May 27, 2005    Volume 5, Number 21


EAA’s Sport Pilot Tour Begins at Golden West
Learn All 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.
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What is your favorite part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh?

Allied Victory B-17 Tour Stops
May 27-30
Portland, OR
Portland Hillsboro Airport

June 2 - 5
Seattle, WA
Boeing Field/King County International Airport

June 14-15
Caldwell, ID
Caldwell Industrial Airport


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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
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.

We are pleased to provide this info to EAA members as a membership benefit. To ensure that this service continues, renew your membership or join EAA today by calling 800/843-3612 or 920/426-5912.

June 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

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 EAA website.

AirVenture’s Awesome After-Hours Programs
Incredible lineup unveiled
A truly historic schedule of evening programs will provide thousands of AirVenture attendees and campground residents with spectacular entertainment at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005’s Theater in the Woods. Among those scheduled to appear are Burt Rutan and Mike Melvill of White Knight/SpaceShipOne fame; actor and pilot Harrison Ford, Chairman of the EAA Young Eagles Program; Steve Fossett, world record-setting pilot of the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer; Scott Crossfield, legendary test pilot; and Bob Cardin, man behind the resurrection of the P-38 Glacier Girl.
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Spend ‘An Evening With Champions’ on AirVenture Eve
Prepare for opening day by attending “An Evening with Champions,” the annual unofficial kickoff program featuring music, aviation talk and more for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 attendees, on Sunday, July 24, at Theater in the Woods. Celebrating his 20th year as Master of Ceremonies is Danny Mortensen, President of Bill Phelps’ Airline Ground Schools, author of The Airline Career and Interview Manual and the 1990 Gold Trophy winner at the National Championship Air Races.
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Bobby Younkin Returns to the Decathlon
Performing at EAA AirVenture again this summer is Bobby Younkin, who flew his first Decathlon at age 16. After years of performing aerobatics in a North American AT 6, a modified Twin Beech, a one-of-a-kind Samson biplane, and a Learjet 23, he’s back in a Decathlon for some good old-fashioned excitement. “It’s honest flying,” Younkin said. “It’s going back to the grassroots of aerobatics.”
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Seats Available For EAA AirVenture B-17 Flights
Just under two months remain until the start of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, so now is the best time to reserve a seat on the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center’s Fuddy Duddy B-17G for an actual mission flight at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. EAA's “Allied Victory B-17 Tour” is currently thrilling aviation enthusiasts in the Western U.S., making its way eastward to Oshkosh for the July 25-31 event.
To book an AirVenture flight or to learn more, visit the EAA B-17 website, or call 800/FLY-NB17 (800/359-6217).
Check out 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!
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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 or e-mail
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. Download application information, including the official form.  
'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 and
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 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 and click on Monster Garage. 

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