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News and Views February 10, 2006    Volume 6, Number 6

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AeroPlanner, providers of the EAA FlightPlanner Pilot Services member benefit, has launched a portable version of several core AeroPlanner features you can use on your 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 available free to EAA members. All you need to do is browse to www.aeroplanner.com/mobile/ with your web-enabled phone or PDA, log in and access these great features.
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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?

The 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.

For more information, visit  www.sportpilot.org.

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February 2006
EAA Desktop Calendar

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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).
Fossett Presses On in Ultimate Flight Quest
GlobalFlyerEAAer 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 Flight archive.)
EAA to Advance 'Vintage' Proposal Next Month
Vintage ProposalEAA 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.
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Small Business 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.
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EAA AirVenture OshkoshSend 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/.

Download Your AirVenture Planning Guide Today!
EAA AirVenture Planning GuideBegin 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.

EAA Prepares For Arizona Sport Pilot Tour Stop 
EAA's Sport Pilot TourEAA's 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 light-sport aircraft.
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SWRFI Board Meeting to Preview 2006 Fly-In
SWRFIThe 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.
EAA Seeks 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 tnowland@eaa.org, or 920/426-6821 (toll-free at 800/236-4800, ext. 6821).
On the Flightline News and Views
Adam 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.
Wag-Aero 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 models 7EC/7ECA/7FC/7GCA/7GCAA/7GC/7HC/7JC;
  • Parts 5-270, 5-271, for models 7GCB/7GCBA/7GCBC

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.

2005 Good to CubCrafters
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.
Columbia Helps 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.
Record 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.
Embry-Riddle Fleet First to Combine Glass Cockpit and ADS-B
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical 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.
WSI To 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.
Robinson 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.
310HP 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 Fly-In/Open House
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.
Thielert 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 www.centurion-engines.com.
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