November 18, 2005    Volume 5, Number 53



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Students Learn About Aviation at EAA Museum

Photo by H.G. Frautschy (Click on photo for larger view)

Oshkosh third graders, whose curriculum incorporates aviation, participated in an evening of aviation activities with their parents and teachers last Friday, November 12, at EAA AirVenture Museum. Paper airplane expert Ken Blackburn, who hosted EAA’s Paper Airplane Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, described his Guinness world record paper airplane flight of 27.6 seconds, then helped the children construct a model based on that design.

In addition, H.G. Frautschy, executive director of the Vintage Airplane Association, told students about autogiros, then flew his paper airplane in the Eagle Hangar for more than 24 seconds.


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Is there any flexibility or ability to get a field approval for a light-sport aircraft (LSA)? I have an Aeronca 11CC which was originally certificated at just 30 lbs over the maximum allowable LSA gross weight. I know a cutoff had to be made somewhere but do you know why 1,320 lbs was the magic number?

Unfortunately, there is no leeway in the definition of an LSA and the FAA will not allow aircraft to be modified to fit the definition, which specifically states the aircraft must be originally certificated and continually operated within the definition in order to be eligible for operation by sport pilots. Since your aircraft cannot meet either of those criteria, it cannot be made sport pilot-eligible. The maximum gross of 1,320 was chosen because it equates to 600 kilograms, which lines up with internationally recognized weight limits for light aircraft.

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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.
FAA Posts Online ADIZ, TFR, and Special Use Airspace Course
During her annual “Meet the Administrator” session at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey announced in response to congressional pressure that the FAA would soon issue special regulations requiring pilots who fly within 100 miles of Washington, D.C., to successfully complete a training course on navigating the D.C. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
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Texas EAAers Display Their Airplanes at Randolph AFB Air Show
Homebuilts and classic airplanes owned by EAA Texas Fly-In (EAA Southwest Regional Fly In) members were among the dozens of military and civilian aircraft on display at Randolph Air Force Base’s 75th Anniversary Air Show in San Antonio November 5-6. Pilots and planes included Rob Chase (EAA 722134) and his RANS S-7; Neil Longwill’s (EAA 708657) Lancair, Mark Frederick’s (EAA 247220) C-45 warbird; and Stan Shannon’s (EAA 247516) RV-9A. The event drew more than 250,000 attendees to commemorate 75 years of training excellence at Randolph AFB, which was dedicated June 20, 1930.
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FAA Air Show Policy Updates Include EAA Recommendations
The Federal Aviation Administration’s updated list of air show policies is nearing completion, with nearly all of EAA’s recommendations included in the agency’s draft order. “We are very pleased that FAA worked with EAA, the International Council of Air Shows and other groups as the agency developed these policy statements,” said Earl Lawrence, EAA’s vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. “FAA has worked with air show and aerobatic groups to maintain the best level of air show safety in the world, while not causing unnecessary costs onto air show organizers or hampering displays of historic and vintage aircraft.”
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EAA Sport Pilot Tour Gains Momentum in Texas
Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, Texas, was bustling with aviation activity Saturday, November 12, as EAA’s Sport Pilot Tour landed there for the fourth in a series of six EAA-sponsored tour stops. McKinney had the largest turnout yet with an estimated 750 people in attendance for the one-day event. While many were seasoned aviation enthusiasts eager to learn more about the FAA’s new Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rule, others sought to attend informational presentations as well as see the demonstration aircraft parked on the ramp.

No matter what the reason, scores of people took advantage of the opportunity to see what sport pilot is all about, with EAA leading the way.
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Exhibitors Announce Camarillo Sport Pilot Tour Appearances
EAA’s increasingly popular Sport Pilot Tour makes its next stop December 3 at Camarillo Airport (CMA), California, and several exhibitors have already committed to have aircraft on site. They include Quality Sport Planes and a Zenith CH-601; AveoUSA, SportRider; Sport Planes West, Fantasy and/or Evektor; Legend Aircraft, Legend Cub; Sportair USA dealer, Bill Hollenbeck, StingSport; Sport Aircraft Works, Parrot ; and, Breezer. Others are expected to be on site, so check the for further updates.
EAA Offers Oshkosh Flights in B-17 Bomber
EAA is offering a rare opportunity for local residents to fly in a historic World War II bomber on Sunday, Dec. 4, when the Boeing B-17 Fuddy Duddy will host flight experiences from Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The flights, held in conjunction with EAA’s annual B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp, are the only local opportunities for B-17 missions this year outside of the annual EAA AirVenture fly-in. These opportunities are the same as those offered during EAA’s national B-17 tours each year, where thousands of people have experienced air travel in this aircraft, one of only about a dozen of the more than 12,000 B-17s built that are still airworthy.
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Fuddy Duddy wraps up its Florida leg of the Allied Victory Tour this weekend at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida, Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20. If you'd like to reserve one of the few remaining seats available at Lakeland, please call 920/371-2246.

Just added: Flights in Fuddy Duddy are available on December 10 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's Capital City Airport (CXY). EAA will make the stop while returning Fuddy Duddy to the Wings of Discovery Center, Elmira, New York. To book flights at CXY, please call the toll-free EAA membership line, 800/JOIN-EAA (564-6322).

Jabiru USA Earns S-LSA for J250 and J170
Jabiru USA, headquarters in Shelbyville, Tennessee, recently earned special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) certification for two of its Australian-designed aircraft, the J250 and the J170. The aircraft are built in the United States from parts shipped from Australia. Both aircraft are also available in kit form. For more information, contact Jabiru USA LLC, 2842 Highway 231 North, Shelbyville, TN 37160, call 800-JABIRU1 (522-4781, e-mail, or visit And for a complete listing of all S-LSA that have earned certification to date, visit
First S-LSA Approval For Zodiac CH 601
The FAA has issued the first special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) certificate to a Zodiac CH 601 manufactured by Czech Aircraft Works of the Czech Republic. The CH 601 was inspected and signed off in Florida and delivered to Jim Pellien, owner of Mid-Atlantic Sports Planes Regional Center, Sky Bryce Airport, Basye, Virginia. Pellien operates a Sport Aircraft Regional Center (SARC) in connection with, providing training and sales for the CH 601, along with the German Breezer, C42, and Russian Sigma aircraft.

After taking delivery of the CH 601, Pellien opened an immersive flight school for sport pilots at Sky Bryce Airport. The program trains sport pilots as quickly and reasonably as possible. The school’s first student, Gilad Gill, of the Bronx, New York, completed his sport pilot training in 13 days and earned his sport pilot certificate. For more information visit For further information on the CH 601 and other leading LSA, visit
Symphony Announces “Doors-Off” Certification
In response to numerous customer requests, Symphony Aircraft Industries (SAI) has certified the Symphony SA 160 for “doors-off” flight. This allows the aircraft to fly with either just the passenger door removed, or with both doors removed. Cruise speed is reduced by 5.5 percent in either configuration. For more information, visit
Aircraft Spruce Adds Plane-Power Lightweight Alternators
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty signed an agreement to distribute Plane-Power Lightweight Alternators globally. The new alternators provide an alternative to high-priced rebuilt or used aircraft alternators. They generate a higher level of power at low engine RPMs and develop less heat while producing their rated power. The alternators are FAA PMA certified and designed to replace nearly all popular general aviation alternators. For more information visit or call 877/4-SPRUCE.
More 'Freedom to Fly' Sport Pilot DVDs From ASA
Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. (ASA) has two new titles in the Sport Pilot “Freedom to Fly” series. The DVDs provide pilots with information on operating a fixed wing light-sport aircraft (LSA), supported by in-flight footage, interactive menus, and a booklet with worksheets and checklists for interactive learning. "Preflight a Fixed Wing Light-Sport Aircraft for Sport Pilots" shows the proper way to ensure a safe flight. "Be a Sport Pilot: Learn to Fly a Fixed Wing Light-Sport Aircraft" shows what it takes to get a sport pilot certificate, the concepts needed to earn the sport pilot certificate, and basic learn-to-fly principles that can be used for ultralights or fixed-wing LSAs. Available separately at for $49.95, or as part of a Student Pilot Kit that also includes "Weather to Fly for Sport Pilots" and the Sport Pilot Logbook for $99.95.
New Cylinders For Continental Engines From Superior 
Superior Air Parts, Inc. has introduced a new series of FAA-approved, direct replacement standard cast Millennium Cylinders for Continental 470/520/550 engines. They’ll be manufactured to exacting Superior specifications by Thielert Aircraft Engines of Hamburg, Germany, and are covered by a 15-month parts and labor warranty. The new cylinders are available through Superior’s network of authorized distributors. For a list of these distributors call 800/277-5168, or visit
Garmin GWX 68 Radar Offers Real-Time Weather
Garmin’s new GWX 68 four-color digital weather radar interfaces with their G1000 avionics suite and MX-20 MFD. The GWX 68 is available with a 10- or 12-inch phased array antenna, featuring 270 nm and 305 nm weather avoidance ranges, respectively. Other features include pilot adjustable horizontal scan angles of 20, 40, 60 or 90 degrees; a 6.5 kW magnetron; and pitch and roll stabilization. The GWX 68 also includes Garmin’s new WATCH and Target Alert features. WATCH (Weather Attenuated Color Highlight) identifies deceptively strong or unknown intensity parts of a storm, while Target Alert looks ahead for intense storms in the 80-320 nm range, regardless of the range setting for the radar display.

These features are in addition to looking at weather conditions from a vertical or horizontal perspective. The 12-inch GWX 68 will first be available in the G1000 avionics suite in Raytheon Aircraft Company’s 2006 Beechcraft Baron. The 10-inch GWX 68 will be available in the first quarter of 2006. Both models for the MX-20 MFD will be available for retrofit installation. Visit for more information.


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