There are times when a builder needs a bit of help
to get his project complete and flying. The the primary focus of
Sho-Me Helicopters, LLC is helicopter flight and maintenance
training, although we often have assisted many builders
in completing some portion or have assisted in the entire build
of their projects so that they can begin their flight training.
Sho-Me Helicopters, LLC has several hangars on our facility with
one of them being climate controlled year around. If you are in
need of extensive building help we suggest contact us for information
on aquiring buider assistance to help you get your ship finished.
Sho Me Helicopters also has an on-staff A&P rated mechanic
to assist you with any of your experimental helicopter build and
maintenance needs. We can assist you with the FAA required annual
condition inspection of you experimental helicopter or fixed wing
airplane by sending our FAA certified A&P Mechanic to your location.
Experimental certificates are issued for the following purposes:
(a) Research and development. Testing new aircraft design
concepts, new aircraft equipment, new aircraft installations,
new aircraft operating techniques, or new uses for aircraft.
(b) Showing compliance with regulations. Conducting flight
tests and other operations to show compliance with the airworthiness
regulations including flights to show compliance for issuance
of type and supplemental type certificates, flights to substantiate
major design changes, and flights to show compliance with
the function and reliability requirements of the regulations.
(c) Crew training. Training of the applicant's flight crews.
(d) Exhibition. Exhibiting the aircraft's flight capabilities,
performance, or unusual characteristics at air shows, motion
picture, television, and similar productions, and the maintenance
of exhibition flight proficiency, including (for persons exhibiting
aircraft) flying to and from such air shows and productions.
(e) Air racing. Participating in air races, including (for
such participants) practicing for such air races and flying
to and from racing events.
(f) Market surveys. Use of aircraft for purposes of conducting
market surveys, sales demonstrations, and customer crew training
only as provided in Sec. 21.195.
(g) Operating amateur-built
aircraft. Operating an aircraft the major portion of which
has been fabricated and assembled by persons who undertook
the construction project solely for their own education or
[(h) Operating primary kit-built aircraft.] Operating a primary
category aircraft that meets the criteria of Sec. 21.24(a)(1)
that was assembled by a person from a kit manufactured by
the holder of a production certificate for that kit, without
the supervision and quality control of the production certificate
holder under Sec. 21.184(a).[ (i) Operating light-sport aircraft.
Operating a light-sport aircraft that-
(1) Has not been issued a U.S. or foreign airworthiness certificate
and does not meet the provisions of §103.1 of this chapter.
An experimental certificate will not be issued under this
paragraph for these aircraft after January 31, 2008;
(2) Has been assembled-
(i) From an aircraft kit for which the applicant can provide
the information required by §21.193 (e); and
(ii) In accordance with manufacturer's assembly instructions
that meet an applicable consensus standard; or (3) Has been
previously issued a special airworthiness certificate in the
light- sport category under
The Committee agreed that FAA enforcement action on aircraft
construction projects that are egregious violations of the
major portion provision of the regulations would provide a
significant deterrent to those who promote violating the regulations.
The Committee also noted that many aircraft are marketed as
having the maximum amount of fabrication and assembly allowed
already completed by the kit manufacturer (49%). In theory,
the remaining 51% would then be completed by the amateur-builder(s).
If additional commercial assistance
were used, the aircraft would not be eligible for an amateur-built
The Committee agreed that the FAA should begin to take enforcement
action and/or deny airworthiness certificates based on violations
of the current rule. In egregious cases where there is a clear,
deliberate falsification of the eligibility statement, the
FAA should make referrals to the Department of Justice for
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LLC helped Carl build his helicopter and then taught him how to
fly it at our training center.
Below are two student's
ships that we assisted in the original build, final prep and rigging
followed by flight training. They are in one of our hangars at our
training facility in the Missouri Ozarks.
Below is Bill Faulkner's Exec 162F during his first solo Hover
(his hover was a bit high at first but he brought it down as he
became comfortable with the feel of flying solo). The rear covers
are usually left off during flight training so that we can keep
an eye on all of the new components back there during the fligt
test period. Bill built his helicopter here at our facility in a
short period of time and within 3 months of the kits arrival Bill
was begining his test flying and flight training in his new machine.
It was even inspected and received its airworthiness certificate
right here in our facility.
We can assist the builder
at our facility from final rigging of your kit through scheduling
your private or commercial helicopter pilot FAA check ride. If you
are just waiting for the right time to finish your project and your
partially built helicopter is just sitting there, get to work on
it and then let us help you learn to fly it.