Builder Tip #117 from HomebuiltHELP 
Are You Prepared for an FAA RAMP CHECK?
What Happens when you are Ramp Checked?
Seems like most any private pilot is familiar with the term "FAA Ramp Check." But do we understand what happens during this event and what we are expected to do in order to comply? And, have you wondered why you were chosen for this on-the-spot inspection without warning?

This week's Tip examines the process of the FAA Ramp Check and how we as pilots need to be ready to "pass" if we are ever confronted with this event. There are very specific things that the FAA is looking for and you can be totally prepared in advance. We will also examine how the FAA chooses their targets so you don't have to be surprised (most of the time!)

Watch this short video and see if you and your aircraft are "prepared"!

Required documents are important
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Weight & Balance 101 for Homebuilt Aircraft 
Completing a homebuilt requires you to calculate and document the    weight & balance figures   for your aircraft.   F or many builders this task is confusing and complicated -- however,     we have a video to make this task simple and easy to understand.

This DVD is specifically designed to teach the experimental aircraft homebuilder (who is not comfortable with weight & balance concepts) how to perform the required weight & balance calculations for their aircraft.

There is more to W&B than just filling out your paperwork.    Consider answering the following scenario: If your fully loaded take-off weight is 1500 lbs and you need to shift your center of gravity forward by 1.5" to fly safely,    how far forward should you move your 75 lbs of baggage to get the aircraft within limits to fly safely?

This is an example that is presented in this DVD.    Making use of this knowledge is a lot more than a one-time paperwork effort!
Understanding CG range and Datum
Simple formula for predicting weight transfer
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