Light Sport Repairman Maintenance - Airplane! x2!

hook_dupin

Well-Known Member
#1
Ok... so it was pretty much just a nerdy vacation for my wife and I, but both of us are now Light Sport Repairpersons. We took the 15-day class at Rainbow Aviation in Corning, CA, so now we can legally dink with S-LSAs and E-LSAs.

After a few years of owner-assisted annuals and puttering on our RV-8 project, this was a pretty good next step. We eventually want to get a S-LSA in our little flight school, and this will help us to control costs.

The best part: My wife didn't have that much interest in being a pilot when I started working with her a few years ago. Now at the end of the course, she said "I don't really want to be a pilot, but I'd really like to be an A&P."
 

killbilly

Vocals, Lyrics, Triangle, Washboard, Kittens
#2
Ok... so it was pretty much just a nerdy vacation for my wife and I, but both of us are now Light Sport Repairpersons. We took the 15-day class at Rainbow Aviation in Corning, CA, so now we can legally dink with S-LSAs and E-LSAs.

After a few years of owner-assisted annuals and puttering on our RV-8 project, this was a pretty good next step. We eventually want to get a S-LSA in our little flight school, and this will help us to control costs.

The best part: My wife didn't have that much interest in being a pilot when I started working with her a few years ago. Now at the end of the course, she said "I don't really want to be a pilot, but I'd really like to be an A&P."
This is way cool. I'm glad you two got to do that together.

I mean, your wife is already a totally awesome person anyway - the A&P part is the cherry on top, man.

Congrats!
 

z987k

Well-Known Member
#3
Ok... so it was pretty much just a nerdy vacation for my wife and I, but both of us are now Light Sport Repairpersons. We took the 15-day class at Rainbow Aviation in Corning, CA, so now we can legally dink with S-LSAs and E-LSAs.

After a few years of owner-assisted annuals and puttering on our RV-8 project, this was a pretty good next step. We eventually want to get a S-LSA in our little flight school, and this will help us to control costs.

The best part: My wife didn't have that much interest in being a pilot when I started working with her a few years ago. Now at the end of the course, she said "I don't really want to be a pilot, but I'd really like to be an A&P."
I'm going to do the course this year. Very possibly the one you went to.
Can you count hours worked on LSA on your own ticket towards the A&P?
 

hook_dupin

Well-Known Member
#4
I'm going to do the course this year. Very possibly the one you went to.
Can you count hours worked on LSA on your own ticket towards the A&P?
Yes... they've had folks do it already.

http://www.aviatorshotline.com/cont...ame-powerplant-inspection-authorization-ap-ia

There's only two LSRM courses in the US: the Rainbow folks in Corning and Blue Ridge Community College in VA.

I'm not sure I see same "light sport is going to be the future of aviation" outlook that some do, but I do see distinct advantages. I have a fair number of teenage students, and having a Sport Pilot License seems like a good rating for a 17 year old and can be done in a summer. I also have a lot of Army helo guys looking to build fixed wing PIC as soon as possible. I'd like to get a S-LSA so I can start taking care of those folks better.

It's not clear yet, but I do think the LSRM path will be similar for commercial UAS repairs when that becomes a thing. There just isn't enough A&P production in the US to support what Amazon wants to do.
 

z987k

Well-Known Member
#5
It's not clear yet, but I do think the LSRM path will be similar for commercial UAS repairs when that becomes a thing. There just isn't enough A&P production in the US to support what Amazon wants to do.
There would be if they'd pay market wages for it.
 
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