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Building Your Own Kit Aircraft
Kit planning & selection, building, inspection, documentation, flight testing & more.
Date and Time:
Saturday, June 29, 2019, starting at 09:30 Eastern Daylight Time Download Calendar File
Robert Di Meo, EAA Technical Counselor and RV-8 builder
Brief Description:

Have you ever wondered what’s involved in building your own aircraft from a kit?  In this three hour free workshop, you will earn about the planning, kit selection, building, documentation, inspection, repairing, flight testing, and operating your “homebuilt” (aka E/A-B, Experimental / Amateur-Built) kit aircraft. We'll print some extra sets of handouts, but to ensure we have a handout for you, please register by Thurs, June 27.

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Location of Seminar:
EAA Chapter 106 hangar - Gate 4 – REAR 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. 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.  MAP LINK: www.106.eaachapter.org/ourhangar.htm

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Fly-in Seminar?:
60 seats at the facility, 30 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):

Have you ever wondered what’s involved in building your own aircraft from a kit and do you ask yourself these questions? 

  • How do I start the planning, including time, money, location, tools, etc?
  • How do I pick the right kit for me and how complicated is it to build an aircraft?
  • What documentation will be needed for getting my kit built aircraft certified under the FAA Experimental / Amateur-Built category?
  • How do I get my aircraft inspected for that E/A-B certification?
  • What options are there for flight testing and future repairs of my aircraft?
  • What operating limitations are there with a E/A-B aircraft?
  • Where do I go to learn more?

About our speaker:
Robert Di Meo.  Flying since 1979. 6500 hours, ATP, MEI, CFI, CFII, EAA Tech Counselor and FAAST team member. 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.


This seminar is being held at the 2019 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.

There will be four seminars - for active pilots as well as builders of E/A-B aircraft:
1. 09:30 am – EA6192822
    Building your own kit aircraft – What’s involved? – by Robert Di Meo
2. 09:30 am – EA6192823
    ADS-B - are YOU ready for 2020? – by: Russ Kelsea, John Merriman, and Rick Kloeppel
3. 11:00 am – EA6192824
    What are VMC & IMC Clubs? - Mastering the Art of Aviation – by Wyrzykowski
4. 01:00 pm (1300)– EA6192825
    Electrical Systems on homebuilt aircraft – by Robert Di Meo

HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT:      Please taxi to the junction of DELTA & ECHO at LWM;  Ground team will identify parking for homebuilts. 
PRODUCTION AIRCRAFT:   Please park on the North Ramp (large parking area next to Echo). Available spaces will be identified with a chalk circle around the space number. The event is just past the red hangars.
Turn onto Holt Rd off Rt-125 in No. Andover. 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.  We will also have a cell phone # sheet on the yellow post to call 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’. We offer educational seminars and programs for pilots as well as those building their own aircraft throughout the year. The educational benefit is the reason EAA106 offers this FREE event, but come hungry – the chapter will have breakfast (9:00-10:00am) & lunch (11:00am-1:00p) 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:
2 Credits for Master Knowledge Topic 2
FAASTeam Project Information:
National Project:
Conduct safety event addressing Light Sport/Experimental Amateur Built aircraft