Pioneer Airport, EAA AirVenture Museum’s authentic re-creation of a 1930s aerodrome complete with grass runway, opens the 2005 spring flying season
over the April 30-May 1 weekend.
EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor leads a parade of vintage aircraft preparing to fly this opening weekend, plus youths ages 8-17 will have opportunities to take EAA Young Eagles flights.
Several flying clubs also plan to conduct fly-ins during the weekend, including the Wisconsin Wings of the Ercoupe Owners Club, the Piper Cub Club, and the National Aeronca Association. Fly-in organizer Syd Cohen notes that the three clubs have a friendly rivalry to see who can bring the most planes. (read more)
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I am contemplating purchasing a completed or nearly completed experimental amateur built airplane. I think I am pretty familiar with the maintenance, inspections, etc. I’d be allowed to do on an airplane that I built (51%), but I am still unable to figure out what maintenance & inspections I could do on airplane built mostly or entirely by someone else. Could you help me on this? Thanks for taking the time to provide this service.
A word of caution about buying an amateur-built airplane before it is certificated: Make sure you receive the builder’s log so that you can establish/document that it was indeed amateur built. Also, if it was built from a kit, you will need a bill of sale for every link in the chain of ownership. An invoice does not suffice.
That said, inspections can be performed by any licensed A&P mechanic, an FAA-approved Repair Station, or by the builder of the airplane provided the builder obtains a “Repairman’s Certificate” from the FAA. Note that unlike an annual for a type certificated aircraft, the A&P does NOT have to have his/her “Inspection Authorization”.
Regarding maintenance, FAR Part 43 specifically states that the rules of that part do not apply to amateur-built airplanes. Therefore, any maintenance on an experimental airplane can be performed by virtually anyone regardless of credentials. (This does not apply to the condition inspection previously discussed). Let common sense be your guide as to what maintenance you conduct yourself.
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EAA Desktop Calendar
We received a lot of
positive feedback on Jim Koepnick's terrific photo that appeared in the April 2005
edition of Sport Aviation illustrating new technological
advances in the GA cockpit. So we decided to use it for our May 2005
wallpaper calendar. Get a copy for your computer desktop today
at the EAA website.
Analysis: Subject of User Fees Reappears EAA Joins Discussion on Future FAA Funding
There’s a fight brewing in Washington, D.C. that could have profound and far-reaching effects on all of us who seek to enjoy the freedom of flight in America. As with most arguments in our nation’s capital, it’s over money; in this case, what’s the best way to adequately and predictably fund the Federal Aviation Administration. The goal of course is to ensure that the future of our nation’s aviation infrastructure allows us to compete in the global marketplace, but not at the expense of individual aviation enthusiasts’ freedoms. (read more)
EAA Chapter 2 Celebrates Historic Vote For Smith Field
When the Fort Wayne-Allen County (Indiana) Airport Authority board voted unanimously Monday in favor of a resolution to keep Arthur Smith Field (SMD) open indefinitely on Monday, about 50 people in attendance—the vast majority EAA Chapter 2 members—stood and cheered for several minutes. Maybe people should have stood and cheered for them; without the Chapter’s persistent grassroots effort, led by the groups Smith Airfield ForEver (SAFE) and SMD Fund, the 79-year-old airport they call home would be but a faint memory today. SAFE was formed three years ago (June 2002) after the same governing body voted to close
SMD. (read more)
EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor Heading Out On June-July Mini-Tour
EAA’s classic 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will again take to the skies in June and July for a mini-tour to several cities. Much like last year’s successful 75th Anniversary tri-motor tour, people along the way will have an opportunity to ride in the world’s original airliner. The tour begins June 11 in Pontiac, Michigan, and runs through July 5 at Traverse City, Michigan. (read more)
EAA, Warbirds of America Welcome T-34 AMOC EAA Warbirds of America Director Jud Nogle, WB 4319, reports that the FAA has approved an Alternate Means of Compliance program (AMOC) for the
fleet. Nogle and the T-34 Association worked diligently to help find a solution to get the fleet back into the air as soon as possible after it was grounded following a mock air combat/upset training accident in Texas last December. (read more)
FAA Reissues Several 9/11 NOTAMs
On Tuesday afternoon, the FAA reissued several important Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) to remind pilots that temporary flight restrictions (TFR) remain in force over numerous areas throughout the nation. The
reissued NOTAMs include the TFRs over the Bangor (Washington) Naval Base; the Kings Bay (Georgia) Naval Base, Disneyland (California); Disney World (Florida), the Washington, D.C. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ); and over major sporting events. Pilots are reminded to check with an FAA Flight Service Station for the most current NOTAMs affecting their route as part of their preflight planning.
EAAer Receives Charles Taylor Mechanic Award
Congratulations to EAA member Harmon T. “Bud” Balone, who recently received the FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award in recognition of his outstanding aviation maintenance, work over the past 50-plus years. FAA Inspector Mike Robertson from the Portland Flight Standards District Office made the formal presentation at the annual FAA Authorized Inspector renewal meeting held in the Ross Morrison/EAA Hangar #4 on March 22 at Bend Airport, Oregon. (read more)
DayJet Places Large Order With Eclipse
DayJet Corporation, “Per-Seat, On-Demand” jet services pioneer, ordered 239 Eclipse 500 jets as part of a long-term agreement with Eclipse on Monday this week. Eclipse will supply the fleet of very light jets (VLJ), which DayJet will use to provide on-demand jet services on a “per-seat” basis using its innovative real-time operations system. The agreement also includes an option for DayJet to purchase 70 additional 500s. Deliveries will begin shortly after the Eclipse 500 receives FAA certification, on track for March 2006. “The Eclipse 500’s low acquisition and direct operating costs in combination with its excellent performance make it an ideal platform for delivery of our services,” said DayJet president and CEO Edward Iacobucci.
Diamond Plans Chinese Plant
Diamond Aircraft recently entered into a joint venture to produce it’s the DA40 Diamond Star in China. “We are investing in Chinese domestic production as China is an important emerging GA market,” said CEO Christian Dries. “With a total of three production sites, each centered in significant and distinct regions, Diamond is further strengthening its position as a global GA company.” The new facility will employ up to 1,700 workers and produce over 600 aircraft per year, as the Chinese market develops, Diamond said. Diamond’s existing North American and European facilities will continue the production of Diamond aircraft for their respective markets. For more information, call 888-359-3220 or visit
First CAC-Built Sportsman 2 + 2 Flies
Just four months after enrolling in the Glasair Customer Assembly Center (CAC) in Arlington, Washington, David Codding was flying his own Sportsman 2 + 2. Starting with a complete fast build kit, he spent eight hours a day with a crew of factory assistants for three weeks working five days a week. He then trucked the aircraft home to Santa Rosa, California, where he installed the instrument panel, upholstered the seats, completed the hookup of his powerplant and painted the airframe. The FAA signed off and Codding went flying. “It was inconceivable that anyone could build an aircraft like this in only four months, and yet I did it,” Codding said. The Sportsman 2 + 2 is a high-wing, two place aircraft that can be configured to seat two children in the back. The Sportsman has tremendous baggage-carrying capability with the back seats removed. It can
also be switched from trike to a tailwheel configuration in an hour and can also be fitted with tundra tires, straight or amphibious floats, or skis. For more information, visit
www.glasairaviation.com or call 360-435-8533, ext. 232.
Robinson Delivers Helicopter No. 6,000
Robinson Helicopter Company of Torrance, California, recently completed production of its 6,000th helicopter, an R44 Raven II for the charter fleet at Airborne Energy Solutions in Alberta, Canada. The 25-year-old helicopter company recently increased production from 15 to 20 aircraft per week and added a 220,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility to help meet the growing demand. “The Robinson aircraft work alongside other aircraft in the commercial marketplace and actually give customers more for their money with no loss in safety or performance,” said Eric Gould, Airborne CEO and founding director. “I believe it is the safest, most reliable aircraft in my fleet.” Airborne Energy Solutions has been a Robinson dealer and maintenance facility for 20 years. For more information, visit
www.robinsonheli.com and www.airbornesolutions.com.
Enstrom Training Helicopters to Korean Flight School
Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Michigan, received purchase orders for a 480B turbine and a 280FX piston from Hanseo University in Korea for training operations at its new Taean Airfield. The University also purchased five Cessna aircraft for fixed-wing training. “This is another important milestone for Enstrom in the Asia
market,” said Enstrom President Jerry Mullins. “This is especially important in Korea as they need to meet the pilot training requirements of the upcoming Korean Helicopter Program (KHP).” Enstrom is further exploring potential co-production of its products in Korea.
Enstrom also manufactures the three-place, piston-powered F28F helicopter. The 480B is available as a three-place advanced trainer or as a three- to five-place VIP aircraft. For more information, visit
Yingling Breaks Ground For New Completions Hangar
Longtime Cessna dealer Yingling Aviation broke ground this week on a new, 15,500 square foot completions hangar at its Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport site. The facility, scheduled for completion in November, will house Yingling’s Cessna Caravan Oasis interior operations. “This expansion of our facilities is directly tied to growth in the general aviation marketplace,” commented Yingling President Lynn Nichols. “We’ve seen a resurgence in the economy and in orders for Caravans with the Oasis executive interior over the past year and we’re confident that it will continue.” Also present at the groundbreaking was Cessna Chairman, President, and CEO Jack Pelton. Yingling has been a Cessna dealer since 1946. For more information, visit
New e-Book Supplements Flight Training
Flight students and recently licensed pilots looking for information beyond their flight training can find it in a new e-book, “What Your Flight Instructor Didn’t Tell You,” By Gary
Wiblin, a veteran flight instructor and charter pilot based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Wiblin shares the mistakes he has seen student and licensed pilots make during training and license renewal flights. He also candidly shares the mistakes he has made during his own instructing and flying career - potentially serious mistakes that readers do not have to make themselves. It’s available as an e-book from
ClickBank, a secure, online purchasing service specializing in e-book deliver. Visit
www.kleinpublishing.com and click on the title. Cost is $17.45 U.S. Special orders on CD to flying clubs and schools available. For more information, e-mail
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