Posted: 6/15/2011 05:44:43
I am interested in buying an RV-8 that is very well equipped for IFR flight but not originaly certified as IFR, I fly cross county frequently and need IFR capability. Is it possible to use this plane for IFR, can the operating limitations be modified? or is there another way to leagly use this plane for IFR
Posted: 6/15/2011 10:43:37
If the operating limitations do not prohibit IFR flight, then the only requirement is that the minimun equipment listed in the FAR's be installed and operative in the aircraft, and the appropriate IFR static system, transponder and altimeter tests have been done within 2 calendar years.
Posted: 6/15/2011 11:28:32
Check your OPLIMs. Typically it should say something like: “After completion of phase I flight testing, unless appropriately equipped for night and/or instrument flight in accordance with § 91.205, this aircraft is to be operated under VFR, day only”. If it does, and like Nathanael said, you have complied with 91.205 and have had the appropriate system checks made and logged, then you’re golden and you can fly IFR now. If not, you can get the OPLIMS amended by a DAR.
RV-10 N728TT (reserved), Emp/Tailcone & Wings done, working on the Fuse. Location: Dumfries, VA (suburb of DC), EAA Ch 186