December 23, 2005    Volume 5, Number 58



Clarification on FAA Order to Update Aircraft Registration Information 

EAA Aviation Services has received numerous calls and e-mails about a story posted last week titled, ““Feds Order Aircraft Owners to Update Registrations by February 2006.” Most questions are along these lines: “My records are correct, now what do I do?”

The answer: Nothing.

“Those people whose records are correct don’t have to do anything,” said Senior Aviation Specialist Joe Norris. “People only have to take any action if there’s a problem with the registration record. Otherwise, you’re all set.”

You can check your aircraft registration record on the FAA website at. If everything is correct, no further action is required.

Aircraft placed in the “registration at risk” category are listed on this site.
Registrations identified as “at-risk” are the ones people should worry about. Registration info that is correct does not require any action.

Mineta And Santa Sign Open Skies Agreement
Santa Gains Greater Access to Rooftops of Good Kids Everywhere

Just in time for Christmas, Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta and the North Pole’s Kris Kringle, a.k.a. Santa Claus, signed an Open Skies aviation agreement in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, December 21, giving Santa and his team of reindeer greater access to the rooftops of good kids everywhere.

For years, Santa had been required to make an annual request to the Secretary of Transportation for a special flight certificate in order to deliver his Christmas goodies. With this new agreement, it will be easier for Santa to finish his job all in one night.

“Santa can now focus on making his list and checking it twice, without the hassle of government paperwork,” said Secretary Mineta. “Thanks to this agreement, the only time he needs to worry about Red Tape is if he wants to use it to wrap presents.”

The Open Skies agreement signed by Secretary Mineta and Santa Claus noted Santa’s safe and efficient toy delivery operation that enables him to bring joy to millions of children in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and all U.S. territories, all without impact to air traffic carrying travelers to their holiday destinations.

“Now it’s just HO HO HO and off I go,” exclaimed the Jolly Old Elf. “The reindeer and I look forward to checking this item off of our list for good,” he said.

Mineta said the decision was helped by a flood of public comments offered by Santa advocates from all over the nation. Thousands of letters were sent to the Department of Transportation and to the North Pole encouraging each party to complete these important negotiations before Santa’s yearly trip, he said.

“Santa’s Elves are tough negotiators,” Mineta noted. “But, in the end, we were able to arrive at an agreement that will benefit children of all ages.”


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January 2006
EAA Desktop Calendar

We start the year with this award-winning photo taken at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. Photographer Bonnie Bartel captured this touch-and-go by EAA member Steve Lantz of Crystal Bay Nevada in his Tahoe Special Experimental Republic Sea Bee. The photo earned Bartel a Second Place award in the 2005 Fence Check photo competition and an Honorable Mention in the 2005 Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine photo contest. To download a copy for use on your computer desktop, visit the EAA website.

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Holiday Greetings From EAA!
2005 was a great year for EAA. The continuing emergence of sport pilot/light-sport aircraft was fueled by steady growth in the number of eligible aircraft, training facilities and programs, and strengthened infrastructure. In 2006, SP/LSA will continue to generate momentum for the future growth of aviation.

The new VLJs (Very Light Jets), many on static and flight display at Oshkosh last summer, continue to make huge strides. FAA certification fast approaches for the market leaders. A concept first unveiled at EAA AirVenture a few short years ago, VLJs are expected to greatly impact the way people travel. 

EAA Young Eagles continues to soar to new heights, and it’s all thanks to your unwavering dedication and commitment. The recent milestone of 1.2 million kids flown keeps Young Eagles as the world’s preeminent youth aviation program.

Our 2005 EAA AirVenture gathering in Oshkosh was what I considered the best ever in terms of the variety and quality of programs and participation, as well as the incredibly upbeat attitudes of attendees and exhibitors. We’re working harder than ever to build on that foundation for this summer, and hope to see you there July 24-30.

The common thread for all we do is the EAA member. You are actively supporting and brightening the future of flight. Regardless of how each of us chooses to celebrate this special time of year, EAAers are all united by a passion for aviation.

My wife, Sharon, and daughter, Lesley, join me in wishing you a joyous holiday season and a happy, prosperous new year.

Tom Poberezny, President
Experimental Aircraft Association

Get ‘Up Close and Personal’ With Aerobatic Pilots at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006
For an aerobatic pilot, there’s nothing quite like performing in front of an EAA AirVenture Oshkosh audience. Between having their peers watching every maneuver and the sophisticated, aviation-savvy audience lining the flight line, these ultra-competitive performers are extremely motivated to “nail” their routines. It’s why year in and year out, the world’s finest aerobatic performers decide they’ve got to be here. 
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EAA Responds to Kentucky Legislators Attempt to Create No-Flight Zone
EAA has responded strongly to an attempt by Kentucky State Senator Julian Carroll (D-Frankfort) to prohibit air operations over that state’s capital building in Frankfort in the name of national security. Senator Carroll submitted a resolution to the state Legislature seeking Senate support for his request to the FAA to prohibit overflight of the State Capitol grounds for all types of aircraft. Resolution BR 66 is currently at the Senate Interim Joint Committee of Transportation, and will be discussed by this committee after the Kentucky General Assembly reconvenes on January 3, 2006.
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EAA Wright Dinner Welcomes 225 Attendees For Scott Crossfield
Aviation legend Scott Crossfield was warmly welcomed to EAA headquarters in Oshkosh Saturday where he delivered a keynote address for the annual Wright Brothers Memorial Dinner. More than 225 people attended the third annual event, held in the Eagle Hangar of EAA’s AirVenture Museum, while EAA members from around the world participated via an exclusive webcast of the event.
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U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Coming Soon!
The countdown is on again for the hurricane-delayed U.S. Sport Aviation Expo set for January 12-15, 2006, at the Sebring Regional Airport, Sebring, Florida. Expo Manager Bob Wood says that final preparations are underway for the four-day event, with nearly 100 exhibitors registered and some 64 forums scheduled. Forum topics range from advice on purchasing a light-sport aircraft (LSA) to obtaining insurance and flight instruction.

EAA will have a sizable contingent on hand, including: Katrina Bradshaw, director of membership and advertising; Mary Jones, editor, EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine; Dan Johnson, EAA SP/LSA marketing consultant; Jim Koepnick, EAA chief photographer; Tammy Nowland, marketing and advertising coordinator; Rusty Sachs, executive director of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI); and Ron Wagner, EAA field relations manager.

Stop by the EAA Membership Tent to visit with staff members, join or renew your membership, or learn more about a sport pilot certificate or light-sport aircraft. Bob Mackey of Falcon Insurance will also be available on behalf of the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan to answer your LSA insurance-related questions.

For more information about the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, visit
EAA Insurance Tip --
Don’t Succumb to “Get There-itis”
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

I’ve read a lot of accident reports over the years that point to the little mistakes we all make from time to time. But there is one kind of accident I hate to read about: those caused when we decide to fly when we shouldn’t, when we push it because we feel we have to “get there” at all costs. I used to always push it. Whether traveling by car or by airplane, I’d drive long hours, late nights, and early mornings. I’d fly into marginal weather or I’d rush to get going—whether I was ready or not—or without knowing for sure that the airplane was ready. Then once, with my family onboard, I scared the living daylights out of myself and ever since I vowed to never push it again. I realized there’s no place I have to be that justifies me hurting my family or anyone else.
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Eclipse 500 Certification Delayed Until 2nd Quarter 2006
FAA certification of the Eclipse 500 will not occur in March 2006, but will be delayed until late Q2 2006, Eclipse Aviation announced Thursday. First customer deliveries will occur shortly thereafter. Eclipse blamed supplier delays, including “a slip in one major supplier’s delivery program,” for the delay.

“We have always been honest and forthcoming about our challenges, and today we are sharing an issue that will affect the timing of the Eclipse 500 certification program,” said Eclipse president and CEO Vern Raburn. “Over the last few months, we have been working with our suppliers to recover their schedules. Unfortunately, an in-depth assessment of the new schedules has made it clear that these slips will force a delay in our overall certification effort.
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Popular Mechanics Researcher Gets Wish: Sport Pilot Certificate
A researcher at Popular Mechanics magazine, which recently featured a cover story on Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA), earned his sport pilot certificate in eight days at Mid-Atlantic Sports Planes (MASPL), Sky Bryce Airport, Basye, Virginia. The effort is chronicled in a weblog on the magazine’s website. Davin Coburn, 26, achieved the feat in just eight days after stepping into an Zenith Zodiac 601XL LSA.
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DreamAircraft Has 51% Approval For Fast-Build Tundra Kits
Canadian kit manufacturer DreamAircraft has received 51% rule approval for its fast-build Tundra 200 aircraft kit. The four-place high-wing airplane can be built in nosewheel, tailwheel, floatplane configuration. It’s powered by a Lycoming IO-360, 200-hp engine turning a Sensenich two-blade, fixed-pitch propeller. EAA Sport Aviation featured a Flying Qualities Review of the Tundra in its August 2005 edition. For more information, visit or e-mail
American Legend Aircraft to Double Production
American Legend Aircraft’s new facility on Sulphur Springs (Texas) Municipal Airport (KSLR) will house aircraft production operations and a new customer delivery center. Two buildings are included with the project, a 20,000-square-foot hangar (to be used for aircraft fabrication, assembly, and R&D for future projects); and an adjacent 5,000-square-foot hangar, used for sales and marketing. Legend will continue leasing 21,000 square-feet of space, more than doubling its overall production capacity. That translates to a doubling of aircraft output as well, from four to eight aircraft per month.

“Having already delivered Legend Cubs to many satisfied customers, the new facilities will provide us with an opportunity to further increase our production capabilities,” said Tim Elliott, president. For more information visit
GlobalFlyer to Launch from Kennedy Space Center
The world first learned about EAAer Steve Fossett’s next planned adventure in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer back in July during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005: he aims to fly the record-setting aircraft around the world again—and then some—to break the record for the longest flight of an aircraft or balloon. On Friday, December 16, NASA announced that the flight would launch from the Kennedy Space Center’s Space Shuttle Landing Facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Government Hires Embry-Riddle For Flight-Security-Safety Training
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently awarded Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University a five-year, government-wide contract for flight, security, and safety training. The contract permits any federal agency to directly purchase Embry-Riddle training-related courses without a full and open competition, a grants process, or any open competition. The contract is currently limited to flight, security, and safety, but the university may negotiate to add other training-related subjects as required. For more information, visit
New Miller Electric Catalog Available
Miller Electric’s new 2006 full-line catalog features 84 pages of technical specifications, features, benefits and selection tips for Miller’s complete line of welding and plasma cutting products and accessories. The catalog also contains a glossary of welding terms and descriptions of Miller “technology exclusives” to help those who may be unfamiliar with the terminology or latest technology. To receive a copy, visit, call 800-4-A-MILLER, fax 877-327-8132 or write to Miller Electric Mfg. Co., P.O. Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058.
AeroWare Releases KITLOG PRO KitLog Pro 2.0
The long-anticipated 2.0 release of is now available from Aeroware Enterprises, LLC. The new release includes an entirely new look, added features, functions and flexibility, and the ability to post construction logs to the Internet. KitLog Pro 2.0 is a software-based organizational tool that allows an aircraft builder of any type to create, archive, manage and display the entire aircraft building process. It is a complete aircraft builder’s resource that provides the builder with the ability to create and maintain a detailed construction log with photographs; an expense log sorted by user definable categories; and other kit aircraft related features. KitLog Pro v2.0 is the most efficient way to ensure that a builder meets the requirements of a builder’s log for the certification of a homebuilt aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Also released is My KitLog, an Internet builder’s hub where registered KitLog Pro v2.0 users can post their projects on the Internet, free of charge. For more information, visit
SparrowHawk Wins ACE Quality Award
Performance LLC's ultra-lightweight SparrowHawk Sailplane won the ACE award for Superior Quality from the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) at this year's Composites 2005 show in Columbus, Ohio. The SparrowHawk holds three world records and is the first U.S.-designed sailplane to hold a world record in more than 30 years. The 155-pound aircraft is manufactured with AGATE-approved 2510 epoxy resin system carbon fabric and uni-tape from TORAY, and finished with automotive two-part urethane primers and polyurethane paints. For more information, visit
Symphony Aircraft Joins Letsfly.Org Partnership
Symphony Aircraft Industries (SAI) has partnered with and its shared ownership program. LetsFly members can now own a share of a brand-new Symphony 160 for a nominal initial investment, low monthly fees and reduced per-hour flight costs. The partnership also allows pilots to open a local flight center cooperative with ownership of a Symphony 160. is a cooperative organization dedicated to providing aircraft ownership benefits, flight time discounts, a turn-key business package, and other aviation resources. By joining LetsFly, members can own an airport-exclusive LetsFly cooperative and fly a new Symphony for less than rental costs. Participation in the business allows local cooperatives to develop a positive cash flow on the aircraft as well as earn commissions on “everything” aviation. For more information on this partnership and the cooperative program, visit
NBC to Air Red Bull Air Race on Christmas Eve
NBC will air the Red Bull Air Race World Series season finale on Saturday, December 24 at 3 p.m. ET. The broadcast covers the San Francisco event held in October, pitting pilots Mike Mangold, Kirby Chambliss and others from around the globe in the unique competition that combines aerobatic flight and speed. For more information on the series, visit
Aviation Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2006
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) will enshrine four new members at its 45th Annual Ceremony in Dayton on July 15, 2006. The Class of 2006 includes the first African American female licensed pilot Bessie Coleman; WWII fighter ace David "Tex" Hill; aviation advocate, pilot and actor Cliff Robertson; and test pilot and X-15 astronaut Robert M. White. For more information, visit the NAHF website. For reservations to the Annual Enshrinement Ceremony call 937/256-0944, ext. 10.
New Sales Center in Italy For Columbia Aircraft
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (CAM) has appointed a new international sales center to serve Italy. Columbia Aircraft Italia, a branch of Compagnia Aeronautica Emilana, will market, sell and support the Columbia 350 and 400 from its base of operations at Parma Airport (LIMP). The company also operates a complete repair, maintenance, and overhaul facility that will become certified to support the full line of Columbia aircraft. An affiliate company located there is also an authorized Garmin service center and will service the Garmin components in customers’ Columbia aircraft, including the new G1000 panel with READYPad alphanumeric data entry system. For a complete listing of all CAM International Sales and Service Centers, visit
Learn About Ignition Systems With LoPresti
LoPresti Aerodrome begins its monthly “First Saturday” clinics series on January 7 at the Vero Beach, Municipal Airport (KVRB). “Ignition, Mags, Spark Plugs and Wires” provides information about how your ignition system works and how to improve it featuring a guest presenter from Unison. The program begins at 9 a.m. at the LoPresti Aerodrome (KVRB) in Vero Beach, Florida. Future programs include February, 4 “Carbs, Air Filter, Fuel selection, and Additives” and March 4, Engine Analysis. To RSVP, visit the LoPresti website.
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