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News and Views February 17, 2006    Volume 6, Number 7

  
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SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR EAA PILOTS AT
THE TEXAS FLY-IN

Texas Fly-in

Experimental Aviation Association members who fly into the Texas Fly-In at Hondo, Texas (HDO) receive a number of special perks and privileges at the 42nd annual gathering May 11-14. Pilots and their passengers will be charged just $10 each to register and receive an SWRFIevent pass. Land-bound EAAers are charged $20 for an event pass, while general admission event passes are $25.

Pilots flying in will also be eligible to win one of two raffle prizes: a two-night stay at the Hangar Hotel on the Fredericksburg, Texas, airport (T82) or a two-night stay in at the Alsatian Inn in Castroville, Texas. Drawing will be at the Texas Fly-In Awards Banquet on Saturday night. (Must be present to win.) Those fliers who stay until Sunday get free a Mother's Day Fly-In breakfast. And when they prepare to leave for home, they'll receive a fuel discount.

Read more about the Texas Fly In at www.swrfi.org.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services

In the EAA's Ultralight transition to Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) guide, it mentions the following statement regarding Emergency Locator Transmitters:

"This is only required for all 2-place airplanes. All 1-seat and Powered Parachutes, Weight-shift, and Gyroplanes are exempt in accordance with FAR 91.207."

So I have two questions: Does a 2-seat ELSA weight-shift need an ELT? And what if the 2-place weight-shift will be an S-LSA?

Answer: 
It's important to carefully read what 14 CFR 91.207 says in order to understand what is required (and not required). The operative word, as it relates to your question, is "airplane." The regulation requires that "airplanes" with more than one seat have an ELT installed. The FAA definition of airplane is "an engine-driven fixed-wing aircraft heavier than air, that is supported in flight by the dynamic reaction of the air against its wings." (Ref; 14 CFR 1.1)

Since weight-shift control aircraft, powered parachutes, and rotorcraft do not meet the definition of an airplane as stated in 14 CFR 1.1 (because they do not have "fixed wings"), they are not required by 91.207 to have an ELT installed. It doesn't matter whether they are experimental, standard category, S-LSA, or what have you.


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February 2006
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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).

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AirVenture News and Views
157 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!

  
EAA AIRVENTURE TO HONOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF C-172
Cessna AnniversaryPart of the reason EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is known as "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" is because it's the perfect place to celebrate the landmark anniversaries and events of flight. EAA AirVenture 2006, held July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, maintains that theme by saluting the 50th anniversary of one of the general aviation fleet's mainstays, the Cessna 172 "Skyhawk."
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ANOTHER 'EAA STORY' BOOSTS KIDVENTURE THIS SUMMER
EAA KidVentureAnother example of what makes EAA such a special organization unfolded recently after a feature story about this year's special project at EAA AirVenture's KidVenture was published. Dan Majka, KidVenture Chairman, announced a new hands-on program where kids can learn riveting skills by building their own miniature wing. Bob Avery, president of Avery Tools in Fort Worth, Texas, read about it on www.airventure.org and offered to outfit the metal working/riveting booth at KidVenture 2006 with six complete sets of Avery tools (one for each work station).
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SAVE ON AIR FARES TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH

EAA AirVentureCheck out special air fare discounts from American, Midwest, and Northwest airlines for EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts planning to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006.
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AIRVENTURE WAYPOINTS, FUEL STOPS, ALTERNATE AIRPORTS
Our growing list of stops to and from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh now has a total of 45 locations in 20 states! Send your information, including name of business, airport, phone number, e-mail address, and any special offers or discounts to webmaster@eaa.org. A complete listing can be found at www.airventure.org/2006/flying/alternate_airports.html.


EAA AIRVENTURE RIDESHARE
Looking for a ride, or have a spare right seat for Oshkosh? Visit www.airventure.org/rideshare, where there are already 83 people from 32 states and six countries listed!

VISIT www.airventure.org FOR LATEST UPDATES

Learn the latest developments about the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration at www.airventure.org, the official website of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006.

EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR RAMPS UP FOR MESA
Sport Pilot TourAt least 15 light-sport aircraft manufacturers will show their stuff this weekend as the EAA Sport Pilot Tour makes its first stop of the year at Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona. Aviation enthusiasts can get an up-close look at wide variety of LSA currently available, plus learn all about the rules and what it will take to participate in the exciting new world of sport flying from the SP/LSA authority - EAA.
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PUBLIC FORUMS ANNOUNCED FOR PROPOSED PHOENIX CLASS B AIRSPACE REVISION
The public will have an opportunity to review proposed revisions to the Phoenix Class B Airspace Area at three informal, fact-finding meetings in the Phoenix area in April and May. EAA encourages its members in the Phoenix area to attend at least one of these FAA-sponsored meetings, where the proposed Class B modifications around Sky Harbor International will be explained and the public will have an opportunity to make presentations and hold discussions about how they might be affected by them.
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EAA REQUEST TO ADD AIRPORT IDENTIFIERS TO WACS ALMOST COMPLETE
Three-letter airport identifiers now appear on the latest World Aeronautical Charts (WACs) covering the United States, and FAA's National Aeronautical Charting Office (NACO) reports that one chart remains to be updated. Upon issuance of WAC CJ-27 (Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands area) April 13, 2006, the EAA-led, pilot safety-enhancing effort will be complete.
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FOSSETT DOES IT AGAIN
Emergency Landing Culminates 'Ultimate Flight'
GlobalFlyerThe world watched EAAer Steve Fossett make history once again last weekend as he piloted the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer for nearly 77 hours over 26,389.3 miles to establish a new world distance record for a non-stop, flight without refueling. The "Ultimate Flight" concluded dramatically on Saturday, February 11, however, when an electrical failure forced an emergency landing at Bournemouth, England, about 100 miles shy of his planned destination at Kent International Airport. The abrupt landing completed the plan hatched on AeroShell Square at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 by Fossett and Virgin Atlantic Chairman Sir Richard Branson.

Fossett received a congratulatory message for his successful flight from EAA President Tom Poberezny and his wife, Sharon, while they were traveling abroad this past week.
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GA AIRPORTS THE LOSER IN FEDERAL BUDGET PROPOSAL
EAA maintains Aviation Trust Fund income healthy and the balance is growing; inappropriate distribution is the problem

The nation's general aviation airports are left out in the cold in the new FAA budget proposal forwarded by the Bush Administration this week, as funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) has been chopped by more than 20 percent. EAA analyzed the budget proposal, finding that the remaining funds are likely to be used for expansion at large metropolitan airports. That would leave critical maintenance and improvement projects at GA airports delayed or canceled.

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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
    
2005 A RECORD YEAR FOR GA BILLINGS
General aviation manufacturers had a record year for billings in 2005, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported this week. The all-time high $15.1 billion billings was a 27.2 percent increase over 2004. Year-end, worldwide shipments of GA aircraft totaled 3,580 units for 2005, up 20.8 percent over the previous year's 2,963.

"The outstanding 2005 shipment and billing figures demonstrate that general aviation is one of the brightest and most promising sectors of manufacturing," said Pete Bunce, GAMA president and CEO.

All sectors of general aviation manufacturing experienced growth in 2005. Piston shipments rose 20.2 percent, from 2,051 to 2,465 units, and turboprops increased 13.7 percent, from 321 units to 365 units. Additionally, business jets shipments increased by 159 units to a total of 750 airplanes, a 26.9 percent increase. For more information, visit www.GAMA.aero.
MERMAID AMPHIBIAN EARNS S-LSA CERTIFICATION
The FAA has granted special light sport aircraft certified status (S-LSA) to the Sport Aircraft Works' amphibious Mermaid. Designed and built by Czech Aircraft Works, the Mermaid is made of U.S.-sourced materials and hardware. With S-LSA certification, this Mermaid can now be delivered ready-to-fly for flight training and building time, and flown solo by sport pilot license holders. SAW says that five customers will see deliveries by the end of the month. For more information visit www.sportaircraftworks.com.
SPORT PILOT GROUND SCHOOL FEBRUARY 18-19
Room is still available for the two-day Sport Pilot Ground School offered by Destination Flight, Inc. this weekend in Fair Haven, Michigan (February 18-19). The course costs $250 and includes a 2006 ASA Sport Pilot Test Prep Book, 2006 FARs, Sport Pilot Practical Test Standard for the category/class of your choice, an E6B flight computer, plotter, and sectional. In addition, an FAA-qualified Sport Pilot Examiner will explain how the oral and practical exams are administered and how to use the PTS for your checkride.

Additional classes are scheduled in Three Rivers, Michigan, February 25-26; and Clyo, Georgia, March 25-26. For additional dates and more information, visit www.destinationflight.com/ground_school.html.
R.I.T. ADDS FIXED-WING INSPECTION COURSE
The Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, has received FAA approval to offer the LSA 16-hour repairman's course with inspection rating for fixed-wing LSA, adding to the powered parachute inspection course accepted last year. The first class is scheduled for April 1-2, and subsequent classes will be offered on the first weekend of every month. Information on both course schedules can be found at http://lsa.rit.edu.
BELLANCA-CHAMPION CLUB POSTS 2006 FLY-IN SCHEDULE
The Bellanca-Champion Club has announced their 2006 Fly-In schedule including stops at Sun 'n Fun (April 4-10), EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (July 24-30), and the Bellanca-Champion West (June 9-11) and East Coast (mid- to late-September) Fly-Ins. The club will be at the Vintage Aircraft Type Club Tent during Sun 'n Fun, and will present two educational forums on April 6. For more information, contact Robert Szego at 518-731-6800, Robert@bellanca-championclub.com, or visit www.bellanca-championclub.com.
AMERICAN LEGEND REVISES CUB PURCHASE PLAN
American Legend Aircraft Company has added a new purchase plan to make it easier for new customers to buy the Legend Cub S-LSA Under the new plan, a customer is able to secure a production slot for the presently backlogged aircraft with a $2,400 refundable deposit. A buyer can still take advantage of the previous deposit program and thereby lock-in the purchase price of a Legend Cub. This plan requires a 10 percent, non-refundable deposit. Sixty days prior to delivery, another 40 percent deposit of the purchase price is required, with the remaining 50 percent due at delivery. For further information call 903-885-7000, or visit www.legend.aero.
UNIVAIR CELEBRATES 60 YEARS
Univair Aircraft Corp will celebrate 60 years of service to the general aviation community February 25. J.E. "Eddie Dyer" and Don Vest founded Vest Aircraft, Univair's predecessor, in Denver in 1946. Today, Univair holds more FAA-PMA and STC approvals than any other company in the country with the exception of airlines. The company manufactures replacement parts for many of the two- and four-place aircraft built between 1945 and 1960, including Aeronca, Champion, Bellanca Citabria, Decathlon, and Scout, Cessna 120, 140, 140A, 170 series, Ercoupe, Forney, Alon, M-10, Luscombe, Piper J-3 through PA-22, Stinson 108 series and Taylorcraft BC series. For more information, visit www.univair.com.
ROTORWORKS TO OFFER SAFARI HELICOPTER TRAINING
Canadian Home Rotors, Inc. (CHR) has finalized arrangements for Rotorworks, Inc. of Whitecourt, Alberta, to train pilots on the Safari helicopter. Rotorworks is now accepting applications for pilot training with CFI Jim Hofland. Applicants should visit the Rotorworks website, www.rotorworks.com, or call 780/778-6600.
WELDCRAFT LAUNCHES MICRO TIG WELDING TORCH
Weldcraft's new MT-125 compact, water-cooled micro TIG welding torch is ideal for TIG welders working on limited access joints, or those who prefer an overall smaller torch size. It features a low-profile nozzle that can fit into 5.8-inch diameter holes. Also included are 2-, 3.5-, and 5-inch body length options and 45-, 90-, or 180-degree head configurations.

Rated at 100 percent duty cycle up to 125 amps, the MT-125 can also accommodate Weldcraft's optional high amperage quartz nozzles and 3/32-inch chucks for larger diameter tungsten. Compatible tungsten sizes include .040-, 1/16- and 3/32-inch diameters, and depending on the model, include either 12.5- or 25-foot cable lengths. For more information visit www.weldcraft.com.
 
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