October 8, 2004    Volume 4, Number 50

    




 
Upcoming Tour Stops
October 7-11
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Allegheny County Airport (AGC) 

October 11-14
Erie, Pennsylvania
Erie International Airport
(ERI)

October 14-18
Elmira, New York
Elmira/Corning Regional (ELM)
 
        

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Copperstate Ready For the Weekend
The last regional fly-in of the 2004 flying season, the Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In, is getting ready for its 32nd annual event, to be held October 7-10, at the Phoenix Regional Airport between Maricopa and Casa Grande.

The Arizona Council of EAA Chapters have prepared a full slate of activities, including air shows at 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon Sunday; forums and workshops scheduled all three days; a special Family Day on Sunday; more than 500 aircraft on display including homebuilts, vintage, military, ultralights and light-sport aircraft; and more.

Many aircraft will compete for judge’s prizes, which are awarded at Saturday night’s awards banquet at the Holiday Inn in Casa Grande. A limited number of tickets will be on sale during the fly-in.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:


I am a 63 year-old ultralight pilot with an ASC certificate and registration with 255 flight hours in my logbook. This year I attended ground school and passed the Private Pilot written test. Will this be enough to get a sport pilot certificate?

Answer:
No, the private pilot knowledge test cannot be applied toward a sport pilot certificate. The FAA has indicated that a sport pilot applicant will be required to take the sport pilot knowledge test.
    

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October 2004
EAA Desktop Calendar

William L. Skliar’s Explorer PG-1 Aqua Glider, or Bayou Bird as it was nicknamed, first appeared in the May 1961 EAA Sport Aviation. The designer described the aircraft as a “boat-towed, two-winged, primary-class, water-ski seaplane glider.” Bayou Bird retired to EAA in 1970, where it was displayed at the museum. It now shares a cozy spot in EAA’s Attic, next to another rare bird—a 1930 Peel Glider Boat. Visit the EAA website and choose one of five different resolutions to best suit your screen.
     

 
Sport Pilot News . . . 
FAA Works to Finalize Sport Pilot Application Forms
FAA has amended its earlier statement that sport pilot applications will not be accepted until January 15, 2005. Today, FAA Light-Sport Aircraft Branch Manager, Martin Weaver, confirmed that while the new FAA Form 8710-11, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application—Sport Pilot, that individuals seeking a sport pilot certificate will use won’t be available until January 1, 2005, it will be possible to begin applying sooner. To do so, sport pilot applicants will use the current FAA Airman Application, Form 8710-1.
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Free SP/LSA Program at Long Beach Next Week
EAA and NAFI members are invited to a special free presentation on Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft on Thursday, October 14, at the Long Beach, California Airport. Charlie Becker, director of EAA’s Aviation Services, will present “Sport Pilot—An EAA and NAFI Member Briefing” at the EAA Chapter 7 meeting facilities located in the AirFlite Building, 3250 AirFlite Way, 7:30 p.m. Becker will have the latest on SP/LSA followed by a question and answer period. Space is limited, so we’re asking that those wishing to attend pre-register by calling 800/JOINEAA (800/564-6322) and refer to the Long Beach “Sport Pilot—An EAA and NAFI Member Briefing.” Directions: (North or South on I-405) Exit Cherry Ave. North to Wardlow, then turn right to between the Boeing C-17 buildings. Turn right on Airflite Road to the large five-story building at the end. The presentation will be held at the 3rd floor meeting room.

FAA Releases LSA Repairman Training Guidelines
Another milestone was reached this week in the implementation of the new Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rule with the release of FAA Order 8000.84, Procedures To Accept Industry-Developed Training For Light-Sport Repairmen. This document specifies the instructions needed by, for example, EAA SportAir Workshops and others, to apply to have a repairman course approved by the FAA. With its official release, instruction providers can now move forward in getting their courses accepted.

Limited Space Still Available For NAFI Symposium at Sebring Expo
Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) still have the opportunity to sign up for the two-day National Association of Flight Instructors Sport Pilot Symposium set for October 29-30 at the Sebring (Florida) Sport Pilot Expo. CFIs will get a comprehensive introduction to SP/LSA, hands-on flying experience in a number of representative aircraft, and tips on how the new regulations can benefit them and their businesses. Confirmations have been received from 14 manufacturers and dealers to have aircraft on hand, offering CFIs the opportunity to experience LSAs firsthand. These include Sky Boy, Quicksilver, Powrachute, IndUS Thorp T211 Sport, Hummel UltraCruiser, and others. Symposium cost to EAA/NAFI members is $100, and $140 for non-members. (An EAA or NAFI membership is $40 per year, so non-members are encouraged to join and receive the membership rate.) To make a reservation, call EAA Membership Services at 800/JOIN EAA (564-6322) or visit the EAA sport pilot website.

SpaceShipOne Wins Ansari X Prize!
EAA president congratulates fellow member Rutan on accomplishment
The long hours of work and anxiety paid off for EAA member Burt Rutan and the SpaceShipOne project team Monday, as pilot Brian Binnie took the homebuilt spacecraft into space for the second time in five days to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize. EAA president Tom Poberezny, who witnessed Mike Melvill's successful first prize launch the previous Wednesday, immediately contacted Rutan to express congratulations to him and the entire project team. “I told Burt how proud we were of this achievement,” Poberezny said. “What they did was a technological leap that was done safely and with the highest standards, the way EAA members have always accepted a challenge."
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Binnie Describes the 'Money Flight'
While he was wishing “cheerio” to family and friends before Monday’s SpaceShipOne flight, pilot Brian Bennie inadvertently took on 12 ounces more weight than planned. “My mother-in-law was there with a cup of coffee, she put her arms around me, wished me well, and this coffee went down the back of my neck,” he said at the news conference following Monday's successful flight of the homebuilt spacecraft, which captured the $10 million Ansari X Prize. “So we were about 12 ounces heavier than planned.”
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FAA Administrator Witnesses Historic SS1 Launch 
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation Patricia Grace Smith were on hand at Mojave Airport for Monday's Ansari X Prize-clinching flight by SpaceShipOne. She also visited XCOR Aerospace, Inc, located on the Mojave flight line several buildings from Scaled Composites, and met with XCOR President Jeff Greason, whose company is developing its own private space vehicle, the Xeros. "This is an enormous step, because it what it does is establish in the minds of the average American the fact that this is something you can actually consider in your lifetime-space tourism-the ability of people as passengers to go into space," Blakey said.
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Burt Rutan to Speak at University of Texas/EAA Chapter 187 Event
The University of Texas and EAA Chapter 187, Austin, welcome fellow EAA member and SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan, who will present a seminar on October 29 at the LBJ Library on the UT campus. Rutan, president of Scaled Composites, Mohave, California, will review the efforts and contributions of those involved in the pursuit of the Ansari X Prize and, more broadly, the aspect of making future space flight affordable to private citizens. The free, open-to-the-public seminar begins at 10 a.m. and runs through noon.

Fuddy Duddy Makes Triumphant Homecoming
During EAA ‘Salute To Veterans’ National Tour

A rare World War II-era B-17 bomber, which had been sidelined for several years before returning to the sky this summer, makes a proud homecoming October 14-18, as EAA’s national “Salute to Veterans” Tour comes to Elmira, New York. The B-17 Fuddy Duddy, owned by the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Elmira, will return to its hometown for the five-day tour stop. This airplane, one of only about a dozen airworthy B-17s left in the world, was inactive until it was resurrected to fill out the remainder of EAA’s national tour this summer. The airplane was leased to EAA after that organization’s B-17, Aluminum Overcast, suffered damage in a landing-gear incident at Van Nuys, California, in May. That airplane is now back at Oshkosh undergoing full restoration.
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UPDATE: EAA Reviewing New TSA Flight Training Security Document
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its new pilot candidate security background check requirements on Monday, September 20, 2004. The new requirements are in response to the mandates of Public Law 108-176, called "Vision 100 - Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act." In Vision 100, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) takes over responsibility for managing this aviation security background check from the Department of Justice. EAA is reviewing the new rule (49 CFR Part 1552) to determine how all the new training categories will affect all of our members. While conducting this review, EAA felt it critical to provide our members with an outline on the new rule and its effect on all pilots.
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EAA Brings Together Government, Industry to Develop Warbird Flight Experience Operations Policy 
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and its Warbirds of America division used their leadership roles to bring together government and the aviation community, in a session that will provide guidance for future policy regarding public flight experiences in warbird aircraft. The meeting, held at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh on Sept. 30, was designed to develop a consensus for continued passenger operations by these historic aircraft.
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EAA Chapter 1 Celebrates Aviation Open House
About 60 aircraft flew into Flabob Airport, Riverside, California, for the annual EAA Chapter One Open House on September 18. Though most people came from California, a few managed to fly in from Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. They brought antiques, classics, homebuilts, warbirds, and ultralights, and several hundred people drove in. Jim Pyle, one of the organizers for the day noted that “it’s always been a real laid back affair, where the focus is on socializing and taking advantage of the fact that everyone there enjoys some form of aviation.” Flabob, long considered a bastion of grassroots aviation, has been going through a refurbishment process since the Wathen Foundation purchased the airport and established its headquarters there. Along with new tenants, it has brought a considerable amount of highly successful youth and educational related activities to the airport. EAA Chapter One remains an active organization that stimulates a lot of homebuilding and restoration activity on the field. And though a lot of new buildings have been erected at Flabob, it still preserves its 1940’s ambiance.
  

      

Sportsman 2+2 Adds Amphibious Floats
The versatile GlasStar Sportsman 2+2 has become even more so with the addition of amphibious Montana floats. “What our test pilots found remarkable is the ease of handling in the air, on the water and on runways,” said Glasair Aviation President Mikael Via. “As an amphibian it is every bit as easy to control in takeoff or landing as in trike or taildragger configuration. And the beauty of it is in the fact that you can convert the aircraft to all three modes of landing in one day, with plenty of time for flying in between.” Converting to amphibian increases gross weight from 2,350 to 2,500 pounds. Sea level water takeoffs at gross break the surface in 15 seconds or 1,300 feet. Splashdowns occur at approximately 40 knots. Range with full fuel is 600 miles with a cruise speed of 110 knots. The 4-place homebuilt can be converted to a spacious bush plane in about a minute by taking out the rear seats. The Sportsman 2+2 is being sold in standard and pre-built kits, both featuring pre-drilled, matched-hole parts. A factory program to assist builders desiring fast track construction is now booking two and three week assembly packages. Financing is also available to qualified builders. For more information, visit www.glasairaviation.com or call 360/435-8533, ext. 232.

IndUS Thorp T211 Sport LSA Gains Momentum
IndUs Aviation’s entry into the light-sport aircraft market is the Thorp T211 Sport. The prototype of the legendary design has accumulated nearly 100 hours. “The combination of the T211 airframe with the Jabiru 3300 has worked out better than we had hoped,” said Indus Sales and Marketing Director Scott Severen. With climb rates around 1,400 fpm solo and 800 fpm dual (on hot, humid Dallas summer days) and cruise speeds over 100 knots, Indus calls it the “Thorpedo.” The smaller Jabiru 85 horse will work great for this airframe, says IndUS Aviation owner Ram Pattisapu,. “The Jabiru is a much lighter engine than the Lycoming or Continental, and our 85 hp prototype should fly in the next few weeks.” For more information, visit www.indusav.com.

Williams TurboFan For A700 AdamJet Certified
Williams International recently received FAA Type Certification for the 1,568-pound thrust FJ33-4A-15 turbofan engine on September 10. The FJ33 will power Adam Aircraft’s A700 AdamJet, making that aircraft the first in the Very Light Jet category to have a certified powerplant. “In 180 hours of flight tests, the FJ33 has performed flawlessly,” said Adam CEO Rick Adam. “In addition, we are seeing fuel flows and other operating economics that are at least a third better than any jet on the market.” During development, no configuration changes other than software were required, an industry first, said Williams President Gregg Williams. “We achieved all performance goals with large efficiency and temperature margins, and all certification testing went extremely well,” he added. After 180 hours of flight time, Adam says initial Type Certification is still on schedule for 2005. With seven seats, a fully enclosed aft lavatory, high-speed cruise of 340ktas, 41,000-foot ceiling, and a 1,100 nm range, the A700 is priced at $2.1 million, less than half the price of today’s entry-level business jets.
TIA received for the A500
The other half of the Adams equation—the A500 piston centerline twin—achieved its own milestone recently when it received FAA Type Inspection Authorization (TIA). That paves the way for FAA test pilots evaluation of the aircraft for final Type Certification. To learn more, visit www.adamaircraft.com.

Chambliss Wins Fourth National Title 
Kirby Chambliss piloted his Red Bull Zivko Edge 540 to his fourth national title at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Denison, Texas. Chambliss captured first place in the Unlimited Class with a score of 85.49 percent to beat Debbie Rihn-Harvey’s 82.07 percent. The national title makes Chambliss only the second pilot to score four championships. The late Leo Loudenslager captured seven title is the 1980s. Chambliss will lead the 2005 USA Unlimited Aerobatic Team when it competes at the World Championships next year, July 12-23, in Burgos, Spain. Other pilots include Chandy Clanton, Vicki Cruse, and Janet Fitzke.

Air Show Planned to Honor Cochrane
Desert Regional Airport in Thermal, California, has been renamed the Jacqueline Cochran Airport in honor of the legendary aviatrix. Jackie Cochran flew and tested the first turbo-supercharger ever installed on an aircraft engine. She was the first person to fly above 20,000 feet with an oxygen mask. In 1935, she was the first woman to participate in the Bendix Trans-continental Race. Two years later she won the women’s division (third overall) and in 1938, won the whole thing. Other achievements include setting an altitude record of 33,000 feet (1938); flying future president Lyndon Johnson to the Mayo clinic for emergency kidney surgery, saving his life (1948); serving as company pilot for Canadair, Lockheed and Northrop; earning the USAF Distinguished Flying Cross (1969); being named Honorary Fellow, Society of Experimental Test Pilots (1971); and being inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame (1971). She died in 1980, holding more speed and altitude records than anyone else in the world.

A dedication air show will be held on November 5 and the local Ninety-Nines chapter Cochrane organized is involved in the planning. The chapter is also raising money for a bust of Cochran for the airport. For more info on the dedication, contact Cindy at cbdavis@rivcoeda.org or rose.hollstrom@verizon.net (760/409-7392).

Download Your Own SpaceShipOne
Now you can make your own (1/48 scale) SpaceShipOne paper model with a click of the mouse on the Currell Graphics website. The free paper model measures seven inches long, and comes in two different versions. Simply download at http://www.currell.net/models/mod_free.htm, print it on 67# cover stock, cut out and glue it together. The site includes several other free paper models, including one of Barnaby Wainfan's Facetmobiles and several air ships.

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