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Aeronautica Offers 'Milestones in the Sky'
You can own the prototype edition of an exciting oral history project written and produced by Wings narrator Ron David. Milestones in the Sky. This audio CD captures stories that relate the wonder, the passion, the danger and the rhapsody of flight. Originally $14.95, this CD is now on sale for $7.50. Also available on cassette, was $12.95, now $6.50. Visit the Aeronautica website for this and other special offers.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:
To maintain my IFR currency (while flying under VFR), I occasionally invite a pilot friend along to serve as the designated safety pilot. I know that the designated safety pilot must be at least a Private Pilot with category and class appropriate to the aircraft being flown (FAR 91.109). My question: Does this imply that the designated safety pilot must also 1.) have a current medical certificate, 2.) be current in that category & class aircraft, and 3.) be current day and/or night and have the required endorsements in tailwheel, high performance, and/or complex aircraft as appropriate?

For example, I want a designated safety pilot friend to fly with me while I’m under the hood in VFR conditions. I am flying in my experimental, 230 hp, retractable gear, tailwheel equipped, Wizzer Special. Is it legal for my Private Pilot - Airplane - Single Engine Land friend (who is not signed off for tailwheel aircraft or high performance/complex aircraft and has an expired Class Three medical certificate) to serve as my designated safety pilot? If one reads the reg strictly, all my friend needs to have is a piece of paper that says he possesses: Private Pilot - Airplane - Single Engine Land. I am looking forward to your response to clarify this matter.

Excellent question. When the pilot manipulating the controls of the aircraft is using a view-limiting device to simulate IFR flight in VFR weather conditions (VMC), the operation requires a safety pilot (ref: 14 CFR 91.109(b)). Since this regulation calls out the safety pilot as required crew for the operation, the safety pilot must hold a valid FAA medical certificate. However, so long as the person flying the aircraft meets all applicable requirements and is acting as the Pilot In Command (PIC) of the flight, the safety pilot would not need to meet the endorsement requirements of 14 CFR 61.31 (i.e., tailwheel, high performance, complex, etc.). Thus, your friend could legally act as safety pilot in your aircraft, so long as you meet the requirements and act as PIC for the flight.
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Upcoming Workshops 

February 6-8
Denver, CO

Topic: RV Assembly

February 20-22
Griffin (Atlanta area) GA

Topic: TIG Welding 

January 2004
AA Desktop Calendar

January's EAA Skiplane Fly-In provides February's EAA Desktop Calendar. Bill Weber, Belvidere, Illinois, has a novel way to keep his Champ's prop protected from the elements: a two-headed fox prop cover! Visit the EAA website and select one of four resolutions for your computer desktop.


EAA's Official Electronic Newsletter
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2
"Launching the Next Century of Flight"

January 30, 2004   Volume 4, Number 4

  News You Can Use ---

President’s Pilot to Raise Money for Angel Flight East
EAA Member to Try for Record 100 Landings in One Day
To call Lt. Col. Charles L. “Lindy” Kirkland a “chopper pilot” may be understating things a bit. He is an operations officer and a command pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) in Quantico, Virginia. HMX-1 is the squadron that flies “Marine One” and provides rotary wing transport to the president and vice president, heads of state, and cabinet members. Lindy and fellow aviator Maj. Rob Krieg, both EAA members, are on an additional mission these days: Operation Centennial Angel. On March 16, they plan to set an NAA-sanctioned (National Aeronautic Association) U. S. national record by landing on 100 Virginia runways in a single day to raise money for Angel Flight East.
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'Super Connie' Returns to AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 
One of history's most beautiful and beloved airliners will be on display at AeroShell Square during this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 27 - August 2. The Lockheed Super Constellation Star of America will fly to Oshkosh from the Airline History Museum, Kansas City, Missouri. Introduced by Lockheed in the early 1950s, the Super Constellation is considered the pinnacle of propeller-powered airliners. Its commercial popularity was relatively short-lived, however, when faster, more profitable jet-powered airliners appeared in the late 1950s 
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Skiplanes Enjoy Perfect Weather
Weather in Oshkosh could not have been better for the annual Skiplane Fly-In Saturday, January 24, at Pioneer Airport. Friday’s event-saving snow provided just enough of a soft, white runway for more than a dozen ski-equipped airplanes, which were greeted by Saturday’s low teens, light breezes and sunny, severe-clear skies.
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EAA Hosts UFI Ground School in March
Aviation enthusiasts working toward an ultralight instructor rating or sharpening their instruction skills are invited to participate in an Ultralight Flight Instructor Ground School at the EAA Aviation Center on March 20-21. Each session includes two days of high-quality instruction sponsored by EAA, including ground school instruction on more than a dozen practical topics necessary to earn an EAA Ultralight Flight Instructor rating.
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Housing Crunch: It Happens Every Year at AirVenture Oshkosh
While reservation policies vary somewhat from hotel to hotel, local lodging is generally booked solid from year to year in Oshkosh for the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention, scheduled this year from July 27 through August 2. But there are several other options available for people who wish to attend but have not made housing arrangements, and a good place to start is the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB).
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Black Pilot Association Explores EAA SOAR Programs
EAA SOAR (Special Outreach with Aviation Resources) coordinator Horace Sanchez discussed EAA educational programs at the recent Black Pilots Association (BPA) annual winter board of directors meeting in New Orleans Louisiana. BPA immediately formed a committee to further explore possible cooperation between the two organizations. 
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EAA Celebrates 51st Anniversary
The Experimental Aircraft Association marked its 51st anniversary on Monday, January 26, recalling that first EAA meeting in a wintry night in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1953. The organization's success would not be possible without the support and involvement of its hundreds of thousands of members through the years, and the 170,000 aviation enthusiasts who are current EAA members.
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Larkins Reports From DreamLaunch Launch
Just think, almost 12 years ago the Young Eagles Program was announced to the world. A very ambitious program, it had a goal of flying 1 million young people ages 8-17 by the centennial of the Wright brothers first powered flight. Personally, I am very glad that the program’s founders had the vision to create such an exciting opportunity for America’s youth. If EAA and the thousands of volunteer Young Eagles pilots and ground personnel had not taken the initiative to help ensure aviation’s future, I most likely would not be looking forward to having a life-long career in the aviation industry.
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Insurance Tips: Will Someone Please Explain the Airplane Insurance Market?
Anyone can walk into an appliance store and get a price quote on a popular refrigerator model. In fact, most of us will shop around and use the various prices we get as bargaining chips to seek the best deal we can. So why is it so different when trying to get quotes on airplane insurance?
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Timeless Voice of the Week
Dr. Peggy Chabrian, EAA 123064, Port Orange, Florida, is an international keynote speaker and professional aviation educator whose interest in aviation did not come until she was a college senior. Working in a restaurant in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the time, Peggy took up a regular customer's offer to go up in his 1946 Ercoupe. Two and a half years later she was married to that pilot and went on to found Women in Aviation, International, where she serves as president. Read more about Peggy's story on the Timeless Voices website.

On The Flight Line ---

SkyStar Reorganizes for Sport Pilot/Light-Sport
In anticipation of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft final rule, SkyStar Aircraft Corporation has split into two separate divisions, Experimental/Manufacturing and Sport Plane. E/M will focus on the established line of Kitfox aircraft. headed by new president and CEO, Frank Miller. Sport Plane will be under the direction of former SkyStar President, Ed Downs.

Miller has worked in SkyStar’s design and manufacturing areas for many years. “This adjustment to our management structure will allow the SkyStar team to focus our expertise where it is most needed,” he said. “While I will remain dedicated to our existing line of kit aircraft, customer service and after-market products, Ed will be able to focus his considerable experience towards both the use of kits and ready-to-fly airplanes by the thousands of sport pilots who may be in the system in only a few months.”

Downs added, “The formation of a group dedicated to sport plane opportunities is very exciting to me. The sport pilot rule is going to open up new markets for both kits and certified planes, and we need to be ready to act once the opportunities are formalized." For more on SkyStar, visit www.skystar.com.

Eclipse Inks Long-Term Deals for ‘Avio’ System
Eclipse Aviation signed long-term deals with several companies to team on its 500 Jet’s exclusive “Avio” system. Avio’s integral, redundant computer systems and advanced power distribution system monitor and control all aspects of the aircraft from engine controls to avionics to fuel system management to cabin reading lights. Avio will deliver integration and safety previously available only in advanced military aircraft and commercial airliners. The new suppliers and their systems are: Autronics-Aircraft Computer System (ACS); Crossbow Technology-Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) FreeFlight Systems-Global Positioning System (GPS) with Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capability; Harco Laboratories-Air Data Computer with Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM) capability; Hispano-Suiza-Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADECs); and Meggitt Avionics-Digital Autopilot. The new suppliers join existing Avio partners Avidyne (dual Primary Flight Displays and Multi Function Display, keyboard, autopilot control panel, and navigation and communication radios) and General Dynamics (power distribution system, starter generator) and replace components previously contracted to BAE Systems. For more about Eclipse, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.

Improving Economy Helps Lift Husky Sales
Aviat Aircraft’s Husky A-1B sales turned upward toward the end of 2003 providing the company with their best year over the past several years, says President Stu Horn. “The initial drop off in sales lagged behind the recession,” he said, “and now they are keeping pace with the recovery, if not exceeding it.” Horn also credited refinements in Aviat’s dealer program along with a shift in owner expectations for the aircraft. “It’s not just a bush plane anymore. The Husky is so versatile that it is now appealing to a much wider audience than the demographic for which it was originally created.” The two-place, high-wing Husky fits a wide variety of mission profiles with multiple landing configurations, power, and STOL performance. Aviat Aircraft manufactures the Husky, Pup, and Pitts Special along with kits for the Eagle Biplane. To learn more, visit www.AviatAircraft.com or call 307/885-3151.

Miller Bike Featured on ‘American Chopper’
A two-part episode of the Discovery Channel series American Chopper will feature the “Miller Bike” commemorating the 75th anniversary of arc welder and plasma cutter manufacturer Miller Electric of Appleton, Wisconsin. Orange County Choppers designed and built the red, white, and blue motorcycle that features a welding helmet morphing out of the gas tank, a mirror embedded in a MIG gun, a welding machine towed behind it and many other unique welding-related design elements. The program will air February 9 and 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Visit www.millerwelds.com/75years for more information.


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