October 15, 2004    Volume 4, Number 51


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October 22-24
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:

The Ercoupe 415-CD is on the list of aircraft eligible for LSA use. The last paragraph (Note 3) of the type certificate (A-718) for the 415-C indicates those items required to make the aircraft a 415-CD. Note 3(i) states "Nameplate should be altered to indicate the date of conversion, new model number and type certificate number."

The type certificate number to be stamped on this data plate would be the one specified for the 415-D, A-787. On the first page of type certificate A-787 the maximum gross weight is listed as 1400 lbs.

How can this airplane be used in the LSA category with a limit of 1320 lbs. maximum gross weight?

Aircraft that have been converted per Note 3 of type certificate A-718 are considered to be converted to 415-D specification. Both the 415-C and 415-DC have a maximum gross weight of 1260 lbs, per the main body of type certificate A-718.

Aircraft modified in accordance with Note 3 are not eligible for operation by sport pilots, due to the increased gross weight (1400 lbs). Further, these aircraft cannot be made eligible for operation by sport pilots, even if they are converted back to their original specification. Once they have been modified so as to exceed the LSA specification, they are no longer eligible for operation by sport pilots, regardless of further modification.

It is the pilot's responsibility to verify that the aircraft he/she is planning to operate does indeed meet the LSA definition. Ercoupe 415-CDs that have never been modified in accordance with Note 3 of the type certificate are eligible. Aircraft that have been modified in accordance with Note 3 are not eligible, and cannot be made eligible.

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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 . . . 
N-Numbers Available Beginning Friday for Ultralights Transitioning to E-LSAs
No rush, EAA advises
Beginning Friday, October 15, people who wish to transition their ultralights to experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) and fly them with a sport pilot (or higher) certificate may do so. However, EAA is advising its members to wait until E-LSA airworthiness certificates are available and sport pilot certificates are being issued, both of which you must have before flying a registered aircraft.
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President Bush to Speak at Oshkosh Friday
Wisconsin state Republican Party officials have rented a portion of Wittman Regional Airport, including two EAA AirVenture exhibit hangars, for President George W. Bush’s Oshkosh campaign appearance on Friday, October 15. Organizers selected the Wittman site because of its location, the size of the facilities, which include the large EAA exhibit halls, and ample parking space for an expected crowd numbering in the thousands, as well as security needs surrounding presidential events. The campaign stop was selected earlier this week. The President is expected to arrive on the grounds in the late afternoon and give a speech to gathered supporters at about 5:20 p.m.

As a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, EAA may not endorse political candidates, form political action committees or otherwise participate in political campaigns. Accordingly, EAA underscores the business-only nature of this rental arrangement. EAA is apprising the state’s Democratic Party that such rental arrangements for event venues are available on an equal basis.

Poberezny Receives Award From Aviation Exploring
EAA President Tom Poberezny, along with Cosby Stone, Trade-A-Plane publications, and Hal Shevers, President of Sporty’s Pilot Shops, were honored Wednesday for their contributions to Aviation Exploring during the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each serves as a member of the National Aviation Exploring Committee. Poberezny was recognized for EAA’s support of Aviation Exploring through the EAA Young Eagles program. EAA Young Eagles and Aviation Exploring have worked to increase cooperation between the two groups and a number of EAA Chapters already sponsor successful Aviation Explorer Posts. EAA also hosts an annual Explorer encampment during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
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EAA Offers Aid to Yankee Air Museum Staff 
EAA officials have offered the organization's assistance to the Yankee Air Museum near Ypsilanti, Mich., after a fast-moving fire destroyed the museum and most of its collection on Saturday evening, October 9. Although the museum structure, constructed in 1941, and several airplanes were destroyed, fortunately three prize airworthy aircraft - a B-17, B-25 and C-47 - were taken out of the main hangar before they could be damaged.
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Enjoy 'Fall Color Flights' October 23-24
EAA’s popular Fall Color Flights return next weekend, October 23-24, offering an opportunity to get an aerial view of Oshkosh and the surrounding area ablaze in the colors of the season in EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor. The cost for a 25-minute flight is just $50 for adults and $40 for children ages 17 and under. Flights depart every 30 minutes throughout the day from EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Pre-bookings are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 920/426-6880, or on-line at www.flytheford.org. Pioneer Airport gift certificates are valid for Fall Color Flights.
Insurance Tips . . . 
Update on Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft Infrastructure
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency

It’s been about six weeks now since the new FAA rules for sport pilot/light sport aircraft (SP/LSA) went live. Over the next several months and years we’re eager to witness one of the greatest opportunities pilots and would-be pilots will enjoy since the first issuance of a U.S. civilian pilots license. These are exciting aviation times! In this installment of EAA Insurance Tips, we hope to bring you up to speed on the current status of aircraft insurance as it relates to EAA members wishing to exercise the privileges of a sport pilot certificate. We’ll also take a look at commercial aviation insurance for the infrastructure that will support all of the various aviation activities related to sport pilots and LSA owners.
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Certified Airbags Available on New Aviat Aircraft
Aviat Aircraft is the first GA aircraft manufacturer to receive FAA approval to offer seat belt shoulder harnesses equipped with inflatable airbag restraint systems. The company that was first to offer five-point seat belts for its production line aircraft now offers the optional airbags in the Husky, Pup, and Pitts Special. Enclosed in a sleeve running the length of the shoulder straps, the airbags are linked to a computer chip that retains information on landing loads. If an aircraft impacts the ground beyond acceptable limits, the bags automatically inflate, but do not affect access to or control of the stick. “Most accidents occur within 10 miles of a pilot’s base airport and could be described as hard impact on landing,” said Aviat President Stu Horn. “Serious injury or death might be averted with the presence of an airbag. Front- and rear-seat airbags can be installed for $4,000 in new aircraft only. They are not transferable to other types of aircraft due to the customized computer chips required for deployment. Visit www.aviataircraft.com or call 307/885-3151 for more information.

Wicks Aircraft Supply Launches New Location And Services
Wicks Aircraft Supply has opened Wicks Air Center, a new location at St. Louis Metro East Airport/Shafer Field (3K6) this week. Building on a solid thirty-year history in the aviation business, Wicks Air Center is a premier Builder Education Center, offering invaluable assistance to individuals wishing to build their own aircraft but lacking the space, tools, or knowledge resources to do so. The facility also features an extensive pilot shop and pick-up counter for orders placed with Wicks Aircraft Supply. Additionally, Wicks Air Center is an aircraft dealership for the TL-Ultralight, Titan, and Hornet lines of airplanes. For more information, visit www.wicksaircraft.com or call 618-644-2710.

Adam Rolls Out First Customer A500
Adam Aircraft’s first customer aircraft rolled out of its Centennial Airport assembly facility in Englewood, Colorado in October. The company’s sixth rollout comes on the heels of receiving Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) by the FAA, and leads the beginning full-scale production of A500 aircraft. Before year-end 2004, two customer aircraft will be delivered and production will be ramped to 40 aircraft in 2005. The A500 centerline thrust twin-piston aircraft is approaching FAA certification. Adam Aircraft has an A500 sales backlog of 65 aircraft. With a total employee count of nearly 300 people and over 100,000 square feet of facilities, Adam Aircraft has the infrastructure in place to meet the production requirements of its A500 backlog. For more information, visit www.adamaircraft.com.

Eclipse Has 100 Percent of Production Suppliers on Board
Certification work 25 percent there
Eclipse Aviation continues progressing toward the certification and first deliveries of the Eclipse 500 twin-engine jet in the first quarter of 2006. The company is on track to begin flight-testing the Pratt & Whitney PW610F-powered Eclipse 500 by the end of the year. Seven test airframes are in production. All current Eclipse suppliers have been selected to provide structures and systems for the production aircraft, and a quarter of the FAA certification work is complete, including three key compliance reports—Aircraft Functional Hazard Assessment; Systems Functional Hazard Assessment; and Systems Criticality Assessment—plus approved compliance reports for a number of aircraft systems. Eclipse is on target for first production deliveries in March 2006, with 260 aircraft delivered in the first 12 months of production, 880 aircraft over the second 12 months, and up to four aircraft per day thereafter in the current facilities. This translates into earlier deliveries for 99 percent of current customers, and a projected February 2008 delivery for new customers—seven months earlier than previously projected. For more information, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.

Cirrus Delivers Datalink Weather
Robert Segal of Las Cruces, New Mexico, recently became the first owner of Cirrus Design Corp.’s much anticipated, fully integrated datalink weather satellite system. Segal received delivery of the new system in his new Cirrus SR22-G2 with the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra glass cockpit. Along with a terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) and electronic approach plates, the certificated XM weather datalink completes the three new avionics options Cirrus announced this summer at EAA AirVenture 2004. Cirrus owners within the contiguous United States can choose the $7,490 factory-installed option and subscribe to the service for real-time information. NEXRAD, METAR, SIGMET, AIRMET, TFR, and lightning updates, for example, are fed onto the 10.4-inch full-color Avidyne multifunction display. For more information, visit www.cirrusdesign.com.

Chelton’s AP-3C Approved For Cherokee Six And Cessna 210
Chelton Aviation has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for its new digital AP-3C autopilot in Cherokee Six and Cessna 210 aircraft. This is the first autopilot developed for general aviation aircraft with vertical nav (VNAV) steering, when coupled with an EFIS, WAAS GPS, or FMS. The AP-3C operates with only three components while other autopilot models may require as many as six items, some of which require routine adjustments. AP-3C’s altitude holding is based on an attitude gyro instead of traditional rate-based deviation or averaging formula. Chelton earlier obtained STCs for C-172, 182, 177 and 310; Beechcraft Baron and Travel Air; and most of the Piper PA-28 family, along with the Apache and Aztec. STC applications are pending for Piper Arrow and Grumman Cheetah. Mooney and V35 Bonanza are on deck, as Chelton continues to seek certification at the rate of two aircraft types per month. For more information, contact the company at 940/320-3330 or visit www.cheltonaviation.com

NASA X-43A Gets 'Go' Sign For November Mach 10 Flight
The final research flight of NASA’s hypersonic scramjet-powered X-43A will take place in early-to-mid November, say project officials at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. If successful, the unmanned flight, which is targeted to sustain a speed of up to Mach 10, (7,000 mph), will set a new speed record for an aircraft powered by an air-breathing engine. The current record of Mach 6.83, or nearly 5,000 mph, was established on X43A’s March 27, 2004 flight. The X-43A is boosted by a Pegasus rocket launched from beneath NASA’s B-52B aircraft, separates, then flies out over the U.S. Navy test range off the Southern California coast. Officials are looking at November 8-15, with the most likely date being November 9. For more on the project, visit http://www.nasa.gov/missions/research/x43_gwr.html.

Pioneering Female Test Pilot Wins NAA Stinson Award
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) selected Ann Baumgartner Carl as recipient of the 2004 Katherine and Marjorie Stinson Award for Achievement. She was selected for “blazing a trail for women in the male-dominated field of test piloting.” Carl, the first woman to fly a jet aircraft, was a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII. Carl worked in the Bomber Flight Test Division flying as co-pilot on B-25s, B-26s, B-17s and B24s, and even on the B-29 carrying a dummy of the "Little Boy" atomic bomb. She then transferred back to the Fighter Flight Test Division and was assigned to the RP-47E project, the first fighter plane with a pressurized cockpit. When the YP-59A, our first military jet aircraft, arrived at Wright Field for testing, Carl became the first woman in the world to fly a turbo-jet powered aircraft in October 1944. She will receive her trophy at NAA's Fall Awards Banquet on November 8, 2004, at the Hilton in Crystal City. For more information, visit www.naa-usa.org.

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