November 5, 2004    Volume 4, Number 54


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

In the event I get a glider pilot certificate and buy a Virus motor glider, is it okay to fly both an experimental Virus and an LSA Virus, since the experimental has a faster airspeed? I would favor buying the experimental for the speed increase.

If you add a glider category rating to your private pilot certificate (by taking a private pilot glider practical test), you can legally fly the faster non-LSA Virus. But if you add a glider rating at the sport pilot level only (by getting an appropriate logbook endorsement from one sport pilot instructor, then taking a proficiency check and getting a second endorsement from a different sport pilot instructor), you will only be allowed to fly the LSA version of the Virus. If you want to fly the faster version, you need to add your glider rating at the private pilot level by taking a private pilot glider practical test.

Pilots exercising glider rating privileges at any certificate level are not required to hold an FAA medical certificate or a drivers license, so adding a glider rating to your private pilot (or higher) pilot certificate would offer the most flexibility regarding aircraft are available to you.

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November 2004
EAA Desktop Calendar

Ron Tarrson of Santa Fe, New Mexico is the proud owner of this Waco ARE, specially modified for the original owner, the New York Daily News, and restored by Centennial Aircraft Services of Battle Creek, Michigan. It was the Antique-Outstanding Closed Cockpit Biplane award winner at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004.

The News used the cabin biplane, with it's oversized side retractable windows, to "get the scoop" on other news organizations back in the late 1930s. News photographers could shoot their subjects at sea or on the ground, and then have the film rushed back to the paper for publication in the next edition.

Place this beautiful plane on your desktop by visiting the EAA website. We have five different resolutions to best suit your screen.

Welcome, EAA and Division Board Members, Councils
This week EAA headquarters welcomes the members of the EAA board of directors, as well as the boards from EAA’s Divisions and the National Association of Flight Instructors; EAA’s Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Ultralight Council for their annual fall meetings.

Sport Pilot News . . . 
EAA Confirms FAA Procedures for Sport Pilot Examiner Applications
First selection board convenes November 29
The first Light Sport Standardization Selection Board (LSSB) will convene on November 29, EAA confirmed this week with the FAA Light Sport Aviation branch AFS-610. FAA suggests that anyone interested in being considered for the Sport Pilot Examiner (SPE) or Sport Pilot Flight Instructor Examiner (SFIE) seminar should submit his or her application to the FAA no later than November 23, 2004. Applications received after this date will be considered during subsequent LSSB selection boards.
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NAFI Sport Pilot Symposium Success Leads to Plans for Series
Heartened by the success of its first Sport Pilot Symposium for flight instructors, the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) plans to present additional sessions throughout the coming year. The inaugural program welcomed 44 attendees—mostly CFIs—at the October 29-30 event, held in conjunction with the first-ever LSA Expo at Sebring, Florida.
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LSA Expo Participants Pleased With Inaugural Event
Great weather, friendly organizers and volunteers, and a variety of aircraft vendors and suppliers created a wonderful atmosphere for aviation enthusiasts attending the first-ever U.S. Sport Aviation Expo held in Sebring, Florida, October 28-31. The Expo, dedicated strictly to light-sport and other sport pilot-eligible aircraft, provided an opportunity for interested buyers to talk with aircraft manufacturers and other suppliers to the LSA industry.
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EAA Halls of Fame to Induct Eight on Friday 
The Experimental Aircraft Association will honor eight of its members this week who contributed greatly to the world of flight as the newest inductees of the EAA-affiliated Halls of Fame. The group will be inducted on Friday, November 5, during a program at the EAA Aviation Center at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Bob Whittier and the late Pete Bowers are being inducted into the EAA Homebuilders’ Hall of Fame; Betty Stewart and the late Dorothy Hester, the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) Hall of Fame; Howard Pardue, the EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame; Espie “Butch” Joyce, the Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame; and Klaus Hill and Bert Howland, posthumous inductees to EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame.
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FAA's October Statistics a Wakeup Call
General aviation totaled 340 fatal accidents in fiscal year (FY) 2004 (October 1, 2003-September 30, 2004), well within the 349 “not-to-exceed” cap established by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. Unfortunately, GA is not off to a very good start in FY 2005 with 39 fatals recorded during the month of October 2004 alone. That’s the second deadliest October in over six years.
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Mike Melvill to Speak at Annual Wright Brothers Banquet
EAA’s own Mike Melvill, who thrilled the world recently with his historic space flights in Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne, will be the special guest and keynote speaker at EAA’s Annual Wright Brothers Banquet and Celebration on December 17 at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar. Melvill, EAA 53387, will share his experiences as a pioneer astronaut, along with reflections on his 19-year career as an experimental test pilot, in a multimedia presentation. Cost is $30 per person. There will be a social hour at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Make your reservation today on the EAA website, or contact Mary McKeown at, or call 920 426-6880.

$10 Million Ansari X Prize to be Awarded Saturday
Saturday, November 6, is payday for the Mojave Aerospace Ventures (MAV) team, as they receive the $10 million Ansari X Prize for conquering suborbital space on two flights September 29 and October 4. The X Prize Awards Celebration will be held at St. Louis University High School’s athletic field next to the St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave. Dr. Peter Diamandis, chairman of the X Prize Foundation is scheduled to present the prize check to Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites, and Paul Allen. Pilots Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie, and the rest of the successful MAV team will also be on hand. Those wishing to attend should begin arriving at 9:30 am in time for the 10:30 a.m. check presentation ceremony. Afterwards (11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), visitors can meet and greet the Scaled Composites team, get their autographs, and take photos. They can also participate in hands-on activities related to space flight; sign a giant congratulations banner for the Scaled Composites team; see demonstrations of rocket launches; and take your photo alongside an image of SpaceShipOne.
>>> Rutan, Family Featured on 60 Minutes
EAA has learned that CBS 60 Minutes will feature a profile of Burt Rutan and his family this Sunday, November 7. The program airs at 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT.

TSA Security Awareness Training For Flight Schools Now Available
The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) official initial Security Awareness Training is now available. This training is required of all flight school employees who have direct contact with students (including flight instructors, ground instructors, chief instructors, and administrative personnel who have direct contact with students). Current flight school employees must complete the free training no later than January 18, 2005, and employees hired after that date must complete the training within sixty days of their hire. Flight School Security Awareness (FSSA) Training can be accessed as a large (40 mb) download. For those unable to download this large file, TSA is in the process of acquiring additional copies of the FSSA training module on CD-ROM. Instructions on how to get a free copy of the FSSA CD-ROM will be posted on on the TSA website as soon as they are available. For questions, contact the help desk at 703/542-1222.

EAA Air Academy Earns Re-Accreditation
The EAA Air Academy, the longest continuous residence aviation camp in the country, has received re-accreditation from the American Camp Association (ACA), the nation’s leading organization of camp professionals who assess camp quality. The EAA Air Academy consists of more than a half-dozen residence programs, specializing in aviation knowledge and experiences, for ages 12-18. The individual programs range from five to 10 days each summer, based at the EAA Aviation Center’s Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh.
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EAA Reacts to Aircraft Salvage Language
EAA and its Warbirds of America division are responding to a measure that could end underwater salvage operations of abandoned military aircraft, removing the possibility that some vintage warbirds could be saved and restored instead of lost forever.
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Paper Airplane Weekend, ‘Jay-Jay The Jet Plane’ at
EAA AirVenture Museum On Nov. 13-14

The EAA AirVenture Museum will be alive with activity on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14, as two special events come to the world-class facility: The annual Paper Airplane Weekend, featuring special guest Ken Blackburn, and a visit by a favorite of young aviators everywhere, PBS Television’s Jay-Jay the Jet Plane.
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Aircraft Spruce Catalog Includes ACS Oil Filter Cutter
ACS’s Oil Filter Cutter is an ideal tool for people who like to inspect their filters for possible metal traces. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has added this clever device to their inventory of products for general and sport aviation. The ACS cutter accepts both male and female styles of aircraft oil filters, along with many automotive sizes. The heavy-duty, aircraft spec aluminum tool accepts filters from 3-1/8 inches to 4 inches in diameter and can be clamped to a workbench or held in a vise. All components are replaceable. Get the free 650-page Aircraft Spruce catalog through

Mooney Wraps Up 2004 Pilot Proficiency Program
Mooney aircraft owners took part in recent pilot proficiency programs (PPP) in Burlington, Vermont, and Palm Springs, California, hosted by the Mooney Airplane Pilots Association (MAPA) Safety Foundation, Inc. The PPP is a three-day ground and flight instruction program specifically for Mooney pilots to give them the necessary training to meet ongoing FAA requirements.

Pilots received 14 hours of ground training on weight and balance; airspeed and performance; aircraft maintenance; emergencies; aircraft systems; runway environment; aviation physiology and more. Participants also received four hours of flight instruction with a Mooney-specific instructor, who covers techniques in VFR and IFR flight. Upon course completion, eligible pilots were endorsed for their biennial flight review, instrument proficiency check, and received FAA Wings Program certification. 

FAA Gives General Dynamics’ Satellite System Go-ahead
General Dynamics C4 Systems has received FAA authorization to begin certification of the satellite communications equipment used in the FAA’s Capstone Communications Control System program in Alaska. The satellite communications system has demonstrated improved flight tracking and in-flight information and weather services for pilots flying in hazardous and remote regions of Alaska. Pilots previously were unable to be tracked by radar or receive critical flight information outside existing ground-based tracking and communication systems. Key benefits of the new system include knowledge of aircraft position for quick location in a search and rescue situation; access to current and local weather information; and heightened situational awareness that can reduce the potential for mid-air collisions. For more information, visit

Call for PAMA Awards Nominations 
Nominations are being sought for the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) annual awards, which will be presented to recipients at PAMA’s annual symposium on March 10, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The PAMA Awards Program promotes recognition of the professionalism and dedication of the individual aviation maintenance professional. Awards categories include: Award of Excellence; Award of Merit/Award of Special Merit; Chapter of the Year Award; Company Appreciation Award; Joe Chase Award; Member Service Award; PAMA/ATP Award. For more information, visit and click on Awards. Deadline for nominations is November 30, 2004.

200-HP Mooneys Get Power Flow Tuned Exhaust System
When Power Flow Systems announced last year they had received supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for all 180 hp Mooneys, a lot of 200 hp owners called asking for similar systems for their airplanes. The wait is over: FAA recently approved an STC for Mooney models M20 E, F, and J, in the 200 horsepower class. Performance enhancements include improved engine efficiency; fuel savings; lower oil temperatures during climb, and the rate of climb increases up to 15 percent.
Oh, and a maximum speed gain of 6.5 knots at 11,500 feet, 4.5 kts at normal cruise with a 1.3 gph fuel savings. The compete tuned exhaust system runs $4,050 through December 31, 2004. On January 1, the price will increase to $4,550. For more information call 386/253-8833, email, or visit

Texas Aviation HOF Makes Inductions Next Week
The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame’s 6th annual gala event will take place on November 13 at Galveston. Class of 2004 inductees include Major General William A. Anders, Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission - the first manned flight on the Saturn V rocket and man's first flight from earth to another body in the solar system; Oran Nicks, an aerospace pioneer holding research leadership positions at NASA in lunar and planetary programs and as Deputy Director of the Langley Research Center; the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) whose pioneering achievement in completing the Army Air Force flight training program and flying military aircraft during World War II paved the way for the young women currently serving as military pilots; and George Haddaway, FLIGHT magazine founder, editor and publisher, and Civil Air Patrol founder. For more information, visit

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