December 2, 2005    Volume 5, Number 55

  
    

  


Still Time to Make Reservations For Final B-17 Flights

Two opportunities remain this year to take the flight of a lifetime in a historic World War II bomber with EAA. On Sunday, December 4, 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. Reservations for the Dec. 4 flights, priced at $355 for EAA members and $395 for non-members, can be made by calling 800-359-6217. If time permits following the Dec. 4 flight experiences, ground tours of the B-17 will be available at Wittman Regional Airport that day.

Flights in Fuddy Duddy are also 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).

Holiday Hoopla Sale at EAA Aeronautica

If you’re in or around the Oshkosh area December 10-12, you're cordially invited to take in EAA's annual “Holiday Hoopla” sale at EAA AirVenture Museum’s Aeronautica gift shop. Special savings can be had on nearly every item in the store (sale good only at the Museum gift shop).

Also on Monday, December 12, enjoy the annual “Christmas in the Air” open house featuring local musical groups, refreshments, and a fly-in visit from Santa!


  

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Question of the Week
For EAA Aviation Services

A private pilot told me he didn’t renew his medical certificate and today flies a sportplane. Does his private license revert to a sport pilot license? I have a recreational license, so will mine do the same?

Answer:
So long as you have the cross-country endorsement called out in 14 CFR 61.101(c), you are allowed to operate at the sport pilot level using your recreational pilot certificate. You will use your valid US state drivers license in lieu of the FAA medical certificate, and you will be required to operate only within the privileges and limitations of the sport pilot certificate.

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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.

December 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

A late afternoon shot of the EAA AirVenture seaplane base taken by Bonnie Bartel. To download a copy for use on your computer desktop, visit the EAA website.
 
EAA Continues Efforts to Support SP/LSA
EAA’s Earl Lawrence and Joe Norris represented the interests of EAA members and other potential light-sport aircraft owners and operators this week during discussions held at the FAA Small Airplane Directorate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. They provided significant input on key experimental and special LSA certification issues in meetings with representatives of the FAA Sport Pilot Office in Oklahoma City, FAA headquarters, and Kansas City.
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EAA Members Attend California SP/LSA Sessions
About 85 EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts turned out for two chapter-hosted sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) informational sessions Tuesday and Wednesday in Southern California. EAA Chapter 7 in Long Beach welcomed attendees to the Long Beach Airport (LGB) on Tuesday and EAA Chapter 1 hosted Wednesday night’s event at Flabob Airport (RIR) in Riverside.
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FAA Releases Final Minneapolis Airspace Revision
The FAA released the final rule revising Minneapolis/St. Paul Class B airspace this week, expanding the upper limits from 8,000 feet MSL to 10,000 feet MSL. The final rule, to be implemented on February 16, 2006, does not include the north/south VFR transition corridor suggested by EAA in its first comments submitted in March 2001, but FAA notes VFR flyways are not addressed in a Class B rulemaking action, and it plans to develop and institute VFR flyways for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) terminal area through a separate, non-rulemaking process. EAA will continue to strongly urge for the swift approval of VFR corridors.
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Poberezny Speaks at CAFE Foundation Event
EAA President Tom Poberezny spoke last week at a special event sponsored by the CAFE (Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) Foundation in Santa Rosa, California. He shared the podium with SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill and Paul Macready, inventor of the Kremer Prize-winning Gossamer Condor human flying machine, as CAFE highlighted its Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) Centennial Challenge, the first aeronautics competition in NASA’s Centennial Challenges program.
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EAAer Describes ‘Chasing Lewis and Clark‘
Photographer, pilot, and explorer Ron Lowery visited the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Tuesday evening to share his story about retracing the great Lewis and Clark expeditions of two centuries ago. Lowery, with writer and fellow pilot Mary Walker, cast shadows on the explorers’ watery route in his homebuilt AirCam, Cloud Chaser. He also signed copies of the book, Chasing Lewis & Clark Across America, which chronicles the journey.
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EAA Members Save More With Ford’s Partner Recognition Vehicle Purchase Plan
The ' Keep it Simple' Plan
Ford Motor Company recently announced the national “Keep it Simple” plan on Ford, Mercury and Lincoln vehicles. This limited- time plan offers great savings and no-haggle pricing to the general public.

But EAA members save even more year-round with their Partner Recognition program benefits! Take advantage of savings on the sale or lease of eligible Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Mazda, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. EAA members not only receive better pricing, but they do not have to pay additional documentation fees and can select from a larger variety of vehicles by using their Partner Recognition plan benefits.

Just click on the Partner Recognition link at www.eaa.org to obtain your PIN. Discover Ford Motor Company’s complete line up of 2006 cars and trucks at www.ford.com. Take advantage of the Ford Partner Recognition Vehicle Purchase Plan—the simplest way to save money on your next vehicle purchase.  
    
Webcasts Slated For Upcoming Museum Events
The EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will host a number of special events in the coming weeks, and EAA members throughout the world are invited to “attend” through webcasts on the EAA Members Only website. No matter where you are, if you have a computer and an Internet connection, you can take part. Programs include:

December 7 - ”Kamikaze: The Final Sacrifice” - a program commemorating the 64th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. (7 p.m.)

December 17 - The annual EAA Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet, featuring legendary test pilot and aviator extraordinaire, Scott Crossfield (pictured above). Cost to attend this special event is $30 for EAA members, $35 for nonmembers. Reservations can be made by calling 920/426-6880. Cocktails and a cash bar will be open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. and the keynote address to follow.

January 18
- A program focusing on Ace WWII pilot, Wisconsin’s own Richard I Bong, and the P-38 fighter aircraft. (7 p.m.)

To access the webcasts, visit the EAA Members
Only site, http://members.eaa.org, on the day of the event.  
    
EAAer Receives 'Gator Giveaway' Grand Prize
Congratulations to Marcia Shad, EAA 652607, who won the grand prize in EAA's Member Village Perks program during AirVenture 2005. Marcia received her prize, a John Deere Gator, from John Deere’s Ed Kulka at her home in Port Orange Florida, last month. EAA members can look forward to another Member Village Perks program during AirVenture 2006 with an expanded slate of prizes include another John Deere Gator, assorted avionics, educational gift certificates, B-17 rides, and much more! Follow www.airventure.org for updates.
    
   
Four More S-LSA Certificated; List Now Stands at 22 Aircraft
The FAA has issued airworthiness certificates for four more aircraft in the Special-Light-Sport Aircraft Category, including the Sky Arrow 600, produced by Iniziative Industriali Italiane (3I) in Italy; Czech Aircraft Works’ Parrot; the FK Technik FK-9; and the RANS S-7SL. That makes 22 certificated S-LSA, all listed on the EAA Sport Pilot website, www.sportpilot.org/slsa/

See several models of sportplanes at EAA’s Camarillo Sport Pilot Tour stop scheduled for this Saturday, December 3, at the Camarillo Airport, California.
     
First G1000 Diamond Star Arrives in Australia
The first Garmin G1000-equipped Diamond Star has been delivered to Australia. Owned by Glenn Angus of Angus Aircraft, it will be used as a personal aircraft as well as for flight-training and rental through Tristar Aviation, Melbourne. “There were a number of factors influencing my decision to purchase the DA40,” said Mr. Angus. “First and highest on my list was safety. Second was its ability to carry my family in comfort on long trips, then ease of use and the excellent customer support. I have flown the DA40 for about 15 hours now and I love the G1000 system. It is logical and easy to use. All the information you could possibly need, and more, is available when you need it,” he said. For information on Diamond Aircraft, call 888/359-3220 or visit www.diamondair.com.
     
Sporty’s 2006 Sweepstakes To Award a G1000 Cessna Skyhawk 
Sporty’s is giving away a brand-new Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP with the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit system as part of their 2006 Sweepstakes. One lucky Sporty’s customer will win an aircraft that combines one of the world’s most popular airplanes with a revolutionary new all-glass flight deck. The G1000 is a completely integrated avionics system, combining all aircraft and flight information on two 10-inch, high-resolution displays. The sweepstakes airplane is valued at $230,000 and also comes equipped with two panel-powered Bose X headsets. To enter, simply place an order with Sporty’s Pilot Shop by 5 p.m. EDT on September 6, 2006. Complete Sweepstakes rules are available at www.sportys.com/sweepstakes.
      
Online ELSA/SLSA Partnership Database
Mid-Atlantic Sports Planes, a regional center for SportsPlanes.com, has established a free online ELSA/SLSA Partnership Database for people who would like to share ownership of a new ELSA/SLSA aircraft and reduce monthly outlays to an absolute minimum. Pilots who are interested in being listed in the database can do so at the Mid-Atlantic sports Planes website www.MASPL.com or call 703/851-9375. 
    
New Course Helps Pilots Become Glass Proficient Before They Fly
A new, interactive CD-ROM course from King Schools helps pilots prepare for using the Garmin G1000 before they even leave the ground. The course covers VFR and IFR operations, navigation, communications, loading and activating instrument approaches, departure and arrival procedures, systems, what to do when things go wrong, and best operating procedures. Interactive questions following each lesson test G1000 knowledge and teach G1000 procedures. Cleared for Flying the Garmin G1000 contains 7 CD-ROMS and runs approximately 4 hours before interactive questions. The student can print out a course completion certificate for the checkout instructor, FBO or insurance company. The price is $249. To order, call 800/854-1001 or visit www.kingschools.com.
    
Gulf and Pacific Coast Avionics Launch New Websites
Gulf Coast Avionics and Pacific Coast Avionics launched all-new websites November 4 with new features designed to help online shoppers. In addition to a new look, the new site features color images and text descriptions of products, new sub-categories and drop-down menus for quicker searching, a showcase of “Hot Items” featuring promotions and products with special prices, and links to related items and accessories. 
For more information, visit the new websites at www.GCA.aero for Gulf Coast Avionics, or www.PCA.aero for Pacific Coast Avionics.
    
FAA Approves Frasca Mentor as Advanced ATD
The FAA has approved Frasca International’s Mentor device as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). An AATD can be used for satisfying tasks, maneuvers and procedures under select sections of Federal Regulations for parts 61 and 141. The Mentor can be used for a maximum of 20 hours toward the instrument rating, 2.5 hours towards the Private Pilot Certificate, 50 hours towards a Commercial Certificate and 25 hours towards the Airline Transport Pilot’s Certificate (ATP). It can also be used for instrument proficiency checks and special training curricula. For more information visit www.frasca.com.  
    
Micro Aerodynamics Makes VG- Kits for Over 500 Models
Micro Aerodynamics has crossed the 500 mark in the number of aircraft models eligible for installation of their vortex generators with over 60 STCs allowing for their retrofitting to single and light twin aircraft. Vortex generators, typically attached to the upper leading edge surface of the wing and at varied locations on the tail group, reduce landing speed, cut down of takeoff roll and assure positive aileron and rudder control up to and sometimes into a full stall. To learn more contact Micro AeroDynamics at 800/677-2370 or visit their website at www.microaero.com. 
      

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