‘the Other Half of Safety’ – from LOBO US

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Sometimes it’s good not to ‘reinvent the wheel’, so coming across an article on ‘the Other Half of Safety’ on LOBO (US) makes the job of writing this post an easy one.

You may be someone building a Lancair from scratch, or you have purchased a completed project. Or you may even be taking over a build started by someone else. In all cases, consider the following comment from Chris Zavatson:

For many, the kit and the assembly instructions as supplied were by no means optimal for individual purposes, but they provide a baseline that is known to work. 

What makes the experimental plane different from a production aircraft is the ability of the owner/builder to make changes along the way from this baseline. Ideally, these modifications are to enhance the final design and operation of the aircraft.

However, as Chris points out, you need to consider also that, at times, a kit may pass through several hands during the build process:

A new owner might assume the aircraft was built per original plans, and will almost certainly be unable to recognize alterations. In some cases the ‘alterations’ were not even an intentional redesign, but a misalignment, a missing part, or an incorrect bolt. Whatever the cause, deviations have caused damage and loss of life.

In his article, Chris (with considerable experience in inspecting Lancair 320/360s) outlines some of the issues he has uncovered on flying aircraft. He provides an extensive list which you might like to run through, noting items which would be clearly visible on inspection, and others, not so. Ideally, this will highlight some areas you might need to check yourself, or seek advice from someone more expert in the area, even as part of routine maintenance.

Two clear things Chris emphasises are:

  1. the danger and costs of putting things off – i.e. ignoring warning signs
  2. the benefit of education and good maintenance practices.

Keeping both of these in mind, we would also emphasise the need to ask for help and search for information from those more experienced – and again LOBO (US) membership provides great support and knowledge, as we at LOBO OZ aim to do on a local level.

(Access to Chris’ article is open, but there are further members-only areas of support through the LOBO (US) website.)

Lancair Owners and Builders Organisation – membership

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Details about LOBO USA membership

LOBO OZ has been formed as part of the parent company for the very reasons which LOBO USA promotes:

“The Lancair Owners and Builders Organization (LOBO) promotes the safe use of Lancair Aircraft through education, training and fostering communication between members. LOBO safeguards and furthers its members’ interests with regulatory agencies, the general aviation community and the public at large.”

– Welcome page/ Lancair Owners and Builders Organization, http://www.lancairowners.com/

This is why we encourage you to actually join LOBO USA. By joining the parent company, Australian enthusiasts will be able to access a wealth of knowledge, training and resources otherwise unavailable to most of us, and to reciprocate by sharing our own experiences here downunder!

Membership is inexpensive, but provides access to valuable resources, contacts and networking opportunities, both here and overseas.

For membership, see: http://www.lancairowners.com/join/.

LOBO Downunder

Here is an excerpt from the LOBO USA website:

Fred along with other Lancair owners have asked if they could form an Australian affiliate or chapter of LOBO. Given their common objectives in maintaining technical knowledge about these aircraft and in working with the CASA (Australian FAA) on safety, licensing and airworthiness certification, this seems like a no-brainer.

It seems we will soon be a recognised chapter of LOBO! and hopefully also registering on a world map!

And of course, joining LOBO US is amazing value to all of us ‘downunder’! Join now!!