Volume 6, Number 5|
Yours For 2 Years!
Diamond DA40 lease tops membership drawing
When you join or renew EAA during
2006, you're eligible to win a two-year lease on a new Diamond
DA40 four-place airplane. The lease is provided by Diamond Aircraft
Industries and is just one of the many prizes available during the
Overcast to Return to Flight in March
'Keep it Flying Tour' Begins March 31
EAA's 2006 B-17 tour will be truly
special as EAA's Boeing B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast,
returns to flight after an 18-month repair project following a gear
collapse incident in 2004.
The long-anticipated return of Aluminum
Overcast to flight begins in with early March test flights, then
the 2006 "Keep it Flying" tour gets under way at San
Diego's Gillespie Field Airport March 31-April 2. The spring/summer
tour leg includes 28 scheduled stops in eight states, including
California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Colorado. A fall tour
is also planned, with locations to be announced at a later date.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
For the EAA Aircraft
I just let my special issuance
valid third class medical expire. So technically, I've ever
been denied (although it was deferred after having stents
placed in my heart in March of 2004).
Since it was a valid medical at
the time of its expiration, do I qualify for the driver's
license medical for sport pilot? I have 2,000 hours, IFR
certified, etc. Also, do I need any other endorsements on my
pilot certificate besides SEL, MEL (center line thrust), and
instrument as long as I have a current BFR? Is there a special
sport pilot endorsement that is needed (or is it optional in
Since your medical certificate
was valid until it expired, you are eligible to operate at the
sport pilot level using your drivers license in lieu of the
third class medical certificate.
However, since you are then
operating at the sport pilot level you must confine yourself
to only sport pilot privileges and limitations, which would
include flying only aircraft that fit the definition of a
light-sport aircraft. This would eliminate any multi-engine
aircraft (regardless of whether they are centerline thrust or
conventional) and would not allow any flight at night, under
IFR, or at altitudes over 10,000 msl.
You do not need any special
endorsements other than your current flight review.
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|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).
Loss of Daryl Lenz
was very saddened to learn of the death of Daryl Lenz, EAA's
former director of aircraft maintenance, in a one-vehicle
traffic accident on Saturday evening, January 28, about 15
miles west of Oshkosh. Daryl resigned from EAA in August
2004 to take a teaching job at Fox Valley Technical College
in Oshkosh, but he still retained the role of organizing and
managing aircraft attractions on AeroShell Square during EAA
AirVenture. Daryl also worked closely with the sport pilot
and aircraft maintenance offices.
Funeral services are
scheduled for Saturday morning in his hometown, Marshfield,
Wisconsin, but today (Friday) Daryl's EAA and Tech
colleagues and friends will hold a memorial service in the
EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar at 10:30 a.m. A Daryl
Lenz Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at Fox
Valley Tech to benefit students enrolled in the school's aviation
programs. Fox Valley Tech
and the Lenz family will work with EAA on the selection
Daryl's name will be included
in this year's EAA Memorial Wall installation during
AirVenture, and the AeroShell Square headquarters will be
named in his honor. Our deepest condolences go to Daryl's
mother and family, as we will very much miss our friend and
contributor to EAA's success.
Memorial fund contributions may be sent to:
Daryl Lenz Memorial Scholarship Fund
Fox Valley Technical College Foundation, Inc.
P. O. Box 2277
Appleton, WI 54912-2277
Announced For Super Bowl XL
the request of other federal agencies, the FAA
will restrict airspace in and around Detroit's Ford
Field before and during Super Bowl XL from 4 p.m. until
midnight Sunday, February 5. Access to airspace in the
Detroit area will be limited; general aviation aircraft will
be allowed to use some local airports under several
restrictions. GA traffic will be prohibited at Coleman Young
Detroit City Airport while the temporary flight restriction
is in effect.
The TFR includes a 10 nm inner ring surrounding Ford Field
to 18,000 feet, excluding Canadian airspace. In general,
flights are prohibited within the inner ring except for
authorized law enforcement, emergency medical and military
operations. A 30-nm, FL 180 outer ring will also surround
the stadium, excluding Canadian airspace. All aircraft
entering or exiting this outer ring must be on an active IFR
or VFR flight plan, and must remain in two-way radio
communication with air traffic control.
Jay Leno Talk Young Eagles on 'Tonight Show'
pilot and EAA member Harrison Ford, chairman of EAA's Young
Eagles Program, provided some great national exposure for
Young Eagles on Tuesday night during his appearance on NBC's
Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Ford discussed his involvement
with the program, both as its chairman and as an active
participant who provides young people with their first
flight experience in a general aviation aircraft.
"I'm working with EAA, the Experimental Aircraft
Association, who sponsor a program called Young
Eagles," he told Leno. "We take kids who have
never been in a general aviation airplane and take them up
in private airplanes to give them a sense that this is
something that they might be able to do."
Oshkosh 2006 Highlights 'Hallmarks Of Homebuilding'
More than a
half-century of the innovation that has emerged from private
aircraft hangars, garages and basements will be highlighted
during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, "The World's
Greatest Aviation Celebration," when the world of
flight gathers at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on
Homebuilding" will celebrate the revolutionary moments
in aircraft design and construction from those whose
enthusiasm for flight extends to building their own
airplanes, rotorcraft, amphibians and other designs. The
activities will include the significant dates, designs and
people who developed the homebuilt aircraft community.
Homebuilt (or amateur-built) aircraft now account for nearly
20 percent of all single-engine, piston-powered airplanes in
the United States.
LSA/AB DAR Course During EAA AirVenture
FAA's Light-Sport Aircraft Branch will hold a
Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) and Amateur-Built (AB) Designated
Airworthiness Representative (DAR) recurrent course on the
first day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. Current LSA and AB
DARs will receive updated and advanced aircraft
certification procedures and policies pertaining to both LSA
and AB aircraft. After completing the half-day course,
attendees can then take in The World's Greatest Aviation
Trip With EAA AirVenture Planning Guide
you've made the decision to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2006, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. (That was a
no-brainer!) You can't just wait for July, hop into the
cockpit and show up. You need to start planning, and now! A
great way to start is by downloading the 2006
EAA AirVenture Planning Guide, now available from the AirVenture
website. The handy document includes essential information
about admission, lodging, driving directions, commercial
flights, vehicle rental, ground transportation services, and
a lot more. Get your copy today and start charting your EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh adventure!
Quilt Block Contest Grows
increasingly popular event at EAA AirVenture is the annual
Quilt Block contest, and entries are now being accepted for
the 2006 competition through June 1. Quilters from around
the world submit their creative, 12-inch square works of art
depicting aviation scenes that are judged and then displayed
in EAA AirVenture Museum during the convention and
throughout the year. Details and an entry form, along with
photos of last year's winners, can be found at www.airventure.org/2006/events/quilt_contest.html.
|Save On Air Fares To EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Three 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, then
watch for it on http://www.airventure.org/.
www.airventure.org For Latest Updates
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 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
Looking for a ride, or have a spare
right seat for Oshkosh? Visit www.airventure.org/rideshare.
|Next Stop For
EAA Sport Pilot Tour: Mesa, Arizona
Sport Pilot Tour makes its first appearance of 2006 on
February 18 at Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona. Get a close look
at wide variety of light-sport aircraft as LSA manufacturers
have aircraft available for inspection, plus find out what
you need to know to participate in the exciting new world of
sport flying. Learn about the new sport pilot rule, attend
sport pilot forums, and view LSA manufacturers' displays and
demonstrations. EAA's Sport Pilot Team has the scoop on
transitioning, maintenance, and medical considerations, plus
tips on what questions to ask before buying your own
to Call For Aviation User Fees
The head of the Air Transport
Association, as expected, has repeated the call for aviation
user fees to bolster FAA's budget, a move that would offload
millions of dollars of fees paid by the airlines onto
general aviation users. ATA President/CEO James May made his
comments in his speech, last week to the National Aeronautic
Association in Washington, D.C. May repeated the airlines'
stand that business aviation and the emerging very light jet
market are not paying their fair share of fees to operate
the air traffic management system.
"While we are pleased
the head of ATA agrees that GA pilots operating from
uncontrolled fields, in VFR conditions, have minimum use of
the system and should be exempt from any user fees, he is
missing the major point," said Earl Lawrence, EAA vice
president of industry and regulatory affairs.
Help Diminish Airspace Restriction Threat in Kentucky
EAA's objections to a proposed
no-fly zone around the Kentucky state capital grounds in
Frankfort have brought assurances from the state's
governor that he would not support any such airspace
Flight' Code Red Through Monday
Weather conditions remain
favorable for Steve Fossett's "Ultimate Fight"
attempt this week in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, but
the team reports that Chinese authorities would not grant
overflight permits for the anticipated February 1-2 flight
due to the Chinese New Year holiday period. As a result,
flight status returns to Code Red (no possibility of launch)
through Monday, February 6. Code Yellow (launch being
considered) could come as early as Tuesday, February 7,
Fossett says. For the latest information, visit www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com.
|EAA Insurance Tips --
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.
Now that the new FAA Rules
for sport pilots have been in effect for over a year it's
time to squelch some of the rumors going around about sport
pilots and aircraft insurance. Here are a few of the FAQs
I've received and my answers to them, starting with...
Q: Can I get aircraft insurance as a sport pilot?
A: Yes, sport pilots can get insurance. In fact, a
year ago there were two aviation insurance companies
offering aircraft insurance anyone wanting to fly as a sport
pilot in a qualified fixed wing aircraft. Today there are
Delivers 1,000th S-12 Airaile
In March 1990, the first
RANS S-12 Airaile took to the air. It was the company's
first pusher aircraft, and it soon became a popular
ultralight trainer. Sales of this model have been strong
over the 16 years it's been in production. To date, more
than 1,000 kits have been shipped, with an estimated 700 to
900 planes are operating worldwide.
What makes the S-12 Airaile so popular? "It could be a
combination of many things, like the tough 4130 cage that
forms the main structure, or the low build time," said
RANS President Randy Schlitter. "Since 1990 the plane has
retained its basic configuration, but its been improved and
refined to be a combination of performance features that the
competition finds hard to top." For more information,
contact RANS, Inc., Hays, Kansas; call 785/625-6346, or
Fixed-Wing S-LSA Certificated
Two more light-sport
aircraft (LSA) have earned special LSA (S-LSA)
approval--Taylorcraft Aviation's Taylor Sport and Prestige
Aircraft's Storm Rally. The Taylor Sport, a modernized
version of the original Taylorcraft, is manufactured in the
United States and is powered by a 100-hp Continental O-200A
engine. It's priced at $69,995. For more information,
contact Taylorcraft Aviation Inc., Brownsville, Texas,
800/217-1399 or visit www.taylorcraft.com.
The Storm Rally will be
manufactured in the United States by Prestige Aircraft
Company LLC, of Jackson, Michigan, under license from the
Italian manufacturer, Storm Aircraft Srl. The all-composite
machine is powered by a 100-hp Rotax 912S engine. Base price
of the aircraft is $85,000. Air Elite Aviation, Three
Rivers, Michigan, is the exclusive distributor for the
Rally. For more information, contact Air Elite Aviation at
or Prestige Aircraft Company, 517/990-9999, www.prestigeaircraft.us.
Aviation Specialties Schedules Three E-LSA Repairman Courses
Following two successful
inaugural sessions in December and January, Sport Aviation
Specialties, Lee's Summit, Missouri, has scheduled three
more experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) repairman
courses. The FAA-accepted, 16-hour course provides required
training for current and future owners of fixed-wing E-LSAs
to be eligible for an FAA light-sport repairman certificate,
thus authorizing them to perform their own annual condition
inspections. Dates and locations include: February 18-19,
Cushing Field (0C8), Sheridan, Illinois; March 18-19,
Beloit, Wisconsin (44C); and May 13-14, LaGrange Airport
(3T5), LaGrange, Texas. Additional courses are planned for
Indiana, Missouri, Georgia, and other locations.
Sport Aviation Specialties is
developing a powered parachute course, the first tentatively
scheduled for late April. Aviation clubs or organizations
interested in hosting a course should contact Sport Aviation
Specialties at email@example.com.
For more information, visit www.sportaviationspecialties.com.
Illinois Ultralight and Light Plane Safety Seminar
The 26th annual Illinois
Ultralight and Light Plane Safety Seminar is scheduled for
Saturday, February 25 in Springfield, Illinois. Topics to be
discussed include Pro Balancing for Ultralight and Light
Sport aircraft, Rotax Engine Maintenance, Passing the Sport
Pilot Practical Test, and Understanding Aviation Weather
Services. Aircraft will be on static display along with
dealer and manufacturer displays. For more information visit
Previous Aircraft Sales and Delivery Totals in 2005
Cirrus Design Corporation reported
600 new aircraft shipped in 2005, representing an increase of
9.2% over 2004. The company registered 701 new aircraft orders
in 2005. On the manufacturing side, Cirrus reached a
production milestone by manufacturing its 2,000th airplane in
2005 while setting monthly sales records in January and
The company is expanding manufacturing capacity in Duluth and
Grand Forks, North Dakota, to keep up with its success. New
construction at these existing facilities will accommodate the
increase in aircraft production and the growing Cirrus
workforce. For more information visit www.cirrusdesign.com.
Owners: Be an Expert on Your Own Airplane
Cessna Pilots Association
Systems and Procedures Courses teach Cessna owners more
about their airplanes than 99 percent will ever know, says
CPA President John Frank. The two- and three-day
total-immersion courses are offered for all single-engine
Cessna models--from the 150/152 to the 210, as well as 337
twins. Instructors are experienced mechanics, aircraft
owners, and high-time pilots. CPA courses are approved for
A&Ps who hold an Inspection Authorization to comply with
the FAA Inspection Authorization Refresher Training. For
specific course dates and tuition information, visit the CPA
This year marks the 25th
anniversary of Extra Aircraft, and the company will be
celebrating with a number of events and giveaways throughout
the year. The 25th anniversary celebration kick-off will be
held during Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, exclusively
for Extra aircraft owners. For more information visit www.extraaircraft.com,
or call 717/394-9797.
Foundation to Present 2006 Lindbergh Awards
The Lindbergh Foundation will
present Dr. Peter Diamandis, chairman and chief executive
officer of the X Prize Foundation, and Will Steger, polar
explorer, with an honorary 2006 Lindbergh Award May 19 at
the Minnesota History center in St. Paul. The foundation
will also present their first corporate award for balance to
Patagonia, Inc. in recognition for the company's use of
organically produced and recycled materials.
For reservations and information about the event, contact
the Lindbergh Foundation office at 763/576-1596, or visit www.lindberghfoundation.org.
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