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Vehicle Registration Opens For
EAA's ‘Planes, Manes And Automobiles’
Advance vehicle registration is available for EAA’s “Planes, Manes & Automobiles” event scheduled July 2 on the EAA Aviation Center grounds in Oshkosh. Presented by EAA and the Midwest Mustang Association, Planes/Manes was created to celebrate two legendary “Mustangs”--The North American P-51 “Mustang” fighter plane from the World War II era and the Ford Mustang. (read more)
Q & A:
of the Week
EAA Aviation Services:
I am planning to fly to AirVenture from Canada in a Canadian-registered aircraft. The twist is that I will be flying on a United Kingdom license with a Canadian Foreign License Validation certificate. My question: Do I need an FAA validation certificate of any kind? I have asked the Canadian and U.S. authorities but can’t seem to get a definitive answer.
The answer is no, you do not need an FAA validation certificate of any kind.
That said, you will need a flight "validation" from our Transpiration Security Agency (TSA). If you go to our AirVenture website, then under the “Plan For It” dropdown menu, click the "Foreign Visitors" link that cascades from the Flying to AirVenture menu. After reading the available information, you'll have to fill out and fax to TSA the waiver (validation) form located
on the TSA
website. The fax number is at the top of the form.
TSA typically returns completed forms and their approvals within 14 days - so the sooner you can complete your flight planning and fax TSA the form the better off you'll be. Also, keep in mind that Oshkosh does not have U.S. Customs on the field, so you'll have to select another point of entry (airport) to clear customs.
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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 Young Eagles GlaStar Gets ‘Extreme Makeover’ Courtesy of Glasair Aviation An airplane that has provided more than 3,000 young people with flight experiences through the EAA Young Eagles program is ready to head back to the sky today thanks to the generosity of Glasair Aviation of Arlington, Washington. The EAA Young Eagles GlaStar (N232YE) was officially returned to EAA president Tom Poberezny today (Thursday) by
Mikael Via, president and Chief Operating Officer of Glasair Aviation LLC, GlaStar manufacturer, during an unveiling at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. During a special ceremony, Poberezny received the refurbished and highly upgraded airplane, which will be flown back to Oshkosh. (read more)
Sport Pilot ‘Firsts’ Celebrated at Sun ’n Fun Several sport planes have received (or are close to receiving) certification as special light sport aircraft (S-LSA) at this week’s Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. As of Thursday, two newly certificated S-LSA are: an
Evektor SportStar, N400EV, imported from the Czech Republic by Sport Aircraft International, Kerrville, Texas (owned by Jeff Conrad, SAI president); and a
Flight Design CT, N109CT, imported from Germany by FlightStar Sportplanes, Ellington, Connecticut.
(Both aircraft are insured by the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, administered through The Falcon Insurance Agency.)
Other aircraft close to receiving certification include the Legend
Cub, manufactured by the American Legend Aircraft Company, Sulphur Springs, Texas; a
Tecnam P-2002 Sierra, imported from Italy by Hansen AirGroup, Kennesaw, Georgia; a
KP-5, imported from the Czech Republic by Kappa Aircraft, Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania, an
S-6, manufactured by Rans Aircraft, Hays, Kansas; and a Thorp
T-211, manufactured by Indus Aviation, Dallas, Texas. (read more)
Sun ’n Fun Runs Through Monday
The Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Lakeland, Florida,
runs through Monday, April 18. Those heading to Lakeland this weekend, don’t forget to stop by the EAA Member Village, a one-stop EAA shop staffed by EAA representatives who are eager to answer your questions. Flying in? Download the
Sun ’n Fun Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for arrival and departure procedures. And for more about the fly-in, visit
Future of Personal Flight on
The producers at CBS "60 Minutes" have informed EAA that a segment on personal aviation, titled "Highway in the
Sky" will air during the program’s broadcast this Sunday, April 17, at 7 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. CDT). Reporter Bob Simon explores the efforts to make personal aviation more accessible and the innovations, new and old, that have looked to make personal flying popular. A number of aviation personalities well known to EAA will be part of the segment. In addition, EAA assisted 60 Minutes producers with footage from our extensive video library. While the segment is scheduled to air this Sunday,
it could, of course, be pre-empted by any late-breaking news.
SWRFI-Texas Approach Procedures
Online When a large number of aircraft congregate in the same airspace at the same time, it’s important to have them arrive and depart in an orderly manner. Organizers of the fast-approaching EAA Southwest Regional Texas Fly-In, Hondo, Texas, have created a complete, yet simple, guide for pilots planning to fly in or out of Hondo Airfield (HDO) during the May 13-15 event. Visit the fly-in’s website at
www.swrfi.org and click on ‘Arrival
Procedures’. Included are aerial photographs of various landmarks referenced so pilots may familiarize themselves with what things look like around Hondo.
EAA Helps Resolve
Florida Power Line Dispute EAA helped resolve a dispute between a noted Florida hang-glider training and soaring center and a regional power company, which had erected several utility poles and transmission lines near the center’s runway creating a flight hazard. Just this week, Progress Energy, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, removed the disputed lines and poles that were installed about 100 feet from one of Quest Air Soaring Center’s runways near Groveland, Florida. (read more)
Get Ready For EAA International Young Eagles Day
Thousands of young people will take to the sky on Saturday, June 11, as EAA volunteers continue an outstanding aviation tradition - International Young Eagles Day. The annual event brings together kids and pilots as part of the EAA Young Eagles program, the largest youth aviation education program ever created, which has flown more than 1.1 million young people free of charge since its inception in July 1992. (read
Chat With Patty
Wagstaff on Wednesday! World aerobatic champion pilot Patty Wagstaff
helps launch EAA's
new Young Eagles web chat series next Wednesday evening,
April 20, from 7-8 p.m. CDT. Log on for the interactive session and
discover how Patty became one of the
world's best aerobatic pilots, and maybe get a preview of her visit to
Oshkosh this summer.
EAA, Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics Oppose Plant Location
EAA and the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics are joining EAA members in Western Wisconsin in opposing a proposed ethanol plant site because its storm/infiltration pond would attract large numbers of geese and ducks, endangering aircraft approaching and departing nearby Boyceville Municipal Airport. (read more)
EAA Keys Academy Sesquicentennial
EAA’s immaculate 1929 Travel Air E-4000 biplane will perform a ceremonial flyover on April 23 to help an area boarding school recreate a historic event in celebration of its sesquicentennial. The flight marks Ruby Peache Newton’s 1920 “air mail” delivery of a letter to Edwin Putnam Brown, then-principal of Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The ceremonial flyover is free and open to the public, and is expected to take place at 1 p.m., weather permitting.
Jabiru Engines Announce ASTM Compliance
Jabiru Aircraft, Australia, announced that its four-cylinder Jabiru 2200 engine and its six-cylinder 3300 engine meet ASTM Standard F2339-04 (Standard Practice for Design and Manufacture of Reciprocating Spark Ignition Engines for Light Sport Aircraft). (read more)
Returning Vets Get Preference at Lancair
The Lancair Company is actively seeking to hire veterans returning from active duty in
Iraq to help fill some of about 100 positions it’s adding. “Upwards of 40% of the Central Oregon veterans returning from active duty have no civilian employment waiting,” said Lancair Company President Bing Lantis. “We are trying to fill a lot of jobs and we’re very pleased to be in a position to give back to the men and women who volunteered to serve our country.” The announcement came on opening day of the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In. Lancair also announced:
A new intelligent climate control system in the 350 and 400 Columbias;
The first Fly Columbia Tour stop May 6-8 at the Central Texas Air Show in Temple. Tour stops also include the EAA Southwest (Texas) Fly-In May 13-15; the Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 6-10; and, of course, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 25-31
For more information, visit www.flycolumbia.com.
Taylorcraft Points to May 21 For
First Taylor Sport Flight
Taylorcraft Aviation expects its new sport pilot-ready Taylor Sport to make its first flight on Saturday, May 21, 2005. The company is back into full production after three years preparation, offering six models of this time-tested classic airplane. Taylorcraft has 31 aircraft sold and now in production. The special light sport aircraft (SLSA) Taylor Sport and Taylor Cub start at just under $60,000. Taylorcraft will add manufacturing space and employees at LaGrange, Texas. For more information, visit
Liberty Aerospace to Move Across Airport
Liberty Aerospace has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) with the Melbourne Airport Authority, Florida, to lease more than 52,000 square feet of manufacturing space to build the Liberty XL/2. Speaking at Sun ’n Fun this week, President and CEO Anthony Tiarks said the company will also relocate its headquarters there from its current location in an office/hangar complex on the north side of the airport. The new facilities are located on the southeast quadrant of the airport.
Liberty also announced two new sales offices opening this month, at Addison Airport near Dallas; and Hagerstown Airport, Maryland. Aircraft will be available for demonstration flights at these new locations beginning April 20.
Liberty also announced it has selected the Florida Institute of Technology to provide transition training for Liberty XL2 customers.
To learn more, visit www.libertyaircraft.com.
AmSafe Restraints Now in Mooney Aircraft
Mooney Bravo and Ovation models (M20K, M20M, M20R, M20S) now have AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraints (AAIR) in pilot and copilot seats, the companies announced this week. Rear seat AAIR is optional. AAIRs for the Mooney models consist of a three-point restraint system that deploys away from the seat occupant during a dynamic crash event. The occupant’s head, neck and upper torso are cushioned from damaging head strikes and soft tissue damage that can occur in a forward facing crash incident. NTSB General Aviation statistics show that most crash events are survivable, especially when head and neck injuries are minimized with proper protection.
PAMA Seeks National AMT Day
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is leading an industry effort to have May 24 designated as National Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Day. That marks the birth date of Charles E. Taylor, the Wright brothers’ engine builder for the 1903 Wright Flyer. “Charles E. Taylor has long been known as the ‘unsung hero’ of the Wright’s successful first flight effort,” said PAMA President Brian Finnegan. “Today’s maintenance professional is the unsung hero of modern aviation – one of the most robust industries in the world.” PAMA asks that aviation enthusiasts contact their Congressional representatives to specifically request their support for House Resolution 586 (108th Congress), declaring May 24 National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day. For more information, visit
Beechcraft Renames Bonanza and Baron Models
To emphasize the Garmin G 1000 integrated flight panels in their cockpits, Beechcraft officially changed the names of their pending Bonanza A36 and Baron 58 aircraft to Bonanza G36 and Baron G58. Both aircraft feature Garmin G1000 integrated avionics systems as standard equipment and will also feature new paint schemes and logo designs. Both aircraft are currently undergoing FAA certification, expected later in the year, followed by multiple international certifications. To learn more, visit
Excel Jet to Use Williams Engines
Williams International will supply the powerplant for Excel Jet’s entry into the VLJ (very light jet) market, the single-engine Sport Jet. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed recently showing Williams as the provider of FAA-certificated FJ33-4A engines, which are rated at 1,500 pounds of thrust at takeoff. Its dual-channel FADEC fuel control is especially suited for entry-level pilots. The four-place Sport Jet will sell for about $1 million as a fully assembled, Part 23-certified aircraft. Anticipated cruise of 340 to 365 knots at 25,000 feet and a range of 1,000 nautical miles. Excel Jet president Bob Bornhofen, the man behind the Maverick Jet, expects the airplane to fly this summer.
To learn more, visit www.sport-Jet.com.
Superior Launches New XP-360 Website
Superior Air Parts recently launched a new website for its XP-360 Engine,
www.xp-360.com. It was created to produce a ‘community’ among XP-360 Engine customers and all sport airplane builders says Ana Fontes, marketing manager. “The new site is very user-friendly and will quickly deliver all the information about the XP-360 engine family.” Superior wants xp360.com to become the meeting place for the ‘XP-360 Engine community.’ Also featured is revamped “Build an Engine Online” feature. “It has been totally redesigned to make the process of selecting the right XP-360 Engine and all the accessories faster, easier and more fun,” she added.
Symphony 160 Gets Avidyne Flightmax Entegra
Symphony Aircraft Industries selected Avidyne's FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck for its Symphony 160 aircraft. This is the first two-seat aircraft to be equipped with the integrated flight deck, which has two 10.4-inch diagonal, high-resolution, sunlight-readable displays. The EX5000 multi-function display (MFD) in the Symphony 160 provides a full-featured moving map and comes standard with the Emax Engine Instrumentation system. "For far too long general aviation's latest technology has not been available on two-place aircraft. Symphony Aircraft Industries is committed to changing that paradigm," said Paul Costanzo, Symphony Aircraft President and CEO. “The Symphony 160 with the Entegra system is the beginning of a new era in two-place aircraft.” For pricing and other information, visit
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