September 10, 2004    Volume 4, Number 46


Upcoming Tour Stops
September 9-13
Atlanta, Georgia
Fulton County- Brown Field (FTY)

September 13-16
Augusta, Georgia
Augusta Regional (AGS)

September 16-20
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville Regional (AVL) 

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Question of the Week
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We had a long and inconclusive discussion at our last chapter meeting about position lighting on aircraft. I've been told that for homebuilts a white light on the tail is not necessary if a white strobe is there. Is this correct?

Well, this will be a short and conclusive answer. Unfortunately, you were misinformed. In order to be legal for night flight, the aircraft would need all three navigation lights. A strobe on the tail will not substitute for the white tail navigation light.

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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’s view:
Three years removed from 9/11 – Where does GA stand?

While much time and space will be dedicated in the next few days regarding all that has occurred since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, an under-reported change – at least by the general media – is how these events affected the general aviation community. EAA, along with other general aviation organizations, pilot groups and individuals, was thrust into a brand new world where the individual’s freedom to fly in the U.S. was scrutinized as never before. There has been no other issue that has dominated the time and efforts of all aviation organizations as this has over the past three years.
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Members Urged to Oppose New House Bill That Would Severely Restrict General Aviation
The Experimental Aircraft Association is urging its members and all aviation enthusiasts to contact their Congressional representatives and strongly oppose a newly introduced bill by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) This bill (H.R. 5035) would require the Department of Homeland Security to create a method of screening all passengers and property on each flight of all passenger aircraft in the U.S., including general aviation aircraft of all types. It would also prohibit any non-airline aircraft from flying within 1,500 feet of any structure or building, and prohibit non-airline aircraft from flying over any U.S. city with a population of 1 million or more. It would further require that pilots of all aircraft in U.S. airspace remain in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration, presumably by radio, regardless of altitude or location.
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Sport Pilot News . . . 
FAA Hosts Sport Pilot Implementation Meetings in Oklahoma City
EAA Staff representing members' interests
The sport pilot and light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) final rule's effective date was less than a week old, and FAA's newly created Light-Sport Aviation Branch is wasting no time engaging the industry and aviation community in fine tuning the rule's implementation process by holding a series of meetings this week in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. EAA staff members attending and representing the interests of EAA members include Earl Lawrence, vice-president of government and industry relations, Charlie Becker, director of aviation information services, and
Mary Jones, editor of EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine.
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EAA, Industry Push For Appropriate Sport Pilot Test Questions
Practical test standards (PTS) and the aeronautical knowledge test for sport pilots remained the focus of discussion during Wednesday’s meetings at FAA’s Light-Sport Aviation Branch in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Morning sessions included individual group critiques of the PTS for the various categories of aircraft sport pilots may fly (fixed-wing, powered parachute, weight-shift control, and gyroplanes). FAA expects to release the PTS on October 1, 2004. Later sessions focused on a detailed review of the sport pilot general aeronautical knowledge test, which FAA expects to release in mid-October.
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Sport Pilot Expo Site Survives Hurricane Frances
Organizers of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo report that the Sebring Regional Airport escaped the brunt of Hurricane Frances, and planning continues for the inaugural October 28-31 event in Sebring, Florida. Though the storm’s eye passed over the airport, damage was limited and should have no impact on the event.  
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EAA Chapter 334 Reports First Sport Pilot Flight
EAA Chapter 334 President, Chuck Rowbotham, reports that Rod Bradley, retired American Airlines Captain, made EAA Chapter 334’s first sport pilot flight on Wednesday morning, September 1, in his Murphy Renegade. Rod completed his biannual review the previous week and reportedly had great weather. EAA Chapter 334 is located in Groton, Connecticut.

EAA Helps Warbird Owners Get On-Site Aircraft Operation Conversion Paperwork At Reno
Efforts by EAA and its EAA Warbirds of America Division will help warbird aircraft owners get on-site assistance to complete their new operating authorization paperwork during this year’s National Championship Air Races at Reno, Nevada September 16-18. The FAA will be present at the Balzeout Aviation Hangar (11165 Osage Road) at Stead Airport during the races. The FAA will have a designated area to register warbird owners flying in the experimental exhibition category who need to complete the mandatory conversion of their current Letter of Authorization (LOA) or Letter of Operational Authority (LOOA) to an airman certificate. That mandatory conversion must be completed by July 31, 2005. EAA had succeeded in getting the FAA to extend the deadline this summer because lengthy processing times by FAA had created a backlog of conversion requests. Without that extension, much of the current warbird fleet would have been grounded.
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Pioneer Airport’s Latest Addition a Real Beauty
EAA’s Pioneer Airport celebrated the latest addition to its stable of vintage aircraft on September 2 when a 1927 Laird Swallow flew for the first time following a three-year restoration effort. After being declared airworthy by FAA Principle Maintenance Inspector Tim Anderson, longtime EAAer and test pilot Buck Hilbert flew the Swallow from EAA’s Kermit Weeks Hangar. Buck returned with a very positive report of its flying qualities. The Swallow then made its public debut at Pioneer Airport’s Good Ol’ Days last weekend where it recreated its original role as an air mail plane by flying sacks of letters created by museum visitors.
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'German Wings & Wheels Day' This Saturday at EAA AirVenture Museum
A rare 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, carrying the same markings as those borne by the “cursed” car owned by the late actor James Dean, is the latest addition to the featured attractions at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s “German Wings & Wheels” event on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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Celebrating Aviation's Good Ol' Days at EAA 
Hundreds of visitors took a fond look back with EAA to aviation’s golden years over the Labor Day weekend during the annual Good Ol’ Days celebration. Events included a very well attended mystery dinner theater on Saturday night and daily events at Pioneer Airport, drawing many hundreds of visitors to EAA’s world class facilities. 
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UL Chapter 62 Plans Light-Sport Rally, Fly-In 
EAA Ultralight Chapter 62 hosts “Fall In the Sky” fly-in and light sport aircraft rally on October 10 at the Plymouth, Massachusetts Airport (PYM). EAA will set up a Sport Pilot Information Center, and Marty Weaver, manager of the FAA Light-Sport Aviation Branch in Oklahoma City, and other FAA officials will present the latest information and answer questions from interested participants. Also featured will be aircraft judging with trophy prizes, plenty of kids’ activities, and a Parade of Flight to wrap-up the day. The event will be held rain or shine. Visit for updates and contact information.

Fall Ford Tri-Motor Tour Begins
EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor 75th Anniversary tour is at its first stop in Columbus, Ohio and proceeds this weekend to Cincinnati (Clermont County Airport) September 11-15. Other stops along the way include St. Louis (Creve Coeur Airport), September 17-22; and 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. Book your seat in advance through the EAA website and receive a $10 discount!


New Company Acquires Europa Management (International) Assets
Europa Management (International) Ltd. assets have been acquired by a new company, Europa Aircraft (2004) Ltd., which will continue to develop and sell the Europa line of aircraft headquartered in Kirkbymoorside in North Yorkshire, England. J.S. Tucker, former Chairman and Managing Director of Slingsby Aviation Ltd., leads the new company. Tucker was instrumental in developing the Slingsby T67 Firefly—the first UK-certified composite aircraft. Joining Tucker are former Europa Management (International) employees Andy Draper, (Technical Development); John Wheeler (Sales); and Roger Bull (Parts and Logistics). The initial focus is meeting the needs of existing Europa builders for components necessary to complete their projects. The company asks that builders inform them as soon as possible what their needs are in the coming months. “News of the formation of Europa Aircraft (2004) Ltd has been received with great enthusiasm by builders and Europa buffs throughout the world,” said Wheeler. “It will obviously take some little time for the new company to get the situation sorted out but we have tremendous confidence in the future of the aircraft and our company.” For further information, visit

Superior Air Parts Launches New Customer-Focused Website
Superior Air Parts, Inc., has a new customer-focused website at “We did a lot of analysis of how visitors and customers used our previous web site and created the new site to better meet their needs,” explained Tim Archer, Superior’s Senior Vice President. As a result, the new site is easier to navigate, allowing Superior’s authorized dealers and engine shops to quickly check on parts and components from the catalog, plus enable current and prospective customers to find product information and search for authorized engine shops in their area. A new, full-time webmaster ensures information on the site will be current, Archer added.

Robinson Dominates North American Helicopter Market
Latest sales figures show that Robinson Helicopter Company continues to dominate the piston helicopter market, garnering 79 percent of sales in North America during the first half on 2004. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) reports Robinson produced 343 aircraft—54 percent more than 2003—of the industry total 433 produced during this time. Producing at a rate of 15 helicopters per week, Robinson is close to eclipsing its record 2003 total of 422 aircraft. To meet the increased demand, the company increased total staff to 1,100 employees and is expanding into a 215,00 square foot factory, doubling total manufacturing floor space to 475,000 square feet. Robinson produces the R22 and R44 helicopters. For more information, visit

Micro Aerodynamics VGs Now Available for Mooneys
Micro Aerodynamics, whose first vortex generators were installed on a Beech Baron nearly 20 years ago, now has VGs for Mooneys. Micro Vortex Generators applied to the leading edge of the Mooney wing, and forward of the rudder and elevator result in improved performance and handling. The installation, granted STC approval by the FAA, can now be installed in a day on all Mooney M-20 models. Stall speed is reduced by 8 percent; roll and pitch control are effective into a stall; slow speed handling is enhanced; and approach speeds, take off and landing rolls are reduced. VGs keep the boundary layer of air attached to the flying surfaces, allowing for higher angles of attack and lower stall speeds. Complete kits for the Mooney M-20, with illustrated manuals, sell for $1,450, plus shipping and handling. They can be painted to match the aircraft’s base color for an additional $100. For more information, call 800/677-2370, or visit

Kings Explore GA During World Flight
John and Martha King’s 13-day, 14,000-mile flight around the world began 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 started and finished the trip at their home airport, Montgomery Field, in their Falcon 10 N10F. Stops along the way included Regina, Churchill, and Iqaluit, Canada; Reykjavik, Iceland; Bergen, Norway; Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk, Magadan, and Anadyr in Russia; Anchorage, Alaska, and Everett, Washington. “We now personally know the world really is round,” said John.

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