DAR services (Designated Airworthiness Representative)

DAR Services

Experimental Amateur-Built  

Experimental Light Sport    

Special Light Sport Aircraft  

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 Our Location, and Sometimes – Yours:

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 530-567-5141  0r email Info@rainbowaviation.com.

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 IA 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 EMG-6 Electric Motor Glider. 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. And the 2017 GAA AMT of the Year.

Experimental Aircraft:

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:

  • 8050-1 – Aircraft Registration Application. (This form not available online. Only an original form will be accepted. To request a copy of this form, contact your local FSDO).
  • 8050-2 – Aircraft Bill of Sale (for amateur built kit planes only)
  • 8050-88 – Affidavit of Ownership for Amateur Built Aircraft or 8050-88a for Light Sport Aircraft (must be notarized)
  • (Optional) Custom N-Number request, if you want to request that a specific N-number be assigned to your plane, and you did not previously reserve it online. (See Appendix 11 of 20-27F for an example).
  • $5 fee

When the registration has been approved, the FAA will send you a 8050-3 (Certificate Of Aircraft Registration).

(2) Prepare the plane for inspection:

  • Apply the N-Numbers to your plane
  • Attaching a permanent and fireproof data plate to the plane
  • Apply “Experimental” placard(s) to the plane
  • Apply “Passenger Warning” placard to the plane
  • Install ELT, if applicable
  • Label all instruments to identify their function, and what their normal and maximum limits are
  • Label all controls to identify their function, and how to use the control (if appropriate)
  • Label fuel system, to show what fuel is required, and the tank(s) capacity. There should be a way to determine fuel on board (fuel gauge installed, or tank is marked in gallons).

(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:

  • 8130-6 – Application for Airworthiness Certificate
  • 8130-12 – Eligibility Statement (for Amateur-Built Aircraft only)
  • Three-view photographs or drawings of the aircraft
  • Weight and balance data
  • A program letter in accordance with 14 CFR 21.193. (See Appendix 13 of 20-27F for an example)

When we arrive the plane must be in condition for safe operation and you should;

Have all your paperwork ready
Have an inspection check list ready
Have all your builder logs, engine log, prop log, POH, all manuals and certs for your equipment installed.

Any inspection sheets from your Tech Counselor.
Have your flight testing plan made out and available.
Have all the removable inspection covers off, cowl off, seats out, carpet out, covers off, basically everything off and open like an annual inspection. Neatly display all the items removed.
Have the plane and surrounding area as neat and tidy as possible.

You should have gotten an amateur built package from the FAA. This will be helpful in getting everything ready.