October 7, 2005    Volume 5, Number 47



EAA's Allied Victory Tour Resumes

EAA's Allied Victory B-17 Tour resumes this weekend, October 7-9, at the Gwinnett County Airport near Atlanta. From there it's on to Florida for stops at Pensacola, Oct. 11-12; Tallahassee, Oct. 14-16; and Gainesville, Oct. 18-19.

To reserve your seat on the B-17, Fuddy Duddy, contact the tour at 800/FLY-NB17. Visit the B-17 website for further updates.

Revisit EAA AirVenture

Ah, sunrise over the North 40. This gorgeous shot was submitted by Joe Stubblefield and is one of the many photos submitted to us for posting on the web. See all the others on the 2005 EAA AirVenture website in the AirVenture Photo Gallery!


Don't miss a single issue
of EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine. Add it to your membership today!




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

Is it possible for a convicted felon who served time to receive a Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate upon release?

The answer is Yes - a convicted felon can fly. Here is the breakdown of the rules:

FAR 61.305 - does not place any limitation on this type of issue for sport pilots. Same goes for FAR 61.83 - re: student pilots; FAR 61.96, for recreational pilots; FAR 61.103, for private pilots; and FAR 61.123, for commercial pilots.

For airline transport pilots, however (FAR 61.153), it reads..."Be of good moral character." According to the FAA, convictions like you described do not come into play unless:

1. Drugs or alcohol (61.15) - can't fly for 1 year after a conviction related to drugs or alcohol.

2. Any type of conviction which also revoked or suspended your drivers license - no drivers license = no flying as a sport pilot.

How can we help you?

To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.

We are pleased to provide this info to EAA members as a membership benefit. To ensure that this service continues, renew your membership or join EAA today by calling 800/843-3612 or 920/426-5912.

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.
Get yours today!
Crossfield to Speak at EAA Wright Memorial Banquet
Aviation legend Scott Crossfield will be the featured guest speaker at EAA’s 3rd Annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet, slated for Saturday, December 17, at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar in Oshkosh. The dinner commemorates the 102nd anniversary of man’s first successful powered flight.
(read more)
SpaceShipOne Joins the Icons of Flight at NASM
SpaceShipOne, the first privately built and piloted vehicle to reach space, has joined the National Air and Space Museum’s national collection of flight icons.

The spacecraft was donated October 5, by Microsoft co-founder and sole funder of SpaceShipOne/White Knight, Paul G. Allen and designer Burt Rutan.
(read more)
EAAer Completes Trip Around Lower 48
EAA member Rob Dubin completed his trip to the lower 48 United States in a gyroplane when he landed in St. George, Utah, Thursday. Rob set out from Mesa, Arizona, February 28 with his wife, Dee, following on the ground in their motor home. During their trip, Rob flew his SparrowHawk over 10,000 miles at an average speed of 55 mph and the couple stopped at more than 140 airports along the way. Their travels made them the first to fly a gyroplane on an uninterrupted voyage to each state in the Continental U.S.
(read more)
VAEAA Enjoys Outstanding Fly-In
Final numbers have yet to be tabulated, but reports from last weekend’s Virginia EAA Fly-In point to a very successful well-run event. DeWitt (Dee) Whittington, public relations and forums chairman, remarked, “The event was very successful and, we are pleased to say, the best organized Virginia Regional EAA Fly-in ever.”
(read more)
Copperstate Gears Up For Casa Grande Debut
The Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-in is in full preparation mode for this week’s 33rd annual gathering, running Thursday through Sunday at its new home, Casa Grande (Arizona) Municipal Airport (CGZ). Ideally situated midway between Phoenix and Tucson just a few miles west of Interstate 10, Casa Grande features a paved, lighted 5,200-feet-100 feet wide runway, parallel paved taxiway, and lots of room for future growth.
(read more)
Weight-Shift Standards Completed
The consensus standards for weight-shift control aircraft (trikes) recently cleared final hurdles for approval and are now complete. Weight-shift subcommittee chairmen Scott Toland received official confirmation of the standards’ acceptance from ASTM International in late September. After ASTM publishes the standards, FAA will issue its Notice of Availability (NOA), paving the way for manufacturers to produce and certificate trikes as special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA). Thus far standards have been completed for 3 of the six categories of LSA—airplanes, powered parachutes, and weight-shift control (trikes).

Rainbow Aviation To Host First Weight-Shift Repairman Course
Sixteen individuals will have the opportunity to participate in the country’s first FAA-accepted repairman inspection course for weight-shift aircraft. Carol and Brian Carpenter, owners of Rainbow Aviation, Corning, California, will conduct this 16-hour repairman inspection course November 12-13. Another course is scheduled for January 14-15, 2006.
(read more)
EAA Prepares Comments Opposing SFRA
EAA’s aviation, airspace, airports, and legal experts are putting together official comments to the proposed permanent Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) in the National Capital Region (NCR). This proposed action would in effect make permanent the current Washington, D.C. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), which EAA strongly opposes.

As the submission deadline looms less than a month away (November 2, 2005), EAA comments will reflect its position to seek removal of the ADIZ restrictions; significantly reduce its size; or at the very least provide cutouts for outlying landing facilities and standardize procedures for all pilots operating in its vicinity whether they are recreational aviation, general aviation, corporate aviation, or commercial aviation..
(read more)
EAAers Save Big on 2006 Ford Vehicles
Ford Motor Company proudly offers EAA members special saving opportunities with the Partner Recognition program. Members can take advantage of Partner Recognition savings on the sale or lease of eligible Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Mazda, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. The all new Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr breathe fresh air into Ford Motor Company’s 2006 lineup. These three new models feature advanced technologies in safety, fuel economy, and clean emissions. Log onto www.ford.com or visit your local Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships this fall to learn more about the Fusion, Milan and Zephyr. Then visit the Partner Recognition link on the EAA website to receive your PIN and discover the savings you can enjoy on new 2006 cars and trucks. Take advantage of the Ford Partner Recognition Vehicle Purchase Plan, the simple way for EAAers to save significant dollars on their next vehicle purchase.
Sweepstakes Win Reignites Aviation Passion
John Sery and his wife were still unpacking from vacation at their Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, home when the phone rang. “This is the first time in four years the winner has answered the phone,” said the voice on the other end. Tim Casserly, volunteer chairman of the EAA sweepstakes program, proceeded to inform Sery he had won the EAA 2005 Sweepstakes Piper Cherokee 140. Sery was sure someone was playing a prank on him. After confirming the news several times, he went to share the news with his wife.
(read more)
Thinking About Building an RV? It’s Time to Learn How!
EAA has two upcoming weekend SportAir Workshops that teach building techniques for the popular Van’s RV series of kit airplanes. Workshops will be conducted at the two Aircraft Spruce & Specialty locations, East and West. The first is October 22-23 at their Peachtree City, Georgia just outside of Atlanta; the second, at Aircraft Spruce West, in Corona, California December 3-4. Both workshops will cover all the skills necessary to build your own RV, featuring extensive “hands-on” experience in assembly techniques. Each class is limited to 16 students to allow for personalized instruction. Tuition is $319 for EAA members, or $359 for non-members. To enroll in this or any SportAir Workshop, or to learn more, call 800/967-5746 or visit www.sportair.org
Website Listing in October Sport Aviation Inaccurate
In the October's Flightline section of the magazines, we mistakenly published an incorrect FAA website address for obtaining real-time information about special use airspace. The correct address is http://sua.faa.gov/atcaaSplash.jsp.
American Legend Delivers Legend Cub With Advanced Avionics
American Legend Aircraft Company will deliver the first Legend Cub special light-sport aircraft equipped with an advanced avionics suite at the Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In this week. The delivery is scheduled for noon on Friday, and marks the third production aircraft completed to customer specifications since Legend received its S-LSA certification on the type in July. The Legend Cub is equipped with the TIS-capable Garmin GNC 420 GPS/Comm with Garmin 330 Transponder. A Dynon Avionics EFIS-D100 with a 7-inch diagonal display has also been installed, making this the first production aircraft to be equipped with the new D100. 
For more information on the Legend Cub visit www.legendaircraftcompany.com.
DA42 Twin Stars Delivered to China
Diamond Aircraft delivered the first three DA42 turbodiesel-powered Twin Stars of a 19-aircraft order to Beijing PanAm International Aviation Academy (BPA) September 28. The new aircraft join BPA’s existing fleet of 18 single-engine Diamond DA40’s used in BPA’s Airline cadet training program. Additional DA40 and DA42 deliveries will take place this year and continue through 2007 when the BPA fleet will total 60 Diamonds. The deliveries mark a significant milestone for BPA and Diamond as the DA42’s are the first diesel powered aircraft to be certified by China’s CAAC. For more information on Diamond visit www.diamondair.com.
Javelin Prototype Takes Flight in Colorado
Aviation Technology Group’s Javelin Mk-20 prototype successfully completed its maiden flight at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado, September 30. Vice President of Operations and Chief Test Pilot, Robert Fucschino, flew the prototype for 35 minutes, testing handling qualities, engine stability, and evaluating approach and landing flight characteristics. The aircraft is powered by two Williams International turbofan engines and had an initial climb rate of 2,800 feet per minute, reached 180 knots and 12,000 feet altitude. “It was a beautiful flight; the Javelin accomplished each of its test points without any difficulties,” Fucschino said. “The Javelin handled well on all axes and was very predictable and smooth. The FADEC controlled engines were exceptionally responsive.” The Javelin prototype has military ejection seats to allow for evaluation of the Javelin Mk-20 as a new military jet trainer. For information, photos and video about the first flight visit www.avtechgroup.com.
Air Conditioning System Now Available for R44 Raven II
Robinson Helicopter now offers an optional air conditioning system for new R44 Raven IIs. The lightweight system is designed to reduce humidity and provide air-conditioned comfort throughout the cabin. Individual overhead vents provide each seat with 250 CFM total airflow. The evaporator and fan are mounted to the aft cabin bulkhead, preserving all four baggage compartments. The system uses the latest automotive refrigerant, providing 12,000 BTU/hour cooling capacity controlled by a toggle switch with off, low and high fan settings. The option is not available for retrofit and is priced at $18,000. Deliveries will begin in 2006. For more information visit www.robinsonhelicopter.com.
Zenith Distributor To Hold Open House
Quality Sport Planes LLC, the western regional distributor for Zenith Aircraft kits, has moved to new facilities at Cloverdale Municipal Airport in California, and will hold a Grand Opening Celebration and Open House October 15. The center offers kits, rudder workshops and builder-assist programs for Sport-Pilot Ready aircraft kits manufactured by Zenith. For more information visit www.qualitysportplanes.com or call 707/546-6272.
Expanded Aircraft Super Market Opens in Iowa
The Aircraft Super Market in De Soto, Iowa, has sold their T-Bird kit manufacturing operation to make way for an expanded Aircraft Super Market. New and used sport and homebuilt aircraft and ultralights now fill the 13,000-square foot space created by the sale. Aircraft Super Market is still selling the T-Bird line and several like kit planes as well as the very popular CT composite light-sport aircraft. Aircraft Super Market offers flight training as well as aircraft sales and service, seven days a week. For more information, visit www.aircraftsuper-market.com or call 515/834 2225.
Mangold Favored in World Series Race This Weekend
AirVenture veteran performer Mike Mangold goes into the final leg of the 2005 Red Bull Air Race World Series in San Francisco on Saturday a firm favorite to firmly secure the inaugural crown in front of his home fans. Mangold, with four victories from six events so far this season, leads the ranking by two points from Hungarian rival Peter Besenyei, who has two wins this year. Aviation fans unable to see it live can watch a live webcast of the race at www.redbullairrace.com. The webcast starts at 12:45 p.m. PT. Visit the website for more previews of the San Francisco event.
NASA Develops Online De-Icing Course
Experts at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland have developed a free, online course for professional pilots who make their own deicing and anti-icing decisions. “A Pilot’s Guide to Ground Icing” is the eighth in a series of training aids developed by the center, and the first about ground icing. The self-guided course provides pilots with general ground icing knowledge, an understanding of freezing precipitation hazards, and the ability to improve decision making in ground icing operations. It also discusses the risks of contamination, provides cues to alert the pilot to ground icing conditions, and offers actions pilots can take to help ensure safety. The new Pilot’s Guide to Ground Icing course is available on the Web at http://aircrafticing.grc.nasa.gov/courses.html. For information about Glenn’s icing safety work on the Web, visit http://icebox-esn.grc.nasa.gov.
DreamLaunch Tour Begins Fall Schedule 
The DreamLaunch Tour, led by spokesman Jamail Larkins, spread the word about aviation careers to more than 22,000 middle school and high school students throughout the country since January 2004. The tour is now gearing up for its fall swing, with the following stops scheduled: Prescott, Arizona, October 14; Franklin, North Carolina, October 21; New Bern, North Carolina, October 24; Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 26; Daytona Beach, Florida, October 28; Atlanta, Georgia, October 31; Tampa, Florida, November 4; Lakeland, Florida, November 5; Orlando, Florida, November 9; Memphis, Tennessee, November 11; Lafayette, Louisiana, November 14; and Los Angeles, California, November 18.

Larkins is one of the nation’s youngest aerobatic pilots and an aviation business student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. During the tours, he provides numerous Young Eagles flights as well as speaking to students. Tour sponsors include Embry-Riddle, the FAA, AeroShell, Avemco, Bose, Cirrus, Cox Communications, Jeppesen, Mattituck, Michelin, Superior Air Parts, and Yelvington Jet Center. For the latest on the DreamLaunch Tour, visit www.erau.edu/dreamlaunch.
Comp Air 12 Poised For Completion
Aerocomp’s carbon-composite kit aircraft, the Comp Air 12, was moved from its fuselage-building cradle and lifted in order to slide the partially completed wing beneath it, marking a milestone in the aircraft’s completion. The fitting of the wing will be followed by the placement of a mock-up engine to build the cowling, the installation of the landing gear, and the interior, controls and avionics. The turbine aircraft will be powered by a model T-53, 1400-hp Lycoming turbine. For more information visit www.aerocompinc.com
New Phone Hours For Wicks Aircraft Supply
Wicks Aircraft Supply is now available to take phone orders from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central, Monday through Saturday. Orders may also be placed online anytime at www.wicksaircraft.com.
New Hydraulic Door From Schweiss
Schweiss Bi-Fold now offers a one-piece, hydraulic door featuring a self-supporting header frame. The new door adapts to any new or existing building and requires only a minimum 4-inch headroom. Special options such as walk-through doors, a remote control, and various color and window design options are also available. For more information visit www.bifold.com.
Tiger Aircraft Appoints Cornerstone Aviation Authorized Sales Center
Cornerstone Aviation is Tiger Aircraft’s authorized sales center for Utah, Idaho, Western Wyoming, Western Colorado, and Eastern Nevada. As a sales center, they will offer the new Tiger AG5B with the fully integrated G1000 avionics suite. Million Air of Salt Lake City will provide maintenance, customer service and warranty support for Cornerstone clients. For Tiger sales information contact Cornerstone Aviation at www.cornerstoneaviation.com or 801/355-2244.

To ensure that you continue to receive EAA e-hotline, please add ehotline@eaa.org to your e-mail address book today.

AOL users, add us to your buddy list!

We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org.  
All content, logos and pictures are the property of EAA
Copyright © 2004
-2005 - Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc.
3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh , WI 54902

Privacy Statement