Find a DAR (Designated Airworthiness Representative)
In order for an amateur-built or light-sport airworthiness certificate to be issued to an aircraft, it must be inspected by a representative of the FAA. This can be either an FAA employee or a private individual who has been designated by the FAA to perform these inspections. This designee is called a Designated Airworthiness Representative, or "DAR". Due to budgetary and manpower restrictions at FAA offices, most applicants will find it more expedient to work with a DAR.
Not all DARs are authorized to do all types of airworthiness certificates, so a person who needs a certification inspection must find a DAR who is authorized to issue the particular type of certificate desired. Use the following links to find a DAR who can issue the type of airworthiness certificate you seek:
For Special Light-Sport Aircraft DARs, click here.
For Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft DARs, click here.
For Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft DARs, click here.
What is a Light-Sport Aircraft? |
Special Light-Sport Aircraft listing |
Standard Category Aircraft Listing |
Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) |
Converting an Ultralight (UL) Aircraft to an E-LSA |
E-LSA Conversion Kit |
Find a DAR (Designated Airworthiness Representative) |
Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft |
Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Maintenance Requirements |
Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft Insurance |
Light Aircraft and Manufacturer’s Association (LAMA)