FAA MIDO, ATL

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GT Mills
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FAA MIDO, ATL

Got a call the other day, a gentleman requesting my MIDO contacts.  For those of you who aren't in the know, the are a few inspirational stories addressing the mystique of an apparently unusually kind and supportive relationship I enjoy with the FAA.  To wit, in all three cases of bent rotors and tubing they have been most kind, forgiving and forgetful.  In the event I get called out for overflying taxiing aircraft by 3rd party, mean-spirited, FWer's, they agree with me. When I asked for a Sport Pilot Practical test, the guy told me I did THE best simulated engine out spot landings he had ever witnessed and had the pleasure to experience - bar none.  When I asked for inspection/certification, I called and they showed up at 8:00 am the following day.  

I share here the contacts I made at the ATL MIDO for airworthiness certification while I was based in Carrollton CTJ.

GT Mills
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BTW:  going through the FAA

BTW:  going through the FAA for airworthiness and practical testing saved me $400 each, total of $800.  

 

Jon Carleton
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HEY!!!!

Who you callin' "GENTLEMAN??"

Kurt Carlsen
Gentleman

The one thing that Jon will not stand for is being called a gentleman, trust me on this. 

Kevin Koehler
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Thanks for posting

Greg, thank you for posting the information. Hopefully this will be helpful to others including myself.

Jon Carleton
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Crash and Burn (But, they were nice about it.)

I requested an A/W inspection as captioned above.  They guy I spoke with sounded really excited about doing it for me and I was initially very hopeful.  Then he asked his boss for permission and...well, imagine the sound of a falling bomb.  They are apparently too busy, too under-funded, too over-worked, etc., etc.  I received a very polite, "Absolutely Not."

It has been suggested by an "un-named source" that perhaps I should have requested their services on behalf of a trans-gender gyroplane with special climate-change systems.  The "un-named source" proposes there might be concern in upper management for turning me down under those special circumstances. I have my doubts.  Besides, does a trans-gender gyroplane think it's a hot air balloon?

GT Mills
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When I got mine done, the

When I got mine done, the biggest thing was WHERE they were going to do it.  They were initially reluctant when I contacted them, saying travel was a problem, they were busy, yadda yadda yadda.  I offered to bring the aircraft on a trailer to them, but they said that was not possible.

Then they found out that the aircraft was in Carrollton at CTJ and they started falling all over themselves to accommodate me.  When I asked for lead time, they said to get everything in order and give them a call, and that it would happen very quickly from there.  I made all the preparations and gave them a call to schedule a time.  They showed up at 8:00 AM the next morning.  

This is what they said, paraphrased accurately:  CTJ is in the sweet spot in their wheel house of coverage.  It is 45 minutes from their offices, a pleasant, comfortable drive - just far enough away to allow them to get out of the stuffy office for 1/2 day, not too far that they will blow the whole day and get nothing else accomplished and work piles up on their desk.  The facilities are top shelf, clean & orderly, with plenty of elbow room, furniture etc. for the sit-down portion of the review. Medivac helos based there is another plus, the MIDO team manager used to work for Eurocopter.  

When they were finished they told me to call them any time, and they would be happy to come out and do it again as everything came off without a hitch, I had all my ducks in a row, and the whole process was very smooth and professional.  I got the feeling that they were initially worried about the ship and myself, since it was an EAB gyrocopter, but that their fears were totally allayed.

They won't come out to A4A, or most other airports around Atlanta because of distance, traffic, and otherwise unpleasant driving conditions.  They will not entertain the notion that you bring the aircraft to them, because there are no facilities there for such a thing.  The aircraft must be inside of a roomy hanger, out of the heat and weather, and there needs to be a comfy pilot's lounge where they can privately discuss the paperwork.   Along with CTJ, I believe they may also accommodate  folks hangered out in Peachtree, next to Aircraft Spruce, and maybe even the airport in Douglasville just off I-20. But that's pretty much it.  

Try talking to MIDO about doing the certification at CTJ.  Contact Sammy at CTJ' repair facility (Air Services I think is the business name) and offer him $50 or $100 to help you out with temporary hanger accommodations in the northern-most hanger where I used to be.  You can use the back roll-up door, where I was, and you won't be in anyone's way to cause Sammy too much time and trouble.