November 12, 2004    Volume 4, Number 55


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Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Services:

I recently purchased a used Buccaneer XA ultralight that was built from a kit by someone else. The original builder got a special airworthiness certificate and had it registered, with an N-number as an experimental aircraft. I have a private pilot license, so I'm legal to fly it. I was wondering, however, if there might be any advantage to having it registered as a Light Sport Aircraft.

Since your aircraft already holds an airworthiness certificate, you do not have the option of changing it to experimental light-sport aircraft (ELSA). Your aircraft must retain its current airworthiness certificate. Only aircraft that have never been issued an airworthiness certificate of any kind (U.S. or foreign) are eligible to transition into the ELSA category.

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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.

Sport Pilot News . . . 
Now You Can!
Since September 1, 2004, FAA has implemented a number of steps toward making the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule usable. We’ve compiled a list of what processes and procedures have been completed…in other words, what you can do now. In addition, we’ve listed the projected dates for other milestone activities as the SP/LSA implementation process rolls along.
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FAA Posts Airman Knowledge Test Questions
Late Friday, November 5, FAA’s Light-Sport Aircraft Branch posted several airman knowledge test questions on the AFS-610 website under Airman Knowledge Tests. Actual testing for sport pilots, for private pilot ratings for weight-shift control aircraft and powered parachutes, sport pilot flight instructors, and designated pilot examiners will begin December 1. Pilot examiner knowledge test authorizations will be issued by AFS-610 only.
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First Twin Inspected by EAA Volunteer AB-DAR
The first known twin-engine inspection performed by an EAA volunteer amateur-built designated airworthiness representative (AB-DAR) took place recently at Barnes Airfield in Westfield, Connecticut. EAA’s Joe Gauthier, AB-DAR and member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, signed off on a Rutan Defiant built by Don Eckberg and Rick Marrs. Final inspection took place on November 1, capping the builders’ eight-year project. It was Gauthier’s first composite construction inspection, sixth aircraft overall.
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Ten New EAA Volunteer AB DARs Certificated
The FAA recently appointed 10 new EAA members as volunteer FAA Amateur-Built Designated Airworthiness Representatives (AB-DARs), who each successfully completed training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.
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EAA’s New Merchandise Catalog Available
Dreams of flight can be carried with you, even when you’re stuck on the ground, with aviation-related items available through EAA’s new 2004-2005 merchandise catalog. Just in time for holiday gift-giving, the 32-page catalog features EAA clothing, as well as books, videos and other items that are perfect for any pilot or aviation enthusiast, or as a great gift for someone fascinated with flight. The catalog features both EAA-logo items along with other aviation merchandise, as well as special items specifically designed for EAA members.
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Mojave Aerospace Ventures Collects Ansari X Prize 
The X Prize Foundation, formed in St. Louis nearly a decade ago to spur private space flight, presented the $10 million Ansari X Prize to the Mojave Aerospace Team during a special ceremony held at the St. Louis Science Center on Saturday, November 6. Aerospace legend and longtime EAA member Burt Rutan joined financial backer Paul Allen along with the entire Scaled Composites' team that achieved two spectacular flights by White Knight/SpaceShipOne September 29 and October 4 to win the prize.
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Ultralight Tribute Exhibit Planned
EAA’s Tribute to Ultralight Pioneers is a new exhibit in the works at the EAA AirVenture Museum, highlighting the three decades-old ultralight movement that burst on the scene and grew up around EAA Oshkosh. The exhibit will feature eight ultralights from the EAA collection, suspended from the museum’s Restoration Center ceiling. They include the early Kiceniuk Icarus V from 1973; the Solar Riser (solar powered Easy Riser); an American Aerolights Double Eagle II; and an Antares MH 39 Flex Wing that belonged to the late Mike Jacober.
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Paper Airplanes, Jay-Jay The Jet Plane Arrive at
EAA AirVenture Museum This Weekend
The EAA AirVenture Museum will be alive with activity this weekend, November 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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TSA Issues Stolen Aircraft Advisory 
Late last week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an advisory in response to a theft of an agricultural (crop dusting) aircraft near Mexicali, Mexico. (Click here to see the advisory)

Rare Stinson 'A' Flies Again
The only surviving Stinson A, a low-wing tri-motor airplane, flew for the first time this week since undergoing major restoration started in 1998. NC15165, which also appeared at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that year, is part of Greg Herrick’s private collection. John Mohr flew as PIC for the test flight with Jim Obowa as co-pilot. Dan White, Craig Schiller and Herrick flew in the chase plane. Mohr reported a stable flight with the airplane “in perfect rig.” The aircraft, built in 1936, was one of 35 built, 16 of which were initially sold to American Airlines. Herrick, owner of Historic Aviation and president of the Aviation Foundation of America, states, “We will be sharing more about this exciting aircraft in the coming months.” 

Pilots Can Fly-By Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17
General aviation pilots have an opportunity to pay personal tribute to the Wright brothers during the 101st anniversary celebration of Orville and Wilbur's first successful powered flights at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Pilots can perform a ceremonial fly-by of the Wright monument on December 17, immediately following the air show. Pilots must register their aircraft and meet certain requirements, as well as agree to fly in accordance with a pilot briefing prior to their flight. Contact George Speake, Dare County Airport (MQI) manager at, or call 252-475-5571 to request an application. Participating pilots receive a special certificate upon completion of their flight.

RV Builders Have New Web Forum
A new web forum/information exchange is available for Van’s RV builders at Created and operated by EAA member and RV aircraft enthusiast John Spicer, the message board includes discussion threads on the various RV models, engines, avionics, and flying. The site aims to allow the RV community to congregate and exchange information in one friendly, centralized location. “Though our site is still very new, we have already seen participation from RV builders from other continents and with positive results,” Spicer writes. The site does not require any type of membership for participation, there are no user fees, and there are no (nor shall there be in the future) any advertisements or space for sale.”

Diamond Offers Tax Consultation Regarding Extended Bonus Depreciation
Diamond Aircraft and Advocate Consulting are working together to guide Diamond customers through the Bonus Depreciation maze. The Bonus Depreciation Placed in Service Requirement, extended a year to December 31 2005, provides another chance for those who thought they had missed a great opportunity. However, a binding, non-transferable contract must exist by December 31, 2004, if owners want to qualify for a 2005 tax deduction of up to 76 percent on a fully equipped DA40. The special Bonus Depreciation service includes a free initial consultation with knowledgeable tax consulting experts. Customers also receive a $1,000 discount off Advocate's three-year tax consulting program. Contact a local Diamond Distribution Center for more information about Diamond aircraft, or visit the Diamond website.

FAI Centennial Book Celebrates Aviation Achievements 
The world’s keeper of aviation records, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), will publish a 224-page commemorative book next year in celebration of its centennial. High Flyers, by Swiss historian Pierre Morath, will feature the history of air sports and FAI, focusing on aviation’s most outstanding world records and achievements. Publication date is March 2005, and FAI’s centennial date is October 14, 2005. The book, which features the Wright brothers and White Knight/SpaceShipOne on the cover, is available in English and French. To learn more, or for ordering information, visit the FAI website.

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