January 14, 2005    Volume 5, Number 2



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Annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In is Next Weekend

The annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In is next Saturday, January 22, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., at EAA’s Pioneer Airport—snow or no snow. If there is enough snow on the ground, skiplanes are invited to fly in. If the ground is bare but firm, wheeled airplanes will be allowed. Regardless of Mother Nature, the public is invited to enjoy complimentary chili and cake to celebrate the birthday of EAA’s matriarch Audrey Poberezny beginning at 10:30 a.m. Pilots intending to fly-in must contact Sean Elliott 920/426-4886, to register and receive an arrival briefing. For those who wish to fly-in and land at Wittman Regional Airport, a shuttle service will run to and from Orion and Basler FBOs.



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

As indicated on the sportpilot.org website, standard certificate aircraft might have their eligibility for LSA altered due to modification by STC or field approval. I have an opportunity to acquire a beautiful Luscombe 8E and would like to operate it as an LSA, but the gross takeoff weight is 1400 lbs, 80 lbs too high. Maybe this is a foolish question, but what are the chances of getting a gross takeoff weight lowered (say roughly 80 lbs or so) by STC or field approval? Any chance?


No, you would not be able to modify the 8E so as to be eligible for operation by sport pilots. A sport pilot must fly an aircraft that meets the definition of a light sport aircraft (LSA). The definition of a light-sport aircraft, as called out in 14 CFR 1.1, requires that an aircraft be originally certificated and continuously operated within the LSA definition. The Luscombe 8E was not originally certificated within the LSA definition, nor has it been continuously operated within the definition. Thus, it cannot be made eligible for operation by a sport pilot, regardless of what modifications are made.

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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.
New EAA AirVenture 2005 Website Launched

Finding what you need to know about EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 has never been easier thanks to the new website that serves it at www.airventure.org. Less cluttered, better organized, and easier to navigate, the new website puts the most essential information just a few mouse clicks away. Whether you’re a convention regular, a first-time visitor, exhibitor, volunteer, or presenter, you’ll be able to quickly find the information you need.
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Sport Pilot News . . .
A Week of Sport Pilot “Firsts” in Sebring, Florida
This week marked a number of sport pilot “firsts,” including the certification of the first ultralight trainer as an E-LSA and the awarding of the first private pilot weight-shift rating. Members of FAA’s Oklahoma City-based Light-Sport Aviation Branch are based at Lockwood Aviation on the Sebring (Florida) Regional Airport this week preparing for another first—the first sport pilot examiner (SPE) training course next week.
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FAA Responds to EAA Efforts For Amphibian Aircraft Owners
EAA’s efforts in support of amphibious aircraft operations, especially in the new area of light-sport aircraft (LSA), has led FAA to clarify its position on the use of such aircraft. As the sport pilot rule is currently written, LSA certification is prohibited for any aircraft with “repositionable landing gear”, which allows a pilot to change the position of the landing gear for land or water operations while the aircraft is airborne. The ability to reconfigure the gear for land or water operations while the aircraft is on the ground or in the water, however, is acceptable.
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David Henry Wins EAA Land-A-Member Zodiac XL
David Henry, a 24-year EAA member from Perry, Oklahoma, is the lucky winner of a complete, ready-to-build Zodiac XL kitplane through the 2004 EAA Land-A-Member contest. “Holy cow!” Henry exclaimed when EAA President Tom Poberezny called on Tuesday to deliver the good news. “I am tickled to death, thank you so much!” Just to verify his good fortune, Henry then asked, “You want to run that by me again?”
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EAA, Cessna Launch ‘Partners In Flight’
The Experimental Aircraft Association and Cessna Aircraft Company today announced a landmark, five-year agreement launching EAA’s “Partners in Flight,” which provides financial support of EAA’s youth-education and historical-preservation missions. “Cessna’s generous, inaugural commitment recognizes and further enhances the valuable work that EAA has done for decades and underscores Cessna’s leadership role in the aviation community,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA president. “By launching EAA Partners in Flight, Cessna is helping us form a prestigious group of corporate and individual contributors who share EAA’s vision of personal aviation - including its cherished past, its enormous value today, and its promise for the future.”
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Pilots Required to Report Laser Incidents
In the wake of recent incidents involving laser devices pointed at aircraft, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced Wednesday that beginning January 19, all pilots will be required to immediately report any laser sightings to air traffic control. Sec. Mineta (pictured, left), speaking at FAA’s Oklahoma City office, said that ATC would then advise pilots operating in the area of the incident via Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) as well as inform law enforcement officials.
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NAFI Helps Obtain Security Modifications for Flight Instructors and Schools
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) is rushing to inform flight instructors and flight schools about the details of modifications just released by the Transportation Security Administration, which ease and clarify record-keeping requirements training both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. The new details clarify the TSA requirements announced last September, which placed new burdens on instructors and schools.
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Security Awareness Training Deadline is January 18
NAFI also reminds its members and all flight instructors that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)/Department of Homeland Security has mandated that all flight school employees complete security awareness training no later than January 18.
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GA Learning Curve Starts Anew with Homeland Security Nominee
EAA's Relationships with DHS a Good Foundation
President Bush's nomination of federal appeals judge Michael Chertoff to serve as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security seems to be a popular choice among Congressional leaders, but he's still an unknown to the aviation community.
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SportAir Returns to Canada in 2005
Building on the tremendous success from the first EAA SportAir Workshop conducted in Canada last year, EAA SportAir Workshops will offer a full session of aircraft building classes in Calgary, Alberta, on April 2-3. Jack Dueck, SportAir instructor and member of the EAA Canadian & Homebuilt Aircraft councils, will host the workshop. Courses offered include Sheet Metal, Composites, Fabric Covering, and Gas Welding. We had to turn away some folks last year, so if you’re at all interested in attending this workshop, visit the SportAir Workshops website, www.sportair.org, or call 800/967-5746.

Insurance Tips
Insurance for Flying Clubs
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency

I recently took a call from an EAA Member who said he heard insurance had just been made available for flying clubs. I told him that’s not new news; insurance has been available for flying clubs for as long as I can remember. However, insurance underwriters are not especially eager to insure flying clubs because experience shows they tend to have more claims. Nevertheless, we had a good conversion talking about the flying clubs and insurance. He agreed to gather all the necessary details about his flying club and I agreed to secure an insurance quote through the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan for his club. So, why is it insurance underwriters aren’t particularly fond of flying clubs?
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Kodiak Completes 50th Flight
Quest Aircraft’s Kodiak prototype passed a significant milestone Wednesday with its 50th successful test flight. The 10-place turboprop aircraft now has 40 flight hours in three months of flight-tests and is fast approaching its formal certification flight test program. “The aircraft has successfully flown at max gross weight as well as various CG scenarios, including extremes to red line (180 kts),” said Tom Hamilton, Chief Technical Officer. President and CEO Paul Schaller adds, “I anticipate that the slight modifications and adjustments we have been able to incorporate during the first 50 flights will lead us rapidly through the certification process with the FAA.” The aircraft is scheduled for exterior painting later this month, prior to entering FAA flight-testing. It will debut at the Alaska Airmen’s Trade Show in May 2005. For more information, please visit www.questaircraft.com.

New Aero Sport Power Engine Delivered
Sport Power recently delivered its first engine using Textron Lycoming's new cylinder enhancements for the homebuilt market to RV 6 builder Peter Cavallo. The Aero Sport Power IO-360-B1B 180+HP engine is fired by a Light Speed Engineering Plasma III CDI Ignition, with low-profile commercial spark plugs and a standard slick magneto mated to a new Series of Champion Iridium 14mm shielded plugs. This new cylinder eliminates the need for a spark plug adapter when using the Light Speed electronic ignition. Aero Sport Power specializes in manufacturing new custom built aircraft engines and overhauling specific models and accessories for experimental aircraft. To learn more, write to sales@aerosportpower.com.

Hartzell Propeller Receives FAA DAS Certification
The FAA gave Hartzell Propeller Inc. Designated Alteration Station (DAS) status this week, allowing the prop manufacturer to issue its own Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for propeller installations on Part 23 airplanes (including single and multi-engine piston and turbine aircraft). It also includes the authority to install related components such as propeller de-ice and anti-ice systems; propeller governors; synchronizing and synchrophasing systems; and spinners. DAS authority will allow Hartzell to obtain STC approvals faster for OEM aircraft as well as for the Hartzell Top Prop retrofit program, providing a future benefit to many general aviation aircraft owners and operators. For more information, visit www.hartzellprop.com, or call 937/778-4321.

2005 Miller Electric Catalog Available 
Miller Electric’s new 2005 full-color, 84-page catalog is available. The new edition provides technical specifications, features, benefits and selection tips for Miller’s complete line of welding and plasma cutting products and accessories. Product descriptions and color-coded symbols help identify process capabilities and power specifications. A glossary of welding terms helps those who may be unfamiliar with terminology and descriptions of Miller “technology exclusives” are provided. To receive a free copy, visit www.millerwelds.com, call 800/4-A-MILLER, or write to Miller Electric Mfg. Co., P.O. Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058.

SATS Project to Demo Progress This Spring
NASA and its partners are preparing to unveil technologies and operating capabilities that could make air travel more accessible to more people by allowing a new generation of small aircraft to fly safely and reliably into neighborhood airports. Engineers across the country are doing research as part of the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) project. They will showcase their efforts in a three-day flight demonstration called SATS 2005: A Transformation in Air Travel, June 5-7 at Danville Regional Airport in Danville, Virginia. For information, contact Kathy Barnstorff at 757-864-9886 or kathy.barnstorff@nasa.gov.

Sun ’n Fun Offers Exhibitors Broadband Internet Access
For the second straight year, exhibitors at the 2005 Sun ‘n Fun Fly–In again will have access to high-speed broadband Internet services through Diversicom Corporation, the fly-in’s official Internet service provider. “High-speed broadband Internet access will help our exhibitors provide better service to Fly–In participants,” said Sun ‘n Fun president John Burton. “We also believe it will help exhibitors meet and exceed their sales and marketing projections.” The 2005 Sun ‘n Fun Fly–In will be held April 12-18 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida. For more information, visit www.sun-n-fun.org, or call 863–644–2431.

AeroMag Assembly Improves Oil Filtration by 1,000 Percent!
AeroMag’s oil filter enhancement can make a one thousand percent improvement in removing steel particles from engines on experimental aircraft. The product is a strong magnet in segments that wraps around any aircraft oil filter, attaching itself to the outer side of the filter and trapping missed particles. The AeroMag can be attached in minutes and will help any engine reach its full TBO without affecting any instruments in the aircraft. At $97.95, AeroMag comes with a lifetime warranty and is available from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, www.aircraftspruce.com and 877/4-SPRUCE.

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