Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR)
Experimental Amateur-Built (function code 46)
Experimental Light Sport (function code 47)
Special Light Sport Aircraft (function code 48)
Fees vary with required services
Average Fee: $475.00- $650.00
(can vary with more complex aircraft under amateur built)
For a SLSA to ELSA $500
At your location $85.00 an hour travel time plus expenses
What is a DAR?
A DAR is a private individual who has been designated by the Federal Aviation Administration with the authority to perform certain functions on behalf of the FAA.A DAR is responsible for upholding the FAA's standards. A DAR is under no obligation to certify anything that does not meet the requirements of the appropriate Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). By contracting a DAR, the client establishes the time and place of the inspection and frees the client from being at the mercy or time constraints of the regular FAA office.
The functional roles and responsibilities for DARs are set forth in FAA Order 8130.2F.
FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) services help you meet your needs when you need a liaison with the FAA.
Inspections at your location or ours:
If you have many aircraft in your area that need to be inspected there may be the availability of traveling to your area for inspections to take place. Call with inquiries and fees.
We will assist you in filling out your paperwork accurately so to help eliminate delays and re-submissions. All scheduling will be done through Rainbow Aviation. If you need assistance in acquiring or filing paperwork, getting your planes ready, etc. Please feel free to contact Carol Carpenter @ Rainbow Aviation 530-824-0644 0r email [email protected].
Rainbow Aviation staff members can also assist you in determining whether your aircraft will make the grade! If you attempt an inspection and your aircraft does not pass you will need to reschedule for an additional inspection costing additional time and money.
Rainbow Aviation is dedicated to assisting any individual, group or manufacturer in working their way up the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft Ladder.
Additional Services provided by Rainbow Aviation www.rainbowaviation.com :
In addition to being a DAR, Brian Carpenter was selected as one of only eight Candidates to attend the first FAA Sport Pilot Examiner course given January 17-22, 2005. He has a long and illustrious background with certified, experimental, and ultralight aircraft. He has been an A/P mechanic with an inspection authorization for over 25 years, is a commercial pilot, and certificated flight instructor with an instrument rating. He has built and flown over forty experimental and ultralight aircraft. He has designed and built several original design aircraft including the Ranger R1 aircraft featured in many aviation magazines. As the founder of Rainbow Aviation he has dedicated his career to helping the aviation community thrive and grow through safety and excellence. His experience includes acting as an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor, EAA Technical Counselor, and EAA Flight Advisor. Brian is also the co-author of A Professional Approach to Ultralights and Sport Pilot Airplane, A Complete Guide.
To register your plane in the amateur-built or Light Sport experimental category, first, contact a DAR.
The basic steps of placing your plane into the experimental category are as follows:
(1) Aircraft Registration: This is done, by submitting the following forms to the FAA Aircraft Registry:
When the registration has been approved, the FAA will send you a 8050-3 (Certificate Of Aircraft Registration).
(2) Prepare the plane for inspection:
(3) Inspection: Have the plane inspected, so an airworthiness certificate can be issued. This involves getting an FAA inspector or a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) to inspect your plane. The following forms are submitted to your local FSDO:
When we arrive the plane must be in condition for safe operation and you should;
Have all your paperwork ready
Any inspection sheets from your