When you have completed your aircraft project, the next challenge in your lap is to consider making the first flight in it. If you have the desire and the skill, you can be the test pilot, of course. Even if you are an experienced pilot, the need for transition training in your aircraft model (or very similar model) can be difficult to obtain. Many CFIs and flight schools want nothing to do with experimental aircraft. They also typically do not have aircraft models that provide the same flying characteristics as your homebuilt. You may decide it is best to get an experienced pilot to make the first flight in your aircraft. Where do you find a qualified test pilot for this job?
This week's tip highlights a flight training school that specializes in homebuilt aircraft pilot and transition training. The school conducts their training in light-sport (SLSA) aircraft that are a match to many of the homebuilt aircraft being built today. They also offer a service of performing the first flight in your aircraft if desired. The instructors and equipment make this school uniquely qualified to address the needs of our homebuilt community.
Whether you need complete or partial training for your Private or Sport Pilot license, or transition training before your first flight - check out our presentation in this week's tip!