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Authorized Experimental Aircraft (AEA) Program:

Ed Finnegan is currently authorized to conduct practical tests and issue a Temporary Airman's Certificate containing the Authorized Experimental Aircraft (AEA) endorsement for the Grumman OV/RV-1 Mohawk (G-OV1), the Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin (AV-L29), the Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros (AV-L39), and the North American T-28 Trojan (N-T28).

Ed Finnegan is also authorized to conduct Pilot Proficiency Checks IAW FAR 61.58 for the North American B-25 Mitchell (N-B25).


Per FAA Order 8900.1, Flight Standards Information Management Systems (FIMS), Volume 5, Chapter 9, Section 2, Letter of Authorization (LOA) for Pilot in Command of Surplus Military Turbine or Piston-Powered Airplanes:


Minimum Requirements to fly as PIC in the OV-1 Mohawk (para 5-1580B):

            -  Possess at least a U.S. Private Pilot certificate with appropriate category and class rating;
            -  Possess at least a valid U.S. third class medical certificate;
            -  Possess multi-engine land and instrument ratings;
            -  Logged 500 hours of pilot time minimum;
            -  Have completed one of the training requirements of subpara. 5-1582A of FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 5, Ch. 9, Sec. 2.


Minimum Requirements to fly as PIC in the L-29 Delfin or the L-39 Albatros (para 5-1580A):

            -  Possess at least a U.S. Private Pilot certificate with appropriate category and class rating;
            -  Possess at least a valid U.S. third class medical certificate;
            -  Possess an instrument rating;
            -  Logged 1000 hours of pilot time minimum, including 500 as PIC in aircraft category;
            -  Have completed one of the training requirements of subpara. 5-1582A of FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 5, Ch. 9, Sec. 2.


Minimum Requirements to fly as PIC in the NA-T28 (para 5-1580E):

            -  Possess at least a U.S. Private Pilot certificate with an appropriate category and class rating:
            -  Possess at least a valid U.S. third class medical certificate;
            -  Possess complex and high power endorsements;
            -  Have logged 50 hours complex aircraft time;
            -  Have logged 500 hours of pilot flight time minimum;
            -  Have completed one of the training requirements of subpara. 5-1582A of FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 5, Ch. 9, Sec. 2.


Foreign Applicants (applicants possessing a restricted US Airman's Certificate):

            -  Possess all of the requirements for the specific aircraft listed above;
            -  Possess a CURRENT Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certificate from
               your country's Civil Aviation Authority. This verification is valid for six (6) months from date of original submission.
            -  The required form is provided here.


The 8 Steps to AEA Endorsement:

1.  Find an Authorized Instructor or a CFI qualified in the type of aircraft you wish to receive an endorsement.
2.  Complete an aircraft qualification program with the instructor.  Click here for details.
3.  Secure a Temporary Letter of Authorization to act as PIC for the purposes of accomplishing the Practical Test. This may be
     obtained at your local FSDO.
4.  Practice the maneuvers outlined in the most current issue of the FAA ATP Practical Test Standards, FAA-S-8081-5F.
     Click here to read and download this file..
5.  Complete the Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application, Form 8710-1, linked here.
     The airman's, as well as the instructor's, sections need to be completed in their entirety.
6.  Call Finnegan Aviation Services at 847 226 0777 to arrange an appointment for a practical test.
7.  Plan for a minimum of four hours for the practical test ( hour visiting, 2 hour oral, 1 hour flight, and hour paperwork.)
     Actual times may vary.
8.  Depart with either a Temporary Airman's Certificate with Authorized Experimental Aircraft endorsement for the desired airplane,
     a Letter of Discontinuance, or a Notice of Disapproval.