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News and Views February 24, 2006    Volume 6, Number 8

  
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RANDOLPH AFB DEMO TEAM TO PERFORM AT EAA TEXAS FLY-IN

RANDOLPH AFB DEMO TEAM

The Randolph Air Force Base T-6A Texan II Aerial Demonstration Team will perform on Saturday, May 13 during the air show at the EAA Texas Fly-In at Hondo. The T-6A, the most advanced primary trainer ever flown by the Air Force, is the military trainer version of Raytheon's SWRFIBeech/Pilatus PC-9 Mk II. It's fully aerobatic and has a pressurized cockpit with an anti-G system, an ejection seat and an advanced avionics package with sunlight-readable liquid crystal displays.

Although relatively new to the air show circuit, the team is already one of the military's premier demonstration squads. They fly basic maneuvers taught to all military student pilots and reflect the skills of America's top aviators and the aircraft capabilities. The excellent thrust-to-weight ratio provided by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop engine yields an initial climb of 3,100 fpm, reaching 18,000 feet in less than six minutes. For more information on the fly-in, visit www.swrfi.org.

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I applied for my Repairman Certificate back in November when I had my Glasair inspected by the local MIDO Office. I have since contacted this office and they say that all matters about this are to be forwarded to the Flight Service District Office (FSDO). I don't know what FSDO to contact as the plane was inspected in one state and the permanent home of the plane is in a different state.

Which FSDO would have the information? I haven't received any information about the Repairman Certificate to indicate whether I am certified to work on this plane or not. How do I even know that the application was even sent to the FAA and when was it sent? Any help will be much appreciated.

Answer: 

Any FSDO can accept your application, but I would suggest going to the FSDO that has jurisdiction over the area of your home address (or the address you'll put on the application). This will afford you the smoothest application process.

You do not send in the application. You must appear in person so an FAA inspector can look over your application, your photo ID, and your construction records of the project. You'll have to call the FSDO and make an appointment with an airworthiness inspector.

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To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.
  

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March 2006
EAA Desktop Calendar

EAA Desktop Calendar

A real classic...in fact, a Hatz Classic, built by Henry Foote of Olathe, Kansas, and shot air-to-air by EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick in 2001. The gleaming red and white biplane earned Homebuilt Grand Champion Lindy honors that year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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
150 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!

  
SUPER CONNIE 'STAR OF AMERICA' RETURNS TO OSHKOSH
Super ConnieWhat some believe to be the most beautiful airplane ever built, Airline History Museum's Star of America Lockheed Super Constellation, returns to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for this summer's event, July 24-30. It's the "Connie's" first appearance at the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration since 2004. The Star of America, which was grounded by an engine fire last September, will be parked on the AeroShell Square showcase ramp throughout the week. Interior tours of the airplane will be available, hosted by its crew from the Airline History Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Tour proceeds help finance the continued maintenance and operation of the aircraft.
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MORE TOP PERFORMERS CONFIRM EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH APPEARANCES
Air Show PerformersSeveral more top aerobatic pilots have confirmed they will perform during daily air shows at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, July 24-30, at Wittman Regional Airport. Pilots Kirby Chambliss, Matt Chapman, Mike Goulian, Jim LeRoy, and Mike Mancuso, plus the Iron Eagles Team of Bill Gordon and Billy Segalla, will appear during the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. They'll also take part in the new "up close-and-personal" sessions held at various times throughout the week on AeroShell Square. During these times, fans can meet the pilots, see their airplanes, and get autographs and photos.
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EAA MEMORIAL WALL CREATES LASTING, LOVING TRIBUTE

Memorial WallThe EAA Memorial Wall on the AirVenture Oshkosh grounds is a permanent monument to honor those beloved aviation enthusiasts who have "Gone West." The beautiful wall is built with stones brought here by EAA members from all over the world and is permanently etched with the names of more than 1,000 people. During EAA AirVenture, attendees gather at the solemn edifice for a moving dedication ceremony of that year's inductees, concluded by a missing man flyover. This year's ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 30.

To include your loved one in this year's ceremony, please contact the EAA Development Office at 800-236-1025 no later than March 31, or visit www.eaa.org/support for more information. (Donation minimum is $350.) The EAA Memorial Wall is a wonderful way to remember those that have gone before us.

SAVE ON AIR FARES TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH

EAA AirVenture OshkoshCheck 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 MAKES BIG SPLASH IN THE DESERT
EAA's Sport Pilot TourEAA's latest Sport Pilot Tour stop drew several hundred aviation enthusiasts to Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona, last Saturday to learn more about opportunities in the growing sport pilot/light-sport aircraft community. The successful event drew a best-yet 18 certificated light-sport aircraft (LSA) from 13 manufacturers and more than 600 attendees. The 500-plus attendee registrations is another high for the tour, resulting in a large number of new EAA members. "This was definitely the best event so far," said EAA Executive Vice President Bob Warner, who made two well-attended presentations. "That's a result of the continued evolution of not only the industry, but of the events themselves, by sheer repetition, learning how to do things better. We're looking forward to the next phase of events."
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SPORT PILOT TOUR HEADS TO ATLANTA
EAA Chapter 690 will host the next EAA Sport Pilot Tour stop in Lawrenceville, Georgia, at the Gwinnett County Airport (LZU), on April 29. Visitors can inspect a wide variety of light-sport aircraft as LSA manufacturers have aircraft available for inspection, plus get the details on how 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. The EAA Sport Pilot Team will be on hand to answer questions about transitioning, maintenance, and medical considerations, plus tips on what questions to ask before buying your own light-sport aircraft. For more information call 800/JOIN-EAA, or visit www.sportpilot.org.
    
ALUMINUM OVERCAST'S RETURN TO FLIGHT REMAINS ON SCHEDULE
EAA's B-17 Bomber Aluminum OvercastA major milestone in the restoration work of EAA's B-17 Bomber Aluminum Overcast occurred Tuesday afternoon, February 21, when its Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone radial engines were started and run for about 25 minutes. The successful engine run-ups mean that the project remains on schedule for initial test flights in early March, says EAA Director of Aircraft Operations Sean Elliott.
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LOUISIANA EAA FLY-IN SERIES RESUMES IN MARCH
The Louisiana EAA Fly-in Series begins its 2006 season on March 25 with the Chapter 971 Fly-in at St. John's Airport. 2005 was undoubtedly one of its toughest years ever for Louisiana, and there will be slightly fewer scheduled events in 2006 as the state continues to rebuild. But organizers are confident that this unique fly-in series will continue to achieve its goal to raise the general public's aviation awareness and increase aviation activity in the state.
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NAFI MOURNS LOSS OF CO-FOUNDER RALPH NELSON
Ralph NelsonRalph F. Nelson, founding father and Vice President Emeritus of EAA affiliate organization the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), passed away February22 at age 71. He held NAFI number 4 and had served on the Association's Board of Directors for 34 years. Throughout his years in aviation, Ralph initiated and managed a wide range of general aviation safety programs as he rose through the ranks to Sr. VP at AOPA. One of his lasting legacies is the General Aviation Awards program and particularly, the Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year award. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to the NAFI Foundation, 35 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215, to establish the Ralph Nelson Memorial Flight Instructor Scholarship.
    
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; ticket sales and exhibit booth assistance at several locations; 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
F-22A "RAPTOR" TO APPEAR AT SUN 'N FUN
The F-22A "Raptor" Stealth-technology fighter will make its first civilian air show appearance at Sun 'n Fun Fly-In 2006, April 4-10 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida. The Raptor is America's newest fighter aircraft. The design provides an unprecedented combination of stealth, super cruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics with a sophisticated sensor suite allowing the pilot to track, identify, engage and kill threats well before being detected. Two of the aircraft will arrive in on Thursday, April 6, and are expected to stay for three days. For more information visit www.sun-n-fun.org or call the Sun 'n Fun offices at 863/644-2431.
    
ECLIPSE WINS 2005 COLLIER TROPHY
Eclipse Aviation Corporation has been awarded the 2005 Robert J. Collier Trophy "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America." The 95 year-old trophy, aviation's most prestigious award, will be presented to the company "for leadership, innovation, and the advancement of general aviation" in the production of very light jets, specifically, the Eclipse 500.

The award will be presented May 15, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Past winners of the trophy include Orville Wright, Howard Hughes, Scott Crossfield, the crew of Apollo 11, and SpaceShipOne. The award is administered by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).
SOUCY JOINS EXTREME AIR SHOW CHALLENGE SERIES
Air show performer Gene Soucy will be joining the ACAP eXtreme Air Show Challenge Series as a guest performer and celebrity judge for the 2006 season. Soucy, who will perform at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, is a former member of the Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team and has been a member of two World Champion U.S. Aerobatic Teams. He began professional air show flying in 1968 and has appeared in every major air show in North America. The ACAP eXtreme Airshow Challenge Series is set to launch in April 2006. For more information visit www.evqshows.com.
ZODIAC CH 601 XL S-LSA MAKES DEBUT AT SPORT PILOT STOP
The new Zodiac CH 601XL special light sport aircraft (S-LSA) made its debut this past weekend at EAA's Sport Pilot Tour stop in Mesa, Arizona. The new aircraft is built by Aircraft Manufacturing & Development, Inc. in Eastman, Georgia. The aircraft will also be on display March 4-5 at the Cactus Fly-In at Casa Grande Municipal Airport. For more information visit www.southwestsportsplanes.com. A full listing of all sport pilot eligible aircraft is available at www.sportpilot.org.
NEW FACTORY LAUNCHED TO MEET DEMAND FOR STINGSPORT
TL Ultralight and SportairUSA LC have completed TL's new 44,000 square foot factory in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. TL Ultralight (known in North America as TL Sport Aircraft) manufactures the StingSport and currently employs 70 people with plans to double the base over the next year. The StingSport was on display at EAA's Sport Pilot Tour stop in Mesa, Arizona, last weekend, and will be at the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show in Puyallup, Washington, February 25. For more information visit www.sportair-usa.com/airshow.htm.
TEMPEST TEAMS UP WITH CHAMBLISS AND TUCKER
Tempest, manufacturers and marketers of dry air pumps, pneumatic components, and the "Original" aviation oil filter, are sponsoring aerobatic pilots Kirby Chambliss and Sean D. Tucker for 2006.
Chambliss and Tucker will be in the Tempest booth (C-081 and C-082) autographing Tempest hats at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In from 10-11 a.m. on April 6. The two pilots will also appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer. For more information, visit www.tempestplus.com, or call 800/822-3200.
FLIGHT DESIGN GMBH, REPORTS RECORD YEAR
With its United States distributor selling an industry-leading 70 aircraft and delivering 45 CT aircraft models, Flight Design GmbH recorded worldwide deliveries of 120 aircraft, which is a new record for the company. The company, based in Echterdingen Germany, also announced plans to deliver 220 to 240 airplanes in 2006, which means nearly doubling its manufacturing capacity. Current production is about four aircraft per week or 208 aircraft per year. The order book has a nine-month backlog, through November 2006. TO learn more, visit www.flightdesign.com.
DIAMOND REPORTS SALES INCREASE FOR 2005
According to the General Aviation Manufacturing Association (GAMA), Diamond Aircraft delivered 26 percent more aircraft in 2005 than the previous year. Contributing to the increase in sales were the introduction of the DA42 Twin Star, increased production of the DA40 Diamond Star, and strong export sales. For more information visit www.diamondaircraft.com.
NATIONAL AVIATION EXPLORING SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
The National Aviation Exploring Committee will award five scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 to Aviation Explorers this year. The scholarships are intended to encourage Aviation Explorers to study the technologies and acquire the skills necessary for an aviation career. Specific requirements as well as applications for these scholarships are available online at www.aviationexploring.org and are due to the local council office for approval by March 31, 2006. Scholarships will be awarded by July 1, 2006.
RECALL ON ALL CROSSBOW 425EX AHRS
Direct-To Avionics has announced a full recall of the Crossbow 425EX AHRS, as performance and reliability problems with the system continue. The company asks that all Crossbow units be removed or limited to Day/VFR flight conditions until a control group has logged 100 hours each without any performance problems. For more information visit www.d2av.com.
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN RECEIVE HONORARY DEGREES
America's first African-American fighter pilots received honorary degrees this week from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, as part of the Sixth Annual Tuskegee Airmen Convocation. The February 23 recognized the Tuskegee Airmen's exemplary combat performance during World War II. Col. General Mills Boyd, an original life member of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., was this year's speaker. Two Minnesota airmen, Joseph Gomer and Vernon Hopson, flew to Tuskegee's Moton Field aboard a four-seat Cirrus SR-22 provided by Cirrus Design Corp. Cirrus is a corporate sponsor of the Red Tail Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. For more information visit www.redtail.org.
RAINBOW AVIATION TO HOST SPORT PILOT REPAIRMAN MAINTENANCE COURSE
Rainbow Aviation will hold their first Repairman Maintenance course March 6-24. The 120-hour course includes the four modules required for the airplane class. Future courses for the weight shift and powered parachute modules are also being planned. For a complete schedule of future maintenance classes at Rainbow Aviation, visit www.rainbowaviation.com. To register for the March Repairman Maintenance course call Carol Carpenter at 530/824-0644.
 
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