Herewith is Scott Alperin’s last entry chronicling his experience building his Sportsman in two weeks. It was written November 1. We thank Scott here for sharing with readers a bit of the excitement, fun and camraderie that is part ‘n’ parcel of Glasair Aviation’s Two Weeks to Taxi program. It’s our intention that builders complete the program feeling not only truly satisfied with the results of our combined efforts but also feeling a part of the Glasair Aviation family. After all, we not only make great aircraft, we make great friends.

Today was the inspection by the FAA designated examiner. Yesterday and this morning we were able to put the finishing touches on all of the items that were required to be completed for the exam. We PASSED without any issues. I now have an airworthiness certificate to begin flight testing and get the required 40 hours of flying time on the plane within a 100 mile radius of the Glasair Factory. This will be done by company pilots because I need to get back to work at home. The plane will then be taken to the paint shop and I will return to fly it home in [two to three] months. It has been very exciting and rewarding and I am excited to be able to fly the plane in early 2017. 

Thanks to ALL !

Inspection day is always a big deal for our TWTT builders. Here, Scott Alperin (right) lines up with Designated Airworthiness Inspector Steven Knopp and his assistant (and wife) Norma.

Inspection day is always a big deal for our TWTT builders. Here, Scott Alperin (right) lines up with Designated Airworthiness Inspector Steven Knopp and his assistant (and wife) Norma.

The cockpit prepared for inspection.

The cockpit prepared for inspection.

The data plate for Scott Alperins Sportsman. When it comes time to register the airplane Scott as SLA Aviation LLC will be the manufacturer of record, not Glasair Aviation.

The data plate from the airframe of Scott Alperin’s Sportsman. When it comes time to register the airplane, Scott (as SLA Aviation LLC) will be the manufacturer of record, not Glasair Aviation.

Inspection Day photo 7

Sportsman N117SA. The airplane will soon begin its 40-hour factory fly off.