January 7, 2005    Volume 5, Number 1



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

My impression was that certificated aircraft pilots could apply for a 10 percent increase in gross weight for their aircraft when flown in Alaska because of the requirements to carry survival gear. So my question is, will sport pilots flying experimental LSAs (light-sport aircraft) be allowed to increase the gross weight of their aircraft for Alaska flights? (Example: 1320 GW + 10% = 1452 GW), and still operate with only the Driver’s License medical? I will bet that I am not the only Alaskan Pilot who forgot to ask this question.


The gross weight increase for Alaska operations is called out in 14 CFR 91.323. This regulation applies only to type-certificated aircraft being operated under FAR Parts 121 or 135 (scheduled or non-scheduled air carrier operations) certificate holders, or by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Since sport pilots cannot fly for compensation or hire, or in furtherance of business, this regulation would not apply, nor would it apply to experimental/LSA, as they are not type-certificated aircraft.

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January 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

Mark Campbell of Montgomery, Texas, captured this breathtaking digital photo of a blissfully calm seaplane base in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. You can obtain this image for your computer desktop by visiting the EAA website. There are five different resolutions available, so choose the best to suit your monitor.
Sport Pilot News . . .
First Class of Sport Pilot DPEs Selected 
The FAA announced on Tuesday that the date of the very first sport pilot designated pilot examiner (DPE) initial qualification course has been set for January 17-22, 2005. The first five courses will be held in Sebring, Florida. Click here for the complete course schedule for 2005. Eight participants will take the course, including four EAA members: Roy Beisswenger, Brian Carpenter, Eric Johnson, and Lawrence Littlefield. The four other course participants are William Bardin, John Beaman, Robert Bleadon, and George Methvin. EAA congratulates all those selected for this special endeavor.

FAA Publishes Sport Pilot PTS 
The FAA published the new Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards, which establish the standards for the knowledge and skills necessary to pass a "checkride" to obtain a sport pilot certificate. These standards, which bear a December 1, 2004, effective date, are available for viewing or downloading at http://afs600.faa.gov/ under the Airman Testing Standards (AFS-630) section (click on the Practical Test Standards link).
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GA Shut Down in Washington ADIZ For Inauguration
The January 20 Presidential Inauguration has been designated a National Special Security Event, which will create additional temporary flight restrictions in the Washington, D.C. area from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. local time on that date. FAA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) officials outlined the restrictions for the designated National Security Event during a teleconference with aviation organization representatives, including EAA, on Wednesday, January 5.
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EAA Working to Repeal Ohio Registration Fee Hike
EAA is working with several of its Ohio Members in an attempt to repeal what has been termed a grossly unfair increase in the aircraft registration tax that went into effect in 2004. The 2003 Ohio Legislature established a flat $100 license tax for all aircraft. That represented a 1600 percent increase for two-place aircraft, which had been $6.
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Fossett’s Global Flight Postponed To February
Virgin Atlantic pushed back Steve Fossett's record attempt for a solo, nonstop around-the-world flight aboard GlobalFlyer until February 2 at the earliest. No specified reason was given, although the GlobalFlyer, the single-engine jet aircraft designed by Burt Rutan and built by Rutan’s Scaled Composites, performed its final test flight on Wednesday, January 5 at Mojave, California. The aircraft was reportedly preparing for its repositioning flight to Salina (Kansas) Municipal Airport, takeoff and landing site for the attempt. Mission control will be at Kansas State University/Salina, which is located on the airport. The February 2 date represents a current tentative window and is subject to change. For more information on the flight, visit http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com/.

Burt Rutan Named Inc. ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’
The accolades keep coming for EAAer Burt Rutan, SpaceShipOne creator whose invention launched to suborbital space last year to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize. This time, business magazine Inc. has named the visionary homebuilder Entrepreneur of the Year for 2004. In his January 2005 cover story, David H. Freedman writes, “Rutan has hit a big milestone, one that could ignite a revolution and even change the way we view the universe."
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Order Your 2005 Sun 'n Fun Tickets Online
Are you ready for Sun 'n Fun 2005? Now you can conveniently purchase your tickets online at the Sun 'n Fun website, www.sun-n-fun.org/tickets.

As always, EAA and Florida Air Museum members get the best discount on registration fees. Non-members and the general public can also order on-line for this great April event in Lakeland, Florida. For more information, send an e-mail to fly-info@sun-n-fun.org.

'Housing Hotline' Available For EAA’s SW Regional/Texas Fly-In
People planning to attend the May 13-15 EAA Southwest Regional-Texas Fly-In at Hondo, Texas, can access the fly-in’s official Housing Bureau for lodging information. Patterned after EAA’s AirVenture Housing Hotline, users can arrange for rental ranging from a room, guesthouse, camping trailer, or a whole house from a local Hondo resident. Call the Hondo Chamber of Commerce at 830-426-3037 or send the folks an e-mail at hondochamber@medinaec.com or a fax at 830-426-5357. To learn more, visit www.swrfi.org.

Several Top Air Show Performers Confirm
EAA AirVenture Appearances

The daily air show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh features many of the world’s outstanding aerobatic performers. Every year, top pilots make sure they pencil in Oshkosh, where they have the opportunity to show their stuff to not only their peers in the aerobatic community, but to perhaps the most aviation-savvy audience on the planet. The roster for the 53rd EAA AirVenture Oshkosh gathering, set for July 25-31, is beginning to take shape. The following is a partial preliminary list of who will be here for the 53rd annual event.
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Insurance Tips . . . 
Tough Insurance
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency

Over the years, I’ve seen insurance designed for just about every different combination of pilot and aircraft imaginable. I’ve seen a private pilot with less than 100 total flight hours insured in a Bell 412 (a $2 million, twin-engine turbine helicopter); a 98-year-old pilot insured in a Beech Bonanza; a low-time private pilot insured in a replica 1912 Bellanca Parasol, (which looked like a step ladder on it’s side with a wing and an engine attached!). I’ve even seen airplanes insured that were intended to make their final landing without the gear attached. Just last week I arranged insurance for a very low-time private pilot in a Piper Aztec. It’s been interesting to see how insurance underwriters are able to accept certain risks. Conversely, I’ve also been amazed when insurance simply could not be put together at any price.
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First P&WC-Powered Eclipse 500 Begins Flight Testing
Eclipse Aviation resumed flight-testing its 500 Jet in an FAA-conforming test bed on December 31, meeting its year-end deadline. Test pilots Bill Bubb and Brian Mathy took the company’s first Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW610F-powered airplane on two flights from Albuquerque International. N503EA flew for one hour, 29 minutes in the morning and for just under an hour in the afternoon, successfully completing all maneuvers in the test area south of Albuquerque. The aircraft reached 16,800 feet and 200 knots. For more information, visit the Eclipse Aviation website.

Professional Development Workshop at PAMA Symposium
“Maintenance Resource Management,” a two-day training session offered by the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) will be held on March 6-7 during PAMA’s Annual Maintenance Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The workshop will show professional technicians how to reduce operational costs and prevent accidents and injuries. Through accident investigation review and class interaction, participants will learn the impact they have on their organization’s success. Other sessions offered include Aviation Maintenance Management; Savvy Piston Aircraft Maintenance; Vital Communications Skills for Today’s Maintenance Leaders; Aviation Accident Investigation for Mechanics; and AED/CPR Training. For more information or to register, visit www.pama.org and click on “Maintenance Symposium.”

Lewis University to Host 31st Midwest GA Maintenance Seminar
The 31st Annual Midwest General Aviation Maintenance Seminar will be held March 9-10 at Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois. Aimed at maintenance technicians, managers, and flight ops personnel, the seminar is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the FAA, PAMA (Professional Aviation Maintenance Association) and Lewsi University. The seminar offers training, exhibits, and demonstrations of the latest maintenance practices. Training classes meet the FAA’s annual inspection authorization renewal requirements. For more information, call Don Cramer, 217-785-5798, or Mike Streit, 815-836-5431. Information will also be posted at www.faasafety.gov within the next several days and www.lewisu.edu within a week.

Hartzell Props Pass Critical Test on Adam A500
Hartzell Propeller’s blended airfoil propeller system recently passed the final hurdle for FAA certification on the Adam Aircraft A500. A new regulation requires pusher props, such as the three-bladed, 78-inch diameter aft propeller on the A500, to ingest airframe ice shed during inadvertent icing without causing a hazardous condition. Using a compressed-gas gun at the University of Dayton Research Institute’s Impact Physics, softball-sized ice balls were shot at the propeller at speeds up to 520 miles per hour to simulate a long section of wing leading-edge ice striking the propeller blade. The propeller maintained structural integrity and critical feathering functions as required. The A500 is the first production aircraft to pass such a stringent test, and the first application of this technology in a pusher configuration. For more information, visit www.hartzellprop.com and www.adamaircraft.com.

4002 by 2004: Completed RVs Surpass 4000 
As 2004 drew to a close, Van's Aircraft received confirmation of  one thousand RV-3, RV-4, RV-6/6A, RV-7/7A and RV-8/8A kit projects completed during the calendar year, bringing the overall total to 4,000. Two more confirmed ‘first-flight” reports received December 28 brought the cumulative total to 4,002. This year, with 300 four-seat, RV-10, kits shipped and two company-built demonstrators flying, the first customer-built RV-10s are expected to fly soon. “We are in constant communication with customers building our airplanes and learn something from them every day,” said Richard VanGrunsven, Van's founder. "New knowledge and new technology in our factory has allowed us to improve our kits substantially.” Van’s has shipped more than two thousand aircraft starts in the last two years. Visit www.vansaircraft.com for more information.

Liberty Belle 14-Year Restoration Complete
The B-17G, Liberty Belle, joined an exclusive club on December 8 that includes Aluminum Overcast and Fuddy Duddy when it flew at Florida’s Kissimmee Gateway airport. The first post-restoration flight took place over the former Flying Tigers Warbird Museum and culminated an 80,000-hour, 14-year project. There are now 14 flying “Flying Fortresses” in the world. For more information, visit www.libertyfoundation.org.

New Toll-Free Number at Weldcraft
TiG welding torches and accessories manufacturer Weldcraft now has a toll-free customer service line. Distributors and customers can gain quick access to technical assistance, troubleshooting tips, product solutions, or place orders and check order status at 800-752-7620. The line is available from 7 a.m. EST to 5 p.m. PST. Weldcraft also begins 2005 with a new logo. For more information, visit www.weldcraft.com.

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