'Plane Jazz' Comes To EAA AirVenture Museum
Event to benefit EAA and Grand Opera House youth education programs
The sounds of cool jazz will be heard amidst the sights of cool airplanes this weekend as contemporary jazz artists "Playtime" headline "Plane Jazz" at the EAA AirVenture Museum on Saturday, March 5. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., will benefit the youth education programs of EAA and the Grand Opera House of Oshkosh, and is sponsored by WBJZ Radio. (read more)
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I purchased a Challenger II aircraft from a private party. It is registered as Experimental: Amateur-Built. I've had the N numbers transferred to my name with the FAA. If I complete the 16-hour course for Maintenance Inspection (sport pilot) will I be able to sign off on the annual inspection of this aircraft? Also, for a sport pilot student license, will I be able to submit form 8710-11 with a copy of my ultralight record (from EAA) to the FAA for a student license without having it endorsed by a CFI ?
You are not eligible for a repairman certificate for an amateur-built aircraft that you did not build, period. The 16-hour course is for owners of aircraft certificated in the experimental/light-sport aircraft (E/LSA) category. Since your Challenger is certificated in the experimental/amateur-built category, the 16-hour course won't work for you. You will need to find an A&P mechanic to perform the condition inspection on your aircraft each year.
You do not need any specific endorsement in order to apply for a student pilot certificate, nor do you need your ultralight pilot records. You simply fill out a form 8710-11 and take it to your local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) or Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) to have your student pilot certificate issued. You cannot do this through the mail; you must appear in person.
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Fossett Makes It! Completes Record Solo Circumnavigation in Rutan-Designed GlobalFlyer
Adventurist Steve Fossett closed the loop today at about 1:45 p.m. Central Time, landing safely in Salina, Kansas, to complete his incredible journey around the world in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer without refueling. He left that very airport Monday evening and remained airborne as he flew east around the world for the next 67 hours, 2 minutes and 38 seconds in the Burt Rutan-designed single-engine jet. Fossett's first comment after emerging from the cockpit: "That is something I wanted to do for a long time." He thanked Scaled Composites, builder of the aircraft, Virgin Atlantic, and host
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On Thursday morning during his press
conference at Salina mission control headquarters, Virgin Atlantic CEO
Sir Richard Branson was asked about what will happen to the GlobalFlyer.
“It may be a bit soon to be talking about it, but the Smithsonian have expressed
an interest in having
her (GlobalFlyer), and I think that’s ultimately where she’ll go. But...it will most definitely go to Oshkosh in July."
Citing the 75-80 million hits on the GlobalFlyer website yesterday,
Branson added, "There’s an enormous amount of global interest in seeing
her. I don’t think we’ll tuck her away in a museum straight away.”
We'll have much more on this in the
coming days, but for those of you out there still mulling a decision to
attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, this should clinch it: the chance to
see not only White Knight/SpaceShipOne, but now the Virgin Atlantic
GlobalFlyer...You've got to be there!
Light-Sport Aircraft Standards Published in
The first industry-developed consensus standards for light-sport aircraft, which were accepted by the FAA
last month at an FAA-EAA summit at EAA headquarters, were officially published today, March 3, in the
Register. The standards were developed over a more than two-year period by ASTM International's F-37 Light-Sport Aircraft Committee, which includes representatives from throughout the aviation community. EAA's Earl Lawrence, vice president of government and industry affairs, serves as committee chairman. The accepted standards bring ready-to-fly special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) and experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) kits one step closer to reality.
Lincoln Electric Supplies New
for EAA SportAir Workshops Participants in upcoming EAA SportAir Workshops’ TIG Welding sessions in Griffin, Georgia, will get hands-on experience on all-new, state-of-the-art TIG welders thanks to Lincoln Electric. The company supplied 12 brand new Precision TIG 185 machines valued at more than $20,000 for the classes. (read more)
EAA Staff Teach at
Aviation Seminar EAA staffers recently played key instructional roles at a Inspection Authorization
(IA) Renewal seminar hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Aeronautics February 26. Joe Norris, Senior EAA Technical Information Services Specialist, gave a two-part seminar on the maintenance of amateur-built aircraft to hundreds of mechanics. Meanwhile, EAA Vice President of Govt. and Industry Affairs Earl Lawrence led a seminar on the increasing reliance by the FAA on ASTM International standards. (read more)
Warner Speaks at Aviation Conference, Meets With EAA Chapter Leaders, Fly-In Directors EAA Senior Vice President Bob Warner was a main speaker at the 15th annual Northwest Aviation Conference held February 26-27 in the Seattle Metro area. The conference, which stressed youth in aviation and preparing for the future, attracted more than 12,000 attendees and 100 aviation exhibitors in its two-day run. EAA was an event sponsor. Warner also took advantage of his location by meeting with area EAA Chapter leaders and NW EAA Regional Fly-In board members. (read more)
Happy 50th Birthday, EAA Chapter 10 EAA Chapter 10, Tulsa, Oklahoma, celebrated its 50th anniversary of continuous operation on Valentines Day (February 14). It was founded in 1955 with 27 charter members at the now defunct Brown Field. Led by their president Ralph Mong, the Chapter helped create a movement that has blossomed into what is today a vibrant local aviation scene. Tulsa is also home to Vintage Aircraft Association Chapter 10; IAC Chapter 10; EAA Ultralight Chapter 10; and EAA Warbird Squadron 10. (read more)
Some Openings Remain
at EAA UFI Ground School Limited space
is still available for EAA’s Ultralight Flight Instructor Ground School, March 12-13 at the EAA Aviation Center. Attendees will receive two days of high-quality instruction on more than a dozen practical topics necessary to earn an EAA Ultralight Flight Instructor rating. (read more)
EAA Sweepstakes Winner Attends
Zenith Workshop EAA’s 2004 Land-A-Member sweepstakes winner David Henry got a preview of his new Zenith CH 601 XL project after attending a builder’s workshop at Zenith’s Mexico, Missouri headquarters last month. David and about 12 other builders at the workshop became fast friends as they assembled their planes’ rudders.
EAA AirVenture Museum to Welcome Alex Jefferson, Tuskegee Airman
Alex Jefferson, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the small group of African-American pilots that overcame racism to fly combat missions during World War II, will be the featured speaker at a special free evening program at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh on Wednesday (read more)
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Forty years ago, Flo Irwin began selling cut, aircraft quality Sitka spruce for wing spars and ribs out of her garage. She announced her new business with a mimeographed sheet handed out at local airports and EAA Chapters. Today, Flo’s son, Jim, runs Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, which has a 644-page catalog with over 31,000 products for people who build, restore aircraft, maintain or upgrade general aviation aircraft. 135 employees in the Corona, California, and Peachtree, Georgia distribution centers ship more than 20,000 packages a month, and a half-dozen dealers operate outside the U.S. They’ve added a second catalog for pilots. Both are free and available at
www.AircraftSpruce.com or call 877-4-SPRUCE.
Gen. Wesley Clark Joins Adam Board
Adam Aircraft has appointed Gen. Wesley K. Clark (U.S. Army, Ret.) to its board of directors. NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, Gen. Clark retired in 2000, then worked as an investment banker, author, commentator, and businessman. In September 2003 he ran for the Democratic Presidential nomination, winning the Oklahoma state primary, then later returned to the private sector in February 2004. "Wes brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from running some of the largest and most complex organizations in the world," said Rick Adam, CEO. "He has extensive aviation and global business experience, which will help our company in the years ahead. We are excited and honored to have Wes join the Board." www.adamaircraft.com
Sporty's Updates Recreational Pilot Course
Sporty's updated Recreational Pilot Course on interactive DVD includes digital transcoding for improved sound and picture quality; improved graphics; and new course content to address current federal regulations and procedures. The recreational certificate became more functional when regulations were amended to permit a recreational pilot to exercise the privileges of the certificate in airspace requiring communications with air traffic control. This amendment makes the Recreational certificate a viable option at any airport and makes general aviation more open and accessible. The course takes the student from the first flight all the way through checkride and is the only course to cross-reference the entire Practical Test Standards (PTS) - each element in the PTS can be found in the course. Sporty's Recreational Pilot DVD Course [B2416A] is available for $99.00 and may be ordered at
www.sportys.com or by calling Sporty's at 800/SPORTYS Update options are available for buyers of previous versions. Call customer service for details at 513/735.9000.
Micro Aerodynamics Offers VGs for Stinson 108
Micro AeroDynamics announces an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for Micro Vortex Generator kits for the Stinson 108 through 108-5 models. Installation provides an 8% reduction in stall speed, improved aileron response, and a reduced takeoff and landing roll. Micro Aerodynamics also holds STCs for over 500 other aircraft models.
The Stinson VG kit has 68 quarter-inch high and inch long vortex generators attached aft of the wing’s leading edge and 32 positioned under the leading edge of the horizontal stabilizer. The placement keeps the boundary layer attached to flying surfaces, allowing for higher angles of attack and lower stall speeds with no effect on high-speed cruise. The complete kits sell for $695, plus S&H, and for an additional $100 they can be painted to match the aircraft’s base color. To learn more, visit
www.microaero.com or call 800/677-2370.
16th Annual WAI Conference is Next Week
The 16th annual International Women in Aviation Conference, Achieving Individual and Industry Success Through Strategic Alliance, kicks is next week, March 10-12, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Dallas, Texas. More than 2,500 aviation industry women and men are expected to attend the three-day event. Scheduled speakers include Ellen Engleman Connors, chair, NTSB; USAF Captain Kim Black, B-1B Bomber Pilot; Gretchen Jahn, CEO Mooney Aircraft; Chandy Clanton,
air show performer; Colleen Barrett, CEO, Southwest Airlines; Ralph Hood, aviation humorist; and U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-FL), chair of the House Aviation sub-committee. For more information, visit
www.wai.org or call 386/226-7996.
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