September 2, 2005    Volume 5, Number 42


'Allied Victory'
B-17 Tour

Sept 2-4
Boston, MA
Lawrence Municipal Airport

Sept 6-7
Caldwell, NJ
Essex County Airport

Sept 9-11
Winchester, VA
Winchester Regional Airport
Fly The Ford!

Sept 1-5
Lee's Summit, MO
Lee's Summit Mun. Airport

Sept 7-11
Tulsa, OK
Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport

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This aerial shot shows the AirVenture homesteads of some of the more than 41,000 people who camped on convention grounds this past year.


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Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services:

Regarding your Repairman (LSA) Inspection-Airplane workshop:

On this page it states the following: FAA regulation §65.107 allows the owner of an Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft to earn a Repairman (LSA) Inspection rating.
§65.107(b) says: The holder of a repairman certificate (light-sport aircraft) with an inspection rating may perform the annual condition inspection on a light-sport aircraft:

Now my question: Do the graduates of your course have the privilege to perform inspections on ANY LSA they own? Or are they limited to EXPERIMENTAL LSAs?

Thanks for all you do!

You need to read the entire regulation to which you refer. Items number 1 through 3 of 14 CFR 65.107(b) contain your answers. Here' the entire regulation:

(b) The holder of a repairman certificate (light-sport aircraft) with an inspection rating may perform the annual condition inspection on a light-sport aircraft:
(1) That is owned by the holder;
(2) That has been issued an experimental certificate for operating a light-sport aircraft under §21.191(i) of this chapter; and
(3) That is in the same class of light-sport-aircraft for which the holder has completed the training specified in paragraph (a)(2)(ii) of this section.

As you can see, item (1) states that the aircraft must be owned by the repairman. Item (2) states that the aircraft must hold an experimental airworthiness certificate issued under 14 CFR 21.191(i), which means it must be an experimental/LSA. Item number (3) states that the aircraft must be in the same class of LSA for which the repairman has been trained (e.g., airplane, powered parachute, etc.).

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September 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

The world's only Dornier DO-24ATT graced the skies of Oshkosh during EAA AirVenture 2005 and was a popular display throughout the week at AeroShell Square. Visit the EAA website to download a copy for your desktop, featuring the September 2005 calendar.
Hurricane Aftermath Affects EAA Activities
B-17 appearances canceled; Sport Pilot Tour stop on hold
Because of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina, EAA has cancelled its B-17 “Allied Victory Tour” stops at Montgomery (Ala.) Regional Airport on Sept. 27-28 and New Orleans Lakefront Airport scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Advance flight reservations made for those tour stops will be refunded.
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EAAers Hope, Pray For Victims, Relief Efforts
The thoughts and prayers of EAA and its members throughout the world are with the victims and those still being threatened by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast region. EAA President Tom Poberezny expressed the thoughts of the organization, “This is truly a national tragedy, one that transcends all segments of society. We send our thoughts and prayers to those residents who have lost loved ones, who are now struggling to survive, those who lost their homes, their livelihoods. We’re shocked and grieving along with them.” EAA pledges its help however it can as soon as civic, state, and federal officials give the word.
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Analysis: Sport Pilot is One Year Old
EAA looks at where we are and what’s ahead
Thursday’s (September 1, 2005) first anniversary of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule marks an inaugural year highlighted by amazing advances in infrastructure and aircraft, along with a clearer picture of the challenges that must still be met to fulfill the promise of these new categories of airplane and pilot certification.
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EAA Hosts Second LSA Repairman Course
EAA hosted the second LSA Repairman Inspection course this past weekend at its headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as part of the SportAir Workshop series. Fifteen students passed the course taught by Buck Greenlaw. Successful completion of the course allows the graduates to perform annual condition inspections on any experimental-LSA (E-LSA) they own.
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EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council Urges FAA to Work on Backlog, Not Survey
The EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council (AAC) advises the FAA to focus its resources on the large backlog of special issuance cases instead of conducting a proposed survey to see if airmen are satisfied with the quality of service they receive from the Aerospace Medical Certification Division (AMCD). In official comments submitted this week regarding the proposed survey, the AAC says that the single issue affecting airman satisfaction with aeromedical services is the backlog--estimated from 100,000 to 140,000--of airman applications awaiting an aeromedical decision.
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October Brings Season’s Final Regional Fly-ins, Second Sport Aviation Expo
The 2005 fly-in season didn’t end with EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. A look at the October schedule has several events scheduled next month, including the ninth annual Virginia State Regional Fly-in October 1-2; the Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In October 6-9; and the Southeast Regional Fly-in (SERFI) October 7-9. Additionally, the second annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is scheduled for October.
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NAFI SP Symposium September 10 in Louisville
A sport pilot symposium for flight instructors presented by the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) – an affiliate of EAA – will take place September 10 in Louisville, Kentucky. The symposium will expose experienced flight instructors to the new world of light-sport aircraft and show them how to build their business in the new, emerging market.
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Make A Difference Day is October 22
Last year, EAA encouraged Chapters and members to participate in the annual Make A Difference Day sponsored by the Paul Newman Foundation, which highlights efforts to make differences in the lives of children. Response was very positive and dramatically demonstrated when the foundation selected EAA Chapter 501, Lincoln Park, New Jersey, to receive one of the ten $10,000 grants it awards for the event for the chapter’s efforts to help at-risk youths through the Young Eagles program. Make A Difference Day 2005 is Saturday, October 22, and EAA encourages Chapters to again join this nation-wide effort this fall. To learn more about Make A Difference Day, visit the USA Today website.
SWRFI Readies For Growth in 2006
The Southwest Regional EAA Fly-In (EAA Texas Fly-In) is planning for additional growth when the event returns to Hondo, Texas, May 12-14, 2006. Changes have been made to streamline the event’s administrative efficiency and streamline operations. Chairman of the Board and President of the event will now be two separate positions, both of which are currently held by Stan Shannon.
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EAA Insurance Tip --
Off-Airport Landings May Cause Unexpected Claims

By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

Aircraft insurance covers all sorts of damage to your aircraft in the event that something unexpected occurs. But what happens if you are forced to make an off-airport landing and, even if your aircraft emerges unscathed, you incur recovery charges to get your aircraft back to the airport?
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Full Eclipse Flight Test Fleet Flying High
Eclipse Aviation Corporation, manufacturer of the Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ), announced the successful first flight of its fifth flight test aircraft. The maiden flight of N506EA marks the completion of Eclipse’s flight test fleet, and reflects the company’s rapid advancement towards certification and first customer deliveries next year. N506EA will be used extensively for function and reliability testing under accelerated usage conditions.

“We now have all five of our FAA-conforming flight test aircraft in various stages of flight testing and will be building flight hours at an unprecedented rate over the coming months,” said Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn. “This fleet of test aircraft will allow us to meet our goal of achieving FAA certification for the Eclipse 500 early next year and delivering jets to customers shortly thereafter.”

The fatigue airframe is scheduled for completion by early fall and will then begin a testing program that will assess its endurance over the equivalent of two airframe lifetimes by certification in March 2006. For more information on Eclipse visit
FAA Website Provides Special Use Airspace Real-Time Information
The FAA recently announced a new website to provide real-time information about special use airspace including restricted areas, and Military Operations Areas. It is easy to use and a valuable information source for any pilot. To access the site, visit
Vortex Generators Approved for Beech Musketeer Series
Micro Vortex Generator (VG) kits for the Beech Musketeer Series (19A, B19, M19A, 23, A23, A23A, A23-19, A23-24, B23, C23, A24, A24R, B24R and C24R) from Micro Aerodynamics now have FAA STC approval. Each kit includes 82 VGs that are attached just aft and above the leading edge of the wing. 32 more are affixed to both sides of the vertical fin and 60 go on the underside of the stabilator. All installation tools, detailed drawings and instructions, templates, spare VGs, and Loctite Depend adhesive are included with the kits. Complete kits sell for $1,450, plus shipping and handling, and for an additional $100 they can be painted to match the aircraft’s base color. For more information visit Micro Aerodynamics on the web at
2006 Tennessee Mid-South Aviation Conference Announced
The Tennessee Mid-South Aviation Maintenance Conference will be hold its 40th aviation maintenance refresher seminar and Inspection Authorization (IA) Renewal program March 13-15, 2006, in Nashville, Tennessee.

All conference technical programs are approved for IA Renewal IAW FAR .93 (A)(4), and qualify for Phase 1 of the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Training Awards Program. Technical programs offered expose participants to an assortment of technical briefs and presentations covering subjects such as electrical installations, troubleshooting techniques, airworthiness and maintenance issues, and equipment upgrades. An expanded exhibitor area has also been added, featuring more than 60 vendors. All aircraft maintenance technicians are welcome to attend the seminar free of charge. Visit to register online, or contact Chairman Bob Minter at for more information. 
Symphony Aircraft Industries Raises $3.3 Million
Symphony Aircraft Industries (SAI) of Canada recently concluded a series of financing arrangements to bring $3.3 million of investment to the company. Financing includes $2.1 million of private equity $1.2 million long-term debt. The funds will be used to fuel the continuing and rapid growth of the company, which has received orders for 11 SA 160s featuring the Avidyne Entegra glass cockpit. Market interest has been very strong since it presented the world's first glass cockpit-configured, two-place aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in July. The company has sold out its planned production for 2005. For more information, visit
Nellis AFB Hosts Operation: Welcome Home
The men and women stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, host Operation Welcome Home, November 10-13 to honor Vietnam veterans. Participants will march in the Las Vegas Veterans Day Parade and Vietnam vets will be honored in official ceremonies celebrating the 30th anniversary of the end of America’s involvement in Vietnam. For more information on how you can participate, or for a current list of events visit
First Production Citation Mustang Flies
Cessna's first production Citation Mustang aircraft (serial number 0001) made its first flight on Monday this week, which Cessna says is one month ahead of schedule. The Cessna entry to the Very Light Jet market flew exactly two hours, performing basic systems and avionics checks, including engaging the autopilot, testing the airplane’s handling characteristics, performing operative gear and flap tests, activating the de-ice system, and evaluating engine response and performance. “We expect to achieve FAA certification in the fourth quarter of 2006,” said Russ Meyer III, Mustang Program Manager. “Having the first Mustang production unit enter the program early will certainly enhance our progress toward achieving that goal.”

The Citation Mustang, announced at the 2002 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention, has in excess of 230 orders. For more information, visit
NAA Names Public Benefit Award Recipients
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced five recipients of its 2006 Public Benefit Awards, recognizing the contributions of volunteer pilots and other individuals, groups, and organizations engaged in flying to help others. Recipients include: Bill Boulton, Oklahoma - Distinguished Volunteer Pilot Award; Stephan Fopeano, Los Angeles, California - Distinguished Volunteer Award. Angel Flight West and LightHawk, co recipients of the Outstanding Achievement in Support of Public Benefit Flying Award; Mission Coordinators from Angel Flight East, Angel Flight of Georgia, Angel Flight of Oklahoma, CairFlight, LifeLine Pilots, and the Volunteer Pilots Association each receive the Public Benefit Flying Team Award; and Alaska Airlines and Angel Flight West, Champion of Public Benefit Flying Award. (See full news release.)

The awards ceremony, Above and Beyond, has been scheduled for the September 26 in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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