November 11, 2005    Volume 5, Number 52



November 12-13 is
Paper Airplane Weekend

Kids of all ages will have a blast testing their skills flying paper airplanes at EAA AirVenture Museum. Instructed by Ken Blackburn, the world-record holder for the longest paper airplane flight, participants will learn the secrets to making paper airplanes that fly faster, higher, and farther. A paper airplane contest will also be held with prizes going to the winner. This fun family event is included with Museum admission, and EAA members are always admitted for free.

'Allied Victory'
B-17 Tour

Nov 11-13
Fort Myers, FL
Fort Myers - Page Field Airport

Nov 15-16
Sarasota, FL
Sarasota - Bradenton International Airport

Nov 18-20
Lakeland, FL
Lakeland Linder
Regional Airport

To book a flight mission on one of these remaining tour stops, call 800/FLY-NB17 (800/359-6217) or visit


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

As I read the FAA regulations, a pilot can act as a Safety Pilot for a simulated instrument flight if the safety pilot holds a Private Pilot rating or higher. Was this, by chance, amended to include Sport Pilot when that rating came into effect?

No, there is no change in the requirements for a safety pilot. In order to act as a safety pilot for simulated instrument flight, the pilot must hold at least a private pilot certificate and current FAA medical certificate. In fact, the privileges and limitations of a sport pilot, as called out in 14 CFR 61.315(c)(19) specifically prohibit a sport pilot from acting as a required crew member on a flight that requires more than one crew member, which means the sport pilot cannot act as a safety pilot for simulated instrument flight. 

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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.
EAA Works With Kodiak Research, Sport Plane LLC to Help Orphaned Kitfox Customers
Preferred Pricing Program Planned For Rotax Engines
When Kitfox kit aircraft manufacturer ETG Corp (Skystar Aircraft) declared bankruptcy last month, aircraft builders with unfulfilled, fully paid Rotax engine orders were essentially hung out to dry. As unsecured creditors, their chances of receiving delivery on their engines, let alone recovering their money, are slim at best. EAA is helping coordinate an effort to provide a preferred pricing discount program for Kitfox builders who paid for but did not receive engines. Rotax Austria’s U.S., Central and South American distributor, Kodiak Research ltd. of Nassau, Bahamas, and Sport Plane LLC of Meridian, Idaho, are the two firms working with EAA to assemble a one-time bulk purchase to obtain the special pricing for Kitfox builders.
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DOT Heeds EAA’s Call for Extended Comment Period, Public Hearings
EAA members now have additional opportunities to assert their rights in an important freedom-of-flight issue, thanks to their own grassroots efforts, their association’s advocacy work, and echoing rallying cries coming from many corners of the general aviation community. A Federal Register notice published Monday verified U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta’s announcement last week of a 90-day extension to the public comment period for the proposed permanent Washington, D.C. Aviation Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
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Texas Welcomes EAA Sport Pilot Tour Saturday
The fall/winter 2005-06 leg of EAA’s Sport Pilot Tour kicks off this Saturday, November 12, at McKinney, Texas’ Collin County Regional Airport (TKI). Aviation enthusiasts young and old are invited to learn all about sport pilot/light-sport aircraft, the new, exciting way to get involved in flying with lower cost and time barriers.
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EAA Brings a Little Fun Flying to NBAA Convention
What is an Aviat Husky on floats doing in the middle of the nation’s biggest business aviation convention? It’s helping tell EAA’s story of recreation, innovation and fun to people who are part of the world of flight. EAA is well represented at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention, which opens today and runs through Friday at Orlando, Florida. EAA President Tom Poberezny leads the sizable contingent of EAA staff at the event, showcasing the organization’s programs and activities. It’s a great opportunity for EAA staff to meet with the many EAA members who also participate in NBAA, as well as many of the companies who exhibit each year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.
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EAA President Receives State Tourism Award
Tom Poberezny, president of the Experimental Aircraft Association and chairman of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, received Wisconsin’s highest tourism honor when he was awarded the Wisconsin Tourism Trailblazer Award on Nov. 4 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Poberezny was selected for the award for his role as chairman of EAA AirVenture, as well as his leadership in establishing the EAA Aviation Center and AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
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New 2005-06 EAA Merchandise Catalog Available
Dreams of flight can be carried with you, even when you’re stuck on the ground, with aviation-related items available through EAA’s new 2005-2006 merchandise catalog. Just in time for holiday gift-giving, the 32-page catalog features EAA clothing, as well as books, videos and other items that are perfect for any pilot or aviation enthusiast, or as a great gift for someone fascinated with flight. The catalog features both EAA-logo items along with other aviation merchandise, as well as special items specifically designed for EAA members. It is available at no charge by calling EAA Membership Services at 800/564-6322 (800-JOIN-EAA).

Items featured in the catalog, as well as other merchandise, will also available online in the very near future. Simply click the “Online Shopping” link on the EAA website.
EAA Members Receive $5 Discount at LaserGrade
As an exclusive EAA membership benefit, EAA members receive $5 off the cost of any FAA tests taken at LaserGrade centers. LaserGrade is one of only two computer-based testing companies authorized by the federal government to administer FAA Airman knowledge tests. To take advantage of this discount call 800/211-2754 when you are ready to schedule your test. Tell the registrar you are a member of EAA and you will get $5 off of the $80 regular price. To find the LaserGrade center nearest you, visit, or call 800/211-2754.
Nominations Sought For 2006 Tony Bingelis Award
The Tony Bingelis Award recognizes EAA Technical Counselors for dedicated service and significant contributions in assisting members to build and restore aircraft. All honorees are carefully chosen by a committee of their peers as outstanding examples of people whose contributions have positively affected members’ aircraft building or restoration projects. But one has to be nominated to be eligible for the award, which is presented annually at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. To get a nomination form for the award, contact the EAA Safety Programs Office, PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086; call toll free, 888/322-4636, ext 6864; or visit Homebuilders Headquarters on the EAA Members Only website. After you log in, go to the “About Us” menu and select Bingelis Award. The nomination deadline is February 1, 2006.
Adam Aircraft Announces First A500 Customer Delivery
Adam Aircraft delivered the first A500 centerline piston-engine twin aircraft November 7 in Colorado Springs. Announcement of the delivery followed the company’s Approved Production Inspection System (APIS) certification, allowing the company to accelerate production by inspecting its own aircraft under a system approved by the FAA. APIS is the precursor to a Production Certificate (PC), which is the approval to manufacture and deliver duplicate aircraft under an FAA-approved type design with periodic FAA audits of the production process.

Adam Aircraft also announced the rollout of A700 AdamJet Serial Number 002. Several updates have been made to this aircraft in comparison to A700 Serial Number 001 including the Avidyne PFDs and MFDs, fuel belly pod, autopilot, pressurization, expanded nose configuration and gear doors. The company reports a total of 282 A700 aircraft orders and 80 A500 orders for a total backlog worth $731 million. For more information visit
A Jet in Cirrus’ Future
Cirrus Design Corp. has announced a concept for a new jet-powered aircraft, which, president and CEO Alan Klapmeier says is not a Very Light Jet (VLJ), just an easy-to-operate, low-cost, possibly even single-engine jet aircraft. Klapmeier says the aircraft would cost less than $1 million and be equipped with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. More details are expected in coming months.

Cirrus also announced the acquisition of Smart Air Travel Solutions Air (SATSair) of Greenville, South Carolina. Cirrus will focus on the continued expansion of the air taxi operation and development of a personal transportation network—to include air-taxi service, leased aircraft and other areas in development. The newly formed company anticipates an additional 100 SR22s to the fleet over the next year. For more information visit
Eclipse 500 Order Book Tops 2,350 Jets 
Eclipse Aviation’s order book for the Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ) now tops 2,350 aircraft, including 1,592 firm orders with 765 options. The figure includes two recent fleet orders, 30 aircraft for Linear Air and 50 aircraft for UK company JetSet Air Ltd. Linear Air offers private air travel in the Boston and New York City areas. JetSet Air Ltd intends to offer on-demand taxi jet and scheduled shuttle service from the UK to popular European destinations. The Eclipse 500 program is slated for certification in the first quarter of 2006. For more information visit
Raytheon Delivers First Beechcraft Bonanza G36
Raytheon Aircraft Company delivered its first Beechcraft Bonanza G36 models on November 4 during a special ceremony in Wichita, Kansas. Formerly the Bonanza A36, the G36 was certified earlier in the week. It features the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system, new paint and logo designs. The Bonanza line, in production since 1947, is the world’s best-selling and longest continual-selling series of single-engine, retractable aircraft. Power comes from a Teledyne Continental I0550-B engine rated at 300-hp, for a top speed of 174 knots (191 mph) and a maximum range of more than 900 nm. For more information visit
Diamond Marks First U.S. Twin Star Delivery
Diamond Aircraft has delivered their first DA42 Twin Star in the United States. The aircraft was delivered to Henry Van Kesteren of St. Petersburg, Florida, November 4 at the AOPA expo. The DA42 Twin Star features an all carbon airframe, Garmin G1000 avionics system, and TAE 1.7 Centurion turbo diesel engines. For more information on Diamond Aircraft visit their new, interactive website at
Symphony Aircraft Continues Expansion
Symphony Aircraft Industries (SAI) has selected Skyline Aeronautics in St. Louis, Missouri, as its exclusive training developer and provider for its 141 FITS Avidyne Glass Cockpit transition course. The training includes a two-day course requiring time in the classroom as well as flight training and a check flight/graduation ride demonstrating student comprehension of the course. Insurance carriers recognize Skyline as a leader in aeronautical training and students will therefore be eligible for insurance discounts and safety rewards upon completion of the course. The Symphony 160, a FAR 23 certified two-seat aircraft offers a roomy, cost-effective alternative to smaller, four-place aircraft. For more information about Symphony Aircraft, please visit
Columbia Introduces New Models for 2006
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (CAM) unveiled six new model variants this week, now offering the Garmin G1000-equipped 350i and 400i, as well as the 350SL, 350SLX, 400SL, and 400SLX. The new models provide customers with the option of additional features such as the Garmin G1000 with READY Pad, E-Prox terrain awareness and warning system, E-Vade thermal ice protection, digital climate control, two-tone leather reclining Sport Seats, and SatRadio. CAM is also now offering their base model Columbia 350 and 400 aircraft with the Garmin G1000 panel, and has announced a $20,100 price reduction on the 350 due to an increase in production efficiency. The company recently established three new International Service Centers in Brazil, France and Poland, to market, sell and support Columbia 350 and 400 certified aircraft in those countries. For more information visit
Avidyne Adds New Features to Entegra 
Avidyne has released a software and hardware update, version 6.0, adding safety and performance features to the Entegra EXP5000 primary flight display (PFD) and EX5000 multifunction display (MFD). The PFD update adds features such as Flight Director capability, selectable “wedge” or “flying W” aircraft symbol, V-Speed labels on the airspeed indicator, heading tick marks on the artificial horizon, enhanced autopilot mode annunciations on the PFD, and the ability to select and display AFD bearing on the HIS’s bearing pointer. For the MFD, the update expands the list of XM WX datalink weather products to include TAFs, Winds Aloft, Freezing Levels, NEXRAD Cell Movement, and Hail Alerts. EXP5000 PFDs are factory upgradeable through Avidyne. EX5000 MFDs are field upgradeable through Avidyne or through aircraft OEM-specific authorized service centers. Release 6.0 for EX5000 MFD and EXP5000 PFD are $495 for Entegra Systems that are currently under warranty, and $995 for Entegra systems that are out of warranty. For Cirrus owners who want to add the optional Flight Director along with Release 6.0, the cost is $1,495 if under warranty, and $1,995 if out of warranty. For more information visit
Robotow Portable Towbar Available at Aircraft Spruce
The Robotow portable (under 30 pounds) towbar is a new, all-weather, electric powered unit that can easily be stored and transported in the Beechcrafts, Cessnas, Pipers, T28s, Navions, and Commanders it was designed to move around. It is available in 18- and 120-volt models, with a transformer that allows for 220-volt power. The unit features a heavy duty knurled drive drum, a precise control variable speed switch as well as forward and reverse drives. Robotow is limited to aircraft wheels that do not have wheel pants.

Look for the Robotow portable towbar at Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, $965 for the 18V model and $875 for the 120V. Batteries, chargers, cords and aircraft-specific model adaptors are sold separately. For more information visit or call 877/4-SPRUCE.
’05 Deliveries Double For Mooney
With 23 delivered aircraft during the third quarter and 66 for 2005, resurgent Mooney Airplane Company is on pace to more than double 2004’s 36 deliveries, the company reports. “Both orders and deliveries have been strong throughout the year,” said David Copeland, vice president of sales and marketing, which he attributed in part to the outstanding reception of the Ovation2 and Bravo GX models at more than 40 tour stops of its ongoing 2005 Freedom Tour. Total sales amount to about $28 million.

2006 will mark Mooney’s 60th anniversary, and several milestone are within reach, including the 100th Mooney GX delivery and the 11,000th aircraft since formation of the company. “We’re excited about the prospects for next year as we celebrate these important events in our history,” he said.
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SportairUSA Announces StingSport New Standard Features
The Garmin GPSMAP 396 is now available as standard equipment in the StingSport light-sport aircraft, available through North American light-sport aircraft distributors SportairUSA LC. The unit delivers situational awareness through XM WX Satellite Weather products and more than 130 channels via XM Satellite Radio.

An innovative, full-time carburetor heating system is also a new standard feature on the StingSport, providing enhanced safety without the traditional power degradation associated with earlier designs. Twenty-two other new standard features are described in further detail at
Update Released For the PocketEFB’s PocketEFB VFR product now includes GPS moving map over actual sectionals, as well as a complete FAR/AIM, Airport Facility Directory with satellite photos, and an E6B calculator. The company has also introduced NightCharts, a new, free web-based service that allows users to view the Terminal Procedure Publications at full brightness at night without destroying night vision. For more information visit

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