February 4, 2005    Volume 5, Number 5

    

EAA Museum Flight Simulator Weekend is Feb. 12-13
“Fly” some of the world’s legendary airplanes next weekend, February 12-13, at EAA AirVenture Museum’s annual “Flight Simulator Weekend.” Try out a wide range of flight simulators located throughout the museum both days. Visitors can take the controls of a World War II-era fighter, a corporate jet flying through the Grand Canyon, or a small airplane skimming the waters of Lake Winnebago.

Other simulators include EAA’s nationally acclaimed Microsoft Wright Flyer simulator that was featured during EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk tours, and the MaxFlight F-16 simulator, which offers a 360-degree range of motion for full rolls and loops. Flight Simulator Weekend is included with regular museum admission, except for the MaxFlight F-16 simulator experience.

Simulators will be operating from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.


  

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

I am a commercial pilot without a current medical certificate, but I do have a valid state drivers license. Last week I went up with an instructor and did the equivalent of a biennial flight review and passed, but the instructor did not know how to make out the endorsement in the log book to document the flight review since I have a drivers license and not a medical. What is the correct wording to document the flight review for flying as a sport pilot?

Answer:

There is no difference in the endorsement an instructor would give for a flight review. A medical certificate is not a requirement for completion of a flight review. The instructor should just sign and date you a standard flight review endorsement, as spelled out in FAA advisory circular AC 61-65D, appendix 1, item 28, as follows:

"I certify that (First name, MI, Last name), (pilot certificate), (certificate number), has satisfactorily completed a flight review of § 61.56(a) on (date).

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February 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

There's nothing like the sound of a well-tuned radial engine, like this spotless Pratt & Whitney R-985 on a Beech 18. The photo was submitted by a member, but unfortunately, we cannot find the original correspondence. We'd love to give due credit, so if it's yours, let us know at webmaster@eaa.org. As for the image, visit the EAA website and choose from five different resolutions to place this great image on your computer desktop.
    
Your Opinion Matters!
Over the next several weeks, we'll be sending magazine readership surveys via e-mail to many EAA members. Our objective is to help us more fully understand your opinions on various aspects of all our publications. We appreciate your assistance with this important research!

Flight Restrictions In Place For Super Sunday

A 30-mile temporary flight restriction (TFR) centered on Jacksonville, Florida's Alltel Stadium will be in effect for Super Bowl XXXIX on Sunday, February 6, from 1:30-11 p.m. local time. During that time, access to airspace in the Jacksonville area, including a part of Southern Georgia, will be limited. General aviation fixed-wing operations are limited to aircraft arriving or departing local airfields, however Craig Field (CRG) and Herlong Airport (23J) will be closed while the TFR is in place. Scheduled commercial and cargo flights will be allowed to operate into and out of Jacksonville International (JAX).
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Sport Pilot News
EAA Plays Key Role in ELSA, SLSA Airworthiness Certification Discussion
EAA’s Earl Lawrence was in Kansas City, Missouri, last week to provide EAA expertise in the review and revision of FAA policy governing issuance of special light-sport aircraft (SLSA) and experimental light-sport aircraft (ELSA) airworthiness certificates. Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, joined Frank Paskewicz and Steve Mulsow from AIR 200 (Aircraft Certification) - FAA’s Washington, D.C. headquarters; Larry Werth, Small Airplane Directorate and LSA resource; Bob O’Haver, FAA Flight Standards; Lee Sergeant, Oklahoma City DAR Office; and Edsel Ford and Van Stumpner of the Oklahoma City Sport Pilot Branch Office.
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Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogiro Miss Champion Donated to EAA AirVenture Museum
Historic aircraft to perform flight demos at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
An aircraft considered revolutionary in its time will soon be in the EAA AirVenture Museum’s permanent collection in Oshkosh. Stephen Pitcairn has informed EAA that he will donate his airworthy Pitcairn PCA-2 autogiro Miss Champion (NC 11609), to take its place alongside EAA’s restored and airworthy Pitcairn Mailwing and PA-39 autogiro in the Pitcairn Aviation Hangar at historic Pioneer Airport. Miss Champion will also be on display during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 (July 25-31). Plus visitors get the added treat of seeing this aircraft fly; the PCA-2 will perform flight demonstrations during the week.
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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 To Feature CAF’s B-29, LB-30
Two of the greatest airplanes from the World War II era, the Boeing B-29 and Consolidated LB-30 (B-24), will be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 for the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The 53rd annual convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association is highlighting the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II as part of this year’s event. The B-29 Fifi and LB-30 Diamond Lil are extremely rare flying examples of these aircraft models, which played significant roles during that conflict. The airplanes are owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force as part of its “Ghost Squadron,” based in Midland, Texas.
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New FAA Rule Allows Local Operators to Fly State, Local Election Candidates
The FAA has enacted a new final rule allowing aircraft operators who do not operate as air carriers or commercial operators to receive payment for carrying state or local candidates during election campaigns. And they will not be required to meet the more stringent safety standards applicable to air carriers and other commercial operators. The new rule, which meets a 1996 Congressional mandate, mirrors the current regulations that allow aircraft operators to be paid for carrying Federal candidates during campaigns. It goes into effect on March 2.

EAA Skiplane Fly-In Goes on as (re) Scheduled
Last weekend’s snowstorm brought more than enough of the needed white stuff for the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-in, but it also created unfavorable flying conditions that prevented aircraft from participating. So organizers have decided to give it another go this Saturday, January 29, at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh.
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NAFI: TSA Wants Flight School Workers to be Security Trained
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) aviation security branch officials recently assured Rusty Sachs, Executive Director of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) that it’s not looking to pull anyone’s instructors ticket. But it does insist that people who deal personally with flight students—that means all flight school employees and individual flight instructors—complete a security awareness training program. Sachs visited TSA headquarters in Washington, D.C., on September 26. 
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NAFI Working to Change Alien Flight Student Training Rules

FAA Names Larkins ‘Ambassador for Aviation and Space Education’
Longtime EAA Young Eagles Program spokesman Jamail Larkins signed an agreement this week with FAA Administrator Marion Blakey establishing him as the FAA Ambassador for Aviation and Space Education. Larkins, who at 21 is the nation's youngest performing aerobatic pilot, is an aviation business student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. As FAA Ambassador, he will promote aviation and aerospace career opportunities to youth across the country. Larkins will also represent the FAA's Aviation and Space Education Division at aviation events throughout 2005.

EAA Sweepstakes Cherokee Back in Oshkosh
‘Whoever wins this airplane is going to love it!’
EAA’s 2005 Sweepstakes Airplane, a completely refurbished Piper PA-140 Cherokee, was ferried back to Oshkosh this week after final custom interior work was completed at Air Mod in Batavia, Ohio. Enter and you can have the opportunity to win this gorgeous, rebuilt to better-than-new airplane.
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Insurance Tips
May I Fly Your Airplane?
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency

If you’re like most pilots, you probably don’t plan to have someone else flying your airplane. Most of the pilots I know are pretty particular about their airplanes and letting someone else fly their airplane is out of the question. In fact, I heard one of my friends tell another pilot when asked if he would let someone else fly his airplane, "No, sorry my insurance will not allow other pilots to fly my airplane.” I knew my friend’s aircraft insurance policy because I’m his insurance agent and when I reminded him his insurance policy contained an Open Pilot Warranty, which would allow other pilots to fly his airplane he told me, “look, I’d rather blame my insurance company than tell a pilot friend that I don’t want him to fly my airplane.” Fair enough. I’d probably do the same thing to avoid damaging a friendship.
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Lockheed Martin Wins FAA Automated Flight Service Stations Contract
The FAA has awarded a $1.9 billion contract to a team headed by Lockheed Martin to run its 58 automated flight service stations (AFSS) located throughout the country beginning in October this year. The five-year contract, plus an optional five additional years, represents estimated savings of $2.2 billion over the next ten years.
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GlobalFlyer Takeoff Date Postponed
Steve Fossett’s non-stop solo flight around the world is in a holding pattern due to adverse ground conditions in Salina, which means the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer will not fly prior to February 10 or 11. The current status is due to the strong jet stream over the eastern United States and other problematic world weather beyond that. Organizers say they will give 48 hours notice before starting the flight. For more information, visit the website.

Service Bulletin Revises Van’s RV-7/9 Canopy Fuselage Kits
Van’s Aircraft recently issued a Service Bulletin that describes changes to the configuration of RV-7 and RV-9 Tip-Up Canopy Fuselage Kits shipped prior to December 19, 2004. The new configuration is simpler to install and slightly lighter. There are two possible sets of parts and instructions necessary to comply with the Service Bulletin, depending on how much of the fuselage is already completed. Additional needed parts will be provided at no charge to the builder. For complete details and instructions, visit Van’s website.

2005 Aviation Safety Symposium Slated in Long Beach 
This year’s FAA aviation safety symposium in Long Beach, California has something for all aviation enthusiasts. The symposium, scheduled for March 22-23 at the Queen Mary, includes speakers from the FAA, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Civil Aeronautical Medical Institute (CAMI) and Cirrus Aviation. Among subjects covered will be sport pilot/light-sport aircraft; human factors issues in aviation; general aviation; air carrier and helicopter accidents and related maintenance issues; equipment installations and approvals; FAA regulations; and other current aviation issues. An industry tradeshow will be open between sessions. World champion aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff will also appear. This event qualifies for both Wings and Aviation Maintenance Technicians awards. The symposium also qualifies as required training for IA renewals in accordance with 65.93(a)(4). IA's should bring documentation for renewal, as FAA Inspectors will be available both days for on site renewals. For more information, visit www.faasafety.gov or contact George Mahurin at 562-420-1755 ext.136

DA-42 FNPT II STD Receives CAA Approval
Atlantic Flight Training, Coventry, England received CAA approval for the world’s first Diamond DA-42 Synthetic Training Device (STD) from Frasca International. This is the first delivered, CAA-approved STD with Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system. A DA-40 device is under construction for Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to G1000 avionics, the DA-42 STD features Frasca’s TruVision 170 visual system, Graphical Instructors Station (GISt) and more. For more information, visit www.frasca.com.

New Cessna Hawk XP Propeller System From Hartzell
Hartzell Propeller’s new, three-bladed propeller conversion kit is available for landplane versions of the Cessna R172K Hawk XP aircraft. The new 75-inch system, which replaces the original, 76-inch, two-bladed McCauley system, demonstrates improved take-off acceleration through 55 KIAS; increased maximum rate-of-climb performance below 10,000 feet; and a 1-3 knot increase in cruise speed at 60%-80% power settings. Reduced diameter also means better tip clearance and reduced blade erosion. The Hartzell kit is compatible with the popular Isham STCs that increase R172K engine ratings up to 210 HP. For more information, visit www.hartzellprop.com, or call toll-free 800/942-7767.

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