June 4, 2004    Volume 4, Number 22

    


  

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:

What federal form do I need or how do I place a lien on an aircraft? The lien has already been recorded at the local county recorders office.

Answer:
The FAA Aircraft Registration Branch website (http://registry.faa.gov/
aircraft.asp
) offers the following guidance on recording liens:

Send a check or money order made payable to the United States Treasury in the amount of $5 (U.S. funds) for each piece of collateral (propeller-type engines must be 750 HP or greater) and include the document, signed in ink, granting the security interest in the aircraft. Describe the aircraft by manufacturer, model, serial number, and registration number. Debtor must be registered owner. 

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June Highlights: Golden West, Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-Ins Nearing
The Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In and Airshow is in final preparations for its fourth annual event at the Yuba County Airport (MYV), Marysville, California, June 18-20. For complete information including arrival/departure procedures, forums/workshop schedules, a complete event and air show schedule, aircraft judging and more, visit the Golden West website.

The following week, June 26-27, aviation enthusiasts will descend upon Front Range Airport (FTG) in Watkins, Colorado, for the Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In. The new location is 31 miles southeast of former venue Longmont where the event was held for 25 years. Visit the fly-in’s website for complete information on arrival and departure procedures, events and activities, workshops and forums, air show, aircraft judging and more.

  

June 2004
EAA Desktop Calendar

When EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick selected his 20-year retrospective collection of photos, this wonderful air-to-air shot of a Glasair II at sunset was an easy choice. Visitors to the EAA AirVenture Museum can see Jim's special exhibit, which will be up throughout the summer, including AirVenture Oshkosh. Visit the EAA website and choose one of five different resolutions to best suit your screen.
       
Sport Pilot Rule Returned to OMB
The sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rulemaking package has been returned to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final approval. OMB’s website acknowledges receipt of the rule on June 1, 2004. No deadline for final action is listed on the website. However, when EAA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Earl Lawrence visited OMB, along with fellow ASTM Committee chairmen Phillip Lockwood and Eric Tucker, they stressed the need for swift approval of the rule.

The rule, which had been withdrawn from the Office of Management and Budget by FAA in late March, is now back at OMB for what is hoped to be the final review before publication. FAA had withdrawn the rule to answer questions presented by OMB, in a procedural move that would keep the rule on-track instead of creating a major setback if it was completely rejected by OMB. This advancement is another major step forward for the rule. Once OMB approves the rulemaking package, it will be returned to FAA for publication in the Federal Register. This year’s AirVenture event will include a major focus on sport pilot as it provides an exciting opportunity for growth in many areas of the aviation community.

EAA will continue to monitor the rule’s progress and report any news as soon as it’s available.

SpaceShipOne Going For 100 km on June 21 
Burt Rutan to talk about spaceflight attempts at EAA AirVenture 2004
Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne will attempt to become the world's first commercial, manned space vehicle during a June 21 launch on at Mojave Airport in California. From its carrier aircraft White Knight, the privately developed spacecraft will launch at about 50,000 feet MSL above the Mojave Civilian Aerospace Test Center and aim for suborbital space-defined as 100 kilometers (62 miles)-and thus go where no non-governmental manned aircraft has gone before. Conceived by EAA homebuilding pioneer Burt Rutan, built by his company Scaled Composites, and backed by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, White Knight/SpaceShipOne will then try for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE later in the year.
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EAA Set to Commemorate D-Day This Weekend
This weekend, June 4-6, EAA commemorates the 60th anniversary of perhaps the most ambitious amphibious military landing in history, the Allieds’ D-Day landing at Normandy, France. An authentic hangar dance and banquet is scheduled for Friday, featuring special guest speaker Milo Flaten, an infantryman from Wisconsin who took part in the first-wave assault on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Also featured will be an L-19 “Bird Dog” fly-in at EAA's Pioneer Airport; a WWII paratrooper group encampment; and special displays of a Higgins Boat landing craft and an Mk IX Supermarine Spitfire.
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TFRs for G-8 Summit Confirmed
As previously announced, FAA and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will create temporary flight restrictions (TFR) for the International G-8 Summit scheduled for June 8-10 at Sea Island, Georgia. Official word came during a Wednesday afternoon teleconference attended by EAA and other general aviation organizations; officials from affected airports; and TSA and FAA representatives. 
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TSA to ‘Reach Out’ to GA Airports During Summit
Agency Joins Federal Pavilion Exhibitors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Prior to the International G-8 Summit scheduled for June 8-10 at Sea Island, Georgia, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will assign teams of Aviation Security Inspectors (ASI) to general aviation airports located within the temporary flight restriction (TFR) areas. But, according to Steven Calabro of the TSA GA Directorate, they won’t necessarily be there in a regulatory enforcement mode.
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NAFI Gears Up for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has much planned this year for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, centered at the NAFI Flight Instructor Headquarters tent. HQ will again be located just west of the Wearhouse on Knapp Street, adjacent to Convention Headquarters.
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Meet, Greet Aviation Writers
at Author’s Corner

Imagine having the opportunity to shake hands and speak with your favorite aviation author. It’s an everyday occurrence during EAA AirVenture at Author's Corner. Anyone can meet and greet some of today’s most well-read aviation writers, and have them personally sign copies of their work. Located in the EAA Wearhouse, Author’s Corner features war heroes, innovators, biographers, historians, how-to experts and more.
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Red Baron Squadron to Perform at EAA AirVenture
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh hosts the Red Baron Pizza Squadron this year for one performance, scheduled to take place during the Friday, July 30, air show. Widely recognized in their vintage Stearman biplanes, the Red Baron Squadron celebrates its 25th year of flying at air shows in 2004. Eleven aerobatic pilots fly for three teams, one of four airplanes led by John Bowman and two with three each led by Bryan Regan and Travis Aukes. Combined experience is more than 62,000 hours. The teams perform at various locations throughout the country between March and November. The company maintains seven identically configured Stearmans. To learn more, visit www.redbaron.com.

EAA-Recommended Change Would Ease Kit Homebuilt Registration
EAA’s recently submitted a request to change a Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) that would ease administrative burdens on for homebuilders when they register their kit-built aircraft. FAR 47.33 currently requires the owner of an aircraft built from a kit to submit a bill of sale with the application. The problem is most manufacturers do not provide a bill of sale with the delivery of a kit. However, they do provide an invoice.
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Insurance Tips . . . 
Insurability and Cost, Part One: Aircraft
By Bob Mackey
EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan - Falcon Insurance Agency

A lot goes into determining whether or not you can obtain aircraft insurance and how much you’ll have to pay. It’s more difficult and more expensive to get aircraft insurance with $5 million in liability insurance coverage than, say, $300,000. You will also pay more if you buy hull (physical damage) insurance for anything that might happen to your airplane on the ground, while taxiing, and while flying instead of just getting insurance for the times your airplane is parked on the ramp or stored in a hangar. 
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Publication Picks AeroPlanner as Top Online Flight Planner
Citing “overall features and price flexibility,” Aviation Consumer magazine named EAA Flight Planner partner AeroPlanner as the top on-line flight planning system available over FlightPrepFlight and Real Time Flight Planner. “On overall cost and subscription flexibility, Aeroplanner gets the monetary nod,” reads an article in the June 2004 edition. “Also, AeroPlanner has complete data and chart coverage for the U. S. Elsewhere, DAFIF airports and navaids are available.” AeroPlanner was also praised for its speed of operation.” For more, visit www.aviationconsumer.com.

Cirrus Celebrates Landmark EASA Certification
The Cirrus SR20 became the first imported aircraft into the European Union to be certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the new agency previously known as the Joint Aviation Authorities. The certificate, awarded to Cirrus co-founders Alan and Dale Klapmeier in Brussels, later displayed the certificate before an enthusiastic crowd at the Second European Cirrus Fly-in at the Schoenhagen Airport near Berlin. “EASA certification is another significant milestone for Cirrus,” stated Dale Klapmeier, executive vice president of product strategy. “The European market plays an integral role in the long-range strategic growth of our company. EASA certification of Cirrus’ first production model, the SR20, will help us expedite development of market specific products that address the wants and needs of the European customer.” For more information, visit www.cirrusdesign.com.

CAF Pilot Perishes in P-51C Emergency Landing
Don Hinz, EAA member and Commemorative Air Force (CAF) pilot, died due to injuries sustained when CAF’s North American P-51C Mustang N61429 “Tuskegee Airmen” made an off-airport emergency landing on May 29. The emergency landing occurred during the Wings of Freedom Airshow at the Red Wing Regional Airport located between Red Wing, Minnesota, and Bay City, Wisconsin. Hinz, 60, of Woodbury, Minnesota, was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he passed away early on May 30. He was a retired Naval aviator, former airline pilot from Braniff and Sun Country Airlines, and a successful entrepreneur. He played a major role in the fundraising, educational, restoration and outreach programs of the Mustang, which had appeared several times at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Hinz worked diligently to bring the aircraft and the message of the Tuskegee Airmen to the public.

New Aircraft Spruce Facility Celebrates Grand Opening
About 800 people attend the grand opening celebration of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty’s new Peachtree City, Georgia, facility on May 22. EAA participated throughout the day as Mark Forss of EAA’s SportAir Workshops conducted three informational forums, How To Get Started In Homebuilding; How To Register and Certify your Homebuilt; and Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft educational forums. Forss also presented owners Jim and Nanci Irwin with a framed picture of AirVenture Oshkosh. Among the other participants were the Commemorative Air Force (CAF); Electronics International; ICOM; FlightCom; Bose; Lightspeed; Jeppesen; Falcon Aviation Academy; and SouthEast Piper dealership. A raffle was held to benefit the GA Firefighter Burn Foundation. Grand opening images can be found at www.shopspruceeast.com/album.

Jeppesen Releases Instrument Procedures Guide
Jeppesen’s new Instrument Procedures Guide is a pilot training and reference publication aimed at instrument students, certified instrument flight instructors, instrument rated pilots and those holding an airline transport pilot certificate. Covered are GPS; Local and Wide Area Augmentation System (LAAS & WAAS), Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM) and other technologies. The guide also includes IFR operations in the National Airspace System; IFR flight procedures (takeoff, departure, enroute, arrival, approach and landing); and safety-related human factors. The text emphasizes airplane and helicopter instrument procedures. Suggested retail price is $44.95. Visit www.jeppesen.com for more information.

Webster College Hosts Aviation Safety Education Safety Days
Daniel Webster College’s Tamposi Aviation Center hosts Aviation Safety Education Safety Days on July 10-11 at Nashua Municipal Airport (New Hampshire). Static displays include FAA’s DC-3. Seminars include Aircraft Construction; Technical Careers in Aviation; Flying Careers; Air Traffic Control Careers; Flight Simulators; Aging Pilots, Aging Aircraft; and Runway Incursions. This event will run both Wings and AMT programs. For more information visit www.faa.gov/education/ane/safetyeduday.htm or call 781-238-7389.

Wathen Foundation Adds New Hangars At Flabob
The Thomas Wathen Foundation has erected 12 new hangars at Flabob Airport, Riverside, California. The new structures, all of which have been equipped with electric bifold doors, are designed to preserve the historic look of the airport. Five structures measure 50 feet by 50 feet, while the other seven are 42 by 40, and all are already spoken for. Five more hangars are planned to keep up with demand. Since buying the airport in 2000, the foundation has also repaved the runway, paved a significant amount of taxiway, cleared brush, painted old buildings and torn down a number of other old buildings. Flabob is also home to several activities designed to attract young people to aviation, co-hosts several open houses for sport, vintage and general aviation pilots.

New Interactive GPS Simulators From COMM1
COMM1’s new VFLITE GPS simulation training CD-ROMs teach pilots how to use all the functions and operations of the Garmin GPSMap 196 and GNS 530/430. VFLITE training tools, the only recognized and recommended by Garmin, was selected as Aviation Consumer's “Gear of the Year.” The hands-on approach uses movie demonstrations, audio-narration, and animated sequences with actual Garmin screen images. Pilots first see and hear a demonstration, and then do an assisted simulation, and finally perform a solo operation that tests their knowledge and retention. VFLITE cover up to 44 function-specific topics in addition to the scenarios that emulate the most common and demanding VFR and IFR flight operations. For more information about VFLITE™, call 888/333-2855, or visit www.Comm1Radio.com.

National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Presenters Announced
Presenters at the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony include Frank Borman, former astronaut enshrined in 1982, presenting fellow astronaut William Anders; Emily Howell Warner, first female pilot of a jet-equipped, scheduled U.S. airline, presenting the late Harriet Quimby, the first American female licensed pilot in 1911 and in 1912 the first female to fly solo across the English Channel;and John and Martha King, founders of a pilot training resources supplier, presenting aerobatic champion and world-renowned performer Patty Wagstaff. The ceremony, widely known as America's "Oscar Night of Aviation," will take place at the Dayton Convention Center on Saturday, July 17, in Dayton, Ohio. For more information visit www.nationalaviation.org or call 937/256-0944, ext 16.
 

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