October 28, 2005    Volume 5, Number 50

    


  


Wilma Alters EAA
B-17 Tour Schedule

As a result of local damage caused by Hurricane Wilma, EAA has been forced to cancel two of its upcoming 2005 B-17 tour stops in Florida. Canceled stops featuring the WWII bomber Fuddy Duddy include November 4-6 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) and November 8-9 at Naples Municipal (APF). All other tour stops will go on as scheduled.

EAA Membership Services is diligently attempting to contact all those who had flights booked for the FXE and APF stops.

For the latest information, or to book a flight mission on one of the remaining tour stops, call 800/FLY-NB17 (800/359-6217) or visit www.b17.org.
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EAA Prepares For This Weekend's 'Haunted Hangar'

This Friday and Saturday, October 28-29,  EAA AirVenture Museum transforms into a  “Haunted Hangar” with tours given from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

Tour guides lead museum visitors on special flashlight tours of the EAA AirVenture Museum, visiting the ghosts of aviation history. This special event, one of fastest-growing Halloween activities in the Fox Valley, will feature spooky surprises and special treats throughout the tour, which takes place throughout the displays of the world-class facility.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For EAA Aviation Services

Does EAA have a "wavier of liability" form available to use for selling a used homebuilt?

Answer:
We do not have a specific form available for this purpose. There are substantial differences in state and local requirements for such forms, so one "stock" form won't work. Instead, we offer a checklist (available on our EAA Homebuilders Headquarters website) of items to be considered when constructing such a form. Our checklist, along with the advice of a local attorney, will allow you to construct a form that will serve your needs. (You are required to log in to the EAA Members Only site.)

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.

November 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

A pair of powered parachutes ride into a billowy sunset at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 in this photo shot by photographer Tyson Rininger. To download a copy for use on your computer desktop, visit the EAA website.
    
   
Air Show Regulation Changes Would Adversely Affect EAA AirVenture, Other Events
EAA Submits Comments to FAA Draft Order 8700.1, Chapter 49
Drawing on its 50-plus years of fly-in and air show experience, EAA recently submitted numerous comments on the FAA’s proposed revisions to air show regulations (FAA Draft Order 8700.1, Chapter 49). EAA, host of one of the nation’s largest aviation events (EAA AirVenture Oshkosh), supports some measures that address proven safety issues, such as Joint FAA/air boss safety briefings and joint U.S. Air Force/GA industry pilots conducting the Heritage Flight Program, showcasing military aircraft history. The organization is very reluctant, however, to support more restrictive operating rules that don’t appear to be justified from a safety standpoint.
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Sport Pilot Expo Postponed Until January 2006
Hurricane Wilma Forces Rescheduling 2nd Annual Event
Deciding it is better to be safe than sorry, the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Advisory Board postponed the Sebring, Florida event originally scheduled for this weekend because of Hurricane Wilma. The event, scheduled for October 27-30 at the Sebring Regional Airport, will be held instead January 12-15 at the same location. The Board's official announcement released last Friday morning, October 21, said the new dates were chosen in consideration of other planned aviation events, including two EAA Sport Pilot Tour stops (McKinney, Texas, November 12, and Camarillo, California, December 3), as well as the approaching holiday season.
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EAA Halls of Fame Induct Eight New Members
Eight people who contributed greatly to the world of flight are being honored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as the newest members of the EAA-affiliated Halls of Fame. The group was inducted on Friday, October 21, during a banquet program at the EAA Aviation Center at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

They include Robert Bushby, the EAA Homebuilders’ Hall of Fame; Patty Wagstaff, the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) Hall of Fame, Steve Hinton and Kermit Weeks, the EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame; Richard Knutson and Charlie Nelson, the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) Hall of Fame; Larry Mauro, the EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame; and Howard Fried, National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Hall of Fame.

“Each of these eight people has made a unique contribution to the world of flight,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “Those of us active in aviation today recognize their commitment and passion for flying. These inductees represent the best that recreational aviation has to offer and serve as an example for everyone involved in flying. We are honored to welcome them as our newest inductees to the EAA Halls of Fame.”
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EAA Homebuilders, Ultralight Halls of Fame Seek 2006 Nominations
Although the EAA Halls of Fame class of 2005 has just been inducted, next year’s nominations are already being welcomed. The Homebuilders and Ultralight Halls of Fame have opened 2006 nominations, for honorees to be inducted next fall.
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See EAA’s Sweepstakes Aviat Husky at NBAA
EAA will be at the 2005 National Business Aviation Association convention set for November 9-11 in Orlando, Florida, and invites all current and prospective members to stop by to see the 2006 EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes Aviat Husky A-1B (N52SL). You could be the lucky winner of this special airplane, generously donated by Aviat Aviation, Inc. The aircraft was also recently outfitted with a pair of amphibious floats courtesy of Wipaire, Inc., South St. Paul, Minnesota. Aviat’s Stu Horn and EAA’s Scott Spangler flew the Husky as part of a backcountry safari earlier this year, a journey that will be featured in the January 2006 issue of EAA Sport Aviation.
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Memorial Funds Established For Victims of
October 15 Accident

Memorial funds have been established for the victims of an October 15 airplane accident that claimed the lived of three people in Washington during a Young Eagle flight.

Donations to the Brittany Boatright and Kandyce Cowart Fund can be made at any US Bank to account #153557351472. Please include the name of both girls on any checks for the fund. For inquiries concerning the fund, please contact Karen Rupert at 206/390-2068.

The family of pilot D. Eugene Hokanson has asked that memorial donations in Eugene's name be made to the University of Washington College of Arts and Science or Nature Conservancy.
   
EAA Insurance Tip --
'Going Naked' Not Very Smart For Aircraft Owners

By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.
Do you know who writes a lot of insurance policies, perhaps more policies than anyone? Nobody! That’s right, many people don’t buy any insurance on their homebuilt, standard, helicopter or gyro, seaplane, warbird, vintage, or airport. Why? Some say insurance costs too much. Others don’t buy insurance because they believe insurance companies will do anything they can to avoid paying claims. But these arguments are not, in fact, fact; they are 100 percent fiction. As an insurance agent working for the airplane or airport owner, it’s my job to arrange good insurance that will protect my clients from the risks they are concerned about.

Some people self-insure. Self-insuring means that you have the financial ability to pay your own legal obligations. Large businesses and individuals with substantial wealth can afford to self-insure, however for the majority of airplane or airport owners it’s just not possible to do this. On the other hand, “going naked,” or simply refusing or ignoring the responsibility to purchase insurance, isn’t smart.
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Sport Pilot Ground School Offering in Michigan
Destination Flight, Inc. will be holding a Sport Pilot Ground School course November 19-20 at the Three Rivers Airport (HAI) in Three Rivers, Michigan. The course fee is $200 and includes an ASA Sport Pilot Test Prep Book, 2005 FARS, Sport Pilot Practical Test Standard (Category/Class of Choice), E6B Flight Computer, Plotter and Chicago Sectional. For more information visit www.destinationflight.com/ground_school.html.
   
Third Eclipse Factory Service Center Slated for Albany, NY
N506EA Heads Out on Tour in November

Eclipse Aviation announced its third of seven planned Factory Service Centers, at Albany International Airport. Previously announced locations are Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Gainesville, Florida. Construction in Albany is expected to begin in spring 2006 just south of the existing Million Air Terminal.

Eclipse is also embarking on its first national tour to showcase the Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ). The company will begin the tour with stops in seven cities in November, placing its FAA-conforming aircraft N506EA on static display and hosting receptions in the following cities.

November 3-5 - Tampa FL - AOPA Expo
November 9-11 - Orlando, FL - NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention
November 12 - Atlanta, GA - Dekalb Peachtree Airport (PDK)
November 14 - Memphis, TN - Memphis International Airport (MEM)
November 16 - Dallas, TX - Addison Airport (ADS)
November 18 - Austin, TX - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
November 20 - San Antonio, TX - San Antonio International Airport (SAT)

For more information visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
   
Eagle Engines Offers Builders Programs
Eagle Engines announced Build Observe and Build Assist programs for its Xtreem 360 and XP-360 engines. The two-day programs will be held in Redding, California, one weekend a month, with the option to observe or participate hands on. The two-day course will include classroom training and an overview of the facility and program; the repair order; assembly instructions; quality assurance checklist; and procedures. Participants will also review the inspection of parts along with the tools and equipment required to begin the assembly of the engine. The course concludes with the complete assembly of the engine, with periodic quality assurance inspections. After final inspection, the builder will be presented with an operators manual, break-in instructions, maintenance manual, and warranty. For more information visit www.eagleengines.com.
   
Ultra Horizon XL PC Simulator and New GPS-1 Maxi Single Now Available
SportFlyingShop.com has released the PC Simulator Program for the Stratomaster Ultra Horizon XL, a monochrome glass cockpit system designed as a comprehensive instrumentation solution for light-sport aircraft and experimentals. The program simulates the actual Ultra Horizon XL instrument with all of its functions. Users can also design their own screen layouts and configure the instrument in detail with the ability to download the design to the actual instrument when completed. The program is also used to update the Ultra to the latest firmware release ensuring it always has the latest software and features.

The new GPS-1 is the first GPS instrument available from MGL Avionics, offering a 16-channel GPS navigation system that easily fits into a standard 3.5” cutout. Features include WAAS compatibility, sunrise/sunset calculator, NMEA output to interface with other GPS-based instrumentation, a graphic LCD display with adjustable contrast, and low power consumption. For more information visit www.sportflyingshop.com.
   
Garmin GDL-69A Available for DA40
The Garmin GDL-69A has been certified for the DA40-180 Diamond Star, giving operators near-real time weather information and digital entertainment radio. The GDL-69A is available immediately on newly manufactured Diamond Stars, and a Service Bulletin will be issued for retrofit to delivered aircraft. For more information visit www.diamondair.com.
   
UND Flying Team Captures Regional Flying Competition Title
The University of North Dakota Flying Team retained its title in the Region V National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) held at the University of Dubuque, Iowa, October 20-22. UND scored 362 to beat the University of Dubuque’s score of 120 in the 11-event competition. St. Cloud State placed third with a score of 107.

UND’s Flying Team consists of 27 aviation students who participate in two annual competitions—a regional qualifying competition and the national competition. The UND Flying Team is a member of NIFA, the sanctioning body for the regional and national SAFECON competitions. The 2006 national competition will be held May 8-13 at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
   
Pilot Side Console Available on New R44s
A pilot side console is now available for the Robinson R44 Raven I and Raven II. The console places the GPS conveniently in the pilot’s field of vision. This reduces the time spent looking down at the center stack to view the GPS, and places the controls of the unit in an easy reach location. The pilot side console can be ordered in three different combinations: GPS, GPS/COMM, or GPS/COMM/NAV. The console is not available with the 9- or 10-hole instrument consoles. For more information visit www.robinsonheli.com.
   
Insulated Screwdriver Set Available From Klein Tools
Klein Tools has a two-piece set of insulated 4-inch screwdrivers designed to provide users with extra protection against shock from energized sources up to 1,000 volts. The set includes one insulated round-shank keystone-tip, and one insulated round-shank, “Profilated” Phillips-tip. Cushion-Grip handles provide greater torque and a more comfortable grip. Klein Tools also offers a full line of insulated tools including pliers, cutters, wire strippers, a crimping tool, screwdrivers, nut drivers, a skinning knife, and tool kits. For more information visit www.kleintools.com.
   
Glass Cockpit Aviation Orders Cirrus FTD from Frasca
Glass Cockpit Aviation (GCA) has placed an order for a Cirrus SR22 Flight Training Device (FTD) from Frasca International. The FTD, Frasca's first for Cirrus, will include Avidyne Entegra PFD & MFD, Garmin GMA340 Audio Panel, Dual Garmin GNS430s, Garmin GTX327 Transponder, S-TEC 55x Autopilot Digital Sound System and Frasca’s visual system, TruVision, with a 170-degree visual display system and custom visual database for the Republic Airport in Farmingdale. GCA offers training for private pilot, instrument, instrument proficiency checks, Cirrus recurrent training, and glass cockpit training. For more information visit www.gcanewyork.com/aboutus.htm.
   

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