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EAA FlightPlanner in Your Pocket
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mobile phone or PDA. AeroPlanner Mobile includes Flight Planning,
SmartChart, Local Weather, Local Fuel Updates, Airport Directory,
and a number of Aviation Calculators. AeroPlanner Mobile is
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Q & A:
Question of the Week
For the EAA Aircraft
I am confused about what "Sport Pilot" is. Previously there was category,
class, and type for aircraft and three pilot certificates -
recreational, private, and commercial. To that you could add
glider, instrument, seaplane, etc. Now in addition there are
multiple Sport Pilot "licenses" but are they really
licenses to someone who already holds a private or commercial
ticket? Is it really another license or just another rating,
and if so, can you get a Sport Pilot "license/rating" and satisfy the requirement for
your bi-annual in the process?
sport pilot certificate is a pilot certificate in the same
manner as a recreational, private, commercial, or ATP
certificate. Regulatory info on the sport pilot certificate is
contained in 14 CFR Part 61, along with information on all the
other pilot certificates. The sport pilot certificate is the
new "basic" level certificate. Holders of
recreational or higher certificates are not required to hold a
separate sport pilot certificate if they choose to operate at
the sport pilot level.
Sport pilot certificate holders
do not gain ratings in the traditional way. There are no
ratings listed on a sport pilot certificate. Instead,
privileges are gained to operate various classes of aircraft
(airplane, powered parachute, weight-shift control, etc.).
These privileges are recorded via appropriate logbook
endorsements from authorized instructors. There are also
endorsements for "sets" of aircraft within the
classes, and other endorsements for additional privileges a
sport pilot may wish to gain. The sport pilot must carry these
endorsements with him/her when exercising the privileges of
the sport pilot certificate.
Holders of higher-level
certificates may choose to operate at the sport pilot level
using their existing pilot certificate. They do not need to
have a separate sport pilot certificate. They may do this
within the category/class ratings shown on their higher-level
certificate, and they also may add privileges at the sport
pilot level using the endorsement process mentioned above.
All pilots, regardless of
certificate level, must have a flight review in accordance
with 14 CFR 61.56.
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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).
Presses On in Ultimate Flight Quest
Steve Fossett's Ultimate Flight in the Virgin Atlantic
GlobalFlyer continues on after what the record-setting pilot
described as a "shaky start" on Wednesday in his
quest to establish the longest non-refueled, non-stop flight
in history. Takeoff from the Kennedy Space Center was
delayed a day due to a mechanical problem, then the aircraft
struck two birds on takeoff. Soon after cockpit temperatures
soared to 130 degrees forcing him to drink more fluids than
planned. Mission control confirmed Thursday that the
aircraft lost about 750 pounds of fuel on its takeoff climb,
then, while flying over India, Fossett experienced severe
turbulence and more high cockpit temps as the ventilation
cooling system has apparently malfunctioned.
"Record-setting 'endurers' never seem to be without
their drama," said Jon Karkow, chief engineer and
launch director from Scaled Composites. Follow the flight,
which is expected to end in England on Saturday, at www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com.
(See EAA's Ultimate
|EAA to Advance
'Vintage' Proposal Next Month
briefed several other industry associations and type clubs
this week on a vintage aircraft proposal it will present at
the aging aircraft public meeting March 22-23 in Kansas
City, Missouri. The proposal, which conceptually met with
approval by key members of the FAA management team during
the EAA/FAA Recreational Aviation Summit, was presented on
Tuesday, February 7, in Washington, D.C.
Administration Supports EAAs' Call for Modified D.C. ADIZ
The U.S. Small Business
Administration's Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) urged the FAA
to consider additional alternatives to the proposal for a
permanent Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) based on
data FAA receives during the public comment process, such as
EAA's proposal for a substantially modified and more
workable security system around the nation's capital. SBA's
recommendations were included in comments it submitted
Monday, February 6, the comment deadline.
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
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/.
Download Your AirVenture
Planning Guide Today!
planning your 2006 EAA AirVenture adventure today with the
2006 EAA AirVenture Planning Guide, now available at www.airventure.org.
It includes essential information about admission, lodging,
driving directions, commercial flights, vehicle rental,
ground transportation services, and much more about the
World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.
For Arizona Sport Pilot Tour Stop
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
Meeting to Preview 2006 Fly-In
EAA Southwest Regional Fly-In (SWRFI) Board of Directors
will discuss the 2006 EAA Texas Fly-In at an open meeting
Saturday, February 25 hosted by EAA Chapter 59 at McGregor
Executive Airport (PWG). The 42nd annual fly-in scheduled
for May 11-14 welcomes special guest, SpaceShipOne astronaut
Mike Melvill, who will conduct forums and speak at the
Saturday evening Awards Banquet. The meeting begins at 1030
hours in the Chapter 59 hangar. PWG is six miles west of
Waco on State Highway 84.
Volunteers For Sun 'n Fun
EAA is in need of several
volunteers to help out with assorted duties at the annual
Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport,
Florida. Some of the tasks include setting up multiple tents
and displays; hanging signage; material distribution; and
takedown/clean-up at the end of the fly-in. EAA welcomes any
time commitment you can offer from March 31-April 10. (The
event is April 4-10). Those
interested in helping out or with questions, please contact
EAA Marketing Coordinator Tammy Nowland at email@example.com,
or 920/426-6821 (toll-free at 800/236-4800, ext. 6821).
Announces First Flight of Conforming A700 AdamJet
Adam Aircraft's first of three
conforming FAA flight-testing A700 AdamJets (SN 002) made
its first flight February 6 at Centennial Airport in
Englewood, Colorado. "The aircraft handled very well,
stability was excellent, and the flight controls were very
responsive and predictable," said Ken Sasine, senior
turbine test pilot. "The throttle response was smooth
and strong, and the climb performance was strong and steady.
The airplane handled just as we expected."
Since its first flight in July 2003, A700 serial number 001
has flown more than 400 hours, providing important
aerodynamic, systems test data, and interior development for
the upcoming FAA type certification flight-test program. SN
001 will now be used as a marketing and flight-test
aircraft, visiting cities, airports, and aviation events
across the United States. SN 002 will serve as the
production and flight-test aircraft for FAA type
certification, which is targeted for later this year. For
more information visit www.adamaircraft.com.
Taking Orders on Aeronca Wing Spars
Wag-Aero has acquired some high
quality "aircraft grade" Sitka Spruce that will be
converted into FAA-approved replacement wood wing spars for
Aeronca aircraft, expected to become available starting
later this month. Part numbers planned for production
include the following:
- OEM part numbers: 5-146,
5-147 for Aeronca models 7A/7CCM/7DC/7EC/11A/11BCM/11C;
- Parts 5-262, 5-263, for
- Parts 5-270, 5-271, for
Other part numbers may be
special-ordered. Finished spars can be reserved by placing a
prepaid order with Wag-Aero.
Wag-Aero (through its Safe Air Repair Division) is the only
supplier of all necessary FAA-approved parts to replace
and/or restore the Aeronca wood wings. Contact Mike Utley or
Tom O'Neill at 800/558-6868 for more information.
CubCrafters introduced two new
models, expanded manufacturing capacity in a banner 2005,
and kicked off 2006 with a new identity for its rebuild,
repair, parts support business. The Top Cub debuted at Sun 'n Fun 2005, and by December CubCrafters delivered 14
aircraft. The Sport Cub S-LSA first appeared at AirVenture
Oshkosh in July, and immediately garnered 24 orders. By the
end of the year, 65 plane orders were booked, and first
production aircraft and first customer delivery scheduled
for April 2006.
The Yakima, Washington aircraft builder added 15,000 sq. ft.
of production, plus 10,000 sq. ft for its newly branded
CubCrafter Services, which specializes in rebuild,
modification, STC, and maintenance operations. For more
information, visit www.cubcrafters.com.
Aircraft Upgrade to New 350s And 400s
Columbia Aircraft's new "Flip
the Bird 1, 2, 3" program helps aircraft owners sell
(flip) their current aircraft (bird) so they can step up to a
new Columbia 350 or 400 more easily (like 1-2-3). Flip the
Bird combines the efforts of national aircraft brokerages
Columbia Resale and Alaris Aviation; aircraft finance experts
Columbia Aircraft Finance; and aviation insurance experts
Columbia Aircraft Owners Insurance while providing three
months of free advertising in Trade-A-Plane. The website, www.flycolumbia.com/flipthebird123
includes information to help a person determine whether or not
the program is right for them.
Deliveries Posted in 2005
Earlier Columbia Aircraft
Manufacturing Corporation announced 115 new aircraft
deliveries in 2005, a 68 percent increase over 2004. "Columbia hit its stride in 2005," said Randy S.
Bolinger, vice president of marketing and sales. For more
information, visit www.flycolumbia.com.
Fleet First to Combine Glass Cockpit and ADS-B
University has added 16 Cessna 172s equipped with Garmin
G-1000 glass cockpits as well as the industry-leading
automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) system to
its training fleet. ERAU is also adding the G-1000 to its
Frasca level-6 flight training devices to allow for a more
seamless transition between flight simulation and flight
training in its aircraft. Many new planes will be equipped
with autopilots in order to conduct special training in "technically advanced aircraft," a designation
under the FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) program
developed by Embry-Riddle, the aviation industry, and other
aviation-oriented academic institutions. For more
information, visit www.erau.edu.
Provide Aviation Weather Over SIRIUS Satellite Radio
WSI Corporation is developing a
system that will enable aircraft to receive aviation weather
information over SIRIUS Satellite Radio and SIRIUS' audio
programming for passengers. The new WSI InFlight system will
be available over SIRIUS for aircraft flying in their
satellite coverage area, and the avionics will be an
FAA-certified system, engineered to be compatible with all
existing WSI InFlight display devices and installations. The
new system will also feature a 'drop-in' replacement for the
current AV001 antenna and a functionally compatible driver
to the current AV100 and AV200 product lines. Certified WSI
InFlight systems compatible with SIRIUS Satellite Radio are
expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Pricing and feature options will be set early in the second
quarter. For more information visit www.wsi.com.
Manufactures 4,000th R22 Helicopter
Robinson Helicopter Company
delivered its milestone 4,000th R22 helicopter to John Skeen
of Heliflite, Australia, at the close of 2005. The first R22 prototype was completed in 1975 with the idea
of creating a small, low-cost, reliable, and high
performance helicopter. It was FAA type-certificated in 1979
and soon became the world's top-selling civilian helicopter.
Over the ensuring 30 years, the R22 has remained one of the
world's top-selling civilian and training helicopters. For
more information about Robinson, visit www.robinsonheli.com.
Upgrade For Mooney M20 and M20R
Mooney Airplane Company is now
offering a retrofit program for M20R and M20S models to
increase the output of the Teledyne Continental IO-550 G
engines to 310 horsepower at 2,700 rpm. Midwest M20 Mooney
and PowerLite LLC obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate
(STC) for the adaptation. Mooney says the upgrade shortens
takeoff distance by as much as 55 percent for the M20S and
improves rate of climb by approximately 300 feet per minute.
Costs are $25,000 for the 310 BHP upgrade for planes with
two-blade props and $17,500 for those already equipped with
three-blade Hartzell props. Work can be done during
regularly scheduled maintenance visits to Midwest M20 Mooney
or the Mooney Factory Service Center (FSC) in Kerrville,
Texas, or by separate appointment. For more information,
call 800/456-3033 or visit www.mooney.com.
Sporty's and Eastern Cincinnati
Aviation will hold a Fly-In and Open House at Clermont
County/Sporty's Airport on Saturday, May 20, rain or shine
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free hot dogs will be served, and
soft drinks and other snacks will be available. Bose,
Garmin, Sigtronics, Honeywell, and Avidyne are among the
dozens of exhibitors planning to attend. Ed Carlson, best
known for his expertise on flying the North Atlantic in
general aviation aircraft, will host a seminar for pilots
considering this challenging flight for the first time. In
addition, representatives from Garmin, Honeywell and others
will hold free seminars throughout the day to familiarize
pilots with their products. For more information visit www.sportys.com/flyin.
Announces Centurion U.S. Maintenance Training
In anticipation of the first
U.S. customer deliveries of the Centurion 1.7 jet
fuel/diesel piston engine-powered Diamond DA42-TDI Twin Star
aircraft, Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH will conduct a
series of monthly maintenance training seminars at Superior
Air Parts' Engine Build Center in Dallas, Texas. Each
two-day seminar will provide familiarity with the operation,
troubleshooting, and maintenance requirements of the
Centurion, including the Full Authority Digital Engine
Control (FADEC) and Electrical Data Logging systems. The
first seminar is scheduled for March 20. Participants who
complete the seminar will earn factory authorization to
perform inspections and maintenance on these new engines.
Seminar grads will also have access to Thielert's
proprietary website to download the latest versions of
relevant manuals, forms, Service Bulletins and Authorization
Request Platform. For more information or to register, visit
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