September 17, 2004    Volume 4, Number 47


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Asheville, North Carolina
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September 21-22
Columbia, South Carolina
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September 24-26
Charlotte, North Carolina
Concord Regional (JQF) 

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Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:

The new Sport Pilot rule says explicitly that no plane which has been certified at a higher gross weight at any time in its history may be eligible to be flown by a Sport Pilot. Is this true? What do you think about requesting a Operating limitation field approval to reduce the gross weight to 1320 on an Ercoupe?

The statement you quote is essentially correct; the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA) as called out in 14 CFR 1.1 specifically states that the aircraft must have been originally certificated AND continuously operated within the LSA definition in order to qualify for operation by sport pilots. This means that you are not allowed to lower the gross weight of an airplane by STC or field approval in order to make it fall within the LSA definition. Aircraft so modified will not be eligible for operation by sport pilots.

In the case of the Ercoupe, you would need to find an example that has never been operated at a gross weight above 1320 lbs. The 415-C and -C/D will fit this definition, so long as the aircraft has not been modified to the 415-D specification (1400 lb gross weight). If the aircraft has been modified, or if it was originally certificated, outside the LSA definition then it can't be "brought back in" in order to be eligible for operation by sport pilots.

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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.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005-
Coming Sooner Than You Think!

Beginning in 2005, the event shifts forward one day (July 25-31) to Monday-through-Sunday format 
The world’s greatest aviation celebration, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, will begin one day earlier next year under a schedule shift that takes effect with the 2005 event.
Beginning in 2005, EAA AirVenture will operate on a Monday-through-Sunday format, instead of the Tuesday-through-Monday schedule of the past several years. That means EAA AirVenture 2005 will begin on Monday, July 25 and conclude on Sunday, July 31.
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Sport Pilot News . . . 
EAA Efforts Result in Over 600 New Ultralight Registrations
Prior to the September 1 deadline, EAA's Aviation Services Department vigorously sought to get unregistered ultralight pilots and instructors to register with EAA. By doing so, they could take advantage of FAA’s offer for experience credit when transitioning to sport pilot or instructor certificates in the future. The final tally shows that as a result of the registration drive, 460 new ultralight pilots and 150 new ultralight instructors signed up in the two months preceding the FAA deadline. This is a 530 percent increase over normal activity in pilot registrations, 87 percent for instructors.
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NAFI Plans Sport Pilot Symposium at Sebring
Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) can acquire important information regarding their crucial roles in the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) community by attending a two-day symposium October 29-30, to be held at the Sebring (Florida) Sport Pilot Expo, hosted by the National Association of Flight Instructors. The NAFI Sport Pilot Symposium will give CFIs a comprehensive introduction to SP/LSA, as well as how the new regulations can benefit them and their businesses.
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EAA Member Sport Pilot Presentation Precedes
Next Week's Denver SportAir Workshop

EAA members in the Denver are invited to attend a special free presentation, "Sport Pilot–An EAA Member Briefing” on Friday evening, September 24. Charlie Becker, director of EAA aviation services, will provide the latest information on the exciting new FAA rule, plus answer all your questions. The presentation will be held at the Westwood College Of Aviation Technology, 10851 West 120th Avenue, Broomfield, CO 80021, in the school's hangar from 6pm to 8pm. Attendance is limited, and those planning to attend must pre-register by calling 800/JOIN EAA (564-6322) and request a reservation.

On September 25-26, EAA will conduct SportAir Workshops, which still have some openings. EAA SportAir Workshops introduce participants to the joys of building and restoring aircraft while providing the knowledge and experience necessary to do it safely. Those wanting to attend the workshop should visit for a listing of the courses offered, course fees, and to register online. Or 800/967-5746 for more information.

DUATS is Accessible to Sport Pilots
FAA’s Direct User Access Terminal Service, better known to pilots as DUATS, is available to sport pilots operating under the privileges of the new sport pilot/light-sport rule, according to Martin Weaver, manager of the FAA's Light-Sport Aviation Branch. 
DUATS is a free, FAA-sponsored weather information and flight-planning service for pilots, dispatchers and others authorized by the FAA. DUATS provides weather and flight planning services for the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
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Nemesis NXT Suffers Gear Collapse at Reno
Amazingly, plane being prepared to fly home on Saturday
An unfortunate incident earlier this week prior to the start of the 41st National Championship Air Races and Air Show at Stead Airport in Reno, Nevada, thwarted the highly anticipated appearance of the Nemesis NXT. Owners Jon and Patricia Sharp had planned to debut their new homebuilt airplane in the Sport Class. The original Nemesis, which dominated Formula 1 racing for many years winning 47 of 51 starts, now hangs in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. That plane made its final flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2000. The Nemesis NXT is the kit version of that airplane, powered by a Lycoming TI0-540-NXT, rumored to be capable of speeds exceeding the Unlimiteds.

So what happened?
“We had a purchased part that failed in the landing gear system,” Jon Sharp told e-HOTLINE on Thursday. “I won’t go into what (part) it was or where it came from, but the part was subjected to a condition that it was not supposed to be in; we are analyzing that right now.”

Sharp, who didn’t receive a scratch in the incident, explained what happened shortly after touching down at Stead.
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Ivan Forces VAEAA to Cancel 2004 Fly-In 
Organizers Expect to Plan For 2005 Event
Continuing rain at the Dinwiddie County Airport (PTB) and a forecast dominated by the approaching Hurricane Ivan has prompted the Virginia Council of EAA Chapters to cancel the 2004 Virginia State EAA Fly-In (VAEAA) this weekend (September 18-19) at Dinwiddie County Airport (PTB). This is the second year in a row a hurricane adversely affected the event. Last year, Hurricane Isabel severely curtailed VAEAA’s planned activities and, having learned some hard lessons, fly-in officials decided to pull the plug rather than try to run a potentially unsafe, substandard event.
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‘Volunteer Pilot Organization Protection Act’ Sails Through House
The United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly (385-12) passed HR 1084, a bill backed by EAA that would extend “Good Samaritan” protections to nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations and volunteer pilots. The Volunteer Pilot Organization Protection Act of 2004 ensures that vital services, such as donated medical flights for the needy, flights of compassion, humanitarian, and charitable purposes. Charitable organizations conduct more than 30,000 such flights annually.
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Weiner Withholds "Outrageous" Anti-GA Bill 
EAA members, aviation community make a difference
EAA and other aviation organizations saw their Congressional education efforts pay off today, as Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said he will not introduce a bill that would have devastated general aviation activities.

During a "mark-up" session Wednesday of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, where various amendments could have been considered, Rep. Weiner confirmed that he would not bring the bill forward as written. In effect, he also committed not to introduce his bill, HR 5035, as an amendment to legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. The House subcommittee approved the aviation elements of that comprehensive bill without amendment and forwarded it to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
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EAA Urges Support of Air Show Waiver Bill 
EAA is urging its members to support a bill by Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) that would allow air show waivers in restricted airspace, preventing future situations similar to one that curtailed much of a night performance at the Cleveland Air Show earlier this month.
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EAA Ford Tri-Motor Hits the Show-Me State
EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor 75th Anniversary tour continues this week with a stop at St. Louis (Creve Coeur Airport), September 17-22. Form there it heads across the state to Kansas City (Lee's Summit Municipal Airport), September 23-26, before returning home to Oshkosh where, on October 23-24, the airplane will make the season's final "Fall Color" flights. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the Diamond anniversary of one of history’s most significant aircraft. Book your seat in advance through the EAA website and receive a $10 discount!


National GA Awards Nominations Sought
The recently updated National General Aviation Awards application/nomination packet is now available for download on the EAA website. The awards are for Aviation Maintenance Technician, Avionics Technician, Certificated Flight Instructor, and Aviation Safety Counselor of the year, and will be presented by the FAA Administrator during a special evening program ceremony at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. Thanks to the work of Jim Pyles, Northwest Mountain Region Safety Program Manager, the new form allows applicants to complete the application form directly on the screen, then and print and send to their local Flight Services District Office (FSDO). (The form can also be printed and completed manually.)

2004 Cirrus Sales Overtake All of 2003 in September
Cirrus Design Corporation’s total year-to-date sales eclipsed 2003’s for the year, the Duluth, Minnesota airframe manufacturer announced late last week. The first week of September, Cirrus recorded its 475th sale, compared to 469 for all of 2003. At their current pace, Cirrus will sell 630 aircraft in 2004, a whopping 34 percent increase, and 16 percent more than its goal of 542. There’s only a limited number of delivery spots left before the close of 2004 for those wanting to take advantage of the JOBS and Growth Tax Relief Act for accelerated depreciation on new aircraft purchased before December 31, 2004. For more information, visit and click on “Tax Incentives.”

Garmin 430/530 Weekend Training Seminar in November
Aircrafters and Instrument Flight Solutions will hold a seminar for present and future owners of the Garmin 430 or 530 GPS/Nav/Comm at Watsonville Airport, California. IFS owner Andrew Watkins, CFII and Mark Lavenson, ATP and CFII, will teach the course. Instructors will discuss Flight planning, cross-filling between units, RAIM, WAAS, Installation and antenna placement. Cost is $450 for the weekend, including lunch on Saturday and all materials. Enrollment is limited to 20 people. To register or to get further information, call Dave Saylor at AirCrafters, 831-722-9141; Andrew Watkins at Instrument Flight Solutions, 800-761-8320; or visit

Aircraft Spruce Receives Patriotic Employer Award
The United States Army recently cited Aircraft Spruce & Specialty for outstanding service to one its employees. John Harford, Aircraft Spruce Avionics technician, was called to active duty with the National Guard and Reserve Force in December 2003. The sudden departure to the Middle East during the holiday period made a significant impact on the Harford family, so employees and management of Aircraft Spruce made a collection and presented it to them at the company Christmas party just before his departure. “John and his family have been in our thoughts and prayers and we thank him and all the others who have had to leave their families, country and jobs behind in the cause of preserving freedom,” said Aircraft Spruce President Jim Irwin. On August 23, Jim and Nanci Irwin were presented with a Patriotic Employer Award at Aircraft Spruce’s headquarters in Corona, California.

Chelton Receives STC for Digital Autopilot Cessna 182 
Chelton Aviation has an STC for their new digital autopilot AP-3C in Cessna 182 Skylanes, giving owners access to the first autopilot developed for general aviation aircraft with vertical nav steering or VNAV, when coupled with an EFIS, WAAS GPS or FMS. Since their altitude holding is based on an attitude gyro instead of rate based deviation, the Chelton unit responds much more smoothly to turbulence. The AP-3C has been designed to function with only three components where other systems may require as many as six items. Chelton also has STCs for the Cessna 172, 177 and 310 as well as the Beech Baron and Travel Air and the Piper Apache and Aztec. It is working on STC approval for the Cherokee 6, Piper Arrow, Grumman Cheetah and Cessna 210, followed by Mooney and V35/A36 Bonanzas. For more information, call 940/320-3330 or visit

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