December 16, 2005    Volume 5, Number 57

  
    

  


Scott Crossfield
at EAA HQ, on Webcast Saturday

EAA is proud to welcome legendary test pilot and aviator extraordinaire, Scott Crossfield to Oshkosh this Saturday evening, 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, http://members.eaa.org.


  

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December 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

An early morning 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, NAFI Ask TSA to Ease Recurrent Security Awareness Training Hurdles
Waiver secured for ‘in-month’ recurrency training requirement
EAA and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) are asking the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to help flight schools and independent flight instructors comply with mandated recurrent security training. Specifically, the member organizations would like TSA to create a free and field-accessible program to help ensure compliance with TSA regulation 49 CFR Part 1552, “Flight Training for Aliens and Other Designated Individuals; Security Awareness Training for Flight School Employees.”
  
EAA and NAFI are also asking TSA to make finding regulatory requirements within the TSA website a much simpler process by creating web links to specific Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations that impact initial and recurrent training.
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EAA Recommendations Would Help Eliminate Aviation Medical Certificate Backlog
Proposal would aid FAA’s heightened efforts to solve dilemma
Pilots would see improved response times to their medical-certification and special-issuance applications, if policy and process changes proposed by the Experimental Aircraft Association are adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration. In a letter and supporting documents delivered to the FAA this week, EAA President Tom Poberezny recommended solutions to the backlog of applications for aeromedical certification. Delays in processing such applications, particularly special issuance paperwork, continue to be a vexing problem for FAA and the pilot community.

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Mike Melvill to Attend EAA Texas Fly-In
Mike Melvill, SpaceShipOne pilot and the world’s first commercial astronaut, will attend the EAA Southwest Regional Fly-In (Texas Fly-In) scheduled May 12-14 at Hondo (Texas) Municipal Airport. Melvill made history in 2004 by piloting the first of two suborbital flights in SpaceShipOne that won the $10 million Ansari X Prize. On June 24 that year, Melvill flew the Burt Rutan-designed space ship to its first flight beyond the official edge of earth’s atmosphere in a test flight.
   
Melvill will conduct forums on Saturday, May 13, about his experiences throughout the SpaceShipOne design and building process, as well as the flights themselves. He will also be the featured speaker at Saturday’s evening awards dinner.
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Aircraft Owners Need to Update Registrations by February 1, 2006
Aircraft owners and operators have until February 1, 2006 to ensure their aircraft registration information is properly completed and up to date (including address) or they may be denied access to the National Airspace System (NAS).
  
An FAA notice published in the Federal Register on December 9 indicates that FAA and TSA “will revitalize and refocus” U.S. airspace monitoring capabilities to ensure that each aircraft operating within the NAS has met all statutory, regulatory and certification requirements, effective February 1, 2006.

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EAA Chapter 38 Immortalizes its Founding President, George S. Cowan
EAA Life Member George S. Cowan, who passed away last June 20, was immortalized by his home EAA Chapter 38 in Perry, Georgia, which renamed itself in George’s honor. From now on, the Chapter will be known as the George S. Cowan Memorial Chapter 38, Experimental Aircraft Association. George, 82 when he passed, was the chapter’s first president. He served as a pilot in the U. S. Army Air Corp during World War II and was a POW in Germany. George also was a Certificated Flight Instructor and an A&P with IA as well as an EAA Technical Counselor. He volunteered his expertise for many years at EAA AirVenture Homebuilders Headquarters, as well as at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida.
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EAA Insurance Tip --
Nosedragger vs. Taildragger:
Why don’t they cost the same to insure?
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.
  

It’s a fact: Insurance for a tailwheel airplane costs more than insurance for a nose-gear airplane. Why? Before you answer, first take a couple of steps back and look at some other facts.
   
In the 1950s Cessna and Piper each decided to begin building aircraft with nose gears in addition to conventional, or tail wheel aircraft. Two main reasons cited in aviation history books were easier takeoff and landing operations, which translated to safer new pilot training. Also, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, more and more airports were adding hard-surface runways, which any tailwheel pilot will tell you are less forgiving for conventional gear landings and taking offs. Keep in mind both Cessna and Piper were competing for the flight school and private ownership markets. Their marketing plans were designed to show their aircraft were easy and fun to fly. The subliminal message may have been that both Cessna and Piper wanted people to feel safer and more comfortable in their easier-to-fly airplanes.
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How to Protect Yourself From 'Spam'
Last week we gave you some tips on how to keep your e-mail from becoming "Spam." This week we provide some helpful hints on how you can protect your computer from Spam, which comprises an estimated 80 percent or more of all e-mail sent these days. Take a proactive role in preventing your e-mail from becoming spam.
  
1. Protect your computer.
Many Internet service providers (ISP) and e-mail programs provide spam (junk) e-mail filters that can serve as the first line of defense against virus-carrying spam messages. Learn how to use those features. Install and regularly update antivirus and anti-spam software. If you don't have the extra protection of a firewall, get it. There are some great programs available for free download (or purchase) such as Zone Alarm.
  
Never open attachments unless you are expecting them from someone you trust. Spammers can highjack the personal and corporate e-mail accounts of others - a process known as "spoofing" - to send viruses that can corrupt your computer. If you are in doubt about an attachment, verify with the sender before opening it.
  
Spyware - software that covertly gathers information about a user while navigating the Internet and transmits the information to an individual or company that uses it for marketing or other purposes. There are many free (and for purchase) programs available for download such as Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware, or read the TopTenReviews on anti-spyware software at to find a program that fits your needs.
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Cirrus To Begin Aircraft Re-Assembly in Europe
UK-based Britten-Norman will provide final re-assembly of Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft slated for delivery to European customers. Britten-Norman, located in Southern England, will perform final Cirrus aircraft re-assemblies, including wing and tail attachment, initially for European customers and potentially for other geographic markets in the future. The company has over 40 years of experience in the manufacture, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of light aircraft. For more information visit www.britten-norman.com or www.cirrusdesign.com.
    
Sun ’n Fun To Honor Space Shuttle, Rutan Voyager Anniversaries
The 2006 Sun ’n Fun Fly-In will honor two landmark events of aviation history at its annual event April 4-10 at Lakeland, Florida’s Linder Regional Airport. The fly-in will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle launch and the 20th anniversary of the Voyager world flight, the world’s first non-stop, non-refueled circumnavigation.

John Young and Bob Crippen, Commander and Pilot of the first Shuttle launch, will be featured at a special evening program on Saturday, April 8. Special forums will feature guests who were instrumental in all planning and execution stages of the history-making Voyager flight in which Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager flew around the world in 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds.
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Special Airworthiness Certificate For S-LSA Zodiac CH 601 XL
Aircraft Manufacturing and Development Co (AMD) has received a Special Airworthiness Certificate for the Zodiac CH 601 XL. AMD completed all of the documents, flight-testing and quality control requirements with assistance from Zenair Ltd, and the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA). The all-metal Zodiac features a Continental O-200, 100-hp engine and Sensenich propeller. The original model was designed in the early ‘80s, and reengineered in 2001 as the CH 601 XL. For more information on the Zodiac visit www.zenithair.com.
    
Cirrus Owners to Gather in Duluth June 2-4
The Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) will hold its annual convention in Duluth, Minnesota, June 2-4, 2006. The fourth annual “Migration” to the home of Cirrus Design Corporation, dubbed “M4,” will expand activities from previous years with safety training seminars, vendor exhibits, training flights, factory tours, a dinner/banquet, and renowned aviation guest speakers. To ensure the flying partners of COPA members also have an enjoyable experience, the convention includes a Migration Spouse program with seminars oriented toward frequent right-seaters, local trips, and a day spa. The event is expected to attract over 200 aircraft, 400 attendees and 60 exhibitors. Reservations open in January. For more information, contact Mike Radomsky at mradomsky@cirruspilots.org.
    
Virgin Galactic and New Mexico Announce Spaceport Agreement
Virgin Galactic and the State of New Mexico have announced this week plans to build a $200 million spaceport on a 27 square-mile area in the southern part of the state. The spaceport will be home to Virgin Galactic’s world headquarters and Mission Control for its personal spaceflight business.
  
“When Burt Rutan and SpaceShipOne won the X-Prize in October 2004, we knew the new space industry had arrived,” said Secretary Rick Homans. “And when Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin would use that same technology to fly paying passengers into space, we realized that our most important job was to convince Virgin Galactic to come to New Mexico and launch the personal spaceflight industry.” 

Virgin Galactic President Will Whitehorn noted several factors that make New Mexico an ideal operations base: climate, free airspace, low population density, high altitude, and stunning scenery. For more information, visit www.virgingalactic.com.

    
50th Order for the Production Seawind 300C Announced
Seawind, Inc. has received its 50th order for the Seawind 300C. The aircraft is a production version Seawind, which was previously available in kit form for over 13 years. The 300C is manufactured by Seawind, Inc.’s sister company, Advanced Aero Corp in St. Jean-sur-Richlieu, Quebec, Canada, and will undergo certification flight testing in the first quarter of 2006. For more information visit www.seawind.net.
    
Oregon Aero High-G Safety Seat Certified for Columbia
Oregon Aero, Inc. has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for High-G Safety Seat installations on Columbia 400 and Columbia 350 aircraft. “Columbia Aircraft has a reputation for producing safe, high-performance aircraft, and Oregon Aero is very pleased that our seats are standard equipment,” said Mike Dennis, president and CEO of Oregon Aero. For more information visit www.oregonaero.com.
    
OX-GEN to Begin Production of Non-Explosive Oxygen Systems
OX-GEN Flexible Life Systems, Inc’s non-explosive portable oxygen system will go into production next month. The FDA-approved units produce non-pressurized 99.97 percent pure oxygen in 27 seconds for a minimum of 15 and up to 30 minutes. Manufacturing will be outsourced through a licensing agreement. The initial step will be to set up the appropriate FDA-approved production facilities, and delivery of the first units is scheduled for the second quarter of 2006. For more information visit www.ox-gen.us.
    
Beechcraft Baron G58 Type Certification Completed
Raytheon Aircraft Company has received FAA type certification of the Beechcraft Baron G58, featuring Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics system as standard equipment. Certification follows the product name changes announced in May 2005, the avionics upgrade announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and the certification of its sister ship, the new Bonanza G36 in November 2004. Formerly the Beechcraft Baron 58, the newly designated Beechcraft Baron G58 also features new paint and logo designs. For more information visit www.raytheonaircraft.com.
     
Fifth Generation of Ultralight-Led Cranes Reaches Florida
Nineteen endangered whooping cranes led by 4 ultralight aircraft reached Florida’s Gulf coast this week after a 61-day trek of more than 1,100 miles through seven states. The cranes and ultralights arrived in Marion County flying over a crowd of more than 800 spectators at the Dunnellon Municipal Airport.

This is the fifth group of Whoopers to be guided by ultralights to Florida from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin. The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) is conducting this ultralight-led reintroduction project in efforts to return this endangered species to its historic range in eastern North America. There are now 64 whooping cranes in the wild in eastern North America. The first migration in 2001 was from Necedah to Chassahowitzka NWR on Florida’s Gulf Coast. For more information visit www.bringbackthecranes.org.
     
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