September 30, 2005    Volume 5, Number 46


EAA 2006 'World of Flight' Calendar Now Available

Some of the world's finest aviation photography, including exclusive air-to-air photos of White Knight/SpaceShipOne, showcase the best of recreational flying in EAA's 2006 "World of Flight" calendar. That calendar, the latest in EAA's award-winning series, is now available just in time for the holiday season.
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Fuddy Duddy Set to Resume EAA's Allied Victory Tour

EAA's Allied Victory B-17 Tour will resume the Allied Victory Tour October 7-9 at the Gwinnett County Airport near Atlanta. As we reported last week, the aircraft was ferried to Oshkosh for required maintenance, forcing cancellation of a mid-week tour stop in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The rest of the tour schedule remains unaffected.
Those with questions should contact the tour at 800/FLY-NB17. Visit the B-17 website for further updates.

Revisit EAA AirVenture

One of the more illustrative photos from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh was shot by Dennis Biela and features the canard area populated by Burt Rutan-designed aircraft.

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


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October 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

Those who saw one or more of the special heritage flights during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 will never forget the sight – some of the most successful fighter aircraft in our nation’s history flying in close formation, including the P-38 Glacier Girl; an F-16 Fighting Falcon; an F-4 Phantom; and a P-51 Mustang. You can have this historic image on your computer desktop simply by visiting the EAA website.
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U.S. Aerobatic Championships Wrap Up Friday
After an intense week of competition between some of the nation’s best aerobatic pilots, the U.S. National Aerobatic Championship will wrap up Friday, September 30, at the Grayson County Airport in Denison, Texas. The championships will help select eight U.S. Advanced Team members who will go on to compete against top pilots from over 20 countries at the 2006 Advanced World Aerobatic Championships, October 5-15, 2006. Results as of Thursday, September 29: Hector Ramirez placed first in the Advanced category and Bennett Merrimon took first in the Glider Intermediate category. Current leaders in the remaining categories include: Kirby Chambliss (Unlimited); Doug Bartlett (Intermediate); Jason Dusel (Sportsman); Sam Tilleman (Primary); and Michael Fitzsimmons (Glider Sportsman).

Competitors are graded on their technical ability against the other pilots throughout the week with known and unknown flights and a freestyle program performed in front of a panel of trained judges. For the latest results, visit
Georgia Sport Light Expo Draws 500-Plus  
Interest in the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rule continues to grow, evidenced by the more than 500 people who attended the Calhoun Georgia Sport Light Expo in last weekend. Representing EAA was SP/LSA consultant Dan Johnson, who gave two well-attended forums and handed out hundreds of new EAA Sport Pilot Sourcebooks. At least 100 aircraft arrived during the event, Johnson reported. “Lots of folks took rides in LSA and other aircraft, plus there was a good number of Young Eagles flights.”
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Virginia EAAers Expect Record Turnout This Weekend
At least eight Light Sport aircraft manufacturers will be new at the 9th Annual Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In scheduled for October 1-2 at the Dinwiddie County Airport (PTB). Twelve other aircraft manufacturers are also confirmed to appear. If the weather cooperates the Regional Fly-In should break its 630-plane record for the weekend.

The good news is the forecast looks excellent, which would be a nice break for the Virginia EAAers: in 2004, the event was largely curtailed when Hurricanes Isabel struck in the area, while in 2003, Hurricane Ivan caused the event to be canceled.

Admission is a $10 requested donation for 14 years and older. Children 13 and under are free and parking is free. Under-the-wing camping is free, and RV camping is a $10 per night donation.
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SpaceShipOne Unveiling Next Week at NASM
SpaceShipOne, the first privately built and piloted vehicle to reach space, will be officially unveiled at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum next Wednesday, October 5, a year and a day after it made history 69.6 miles above the Mojave, California desert. On October 4, 2004, pilot Brian Binnie flew the spacecraft into suborbital space five days after Mike Melvill achieved the feat to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
A special donation and unveiling ceremony will be held at 12 noon in the NASM Milestones of Flight Gallery. Scheduled to appear are Burt Rutan, designer of the spacecraft; Paul G. Allen, Microsoft co-founder and sole funder of the project; and Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, museum director. The NASM is located at Independence Avenue at Sixth Street S.W in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public.
NAFI/ASA Prizewinner Eager to Implement New Simulator System
Fred Hawk, veteran flight instructor from Logan, Ohio, has won the On Top personal computer aviation training device sponsored by the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and Aviation Supplies and Academics (ASA). The system, valued at about $3,500, includes a complete instrument training package; a Cirrus yoke and rudder pedals; AV-1 avionics panels; and PFC Power quadrant with both 6- and 3-lever attachments, plus a new computer.
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EAA Legal Advisory Council Welcomes Alan Farkas
Alan Farkas, trial attorney who concentrates on aviation litigation, has joined the EAA Legal Advisory Council. He is a partner in the Chicago-based aviation law firm Madsen, Farkas and Powen, LLC, specializing in the representation of pilots, aviation insurers, aircraft part manufacturers, airports, overhaulers, and fixed-based operators (FBOs).
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NAFI’s Symposium to Feature Flight School Experts
Arlynn McMahon, Chief Instructor at Aero-Tech Aviation, will join the faculty for NAFI’s Sport Pilot Symposium in Sebring, Florida in October. Marty Weaver, chief of the FAA’s Light-Sport Aviation Branch, will also teach at the symposium. McMahon and Weaver will join aviation marketing guru Jack Vandeventer, Falcon Insurance representative Bob Mackey, and NAFI Executive Director Rusty Sachs at the October 29 seminar at the Chateau Elan on Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), Florida.
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EAA Member Earns SP Certificate…in a Week
Randy DiNapoli, EAA member from Placerville, California, recently became a sport pilot in just one week by taking advantage of a special training program at St Charles Flying Service, an active flight school outside St. Louis, Missouri. “I’d been looking all over the west coast for someone to train me as a sport pilot, without success,” reported DiNapoli. “I checked California, Oregon, and Nevada to no avail.” Then he discovered the St Charles program through the EAA and EAA Sport Pilot websites.
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International Young Eagles in Montana
Magadan, a regional subdivision of Russia, may be bitterly cold at times, but the Russian teenagers who come to visit the United States each year leave EAA Young Eagles flight leader Jeanne MacPherson feeling very warm. Since 1995, MacPherson, bureau chief of safety and education for the Montana Aeronautics Division, has given more than 100 Russian students a chance to experience flight through EAA's Young Eagles program. And they're always very grateful and excited.
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Food Network EAA AirVenture Segment to Air October 13
During AirVenture 2005, a video crew from the Food Network/Al Roker Productions was here to tape some of the unique food preparation and serving feats by those who flew to Oshkosh. The footage was taped for an upcoming special, Tricked Out Tailgating, which explores how tailgating has grown beyond the traditional football pre-game meal. Producers at the Food Channel reported this week that the program is scheduled to air on Thursday, October 13, at 8 p.m. ET and repeat at 11 p.m. (Check your local listings.)
Eclipse Test Fleet Achieves 500 Flight Hours
The Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ) test fleet has exceeded 500 total flight hours as Eclipse Aviation continues to work toward FAA certification. Each test aircraft has demonstrated the ability to fly multiple flights per day while safely and successfully completing significant test points.

“Our recent progress demonstrates that we will deliver what we promised to our customers—a jet that will withstand and exceed the rigors of high-cycle operations,” said Vern Raburn, president and CEO.

The test fleet of five FAA-conforming aircraft has completed several critical testing milestones, including lightweight foreign object debris (FOD) testing at various throttle settings up to take-off thrust, and at a variety of speeds ranging from standstill to 70 knots; developmental water ingestion testing, which taxied the jet through a ½ inch trough of water at speeds up to 100 knots to simulate heavy rain conditions; 20 landings in one day on one aircraft to test tire wear; achieving more than 100 test points on a single aircraft in one day; and endurance testing with single flight durations of more than three hours.

For more information on Eclipse Aviation and the Eclipse 500 visit
Western Michigan University Updates Fleet to Cirrus
Western Michigan University’s (WMU) College of Aviation will replace its entire fleet of Cessna 172 trainers with 130 Cirrus aircraft as part of a 10-year lease agreement. The first 30 aircraft will be delivered in mid-October, and the transition will be complete by next summer.

“WMU will be on a two-year replacement cycle, positioning its aviation students to train on the leading edge of the latest technological innovations, safety features, and performance enhancements,” said John M. Bingham, Cirrus executive vice-president of sales and marketing.

For more information visit Cirrus online at, or WMU at
Aldridge to Receive Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy
Edward C. “Pete” Aldridge, Jr. is the National Aeronautic Association’s selection to receive the 2005 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. The trophy is presented annually for “significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States.” The trophy will be presented at the annual banquet ceremony hosted by the Aero Club of Washington at the Washington Hilton Hotel, December 16, 2005. Aldridge served 18 years in the Department of Defense, most recently as Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. He began there as an operations research analyst and was later promoted to Under Secretary and then Secretary of the Air Force under President Reagan. He also served as chief executive officer of the Aerospace Corporation and president of McDonnell Douglas Electronic Systems Company. After retiring from the DoD, Aldridge was appointed by President Bush to chair the “Moon to Mars” Commission, which submitted its report to the White House in 2004. For more information, please visit
New Flap System for Aerocomp; Comp Air Jet Gets Engine Upgrade
The new Aerocomp slotted flap system decreases stall speed by 5 kts, and increases lift without effecting speeds, thus reducing landing and takeoff distances by 25 percent. The flap system is available for most Aerocomp aircraft kits and can easily be retrofitted to older aircraft without opening the wing.

Meanwhile, Aerocomp has upgraded its Comp Air Jet (CA-J) powerplant, supplanting the Al-25 engine with the Al-25TL. The switch will result in more thrust and better fuel efficiency for the 8-place, single-engine CA-J. The swap is not expected to disrupt its flight-testing program and orders are still being taken. For more information visit
Arizona Airport New Home To Rare Travel Air 
The world’s only remaining example of a Travel Air SA-6000-A has been meticulously restored over a four-year period and is available for viewing at Valle Airport (40G), just north of Williams, Arizona.

The aircraft, dubbed the “Limousine of the Air” by its Stearman, Beechcraft and Cessna creators, came equipped with six wicker seats in ample cabin space and a clear view into the cockpit. Several were equipped with floats and used in Canada to move people to and from gold mines. The aircraft, restored by Jim Helfrich, resembles those used by Grand Canyon Airlines to fly passengers over the canyon. It has a wingspan of 54’5” and is powered by a R1340, 450-hp Pratt & Whitney engine.
File Your Flight Plan Electronically
WSI Pilotbrief Pro and WSI Pilotbrief Pro Online now offer pilots the ability to get a pre-flight briefing and file a flight plan to the FAA all with one application. The Pilotbrief Pro programs enable pilots to combine weather, airspace and flight information into a single pre-flight briefing, saving them valuable time before each flight. For more information visit or call 800/USA-2FLY.
Sample Fuel in an Environmentally Safe Manner
The Heavy Duty Fuel Tester from Sporty’s offers an environmentally sound way to check fuel quality while allowing clean fuel to be returned to the fuel tank. The tester is made of butyrate plastic and features a removable splash guard, a reversible slotted/Phillips screwdriver, and metal actuator pin that fits into all popular quick drain valves, including Piper. A strainer slips onto the top of the tester to filter water and contaminates from the fuel as it is poured back into the tank. It’s available for $19.95 at or by calling 800/SPORTYS. 
Crosswinds Signs On As Aviat Dealer
Aviat Aircraft and Crosswinds of Aviation have signed an agreement to market Husky and Pup aircraft in Colorado and Nebraska. The Husky, Pup and new Husky A-1B200, feature a high-wing, two-place tandem seating arrangement and can be flown in a speed range of 50 to 140 mph. The Husky is designed for off-airport landings and is suitable for tundra tires, straight or amphibious floats, and skis. To learn more visit or contact Crosswinds Aviation at 303/485-0989.
CORRECTION: Flabob Veteran’s Day Program November 12 
Last week's story about Flabob Airport
's Veteran’s Day Aerial Extravaganza provided the incorrect date. It is November 12, not November 12-13. For more information visit

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