# Purchasing homebuilt, confused with required inspections

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#### BBerson

##### Light Plane Philosopher
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The local EAA Chapter 430 has several Tech Counselors for free advice about condition, balance, etc. Also consult the Flight Counselor for Pilot skill advice. It is experimental. It is a single seat taildragger.

#### Turd Ferguson

##### Well-Known Member
@Socal pilot, there's always some risk involved. Have to decide if the rewards of airplane ownership are work the risk. Most of the risk in this plane appears to be getting the plane registered and legal to fly, which should be fairly low risk but that is different for everyone. I hope it works out of you, if you lived close to me we'd have this thing up and going before fall.

#### akwrencher

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I've been to that museum, it's nice. Nice place to have lunch on the field too, although they may not be open at the moment......

#### Socal pilot

##### Member
Hi everyone,

I feel I should provide some updates so we could all learn something. I'm most likely passing on this purchase. A few hopefully minor things came up with the logbook, something that I felt I could fix by test flying the plane and notifying the FSDO, but my main reason is that the mechanics that I work with here in my base are unwilling to do a Condition inspection. Everyone is willing to go and "take a look at it" (for a fee of course), no one is signing anything. Thank you for your recommendations for local people, but not being local myself, I don't want to get into a situation where some repairs are necessary and I'm not there, plus I will have to work with mechanics from my place sooner or later and if they are unwilling to sign Condition next year I'm not getting far.

What an unusual experience, I did not see this coming but I have to accept that it's their signature and that they have final saying in the matter.

#### BJC

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Have you checked in with the nearest EAA chapter? They may have an A&P among the membership, or a recommendation on one.

That will be good to know in advance of the next E-AB that you become interested on.

BJC

#### BBerson

##### Light Plane Philosopher
HBA Supporter
Good call.
You might also consider looking for an almost complete experimental kit. With a minor amount of completion work and application for airworthiness, you may also qualify for a Repairman Certificate and then you can sign off your own inspections.

#### Victor Bravo

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But if it is a good price for a basically reasonable airplane, then don't discount the concept of trailering it back home, or U-ship, etc. Take the problem out of the equation (mechanics there are not helpful) and see if the airplane is still worth having once you get it home. In other words, don't hold the wrong thing against the right airplane. The airplane don't know whether the logs are good, or the mechanic is lazy.

#### BBerson

##### Light Plane Philosopher
HBA Supporter
A mechanic is not lazy that chooses to avoid unlimited liability from a simple signature. It's the legal system that is messed up. The FAA is clueless about legal concerns of a signature.
The only solution is to make it possible for Pilot owners to sign their own inspections.

#### Socal pilot

##### Member
" Take the problem out of the equation (mechanics there are not helpful) and see if the airplane is still worth having once you get it home "

That's the interesting part, two mechanics from there don't want the responsibility and two more from here where I am. So even when I get it home I still don't have anyone.

I have seen some "almost completed" projects, I'm definitely going to give them more attention and try to get a Repairman certificate, because from my limited experience so far it doesn't look too good for non Builders with how the rules are made.

#### kent Ashton

##### Well-Known Member
two mechanics from there don't want the responsibility and two more from here where I am. So even when I get it home I still don't have anyone.
What! Socal, I am guessing you are from . . . Southern California. S. California is filthy with experimental airplanes. Absolutely filthy---with that great weather, those clear skies. . . . ....

But I digress. If you can't find a mechanic in S. Cal that would inspect an experimental, you just aren't trying. Find an EAA Chapter | EAA

#### D Hillberg

##### Well-Known Member
My evil twin will probably do the dirty deed - He's in Chino Ca.
He gets more crap from Air Combat & the other "cheap" Heavy Iron drivers on a volkswagon budget
Seems he likes the different toy box to play in

Staff member

Charlie

#### Marc W

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I have been fortunate to find an A&P to do my condition inspections both in Socal(KCMA) and here in Colorado for very nominal fees. I am still educating my current A&P on the differences between EAB and certified. In SoCal it was a retired A&P who just hung around the airport. Here it is an independent. It might help that both understand that I know what I am doing.