December 9, 2005    Volume 5, Number 56



Holiday Hoopla Sale at EAA Aeronautica

Stop in at EAA AirVenture Museum's Aeronautica gift shop in Oshkosh December 10-12 for EAA's annual "Holiday Hoopla" sale. Get special savings on nearly every item in the store (sale good only at the Museum gift shop).

And if you come 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 Claus in the evening!


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Question of the Week
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I own a Valentin Taifun 17E motorglider with an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate. I am undergoing an annual inspection and the AI has pointed out that I do not have "EXPERIMENTAL" placards mounted in the aircraft. OK, so I am told that there is a specific FAR which specifically spells out the size, spacing, and location of the letters and where they have to be mounted. I have searched the FAA website for hours and have failed to find where this is stated. Can you help me out?

You're looking for 14 CFR 45.23(b), which states:
"(b) When marks include only the Roman capital letter “N” and the registration number is displayed on limited, restricted or light-sport category aircraft or experimental or provisionally certificated aircraft, the operator must also display on that aircraft near each entrance to the cabin, cockpit, or pilot station, in letters not less than 2 inches nor more than 6 inches high, the words “limited,” “restricted,” “light-sport,” “experimental,” or “provisional,” as applicable."

Note that the "experimental" marking must be no less than 2 inches high and no more than 6 inches high, and that it must be displayed "near each entrance to the cabin, cockpit, or pilot station...". This requirement should also be called out in the operating limitations that were issued to your aircraft as a part of its airworthiness certificate, so you may want to check that document as well.

EAA has "experimental" placards available in either black or white letters. Call EAA membership services at 800-843-3612 and specify black (E30582) or white (E30581). Cost is $2.49 per placard.

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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 Registers 1.2 Millionth Young Eagle
The EAA Young Eagles program, the world’s most successful youth aviation initiative ever, registered its 1.2 millionth Young Eagle flown today, December 8, at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh Wisconsin. He is Gerald Miles, age 10, of Newnan, Georgia, who took his flight on November 25 in a Cirrus SR22 piloted by William Castlen of Destin, Florida. William, EAA 183796, has flown 237 Young Eagles since January 1994, and has flown 48 kids in 2005. He is a member of EAA Chapter 108.
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Angel Flight Southeast Votes to Accept Experimental Homebuilt Help
Thanks in no small part to EAA homebuilt aircraft Technical Counselors and Flight Advisors safety programs, Angel Flight Southeast has voted to accept pilot applications from experimental aircraft owners for non-passenger missions. The announcement came during last weekend’s Board of Directors meeting at which Angel Flight Southeast joined Angel Flight West as the only regions to currently accept experimental aircraft.
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Another Sport Pilot Tour Success Story at Camarillo
More than 500 registered attendees enjoyed the new certificated designs, the most up-to-date information, and beautiful Southern California weather during Saturday’s EAA Sport Pilot Tour stop at Camarillo Airport (CMA). EAA Chapter 723 hosted the event, which was described as the best yet out of five tour stops.

With 15 aircraft on display from 14 manufacturers, the ramp was full of everyone from curious onlookers to serious buyers. Meanwhile the EAA Chapter hangars were “standing room only” for presentations on SP/LSA by EAA’s Earl Lawrence and sport pilot marketing consultant Dan Johnson.
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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006—The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration—Coming July 24-30, 2006
Although opening day is still nearly eight months away, the preparations have already started for the 54th annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, coming July 24-30, 2006. The event, which draws more than 10,000 airplanes from around the world, has been held at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh since 1970.

The event’s newly updated website,, is now available and contains the latest updates for the fly-in, which in 2005 drew an unmatched aircraft lineup that included SpaceShipOne/White Knight and the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. The EAA AirVenture website will highlight the latest news and aircraft confirmations, essential information such as admission rates and housing; and other important information to create an unforgettable visitor experience in 2006.
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Need a Ride to Oshkosh? Check out EAA's RideShare
In early 2005, EAA launched RideShare, a new service that sought to pair those wanting to attend the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly in with those who had a spare seat available, airborne or ground-bound. Hundreds of people took advantage of listing their names and contact information, no doubt allowing scores to attend who otherwise would have stayed at home. The 2006 version of EAA’s AirVenture’s RideShare is now available on the EAA AirVenture 2006 website,
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See Aviation Legend Scott Crossfield at EAA Wright Brother Banquet December 17
EAA is proud to welcome legendary test pilot and aviator extraordinaire, Scott Crossfield to Oshkosh on December 17 where he will speak at the annual EAA Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet. Crossfield (EAA 430120) made aviation history on Nov. 20, 1953, when he became the first person to reach Mach 2, piloting the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket research aircraft to more than 1,320 mph.

He served five years as a test pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Edwards Air Force Base, California, then joined North American Aviation, contractor for the X-15 Rocket Plane. As a design consultant and test pilot, Crossfield helped guide the development of the X-15 and flew its maiden flights in 1959. He flew the X-15 a total of 14 times, to a maximum altitude of more than 88,000 feet and a maximum speed of Mach 2.97 (1,960 mph)

Reservations to attend the EAA Wright Dinner are still available at $30 for EAA members, $35 for nonmembers. Please call 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.

For EAA members unable to attend, the event will be webcast over the EAA Members Only Website,
How to Keep Your e-Mail From Becoming 'Spam'
Recent research estimates that 80 percent or more of all e-mail sent these days is spam. It’s important that you take a pro-active role in preventing your e-mail from becoming spam as well as keeping your e-mail box and computer as spam- and virus-free as possible.

1. Use your full name in the ‘from/reply to’ field.
A blank field, nickname or just a first or last name can be flagged as spam by some e-mail programs.
See more tips
Next week: How to protect yourself from 'Spam.'
Eclipse 500 Receives FAA Type Inspection Authorization
Eclipse Aviation has received its first Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the FAA on the Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ). The TIA authorizes FAA personnel to being performing on-board aircraft testing of the Eclipse 500 for certification.

To obtain the TIA Eclipse demonstrated to the FAA that adequate development testing, analyses and design assurance have been achieved to allow formal entry into FAA certification testing. TIAs are issued when the technical data required for Type Certification have reached a point where it appears the item will meet FAA regulations. Over the coming months, the FAA will approve a series of TIAs that will allow FAA engineers and test pilots to explore every facet of flying and operating the Eclipse 500.
For more information visit
EZ-Rocket Soars Into The Record Book
XCOR’s EZ-Rocket, piloted by Dick Rutan, made a record-setting, point-to-point flight December 3 when it flew from the Mojave California Spaceport to California City. In 1986, Rutan was co-pilot on the Voyager, which made the first nonstop, around-the-world flight without refueling.

The EZ-Rocket is a modified Long-EZ, propelled by twin 400-pound thrust, regeneratively cooled rocket engines and fueled by isopropyl alcohol and liquid oxygen. It is able to stop and restart its engines in mid-flight, as well as perform rocket-powered touch-and-goes on a runway. Maximum speed of the rocket plane was estimated at 200 mph, climbing upwards to about 8,500 feet.

The EZ-Rocket flew for the first time before the public at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. For more information visit
Midwest Aviation Conference And Tradeshow January 7-8
Saint Louis University’s Busch Student Center will host the free two-day Midwest Aviation Conference and Tradeshow, January 7-8, incorporating the Super Safety Seminar and the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors FIRC (Flight Instructors Refresher Clinic). The event will include presentations by national and regional aviation and safety professionals, and vendors will be on-hand with displays. Current flight instructors will be able to renew their certificates, and presentations include a flying companion course for non-pilots.

Among the featured speakers are legendary test pilot Scott Crossfield; Dr. Peggy Baty Chambrian, president and founder of Women in Aviation International; Jeff Edwards, 2003 FAA national CFI of the year; John Teipen, 2005 FAA national CFI of the year; Gregg Maryniak, vice president of the X-Prize Foundation; and Missouri Congressman Jack Jackson. For more information visit
Online Forums For Homebuilders And Restorers
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has launched a series of online forums for homebuilders and people involved with restoration or maintenance projects. Through their website, anyone can post comments, ideas, or building tips in any of the forums. Specialized subject areas include Classic and Warbird Restorations, Mechanicals, Racers and Fabricators, EAA Workshops, Avionics, Fly-ins and Aviation Events, Hot Spots (flying destinations), The FAA, and Light-Sport Aircraft. To register, visit and click on the Forums icon located at the bottom-left corner of the page.
NAA Honors Martha King With Henderson Award
Martha King received the 2005 Cliff Henderson Award for Achievement from the National Aeronautic Association at NAA's Annual Fall Awards Banquet held December 5. The award is presented annually to “a living individual or group whose vision, leadership, or skill, has made a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation or space activity.”

King is the first and only woman in history to hold every FAA class of pilot and instructor rating. The NAA is the oldest national aviation organization in the United States. It is dedicated to the advancement of the art, sport and science of aviation in the United States. Previous Cliff Henderson Award recipients include Jimmy Doolittle, Roscoe Turner, General Curtis LeMay, Frank Borman, Scott Crossfield, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Ernest K. Gann.
Liberty Aerospace, Pilot Journey To Support LFS Program
Liberty Aerospace has teamed up with Pilot Journey to market and handle direct sales efforts on behalf of participating Liberty Flight Schools (LFS). The agreement provides sales support to LFS schools by marketing and selling flight training services. The LFS program is designed to reward schools that join the program by creating student demand for those flight schools. For more information visit
AEROX Receives STC For Oxygen Systems in SR20
The FAA has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of Aerox oxygen systems in Cirrus SR20 aircraft.  The STC approves not only the modifications to Cirrus aircraft with a built-in AEROX oxygen system, but also how the modifications affect the original Cirrus design. The FAA issued an earlier STC for installation of AEROX built-in oxygen systems in Cirrus SR22 aircraft.

The AEROX oxygen systems are built into the SR20 with minimum impact to the capacity of the baggage compartment where the cylinder resides. Passenger tubing, which normally runs through the aisle from a tank attached to the copilot’s seat, is rerouted from a central oxygen cylinder to individual oxygen outlet manifolds located in the center console. A tank size of 22, 50 or 77-cu. ft. allows for longer oxygen durations and less frequent refilling. For more information visit
RIT Powered Parachute Inspection Course Accepted
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York, has received FAA approval to offer its 16-hour LSA repairman inspection course for powered parachute owners. The first class is scheduled for December 17-18, with subsequent classes offered monthly in Rochester.

“We are excited to provide this service to the powered parachute community, and the December 17 start date couldn’t be better timed,” said course developer Kevin Kochersberger. If that name sounds familiar, it should: Kochersberger was pilot of EAA’s authentic reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer for the Centennial of Flight Celebration on December 17, 2003 at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. More information about the $350, two-day course can be found on RIT’s website:

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