July 22, 2005    Volume 5, Number 29


Sign Up for Your 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. Join EAA's “Allied Victory B-17 Tour” at the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration! To 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.

'Allied Victory'
B-17 Tour


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

July 25-31
Oshkosh, WI
EAA AirVenture 2005
Wittman Regional Airport


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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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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.
     e-Hotline Brings 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!
EAA AirVenture’s Member Village Bigger And Better For 2005
Four new exclusive member benefits unveiled
EAA’s Member Village is back at EAA AirVenture 2005, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, with more exclusive membership benefits to offer EAA members attending the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. The new benefits to debut at EAA Member Village during EAA AirVenture are made possible in partnership with LaserGrade, Aircraft Shopper Online, Hertz, and E-Z-GO Golf Carts. “Last year Member Village was a huge success, and we have made it even better for members this year by adding valuable new benefits and by enhancing the Member Village experience,” said Katrina Bradshaw, EAA’s director of membership.
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Light-Sport Aircraft Mall Readies For EAA AirVenture 2005
The first-ever Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) Mall will offer visitors a comprehensive look at a new category of aircraft designed to cater to the new sport pilot rule, during the 53rd annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
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Auction Nets over $6K for EAA Youth Education Programs 
Two chance-of-a-lifetime opportunities to golf with legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan and civilian astronaut/pilot Brian Binnie were purchased by the highest bidders in a unique auction conducted July 5-15 on eBay, raising $6,100 benefiting EAA Youth Education programs. These golf outings, advertised for Wednesday, July 27, will take place at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run (both Kohler Company, Wisconsin, properties).
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Pre-Submit Questions for Melvill-Crossfield, Harrison Ford Evening Programs
Monday night during EAA AirVenture, SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill shares the Theater in the Woods stage with the man he calls his idol, legendary test pilot Scott Crossfield. On Wednesday, Harrison Ford appears on stage. Both evenings will feature extended Q&A sessions, and we're giving everyone a chance to submit questions ahead of time via e-mail. Send your questions to master of ceremonies, Steve Buss, at sbuss@eaa.org. If you can't make it to the Theater, you can listen in on EAA Radio 1210 AM's live broadcast stream to hear if your question is asked!


Visit EAA Publications in Member Village
Got a question, complaint, or compliment about EAA Publications? You can deliver the message in person, as Editor in Chief Scott Spangler staffs the EAA publications booth at EAA Member Village every day during the convention from 2-3 p.m. EAA Member Village is located at the corner of Knapp Street and the main thoroughfare directly west of AeroShell Square.


John Deere 's EAA Partner Program AirVenture Specials
Learn more about EAA membership benefits at the EAA Member Village at AirVenture, 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:
    $200 off LT Lawn Riders
   $350 off LX and LTR Lawn Tractors
   $450 off GT and GX Lawn and Garden Tractors
   $600 off X400 and X500 Lawn and Garden Tractors
   $450 off 3000 and 4000 Series Tractors

Visit John Deere's large outdoor display just East of Exhibit Hangar A.

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.
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Wing Inspections Proceeding on the T-6/SNJ Fleet
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.
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NASA Aims for Tuesday Shuttle Launch
Expect 40-nm TFR at Kennedy Space Center 
NASA 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 Forums Scheduled
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)
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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.
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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 www.cubcrafters.com 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, www.flycolumbia.com.
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 www.ap-store.com.
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 www.flyhummel.com.

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