EAA’s Sport Pilot Tour
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About SP/LSA at EAA Regional Fly-In
EAA’s first Sport Pilot Tour begins next week at the EAA Golden West Regional Fly-In, Marysville, California. The team will be in Marysville June 3-4 giving attendees the opportunity to find out how they can become a pilot faster, easier and cheaper than ever before.
The EAA Sport Pilot Team will provide insights into transitioning, maintenance, medical considerations, and more, as people have the chance to see and fly sport pilot eligible light-sport aircraft. They will also receive tips on what to ask before buying an LSA. Other highlights include sport pilot forums, education for flight instructors, plus light-sport aircraft manufacturer’s displays and demonstrations.
An FAA “Wings” safety program related to light-sport aviation is included with the tour. (read more)
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Victory B-17 Tour Stops www.b17.org/tour/ May 27-30 Portland, OR Portland
June 2 - 5
Boeing Field/King County International Airport
Caldwell Industrial Airport
Q & A: Question of the Week for
EAA Aviation Services:
What is the latest date allowed for my annual conditional inspection of my homebuilt if the previous was 6/15/04?
The answer to your question depends on the wording of your aircraft's operating limitations. In the vast majority of the cases, the operating limitations require that a condition inspection have been completed and recorded in the aircraft records within the preceding 12 calendar months. The word "calendar" is key, as this means that the condition inspection runs through the end of the 12th month. Thus, in your case, since the condition inspection was completed and recorded in the aircraft records on 06/15/2004, it would be in force through 06/30/2005 (i.e., through the end of June).
In rare cases, the operating limitations require the condition inspection to have been completed within the preceding 12 months. The absence of the word "calendar" means that the condition inspection would expire at the end of exactly 12 months, rather than at the end of the 12th month. I doubt this is the case with your aircraft, but I'd recommend that you check your operating limitations and verify that it states "12 calendar months" for the condition inspection.
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2005 EAA Desktop
Many veteran attendees say you can't get the complete EAA AirVenture Oshkosh experience unless you camp on the convention grounds. Camp underneath the wing of your airplane, whether you park in the "North 40" or "North Fond du Lac"; or you can park your RV, trailer, or simply pitch a tent in Camp Scholler, where there's always room for one more. To download a copy of our June 2005 wallpaper calendar, visit the
Navy Establishes ‘P-51’ in Washington State General aviation loses out to 9/11 hysteria Despite prolonged, strong appeals by aviation and pilot organizations, the U.S. Navy formally changed the temporary flight restriction located over the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Bangor, Washington, into a permanent Prohibited Area, ironically coded “P-51.” (read more)
Limited GA Operations Returning to Reagan National The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) formally announced today that an interim final rule will be published in the next several days authorizing resumption of limited, tightly screened general aviation flight operations at Washington’s Reagan National Airport for the first time since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and TSA Administrator David Stone briefed a select group of aviation associations and other interested parties concerning today’s formal announcement that cracks open the door to limited GA operations, after 3 1/2 years. (read more)
Historic Vickers Vimy Replica
Revisits Oshkosh WWI replica bomber to make trans-Atlantic flight in June A lumbering, massive airplane made a return visit to EAA headquarters on Tuesday afternoon for the first time in four years. A replica of the Vickers Vimy World War I bomber, which thrilled thousands of aviation enthusiasts at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2001, landed for an overnight stop at Pioneer Airport about 1:40 p.m. CDT before continuing eastward to recreate history’s first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight next month. (read more)
EAA Thanks Gulfstream For Painting
Two Airplanes EAA extended its sincere appreciation to the employees at Gulfstream’s Appleton, Wisconsin, regional maintenance facility on Wednesday for painting two special EAA aircraft: EAA’s vintage 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, which the Gulfstream paint shop completed last year; and the just-finished Young Eagles GlaStar N231YE, whose elaborate scheme was the winning design by Aaron Mentkowski in this year’s EAA Youth Art Competition. (read more)
EAA Receives Special American Flag
From Iraq EAA was presented with a special American flag this week by member Paul Spanbauer of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, on behalf of Keith Timm of
Minot, North Dakota, a retired member of the United States
Air Force. The flag was flown over the hostile skies of Iraq
in a KC-135 back on 13 April, 2003 by Brig. General
"Muddy" Waters in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom. Spanbauer presented the flag to EAA President Tom Poberezny, who
since handed it over to the EAA AirVenture Museum for safekeeping.
Two Tecnam Aircraft Certificated as
S-LSAs This past week saw two more aircraft certificated as special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA). On May 24, a pair of Tecnams, a Sierra (low-wing, metal), and a Super Echo (high-wing, metal) received S-LSA certification. Hansen AirGroup, Kennesaw, Georgia, imports the aircraft from Italian manufacturer Tecnam Costruzioni Aeronautiche. Both underwent inspection by the Atlanta, Georgia, Flight Standards District Office inspector Tony Jones and designated airworthiness representative (DAR) Bill Duncan. “Everyone walked away smiling,” said Lynne Birmingham, president of Hansen AirGroup. “The FSDO inspectors said they want to come back and fly the aircraft at their first opportunity. They thought the aircraft were well built and were pleasantly surprised by their first contact with a light-sport aircraft.” For more on the Sierra and Super Echo, visit
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Glasair Exceeds 2004 Sales In First Quarter Glasair Aviation’s first quarter sales book already exceeds total deliveries for 2004, the company reported this week. Revenues doubled from 2003 to 2004 and their Customer Assembly Center is already booked through September. “Obviously, the national economy is in a good cycle, which, in turn, has released a lot of pent up desire,” said Mikael Via, Glasair president. Via also credits advanced kit developments and more responsive customer support. “We’ve developed a lot of efficiencies in production and in the way the kits are prepared for the builders,” he said. “Everyone wants to get to the flight line faster today and we’ve recognized that and incorporated it in the way we package our product.” For more information, visit
Nominations Open for 2005
GA and Safety Counselor Awards Nominations are now being accepted for the 2005 General Aviation & Safety Counselor Awards Program, which honors the top Aviation Maintenance Technician, Avionics Technician, Certificated Flight Instructor, and
Aviation Safety Counselor in the United States. The program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and aviation industry sponsors, including EAA. The FAA Administrator presents the awards during the summer’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. For the Avionics, CFI, and AMT awards, applications are due at local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) by October 1, 2005. For the Aviation Safety Counselor candidates, application are due at the local FSDO by August 1, 2005.
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'EAM' Appointed Mexico Distributor For Diamond Aircraft Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. has appointed Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM) as a Regional Distribution Center. Established in 1943, EAM is among the longest established general aviation companies in Mexico. Specializing in flight-training and light aircraft services, EAM maintains operations in Mexico City, Toluca, Acapulco, Cuernavaca and Guadalajara. EAM will represent Diamond¹s piston engine line of aircraft, including the two-place DA20-C1, four-place DA40 Diamond Star and twin-engine DA42 Twin Star. For more information, visit
Smart Plates Now Available For Pocket PCs Seattle Avionics Software’s SmartPlates Instrument Procedure Management Software for the Pocket PC uses the latest hybrid Internet software technology so pilots can quickly and easily manage their IFR procedures. SmartPlates automatically monitors the Internet to download any plates that have changed, keeping them ready to print or view, and always current on any PC, laptop, tablet, or Pocket PC. Both the desktop and Pocket PC versions include all 12,000+ procedures for all 50 states. SmartPlates uses the new, improved NACO plates with color terrain, missed approach icons, and 28-day cycle updates are free courtesy of the FAA. SmartPlates and SmartPlates for the Pocket PC are both available at
www.seattleavionics.com. Free 10-day full product trials are available on the website.
Monster Garage Season Finale Features Flying Car Project Monster Garage host Jesse James and his team attempt to turn a Panoz Esperante sports car into flying automobile during the Discovery Channel program’s season finale scheduled for June 6 and June 13, 9-10 p.m. (ET/PT). It should be interesting to see the team attempt to fabricate and mount 36-foot wings in the center of the car; install directional controls and safety measures; fit a 160-hp engine in the trunk, and secure a 15-foot fuselage to the rear tail. Once the flying car is judged to be airworthy, the creation will be taken to the Wright National Monument at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, to attempt to surpass the 125-foot benchmark for flight initially set by the Wright Brothers in 1903. For more information, visit
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