September 16, 2005    Volume 5, Number 44


'Allied Victory'
B-17 Tour

Sept 16-18
Asheville, NC
Asheville Regional Airport

Sept 20–21
Greenville, SC
Greenville Downtown Airport

Sept 23–25
Atlanta, GA
Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field

Tennessee Tour Stop Added Sept. 27-28
Just in case you missed it, EAA's B-17 Allied Victory Tour has added Lebanon, Tennessee's Municipal Airport September 27-28 to take the place of an earlier cancellation forced by Hurricane Katrina.

Make your reservation today for Lebanon, TN, or other remaining tour stops, by visiting the B-17 website.

Fly The Ford!

This weekend marks the end of EAA's Ford Tri-Motor mini tour as the 1929 aircraft visits Whiteside County airport in Sterling/Rock Falls, Illinois, Saturday and Sunday. The aircraft then returns to Oshkosh and the the ever popular Fall Color Flights, October 8-9, from Pioneer Airport. To book a Fall Color Flight, visit the EAA AirVenture Museum website, or call 920/426-4886 or 920/426-6840.


Revisit EAA AirVenture

See this and other great images from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 in the EAA AirVenture Photo Gallery!

This exciting photo from volunteer photographer Dennis Biela captures air show performer, Kent Pietsch, landing his 1942 Interstate Cadet on a camper.


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For EAA Aviation Services

I hope to construct a short landing strip on my own property. I have been told that it is probably no problem if I'm flying an ultralight, but I plan to use it for a light-sport aircraft. But I cannot find requirements, regulations, possibilities etc. anywhere. Can you steer me in the right direction?

I live in San Diego County and have enough room for a 500-foot to as much as 900-foot strip.

The first place to start when considering a private landing facility is your local government. There are probably local zoning issues or ordinances that will need to be addressed with the municipal government before proceeding. Once the local issues are taken care of, the next step is to contact the state aviation authority, which in your case is the California Division of Aeronautics. They can help you with the establishment of the field, as well as coordination with the FAA.

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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.
Miss Champion Arrives at EAA’s Pioneer Airport
At about 10:58 Wednesday morning (September 14), Steve Pitcairn fired up his 1931 Pitcairn PCA-2 autogiro, Miss Champion, taxied out to Wittman Regional Airport’s runway 27, aimed it into a moderate but steady breeze and in a matter of seconds (and about 30 feet) was airborne. It was a sight to behold as the historic aircraft, NC 11609, gently lifted off the runway, climbed and headed over to EAA Pioneer Airport where it landed vertically in front of it’s eventual home, the Pitcairn Hangar at EAA’s Pioneer Airport.
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EAA Board Member Emeritus Gene Chase enjoyed building model airplanes when he was growing up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. In 1934 at the age of 10 he assembled a Fly-A-Way Pitcairn PCA-2 autogiro set purchased at Woolworth’s for 10 cents. On September 14, 2005, when Steve Pitcairn flew Miss Champion at EAA’s Pioneer Airport, Gene came to watch—and show Steve the model he assembled 71 years earlier. How did the model survive all these years? “My mother,” Gene said. “I flew in the Navy during World War II and she saved my favorite models for me. This is one that she saved.” After Wednesday’s flights at Pioneer, Gene showed Steve the model, as well as the original assembly plans.
Bob Nolinske, EAA# 3, Passes Away
EAA mourns the loss of Bob Nolinske, EAA #3, who passed away Sunday, September 11, at the age of 92. Bob, a resident of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, attended the first EAA meeting held in Milwaukee in January 1953 and served as secretary and treasurer of the organization until the early 1960s. Bob and his wife, Lois, were very active participants in EAA activities early on, working closely with Paul and Audrey Poberezny, doing everything from volunteer office chores to organizing the first EAA fly-ins.
EAA Chapter 513 Hosts Relief Fly-In Saturday
This weekend, the Louisiana Fly-In series continues about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans at the Houma-Terrebonne Airport (HUM). Host EAA Chapter 513 asks pilots who plan to attend to bring along something for hurricane evacuees, and proceeds raised will be forwarded to local hurricane relief efforts. Chapter President Randy Bazet said they were fortunate that Katrina did not veer west about 20 more miles, or many in his community would be suffering as are their neighbors to the east.
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NAFI Holds Sport Pilot Symposium in Louisville
Flight instructors gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, September 10 for a NAFI Sport Pilot Symposium at Aero-Tech on Bowman Field. The symposium, conducted by the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), provided experienced flight instructors with an introduction to the new world of light-sport aircraft. They heard expert advice on how to build their business by catering to the new pilot certificate and aircraft category.
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EAA To Participate in Georgia Sport Pilot Event
Sport Pilot Marketing Consultant Dan Johnson will represent EAA at the Georgia Sport Light Exposition in Calhoun, Georgia, September 24-25. This is the eleventh annual event hosted by the Georgia Sport Flyers at Tom B. David Field (CZL), modified this year to introduce the new light-sport aircraft market.

The event will feature static and flying displays of several different LSA, warbirds, and homebuilts, as well as various aviation exhibitors. Johnson will conduct two SP-LSA forums, and FAA Designated Light Sport Examiner Ben Methvin and a Light Sport DAR will also host daily seminars. For more information visit
EAA, FAA Make Finding a DAR For LSAs Easier
FAA Headquarters and its Light-Sport Aircraft Branch, along with EAA’s Aviation Services and Government Relations departments, have combined efforts to create separate lists of experimental and special light sport aircraft designated airworthiness representatives (E-LSA DARs and S-LSA DARs). These continuously updated lists are a great resource for aircraft owners wishing to arrange for inspections in a timelier manner.
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U.S. National Aerobatic Championships Sept. 25-30
More than 100 of the nation’s most highly skilled aerobatic pilots will contend in head-to-head competition for the U.S. National Aerobatic Championship title at the Grayson County Airport in Denison, Texas, September 25-30. The competition is organized by the International Aerobatic Club (IAC), a division of EAA and the governing body for aerobatics in the United States.
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Virginia EAAers Prepare For October Fly-In
The Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In takes place October 1-2 at at Dinwiddie County Airport (PTB) in Petersburg, Virginia. Hopes are high to break the 630-airplane attendance record with the addition of several exhibiting light-sport aircraft manufacturers and distributors at this 9th annual event. Highlights include 21 forums and workshops;; a daily pancake breakfast in the main hangar, the daily air show featuring Charlie Kulp, “The Flying Farmer”; Ron Saglimbene in a Siai Marchetti SF260; Charles Schwenker in his Extra 300; Bill Finagin, S2C Pitts; and the first appearance by The Hanover Radio Control Group.

Volunteers are still needed! Anyone volunteering for a minimum of four hours will receive lunch each day and a free pass to Saturday’s volunteer dinner. Complete information is available at

Important note to those flying in: Due to new parking areas, if you want fuel, please display a GAS sign or indicate "yes" when taxiing by the signs along the parallel taxiway that read, "GAS?". The lineman will then direct you to a special parking area where a fuel truck is located.
AirVenture DVD Coming in October
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 will be remembered as perhaps the best all-around convention ever, and you can preserve those memories by getting your copy of the 2005 AirVenture video, produced by the EAA Television staff. The annual video, featuring SpaceShipOne, GlobalFlyer, Glacier Girl, and all the other highlights from the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, is scheduled for release in early October. To pre-order your copy today in either DVD format ($24.99) or VHS (19.95), call EAA membership at 800/JOIN-EAA (564-6322).
Chapter, Squadrons: 2006 EAA B-17 Tour Forming
With several weeks remaining on EAA’s “Allied Victory B-17 Tour” organizers are busy planning next year’s tour locations. If your EAA Chapter or Warbirds of America Squadron is interested in hosting a 2006 tour stop, we need to hear from you. Please call Sue Strehlow, 920/426-6840 or to indicate your interest. You can also go online at, download the application form, and mail to EAA. Whichever method you choose, please contact EAA headquarters no later than October 1, 2005, to be considered for the 2006 schedule.
Reno National Championship Air Races Continue Through Sunday
Biplane, Formula One, Sport, T-6, Jet and Unlimited: These six aircraft classes compete this week at the 42nd Reno National Championship Air Races at Stead Field. More than 140 pilots and aircraft are registered to compete over the five-days of ultimate air racing that runs through Sunday, September 18. Also included is an air show featuring top aerobatic performers, military and civil flight demonstrations, and a large static aircraft display. Attendees are also invited to visit the pits and watch race teams work on their aircraft. For more information, including daily race results, visit
Eclipse 500 Completes FAA Certification Static Testing
Eclipse Aviation has successfully completed airframe static testing for the Eclipse 500very light jet (VLJ). The FAA has cleared the Eclipse 500 to an initial 10,000-hour lifetime, which is significantly higher than typical approvals. Static testing, which rigorously tests airframe loads to the design maximum and could, in some instances, test to failure, was conducted throughout the airframe. Testing included the wings, fuselage, and flight control systems. All tests were completed successfully without failure, eliminating the need for any redesign or re-testing.

Another test airframe will undergo fatigue testing next spring to validate structural continued airworthiness. The FAA has granted an initial 10,000 hours of operations limit at type certification early next year. The extension beyond 10,000 hours will be based on the results of fatigue testing and is expected to be more than 20,000 hours. For more information visit
CPS To Host Rotax Repair Seminars
California Power Systems, Inc. (CPS) will host two Rotax repair seminars in January 2006, including a repair station qualifier seminar January 19-21, and a Rotax 912-914 operator seminar January 22-24. Both will be held at CPS’ Sal Leandro, hosted by Rotax factory-trained technician Eric Tucker. Sessions cover all aspects of engine repair and maintenance, including engine rebuild, disassembly and discussion of correct procedures and maintenance. Class size for both seminars is limited. For more information call 510/357-2403 or e-mail Creates Sport Aircraft Regional Center has established a sport aircraft center with South Lakeland Sport Aviation at South Lakeland Airport, to provide light-sport aircraft (LSA) sales, service and flight training for all of Florida.
South Lakeland Sport Aviation currently functions as a dealer for several different ultralight and light aircraft designs, and will add the C42 and Breezer LSAs. Both aircraft are manufactured in Germany and were recently granted LSA certification. The Russian Sigma design will also be added to the showroom when certificated. For more information, visit
Viperjet Exceeds 500 mph in Recent Flight Test
Viper Aircraft reports this week that its Viperjet MKII prototype has flown 517 mph, surpassing its projected true air speed of 300 knots at 25,000 feet. Professional test pilot, Len Fox flew the aircraft through several exercises to test fore and aft center of gravity limits, stalls, and aerobatics. The two-place, tandem aircraft is designed and manufactured by Viper Aircraft Corporation of Pasco, Washington. The Viperjet is a stable IFR platform with a 77-knot stall speed powered by the General Electric J-85/CJ-610 (2850 lbs of thrust). For more information, visit, call 509/543-3570 or 509/521-6859.
Chelton Digital Auto Pilot Approved For Cherokee Six and Cessna 210
The FAA has granted STC approval for installation of the new Chelton digital AP-3C autopilot in Cherokee Six and Cessna 210 aircraft. The company already has approval for installation in the Cessna 172, 182, 177 and 310, Beechcraft’s Baron and Travel Air, and the Piper Cherokee family as well as the Apache and Aztec. The autopilot is the first developed for general aviation aircraft with vertical nav steering (VNAV) when coupled with an EFIS, WAAS GPS, or FMS. STC applications for the Piper Arrow, Grumman Cheetah, Mooney, V35 Bonanza, Twin Commander and Bushawk have also recently been approved. For more information, visit
Montana College of Technology Offers New Aviation Program
The College of Technology in Bozeman, Montana, has a new Associate of Applied Science degree program in aviation. The program for professional pilots includes aeronautic ground school courses and general education classes to supplement practical training provided by an approved commercial flight school. Students may choose to take flight training at any point and may enter the program having already completed the training. Completion requires a contract with a flight school recognized by the Aviation Program Advisory Council for flight training, leading to a private pilot certificate, commercial pilot certificate, and an instrument rating. For more information contact the College of Technology in Bozeman at 406-994-5536 or visit

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