August 20, 2004    Volume 4, Number 43


Upcoming Tour Stops
August 20-22
Auburn, Indiana
De Kalb County Airport (07C)
August 24-25
Akron, Ohio
Akron Fulton Int'l Airport (AKR)
August 27-29
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State University Airport (OSU)

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Attempt to Stage Story Thwarted in St. Louis
Late last week it was learned that two NBC employees, without revealing their identities, attempted to charter a helicopter in the St. Louis, Mo., area on Wednesday, offering to pay cash for the flight. When asked for identification, each presented a driver's license from another state, neither of which matched state license plates of the vehicle they were driving. Alert FBO employees notified local police and the two were arrested for a short time before they revealed their actual motives: To "expose" general aviation security holes. The pair had also included box cutters, a white powder, clear liquid and other items in carry-on luggage.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:

I have a private pilot, single-engine land (PP-SEL) certificate and was never denied a medical certificate, but due to finances and the usual "other" reasons, I let my medical expire a few years ago. Then I became aware of sport pilot. Understanding the FAA, I was naturally unconvinced it would ever be a reality, but lo and behold, here it is and I'm not quite ready. (I haven't built my airplane yet.) This is not an insurmountable obstacle, but can I now go present my ticket and driver's license and rent a local Ercoupe or Cub and exercise the privileges of a sport pilot while I'm building?

Answer:  All you have to do is get a current flight review and you're all set to operate at the sport pilot level. There are no other requirements for existing pilots such as yourself. You will be required to operate only within the privileges and limitations of the sport pilot certificate while using your driver's license as medical certification.

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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.

Sport Pilot News . . . 
September 1 Deadline Draws Closer for Transitioning Ultralight Pilots, Instructors
Reminder: Pilots who intend to transition from ultralights to sport pilot certificates have until September 1, 2004, to register with an FAA-recognized ultralight registration program (such as EAA) to receive credit for required aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and aeronautical experience. Also, ultralight instructors who register with an FAA-recognized training exemption holder (such as EAA) on or before September 1, 2004 have an opportunity to receive a sport pilot instructor (SPI) certificate. Current authorized ultralight instructors operating under a two-place ultralight training exemption will receive credit for the aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and aeronautical experience requirements. For step-by step instructions on how to become a registered ultralight pilot with EAA, visit the sport pilot website.

Bilateral Agreements for LSAs Reached With 29 Nations
Before a light-sport aircraft can be imported into the United States as a certified LSA, the country of origin needs to have a bilateral agreement with the U.S. to establish reciprocal acceptance of airworthiness certifications between the two nations. There are 29 such agreements today, which allow the respective nations to work towards common safety objectives and to establish standards that will be as similar as practicable.
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Sport Pilot FAQs Updated Regularly
First-time and return visitors to EAA’s sport pilot/light-sport aircraft website will find continuously updated content, including daily additions to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) pages. An FAQ link has also been added to the main “dropdown” menus that appear throughout the site, including “The FAA Rule,” “Becoming a Sport Pilot,” “Light-Sport Aircraft,” and “Instruction.” EAA’s FAQs are organized by subject area (Special Light-Sport Aircraft; Ultralight Pilot Transitioning to Sport Pilot; Medical; Maintenance; CFI Operating as a Sport Pilot Instructor; FAA Sport Pilot Medical; Private Pilot Operating as a Sport Pilot; Sport Pilot Certificate; and Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft). FAQs are based on the many phone calls to the Sport Pilot Hot Line and e-mails to EAA Aviation Information Services regarding SP/LSA. So if you have an SP/LSA question, check out the SP/LSA FAQs—we may already have the answer waiting for you!

EAA Air Academy Announces 2005 Dates
Registration is now available for the full slate of sessions at the EAA Air Academy in summer 2005. Two sessions for ages 12-13, EAA Young Eagles Camp, will take place on June 29-July 3 and July 6-10. EAA Basic Air Academy for ages 14-15 has three sessions scheduled, June 13-19; June 21-27; and July 11-17. EAA Advanced Air Academy sessions for ages 16-18 are scheduled for July 19-26 and July 30-August 8. For complete information, visit

Happy Diamond Anniversary, EAA Ford Tri-Motor...
On Saturday, EAA marks a special celebration for one of its most prized airplanes, the 1929 EAA Ford Tri-Motor. Affectionately called the “Tin Goose,” the airplane was completed exactly 75 years ago this day. Ford Tri-Motors like this provided the nation’s first scheduled commercial airline flights, even offering coast-to-coast flights in only 48 hours. To celebrate, EAA offers flights at Pioneer Airport at an advance-booking price of just $40 per person (day-of-flight price, $50). On Saturday only, those who “fly the Ford” on Saturday, August 21 will receive a special commemorative piece of corrugated metal from the plane’s refurbishment project done earlier this year. Advance bookings for this weekend, as well as the Tri-Motor’s September-October Tour, can be made by calling 920-426-6535, or through
...and 'British Wings & Wheels’ At AirVenture Museum This Weekend
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.

Hurricane Charlie Won't Blow Aircraft Insurance Rates Higher
By Bob Mackey
EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan - Falcon Insurance Agency

One of the reasons EAA put together an aircraft insurance plan for EAA Members was to ensure EAA Members would be able to obtain affordable aircraft insurance. However, one of the hidden advantages of the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan is the strength of EAA Member participation to get answers and to speak with a loud and distinct voice. With regard to Hurricane Charlie, the EAA Plan has spoken. There’s no doubt that there were many aircraft damaged--and some destroyed--by Hurricane Charlie. Some say losses are more than expected. Others say the losses were fewer than anticipated. Regardless, when insurance companies underwrite insurance for aircraft owners they know full well to expect the unexpected. That’s part of what insurance is all about.
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da Vinci Project Adopts Sponsor’s Name
Canadian Ansari X Prize hopeful the da Vinci Project Team has officially adopted the name, “The Space Project: Powered by the da Vinci Project.” The extended moniker recognizes da Vinci’s new title sponsor, on-line casino The Toronto-based team plans to launch a cylindrical rocket called Wild Fire from a high-altitude balloon taking off from Saskatchewan, Canada, on October 2. Team leader Brian Feeney says they will deploy a scaled version of the launch balloon carrying a 400-pound payload to 50,000 feet in September. Wild Fire’s engines will begin ground test firings starting August 31 and run throughout September.

Meanwhile, Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites continues to work toward its first Ansari X Prize attempt on September 29 from Mojave, California. If Scaled’s first launch is successful and without incident, the second launch attempt would have to take place during the period October 4-13 to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize. Following the first launch, Rutan's team will analyze the flight data and determine when during their two-week window they will make their second flight attempt. Rutan recently told at EAA AirVenture attendees that date would be October 4, weather permitting.

The X Prize Foundation will award $10 million to the first private organization that successfully launches three people (or the weight equivalent) to suborbital space (100 kilometers or 62.5 miles) in a reusable vehicle twice within in a two-week period before January 1, 2005. For more information, visit

Adam Aircraft A700, A500 Mark Milestones at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Adam Aircraft reported a record nine A700 Jet and A500 centerline twin aircraft orders taken during the recent EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in. In addition, the A700 marked its one-year public debut anniversary (AirVenture Oshkosh 2003) and the A500 has accumulated three national and two world records for speed over a recognized course this summer. On one flight from Los Angeles to Denver, the A500 averaged 279 mph and completed the trip in 2 hours 59 minutes. The A700 that arrived at AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 is the first in its class with an installed interior featuring seven seats and an aft lavatory. Meanwhile, the A500, with more than 60 orders on the books, continues its progress toward FAA Type Certification with 98 percent conformity on the aircraft; 94 percent completion of structural testing; and 66 percent completion of system testing. Adam forecasts Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) by the end of August, followed by 12 weeks of flight and systems tests (before Initial Type Certification), then four additional weeks for full certification. Absent any delays, the Adam maintains the A500 will be fully certified by the end of the year. For more information, visit

Sennheiser Auto-Shutoff Feature Solves Wasted Battery Problem 
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation ends the frustration of worn out batteries caused by forgetting to turn off the battery pack on your headset with a new auto-shutoff feature. The BP-04, similar in size and shape to the BP-03, powers HMEC300 series and HMEC400 NoiseGard headsets and provides 15 hours of operation on four AA batteries. The BP-04 includes an exterior on/off switch, two LED indicator lights (yellow indicates “power on,” red, low-power with 30 minutes remaining). It also allows users to deactivate the auto-shutoff. The BP-04 is included with the purchase of new HMEC 300 series or HMEC 400 NoiseGard headsets. It can also be purchased separately and comes with a two-year warranty. For more information, visit

SureCheck’s TS Micro Provides Low-Cost Proximity Detection System
The TS Micro, a new, business card-sized personal collision avoidance unit from SureCheck Avionics, offers the latest in an expanding line of TrafficScope personal collision avoidance avionics. It monitors traffic threats by indicating any transponder-equipped aircraft within three to five miles. Available on September 1, the all-digital TS Micro provides coast-to-coast nationwide coverage, as well as within most other countries. TS Micro is a unit that features zero false alerts; 3-5 mile range, 10-step resolution, a micro antenna, and 8+ hours of battery life from two Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. The complete kit includes four batteries and a quick charger. Pre-order TS Micro from SureCheck Aviation until September 1 and receive a $40 discount ($249). For details, visit

Updated King RVSM Pilot Certification Online Course Includes Latest FAA Information
Pilots get the latest FAA Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) information with the King Schools RVSM course. The one-hour online course is updated to include the latest guidance from the FAA’s May 31 Operational Policies and Procedures and the FAA’s June 1 Basic Operator Information, as well as the latest DVRSM Frequently Asked Questions. Pilots who have previously purchased the KING RVSM course will be notified by email of this free update. Course content covers the equipment necessary for RVSM, preflight actions, domestic and international contingency procedures, best practices, deviation consequences and reporting procedures, and what to do when the aircraft is not RVSM-capable. Upon completion, the pilot can download a Training Completion Certificate to document course completion to the FAA. The introductory price is $199. To sign up, pilots can visit or call 800/854-1001.

Red Bull Air Race Webcast Friday
Round 2 of the 2004 Red Bull Air Race World Series takes place today (Friday, August 20) in Budapest, Hungary, and you don’t have to travel to Europe to see it. Red Bull will webcast the event at beginning at 11:50 a.m. CDT. Competing are Kirby Chambliss, Peter Besenyei, Klaus Schrodt, Paul Bonhomme, Steve Jones, Frank Versteegh, Alexander MacLean, and Nicolas Ivanoff. The three-round series culminates at the National Air Races in Reno, Nevada, September 16-19. 

Winner Receives Sporty’s Sweepstakes Skyhawk
Sweepstakes winner A.C. “Doug” Douglass, Tallahassee, Florida, picked up his new Cessna Skyhawk from Sporty’s Batavia, Ohio headquarters on August 8. Douglass, a student pilot, came with flight instructor, Scott O’Brien who provided some dual instruction on the way back to Florida. Douglass has since begun flight training and his wife, Pat, plans to learn to fly too. “Pat and I are filled with gratitude for this huge gift and excitement for our new life,” he said. The 20th anniversary (2005) Sporty’s Sweepstakes Skyhawk, unveiled at Oshkosh, will be awarded on September 14, 2005. The plane is the 150,000th single-engine airplane produced by Cessna Aircraft.

Kissimmee Gateway Airport To Close for Resurfacing Project
Florida’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) will be completely closed from 7 a.m. on Monday, August 23 until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, while the runway intersection is resurfaced. The construction project, which includes milling and repaving Runway 15/33, began on August 2 and will continue for approximately 60 days. Several shorter periods where both runways are closed will also occur during painting and grooving. The airport will notify airport businesses and the aviation community a minimum of seven days prior to the runway closings to provide adequate notice to air traffic. For more information, visit

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