August 27, 2004    Volume 4, Number 44


Upcoming Tour Stops
August 27-29
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State University Airport (OSU)
August 30-September 2
Dayton, Ohio
Wright Brothers Airport (MGY)
September 2-6
Indianapolis, Indiana
Mount Comfort Airport (MQJ)

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Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:

I have a special issuance medical, issued by Oklahoma City, good for a single year, for a Private Pilot License. I had been denied a standard physical because of heart conditions. Since my current special physical is good, am I OK to get a sport pilot license on my driver’s license?

Answer:  You will not have to get a sport pilot certificate. You already hold a private pilot certificate. No changes or additions are needed on your pilot certificate. You can simply allow your special-issuance medical to expire and begin operating at the sport pilot level using your valid U.S. state driver’s license as medical certification. You will continue to need a valid flight review, as is the case for pilots at all certificate levels. Also, while operating using your driver’s license as medical certification, you are required to operate within the privileges and limitations of the sport pilot certificate level. This includes the requirement to fly only those aircraft that fit within the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA). Go to the sport pilot web site at for info on the sport pilot privileges.

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September 2004
EAA Desktop Calendar

An aerial view of the South 40 includes the EAA Ultralight Barn, an EAA AirVenture landmark and center of activity for the many ultralight enthusiasts who visit Oshkosh each year. Visit the EAA website and choose one of five different resolutions to best suit your screen.

Sport Pilot News . . . 
Deadline Wednesday For Unregistered Ultralight Pilots to Register With EAA
EAA's Aviation Services Department reports brisk activity in registering ultralight pilots, flight instructors and examiners over the past several weeks in advance of the September 1 transition deadline. Unregistered ultralight pilots who intend to transition from ultralights to sport pilot certificates have until next Wednesday, September 1, 2004, to register as an ultralight pilot with an FAA-recognized ultralight registration program (such as EAA). As a registered ultralight pilot, you will receive credit when going for your sport pilot certificate in the future. Ultralight instructors will also receive credit toward getting a sport pilot instructor certificate in the future. For easy step-by step instructions on how to become a registered ultralight pilot with EAA, visit the sport pilot website.

Wittman Regional First Airport to Create LSA Standards 
The home airport for the Experimental Aircraft Association has become the first airfield in the nation to include standards for light-sport aircraft operations, as Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh has adopted those guidelines in its newly updated minimum standards for commercial aeronautical activities. The Winnebago County (Wis.) board of supervisors approved the light-sport aircraft provisions, opening the door to provide services for this new recreational aircraft category. The new standards will be published later this month.
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Presenters, Exhibitors, Aircraft Line Up For October Light-Sport Expo
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, scheduled for October 28-31 at Florida's Sebring Regional Airport, is shaping up as a significant source of late-breaking information on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA). All 70 allotted exhibitor slots have sold out, requiring organizers to add more to satisfy the high demand.
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Buckeye Aviation To Unveil ‘Aerial ATV’
Longtime powered parachute manufacturer Buckeye Aviation will debut what it believes to be the first aerial ATV at the Iowa Farm and Field Fest in Ames/Boone, Iowa, this weekend, August 26-28. The combination powered parachute and all-terrain vehicle has two engines—a three-cylinder, 100-hp Hirth to drive the propeller, and a 150-cc motorcycle-type engine to power the drive train. Using a 550 square-foot ram parachute as its wing, the two-place, side-by-side machine will fly at 34 mph and travel across the ground at 40 mph.
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Ford Tri-Motor Set to Embark on 75th Anniversary Tour
Reservations are in good supply for EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor 75th Anniversary tour to four selected Midwestern cities, beginning September 9-10 in Columbus, Ohio. And if you book your seat in advance through the EAA website, you will receive a 20 percent ($10) discount on the flight! EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will land at cities that have a historic connection to the aircraft or the Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) Company, which began the coast-to-coast flights with 11 Tri-Motors in 1929. The airplane was fully restored by EAA over a decade-long span and first flown again in the mid-1980s. Earlier this year it was completely refurbished and repainted to appear as it did when it made its first flights 75 years ago. After Columbus, the airplane has scheduled tour stops at Cincinnati (Clermont County Airport); St. Louis (Creve Coeur Airport); and Kansas City (Lee's Summit Municipal Airport).

Notice Given of RNC Airspace Restrictions
The FAA released a Flight Advisory Thursday regarding the Republican National Convention (RNC) scheduled for August 30-September 3 in New York City. The designated National Special Security Event will prompt three Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) areas including a 7 nautical mile radius (NMR) around LaGuardia Airport (LGA); the New York Class B Airspace 20 nm boundary from (LGA), Kennedy (JFK) and Newark (EWR) airports; and the Morristown, New Jersey Airport (MMU) ingress/egress procedures area. The 7 NMR TFR is up to but not including FL180, excluding a 2-NMR of Teterboro at and below 2000 feet MSL. Only VFR/IFR arrivals and departures will be permitted at Teterboro. Other aircraft operations approved by the United States Secret Service (USSS) will be permitted. Please note that until an actual Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is issued, restrictions, dates/times, etc., are subject to change.
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EAA Staff Attends World PPC Championships 
The 5th Annual “Chute Out on the Prairie,” sponsored by the American Powered Parachute Association, enjoyed another successful run August 19-22 at Greenville, Illinois, Airport. Thirty-five competitors convened from around the U.S. and Australia for an international competition. EAA's Earl Lawrence, vice president of government and industry relations; Katrina Bradshaw, director of membership marketing; and sport pilot consultant Dan Johnson conducted a forum reviewing the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations and how it affects powered parachute (PPC) pilots.
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Hundreds Turn Out For EAA's British Wings & Wheels 
More than 500 auto and aviation enthusiasts came out in near perfect weather to EAA's Pioneer Airport Saturday as 150 British autos and several UK airplanes were on display for EAA's annual British Wings and Wheels event. UK aircraft included the Spitfire from EAA's Eagle Hangar (on loan from the Seattle Museum of Flight); a DeHavilland Chipmunk; and a Scottish Aviation Bulldog.
(read more) Releases Charts and Plates for the Pocket PC
Three new products that work with the PocketPC were launched by at AirVenture Oshkosh 2004: PDA Sectionals, PDA Plates; and PDA Enroute Charts. compressed original sectionals from National Aeronautical Charting Office (NACO) to 1/10th their size with little noticeable quality loss. PDA Sectionals delivers the VFR sectionals for the entire United States (including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) on a 512MB flash memory card. It allows search, zoom, rotate, pan and other functions. PDA Sectionals costs $25 for a single cycle or $123 for an annual subscription updated every 28 days. The PDA IFR Pack bundles PDA Plates containing over 12,600 Terminal Procedure Publications with PDA Enroute Charts, which holds all the high and low altitude enroute charts. The entire package, designed for instrument rated pilots, fits on a 512MB memory card and sells for $25 for (single cycle) or $123 for an annual subscription with updates every 28 days. All products meet FAR 91.103, FAR 91.175, and AC 120-76A requirements.

Kings Explore GA During World Flight
John and Martha King embarked on a 13-day flight around the world on August 19 to “explore the future of general aviation in Russia and throughout the world,” John said. “We think that there is a great future for general aviation in Russia. It is very possible that we in the U.S. will soon be flying light sport aircraft manufactured in Russia.” The owners of the King Schools took off from San Diego in N10F, their Falcon 10, and planned stops in Regina, Churchill, and Iqaluit/Frobisher Bay, Canada; Reykjavik, Iceland; Bergen, Norway; Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk, Magadan, and Anadyr in Russia; Anchorage, Alaska, and Everett, Washington.

Cirrus, Hartzell Propeller Sign Long-Term Agreement
Propellers for Cirrus aircraft will continue to be made exclusively by Hartzell following a recent long-term agreement made between the two companies. The contract is one of the largest orders in Hartzell’s history and equips all SR20 and SR22 aircraft with Hartzell props. Hartzell began working closely with Cirrus in 1996 to develop high-performance, low-noise 2- and 3-blade propellers for the SR20 and later developed a new 3-blade propeller that helped launch the SR22. "We are very gratified that Cirrus has recognized Hartzell¹s ability to continue to provide them with the most advanced high performance propeller systems available," said Mike Disbrow, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Customer Services for Hartzell. For more information, visit or

Chambliss Wins Second Red Bull Air Race
American aerobatic pilot Kirby Chambliss won his second race of the 2004 Red Bull Air Race World Series last Friday in Budapest, Hungary, before several hundred thousand spectators. Chambliss posted the best time (1:29.45) on the final air race run of the day to edge Klaus Schrodt, Germany (1:30.86), and Hungarian Peter Besenyei (1:32.15). “The scenic backdrop alone made this race especially exciting for me,” said Chambliss. “It was my day today and I had the fastest plane.” The Red Bull Air Race features a radical, timed slalom-styled course marked by air-filled pylon obstacles set 18 meters high. Pilots must fly low with meticulous precision at break-neck speeds of up to 250 mph through the gate-like obstacles, while executing predetermined aerobatic maneuvers such as a vertical roll 360. The final championship round of is scheduled for the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, September 16-19.

New Cessna, Piper Associations Launched at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Aviation Group, Ltd., of Scandinavia, Wisconsin, announced two new aircraft associations at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004, the Cessna Flyer Association and the Piper Flyer Association. The new groups will offer their members regional fly-ins and training seminars, the first of which will be an Aero Engine Clinic and Seminar October 9-10 at Penn Yan, New York. “We are solely devoted to bringing our members the types of information that is unique to people that own and fly Cessna and Piper airplanes,” said Jennifer Julin, president and co-founder. Each organization has a monthly magazine, Piper Flyer and Cessna Flyer, including with membership. For more information, call 715/445-2201, visit,, or e-mail

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