date and Time:
Saturday, June 25, 2016, starting at 10:30 Eastern Daylight Time Download Calendar File
Robert Di Meo, Willard F. Thorn
Brief Description:

This safety seminar is important for anyone preparing for either the first flight of a homebuilt aircraft – or a newly restored aircraft.  The seminar will cover Flight Test Plan considerations, such as In-Flight and Ground Emergencies, Pilot Safety and Emergency Equipment, Training Options, Documentation, Taxi & Flight Tests.  See add’l info below.  To register for this event, click on the link below TODAY to help us with our handouts count.

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Location of Seminar:
EAA Chapter 106 hangar - Gate 4 – North Ramp of LWM
400 Holt Rd

North Andover, MA 01845
Directions to Venue:

No GPS address for airport GATE 4, so when near 400 Holt Rd, follow the EAA signs. Ideally, please arrive between 9:00-10:30 when we will have someone manning the gate for entry.  Outside those times, please call the number on the paper taped to the yellow post for someone to come let you in.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
50 seats at the facility, 44 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Seminar has passed.
Sponsoring Division:
Contact Information:
Penny Bowman
Phone: (508) 284-5592
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):


Experimental/Amateur Built First Flight Considerations

Topics to be covered:

•  EAA Flight Advisers
•  FAA Advisory Circulars re-Test Flights & Airmen
•  Flight Test Plan Considerations
•  The IN-FLIGHT emergency plan
•  The GROUND emergency plan
•  Ground Crew and Airport resources
•  Pilot Safety and Emergency Equipment
•  Training Options - CFIs, Manufacturers, Clubs
•  What's a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA)?
•  Considerations Common to all Airplanes
•  Documentation, including Weight & Balance
•  Taxi Tests and the First Flight
•  The First 10 hrs, 11+ hrs, 1st 40 hrs and 40+

About the SPEAKERS:

Robert Di Meo - Flying since 1979. 6000 hours, ATP, MEI, CFI, CFII, EAA Tech Counselor. Currently flying for Kollsman Inc. as a test pilot for HUD, EVS and Joint Strike Fighter product lines. Have owned a Piper Arrow, C-172, Piper Aerostar and Piper Comanche.  Built and currently flying a Vans RV-8.

Willard F. Thorn PE - Flying since 1975, over 4000 hours, Multi-engine ATP, A&P, Ground instructor, EAA Flight Adviser, EAA Technical Councilor, Professional Engineer. Built Vari-Eze 1978, have owned C-172, C-177RG, C-182 and C-310. Worked for Air Force building and launching rocket, balloon, satellite and space shuttle instruments.  


This seminar is being held at the 2016 NorthEast Experimental Fly-In (FREE Admission, Seminars, & Parking) where many homebuilt aircraft are expected to be on display, including several Van’s RV and Rutan canard aircraft, as well as Zenith, Sonex, Kitfox, Challenger and more.  Stay after this seminar for lunch and then a choice of two afternoon workshops (see EA6169563) where you will learn some of the basics of building your own metal or composite aircraft.  Both of these workshops start at 1 PM in adjacent hangars.
HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT:      Please taxi to the junction of DELTA & ECHO at LWM;  Ground team will identify parking for homebuilts.  For putting your homebuilt on display, you will receive a free all-u-want food combo ticket (1 per homebuilt aircraft on display) for both breakfast and lunch.
PRODUCTION AIRCRAFT:   Please park on the North Ramp (large parking area next to Echo) where available spaces will be identified with a chalk circle around the space number, then walk past the red hangars to the event.
Turn onto Holt Rd off Rt-125 in No. Andover (about 1 mile north of where Rt-133 turns East). At end of Holt Rd, turn right (Clark St).  GATE 4 will be on the left.
Gate 4 will be manned 9:00am-10:30am so that our volunteers can also attend the seminars which start at 10:30am.  We will have a cell phone # sheet on the yellow post to call at other times for someone to drive down and escort you in.
MAP LINK and where to park on this page:    www.106.eaachapter.org/ourhangar.htm

SPONSOR:     EAA Chapter 106 www.106.EAAchapter.org is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) educational public charity.  EAA106 organizes and hosts this annual event which showcases amateur-built aircraft and offers several seminars throughout the day (similar to Oshkosh ‘forums’). EAA106 schedules educational seminars and programs for those building their own aircraft as well as active pilots throughout the year. EAA106 also fly Young Eagles and host museum aircraft.
The educational benefit is the reason EAA106 offers this FREE event, but come hungry – the chapter will have breakfast (9:00-11:00am) & lunch (11:00am-1:30pm) available to help offset their speaker and other expenses.

Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
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