February 18, 2005    Volume 5, Number 7


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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Question for EAA
Government and Industry Relations:

As we proceed through these early days of sport pilot and light-sport aircraft conversion of the Ultralight community, I am in the process of converting my Rans S-14 to an Amateur Built Experimental classification. It was completed in the year 2000 (by me) and has about 270 hours on it as an EAA registered Ultralight. The Airworthiness Certificate Application will ask about the manufacture date and the number of hours on the airplane. Typically on a new registration, the date of manufacture is fairly recent and the time on the airframe is zero. Will my numbers cause a problem at the FAA?


This should not be a problem. FAA Advisory Circular 103-7 provides guidance on "How to Certificate and Operate an Ultralight as an Aircraft". As long as you can document that the aircraft was amateur-built via a builders log and have a bill of sale from Rans to you for the kit purchase, you will be in good shape. 

AC 103-7 can be found on the FAA website.

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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 Dick Gibson, EAA 753343, Saint Joseph , Missouri . Visit the EAA website and choose from five different resolutions to place this great image on your computer desktop.
Sport Pilot News
FAA Accepts First LSA Consensus Standards
S-LSA and E-LSA kits now one step closer to reality
FAA accepted the first industry-developed consensus standards for light-sport aircraft (LSA) Wednesday, February 16, making the reality of ready-to-fly special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) and experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) kits one step closer. John Hickey, FAA’s director of aircraft certification services, signed the Notice of Approval (NOA) for 19 standards required for the manufacture of various LSA. The ASTM International F-37 Light-Sport Aircraft Committee developed the standards. With EAA President Tom Poberezny seated at his side, Hickey signed the notice stating, “It gives me great pleasure to sign this here at EAA headquarters where so much work has been dedicated to making the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule and its implementation a reality.”
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Special Sport Pilot Presentation in Lakeland
EAA invites EAA and NAFI members in the Lakeland, Florida, area to attend a special free presentation - Sport Pilot: A Member Briefing - on Friday, February 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sun 'n Fun Hospitality Center. Charlie Becker, Director of EAA's Aviation Services, will provide the latest on the new Sport Pilot rules and answer your sport pilot questions.
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Eight More SPE Candidates Named
Eight individuals have accepted the invitation to participate in the second sport pilot examiner (SPE) course, to be held in Sebring, Florida, on March 21-26. Marty Weaver, manager of FAA's Light-Sport Aviation Branch, announced the candidate's names Monday.
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Norris is First DAR For E-LSA, S-LSA Inspections
Joe Norris, EAA senior aviation specialist, was appointed the nation’s first designated airworthiness representative (DAR) for function codes 47 (Experimental-Light-Sport aircraft) and 48 (Special-Light-Sport Aircraft) on Thursday, February 17. FAA Aircraft Certification Services Director John Hickey presented Norris with his Certificate of Authority at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, authorizing Norris to perform inspections and issue initial, recurrent, and replacement airworthiness certificates for E-LSAs and S-LSAs.
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Lawrence Elected to ASTM Int’l. Board of Directors
The ASTM International board of directors has elected Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, to its board for the 2005 to 2007 term. Earl has been serving as chairman of ASTM’s Committee F37 on light-sport aircraft, and has been instrumental in advancing the consensus standards that will guide light-sport aircraft manufacturers as the exciting new category of recreational flight opening under the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule.
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Save on Air Fares to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005!
Special airfare discounts are now available for EAA members and others who attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. The 53rd annual edition of the world’s greatest aviation celebration will be held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
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The Journey to Oshkosh: Waypoint Testimonials
Did you make a fuel, food, or other stop on your way to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last year and find an airport, FBO or community that you wish you could bottle and take with you wherever you fly? If you've had such an experience that really stands out, we'd like to hear about it and tell other pilots where the red carpet is rolled out for aircraft heading to Oshkosh. Just drop us an e-mail at webmaster@eaa.org.

In addition, we continue to seek out special offers or discounts for Oshkosh-bound fliers from FBO/airport facility owners and operators. EAA appreciates the wonderful support of airports throughout the country that welcome EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts as they make their way to the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration--EAA AirVenture Oshkosh!

The Perpetual Honor: EAA Memorial Wall
The EAA Memorial Wall is situated near the EAA Fergus Chapel and at the base of Compass Hill. Its centerpiece is a monument of stones brought to Oshkosh from EAA members’ home states and countries. Each year, EAA mounts bronze plaques on either side of the stone centerpiece displaying the names of deceased individuals whose love of and participation in aviation inspires us today. This year's dedication ceremony recognizing and honoring the wall’s inductees from the preceding year is scheduled for 11 a.m. on July 31st during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
A minimum contribution of $350 covers the cost of engraving and memorial plaque installation; administration of biographical information; a video of the ceremony for the survivors; and perennial maintenance of the site. Any remaining proceeds apply directly to the EAA Endowment Fund to support the association’s youth-education and historical-preservation efforts. To ensure inclusion of your loved one in this year's ceremony, call EAA Development at 800/236-1025 or e-mail development@eaa.org. A final list is needed by March 31.

NAFI's Efforts Simplify Access to TSA Security Course
Efforts by the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) have made it more convenient for flight instructors to complete security awareness training required by the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security. NAFI is making available copies of the security training course in a CD-ROM version, eliminating Internet download problems experienced by thousands of flight instructors who attempted to complete the required training course.
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Houston Public Meeting Shows EAA's Dual Approach to Maintain Freedom of Flight
A meeting by a Houston-area maritime security organization, which could cause negative ripples for general aviation, shows how EAA is responding to both local and national agencies to make sure that the freedom of flight is honored and maintained.
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Some New Access Allowed Into Washington D.C. FRZ
An interim final rule issued this week by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows limited transient operations inside the Washington, D.C. Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) for the purposes of operating to and from the so-called Maryland 3 airports, College Park(CGS), Potomac (VKX), and Washington Executive/Hyde Field (W32). With the new rule, non-based aircraft would be able to fly into the FRZ using the same pilot vetting and security procedures as are currently used for based aircraft, thus providing access to non-based aircraft not previously available.
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Insurance Tips
Project Insurance and Homeowners Coverage
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency

The other day I received e-mail from an EAA Member with a question about insurance coverage under his homeowner’s insurance policy for the airplane project he was building at his home. I want to share his question and my response in hopes that this will perhaps answer the same question other EAA Members might have.
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Business Damage at Corona Airport Tops $10 Million 
Tenants and businesses at the Corona (California) Municipal Airport are now four weeks post-flood and while the floodwaters have receded, the west end of the field is still without electrical power, reports EAA member Patrick Brunner. “Many of the businesses are still not operational, having lost all tools and equipment to the waters and mud left behind,” he said. Total damages to businesses are in excess of $10 million, and there are no SBA loans or federal funding available. The Corona Pilots' Association is assisting with the recovery effort by providing a disaster relief fund for the businesses. Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation can do so c/o Corona Pilots' Association, PO Box 1212, Corona, CA 92878-1212.

Eclipse Prepares 2nd-3rd Test Jets For This Quarter
Eclipse reports this week that it has mated the wings on its next two FAA-conforming Eclipse 500s, N502EA and N504EA. They are standing on their own gear as they approach entry into flight test later this quarter. N503EA has been flight-testing since December 31, 2004, and a fourth aircraft, N505EA, will be on its own gear by the end of February. "With one test aircraft flying and six more in production, we are making excellent progress down the manufacturing learning curve as we prepare for volume production of the Eclipse 500," said Rod Holter, VP Operations. To learn more abut Eclipse, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.

A New Spin on the Tempest Oil Filter
Aero Accessories recently introduced a new oil filter, the Tempest Original Aviation Spin-on Oil Filter. Based on a previous design, the Original oil filter offers a thick can and base plate for durability, a high 700 psi burst pressure rating, and improved filtration (up to 311 sq. inches). It also features a magnetic secondary filtration system that attracts steel particles too small to be filtered otherwise. Packaged in a convenient six or twelve pack, the FAA/PMA approved filter is available through Tempest's network of worldwide distributors. For distributor information or more details about the product, visit www.tempestplus.com or call 800/822-3200.

Commercial Test Guide Available at Sportys
Sporty's comprehensive Commercial knowledge test preparation guide features all published FAA test questions, answers and explanations. Within each chapter, the questions are broken down into minor sections and finally to individual topics for ease of review. CFIs wrote the explanations with the pilot in mind. Item No. This guide along with those for the Recreational/Private and Instrument Rating tests can be ordered at www.sportys.com, or toll-free at 800/sportys.

Analysis and Design of Flight Vehicle Structures
DARcorporation announced the availability of the classic aeronautical engineering book Analysis and Design of Flight Vehicle Structures, by E.F. Bruhn. This 1973 hardcover edition presents two major changes from the 1965 edition: Chapter A23 has been completely revised and expanded by Dr. Joseph A. Wolf, with cooperation of Dr. A.F. Schmitt, the original author of Chapter A23, 1965 edition. Also, Chapter C13, Fatigue, has been replaced with a new Chapter C13, Fatigue, by C.R. Smith, a widely known authority in the broad field of fatigue of materials and structures. The hardbound book is available for $75 through DARcorporation at 1440 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 500, Lawrence, KS 66049, call 785/832-0434, visit www.darcorp.com, or e-mail at info@darcorp.com.

Vertex Standard’s
Many-Featured Handheld
The VXA-300 Pilot III, Vertex Standard’s latest handheld aviation nav/com, offers users several useful features. Besides an increased battery life of up to 14 hours and a powerful audio amplifier, the handheld features one-touch squelch control, a battery voltage display to monitor the battery charge, VOR/CDI navigation display, dual watch monitor mode for monitoring two channels simultaneously, and much more. Accessories include a nickel metal hydride battery, battery charger, belt clip, headset adapter, and a rubber duck antenna. Distributed by All Points Distributing, the nav/com’s suggested retail price is $369. Visit www.allpointsdist.com or call 877/255-7687 for additional information.

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