I own an Experimental plane that I did not build, so I am not allowed to do the annual condition inspection. It is difficult to find airplane mechanics who will do the annual inspection on Experimental planes, at least in my part of the country, so I have requested an exemption from the FAA to FAR 65.107 to allow me, as the owner of an Experimental Amatuer-Built aircraft, to attend a light-sport aircraft repairman inspection rating training course, and upon successful completion of that course be allowed to apply for and receive an LSA Repairman Inspection Rating Certificate for the purpose of conducting annual condition inspections on my Experimental plane.
A while back there was glitch that allowed Experimental Planes to be registered as ELSA, which then allowed the owners, even if they did not build the planes, to take a course which would allow them to do the annual condition inspection. My request to the FAA would allow present owners who did not build their Experimental-AB planes to get the same benefit.
I do not think that changing this regulation would offend AP/IAs because they do not want to work on Experimental Planes anyway. In fact, it might increase their business because if the owner could sign off his own condition inspection then I suspect that AP/IAs would not mind helping with the annual inspections.
Also, I suspect that allowing owners who did not build their planes to sign off the annual inspections would increase the value of Experimental planes.
There is a chance that this exemption could be obtained. By submitting a petition it will show the FAA that there is public demand for changing the regulations.
My petition for exemption has been assigned a DOT docket number of FAA-2010-0165-0001. Anybody can make a comment to this by going to the docket website http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#home - typing those numbers in the "Enter Keyword of ID search block". Then on the right side of the docket will be a "submit comment" icon - by clicking on that anyone can request to be added to the petition or can make general comments about the petition.