June 24, 2005    Volume 5, Number 25


Exciting Weekend Planned at RMRFI
Record crowds are expected at the Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In this weekend, June 25-26. This is the second year at Front Range Airport in Watkins, Colorado, and organizers say this year’s event will be the “most exciting fly-in to date.”

The fly-in will feature an aviation-based marketplace, aviation forums and workshops; a special visit from the EAA's Allied Victory B-17 Tour with Fuddy Duddy; expanded children’s activities; and many other exciting events.

Discounted tickets can still be purchased in advance at King Soopers stores by mentioning the keyword regional. Advance tickets are also available online at www.ticketswest.com. At the gate ticket prices are $7 for EAA Members, $10 for the general public and children under 10 are free. For more information and a schedule of events visit www.rmrfi.org

Arlington Fly-In
On the Horizon

The 37th annual Northwest EAA Fly-In at Arlington Municipal Airport, Washington, is July 6-10. Organizers expect more than 1,600 aircraft and 60,000 participants in this year’s week of aerial demonstrations, hands-on workshops, educational forums and aircraft judging.

A major highlight this year will be Paul G. Allen's Flying Heritage Collection featuring rare World War I and World War II aircraft that have been restored to flying condition. For more information visit www.nweaa.org.

'Wings On Strings' June 25 At EAA AirVenture Museum

One of man's oldest flying devices, the kite, will be the featured flying object this Saturday during the third annual "Wings on Strings" Kite Festival at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

This free family event features a series of world-class performers, including the Chicago Fire Kite team, Team Pegasus, and Mike Delfar, will stage kite-flying displays throughout the day to musical accompaniment. Yves LaForest, from Montreal, Canada, will feature his giant octopus kite and his giant 150-foot windsock. 
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Reserve Your B-17 Seats for EAA AirVenture Mission

Reserve 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).

Do you plan to build your own airplane in the near future?

'Allied Victory'
B-17 Tour


June 24-26
Denver, CO
Centennial Airport

June 27
North Platte, NE
North Platte Regional Airport

June 28
Grand Island, NE
Central Nebraska Regional Airport

June 30 - July 3
Omaha, NE
Eppley Airfield 


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Q & A: 
Question of the Week

Is renters insurance recommended for a student pilot during dual training flights? 

Insurance advisors recommend that any pilot, including student pilots, carry non-owned (renters) insurance. The reason? Regardless of what type of pilot you are, when you use an aircraft you do not own you are exposed to the risk of the insurance company for the aircraft owner coming back against you for damages to the aircraft, even small amounts.

Or you may be sought for any amount the insurance company may pay to a third party for bodily injury or property damage due to your operation of the aircraft. Even if the flight school you are taking training from tells you they have insurance for your flight training, having your own non-owned (renters) insurance is still advisable because you never know what is or is not covered unless you have your own insurance.

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.

HondaJet To Make World Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA and Honda announced Wednesday that the experimental HondaJet will make its world debut on Thursday, July 28, 2005, at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., the weeklong event that is the largest annual aviation gathering in the world. The experimental HondaJet is an advanced, lightweight, compact business jet featuring better fuel efficiency, a larger cabin, and higher cruise speed than conventional aircraft in its class. 
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EAA’s Camp Scholler: Open For Business!
As EAA AirVenture 2005, the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, offers an unforgettable year of activities, airplanes and personalities, one of the event’s grandest traditions—camping at Camp Scholler or adjacent to the flight line—will again create a new “aviation city” at Wittman Regional Airport on July 25-31. And, believe it or not, Camp Scholler, where there’s always room for at least one more, opens today, Friday, June 24.
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Brian Binnie to Join Burt Rutan and Mike Melvill at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The man who clinched the $10 million Ansari X Prize in SpaceShipOne, pilot Brian Binnie, will join fellow pilot Mike Melvill and their boss, Burt Rutan, on stage for several scheduled presentations (and maybe even a few unscheduled ones) at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. The trio, who led the Scaled Composites team that made history with the first-ever civilian-led suborbital space flights in 2004, will present “Flying SpaceShipOne” at the Honda Motorcycle Pavilion on Tuesday, July 26 and again on Saturday, July 30. On Tuesday night, they’ll appear at Theater in the Woods for “Winning the X-Prize,” before what is expected to be a standing room only crowd.
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EAA Member Village: Bigger and Better in '05
EAA’s Member Village at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh debuted to rave reviews in 2004 as a special destination for EAA members. While the 2005 Village remains in the same location—just west of AeroShell Square at the Knapp street intersection—we’ve made it bigger and better, with more exclusive membership benefits for valued EAAers attending the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.
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EAA, AirVenture Lose A Unique Voice
Long-time EAA member and EAA Communication Center “Green Gang” volunteer Bill Ricketts, EAA 17014, passed away on Tuesday evening, June 21, following a battle with lung cancer. To thousands of EAA AirVenture campers, volunteers, and assorted early arrivers, Bill will be remembered as the “Baltimore Oriole,” or simply as the “Yodeler” who for many years ending his overnight shift by performing his unique style of yodeling, bright and early each day at 7 a.m. The morning yodel became one of the enduring traditions at EAA AirVenture.
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U.S. Post Office to Launch New Aviation Stamps at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Ten classic American aircraft from the 1930’s, ‘40s and ‘50s take to the skies in the form of postage when the U.S. Postal Service dedicates the American Advances in Aviation commemorative stamp sheet at the world’s premier air show, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. The Friday, July 29, first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place on AeroShell Square at 10 a.m. in the shadows of at least six of the rare aircraft depicted on the stamps. Many pilots and crewmembers of these historic aircraft will also take part to discuss their experiences
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Cirrus Heritage Returning to Oshkosh
Cirrus Design will present EAA with the company’s original homebuilt prototype, the VK-30, during a special ceremony being planned for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. The airplane will be displayed in the Innovations Gallery at EAA AirVenture Museum alongside numerous other historically significant aircraft like the first RV, the first Lancair, and several Rutan designs.
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EAA's RideShare can be a convenient way to get to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - More rides and requests are being posted every week, so check it out today!
EAA SP Tour Gains Momentum at Franklin
To accurately gauge the interest level in Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA) programs and services, EAA and FAA’s Light-Sport Aviation Branch are conducting an electronic survey between Tuesday, June 21 and Monday, June 27. The survey, located on the EAA website, will enable both the EAA and the FAA to ensure the resources are available when needed to enable people to take advantage of the new SP/LSA regulations.
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Cirrus Celebrates 2,000th Aircraft
Cirrus Design Corporation presented its milestone 2,000th airplane during a special June 17 ceremony at its corporate headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. A crowd of 700 employees, family members, and aviation dignitaries, including EAA President Tom Poberezny, were on hand to take part in the celebration. “On behalf of EAA, I was pleased to attend the ceremonies led by Alan and Dale Klapmeier with the Cirrus employees and their families and be able to experience first hand the pride they all feel in the airplane and the company,” Poberezny said. “It took four years for them to build the first 1,000 airplanes and then less than two years for the second. That’s an outstanding accomplishment.”
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EAA/FAA Electronic SP/LSA Survey on www.eaa.org 
To accurately gauge the interest level in Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA) programs and services, EAA and FAA’s Light-Sport Aviation Branch are conducting an electronic survey between Tuesday, June 21 and Monday, June 27. The survey, located on the EAA website, will enable both the EAA and the FAA to ensure the resources are available when needed to enable people to take advantage of the new SP/LSA regulations.
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EAA Insurance Plan Making Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft Insurance Available
EAA and Falcon Insurance Agency are working with the aviation insurance community to make aircraft insurance available for individuals who wish to fly as sport pilots and own light-sport aircraft. EAA and Falcon have also worked with several leading aviation insurance providers to offer coverage to commercial aviation businesses that provide aircraft sales, training, and maintenance in the sport pilot/light sport aircraft market.
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EAA Ultralight Day Visits Pioneer Airport
Beautiful weather on Saturday, June 18, brought in more than 35 ultralights ranging from powered parachutes and trikes, to two-place ultralight trainers and light-sport aircraft. EAA’s annual Ultralight Day drew members from Wisconsin several EAA ultralight chapters including Milwaukee Chapter 1, Wausau Chapter 75, Neenah Chapter 41, and Wautoma Chapter 121. 
Twenty competitors participated in the afternoon torpedo run, message drop and spot landing competitions. First place winners included:
  • Torpedo Run: John Heller, Sr., Chapter 1, in a Challenger
  • Message Drop: Paul Buss, Chapter 75, in a Sky Raider
  • Spot Landing: Russ Post, Chapter 75, in a GT 400

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EAA to Host Deaf Aviation Academy in August
The Deaf Pilots Association is holding its first-ever Deaf Aviation Academy from August 10-19 at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This program is designed to provide new experiences and personal growth to deaf and hearing-impaired youths between the ages of 14 and 18 who have a passion for aviation. Participants will develop their teamwork, leadership, and aviation skills as they enhance their personal self-image.
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EAAers Save With Ford Partner Recognition Program
Ford’s Partner Recognition Program is a special savings opportunity developed exclusively for EAA members offering the ability to purchase or lease eligible vehicles at EAA Member pricing. Vehicle prices are predetermined before you arrive at the dealership! Sustaining EAA members* can qualify for a special savings opportunity on Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Volvo, Land Rover, and Jaguar vehicles. EAA members have purchased thousands of vehicles using this special vehicle purchase program and the savings have been staggering!
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EAA Warbirds of America, NATA Survey Gathers Critical T-6 Fleet Information
As North American T-6/SNJ/Harvard aircraft owners and operators conduct mandatory wing inspections required by FAA’s Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2005-12-51, EAA Warbirds of America and North American Trainer Association (NATA) are working together to find the best solutions that will result in allowing the fleet to safely resume operations. Paul Redlich, NATA Board member, and Rick Siegfried, EAA Warbirds Safety Chairman, have created a questionnaire for fleet owners/operators to complete after their aircraft inspections.
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EAA Insurance Tip --
Movin' on UP! (Transition Training)

By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

The aviation community encourages pilots to sharpen and enhance their flying skills, to explore aviation by learning more. One of the great things about aviation is when we learn something, we generally want to learn more. Whether we are working to obtain a new certificate or rating, or just taking additional training to be a better and safer pilot, we like to be better, and that’s a very good thing. And with the new arena of sport pilot and light-sport aircraft we all have a new opportunity to further advance our aeronautical knowledge. 

Regardless of whether you are an airplane owner or a user (borrower or renter), there are some things to consider when deciding to “move up” in aviation. This installment of EAA Insurance Tips will touch on some of those “things.”
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CarterCopter Breaks Mu-1, But is Damaged in Emergency Landing
Throughout its seven years of flight-testing, Carter Aviation Technologies’ (CAT) promising experimental gyroplane, the CarterCopter, has struggled through a series of peaks and valleys. It would achieve a significant accomplishment, and then be sidelined by a mechanical setback, landing incident, or some other misfortune. This past week at Texas’ Olney Airport was no exception.
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Ikarus C42 Enters North American Market
The Ikarus C42, a popular European design that complies with light-sport aircraft consensus standards, will be on display in the LSA Mall at EAA AirVenture 2005. Sportsplanes.com will market the German aircraft exclusively through its Sport Aircraft Regional Centers (SARCs) across North America. The two-place, high-wing aircraft is available with 80 or 100 hp Rotax powerplants allowing the C42 to cruise at 105 or 111 mph with a range of 510 miles. The aircraft stalls at 39 mph with either engine. “There are those people who clearly prefer a high wing configuration and the C42 provides that,” said Josh Foss, Sportsplanes.com president. For more information on the C42 or the Sportsplanes.com programs, visit www.sportsplanes.com or call 801/420-6176.
Zenith Appoints Representation in Canada
Zenith Aircraft Company has appointed Can-Zac Aviation to be its designated representative in Canada. Can-Zac, located in the Kitchener/Waterloo area of southern Ontario, will offer Zenith’s full line of all-metal aircraft plans, kits and products , including the popular two-seat, low-wing Zodiac XL design and the high-wing STOL CH701 design. For more information visit www.can-zacaviation.com and www.zenithair.com.
Liberty XL2 Receives TIA For IFR Certification
Liberty Aerospace of Melbourne, Florida, received its Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the FAA for IFR operation of its single engine XL2 aircraft. The XL2 is currently certified under FAR Part 23 for VFR day and night operations only. “Thanks to the significant efforts of the Liberty team and the FAA to complete the design and manufacture of a conforming IFR aircraft, we can now enter the final phase of FAA testing for this important initiative,” said Paul Bartlett, chief operating officer. The XL-2 is the only production aircraft powered by a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) piston engine. The composite fuselage sports a 48-inch wide cabin and the airplane cruise speed of up to 132 knots (150 mph) burns only five gallons per hour. For more information visit www.libertyaircraft.com.
NASA Scramjet Garners Guinness World Record 
Guinness World Records has officially recognized NASA’s X-43A scramjet for setting the speed record for its Mach 9.6 flight over the Pacific Ocean on November 16, 2004. The X-43A, mated to a modified Pegasus booster rocket, launched from NASA's B-52B at about 47,000 feet, burned its scramjet engine for about 10 seconds reaching about 7,000 mph., and then dropped into the ocean. Scramjets (supersonic combustion ramjets) promise more airplane-like operations for increased affordability, flexibility, and safety in ultra high-speed flights within the atmosphere and for the first stage to Earth orbit. Scramjet-powered aircraft can fly at supersonic speeds, possibly as fast as Mach 15, without carrying heavy oxygen tanks, as rockets must. For more information on the project, visit www.aeronautics.nasa.gov
Rewebbing Just a Click Away
Aircraft Belts, Inc. (ABI) is the first restraint manufacturer in the world to offer online restraint rewebbing services. The new sales channel provides immediate and streamlined access to the full line of reweb products, online ordering, build-to-order and a 10 percent discount. ABI offers crew, passenger and medical restraints, rewebbing, plating, I/A renewal classes, safety checklists, and custom restraint drawings. For more information about ABI call 800/847-5651 or visit www.aircraftbelts.com
New Sporty's DVD Features Seaplanes
The latest DVD in the Sporty’s What You Should Know Series is So You Want to Fly Seaplanes. This instructional tool provides real world tips to help advance your skills from noted seaplane instructors Jon Brown and John Rennie. It features Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base in Winter Haven, Florida, and gives a complete look at what flying seaplanes is all about. Get a pilot’s eye view of all the maneuvers required for the FAA checkride; learn different taxi techniques, how to read the wind and water, and how to master water takeoffs and landings. Interactive extras including a float diagram, wind and water chart, and Internet links for additional information. So You Want to Fly Seaplanes is available for $29.95 at www.sportys.com or by calling 800/SPORTYS. 
Viperjet MKII Flies for the First Time
The new Viperjet MKII made its first flight June 12 at Pasco Airport in Washington. The aircraft’s debut flight lasted approximately 25 minutes without incidence. “This is an exciting day for Viper Aircraft,” said Scott Hanchette, president. “The Viperjet MKII is something we are very proud to offer the aviation marketplace and it’s going to offer a lot of bang for the buck.” 
The tandem, jet-propelled Viperjet MKII uses cutting-edge composite technologies set in a sleek fuselage design. For more information visit www.viperjet.com or call 509/543-3570. 
Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame's 2005 inductees will be honored Saturday, November 12. Inductees include Gordon Francis Baxter, a three-time winner of the Aviation/Space Writer’s Association’s citation for Outstanding Excellence in Aviation/Space Journalism and B-17 waist gunner during World War II; Emma Carter Browning, staunch advocate for general aviation and a principal behind the formation of the Texas Aviation History Museum in Austin, Texas; Wally Scott, a prolific cross-country and world record-setting soaring pilot and 21-time winner of the Barringer Trophy; Lance Cleo Wade, a respected leader of airmen who volunteered for Britain’s Royal Air Force in 1941; and the H.B. Zachary Company for their construction of numerous airfields across Texas during World War II. 
NAA Annual Award Nomination Deadlines Approaching
The National Aeronautics Association reminds the aerospace community that several nomination deadlines are fast approaching for annual awards. Nominations for the Cliff Henderson Achievement Award and the Elder Statesman of Aviation Award close on June 30. For the Harmon Aeronaut (Ballooning) Trophy, deadline is July 15, 2005. The Katherine & Marjorie Stinson Award for Achievement deadline is July 31, 2005. And nominations for the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy close on August 31, 2005. Visit www.naa.aero for more information. 

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