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Old 10-10-2018, 06:17 PM   #1
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Default Total Newbie, where to begin?

Greetings all.

This may have been covered elsewhere in the forums, but my google-fu is failing me.

I have become interested in building and flying a Kitfox. Duh, thats why were all here right? lol. Anyway, the Experimental world is completely foreign to me. Is there an easy reference anywhere on the processes involved? For example, once I get my kit, is it a straight thru build? Or are there any FAA inspections involved during the build? After the build?

And what about licensing and medicals? I nearly completed private pilot flight school back in high school in the early 1990's. Would any of that flight time count, or am I starting from scratch?

Ive been lurking the forums for a little bit now, and have been enjoying the build threads and learning as I read. I just haven't found any of the legal stuff.

Thanks guys and gals,

Daniel
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:08 PM   #2
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The only required inspection is after the build before certification. Youíll need a DAR to inspect it and give you your airworthiness certificate.

Your previous hours count toward your license but Iím not the guru on basic med, sport pilot vs regular pilot certificate.
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:05 AM   #3
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1) Join EAA. You'll learn a lot from their magazine.

2) Browse these forums and the Vans forums. Tons of good info that will make more sense the more you read. Ask questions. We are noob-friendly.

3) Your flight time will "count", but you'll be close to starting from scratch anyway, so it probably is not an important consideration.
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:06 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies guys. Ill definitely be hanging around. And Ill look into the EAA and Vans sites as well.

Unless a deal falls into my lap, might be a while before I can get my hands on a plane. Im a poor paramedic. lol
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:13 AM   #5
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I will pile on a bit.

If possible I would:

1. Find a local instructor and start working on the license again. A lesson or two here or there is fun and requires less cash right now.
2. Find a local EAA chapter that is active in building. They will be a wealth of in person information. Someone there may even have or know of a Kitfox being built nearby. Of course TeamKitfox and Vans Airforce website are awesome sources of info.
3. Order a kit as soon as possible. If you like to build stuff and you like to fly, you will love it.
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:01 AM   #6
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I will pile on a bit.

If possible I would:

1. Find a local instructor and start working on the license again. A lesson or two here or there is fun and requires less cash right now.
2. Find a local EAA chapter that is active in building. They will be a wealth of in person information. Someone there may even have or know of a Kitfox being built nearby. Of course TeamKitfox and Vans Airforce website are awesome sources of info.
3. Order a kit as soon as possible. If you like to build stuff and you like to fly, you will love it.
I wish I had a EAA active chapter near me in Utah. I live in SLC and the closest chapter that seems to be active is north about an hours drive ;(
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:15 AM   #7
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An hour?! That should be decompress time once a month. Here in Southern CA thats a daily ritual for nearly every time we get in the car, but in our case its "Compress" time. Probably the term "road rage" originates here for that reason.
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