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BENEFITS FOR EAA PILOTS AT
THE 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 event
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.
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?
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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|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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157 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
AIRVENTURE TO HONOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF C-172
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
'EAA STORY' BOOSTS KIDVENTURE THIS SUMMER
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).
SAVE ON AIR FARES TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
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.
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 email@example.com. A
complete listing can be found at www.airventure.org/2006/flying/alternate_airports.html.
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
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.
PILOT TOUR RAMPS UP FOR MESA
At 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.
FORUMS ANNOUNCED FOR PROPOSED PHOENIX CLASS B AIRSPACE
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.
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.
DOES IT AGAIN
Emergency Landing Culminates
The 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or 920/426-6821 (toll-free at 800/236-4800, ext. 6821).
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,
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.
GROUND SCHOOL FEBRUARY 18-19
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.
FIXED-WING INSPECTION COURSE
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.
CLUB POSTS 2006 FLY-IN SCHEDULE
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.
LEGEND REVISES CUB PURCHASE PLAN
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.
CELEBRATES 60 YEARS
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.
TO OFFER SAFARI HELICOPTER TRAINING
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.
LAUNCHES MICRO TIG WELDING TORCH
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
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