August 13, 2004    Volume 4, Number 42


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Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:

I hold an ATP with Commercial Privileges in Single and Multi Engine Land. My medical certificate has lapsed. If I intend to use my driver’s license to fly an LSA, do I need to also have a current flight review? If so, can a flight review be obtained in an aircraft other than an LSA?

Answer:  Yes, the requirement for a flight review called out in 14 CFR 61.56 applies to sport pilot certificate holders, as well as holders of higher level pilot certificates who are operating at the sport pilot level. All pilots, regardless of which pilot certificate they hold, and whether or not they hold an FAA medical certificate, are subject to this requirement.

The flight review can be accomplished in any aircraft for which the pilot is rated. It would not necessarily have to be completed in an aircraft that meets the LSA definition. However, if you do not hold an FAA medical, and you take your flight review in an aircraft that does not meet the LSA definition, the CFI who is administering the flight review would have to be acting as pilot in command (PIC) during the flight portion of the flight review. Make sure the CFI knows the situation and agrees to act as PIC before taking the flight review.

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August 2004
EAA Desktop Calendar

There are literally thousands of airplanes on the grounds at Wittman Regional Airport during EAA AirVenture. Above is an extreme front view of a  Cessna 195 parked in the North 40 during the July 27-August 2 event. Visit the EAA website and choose one of five different resolutions to best suit your screen.

EAA Members Respond to 11th-Hour e-Alert Appeal
An EAA Government Programs e-Alert last week to EAA members in the state of Washington resulted in a tremendous increase in comments on a controversial Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), from 33 to 440 and counting. Deadline for comments is today (August 12) but comments are accepted through Sunday, August 15.
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Reminder to Wisconsin Pilots: PGA Runs through Sunday
As a reminder to pilots operating in Eastern Wisconsin through this weekend, the FAA has issued a temporary flight restriction for the area surrounding the PGA Championship at the Whistling Straits golf course in Haven/Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Flight operations are prohibited within a 3 nm radius, 3,000 foot ceiling over the area. Pilots should check the latest notice to airmen before planning a flight through the Sheboygan area between now and Sunday, August 15. A check of NOTAMs and good flight planning will prevent an accidental flight through this TFR.
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September 1 Deadline Looms For Transitioning Ultralight Pilots 
Pilots transitioning from ultralights to sport pilot certificates can receive credit for required aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and aeronautical experience if they register with an FAA-recognized ultralight registration program (such as EAA) on or before September 1, 2004.
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EAA Continues to Work Sport Pilot Medical Issue
Medical Reinstatement Alternatives sought for Prospective Sport Pilots
In addition to reporting on the many opportunities for participation in aviation made possible by the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations, EAA leads efforts to resolve certain ambiguities in the applicability of the rule's medical certification provisions.
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EAA Ford Tri-Motor 75th Anniversary Tour Set
EAA celebrates the 75th anniversary of its prized Ford Tri-Motor passenger airplane, and the 75th anniversary of transcontinental air service, with a tour of selected cities in Missouri and Ohio next month. The tour is scheduled from September 8-26.
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EAA Seeks to Continue Downward Accident Trend 
With most of what are historically the year's two busiest flying months (August and September) ahead of us, EAA wants to re-emphasize to all pilots to pay extra close attention to flight safety and flying safely.
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TSA Alerts GA Pilots of Security Advisory 
Late last week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) alerted EAA to a General Aviation Security Advisory when the security level was raised from yellow to orange in the New York City, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. areas due to potential terrorist threats. EAA asks pilots and others in and around airports to report any suspicious aviation activity and to take extra precautions securing your aircraft as noted in this TSA Alert. Reports may be made to either local law enforcement or to TSA General Aviation Hotline at 866/GASECUR (866/427-3287).

‘British Wings & Wheels’ At EAA AirVenture Museum
EAA’s world-class facilities will be home to more than 200 British cars and planes as the 2nd annual "British Wings & Wheels" event comes to the EAA AirVenture Museum on Saturday, August 21. The event, a collaboration between EAA and the Fox Cities British Car Club, runs from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Special vehicles slated to appear include a 1923 Rolls Royce HP; a 2003 Morgan Plus 8; as well as assorted Jaguars, Austin-Healeys, Triumphs, MGs. Owners can still register online prior to the event, as the first 200 participants will receive free souvenir dash plaques. All occupants of British vehicles receive free admission to the Museum and Pioneer Airport for the day. Coinciding with the British Wings & Wheels event will be the 75th birthday celebration of EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor.

Pioneer Airport’s “Murder in the Air” Mystery Dinner
A “murder” will happen sometime between 6:30-9:30 p.m. on September 4 at the Pioneer Airport Speakeasy’s second annual Murder Mystery Dinner. Your job: find the culprit! Pioneer Airport is located behind the EAA AirVenture Museum. You can make your reservation online at You will be e-mailed the secret entrance password. Cost is only $25 per person. Included is dinner and a fun-and suspense-filled evening of intrigue. (Cash bar available.) Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1930's period clothing!
Insurance Tips . . . 
It's All About You...The EAA AirVenture Insurance Plan
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency

Why do people join? That question has been asked and answered by more association and group experts than perhaps any other question. From local clubs and community churches to national and international associations, leaders want to make their organization an inviting and attractive place where people want to be a member. What are the keys? Some say; passion, common goals, resources and services; or a larger voice in relevant issues. The reasons are unlimited and also sometimes arguable. The bottom line is; it’s all about you. What do you want, what do you expect, and what is it you are looking for or need?
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President Visits Eclipse Aviation
Eclipse Aviation hosted President George W. Bush on August 11 for a community "Ask President Bush" forum attended by more than 800 people in Eclipse's Albuquerque, New Mexico factory. Along with discussion on topics ranging from the economy to entrepreneurial and job growth, tort reform, and the fight against terrorism, the President engaged in public discussion with Eclipse CEO and President Vern Raburn.

“Here’s a guy who says, ‘I can build a better airplane.’ That’s what you call a grand vision,” Bush said.

Raburn explained the company’s vision to change the face of aviation with the Eclipse 500 Jet. “We think this airplane represents a major aviation innovation. It’s going to open up all-new markets. We’re doing this by combining the innovation out of the high-tech business, out of manufacturing, and really, with the vision to build an aircraft that brings aerial transportation to a much broader segment of the population.”

President Bush joked. “McCain and I will fly the first one.” Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) introduced the President, while Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) also attended.

Raburn received applause for reporting that Eclipse has grown from 18 employees when the company first hosted Bush for a 2000 visit, to 332 employees today, with 30 more expected by year-end. The president replied, “That’s strong. This is a vibrant company, and I’m excited to be here. I want to thank you for inviting us.”

Raburn later commented, “Eclipse’s success in inspiring new markets and creating new jobs is proof of our nation’s improving economic climate. It is an honor to host the leader of our country for a discussion about the American economy and a chance to reflect on issues that matter to our country, and to each of us as individuals.”  View a clip of the president’s visit on the Eclipse website.

Two Ansari X-Prize Contenders Suffer Setbacks
Two more entrants in the Ansari X-Prize were in the news this week, both for reasons they’d rather not have experienced. Armadillo Aerospace’s rocket designed by video game designer (Doom) John Carmack crashed about 20 seconds after launch in Texas on August 7 then, the next day, Rubicon, a rocket designed by Space Transport Corporation, Forks, Washington, exploded after reaching a height of about 300 meters in the state’s Olympia National Park. Both launches were unmanned. The wrecks have probably eliminated both organizations from Ansari X-Prize contention.

ECA Delivers Ohio’s First Garmin G1000-Equipped Aircraft
Corbett Caudill became Ohio’s first owner of an airplane (a Cessna Skylane) equipped with Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics system. Eastern Cincinnati Aviation (ECA), an affiliate of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, is the Cessna Sales Team Authorized Representative (CSTAR) serving Ohio, West Virginia, and northern Kentucky. The G1000 consolidates all flight, navigation, and engine data onto two 10.4 inch screens, bringing a new level of safety, simplicity, and situational awareness to the cockpit. Caudill is an instrument rated private pilot who plans to use his new 182 to visit friends and family during his retirement.

NAA Names Public Benefit Flying Award Winners
The National Aeronautic Association named five Public Benefit Flying Award winners to be honored at a September 7 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Winners include: Dr. Robert Cleaves, Los Angeles, California, Distinguished Volunteer Pilot award, for founding the Wilderness Conservancy’s Project Care in 2000 flight missions to Baja California, Mexico; Wanda Whitsitt, Illinois, Distinguished Volunteer award, for her work with Lifeline Pilots, the country’s oldest volunteer pilot organization to carry medical patients; Wings of Hope, Missouri, Outstanding Achievement in Support of Public Benefit Flying award, for its 40-plus years of humanitarian flight missions; Angel Flight America Mission Coordinators, Public Benefit Flying Team award, for creating a national network for humanitarian flights; and American West Airlines, Champion of PFB award, for coordinating the Miles of Hope program allowing passengers to donate frequent flier miles to the Red Cross, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Angel Flight.

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