October 14, 2005    Volume 5, Number 48

    

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Honor 60th Year Since Allied Victory With EAA

EAA's Allied Victory Tour featuring the B-17 Fuddy Duddy entered Florida this week and is scheduled for a stop in Tallahassee this weekend, October 14-16, at Tallahassee Regional Airport. Next, it's on to Gainesville Regional October 18-19.

To reserve your seat on this venerable Flying Fortress, contact the tour at 800/FLY-NB17. Visit the B-17 website for further updates.

EAA Sport Pilot Team Prepares to Resume Tour, Other Events

The EAA Sport Pilot Tour is a nationwide preview of new light-sport aircraft and a place to learn more about the new sport pilot opportunity. Sport Pilot Tour events bring EAA members and chapter members together with local FAA pilots and the general public who want to get a closer look at this new affordable form of aviation.

Perhaps the most important feature of the Sport Pilot Tour is that it comes to you. Instead of traveling across the country to an air show, EAA wants to visit you at a nearby airport. Upcoming events include November 12 at Collin County Regional Airport (TKI) McKinney, Texas; and December 3, Camarillo Airport (CMA), California.

Attendance is free at the touring events, which have already appeared at sites across the USA. 
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Revisit EAA AirVenture

Draws a crowd: Photographer Dennis Biela perched himself in a lift-truck to capture this great overhead shot of the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer's arrival at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. See this and scores of other great photos from the convention in the 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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Copperstate Marks First Year at New Location
The 2005 Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In occurred for the first time ever at Casa Grande Municipal Airport, Arizona, in its 33rd annual event October 6-9. Organizers and attendees settled into the new facility, which features a large, air-conditioned exhibit hall, large, clean camping area, a new shower facility, and is ideally situated midway between Phoenix and Tucson just a few miles west of Interstate 10. The new location is much closer to essential facilities like hotels and restaurants than past venues.
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Paul Poberezny to be Honored by FAI
EAA founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny will be honored this weekend at the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) centennial celebration in Paris, France. Paul will be recognized as one of the “High Flyers” who have made notable accomplishments in aviation history. Along with founding and leading the rapid growth of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Paul helped establish CIACA, FAI’s commission devoted to amateur-built aircraft. Although Paul is not making the trip to Paris, this recognition by the world’s aviation association is well deserved.

Johanson Receives FAI Gold Medal
Earlier this week, Australian pilot and longtime EAA member, Jon Johanson, received FAI’s Gold Medal for outstanding contribution to the development of aeronautics in sport aviation. Johanson has flown around the world three times in his homebuilt RV-4 in the past 11 years, making stops at EAA AirVenture on each of those trips.
   
EAA Inspires Young Women At Aviation Academy
EAA hosted over 40 girls and women last weekend at the EAA AirAcademy Lodge for the second annual Coffy Gregory Aviation Academy. The weekend, in conjunction with the EAA AeroScholars program, was designed to inspire young women to pursue careers in aviation and cultivate their interest in pursuing flight. Participants were given the opportunity to tour EAA’s Kermit Weeks Hangar, the EAA AirVenture Museum, and local kitplane manufacturer Sonex, Inc., as well as take a ride in EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor.
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Sport Pilot, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh featured in November Popular Mechanics
Sport Pilot is ready for people who are looking to fly for fun with lower cost and time barriers, and the November 2005 issue of Popular Mechanics tells more about the rule, airplanes and possibilities available while flying in light-sport aircraft (LSA). The magazine’s Jeff Wise spent several days at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, exploring the opportunities and flying in several newly certificated light-sport aircraft.
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Host Chapters Sought for 2006 EAA Tri-Motor Tour
EAA is in the process of planning the 2006 Ford Tri-Motor Tour and seeks interested chapters (EAA or Vintage Aircraft Association) within a 700-mile radius of Oshkosh to serve as tour stop hosts. Hosting generally involves a 4- to 5-day commitment, and is typically a standalone event (as opposed to being affiliated with another event). If your EAA or VAA Chapter is interested, please contact Sean Elliott at selliott@eaa.org, or write to EAA Weeks Hangar, Attention: Aircraft Operations, 1145 20th St., Oshkosh, WI, 54902. The deadline for indicating your interest is November 15, 2005.
   
Special LSA and Night/IFR Flying Clarified
Some confusion exists in the aviation marketplace regarding the use of special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) for flying at night and/or under instrument flight rules (IFR). The ASTM consensus standards that govern the manufacture and production of S-LSA specifically address day/visual flight rules (VFR) operations only.
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Milwaukee-Area Youth to Benefit From EAA's 'Spread Your Wings' Scholarship Program
High school juniors from the Milwaukee area will again have the opportunity to grow and discover the world of flight during 2006 through a “Spread Your Wings” scholarship program coordinated by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
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Baugh Honored by Tennessee Aeronautics Commission
EAA Director John T. Baugh Jr. of Lebanon, Tennessee, was recently honored for Career Contributions to Aviation from the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission at its August convention. Baugh is a charter inductee to the EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame in 1995, and served the organization as president from 1984-1988. In his 37-plus year flying career, Baugh has flown more than 137 types, including ultralights, antiques, homebuilts, sailplanes, seaplanes, helicopters, military trainers, bombers, and fighters. He served on the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission from November 1989 to June 2004, and was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame last November.
   
   
Garmin G- 1000 Selected for Quest Kodiak
Quest Aircraft has selected the Garmin G-1000 integrated avionics suite as standard equipment for its Kodiak aircraft. The light deck will feature a three-panel G-1000 system with two primary flight displays around a centrally located multi-function display. The system integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, engine instrumentation, and crew-alerting system data and presents the composite information in sunlight-readable color on three-high-definition displays. The Kodiak has logged over 250 hours toward FAA certification and Quest plans to complete the certification process in early 2006. For more information visit www.questaircraft.com.
   
Aircraft Spruce Acquires Christavia Design Rights
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has acquired the design rights for the Christavia aircraft line, including the two-place tandem MK1, side-by-side MK2, and four-place MK4. Designed by homebuilder Ron Mason of Elmwood Aviation, Frankford, Ontario, Canada, all three are made of tube, wood, and fabric construction. More than 1,000 sets have been sold, and more than 100 MKs are flying. Plan sets are available for $225. An information package is available for $10. Aircraft Spruce will also offer complete materials packages.
For more information contact Aircraft Spruce West in Corona, California, at 951/372-9555 or info@aircraftspruce.com. Or visit the Aircraft Spruce website.
   
FAA Hands AFSS Reins to Lockheed Martin
Approximately 1,750 FAA employees at 58 Automated Flight Service Stations (AFSS) in the contiguous 48 states, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico became employees of Lockheed Martin last week. As EAA reported in February, FAA awarded a $1.9 billion contract to a Lockheed Martin-led team to run AFSS beginning this month. Lockheed will upgrade computer systems and reduce the number of AFSS’s to 20, yielding more than $2 billion in savings over the 10-year contract. Closing the 38 flight service stations is expected to occur between April 2006 and March 2007. During the transition, Lockheed Martin will use existing FAA facilities and equipment, which means there will not be any required changes to the FAA National Airspace System. The contractor will then move from FAA legacy equipment to its Flight Service 21 (FS21) system and consolidate AFSS facilities.
   
Add Wipaire Floats to Any Cessna 172
Wipaire, Inc., has received Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for adding straight or amphibious floats to all Cessna 172 aircraft, excluding the military and Franklin engine models. The STCs also allow owners to use any 180-hp conversion and specify options for propellers, both constant speed and fixed pitch, and are also applicable to 172 aircraft with 150, 160 and 210-hp engines. Wipaire 2100 floats are now available for many Cessna 172 models, F172 models and the 175, with varying engine and propeller combinations and gross weights starting at 2,220 lbs and ranging up to 2,400 lbs. The larger Wipaire 2350 floats accommodate the remaining 172 models, P172Ds, F172 models, and the 175 series, with model-specific propeller and engine combinations, providing gross weights from 2450 lbs up to 2550 lbs. 
For more information, visit www.wipaire.com, or call 651/451-1205.
   
Falcon Executive Aviation Offers Sport Pilot Training
Falcon Executive Aviation in Mesa, Arizona, is training for the Sport Pilot rating in a factory-built Allegro 2000 S-LSA aircraft. Falcon is an Allegro dealer for Arizona and Las Vegas and have their aircraft available for rental and instruction for $73 per hour. For more information visit www.falconaviation.com.
   
NASA Dryden Joins Edwards’ Open House Next Weekend
Four of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center aircraft will participate in the Edwards Air Force Base Open House and Air Show next weekend, October 22-23. They include a high-altitude Lockheed ER-2, a highly modified McDonnell Douglas F-15B, a Beech T-34, and an MD F/A 18. NASA static displays and exhibits, including the Active Aeroelastic Wing F/A 18, the NB-52B “mothership,” and a full-scale mockup of the hypersonic X-43, will be located in Hangar 1600 or along the Edwards flight line during the two-day event. The open house runs 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days, with flying demonstrations beginning at 10 a.m. Featured will be the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team; the Tora, Tora, Tora re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor; the Royal Netherlands Air Force precision team; and Julie Clark in her T-34. For more information, visit www.Edwards.af.mil/openhouse.
   
Sporty’s Awards 2005 Sweepstakes Skyhawk 
Frank Coster of the Netherlands is the winner of the 2005 Sporty’s Sweepstakes Skyhawk. Coster took delivery of the brand-new Cessna Skyhawk SP at the Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio, October 1. A student pilot, Coster travels to the United States several times a year to train, mainly at Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX) in Titusville, Florida. Sporty’s 2006 Sweepstakes features a Garmin G1000-equipped Skyhawk SP. For details, visit www.sportys.com.
   
Cygnus Online Releases GPS Mapping and Tracking Application
Keep track of your vehicles, aircraft and other property with Cygnus Online’s Cygnus Track, the .NET platform web-based GPS-tracking system built around Spatially Aware’s Map Suite mapping controls. The program was designed to be a versatile, user-friendly mobile asset tracking system and comes bundled with a world map and detailed maps of the United States, allowing you to track your assets anywhere, anytime, and anyplace. The system can be customized to the look and feel of your environment, reworded to use language specific to your market, and expanded to include additional features and symbols you need to monitor your assets your way. Cygnus Track works with the GPS-enabled devices you already have and allows you to use a variety of devices simultaneously. To learn more visit www.cygnusonline.com.
   
Enstrom Law Enforcement Helicopter Completes Northwest Tour
Enstrom Helicopter Corp.’s newly configured 480B Guardian completed it’s Northwest Tour last week, visiting 12 police and sheriff’s offices on a route from Menominee, Michigan, to Los Angeles, California. 
On the Northwest leg of the tour, the 480B Guardian stopped at the Minnesota State Patrol and South Dakota State patrol, along with several Sheriff’s and Police Departments in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Northern California, and flown by police pilots to get a feel for the response and capability. Between the ALEA tour, the East coast tour and now the Northwest tour, Enstrom has visited over 27 police precincts and over 40 police pilots have had the opportunity to fly the Guardian. For more information visit www.enstromhelicopter.com
   

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