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. Join EAA's “Allied
Victory B-17 Tour” at the World's Greatest Aviation
book an AirVenture flight or to learn more, visit the EAA B-17
website, or call 800/FLY-NB17 (800/359-6217). Tickets may also
be purchased at the EAA Member Village.
Q & A: Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services:
We are planning to be at Oshkosh 7-25 thru 7-31. We have built an Van's RV-9A and would like to have it judged.
What is the procedure?
When you arrive at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and register your aircraft, you will have the choice of whether or not you wish to have the aircraft judged.
All you need to do is indicate that you are indeed interested in having
your aircraft entered in the judging. EAA's judges will take
it from there.
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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
websiteto download a copy of
the July 2005 calendar.
AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 to You
Get a daily dose of the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration with
e-Hotline, EAA’s electronic newsletter. Every day throughout the
fly-in, we’ll bring EAA AirVenture highlights, as they appear in the official convention publication, EAA AirVenture Today. This year’s line-up features everything from sport pilot/light-sport aircraft to civilian space flight, vintage, warbirds, and the people who fly them. For those of you preparing for OSH, we can't wait to see you! For the rest of you, look for us every day in your in-box!
Attention: Flight Instructors Help Sought To Develop Online
EAA/NAFI Sport Pilot Flight Instructor Database
Demand for sport pilot flight instruction is building and EAA/NAFI need your help in getting potential students together with willing instructors. "The number one question right now on the EAA Sport Pilot Hotline is where can I get instruction?" said Charlie Becker, director of EAA Aviation Services. EAA and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) are responding by establishing a database of instructors willing to teach sport pilot students. (read more)
Wing Inspections Proceeding on the
The North American T-6/SNJ fleet is complying with Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2005-12-51, which requires that paint be removed and a fluorescent dye penetrant be used to look for defects in the aircraft's wing attach angles. The FAA has also approved an alternative means of compliance
(AMOC) allowing eddy current inspection for defects. Each of these methods has its good and bad points. (read more)
NASA Aims for
Tuesday Shuttle Launch Expect
40-nm TFR at Kennedy Space Center
says it hopes to
launch Space Shuttle Discovery at 10:39 a.m. local on
Tuesday, July 26. For a Tuesday launch, the official countdown will begin
on Saturday. FAA will place a 40 nautical mile temporary flight restriction (TFR) around the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. All aircraft operations within 40 nm of Kennedy up to FL 180 will be prohibited from early morning until early evening hours on the day of launch except for military aircraft, aircraft associated with Cape Canaveral operations, public safety aircraft and scheduled airline and cargo carriers operating under a TSA-approved security program. All VFR flights are prohibited within the 40-nm ring. Within 30 and 40 nm, aircraft must obtain a discrete transponder code and maintain continuous contact with ATC. Flights overflying the airspace must not exceed 180 knots.
Pilots should check with FAA Flight Service before take-off.
Military or law enforcement aircraft may intercept aircraft that violate restricted airspace.
Including the first launch attempt on Tuesday, there are at least
three other opportunities for Discovery to launch during the current launch
window (through July 31). NASA says it's considering additional launch opportunities in the first week of August.
EAA Insurance Plan
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.
If you are planning to be at Oshkosh next week for EAA AirVenture 2005, take the opportunity to learn more about your insurance coverage by attending one or more of the following EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan forums: Monday - 10 a.m. - Aircraft Insurance Issues for Pilots, Eastern Aviation Fuels Pavilion #2 Tuesday - 2:30 p.m. - Aircraft Insurance for Sport Pilots and Light Sport Aircraft Owners, Sporty’s Pavilion #6 Wednesday - 10 a.m. - NAFI Flight Instructors Professional Liability and Non-Owners (Renters) Aircraft Insurance Plan, Honda Generator Pavilion #9 11:30 a.m. - Understanding Aircraft Insurance, Air BP Pavilion #4 Friday - 8:30 a.m. - EAA Non-Owners (Renters) Aircraft Insurance Plan, Eastern Aviation Fuels Pavilion #2 11 a.m. IAC Aircraft Insurance Plan (at IAC Headquarters) (read more)
Five More Aircraft Receive S-LSA Certificates
Just in time for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, five more light-sport aircraft (LSA) models have earned special LSA (S-LSA) certification from the FAA, including: The Tecnam Bravo; Jihlavan Airplanes Kappa KP-5; American Legend’s Legend Cub; and two from Comco Ikarus, the C42 Ikarus and Breezer. This brings to 12 the number of models of LSA now certificated as S-LSA, all of which can be seen on display in the LSA Mall during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. (read
Ready-to-Fly Zodiac S-LSA Now Available
Aircraft Manufacturing & Development Company (AMD) manufactures the ready-to-fly Zodiac CH 601 XL (factory-built light-sport aircraft), while kits continue to be available through Zenith Aircraft, including a new quick-build version. “The Zodiac is ideally suited for the LSA category: it is all metal, tri-gear, roomy, has excellent visibility and handling characteristics, and uses the classic Continental 0-200 (100-hp) engine, same as the Cessna 150,” said John Degonia, AMD test pilot and sales manager. Stop and see the Zodiac at the Teledyne Continental exhibit (96-102) located in the Main Aircraft Display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. Prices, options and other information are posted on the AMD website at
www.newplane.com. For more about kit options, visit
www.zenithair.com or see their Oshkosh exhibit in the North Aircraft Display (424, 425, 430, 431).
CubCrafters Sport Cub Makes First Flight
CubCrafters newest airplane, the Sport Cub, completed its first successful flight on July 12 at Yakima Air Terminal, McAllister Field Airport. Founder and CEO Jim Richmond was at the controls for the initial flight. “It flew just as we knew it would, which is to say it flew like a Super Cub, except it’s lighter and in many ways more responsive because of its lower empty weight,” he said.
The standard Sport Cub features include the largest door and cabin in its class, full electrical system, lightweight starter, stow away rear seat for an even larger cargo area, fuselage welded cargo tie down points, adjustable pilot seat, aerodynamically balanced rudder and elevator, optional flaps, and an all-digital flat panel. Powered by a 100-hp Continental 0-200 engine, vortex generators and toe brakes are also standard equipment. For more information visit
or visit the CubCrafters display at Oshkosh.
Lancair Certified Becomes Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing
Corp. The Lancair Company, builder of the certified Columbia aircraft line, became the Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (CAM) this week. CEO Bing Lantis says the change was made to end public confusion between the certified and kit companies. “We’ve been building Columbia certified aircraft since 1998 and still today there is confusion between the two companies using the Lancair name” Lantis said. “Although we’re proud of our Lancair heritage, we feel that a new name is essential for creating a more unique identity for our certified aircraft.” CAM continues to hire new staff and capacity, with 41,000 square feet including three new hangars adjacent to the main manufacturing facility, one of which will house a new factory-owned upgrade and service facility. Visit Lancair at EAA AirVenture in the North Aircraft Display area as well as the newly redesigned website,
Sport Pilot Check Ride Book and Test Prep Kits Now Available
Sport Pilot expert Paul Hamilton offers a comprehensive guide to successfully completing Sport Pilot Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) training. The guide, “How to Pass the FAA Sport Pilot Practical Test,” is broken up into three specific parts: Specific Steps Needed to Obtain Your Goal; Sport Pilot “Check Ride” Guide-the Practical Test; and Instructor “Check Ride” Guide-the Practical Test. The new book is available separately or as part of three new Sport Pilot Test Prep Kits for Fixed-Wing Airplane, Weight-Shift control and Powered Parachutes. For more information or to order a test prep kit visit
UltraCruiser Quick-build Kit Now Available
Hummel Aviation’s UltraCruiser quick-build kit includes completed wing spars, welded parts, hardware, wheels and tires. Parts are pre-formed at the factory before shipping and most of the holes are predrilled, eliminating the need to build the kit on a beam. Hummel also offers an engine package that includes the 37-hp VW engine with aluminum cylinders, 54x22 prop with leading edge tape, spinner, oil temp, pressure and tach gauges, fuel filter, fuel system hardware, air filter and throttle cable. For more information, contact Hummel Aviation at 419/636-6700 or visit
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