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Old 05-18-2022, 10:50 AM
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Default Looking for A&P as well as a DPE (for RV-10) in the SF Bay Area

I am in the process of buying an RV-10 (very excited ) and will be bringing it to the Bay Area (likely hangar it at San Martin E16).

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good A&P mechanic in the Bay Area that is very familiar with RV-10s (or RVs in general)? Ideally, it would be one that I can work alongside to learn the plane and how to maintain it over time.

I am planning to work on my Commercial certificate. I do have a CFI that can do the training but it looks like getting a DPE that is willing to do a checkride in an EAB may be a challenge. Does anyone know of a DPE in the Bay Area that does checkrides in an EAB? Alternately, I guess SoCal, Oregon, Arizona and Nevada could also work.

Please PM me if you'd prefer not to post your reply.

Thanks,

Vas
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Old 05-19-2022, 12:16 AM
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Lee at Team Light Aviation is your guy for this. He is out of Rio Vista. O88
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Old 05-19-2022, 07:40 AM
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I just had my conditional inspection with Rolf (707) 364-7935 (based at Petaluma) at Novato last weekend. He built an RV6, so knows his stuff. Came down to my hangar for the inspection so he’ll, most likely, come down south. Highly recommend him, I learned quite a bit.
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Old 05-19-2022, 09:09 AM
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Lee at Team Light Aviation is your guy for this. He is out of Rio Vista. O88
Although I haven't had anything done by Lee, I have been told he's a go to A&P for EAB. the few times I flew in Rio Vista there were a few RVs parked outside his hanger.
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Old 05-19-2022, 09:20 AM
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Lee at Team Light Aviation is your guy for this. He is out of Rio Vista. O88
Yep, good suggestion.
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Old 05-19-2022, 02:12 PM
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Thanks very much for the input about Lee at Rio Vista.

I'm still trying to figure out if there any DPE's who are willing to do checkrides in an RV-10. I guess I could check with the Vans folks - Oregon is not far away from me in case they know anyone in that area!
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Old 05-19-2022, 02:22 PM
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I know Dr. Duvall over here in NV will do PPL check rides on occasion in RVs, though he doesn't like to. Refuses to do instrument in RVs, don't know about commercial. Might check with the DPE in Truckee as well.
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Old 05-19-2022, 02:36 PM
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I live in Sacramento and got my PPL ~2yrs ago in my RV6-A. I have used Lee Apaka for multiple jobs and he is very knowledgeable on RVs and a great guy to work with.

For my checkride I was able to secure Richard Conte and we flew in my RV. His email is rjmconte@hotmail.com. I wouldn't exactly call it a great experience, but what checkride is? I passed...and Richard was very professional.
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Old 05-20-2022, 12:19 AM
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Good to hear that there is at least one DPE in California that will give a checkride in an RV! I will reach out to him. Thanks a bunch!
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Old 05-20-2022, 08:06 AM
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Good luck on the purchase Vas. Where will you be calling home base for the RV-10?
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