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News and Views January 27, 2006    Volume 6, Number 4

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Special Events, Exhibits at EAA AirVenture Museum
Special events, exhibits and activities are among the spectacular highlights of this year's schedule at the world-class EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, which celebrates its 23rd year of operation in 2006.

Among the feature events in 2006 is a brand new Family Flightfest weekend in March, as well as programs featuring historic aviation figures and unique achievements, and activities that give the chance for visitors to participate in the world of flight. In addition, an amazing new exhibit featuring a full-size replica of SpaceShipOne, the world's first civilian-built spacecraft, will be dedicated during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, in late July.
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I am a commercial pilot with an instrument rating. If I just use my drivers license in lieu of a third class FAA medical certificate, what planes can I fly, just light-sport aircraft, or any aircraft I have previously been checked out to fly?

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February 2006
EAA Desktop Calendar

EAA Desktop Calendar

Shooting the shooter: EAA volunteer photographer Mariano Rosales caught this photo of EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick as Jim photographs a Tecnam Sierra during the Sebring U.S. Sport Pilot Expo held last month in Sebring, Florida. They were flying with EAA Photo-One pilot Bruce Moore. To download a copy for use on your computer desktop, visit the EAA website, where you can also download any of the previous EAA monthly desktop calendars (sans the calendar).
Mineta's Aero Club Speech Alarms EAA Officials
Although user fees have been rejected by Congress and the general aviation community on an almost-yearly basis over the past decade, EAA officials are extremely concerned following U.S Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta's speech to the Aero Club of Washington (D.C.) on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in which he seemed to float the idea once again.
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There's More to EAA Skiplane Fly-In Than Just Skiplanes
Skiplane FlyinThe unseasonably warm, snowless weather in the Oshkosh area has put a damper on many winter activities, including the annual EAA Skiplane fly-in scheduled at EAA's Pioneer Airport this Saturday, January 28. But while the absence of snow will prevent skiplane operations, EAA welcomes everyone to come and enjoy chili, fellowship, and good ol' fashioned hangar talk during this traditional midwinter event.

Just don't expect to see any skiplanes.
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EAA Asks FAA to Process S-LSA Application For Czech Aircraft Works Mermaid
No basis within the rule to deny S-LSA airworthiness certificate
MermaidEAA submitted comments to a manufacturer's petition for exemption Wednesday asking the FAA to process the Czech Aircraft Works' Mermaid amphibious aircraft application for a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) airworthiness certificate without delay. EAA contends that the airplane is already eligible under existing final sport pilot rules; however, FAA contends that the Mermaid's repositionable landing gear disqualifies it from eligibility for an S-LSA.
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'Carnauba' S-38 Returning to EAA AirVenture
Carnauba S-38 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006One of the more popular replicas of a storied vintage aircraft to ever appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh returns July 24-30 when the Johnson Wax Carnauba Sikorsky S-38 lands at the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.
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Save On Air Fares To EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVentureThree major airlines (American, Midwest, and Northwest are offering special air fare discounts for EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts planning to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
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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.
Reminder:  Make Sure Aircraft Registration Information is Up to Date by February 1, 2006
Just a final reminder to aircraft owners who have yet to do so to check their registration records online by February 1, next Wednesday, to ensure the accuracy of the information. This FAA-TSA requirement is to ensure that only properly registered aircraft operate within the National Airspace System (NAS) for security and aviation safety reasons. The vast majority of aircraft owners are up-to-date, but aircraft owners whose aircraft registration information may be inaccurate have until Wednesday to correct it or be subject to FAA action.
EAA to Speak at Aging Aircraft Public Meeting
EAA's Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence will speak at a two-day public meeting on aging aircraft scheduled for March 22-23 in Kansas City, Missouri. The meeting will focus on the continued airworthiness of the nation's general aviation fleet, emphasizing actions that can mitigate the effects of fatigue, corrosion, and deterioration on aging general aviation airplanes.
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Air Creation Trikes Earn First S-LSA Certificates
TrikeThe Air Creation Tanarg and GTE 912 became the first trikes certificated as special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) on January 20. Mary Hoff, manager of the Scottsdale, Arizona, Manufacturing and Inspection District Office (MIDO), presented S-LSA airworthiness certificates for both aircraft to John Kemmeries, president of Kemmeries Ultralight Aviation, Peoria, Arizona.
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Cirrus Founders Make EAA Year-End Appeal Special
Cirrus FoundersThere is still an opportunity to participate in EAA's Year-End Appeal, an annual fund-raising program that helps support the organization's many vital and unique education and preservation programs. The current (FY2005) campaign includes a special invitation to EAA members and friends who participate at the $2,500 level or higher in a gesture of thanks for their support.

Cirrus Design founders and longtime EAAers Alan and Dale Klapmeier have extended a gracious invitation to those special contributors to join them for a special visit to Cirrus Design headquarters in Duluth Minnesota.
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EAA Ultralights Seeks Hall of Fame Nominations
UltralightsThe EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame award, among the highest honors of the Experimental Aircraft Association, celebrates recognized individuals or groups for dedicated service and/or significant contributions to ultralight aviation. Nominations can be submitted through April 1, 2006.
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GlobalFlyer Launch Window Remains Closed Through January 31
GlobalFlyerMission status for the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer's Ultimate Flight continues to be Code Red and will remain so through at least January 31, according to mission control. This means that the window for the earliest possible launch opens on Wednesday, February 1, although a definite date is unconfirmed.
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On the Flightline News and Views
Aircraft Spruce Acquires Cozy and Long EZ Materials
Aircraft Spruce has acquired the existing inventory, tooling, and drawings from the supply of pre-fabricated metal parts for Cozy Mark IV and Long EZ aircraft from the former Ken Brock Manufacturing Company.

Ken Brock Manufacturing terminated production on December 31, 2005. Aircraft Spruce purchased all relevant materials and is working with several sources to produce the complete line of Cozy parts formerly produced by Ken Brock Manufacturing. For more information visit www.aircraftspruce.com, or call 877/4-SPRUCE.
Revised 'Randolph/Ceconite Aircraft Covering Manual' Available
Consolidated Aircraft Coverings has completed an extensive revision and expansion of their aircraft recovering manual focusing on Ceconite fabric and Randolph dopes and paints. The book is now designed to take any homebuilder or restorer through the entire process from covering an aircraft to the final coat of paint. Ceconite Aircraft Covering Process sells for $10 and is available through any Ceconite distributor or by calling 888/622-3266.
LAMA Announces New Leadership
The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) has announced the appointment of new leadership for the industry manufacturers' group. LAMA founder Larry Burke has appointed Dan Johnson as Chairman of the LAMA Board and Tom Gunnarson as President.

Burke, who will retain the title of Founder and Chairman Emeritus of LAMA, said that Johnson will provide overall guidance to LAMA's efforts, while Gunnarson will handle the day-to-day activities of LAMA, manage its budget, and provide representation in Washington, D.C. 
For more information, visit www.lama.bz.
Kent State Takes Delivery of Next Generation Skyhawks
Eastern Cincinnati Aviation has delivered two brand-new Cessna Skyhawks to Kent State University as part of the second phase of modernizing the university's training fleet. The aircraft are equipped with Garmin 1000 fully integrated, all-glass flight decks, enabling students to train with some of the same navigation systems found in the newest corporate jets and airliners and enhancing student transition in Kent State's Bridge Program with Continental Express. For more information visit www.kent.edu/airport.
Avidyne and AirShares Elite Offer Free Entegra Seminar
Avidyne Corporation and AirShares Elite have announced plans for a free, hands-on seminar to introduce pilots to new situational awareness tools and features on the Avidyne Entegra integrated flight deck. The "Evening of Learning" will be held February 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jet Aviation hangar at Hanscom Airport (BED), in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view first-hand the features of the Cirrus SR22, SR20, and the new Release 6.0 capabilities of the Entegra through static aircraft and interactive displays. For more information visit www.airshareselite.com, or www.avidyne.com.
Garmin G1000 Training Scheduled
Galvin Flying Services in Seattle, Washington, has scheduled a Garmin G1000 training course February 18-19. The course will cover training for normal operation of the system as well as system components, their capabilities, and their possible failure modes. Class space is limited. For more information visit www.Galvinflying.com, or call 206/763-9706.
Liberty Aerospace Signs Order For 35 XL2s With LAFT, LLC
LAFT, LLC, a Montana-based aircraft leasing company, has placed firm orders for 35 Liberty XL2 aircraft. The company will place the aircraft in service with a Florida-based aviation training academy. 

The Liberty XL2 is the only production aircraft powered by a piston engine equipped with a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) which simplifies power management and provides greatly increased levels of safety, reliability and maintainability. The XL2 features a carbon fiber composite fuselage, a wide, 48-inch cabin and cruise speeds of up to 132 knots (150 mph), burning only 5 gallons per hour. For more information visit www.libertyaircraft.com.
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