The 37th annual Northwest EAA Fly-In
at Arlington Municipal Airport, Washington, is next week, 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.
Reserve Your B-17 Seats for EAA AirVenture Mission
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).
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We will be flying into Oshkosh (weather permitting) late in the afternoon of Friday, July 22, with
five aircraft going to North 40 Camping. I know the NOTAM is not in effect at that time so it will be a standard tower approach. Will there be any
marshaling personnel at the North 40 site, or should we plan on starting a row and signing in Saturday morning?
Thanks in advance for your response. The job you guys do each year is incredible! See you at OSH!
While you're right that "Oshkosh rules" won't start until Saturday with the special AirVenture arrival procedures, be assured that camping and parking crews will be in place in the "North Forty" when you plan to arrive and will assist with your aircraft positioning. We have many early arrivals and
we'd guess you will be in roughly the fourth or fifth row of aircraft (although no one can know for sure). Be aware that transportation and food options are very limited that early, but you're sure to find others who can help. I hope you have a great trip to EAA AirVenture 2005!
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2005 EAA Desktop
July calendar features the aerobatic prowess of Sean
D. Tucker, Mike Goulian, and Ed Hamill maneuvering over EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. Look for Tucker and Goulian at EAA
AirVenture 2005. Visit the EAA AirVenture website to get the
air show performance schedule. Visit the
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the July 2005 calendar.
EAA Establishes List of Factory Built S-LSA A
complete list of sport pilot-eligible aircraft, including special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA), standard category and experimental aircraft, is now available online at
www.sportpilot.org. EAA assembled the list as an easy reference for sport pilot enthusiasts to learn which aircraft meet the definition of a light-sport aircraft and which of the latest designs meet the ASTM consensus standards for design, production, quality assurance, maintenance, and continuing airworthiness. (read more)
EAA, LAMA Join Forces to Build and Promote Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) have given a major boost to the growing sport pilot/light-sport aircraft community, by forging an agreement that will provide the benefits of each organization to those who purchase, build or fly light-sport aircraft. (read more)
Wings to Adventure Series Premieres on HD This Weekend Wings To Adventure, an aviation series produced by the award-winning EAA Television department, premieres this Sunday, July 3, on The Outdoor Channel 2HD, its high-definition outlet. The network has scheduled the new, HD program for three different weekly timeslots: Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Mondays at 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 1:30 a.m. (all times EST). The program premiered on the standard definition channel this past Monday and will air weekly at the same times. (read more)
EAA Works With FAA To Update NDPER Program
Several EAA representatives met with FAA’s general aviation flight standards management and staff on Tuesday at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss the National Designated Pilot Examiner Registry, or
(enDEEper). The EAA Government and Industry Relations Department and the EAA Warbirds of America worked with FAA to establish the NDPER program to ensure the safe operation of legacy aircraft like vintage commercial aircraft,
warbirds, and others. Under NDPER, select FAA Designated Pilot Examiners with a wide range of experience in these aircraft are authorized by the FAA to provide check rides in selected aircraft on a national basis. (read more)
EAA Urges FAA to Restore VHF Replacement Frequency in Wisconsin
EAA is strongly urging the FAA to reverse its plans to cancel authorization for Wisconsin’s Volk Field Combined Readiness Training Center (CRTC) use of VHF frequency 120.0, that provides real-time MOA and Restricted Area information for general aviation pilots in central Wisconsin. Volk, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronautics, and GA pilots use the frequency as the key component of their established Midair Collision Avoidance program. (read more)
First AeroScholars Grad Passes FAA Written Exam Many 17-year-olds pass the FAA private pilot written exam; however, Zoey Tanner of the Estes Park, Colorado area, is the first to do so after completing EAA AeroScholars, the college-level curriculum developed in cooperation with Utah Valley State College for high school students. Zoey’s only exposure to aviation and the materials needed to pass the FAA exam were provided through the two semesters of AeroScholars courses. (read more)
West Michigan Fly-In Goes on Without a Hitch Thanks to FAA’s reinstatement of a temporary air traffic control tower (ATCT) at Michigan’s Allegan Airport (35D), hundreds of EAAers enjoyed a busy--and safe--Western Michigan EAA Fly-In last weekend. An estimated 850 aircraft movements (take-offs and landings) took place between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., with more than 100 per hour during peak times, on Saturday, June 25. (read
'Wings on Strings' Featured at Pioneer Saturday EAA's third annual Wings on Strings Kite Festival was blessed with great breezes and enthusiastic crowds this past Saturday, June 25. On their way out to the kite flying field, kite expert Charlie Sotich coached youngsters as they made simple paper kites they could fly at EAA's Pioneer Airport, the site of the festival. Cosponsored by WROE radio, Gift of Wings, and the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois, the event showcased some of the areas most talented kite makers and flyers. Kites as small as a postage stamp, and others as long at 150 feet were flown, and local kite flyers were also encouraged to bring their own kites and fly them as part of the festivities.
(See photos of the event.)
RMRFI Boasts Best Attendance to Date A successful move to the opposite end of Front Range Airport and attendance that nearly doubled the previous year’s numbers left organizers of the June 25-26 Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In more than satisfied with their efforts. “We’re excited, we had a great turnout and great weather,” said Jim Cimiluca, RMRFI director. “The ability to grow so much from last year is really attributed to the enthusiasm of the volunteers. It was an awesome weekend, better than we could have hoped for.” (read more)
EAA Warbirds of America Addresses T-6 Concerns Early Friday afternoon, the EAA Warbirds of America Government Affairs Committee and Earl Lawrence, EAA Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs, hosted a teleconference to discuss the Emergency Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-51. Industry participants included the North American Trainer Association and the Commemorative Air Force. These important discussions centered on the current situation and future actions by the industry groups. (read
Who Is P.I.C.? By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.
In an aircraft insurance policy, the “Pilot in Command” is defined as the “pilot responsible for the operation and safety of the aircraft during flight.” On the Declarations Page of the aircraft insurance policy the insurance specifies, among other things, who the insured is, the limits and coverage of insurance being provided, the purpose of use for the aircraft, a description of the aircraft, and names of the approved pilots.
Why is this important? Let me tell you about a conversation I had with an EAA Member and I think you’ll see the gravity of these two parts of an aircraft insurance policy and how airplane owners can sometimes misunderstand how their aircraft insurance applies. (read more)
Customer-Built RV-10s Make First Flights
Almost two years after the first successful flight, and 22 months after Van’s Aircraft received 81 orders for the kit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004, the first customer-completed RV-10s are taking to the air across the country.
The first flew in Owasso, Oklahoma on May 14. A few days later, another RV-10 flew in Oswego, Oregon. Friends John Stewart and Larry Feldhausen of Burlington, Colorado, flew two RV-10s for the first time on the same day.
At least 10 customer-built aircraft have now flown, all
built from standard kits. Vans says builders report weight and performance very close to published figures of 1,100 lb useful load; 195 mph cruise at 75 percent power; and gross weight take-off rolls of 500 ft.
About 450 RV-10s are under construction, and the company reports steady sales. For more information, visit
CZAW To Debut New LSA At EAA AirVenture 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
or call 801/420-6176.
Ukranian Light Sport Aircraft Being Considered For
U.S. Production Spectrum Aircraft Corporation is working with Ukranian aircraft producer Aeroprakt Ltd. in developing light-sport aircraft (LSA) versions of the A-20 Varlet and A-22 Valor for FAA certification, and production in the United States. “The tandem A-20 ‘Vista Cruiser’ has exceptional all-around performance and handling,"
said John Hunter, Spectrum president.
the shorter winged, 100 hp A-20 ‘Varlet’ handles even better and cruises at the maximum allowable LSA speed of 138
Aeroprakt has enjoyed record sales worldwide for the two single-engine designs and the company is in the process of doubling production in the fall of 2005 to 80 units annually. Spectrum has determined that both designs can be produced in the United States at competitive prices by using subassemblies built in Europe, and maintains that both designs are well proven for safety & durability.
For more information visit www.spectrumaircraft.com.
Alamo Aerospace Offers Engine STC for Cessna 172R
Alamo Aerospace, LP has been granted FAA Supplemental Type Certificate approval for an increase in takeoff and maximum continuous power to 180 HP for the Cessna 172R. In addition, the maximum takeoff and landing weight is increased to 2,550 lbs., which increases the useful load by 100 lbs.
This installation increases the performance and payload capability of the 172R to match that of the 172SP.
172R owners benefit with shorter takeoff distance, better rate-of-climb, increased cruise speed and increased useful load. For more information, contact Jack Sledge at Alamo Aerospace at 940/627-6709 or via email at
Mooney Extends Tour Past Oshkosh Resurgent Mooney Airplane Company has extended its coast-to-coast “Freedom Tour” beyond the end of July and its original destination, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, to the end of autumn. Begun in January, Mooney is using the tour to showcase its highly regarded, Garmin G1000-equipped Ovation2 and Bravo GX models, while highlighting activities designed to support and honor U.S. troops who are currently defending freedom both at home and abroad. For more information about the tour, visit
Diamond Selects Garmin G1000 For D-Jet Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. has selected the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system for its new D-JET personal aircraft. The G1000 flight deck for the D-JET will be available as a three-panel system with two 10" primary flight displays (PFDs), a centrally located 15" multi-function display (MFD), FMS controller, glare shield mounted Autopilot Controller, and dual AHRS/GPS/Magnetometer sensor system.
The Garmin G1000 is already being delivered on Diamond's DA40-180 Diamond Star and the DA42 Twin Star. The system integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, engine instrumentation and crew-alerting system data on brilliant high definition displays. For more information, visit
www.diamondair.com, www.diamond-air.at, and
Rod Machado Training Package Available Sporty’s
offers aviation instructor and humorist Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook
and Samurai Airmanship DVD in a special
package deal. The Handbook covers everything a beginning student needs to know, from weather regulations to cross-country navigation and airplane systems.
Samurai Airmanship features one of Machado’s classic presentations explaining how the code of the samurai and their discipline can be adapted for risk management and personal minimums.
Both are available for $34.95 and can be ordered online at www.sportys.com
or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.
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