- Apr 21, 2008
- San Diego, CA. USA
- Piper Archer, Aviomania G1sb
- Total Flight Time
- Not sure over 10,000+ logged FW, 260+ ultralights, sailplane, hang-gliders
PRA's approach is to look for and prevent all unairworthy aircraft from flying at our events. If they flew in they are only allowed to fly one more time and that is to leave. But we would advise them to ask if anyone has room on their trailer that is going in your direction and we would announce it and try and help them get a ride home....
People err and make mistakes that is human but you gotta call what you see and from the UK I hear that the aircraft has circa 200hrs and yet isn't registered? I just don't figure how that happens. I mean - and anyone please guide me to an alternative view - how do you log that kind of hours when as I understand phase 1 flying is 40 hours local flying and then it gets an AW cert to allow public phase 2 flying - which I then guess means its registered concurrent to that process?
The gyroplane in question was and is very airworthy!!!
I cannot remember how I even found out it was not registered.
At the event, I saw an N#, knew it was an individual's responsibility in America of the owner to make sure the paperwork is in order and assume it was registered.
I'm not, nor do I wish to ever become the government authorities of registrations or weighing of fat ultralights.
Heck from what I just learned the FAA directive not to inspect them are airshows. Would suggest the government does not want to be paperwork dicks as they want the same reputation as PRA we are here to help.
That may be a basic American trait of at least most conservatives, just get the government out of their way. They represent about 1/2 of our population. But usually, government employees are liberals in the States.
That the FAA has this directive is surprising in government and I suspect you fault them where I cheer them for not being dicks when they see it is airworthy.
I did inspect the gyro right after the hard landing for damage but I never even thought to ask it had been registered.
I believe it was a follow-up PRA phone call to the owner as soon as I learned.
When I asked why it wasn't registered after 200 hours of flight? He said his friend the DPE is still fighting cancer is still the main delay.
When I asked why didn't you kick him to the curb like a business decision.
Here is what I learned not in his words but in my summary.
The time-lapse happened because of loyalty, friendship, respect, illness, and the FAA changing to a new portal system of reporting that they did not have all the bugs out, and it's not intuitive, and the DPE's did not know any more about how to input data than clients.
The likely hood of all of those delaying events happening again at our fly-in is remote!