Fly a B-17
Mission This Year at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
your 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).
FAA’s DC-3 to
Appear at Arlington
The FAA’s DC-3 N34 will appear at the Northwest EAA Regional Fly-In at Arlington, Washington, July 6-10. The classic aircraft, which was built in 1945, will be open for tours all five days of the event. (read more)
the aircraft slated to appear at AirVenture 2005, which would you choose to own?
Q & A: Question of the Week for
EAA Aviation Services:
Can a holder of a sport pilot license fly the aircraft under IFR conditions if the pilot has an IFR rating?
A person who holds
only a sport pilot certificate is not eligible to hold an instrument rating. In order to be eligible for an instrument rating, the pilot must hold at least a private pilot certificate (ref. 14 CFR 61.65(a)(1)).
Now, if you're referring to a pilot who holds a private pilot certificate and instrument rating, but has chosen to operate at the
sport pilot level, the answer would be no. When operating at the sport pilot level, the pilot is required to operate within the privileges and limitations of the sport pilot certificate. These privileges allow day/VFR
operations only. Sport pilot privileges do not extend to instrument flight rules (IFR) even if the pilot holds an instrument rating (and even if the operations are conducted in visual meteorological conditions - VMC).
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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
FAA Issues Emergency AD on
T-6/SNJ As expected, the FAA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive late Wednesday mandating all T6/SNJ aircraft undergo immediate and repetitive inspections of the inboard and outboard, upper and lower wing attach angles of both wings for fatigue cracks and, if a crack is found, replacement with a new angle. EAA is disappointed, however, that the FAA chose to call for repetitive inspections requiring the use of fluorescent dye penetrant rather than
its recommendation to use a modified version of the
South African inspection to collect additional data. (read
to Join Young Eagles Webchat Last year, June 21, 2004, Mike Melvill did something no one had ever done before: Fly to space and back in the first commercially developed spacecraft. Several months later, on September 29, the crack test pilot from South Africa achieved the first of two qualifying flights for the $10 million Ansari X Prize. On Wednesday, June 15, Mike will be our guest on this month’s Young Eagles webchat between 7 and 8 p.m. CDT. Log in and pose your question to the world’s first civilian astronaut! (read more)
Saturday is EAA International Young Eagles Day EAA volunteers around the world will continue an aviation tradition this Saturday, June 11, as they give flights to young aviation enthusiasts on International Young Eagles Day. The annual event brings together kids and pilots as part of the EAA Young Eagles program, which with more than 1.1 million kids flown is the largest youth aviation education program ever created. (read more)
Golden West Has
'Most Successful Event ' The Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In first arrived at Yuba County Airport in Marysville, California, in 2002. The 2005 fly-in held June 3-5 just could be record setting for both the number of airplanes and total attendance. John Gibson, Golden West Association president, said they were “real close to cracking 1,000 aircraft” and that they were reasonably confident attendance exceeded the previous high mark of 7,500. “Certainly this was Golden West’s most successful event since moving to Yuba County Airport,” he said. (read more)
EAA Sport Pilot Tour Launches at Golden West EAA’s commitment to educate members and others nationwide about the new Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rule took an important step with the first EAA Sport Pilot Tour stop at the Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In last weekend, June 3-5. EAA Senior Vice President Bob Warner and staffers Katrina Bradshaw, Ron Wagner, and Dan Johnson gave forums, answered questions, and helped coordinate sport pilot activities on the grounds at Yuba County, California, Airport. Meanwhile, the National Association of Flight Instructors held another in its series of informative Sport Pilot Symposiums. (read
NAFI Rolls Out Bandwagon for Sport Pilot Instruction Following its successful symposium at the Golden West EAA Fly-in in Marysville, Calif., June 3-5, the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) is preparing its next stops on a nationwide tour that spreads the word about sport pilot aviation and its opportunities for flight instructors (read
Room Still Available For June 24-26 TIG Workshop Limited space is still available for the June 24-26 TIG welding workshop at Griffin, Georgia. “This will be the last chance to take this workshop until September,” said Charlie Becker, director of EAA SportAir Workshops. EAA and Lincoln Electric offer the course in Griffin, where Lincoln instructors teach the fundamentals of TIG
welding. “These hands-on workshops are the best way to learn the welding process and get the most out of their investment in a TIG welder,” Becker said. Other dates for 2005 include September 9-11, October
14-16, and November 18-20. Tuition for the 2-1/2 day workshops is $359 for EAA members and $399 for non-members. For more information or to sign up for a workshop, visit the
www.sportair.com or call 800/967-5746.
FAA Accepts EAA SportAir Workshops Course
Having received acceptance from the FAA for its Repairman (LSA) Inspection-Airplane Course, EAA SportAir Workshops announced its first scheduled session for July 8-10 at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Successful completion of the course will allow a person to perform the annual condition inspection on any Experimental-LSA (E-LSA) airplane they own. (read more)
EAA Ultralight Day
Descends on Pioneer June 18
Ultralight Chapter members will fly in to EAA’s annual Ultralight Day
on Saturday, June 18, at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh.
They'll participate in flying competitions and display their
unique vehicles, while EAA staff and ultralight enthusiasts
offer their expertise in answering questions about this friendly and affordable side of flying. Information on the Sport Pilot rule will also be available.
Ultralight Day is included with regular museum admission. EAA members who present their EAA membership cards are admitted to the museum at no charge. Rain date for Ultralight Day is Sunday, June 19.
EAA Sweepstakes Plane at SW
June 11-12 EAA’s 2005 Sweepstakes airplane, a completely restored, better-than-new Piper Cherokee PA28-140, will be on display at this weekend’s Southwest Airfest at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, Janesville. Those attending the June 11-12 event can check out the aircraft and enter to win (sweepstakes coupons will be available). Other prizes include a 2005 Harley Davidson XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom; a John Deere Tractor; and a Bose aviation Headset X. Drawings take place at EAA AirVenture on Sunday, July 31. The Southern Wisconsin air fest features the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Kent Shockley in the Shockwave Jet Truck and the X-Team “Masters of Disaster; plus many more exciting aerobatic performers. Visit
www.swairfest.org for more information.
Accidents Happen; Then What? By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.
No one ever plans to have an accident. So what can you do to prepare for one? Here are four simple things to remember:
1. Take care of immediate medical needs.
2. Gather all the details and information you can.
3. Contact your aircraft insurance company.
4. Secure your aircraft.
We will explore these four points in greater detail, however, it is strongly suggested that you pull out your aircraft insurance policy and read the section that explains what to do in the event of an accident. (read
Indus Aviation Thorpedo Earns FAA Certification
First U.S.-built certificated S-LSA The 120-hp, Jabiru-powered Indus Aviation Thorpedo was awarded its airworthiness certificate as a special light-sport aircraft on June 8, making it the first United States-manufactured aircraft to earn that distinction. The all-metal aircraft, modified from the original T211 designed by John Thorp, is manufactured at Indus’ Dallas, Texas facility. (read more)
Glasair’s New Sportsman 2+2 DVD Shot by EAA-TV Glasair Aviation has a new DVD featuring their Sportsman 2+2. Filmed and edited by Scott Guyette and Robb McAllister of EAA TV, the 18-minute program features air-to-air footage, showing the aircraft on floats, regular tires, and tundra tires. Viewers also get to see the Sportsman taking off and landing as a trike, tail wheel, and floatplane. The video shows how a buyer can take advantage of Glasair’s Customer Assembly Center, and Ted and Tom Setzer, who helped design the Sportsman, comment on primary features that enhance safety, utility, and performance. Free copies of the Sportsman 2+2 can be ordered through Glasair’s website,
www.GlasairAviation.com, or by calling 360/435-8533, ext.
Legend Cub Joins EAA Sport Pilot Tour American Legend Aircraft, maker of the Legend Cub light-sport aircraft, will appear at EAA’s Sport Pilot Tour the next two weeks as the company embarks on a demonstration tour throughout the central and northeastern United States. The Legend Cub begins its tour in St. Louis, Missouri, and makes its final stop in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, before returning to home base in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to prepare for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. To learn mope about the tour and the airplane, visit
More Options Added for Aero-Lift
Several new available options for ARM Aerospace’s Aero-Lift may be retrofitted or ordered as part of a new unit. The wide wheel scoop option increases width by 20 percent and accommodating tundra tires. A high-speed drive option means it’s faster to full height or floor level. Finally, a new tail clearance option increases clearance by an additional four inches, making loading and unloading easier and quicker. The Aero-Lift allows almost any type of single engine general aviation aircraft or helicopter to be “racked and stacked,” dramatically increasing the number of aircraft that can be accommodated in existing hangars. For more information visit
or call 520/886-7329.
Williams Awarded Engine Type Certificate For FJ44-1AP Williams International received formal FAA type certification for the FJ44-1AP turbofan engine on June 1. The new engine incorporates a new, highly efficient advanced fan as well as the latest component technologies developed for the recently certified FJ44-3A. The result: up to 2,100 lbs of take-off thrust, with a 12 percent increase in altitude thrust; a 5 percent reduction in cruise specific fuel consumption, and reduced operating temperatures as compared to the 1900-pound thrust FJ44-1. The engine also incorporates Williams’ new dual channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) with proprietary software to provide greatly simplified engine management, advanced diagnostics and trend monitoring. For more information, visit
New Gill Batteries
Have Higher Capacity, Power, Improved Handling Gill’s new and improved G-25S and G-35S valve-regulated batteries have more than 20 percent increased capacity and up to 20 percent better power delivery than the previous designs. Designed for many single- and twin-engine airplane and helicopter applications, each model features a solid case and cover with an integrated, fold-away carry handle. They’ll be available through all Gill Batteries distributors beginning mid-summer or visit
and use the “Configurator” to determine which Gill model is correct for a particular aircraft.
Co-Sponsors Friction Stir Welding Conference A daylong conference on friction-stir welding (FSW) will be held on November 16, 2005 at Chicago's McCormick Place as part of the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show.
FSW promises increased product performance at reduced cost and is finding increased application as a fusion weld and rivet replacement technology in the aircraft and aerospace industries. For more information, visit
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