People have been asking how Dotty is coming. Big milestone this week, I submitted the first round of paperwork to the FAA this week!
So what does this mean? Submitting the paperwork establishes a new record at the FAA indicating that a new aircraft exists. So what happens now? Here are the steps
- Build the airplane (15 years) DONE
- Submit registration DONE
- Correct registration errors as required, receive aircraft N number upon successful registration. DONE!
- Retouch paint and complete final assembly
- Order engine and prop July 1, take delivery on August 1, 2015
- Mount engine and finish final assembly of Dotty
- Submit paperwork for FAA inspection
- Pass FAA inspection
- Test flight period
- Final approval
Aircraft engines don’t like sitting around unused which is why I am waiting till the last possible moment to buy it. Not only that, they are expensive. No sense buying one until I am 100% sure that everything is in order ready to go. People have asked which engine I will be using, its the Rotax 912 ULS.
BTW, see if you can figure out why I named her Dotty :)
Registration packet sent off to FAA yesterday!
This is the emergency locator transmitter that will lead rescue crews to my natty pile of bones should I crash so folks will know where to put their three scoops of protein, egg yolks, and skateboards to pay their respects.
Note: Dotty’s polka dots match my car – that is NOT an accident!
Dotty is now an officially registered aircraft in the United States of America! I christen thee, PAPA-TANGO! I just love the way that sounds!
Next up, getting ready for the engine! I want to make sure everything is ready to go before I buy it because no sense letting an expensive engine sit around unused :) I am still on schedule, working on item #4 in the above list.