EAA Technical Counselors
EAA Technical Counselors are experienced airplane builders, restorers, and mechanics who volunteer their time to visit other EAA members who are in the process of building or restoring their own aircraft. The goal of the Technical Counselor Program is to help EAA members present a "zero defect" aircraft at its final inspection by the FAA.
These are EAA members who've been there and done that, people who know the marvels of the aviation world like the back of their hand. People who can pat you on the back and say, "No, seriously, it looks fine," or say, "Have you considered doing it over?" They are experienced volunteer advisors who want to share their knowledge and expertise with you.
EAA's Technical Counselor program, originally developed in 1965 as the Designee Program, is aimed at providing experienced builders to help you make the right choices during construction. If you’re project hasn’t had a technical counselor visit recently, or not at all, check with your local chapter for a tech counselor in your area. You can also find technical counselors across the nation by searching for those nearby. With nearly 1,100 technical counselors available, and the majority of them associated with a chapter, there is probably a technical counselor right in your area!
Technical counselors are EAA volunteers, there is no charge for the services of a technical counselor. You come away with the peace of mind that can only be had from an experienced builder looking over your work to provide you with a best path forward. The report generated from a visit stays with you, and copies are retained by the technical counselor and at EAA Headquarters for future reference if needed.
If you haven't done so, give a technical counselor a call to schedule a visit. It just might be the best choice you make on your project.