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RANDOLPH AFB DEMO
TEAM TO PERFORM AT EAA TEXAS FLY-IN
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 Beech/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.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
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.
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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2001. The gleaming red and white biplane earned Homebuilt
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150 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
CONNIE 'STAR OF AMERICA' RETURNS TO OSHKOSH
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.
TOP PERFORMERS CONFIRM EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH APPEARANCES
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.
EAA MEMORIAL WALL CREATES LASTING, LOVING TRIBUTE
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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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 MAKES BIG SPLASH IN THE DESERT
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
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.
OVERCAST'S RETURN TO FLIGHT REMAINS ON SCHEDULE
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.
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.
LOSS OF CO-FOUNDER RALPH NELSON
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
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 email@example.com,
or 920/426-6821 (toll-free at 800/236-4800, ext. 6821).
"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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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,
To register for the March Repairman Maintenance course call
Carol Carpenter at 530/824-0644.
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