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Covering the Rudder Assembly (LD) (Video)

27-41 (Covering the Rudder Assembly LD)  A Time Lapse look at the covering of the rudder assembly with polyfiber 1.8 oz glider cloth.

(27-41-00) Rudder Assembly (LD) (Video)

(27-41-00) Rudder Assembly (LD)  In this episode of building the EMG_6 We assemble the Rudder Assembly for the Low Drag Rudder.

Rudder Spar Sub Assembly (Video)

(27-41-00-10) Rudder Spar Sub Assembly  In this episode of building the EMG_6 We assemble the Rudder Spar Sub Assembly for the Low Drag Rudder assembly.

Towing Options for the EMG-6


One of the concepts that the EMG-6 design was based on was the ability to tow the aircraft aloft using a variety of different type of vehicles. Not only for primary training but also as a supplement to battery power. The ability to tow the aircraft aloft using a variety of different type of vehicles provides for low-cost options that will get the pilot in the air sooner. Although the aircraft is designed to be a self launching glider utilizing electric motors for its primary source of power, the platform was designed around the idea of having many different missions. One of the missions for the aircraft will be a pure glider. Another will be a glider with a sustainer motor, and then most of the other configurations will be multiple combinations of different electric power plant systems as they develop.

Tow Options

We've already completed the tow testing utilizing a 400 cc Honda quad runner. It appears that the speed may be the limiting factor for a four Wheeler. In windy con…

Corning Airport Information

LocationFAA Identifier: 0O4Lat/Long: 39-56-46.0000N / 122-10-16.0000W
39-56.766667N / 122-10.266667W
39.9461111 / -122.1711111
(estimated)Elevation: 295.6 ft. / 90.1 m (surveyed)Variation: 17E (1985)From city: 1 mile NE of CORNING, CATime zone: UTC -7 (UTC -8 during Standard Time)Zip code: 96021
Airport OperationsAirport use: Open to the publicActivation date: 04/1940Sectional chart: SAN FRANCISCOControl tower: noARTCC: OAKLAND CENTERFSS: RANCHO MURIETA FLIGHT SERVICE STATIONNOTAMs facility: RIU (NOTAM-D service available)Attendance: 0800-1700
FBO ON ARPT PHONE 530-824-0644.Pattern altitude: 1295.6 ft. MSLWind indicator: lightedSegmented circle: yesLights: ACTVT MIRL RY 17/35 - CTAF.Beacon: white-green (lighted land airport)
Operates sunset to sunrise.

Contact Us

Contact Us Rainbow Aviation Services
Adventure Aircraft 930 N Marguerite Ave Corning, California 96021
Tel:   530-824-0644 Fax:   530-824-0250
mail: web:

Link to Airport Information

Rules For Flying The EMG-6

Rules For Flying The EMG-6 We constantly are reminded by other pilots and would be pilots that all of the costs associated with flying simply make it intangible. The cost to build or purchase an aircraft, the cost of aircraft rental, the cost of flight training, the difficulty associated with actually obtaining and maintaining a pilot certificate, the recurrent training requirements, annual inspections, cost of insurance, cost of aircraft storage, and the cost of fuel.
One of the more creative aspects of this whole project was the designing the aircraft to to take advantage of the positive aspect of all of the current Federal Aviation Regulations. By building an aircraft to take advantage of these regulations we can significantly reduce the economic impact on its operator.
NO.... Multi-engine rating required.FAA regulations do not require a pilot to possess a multi engine rating when flying a single place experimental aircraft. Recently we have been nailing down the regulations that …

AC 103-7 Advisory Circular (Part 103 Ultralights)

AC 103-7 Advisory Circular (Part 103 Ultralights)

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Subject: THE ULTRALIGHT VEHICLE Date: 1/30/84 AC No: AC 103-7
Initiated by: AF0-820

1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular provides guidance to the operators of
ultralights in the United States. It discusses the elements which make up the
definition of ultralight vehicles for the purposes of operating under Federal
Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 103, It also discusses when an ultralight must be
operated as an aircraft under the regulations applicable to certificated

PREAMBLE Part 103-Ultralight Vehicles Operating Requirements

Link to FAR Part 103 Regulations
Preamble Part 103-Ultralight Vehicles Operating Requirements Adopted: July 30,1982 Effective: October 4,1982 (Published in 47 FR 38770, September 2,1982)
SUMMARY: This amendment establishes rules governing the operation of ultralight vehicles in the United States. The rule defines ultralight vehicles in two categories: powered and unpowered. To be considered an ultralight vehicle, a hang glider must weigh less than 155 pounds; while a powered vehicle must weigh less than 254 pounds; is limited to 5 U.S. gallons of fuel; must have a maximum speed of not more than 55 knots; and must have a poweroff stall speed of no more than 24 knots. Both powered and unpowered ultralight vehicles are limited to a single occupant. Those vehicles which exceed the above criteria will be considered aircraft for purposes of airworthiness certification and registration, and their operators will be subject to the same certification requirements as are aircraft operators. These…


CFR 14  PART 103-ULTRALIGHT VEHICLES (Regulations) Contained in this section are the actual regulations that govern the operation of ultralight vehicles.
Although the preamble and the advisory circular is often used to interpret what the intent of the rule was, these are the regulations as they stand for an ultralight vehicle. And as such these ultralight vehicles are not considered aircraft. These rules stand separately from the rules that apply to aircraft.
 PART 103-ULTRALIGHT VEHICLES Subpart A-General103.1 Applicability.103.3 Inspection requirements.
103.5 Waivers.
103.7 Certification and registration. Subpart B-Operating Rules103.9 Hazardous operations.
103.11 Daylight operations.
103.13 Operation near aircraft; right-of-way rules.
103.15 Operations over congested areas.
103.17 Operations in certain airspace.
103.19 Operations in prohibited or restricted areas.
103.20 Flight Restrictions in the Proximity of Certain Areas Designated by Notice to Airmen.
103.21 Visual reference …

Building the EMG-6 aircraft under FAR Part 103.

Back to Roots-  Building the EMG-6 aircraft under FAR Part 103.
The EMG-6was designed to meet both the spirit and the letter of FAR Part 103 for true ultralights
The EMG-6 comes in under the strict 254 pound weight limit.

The appeal of Part 103 operations is that no registration is required for the aircraft and neither license nor medical is required for the pilot.

Referred to the following sections on this page:
The regulations, Part 103 (the regulation that governs the operation of ultralight aircraft.)
The preamble to Part 103 Ultralight  Regulations
The FAA advisory circular (which spells out the particulars in implementing and policing ultralight aircraft.)
The Federal Aviation Regulation that regulates ultralight flying is called Part 103. These are the legal rules we fly by.
Part 103 defines an ultralight as:
1-seatLess than 254 pounds max. empty weight (powered)155 pounds max empty weight (unpowered)5 gallons max. fuel capacity55 knots max. full power speed24 knots max power …

A Green Airplane

A Greener Airplane
Even if you're not completely on board with the whole concept of eco-friendly world,

The concept of a greener airplane is a no-brainer.

The cost of fuel continues to rise.

The supply of fuel continues to decrease.

At some point in time the transition will inevitably have to take place where we're using an alternative form of energy.

But even this is trivial to all the other reasons for our Green Airplane.
The ultralight industry thrived for many years. It made the magical world of flight available to a much larger spectrum of the population. The aircraft were simple, low-cost, and easy to operate. Anyone that was ever afforded a flight in ultralight aircraft, cruising out over the landscape at a mere 35 mph. Found it like riding on a magic carpet. A never forgotten sensation of freedom unsurpassed and unappreciated by anyone that has not had the opportunity.

In recent years The ultralight aircraft industry has taken a nose dive and today is left with only a…

About Carol Carpenter

About Carol Carpenter CFO Rainbow Aviation and Adventure AircraftEducation: Graduate,  NADA Dealer Academy Graduate,  California State University, Chico California Teaching Credential
FAA Certificates:
Private Pilot Ground Instructor FAA Sport Pilot Instructor Light Sport Repairman Maintenance (Airplane, Weightshift, Powered Parachute, Glider)
Experience: 2000- Present Owner: Rainbow Aviation Services, Fixed Base Operator, Corning, CA
2005- Present: Administrator Lightsport Repairman Courses
2010- Present Owner: Adventure Aircraft Inc., Corning, CA

Related Experience FAA Safety Team Representative
ASTM Standards Voting Member
Freelance Aviation Magazine Columnist
Light Sport Subject Matter Expert
Rotax Certified Instructor
Aviation Expert Witness
Aviation Speaker
2003 Co-author: A Professional Approach to Ultralights
2005 Co-author: Sport Pilot Airplane: A Complete Guide
2015 Co-author: Technically Speaking (column in Sport Aviation/Experimenter)
Special Qualificatio…

About Brian Carpenter

About Brian Carpenter CEO Rainbow Aviation and Adventure AircraftEducation: 76-80 US Navy Aviation Maintenance Technician
1980-1982 Helena Vocational Training  Institute,  HelenaMontana  Graduated and Certified Airframe and Powerplant Technician

FAA Certificates: 1979 Private Pilot
1982 Airframe and Powerplant Rating
1985 Inspection Authorization
1993 Commercial Rating
1994 Instrument Rating
1995 Certified Flight Instructor
1996 CFI Instrument Rating
2005  FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative
2005  FAA Designated Sport Pilot Examiner
2005 FAA Designated Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner
2006 Light Sport Repairman Maintenance Rating (Airplane,Weightshift, PoweredParachute, Glider)

Experience: 1976-1980 US Navy AMS-2 1982-1991 Aero Union Corporation, Chico, CA 1983- 1985  Aero Union Lead Mechanic 1985-1987  Aero Union Chief Inspector 1987-1990  Aero Union Maintenance Manager 1990-1991 Aero Union Director of Maintenance 1988-1990 Co-owner: Blue Max Enterprises Orland, CA 1991…

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