July 23, 2004    Volume 4, Number 32


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Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:

Your summary of the final stall speed (for the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft) rule confuses me a bit. If an aircraft that stalls at less than 45 knots with flaps, can it qualify for LSA even if it stalls at a speed above 45 knots without flaps, or is the only configuration that matters the "clean" stall speed?

The aircraft must have a stall speed of 45 knots or less without the use of lift enhancing devices. In other words, a clean stall speed of 45 knots or less. Sorry, but the aircraft you describe in your question would not qualify for operation by sport pilots.
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July 2004
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You'll know it - and feel it - when the X Team and Masters of Disaster take to the flight line during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

We provide a bonus image in honor of Scaled Composites' unprecedented successful private manned space launch on June 21 with its White Knight/SpaceShipOne aircraft. Visit the EAA website and choose one of five different resolutions to best suit your screen. 

e-HOTLINE Brings Oshkosh to You
The 52nd annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is nearly upon us! The weekend before opening day always brings a frantic pace to get final preparations completed, with AirVenture's unique mix of volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, EAA staff, and, of course, you - tens of thousands of aviation enthusiasts preparing to travel to Wisconsin to help us “Launch the Next Century of Flight.” Throughout the July 27-August 2fly-in, we'll provide e-HOTLINE subscribers with daily doses of what's going on in and around Wittman Regional Airport. With a lineup that includes everything from the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rules to civilian space flight, this is shaping up to be a truly special fly-in. For those of you preparing for OSH, we can't wait to see you here! For the rest of you, we'll see you in cyberspace!

Ride the B-17, Fuddy Duddy at EAA AirVenture!
In case you haven’t heard, EAA’s "Salute to Veterans" B-17 Tour is up and running again and our first stop is EAA AirVenture Oshkosh! Don’t miss this chance to fly in the beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress Fuddy Duddy. This aircraft is one of just a handful of B- 17s still flying out of over 12,000 originally built. Not only will you have the experience of a lifetime flying aboard “Fuddy Duddy” you will also be helping in EAA’s effort to restore Aluminum Overcast! EAA invites you to reserve a seat for a flight aboard this rare WW II bomber and experience the ride of a lifetime. Book your AirVenture flight now by calling 800/359-6217 or visit us at AeroShell Square near the B-17 bomber.
Hours Set for AirVenture LOA/LOOA Conversions
EAA Assists Warbird Owners With FAA Authorization
As reported last week, EAA has obtained an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration that allows pilots of U.S. and non-U.S. surplus military aircraft and certain turbine-powered experimental amateur-built/experimental exhibition aircraft to operate beyond the July 31 deadline for Letters of Authorization (LOA) and Letters of Operational Autho
rity (LOOA) under certain specific circumstances. Affected pilots who plan to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 27-August 2, can complete their LOA-LOOA conversion on convention grounds on Wednesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 29, at the Warbirds Aircraft Registration Building from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. (both days). Those wanting to convert their certificates at AirVenture must bring their full application package with them to the event.
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Some Vintage Aircraft Can be Flown by Sport Pilots 
Current vintage lightplane owners have been anxiously awaiting the final rule for light-sport aircraft, hoping that their particular airplane would fit within the guidelines. Joe Norris of EAA's Aviation Services compiled the following list of Type Certificated aircraft whose performance criteria, as documented within the Type Certificate Data Sheet, would allow the airplane to be operated by a sport pilot. In the final rule, the slight increase in maximum gross weight to 1,320 pounds did allow a few more aircraft to meet the criteria. 
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Sport Pilot Takes Center Stage at EAA AirVenture
At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004’s Sport Pilot Center, attendees can see a wide variety of light-sport aircraft on display. EAA members and visitors will have a great opportunity to examine and consider a nearly complete range of light-sport aircraft that will be available under the new rule.  

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Sport Pilot Instruction Seminar Planned by NAFI
A NAFI (National Association of Flight Instructors) workshop is planned for Friday, July 30, to gather several representatives of general aviation flight schools and the ultralight flight instruction community to design an agenda and procedures for a much larger NAFI Symposium to be held at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh in the early fall. The AirVenture workshop will also include EAA representatives Rusty Sachs, NAFI Executive Director; Timm Bogenhagen, EAA Information Services ultralight programs manager; and Dan Johnson, EAA’s SP/LSA marketing leader. 
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LSA Promotional Board to Meet at Oshkosh
A second meeting of the Steering Committee for the Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Promotional Board is planned for Thursday afternoon, July 29, during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 convention. The board’s purpose is to reach out to the general public with news and messaging touting an easier way to become involved with aviation. The sport pilot certificate and light-sport aircraft category provide an opportunity for people to get involved in aviation who, for a variety of reasons, did not previously. The LSA Promotional Board hopes to change that by developing a traveling exhibit for recreational trade shows (motorcycle, boat, RV, outdoor sports, and other "affinity" activities). Early response to the formation of an LSA Promotional Board has been enthusiastic.

First on the Field; Larry Flagg Arrives at Homebuilders HQ
The honor of first homebuilt aircraft to arrive for the 52nd EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In goes to award winning builder Larry Flagg, Indianapolis, who arrived on Thursday, July 15, in his one-of-a-kind, single-place all-metal design, Larry’s Mixture. This will be Larry’s fifth year as a volunteer at Homebuilder HQ (his 22nd convention year), and figured he should get to OSH earlier than usual since Homebuilders Headquarters is breaking in a brand new facility.
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Epic 'LT' Makes First Flight, Prepares for Oshkosh 
It appears that Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR), Las Vegas, Nevada, will make good on a pledge made at Oshkosh last year to fly its prototype turbine-powered, six-place aircraft to EAA AirVenture next week. On July 17, the Epic LT made its successful first flight at 8:20 a.m. local from the Redmond, Oregon, airport. AIR announced the new airplane project at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, which means it went from announcement to first flight in less than one year. The actual project time has spanned less than 14 months thus far.
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C-130 Aeromed Makes First Visit to 2004 EAA AirVenture
The Experimental Aircraft Association's showcase of unique aircraft has grown larger for this year's 52nd annual AirVenture fly-in, July 27-August 2, in Oshkosh. A C-130 Hercules from the 440th Airlift Wing in Milwaukee, along with a team of medical personnel and equipment from the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, will be the first C-130 aircraft in Aeromed configuration featured at EAA's AeroShell Square main showcase ramp.
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EAA AeroScholars Opens Door To New Aviation Generation
See Demos at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The Experimental Aircraft Association is opening a new door in aviation education as the AeroScholars Web program opens for public enrollment, with demonstrations for interested persons during the EAA AirVenture 2004, July 27-August 2, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
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Vehicles, Visitors Turn Out for Planes, Manes Autos
A total of 110 automobiles—nearly half of which were registered on the spot—participated in the first Planes, Manes Automobiles event on Sunday at EAA AirVenture Museum. The new event featured many Ford Mustangs and other vehicles on the ground and North American P-51s in the and on static display.
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Beechcraft President Joins B2OSH
Randy Groom, an active pilot with more than 9,000 hours, will fly in a factory-new Bonanza A36 to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year in row 2 of the Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2OSH) group flight. 100 airplanes are expected to participate this year, the group’s 15th consecutive formation flight, with a scheduled arrival of Sunday, July 25, at 3 p.m. Groom will follow Glenn "Bubba" Wimbish from Burlington, N.C., who has made every B2OSH flight except the first in 1989. Groom will be flying alongside an original 1947 Bonanza 35 flown by Gary Biba, of Austin, Texas.

Chelton Offers TAWS-Plus

Chelton Flight Systems now offers an advanced TAWS system integrated into the world’s most advanced EFIS, incorporating the world’s first FAA approved Highway in the Sky (HITS) and synthetic vision technology. Chelton’s unique terrain threat differentiation capability makes it the only system capable of displaying weather and terrain simultaneously on a single display. The Chelton EFIS’ Forward-Looking Terrain Awareness (FLTA) capability uses database technology for terrain, obstruction, airport, and runway depictions that integrate with aircraft positioning, ground track, groundspeed, bank angle, altitude, and VSI to alert the pilot to hazardous terrain or obstructions. At $55,000 for a single-screen EFIS/TAWS installation, the Chelton system costs less than a number of TAWS-only units. Chelton not only provides TAWS protection, but embodies a primary flight display with 3-D terrain modeling, a moving map display, weather, a full-function FMS, and flight director integration. It is also RVSM capable. No other TAWS product offers as many benefits to pilots as Chelton’s.
For more information, call Chelton at 208/389-9959 or visit www.cheltonflightsystems.com.

Mooney Adds 45 Employees
Mooney Airplane Company recently added 45 new employees and filled seven positions in its newly launched apprentice-training program. The 45 new employees include welders, sheet metal fabricators, avionics technicians, interior installers and others. Nine of the 20 positions are in administrative sales. Mooney HR Director Hank Engel says increased production demand and anticipated retirements prompted the need for new staff. Mooney’s new apprenticeship program, launched in late April this year, offers individuals two years of apprentice training in order to earn their Aircraft and Power Plant (AP&P) license. For more information, visit www.mooney.com.

Comp Air Jet Makes First Flight
Aerocomp’s Comp Air Jet (CAJ) made a 37-minute maiden flight on Tuesday morning, July 20, at approximately 10:45am local time. The flight departed from Florida’s Merritt Island Airport, circled the field then proceeded to the Space Coast Executive Airport where the longer runway was chosen for the first (2,000-foot) landing. Test pilot Ron Lueck’s first impressions were very positive and encouraging. “Although the gear was not retracted on this flight, we still saw speeds of 157 knots at 92 percent n1,” he said. “Pitch, roll, and yaw control were positive and harmonious making the big plane easy to handle.” The CAJ is a kit jet built of composite materials. It offers seating for 8 and a cruise speed of 320 knots. With a fuel load of 550 gallons the CAJ’s projected range is over 1,000 nm. More details will be posted as flight-testing progresses on the company’s website.

Sonex Delivers First Waiex, Xenos Kits Plans Pre-Fly-In Open House 
Sonex, ltd, has had a busy lead-up to EAA AirVenture this year. The company reported delivery of the first two Waiex sportplane kits on June 4 to Ken Scott in Oakdale, California, and Joel Fuller. Meanwhile, the first three Xenos powered glider kits are nearly ready for delivery today. The Xenos meets FAA and JAR criteria for a powered glider, and both models qualify under the new light-sport aircraft rules.

Sonex will hold its first factory open house on Monday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. at its headquarters on Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Meet and greet Sonex builders and Sonex staff, take guided tours of the Sonex Factory, and see informal building demonstrations showing proper building techniques. Several Sonex pilots plan to fly in for the event. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Parking instructions and maps are available on the Sonex website, www.sonex-ltd.com/airventure.html.
During EAA AirVenture, Sonex will be at Booth # 464, and company representatives will conduct a forum focusing on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft at EAA AirVenture on Wednesday, July 28th at 8:30 a.m. in Forum Building 3.

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