August 12, 2005    Volume 5, Number 39


Second Half of B-17 Allied Victory Tour Underway

The second half of EAA’s wildly successful Allied Victory Tour, featuring the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center’s B-17G Fuddy Duddy, is well underway. This week features tour stops in Aurora, Illinois, Terre Haute, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Join EAA as we commemorate the end of World War II by honoring the men, women and aircraft that sacrificed for the cause of liberty. During this national tour, people have an opportunity to experience ground tours as well as fly actual missions.

For more information, including a complete schedule of tour stops that run now through November 20, visit Or you can contact EAA’s B-17 Tour office at 800/359-6217. Special rates on flights are available for EAA members, and group rates are available for ground tours for schools or other large groups. Fuddy Duddy’s crew is available at each stop to answer questions.

'Allied Victory'
B-17 Tour

Aug 12-14
Aurora, IL
Aurora Municipal Airport

Aug 16-17
Terre Haute, IN
Terre Haute International-Hulman Field

Aug 19-21
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Municipal Airport – Lunken Field


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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services:

Okay, I give up.

Some places seem to indicate that if I go buy a Legend Cub, I can fix it myself and get somebody else to inspect it for the annual.

Other places suggest that only an LSA maintenance guy or A&P mechanic can fix it. Which is it?

(You might want to put this one in the "Question of the Week," since more than a few people out here are confused over this.)

You’re absolutely right; it’s confusing to many people. But don't give up. There are two separate issues at work here, maintenance done throughout the year, and the condition inspection required every 12 months.

A special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) must be maintained and inspected in accordance with the manufacturers maintenance and inspection procedures. The FAA allows S-LSA manufacturers to specify what maintenance and inspection is required, how to do it, who can do it, and when it must be done. Therefore it may be different for different manufacturers. One manufacturer may allow an owner to replace a spark plug in accordance with a specified procedure and interval, while another manufacturer may require a repairman with a maintenance rating to replace the same spark plug. Documented maintenance and inspection procedures are required for S-LSA under the consensus standards and since the Legend Cub is certificated as an S-LSA, you should ask to see a copy of their maintenance and inspection procedures to determine what they require.

The second issue is pretty cut and dried. The FAA specifies in FAR 91.327 and the aircraft operating limitations that 12-month condition inspections be done by an A&P mechanic, rated repair station, or repairman certificate holder with a maintenance rating. The inspection must be performed in accordance with the manufacturer’s maintenance and inspection procedures.

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August 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

An often-seen scene during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 was crowds of attendees surrounding perhaps the main star of the convention White Knight /SpaceShipOne. Dennis Biela, a member of the EAA Photo Team, used a fisheye lens to capture this unique image. Visit the EAA website to download a copy for your desktop, featuring the August 2005 calendar.
Submerged For 47 Years, L-19 Bird Dog to be Raised Saturday
EAA Chapter to Restore Warbird Recovered from Minnesota Lake
Members of EAA Chapter 1172 in Willmar, Minnesota, have volunteered to restore a Cessna L-19 Bird Dog that plunged into nearby Green Lake nearly 47 years ago. The Army airplane, which will be removed from the lake on Saturday, August 13, crashed on October 15, 1958, killing pilot Capt. Richard P. Carey of Willmar. Carey’s body was found two weeks later, but the aircraft was never recovered. 
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EAA Mourns Loss of a Young Eagles Pioneer
Robert G. Swanson, President of EAA Chapter 939, Southport, North Carolina, and one of EAA’s most prolific Young Eagles flight leaders, died as a result of an airplane crash on Sunday, August 7. He was 62.
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Celebrate Aviation's "Good Ol' Days" With EAA
Experience the early days of air travel at EAA's "Good Ol' Days" living history weekend on August 20-21 at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. The fifth annual event features a variety of family-friendly activities that will bring the excitement and adventure of flight back to life.
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EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour Resumes August 27
EAA is again touring its rare 1927 Ford Tri-Motor passenger airliner late this summer, offering a one-of-a-kind flight experience to the public in selected cities throughout the Midwest. The Tri-Motor "mini-tour" runs August 27-September 18, with five stops in Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Illinois.
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New Zealand EAA Member Wins Quilt Block Contest
Once again, EAA members' meticulous artistry shone through for the 4th EAA Airplane Quilt Block Contest. An exhibit will be available for viewing through December 2005 at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Sincere thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to the following winners. 1st place - Arlene Smith, Auckland, New Zealand - Daughter of the Skies; 2nd - Jean Ayres, Belton, MO - Fine Owl Approach; 3rd - Lynette Reynolds, Danville, IN - It's a Wrap; and 4th - Audry Toews, Canada - Plane Crazy. Visit the EAA AirVenture website for photos of the winning work.
EAA Patch Jacket Contest Sees Strong Turnout
Jim Sonnleitner of Oshkosh EAA Chapter 252 is Grand Champion of the 2005 Grand Champion EAA Patch Jacket Contest, which returned to AirVenture this year after two years. More than 30 entries were submitted, each with its own special history and stories about past trips to Oshkosh.
Sonnleitner replaced his original jacket because he ran out of room to display new EAA patches. His Grand Champion Patch Jacket is now "good for eight more years," he says.

Thanks to Glen Goodman and Carol Stadler for handling entry processing.

Satellite Distress Frequencies to End in 2009
The Cospas-Sarsat Program plans to terminate satellite processing of distress signals from 121.5 and 243 MHz emergency beacons on February 1, 2009. Users of the system will have to switch to emergency beacons operating at 406 MHz, which are more reliable and provide search and rescue agencies complete information that they need to do their job, in order to be detected by satellites. 

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are responsible for regulating the safety of ships and aircraft on international transits. False alerts associated with the 121.5 MHz frequency inundate search and rescue resources, which impacts the effectiveness of lifesaving services.

For more information please visit
CubCrafters Experiences Successful EAA AirVenture Week
CubCrafters confirmed 24 orders for new aircraft during EAA AirVenture 2005. Sport Cub made its official worldwide public debut at the show, while Top Cub made its first appearance at Oshkosh since receiving its FAR Part 23 type certification in December 2004. 

Of the 24 new aircraft orders, 12 were placed in a single order by CubAir Flight Academy, which plans to use the Sport Cub as its primary training platform for new sport pilots. New orders were also taken for 2005 Top Cubs. At the conclusion of the show, the total new aircraft backlog for the company stands at approximately 55 units. As of early August 2005, the next available Sport Cub delivery positions are late in the second quarter of 2006, with the first Sport Cub customer deliveries planned for late 2005. For more information, visit
Eclipse Secures $26 Million Order With OurPLANE
OurPLANE Inc., is Eclipse Aviation’s first fractional aircraft fleet customer after placing a 20 jet order of Eclipse 500 aircraft valued at over $26 million. OurPLANE will offer the Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ) to both GA pilots and small-to-medium sized businesses throughout its 15 “Executive Program” locations in North America. Customers can buy a fractional share on a brand new, fully loaded Eclipse E500. “This is unprecedented and marks an entire new era,” says Graham Casson, OurPLANE founder and CEO. “Now virtually every person who travels—pilot, business owner or otherwise—can afford their own private, personal jet thanks to Eclipse and OurPLANE.” Casson said shares start at $349,900, with fixed costs of $3,500 and hourly operating costs of $369. OurPLANE currently operates 22 new Cessna and Cirrus aircraft in both Canada and the United States. For more information visit
Sigma Signs With, Awaits FAA Certification
An enthusiastic audience has developed for the futuristic looking design of the Russian-manufactured Sigma aircraft, and interest has done nothing but increase since its display at the LSA Mall at EAA AirVenture 2005. has signed an agreement to represent the marketing, sales and service interests of the Sigma in North America. “The response during and immediately after AirVenture was significant,” said CEO Josh Foss. “The week after AirVenture, we got dozens of phone calls on the aircraft. People are really excited about the style of that design.” The Sigma is now in Florida where it is nearing LSA certification. plans to take it out on a national tour while the factory in Russia focuses on meeting the ASTM standards for LSA manufacturing. For more information, visit or call 801/420-6176. 
Enstrom 408B Enters the UK
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation recently delivered its fourth 480B turbine helicopter to Eastern Atlantic Helicopters, a nine-year United Kingdom dealership located in West Sussex. Two are primarily based out of the country; one to shuttle its owner back and fourth from northern France into the UK; and the other based in Southern Ireland, making it the first 480B there. Founded in 1959, Enstrom also manufactures the three-seat, piston-powered F28F and 280FX. For more information visit and
King Schools Online Offers High-Altitude Endorsement Ground Course
Pilots can now get thorough, practical, and useful high-altitude ground training in less than two hours with King Schools Online’s High-Altitude Endorsement Ground Training Course. The course covers all the FAA ground training requirements in 61.31(g)(1) including High-Altitude Aerodynamics; High-Altitude Meteorology; Respiration and Hypoxia; Using Supplemental Oxygen; Pressurization; and FAA Oxygen Requirements.
The introductory price is $249. To sign up, visit or call 800/854-1001.
Unison to Provide Lycoming Complete Piston Ignition Systems
At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, Unison Industries and Textron Lycoming announced a three-year, $10 million agreement where Unison will provide complete piston ignition systems for Lycoming engines. Lycoming is an operating division of Textron’s Avco Corporation subsidiary, specializing in the manufacture and support of piston aircraft engines. More than half of the world’s general aviation fleet—both rotary-wing and fixed-wing—is powered by Lycoming piston engines. Textron Inc. is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 44,000 employees in 40 countries. For more, visit

Unison is a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Transportation, leading the industry in the design and manufacture of electrical and mechanical components, sensors, and systems for aircraft, industrial, marine, and space uses. For more information, visit
Ross Aviation, LLC Acquires Scottsdale AirCenter
Ross Aviation, LLC, and Centre Partners announced the acquisition of Scottsdale AirCenter, the premier fixed base operation (FBO) at Scottsdale (Arizona) Airport. Scottsdale AirCenter represents Ross Aviation’s second FBO investment since its formation in December 2004. Scottsdale AirCenter is a full-service FBO serving the greater Phoenix region. The 11.6-acre facility includes 77,000 square feet of hangar space; 690,000 square-feet of concrete ramp; and 22,000 square feet of executive terminal, pilot lounge, and office space. The acquisition also includes a 7.5-acre parcel that will add capacity for 95,000 square feet of hangar space and 35,000 square feet of office space. Construction is scheduled to start late this year. 

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