April 8, 2005    Volume 5, Number 14


Dick Ervin, EAA Warbirds of America Comptroller, Passes

Dick Ervin, former EAA Warbirds of America president and current comptroller of the division, passed away on Saturday, April 2, after a battle with cancer. He had been residing in North Fort Myers, Florida, after living in Indiana for many years.

Ervin was an extremely active aviator throughout his life. His experiences included U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, certificated flight instructor, Airframe and Powerplant mechanic, and pilot ratings in airplanes, gliders, helicopters and balloons. He was also very active in the T-28 community and owned a T-28 based at North Fort Myers.
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Aviation Modeling Highlighted at EAA AirVenture Museum 

Do you like to put together aircraft models or fly radio-controlled (RC) planes? Then you best get to EAA AirVenture Museum this Saturday and Sunday for the annual Aircraft Modeling Weekend, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Examine displays, view demonstrations, and take part in instructional sessions. See plastic model kits and dioramas; RC airplanes; paper aircraft modeling; and a special focus on indoor free-flight airplanes conducted in the Eagle Hangar.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Aviation Services:

Isn't there a fee for background checks that must be paid for before any instructor will work with you? (This question is in reference to our answer last week, which stated no application fees are charged for a student pilot certificate.)


No, there is no required fee for any background check, so long as the applicant is a U.S. citizen. An instructor is simply required to verify that a new student is a U.S. citizen. This is done by simply reviewing documents that the applicant provides and making the appropriate endorsement in the applicant's logbook before beginning flight training.

If the applicant is NOT a U.S. citizen, then there is a $130 fee for a background check, which must be completed before flight training can begin.

As stated in e-Hotline, there is no fee in any case for the actual student pilot certificate.

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April 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

Can you imagine a better way to begin a convention? On Monday, July 25, Burt Rutan and Mike Melvill arrive at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in White Knight and SpaceShipOne, followed the very next day by Steve Fossett in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer! Then thousands of visitors get to see all three aircraft on display together on AeroShell Square. Add it all up and you get one of the most anticipated aviation events ever! Dress up your desktop with a special image collage/April 2005 calendar through the EAA website.
     Fixed-Wing Manufacturers Get the 'Green Light'
to Sell Ready-to-Fly LSA

Light-sport aircraft manufacturers producing fixed-wing LSA can now sell their aircraft as special LSA (S-LSA), opening the door for sport pilots and others to purchase these aircraft. The FAA Thursday (April 7) issued a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the last critical consensus standard for this category of LSA, “Standard Practice for Maintenance and the Development of Maintenance Manuals for Light Sport Aircraft.”
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Annual Sun ’n Fun Fly-In Begins on Tuesday
EAA staff and volunteers are making final preparations for next week and the 31st annual Sun ’n Fun Fly-In, April 12-18, at Lakeland, Florida’s Linder Regional Airport. Remember, EAA members receive discounted admission, plus free coupons for chances to enter EAA membership drawings for some great prizes. And those who join or renew at Sun ’n Fun will receive a free gift. Don't miss the EAA Member Village at Sun ’n Fun where you can learn about EAA programs and services, and get great deals on EAA merchandise, all in one convenient location.
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Conveniently Convert an Ultralight to an E-LSA
With New Kit From EAA

EAA’s new E-LSA Conversion Kit includes everything EAA members need to convert an ultralight to the new experimental-light-sport aircraft category. Included in the all-inclusive kit is a 15-page, Step-By-Step Conversion Guide that walks you through the entire process.
What could be simpler?
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EAA AirVenture Quilt Block Contest Entries Open
Entries are now being accepted for EAA’s increasingly popular Aviation Quilt Block Contest, which showcases the talent and creativity of EAA members from around the world. The winning quilt blocks are framed and displayed during EAA AirVenture 2005 at EAA AirVenture Museum. After convention, they’ll remain on display through mid-January 2006.
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EAA's RideShare - A convenient way to get to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - More rides and requests are being posted all the time, so check it out!

DARs for Light-Sport Aircraft Clears Hurdle
The FAA can now conduct training for designated airworthiness representatives (DARs) to inspect new and transitioning light-sport aircraft (LSA), removing a major roadblock in the implementation of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule. The required approval, FAA Order 8130.2F change 1, Airworthiness Certification Of Aircraft And Related Products, was issued on April 4.
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Rotax Declares Four-Strokes ASTM-Compliant
BRP Rotax GmbH has issued a declaration of compliance for its 912 and 914 series engines, stating that its four-stroke engines meet ASTM Standard 2339-04 for engine design and manufacture. That makes Rotax the first manufacturer to publicly declare compliance to the ASTM engine standard. Rotax engines are one of the more common engines used in many ultralights and light-sport aircraft.
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'Hops & Props' Event to Benefit Youth Education
On Saturday, May 14, EAA AirVenture Museum hosts “Hops & Props,” a new fine food and beverage-tasting event coordinated by EAA, The Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper, and Fox River Brewing Company. Proceeds from the evening will benefit EAA’s youth education initiative and the Northwestern’s “Newspapers in Education” initiative.
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Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame to Induct Jayne Schiek
Former EAA Board member Jayne Schiek will be inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame on April 13 at the annual Illinois Aviation Conference in Decatur, Illinois. An EAA Life Member, Jayne served on the EAA Board of Trustees from 1981-91, and was accorded Emeritus status in 1998. She served as Chairman of Women's Activities at the annual convention in the 1970s and 80s and contributed frequently to Sport Aviation. A computer science teacher at Western Illinois University, she earned her private pilot license in 1956 and eventually held commercial, instrument and glider ratings.
Finish Your Project Confidently with EAA SportAir Workshops
If you’ve reached the painting and finishing stage of your project but lack practical experience to complete the job, Finishing and Spray Painting, an EAA SportAir Workshop course, will give you the confidence you need to do it. This course teaches techniques of spraying several different types of materials, including steel, aluminum, wood, fabric, and fiberglass. The hands-on workshop allows students ample time to prepare surfaces for spraying and then actually paint the materials. Limited to 10 people to ensure individualized instruction, Finishing and Spray Painting is only offered twice this year, June 25-26 and October 15-16 , at a professional facility with spray booth located in Griffin (Atlanta), Georgia. For more information on the course or to register, visit www.sportair.com/register.html, or call 800/967-5746.
VAA Executive Director Serves on ASTM Committee
Vintage Aircraft Association Executive Director H.G. Frautschy is representing interests of both EAA and VAA members who own aging aircraft while serving on ASTM International committee F39, which the FAA Small Airplane Directorate organized to address growing concerns about general aviation aircraft electrical wiring systems.
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Second Annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo October 27-30
Plans are well under way for the second U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2005 event, scheduled for October 27-30 at Sebring (Florida) Regional Airport. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success despite complications caused by three hurricanes passing through the area in the weeks preceding the event. Organizers plan an enlarged event with more exhibits, and will benefit from continued assistance from EAA. Exhibitors can reserve space now by calling 863/655-6444 (ext. 117), or e-mail expo@sebring-airport.com. For more information, visit the updated website, www.sport-aviation-expo.com.
Eclipse Test Program Gains Momentum
Recent engine ice protection tests for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F, powerplant for the Eclipse 500 Jet, fulfilled all FAA inlet-icing requirements for the new engine system. Meanwhile, Eclipse flight-testing continues as N503EA recently expanded the flight envelope to 25,000 ft with the pilots operating in a pressurized cabin and shirtsleeve environment. This month alone, the test bed has accrued 15 hours in 10 flights. The company also completed initial engine testing and low-speed taxi tests on its second certification test jet, N502EA, in preparation for flight tests later in April. For more information on Eclipse, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.

Sonex Launches Sport Trainer ‘ST’
Sonex, ltd recently unveiled a new twist on an established aircraft model, the Sonex Sport Trainer. Designed to be used as a transition trainer, the Sonex ST puts all controls in a center console, including the flaps, brakes, throttle, mixture, and trim, to allow easy access to both instructor and student. The ST also incorporates a new, quieter exhaust system along with the latest AeroConversions product, the “dial-a-speed” trim system. The airplane’s “deep seat” also allows maximum headroom for taller occupants. “We expect the AeroVee Powered Sonex ST to be a very popular model for the homebuilder and an ideal economy special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA),” said Jeremy Monnett, Sonex general manager. The Sonex folks will have their yellow ST, “Spirit of the Sport Pilot,” on display at Sun ’n Fun April 12-18. For more information, visit www.sonex-ltd.com.

Aircraft Spruce Commits to Five-Year Sponsorship at Sun 'n Fun
For the next five years, Hangar B at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in will be known as the Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Hangar, thanks to a sponsorship agreement announced this week. Aircraft Spruce will contribute $100,000 over the next five years to Sun ’n Fun. “We’ve been pleased to be a part of that event for over a quarter century and believe it has made a significant contribution to the homebuilders’ and restorers’ movements in this country. We appreciate the support they have shown for sport aircraft and decided it was time to give more than verbal thanks. Look for us in the B Hangar from now on,” said Aircraft Spruce President Jim Irwin.

Aspen Avionics AT300 Price Break Good Through April
Aspen Avionics will offer a $1,000 Sun ’n Fun discount on its AT300 Hazard Display from now through the end of April, making TAWS-like terrain and moving-map capabilities even more affordable for general aviation aircraft. That puts the cost at $2,495 for the multifunction hazard awareness display. The AT300 Sun ‘n Fun special price is available from all of Aspen’s 27 dealers, including nine who will have the units on display at Sun ‘n Fun fly-in in Lakeland, Florida, April 12-18. Three AT300 forums are also scheduled at the fly-in, April 13 & 14, 11 a.m.-12 p.m, Tent 2; and April 17, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tent 7. For more information, visit www.aspenavionics.com.

Scott Crossfield to Appear at 19th Annual Biplane Expo
Legendary rocket aircraft test pilot Scott Crossfield will be the honored guest at the 19th annual Biplane Expo in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, June 2-4. Crossfield, an EAA member, was the first person in aviation history to pilot an aircraft to reach speeds of Mach II (November 20, 1953, in a Douglass D-558 II Skyrocket) and Mach III ((December 10, 1960, in a North American X-15). He’ll be honored during an evening reception on June 2 and again on June 3 at Frank Phillips Airfield. For more information, visit www.biplaneexpo.com.

MT Propeller Option Available for Aviat Husky
Owners and buyers of Aviat Aircraft’s Husky now have two prop options available when configuring their airplanes: the standard 76-inch propeller from Hartzell, and an optional 82-inch MT composite propeller. Current Husky owners can obtain an STC to upgrade to the MT, and the new prop is also available as an option for new factory purchases. The MT yields an improved climb rate, better floatplane operations, and better high-density response. Its extra blade length also eliminates a harmonic that occurs with the Lycoming engine in the 2,000 to 2,150 rpm range, which must be avoided except for brief durations. The upgrade adds $5,600 to a new purchase and $9,480 as an STC retrofit upgrade. For more information, visit www.AviatAircraft.com or call 307/885-3151.

Lancair Launches New Website
The Lancair Company’s new website, www.flycolumbia.com provides up-to-date information on its high-performance Columbia 350 and turbocharged 400 certified aircraft. The new address helps distinguish the certified Lancair from the homebuilt Lancair, which are built by completely different companies. “We’ve heard many people express confusion about the difference between the certified and kit aircraft,” said Vice President Marketing & Sales Randy Bolinger. “This is one of a series of measures planned for this year to help further distinguish between the two companies and their products.” The new site also includes downloadable images and complete pilot information manuals for each model.

EAAer Starts New Aviation Advertising Publication
Aircraft Owner, a new monthly publication featuring display and classified advertising for aviation companies and individuals, launched its premier issue in April. EAA member Greg Herrick, aviation entrepreneur and president of the Aviation Foundation of America, is the publisher. The premier issue includes display and classified ads from some of the nation’s most recognized aviation companies, like Cessna, Goodyear, and ICOM. A special photo listings section features color images of individual aircraft for sale. An integrated companion website, www.aircraftowner.com, features weather and flight planning services as well as ads that appear in the publication. Herrick organized re-creation of the National Air Tour several years ago and has brought several aircraft from his unique vintage collection to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Funding Acquired For Luscombe 11E Production
Luscombe Aircraft Corporation, Altus, Oklahoma, has received local financial backing allowing the company to start production of its 11E Local venture capital group Altus Ventures will provide the total funding required. “It’s been a long time coming, the trick is you never give up,” said John Daniel, president. Material is on order and parts are being fabricated and processed. Sub-assembly work has started on the first production aircraft, slated to be demo models. Customer deliveries are expected to begin in first quarter 2006. Luscombe Aircraft has deposits for 59 model 11Es. The company invites Sun ’n Fun attendees to stop by their exhibit next week. Call 580/477-3355 or visit www.luscombeaircraft.com for more information.

Sporty’s Customers to Decide 2005 Ornament Plane
Sporty's Pilot Shop is asking its customers which airplane it should feature on its 2005 annual Christmas ornament. The candidates: Cirrus SR22, Hughes Spruce Goose, Cessna 195, and Eclipse 500. Write-ins are also being accepted. Visit www.sportys.com/vote to cast your ballot. Votes can also be cast at Sporty's Sun ’n Fun exhibit April 12-18. Vote through May 31, 2005.

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