How to start a project

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1. HOW TO START:
First it is suggested that the builder becomes familiar with the Canadian Regulation governing the building process and final acceptance of an amateur built project. Becoming familiar with the regulation will ensure that the project that the builder has selected meets the requirements of the regulations. Once this step has been accomplished, the builder is to start his project.

As specified in the regulation the builder must inform the Minister of his intention. MD-Ra Inspection Servicesis delegated by the Minister to act on his behalf for all that concern the construction process and issuing of the Special Certificate of Airworthiness for an amateur built aircraft.

To inform the Minister the builder must fill a Letter Of Intent, paythe required Fee and send this information to MD-RA Inspection Services.

Once MD-RA has received the Letter of Intent from the builder, it will open a file for the project. MD-RA will then send the builder a series of documents headed by the document Reply to Letter of Intent C09E. MD-RA also suppliesan Aircraft identification plate information, C19B. These documents are all displayed on the MD-RA site. Reading these documents is an essential step in the beginning of the building process of the project. It is a fact that some projects are delayed because of the lack of knowledge of the regulations by the builder.

1.A DEFINITION
BUILDER: Must be a person or persons. (Partnerships are acceptable). A company cannot be a builder. The builder(s) must ensure that the name(s) of the builder(s) remain consistent on all documents throughout the building process. MD-RA must be advised of any changes.

MAKE, MODEL AND SERIAL NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT:
All amateur built aircraft are, by definition, unique products, and the name is chosen by the builder. The names of certified aircraft are not permitted. The builder must supply a serial number when the Letter of Intent is filed. If a kit is substantially modified, by the builder, the builder is required to get approval for the modifications from the kit manufacturer. Otherwise the name of the project must be modified to reflect the changes.

MAXIMUM TAKE OFF WEIGHT:
must be declared on the Letter of Intent. The builder must ensure that all the information required is accurate, detailed and complete. The information supplied will determine the final characteristics of the builder’s project.

This step ensures that the builder’s project is legally accepted by the Minister, and that a file is opened for that project. The Letter of Intent is kept as a permanent record in the project file, and does not expire.

1.B PROCEED WITH CONSTRUCTION
All Canadian amateur built projects (except helicopters) require two inspections, that is the Pre-cover and the Final inspections. Some projects may require a Major Portion (51%), a Box Spar or one or more Supplementary Inspections. Whenever an inspection is required, the builder must complete an Inspection Request form and pay the appropriate Fee.

The MD-RA Inspection Service will assign an inspector, Inspection Notice C07B.  The required documentation will be sent to the builder and to the assigned inspector. It is the responsibility of the builder to contact the inspector and make arrangements for the inspection. We suggest that the builder read What Your Inspector Will Check. This documentis an exact copy of the procedure the inspector will use during the inspection. Taking note of the procedure performed during the inspection will better prepare the builder for the incoming inspection. The builder must be present during each inspection and for the duration of the inspection, and he must be prepared to answer questions concerning his project.