July 15, 2005    Volume 5, Number 28


EAA Joins Congressman Graves’ Second Fly-In
U.S. Congressman Sam Graves’ (R-Mo) second annual fly-in took place at his home airport (Gould Peterson-K57) in Tarkio, Missouri, on Saturday, July 9. EAA Vice President of Government Relations Earl Lawrence joined the Congressman, who is an EAA member, homebuilder, vice president of local EAA Chapter 1304, a good friend to EAA and of aviation.

More than 100 aircraft flew in for the event, which featured a traditional EAA pancake breakfast and several military fly-bys from area military bases. EAA also had its Young Eagles GlaStar at the event, the one outfitted with the multi-colored paint scheme from the 2005 Youth Art Contest.

Graves plans on attending Oshkosh for the 53rd annual EAA AirVenture Fly-In, which takes place July 25-31.

Still Space Available for an EAA AirVenture B-17 '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).

'Allied Victory'
B-17 Tour


July 15-17
Wausau, WI
Wausau Downtown Airport

July 19 – 21
Eau Claire, WI
Chippewa Valley Regional Airport

July 22-24
Madison, WI
Dane County Regional Airport – Truax Field

...then it's off to Oshkosh!


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Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services:

I have a Private Pilot certificate with a special issuance medical because of heart by-pass surgery.

Do I need to do anything special to exercise sport pilot privileges? It is my understanding that I do not need to do anything.

You are correct. There's nothing special you need to do in order to operate at the sport pilot level. Simply let your special issuance medical certificate expire at the end of it's term. At that point, you may begin operating at the sport pilot level using your valid US state drivers license in lieu of the medical certificate. You must continue to keep a valid flight review in your logbook, and you must operate only within the privileges and limitations of the sport pilot certificate. Also, if you are an aircraft owner, you should check with your insurance underwriter to make sure your insurance is still fully in force when you are operating as a sport pilot.

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July 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

Our 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 EAA website to download a copy of the July 2005 calendar.

EAA, IAC Plan AirVenture Tribute to Curtis Pitts
A warm and fitting tribute to the late aircraft designer Curtis Pitts is taking shape for this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In. Curtis, who passed away on June 10 at the age of 89, will be remembered with a special display featuring as many as a dozen representations of his famous designs, placed between the IAC building and AeroShell Square. There will also be a guest book where visitors can write down their special memories and recollections of Curtis that can be presented to his family.
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Members-Only After Hours Events at EAA Member Village
Melvill, Tucker, Scaled, Sport Pilot...and Pancakes!
The EAA Member Village at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh again hosts several special after-hours events this year exclusively for EAA members. On Wednesday, July 27, Mike Melvill stops by to give the inside scoop about his flights and work with SpaceShipOne and White Knight. On Thursday, industry, FAA and EAA specialists hold a sport pilot/light-sport aircraft panel and Q&A session. Friday features a chapter members-only social with Sean Tucker, consummate air show performer, including a Q&A session. Also Friday, chapters can have their photo taken for a great AirVenture memento. On Saturday join the Scaled Composites Design Team as they describe their various design projects including White Knight/SpaceShipOne and GlobalFlyer...EXTRA! On Sunday morning, join the Chapter Pancake Competition where EAA chapters compete for the best tasting pancakes, best pancake-flipping skills, and best presentation. For more information on after-hours events or to register for the pancake competition, please call 800-JOIN-EAA.
Read more about the EAA Member Village!
NAHF's Duggy to Make EAA AirVenture Debut
The “spokesplane” for the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s (NAHF) SkyReach educational program makes its EAA AirVenture Oshkosh debut this year. The bright, yellow smiling DC-3 known as Duggy debuted at Sun ‘n Fun last April and has since been making stops across the country. Its mission: to help teach children about the history of flight and the accomplishments of NAHF members with its trademark “Smile in the Sky.”
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Monnett to Receive ‘Key To The City’ Award
John Monnett, 2001 EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame inductee and founder of Sonex, Ltd., Oshkosh, will receive the 2005 City of Oshkosh/EAA Key to the City Award at the annual Mayor’s Breakfast held Friday, July 29, in downtown Oshkosh. Monnett is creator of 14 original aircraft designs and the first aluminum spring gear, which is standard in homebuilts today. John also popularized the use of the Volkswagen engine conversion, stating with the Super Vee in the early 1970s and progressing to the more refined Aero Vee.
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Auction Ends Friday, 3 p.m. Pacific (5 pm CT)
Last chance to bid on round of golf with Rutan/Binnie
The eBay bidding for a chance to play golf at Kohler, Wisconsin, with aviation icon Burt Rutan and SpaceShipOne pilot Brian Binnie wraps up today (Friday), July 15, at 3 p.m. Pacific time. Two exclusive golf packages are up for bid ; one at Blackwolf Run and the other at  PGA 2004 host Whistling Straights with proceeds to benefit the Gathering of Eagles. Click here to learn more or to place your bid.

John Deere Announces EAA Partner Program AirVenture Specials
Learn more about EAA membership benefits at the EAA Member Village at AirVenture to , including discounts on great John Deere equipment. Through August 31, 2005, EAA sponsor John Deere offers special pricing on several popular models through the EAA Partner Program. (EAA Partner Program discount is offered in addition to existing discounts). EAA specials include:
    $100 off LT Lawn Riders (total discount: $200)
   $200 off LX and LTR Lawn Tractors (total discount: $350)
   $300 off GT and GX Lawn and Garden Tractors (total discount: $450)
   $400 off X400 and X500 Lawn and Garden Tractors (total discount: $600)
   $250 off 3000 and 4000 Series Tractors (total discount: $450)


Stop by the Ford Hangar During EAA AirVenture
Don't forget to stop by the Ford Hangar at EA AirVenture Oshkosh! NASCAR's Ricky Rudd Autograph session, Monday 1-3 p.m; Legendary Carroll Shelby: Up Close and Personal Wednesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m; Racing, roll stability control, aircraft and Wright Flyer simulators; Motorcraft #21 NASCAR race car; Free Rockwell climbs; Auto show Concept Cars; Mustang ground and air demo during Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday air shows.

Get your free 2005 collector's hat and enter a drawing to win the racing grand prize - a VIP experience at the NASCAR Ford 400 in Miami. And get details on how EAA members can save on purchase/lease of eligible Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Volvo, Land Rover and Jaguars. 

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!
Weather Fails to Dampen the Arlington Spirit
Despite rainy weather that wound up lowering the overall aircraft turnout, the gate attendance was consistent and Arlington, Washington’s 37th annual Northwest EAA Regional Fly-In organizers are looking back at another successful event this week. “I am quite pleased with the preliminary results,” said Barbara Tolbert, fly-in director. “Friday was a wet day in the Northwest, and that’s usually one of our biggest days. The weather was quite challenging for pilots, so aircraft attendance was down, but the gate was not as affected as we feared, and Saturday was phenomenal, one of the biggest days ever.”
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EAA Holds First LSA Repairman Inspection Course
In yet another Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft first, EAA conducted the nation’s first LSA Repairman Inspection course for airplanes this past weekend at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All eight students passed the course, which was taught by EAA’s Joe Norris, senior aviation specialist and designated airworthiness representative for E-LSA, Special-LSA and amateur-built aircraft. Successful completion allows the graduates to perform annual condition inspections on any experimental-LSA (E-LSA) airplane they own.
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Join Sean Tucker For YE Webchat July 20
How did aerobatic champion Sean Tucker overcome his fear of flying to become one of the best in the industry? Ask him, or anything else on July 20 as Tucker joins the EAA Young Eagles monthly webchat from 7-8 p.m. CT. Tucker will also be in Oshkosh performing in several daily air shows during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005.
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EAA Mourns Loss of Younkin, Franklin in Air Show Accident
Aviation and the air show community suffered a tragic loss on Sunday, as Jim Franklin and Bobby Younkin died when their airplanes collided during an air show performance in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. “This is a tragic loss, as it is anytime this happens in the air show community, and our deepest condolences go out to each man’s family,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny, who as a member of the Red Devils and the Eagles Aerobatic Team until 1995, had flown in many air shows that also included Younkin and Franklin.
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Shuttle Launch Indefinite; TFR Expected
The Vickers Vimy World War I bomber replica that highlighted EAA AirVenture 2001 and landed at Oshkosh in May has successfully recreated history’s first transatlantic flight. EAA members Steve Fossett and Mark Rebholz flew the aircraft, NX71MY, from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Clifden, Ireland, July 2-3. The flight lasted a little over 18 hours with tail winds reported at 120 miles/100 kts per hour along the way.
EAAer Flying to the Four Corners
Steve Wood, and his GlaStar, N600F affectionately known as GOOFY, will visit EAA chapters in 11 states while flying Young Eagles and promoting flying for the disabled this month. Starting and finishing in Florida, Wood will travel to Texas, California, Nevada, Washington, Montana, Wisconsin, New York, Maine, Ohio and Maryland, reaching the four corners of the continental United States. The journey includes a planned stop at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 24-26.
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EAA Insurance Tip --
Learn More About the EAA Insurance Plan at
EAA AirVenture

By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

Aircraft insurance is one of those necessities that many pilot/owners don’t totally understand. They often don’t know if they are getting the protection they want at the best price. We all want to make sure we are buying aircraft insurance that will protect us if we damage our airplane or hurt someone. We also want to make sure we are getting the best price on our aircraft insurance. Furthermore, we also expect to receive good service.

Is your insurance agent really taking care of you? To find out, all you ever have to do is call the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan at 866/647-4EAA—or if you are planning to visit the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, you can meet the Falcon Insurance Specialists who handle the EAA Plan face-to-face.
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Fourth Eclipse 500 Makes First Flight
The fourth Eclipse Aviation 500 jet flew for the first time on July 9, the company reported this week. N505Ea is the fourth FAA certification test aircraft and the first of Eclipse’s two beta test jets, which will be tested under accelerated usage conditions to ensure superior reliability and functionality prior to first customer deliveries. Eclipse will make its first public flight demonstrations at the upcoming EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In. The demo is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Wittman Regional Airport.
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SpaceShipOne to be Formally Donated to NASM in September
The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) will later this year become the permanent home to SpaceShipOne, the first privately built and operated vehicle to reach space. Paul G. Allen, Microsoft co-founder and sole funder of SpaceShipOne, will hand over the first civilian spacecraft to the Smithsonian during a special ceremony at the museum's flagship building on the National Mall in Washington on September 28. SpaceShipOne, and its mother ship White Knight, make their only public appearance together at EAA AirVenture e Oshkosh 2005, arriving at 3 p.m. Monday, July 25, where it will be on display through July 31. 

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