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In yet another Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft first, EAA conducted the nation’s first LSA Repairman Inspection course for airplanes this past weekend at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All eight students passed the course, which was taught by EAA’s Joe Norris, senior aviation specialist and designated airworthiness representative for E-LSA, Special-LSA and amateur-built aircraft. Successful completion allows the graduates to perform annual condition inspections on any experimental-LSA (E-LSA) airplane they own.

New certificated LSA repairmen include: Bill Bateman, Mequon, Wisconsin; Harry Crisman, Genoa, Illinois; John Dyke, Amherst, Ohio; Jim Kress, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Brian McCallen, Walkerton, Indiana; John Reis, Hartford, Wisconsin; Richard Resser, Waterford, Wisconsin; and Don Thistle, Lodi, Wisconsin.

Van Stumpner, FAA Aviation Safety Inspector, was in attendance to monitor the course. "I liked the course,” he said. “It was well presented and the training aids were excellent. I think it will turn out well qualified repairman.”

Charlie Becker, director EAA SportAir Workshops, added, “Developing a new course, especially one requiring FAA acceptance, takes a team effort by a number of EAA staff. Having an experienced and knowledgeable instructor like Joe helps a lot.”

Additional Repairman courses are being scheduled for 2005. The FAA allows no more than 16 students in a course, so those wanting to attend are advised to sign up as soon as possible. Tuition is $299 for EAA members, $339 for non-members.

To enroll in this or any SportAir Workshop, or to learn more, call 800/967-5746 or visit

Caption: New LSA Repairmen pictured with instructor Joe Norris (front, left) include (l to r) John Dyke, John Reis, Richard Resser, Don Thistle, Brian McCallen, Bill Bateman, Harry Crisman, and Jim Kress.
(larger view)

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