August 19, 2005    Volume 5, Number 40


FAA Flight Plan Suffixes to Change September 1
Effective September 1, 2005, pilots filing an FAA flight plan will be required to use a new set of aircraft equipment suffixes to indicate advanced RNAV and RVSM capabilities. The change marks the final phase of the plan announced in October 2004 that outlined a phased approach for operators to more accurately describe their aircraft’s advanced RNAV and RVSM capabilities.

Pilots should not use the new suffixes before September 1, as this may result in a rejection of the flight plan. For a full listing of the new suffixes, visit
the FAA website.

'Allied Victory'
B-17 Tour

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

Aug 23-24
Cleveland, OH
Lorain County Regional Airport

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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.
EAA Suggestions Would Help Solve Ultralight, Pilot Conversion Dilemma
In official comments submitted to the FAA this week, EAA provides several solutions that would facilitate timely and orderly transition and compliance with the year-old Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA) rule. The comments were made in response to the United States Ultralight Association’s (USUA) petition for a two-year extension to various transition deadline dates placed on the ultralight community. 
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Wathen Foundation Launches Charter High School at Flabob Airport
Building on the success of its satellite EAA Air Academy program, the Thomas Wathen Foundation will launch Wathen Aviation High School at Riverside, California’s Flabob Airport this coming school year. Twenty-five students will begin a four-year course of study at the new charter school on September 6.
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EAA of Canada Founding Member, 
Herb Cunningham, Passes Away

Herb Cunningham, a founding member of the Experimental Aircraft Association of Canada (EAAC) and its first president, passed away on August 11 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 72. Herb also served most currently as Chairman of the Board for the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA).

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Celebrate Aviation's 'Good Ol' Days' This Weekend
This weekend ushers in the 5th annual EAA "Good Ol' Days of Aviation" celebration at Pioneer Airport, Oshkosh, where visitors can experience the early days of air travel. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities that will bring the excitement and adventure of flight's Golden Age back to life. And for you mystery lovers, don't forget about the Aviation Murder Mystery, "Murder in the Air," taking place on both Friday and Saturday nights.
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Special Young Eagles Rally From EAA Chapter 74 and Tuskegee Airmen
On a steamy, hot morning at Orlando Executive Airport’s Shelt Air FBO hangar, more than 120 youths and their adult supervisors, parents and friends turned out for a rare (for Florida) summer Young Eagles Day. EAA Chapter 74 and the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., jointly sponsored the special rally, which served as a special kick-off to this week’s 34th Annual Tuskegee Airmen’s National Convention.
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Canada EAA SportAir Sheet Metal Workshops Set
Two Canadian locations have been added to host EAA SportAir Workshops in September. The extremely popular Sheet Metal Basics course will be offered on successive weekends; September 17-18 in Ottawa, and September 24-25 in Toronto.

Each two-day workshop, taught by EAA Canadian Council and Homebuilt Aircraft Council member Jack Dueck, provides basic sheet metal methods and a solid understanding of the construction method. For more information or to enroll, contact Dueck at 403/815-9384, or Course size is limited, so call today!
Explore Aviation's Past at EAA Fantasy Flight Camps
Throughout the spring and summer, EAA hosts hundreds of youths at the beautiful Air Academy Lodge, imparting aviation education and fun. But why should kids have all the fun? Make plans for yourself, your spouse--or both--to attend one of EAA’s Fantasy Flight Camps this fall. (Gift certificates also available.) Spend a weekend at the beautiful EAA Air Academy Lodge, and break away on a journey into aviation’s glorious past.
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Missouri Flight School Offers Accelerated Sport Pilot Training Package
Dennis Bamtton, owner of fixed-base operator St. Charles Flying Service in St. Charles, Missouri, is launching one of the United States’ first sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) flight training centers. Back in April, he and his chief pilot attended the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, checked out several new light-sport aircraft (LSA), and decided the Evektor SportStar would serve their purpose.
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Work Begins on L-19 “Bird Dog” Restoration
Prospects for restoring a Cessna L-19 “Bird Dog” to display condition, perhaps even airworthiness, are promising, says the founder of a Minnesota EAA Chapter charged with the project. Divers recovered the single-engine military plane August 13 after it laid submerged under 40 feet of water for nearly 47 years in Green Lake near Spicer, Minnesota. It crashed into the lake in October 1958 killing Minnesota National Guard Pilot, Captain Richard P. Carey.
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3rd Annual Big Country AirFest September 24
Abilene, Texas EAA chapter 471 will host the third annual “Big Country AirFest” at the Abilene Regional Airport September 24, 2005. Featured attractions include an aviation tradeshow, a Falcon Flight formation-flying clinic, and static displays featuring Cessna, Bonanza, Swift, and Warbird associations. The Air Force will also participate in several aerial demonstrations with the C-17 Globemaster and B-1b Lancer bomber. An air show is scheduled from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and several classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will also be on display. After the air show, dinner will be served at the EAA “T” hangars with music provided by a live country western band. An award presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. For more information visit
Sean DeRosier Memorial Scholarship Takes Flight
Applications are being accepted through September for the ICAS Foundation’s first “Sean DeRosier Memorial Scholarship.” Pilots ages 18-31 who reside in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, or Idaho are eligible to apply. The scholarship is for aerobatic flight training or schooling to obtain an A&P license. The fund was initiated with a donation from the organizers of the MCAS Cherry Point Air Show and Sean D. Tucker to honor air show pilot and ICAS member Sean DeRosier who died while performing at the MCAS Miramar Air Show in San Diego last October. For application materials and submission instructions, visit The 2005 scholarship winner will be announced during the ICAS Convention in December. 
Air Show Hall of Fame Class of 2005 Announced
The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation will induct Bill Sweet, Bob Herendeen and Wayne Handley into the Air Show Hall of Fame this December during the ICAS convention in Orlando, Florida.

Bill Sweet’s National Air Shows productions helped define the air show business in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s. He carried on the image of a traveling aerial circus with a collection of diverse and amazing pilots, aircraft and acts developed during aviation’s barnstorming days.

Bob Herendeen became U.S. National Aerobatic Champion in his S-1C Pitts in 1966. That same year he also competed in the World Championships in Moscow, arousing considerable interest in Europe.

Wayne Handley will always been remembered for his many contributions to the air show industry, from his vision and innovation in designing the Turbo Raven to his safety advocacy and his world records.
Warbird Adventures SNJ-6 Airworthy Again
After nearly a year in the repair shop, Warbird Adventures’ SNJ-6 “Texan 1” (N451WA) is back up and flying again. The last of four WA aircraft to be rebuilt following damages suffered during Hurricane Charley in August 2004, work was finished on August 4, and all necessary inspections have been completed. Flights are available daily in “Texan 1” and Warbird Adventures’ Bell 47 turbine-engine helicopter. The other SNJ-6s will be rejoining the fleet in mid-September as soon as their Summer Tour has been completed. For more information, check out the WA website at
Open House at New West Coast Extra Dealer
Extra Aircraft is continuing to grow its U.S. dealer network with the expansion of one of its current dealers, USAero of Denver, to Long Beach, California. USAero-Long Beach will hold an open house this Saturday, August 20, from 1-6 p.m. PDT to kickoff the opening of the 12,500-square-foot sales and delivery center. The sales center also features Diamond and Mooney aircraft. An associated service center is located two doors down from the facility. The public is welcome to meet the USAero and Extra sales and management teams. An EA-300 aerobatic plane will be on display alongside Extra’s newest addition, the six-place turboprop EA-500. Demo flights will be available. For more information visit or call 717/394-9797.
Klein Tools Introduces Two New Tool Sets
Klein Tools is offering a six-piece tri-mount set that includes a heavy-duty cutting 2000 Series 9-inch high-leverage side-cutting pliers; a Klein-Kurve wire stripper/cutter; a 4-inch round shank No. 2 Profilated Phillips-tip screwdriver; ¼-inch cabinet-tip screwdriver with a 4-inch heavy-duty round shank; and a 4-pocket tool pouch. The six-piece trim-out set also includes a complimentary Klein lightweight utility belt.

Klein also has a limited edition, two-piece performance set available that includes a pair of Journeyman heavy-duty cutting long-nose pliers and a Journeyman crimping/cutting tool. Buyers receive a free t-shirt featuring the Klein-sponsored Indy racecar driven by Dan Wheldon. For more information, visit
Gregg Williams Named CEO of Williams International 
Gregg Williams, president and chief operating officer of Williams International, was named chief executive officer by Chairman Sam Williams. The new CEO has been acting in that capacity for some time, leading the company through a period of strong growth during which total sales more than doubled. With facilities in Walled Lake, Michigan, and Ogden, Utah, Williams International has become the world’s largest producer of small turbofan engines for business aircraft and small turbojet and turbofan engines for the military. Their engines’ thrust range is from 100 to 3,500 pounds. Williams is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. For more information, visit 
Stratomaster Ultra Horizon XL Has New Features has the new Ultra Horizon XL that combines all the functions of previous Ultra models into one instrument. It has two user-configurable screens that can be swapped at a push of a button. One screen can be configured to show primary flight instruments while the other attitude indicator and engine monitoring information. All screen items can be enabled or disabled easily. Most screen items have several display options (e.g: Altimeter dial, tape, or digital-only), and all screen items can be moved around the display for custom layout.

Other features: 12-channels of CHT/EGT; manifold pressure; and up to two fuel levels. Use the free PC software package to easily customize your Ultra. Complete packages, then simply download later. Cost: from $1,250 (or $2,125 including attitude/heading) Visit the website for more information.

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