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News and Views January 20, 2006    Volume 6, Number 3

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II am flying with a special issuance of my 3rd class medical under Title 14 of the CFRs, Section 67.401. I desire to transition to Sport Pilot status. What is required of me to do this?

Your transition is simple! Simply let your FAA medical certificate expire, at which time you automatically switch to sport pilot operations using your valid US state drivers license in lieu of the medical certificate. Remember that you need to restrict yourself to exercising only sport pilot privileges and limitations while using your drivers license in lieu of a medical certificate, and you are allowed to fly only aircraft that fit within the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA). You also need to continue to keep your flight review current.

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January 2006
EAA Desktop Calendar

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.
EAA-FAA Summit Yields Lengthy Agenda
U.S. Sport Aviation ExpoDiscussions that touched on several important aspects of many different general aviation sectors took place this week at the EAA-FAA Mid-Winter 2006 Recreational Aviation Summit held Wednesday and Thursday at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Items discussed during the two days included amateur-built aircraft; sport pilot/light-sport aircraft; warbirds; vintage/aging aircraft; and Canadian harmonization issues.

"I've been meeting with FAA people for several decades," noted EAA President Tom Poberezny. "This two-day summit has been one of the best if not the best sessions I've ever been involved with. We've really set our agenda as to where EAA will focus its resources for the coming year and beyond."
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KidVenture 2006 Offers Riveting Experience
GlobalFlyerA riddle: What is the size of a three-ring binder, if held together by 128 rivets, and might possibly bear the names of the world's top air show performers and other aviation legends?

It's the hands-on project participants will build in the KidVenture area during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 24-30, 2006. Now in its eighth year, KidVenture has always offered an aviation-related project for the kids to build, says KidVenture Chairman Dan Majka. Last year they carved a foot-long, wooden prop. This year - thanks to Van's Aircraft, which donated the kits-they will be riveting a miniature wing.
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EAA AirVenture 2006 Provides Great Value As 'The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration'
EAA AirVentureEAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, also remains as one of the aviation world's great values in 2006, with a growing number of activities and no increase in camping rates from 2005. The 54th annual edition of EAA's fly-in convention will be held July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, with an unmatched lineup of aircraft, personalities, and events.
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Send Us Your AirVenture Waypoints, Fuel Stops
If you'd like your facility to be among the waypoints, FBOs, and others listed on the AirVenture website, Send 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 http://www.airventure.org/.

Visit www.airventure.org For Latest Updates 

www.AirVenture.orgPlanning 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 http://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!

EAA AirVenture RideShare
Looking for a ride, or have a spare right seat for Oshkosh? Visit www.airventure.org/rideshare.
Update Aircraft Registration Information Deadline is Feb. 1
As EAA reported in early December, the FAA announced on December 9 that it is asking aircraft owners to check their registration records online to ensure the accuracy of the information. The FAA and TSA believe that it is in the interests of national security and aviation safety to ensure that only properly registered aircraft operate within the National Airspace System (NAS). The vast majority of aircraft owners are up-to-date, but aircraft owners whose aircraft registration information may be inaccurate have until February 1 to correct it or face FAA action.
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Second Sebring Sport Aviation Expo Successful 
Plans under way for 2007 ... and beyond
SebringFlorida's Sebring Regional Airport was the place to be last weekend if you wanted to learn about the latest offerings in the light-sport aircraft world. The second U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, held January 12-15, featured more than 100 exhibitors, including most of the certificated fixed wings, several trikes, powered parachutes, and a number of gyroplanes in the new, exciting aircraft category.
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SpaceShipOne Exhibit Pieces Arrive At EAA
Space Ship OneThe SpaceShipOne exhibit for EAA AirVenture Museum announced at EAA AirVenture last summer took a giant leap forward this week when parts that will make up the spacecraft mock-up were delivered to EAA headquarters in Oshkosh. Twenty-four composite pieces, built from the original molds and tooling at Scaled Composites, arrived direct from Mojave, California Friday morning, January 13.

Over the next several weeks and months the parts will be assembled to form an accurate model of the historic spacecraft that was the first privately funded vehicle ever to achieve suborbital flight in 2004. EAA's SpaceShipOne will even emulate the "feathering" motion, the action that made the historic spaceflights possible.
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No 'Ultimate Flight' Until at Least January 28
Ultimate FlightCurrent mission status for the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer is Code Red through January 27, 2006, the flight team reported this week. This means that temperatures are too warm at Kennedy Space Center for a heavyweight takeoff until after that date, or January 28 at the earliest. Engine thrust for the single jet is greater at cooler temperatures, with full thrust achieved at 52 F or lower. Launching with maximum thrust will ensure optimum performance, giving the record attempt the greatest chance for success. Code Red means no possibility of launch. Code Yellow indicates that launch being considered, and Code Green means launch is planned. For more information, visit www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com.
Watch Exciting AirVenture Video Online
AirVenture VideoWant to see the entire week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh compressed into just three heart-pounding, hard-driving minutes?

Visit www.airventure.org/igottabethere, and see why YOU just got to be here in 2006!
On the Flightline News and Views
Cirrus Delivers SR20 Aircraft to UND Aerospace
Cirrus has delivered four new SR20's to the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Science at the University of North Dakota. This delivery signifies the launch by UND Aerospace to begin student training in the technologically advanced aircraft.

The four new technically advanced all-composite design Cirrus SR20's will initially be used at UND Aerospace for advanced flight training such as for instrument ratings and flight instructor instrument coursework. 

Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) is a designation under the FAA's recent joint program including industry, academia, and the FAA called FITS: the FAA/Industry Training Standards. FITS creates scenario-based training curriculums with the goal of assisting the training of pilots of Technically Advanced Aircraft due to their increased automation and often greater performance capability.
Superior Launches ESR Crankshafts in Four Cylinder Engines
Superior Air Parts has received FAA approval to begin producing its new ESR (Electro Slag Remelt) crankshafts for its four-cylinder XP-360 and certified Vantage engines. ESR differs from the industry standard VAR (Vacuum Arc Remelt) process in that it removes many more impurities that are found in steel that can lead to production and service problems, which have come to light with some current-generation crankshafts. Superior will also offer the new crankshafts as direct replacements for applicable Lycoming four-cylinder engines. For more information, visit www.superiorairparts.com
WAI General Session Includes Panel On Space Travel
An all-star panel will share their views and expertise on space travel at the Women in Aviation International Conference at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville from March 23-25. Moderated by NASA Astronaut Hoot Gibson, the space panel includes Eileen Collins, NASA Astronaut and Shuttle Commander; Brian Binnie, test pilot at Scaled Composites and SpaceShipOne pilot; and Will Whitehorn, president of Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline. For more information on the conference, visit www.wai.org.
Columbia Offering Free E-Prox Upgrade
Columbia Aircraft has made E-Prox terrain awareness standard equipment on all 2006 Columbia 350s and 400s equipped with the Garmin G1000 or GNS 430, and has announced it will upgrade all 2005 and older Columbia aircraft equipped with the GNS 430 at no expense to owners. 

Current Columbia 350 and 400 owners have an opportunity to upgrade one GNS 430 with E-Prox by using a voucher supplied by Columbia Aircraft. The coupon covers the labor cost of removal, software upgrade and installation for one GNS 430. For more information visit www.flycolumbia.com
Eclipse Expands Facilities  in Preparation For Production 
Eclipse Aviation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony January 16 for their new primary assembly building to be called Sunport 11. The new 52,000 square foot space will house a state-of-the-art assembly and manufacturing center, and serve as a central hub for production of the Eclipse 500.

Eclipse currently has three buildings in operation representing nearly 200,000 square feet of space. The company plans to expand its facilities to encompass six buildings totaling more than 350,000 square feet by June 2006. Eclipse is slated to begin production within the next two months in preparation for FAA certification and first customer deliveries later this year.

In other news, the Eclipse test fleet surpassed 1,000 flight hours on Wednesday this week. For more information visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
Goulian To Compete in Red Bull Air Races
Aerobatic pilot Mike Goulian will be competing for the title of Red Bull Air Race Champion this year. Goulian participated in the Red Bull Air Race held in Reno, Nevada, in 2004, but did not participate in the race series season last year.
He is best known for his air show and competition flying in North America, and is a three time member of the US National Aerobatic Team, and 1995 US National Aerobatic Champion. For more information on the races visit www.redbullairrace.com.
New ELSA Repairman Courses Scheduled
Sport Aviation Specialties has scheduled three additional experimental light-sport aircraft (ELSA) repairman courses for the new year. The FAA-accepted 16-hour courses provide the required training for owners, or would-be owners, of fixed-wing ELSAs to be eligible for an FAA light-sport repairman certificate, authorizing them to perform their own annual condition inspections.

The new course dates and locations include Sheridan, Illinois, February 18-19; Beloit, Wisconsin, March 18-19; and LaGrange, Texas, May 13-14. Additional courses are being planned in Indiana, Missouri, and Georgia. For more information visit www.sportaviationspecialties.com
Voyager Flight Software System and WingX Now Work Together
Flight plans can now be shared between Seattle Avionics' Voyager Flight Software System 3.0 and Hilton Software's WingX Pocket PC application. Voyager 3.0 is an integrated flight software system that covers all aspects of a flight from pre-flight planning to in-flight moving map/situational awareness, IFR procedure management and more. In addition to the new WingX support, Voyager 3.0 can export flight plans to most Garmin and Lowrance handheld GPS units, Anywhere Map from Control Vision, and Microsoft Flight Simulator. WingX is a Pocket PC application that incorporates a Weight and Balance module with over 450 pre-defined aircraft models, a Route Planning module, full access to A/FD information, a complete set of General Aviation FARs, instructor endorsements, and much more. Voyager and WingX for the Pocket PC are available from www.seattleavionics.com and www.hiltonsoftware.com, respectively.
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