HAPPY NEW YEAR!                        January 6, 2006    Volume 6, Number 1

  
    

  


EAA Young Eagle Webchat Features Thunderbird Pilot

They amaze crowds as they fly maneuvers at air shows every week. The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, "The Thunderbirds," are an elite group of pilots chosen to fly the Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon.

You may have seen the Thunderbirds perform their precision demonstration flights, but on January 18 you’ll have an opportunity to take part in a live webchat with the pilot of the No. 2 jet, Major Rusty Keen, who has flown with the elite group since 1994.

The EAA Young Eagle Web Chat is an opportunity for interesting people in aviation to answer your questions directly. The text-based chat is available at www.youngeagles.org/
webchat/
on the third Wednesday of the month from 7-8 p.m. Central time.

Winter Speaker Series Features Ace Richard Bong

America’s top World War II ace is the subject of a special presentation on January 18 at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar.

Lt. Richard I. Bong shot down 40 enemy aircraft, for which he received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Christabel Grant, executive director of the Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center in Superior, Wisconsin, will discuss Bong’s accomplishments as a legendary P-38 fighter pilot in World War II, his acceptance of the Medal of Honor, and his untimely death at the age of 24 during a test flight.

The evening also includes a special tour of the museum’s own P-38 airplane, which is painted in the accurate markings of Bong’s airplane. WWII veteran Terry Coleman will share his experiences as a P-38 pilot in Italy during the war.

The free program begins at 7 p.m. (Free will donations accepted/appreciated.) The program will also be webcast through the EAA AirVenture Museum website.


  

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
For the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan

I may buy a 1946 Taylorcraft about 150 miles away from my home base. Provided the aircraft is airworthy and has current annual, and I pay the seller at his location, who’s insurance policy would cover the flight to my base?

Answer: 
Anytime you own something, such as a car, home, boat, or airplane, it's up to you to insure yourself against any potential liability you may incur due to your ownership. This also apples if you are using something that belongs to someone else.

In your situation, you would have an initial risk exposure if you were to test fly the airplane. For example, say you do a brief preflight but you don't check the fuel and run out of fuel during the test flight and you damage a farmer's field when making an off-airport landing. Not only would you be potentially responsible for the damage to the field and the airplane due to your inadequate preflight, the owner would potentially be responsible simply because he owns the airplane and he should have made sure you did a thorough preflight.

If you are flying an airplane you don't own you should have non-owners or renters insurance. Your second risk exposure begins once you've purchased the airplane. You should arrange aircraft insurance before you start your flight back to your home airport. The previous owners insurance would definitely not apply because his insurance policy states that it applies to this particular airplane, provided he owns it (which he would not after you pay him.)

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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.
 
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Gears Up For Next Week
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo gets under way next Thursday, January 12, and runs through the weekend at the Sebring Regional Airport, Sebring, Florida. EAA is busy making final preparations to play a large role at the second annual event. Organizers say about 100 exhibitors are registered, and more than 60 scheduled forums will offer the latest information on the growing SP/LSA marketplace. Attendees will have access to the latest on SP/LSA, including advice on purchasing a light-sport aircraft (LSA), obtaining insurance, flight instruction, and more.

Those planning to attend should stop by the EAA Membership Tent to visit, join or renew your membership, or learn more about a sport pilot certificate or light-sport aircraft. For more information about the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, visit www.sport-aviation-expo.com.
    
GlobalFlyer Wingtip Damaged Prior to Test Flight
Setback for Fossett’s ‘Ultimate Flight’
Friday’s planned repositioning flight of the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer from Salina, Kansas, to Kennedy Space Center in Florida was put on indefinite hold as the result of damage sustained to the aircraft in a collision with a fuel tank truck Wednesday. According to Virgin Atlantic, a wingtip struck the truck following fueling prior to Wednesday’s planned test flight, and the damaged caused is described as “considerable.”
Steve Fossett and his technical team are currently making an assessment on how long it will take to repair and retest the aircraft, so it’s not known whether this cause a delay to his planned Ultimate Flight take-off date, previously estimated as early as the beginning of February.
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EAA, NAFI Helping FAA Update, Improve Knowledge Tests, PTS
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enlisted the expertise of EAA, NAFI, and other industry organizations involved in the flight-training field during a December meeting in Oklahoma City. This group was asked to provide feedback and assist in the development of revised materials and objectives for the FAA knowledge tests as well as the practical test standards (PTS). NAFI vice presidents Sandy and JoAnn Hill took part on behalf of EAA and the National Association of Flight Instructors.
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It's Time to Make Your AirVenture Housing Plans
It's that time of year again; time to secure your housing for the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, which takes place less than seven months from now-July 24-30.

While reservation policies can vary from hotel to hotel, most local lodging is generally booked solid from year to year. But the loss of two sizeable hotel facilities over the past few years has made hotel space in Oshkosh that much tighter.

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Send Us Your AirVenture Waypoints, Fuel Stops
Every year, many facilities provide special offers to EAA members on their flights to and from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. We collect listings of these valuable offers and place them together on the EAA AirVenture website as a convenience to those planning a flight to the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.

If you’d like your facility to be among the waypoints, FBOs, and others listed on the AirVenture website, please send us your information, including name of business, airport, phone number, e-mail address, and any special offers you’d like to announce. Send to webmaster@eaa.org, then watch for it on www.airventure.org.
    
Visit www.airventure.org For Latest Updates 
The New Year is here, and planning for the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration has kicked into high gear! One place you'll want to visit again and again for the latest AirVenture news and developments is www.airventure.org, the official website of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. We've got plenty of exciting announcements coming down the pike, so go to the place where you can find out about it first!
      
    
Weight-Shift-Control LSA Consensus Standards Accepted
The FAA has accepted the consensus standards for weight-shift-control light-sport aircraft (LSA), clearing the way for trikes to be sold as ready-to-fly special LSA (S-LSA). Scott Toland, chairman of the ASTM Int’l subcommittee, announced the following completed standards on January 4.
F2317/F2317M-05-Standard Specification for Design of Weight-Shift-Control Aircraft
F2457-05-Standard Specification for Required Product Information to be Provided with Weight-Shift-Control Aircraft
F2483-0-Standard Practice for Maintenance and the Development of Maintenance Manuals for Light Sport Aircraft
F2448-0-Standard Practice for Manufacturer Quality Assurance System for Weight-Shift-Control Aircraft
F2447-05-Standard Practice for Production Acceptance Test Procedures for Weight-Shift-Control Aircraft
F2425-05a Standard Specification for Continued Airworthiness System for Weight-Shift-Control Aircraft
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DA42 Twin Star gets 'Known-Ice' Certification, Gross Weight Extension
Diamond's
DA42 Twin Star has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for flight into known icing conditions, and certification of a gross weight increase from 3,748 lbs. to 3,935 lbs. FAA validation of both certifications is expected shortly.

The system includes de-ice fluid weeping leading edge protection of the wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers as well as prop and canopy deicing. The 187 lbs. gross weight increase boosts the useful load of a well-equipped Twin Star to 1,174 lbs. For more information visit www.diamondaircraft.com
    
Sport Pilot Training Courses Offered in Beloit, Wisconsin
Light Sport Aviation, LLC, and Sweeney Corp. have announced a series of training courses to be held for pilots working on a Sport Pilot Certificate. The classes will be held at the Beloit Airport (44C) in Beloit, Wisconsin, and include a Sport Pilot Knowledge Test Ground School, a Practical Test Prep Class, and a Repairman-Inspection class. For more information visit www.lightsportaviationllc.com.
    
American Legend Delivers 14 Aircraft in its First Year of Operation
American Legend Aircraft Company recently delivered its 14th Legend Cub, marking the end of a successful first year. Construction of the first prototype began in February 2005, and the aircraft was certificated in July. 
“The most important goal of American Legend since the company’s inception was to keep all manufacturing and delivery promises,” said Tim Elliot, president. “We firmly believe that a promise made must be kept. The company has met, and exceeded in some cases, all customer commitments. In addition to being able to count 14 satisfied Legend Cub owners among our family of friends, we are extremely pleased with the company as a whole and the progress we have made in our first year of operation.” For more information visit www.legend.aero.
    
LSA On Display at Milwaukee Sports Show
Sportsplanes.com will exhibit a C42 light sport aircraft (LSA) at the 2006 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show. The airplane will hang over the booth space at the annual 10-day event held at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The event typically draws over a quarter-million people from across the Midwest, appealing to interests in a broad range of recreational activities and equipment. The show is scheduled for March 10-19. For more information visit www.onwisconsin.com/sportsshow2006/ or www.sportsplanes.com
    
Alarus 2006 Model Update Introduced
Aircraft Manufacturing & Development (AMD) has introduced the Alarus 2006 model featuring FAA-certified SRS Airbag seatbelts as standard equipment. Priced at $139,900, the airplane includes the Garmin GSN 430 GPS/NAV/COM, and IFR certified airframe. AMD is also offering the SRS Airbag seatbelts in its new Zodiac CH 601 XL special light-sport aircraft. For more information visit www.newplane.com.
    
First Turbine-Powered Two-Seat Helicopter Kit Announced
The HeloWerks Company has designed and tested the first kit-built, turbine-powered, two-seat helicopter. The WASP helicopter, while hovering, was very responsive even in gusty winds, and the engine responded immediately with no power lag during quick-reaction flight maneuvers. According to company president Tony Pena, the turbine engine produced more than enough power to hover with 1,200 pounds of helicopter, crew, full fuel, and 200 pounds of steel test weights.

Due to the magnitude of the project, Pena is seeking financing to proceed with kit manufacturing. He said he hopes to sell kits in phases to make it more affordable and to develop a quick-build option at the factory for kit-builders. For more information, visit www.helowerks.com or e-mail hx1wasp@yahoo.com.
    
Holland Named HAI 'Pilot Of The Year'
Helicopter Association International (HAI) has named John Holland, Regional Aviation Director for Air Methods Corporation in Macon, Georgia, its 2005 Pilot of the Year. The award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot, or extraordinary professionalism over a period of time.

Holland coordinated the largest patient evacuation from a hospital in history: the evacuation of patients and staff at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The award will be presented during the Salute to Excellence awards banquet February 27, at HELIEXPO 2006 in Dallas, Texas. For more information visit www.heliexpo.com.
     
Correction
In a Flightline story published on December 23, 2005, headlined, "Popular Mechanics Editor Gets Wish: Sport Pilot Certificate," the aircraft used in flight training was incorrectly identified as an Ikarus Breezer LSA. It was in fact a Zodiac CH 601XL.
     
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