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EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM
Get inside some of the coolest
airplanes in the EAA collection on Open Cockpit Day March 4 and 5 at
EAA AirVenture Museum. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the cockpits of selected
aircraft will be opened, allowing visitors a close-up view in
aircraft like the one-of-a-kind Bugatti Model 100 Racer and Pitcairn
PCA-2 Autogiro. In some cases, you can actually sit inside the
cockpit for the ultimate insider look.
On March 4 take a behind-the-scenes tour of EAA's Kermit Weeks
aircraft maintenance and restoration center during a special hangar
open house. See EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast, back in airworthy
condition following an 18-month repair and restoration, plus a
number of other EAA aircraft undergoing their annual winter
Flying in? Taxi over and park at the Weeks Hangar.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
I was under the impression that
the LSA Repairman Certificate with inspection rating allows
one to do annual condition inspections only on E-LSA aircraft
owned by the certificate holder. I recently read somewhere
that this certificate also allows an owner of a S-LSA aircraft
to do annual condition inspections on his own S-LSA, not just
an owned E-LSA.
I own a S-LSA and have been
waiting to take the as yet non-existent 80-hour course for
LSA-Repairman-Maintenance certificate. If I can do inspections
on my S-LSA with the inspection certificate, then I'll go
ahead with that. My S-LSA is not used for commercial purposes,
if that makes a difference. Please clarify this important
issue for me.
The LSA Repairman certificate with an inspection rating does
not allow the holder to perform condition inspections on
aircraft certificated in the Light-Sport Aircraft category
(commonly called "Special or S-LSA"). The inspection
rating will only allow the holder to perform condition
inspections on Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) that
he or she owns and that are listed on the certificate. 14 CFR
(b) The holder of a repairman
certificate (light-sport aircraft) with an inspection rating
may perform the annual condition inspection on a light-sport
(1) That is owned by the
(2) That has been issued an
experimental certificate for operating a light-sport aircraft
under §21.191(i) of this chapter; and
(3) That is in the same class
of light-sport-aircraft for which the holder has completed the
training specified in paragraph (a)(2)(ii) of this section.
This regulation clearly states,
in item (b)(2), that the aircraft must hold an airworthiness
certificate issued under §21.191(i), which is the
experimental certificate. Light-sport aircraft category
(S-LSA) are issued under §21.190, so the repairman
certificate with inspection rating won't apply to those
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|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
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143 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
RESTORE AERONCA, PLAN TRIP TO AIRVENTURE
the past five years, about 20 Young Eagles at Flabob Airport
in Southern California worked to completely restore a worn
and weathered Aeronca Super Chief. Their goal: to bring it
to EAA AirVenture someday. This summer, that wish could
become reality, as the group prepares the aircraft for its
first flight May 1.
LOCKHEED ELECTRA JUNIOR BRINGS ITS STORY TO EAA AIRVENTURE
rare Lockheed 12A Electra Junior will visit EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh for the first time ever this year, which is occasion
enough for celebration. But this particular aircraft, one of
what is believed to be less than 10 flying throughout the
world, and how it came to its current owner comprise a very
interesting story that will be told at the World's Greatest
Aviation Celebration July 24-30.
BARNSTORMERS TOUR ROARS INTO EAA AIRVENTURE 2006
The dazzling aircraft and the dashing men and women
representing the era dubbed "The Golden Age of
Aviation" will be in Oshkosh this summer, as the
American Barnstormers Tour makes a triumphant conclusion to
their nine-city schedule at EAA AirVenture 2006, the
"World's Greatest Aviation Celebration." The 54th
annual fly-in convention of the Experimental Aircraft
Association will be held at Wittman Regional Airport in
Oshkosh on July 24-30.
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
The list keeps growing...we now have
56 facilities in 23 states on our Alternate Airports and
Stops list, and it's only March! To include your business,
e-mail its name, airport,
phone number, e-mail address, and any special offers or
discounts to email@example.com. See the
list and start planning your journey at www.airventure.org/2006/flying/alternate_airports.html.
Looking for a ride, or have a spare seat to get to Oshkosh? Visit www.airventure.org/rideshare,
where there are already more than 100 people from 35 states and six
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the latest news and information about the World's Greatest
Aviation Celebration at www.airventure.org,
the official website of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
OPTIONAL RECURRENT FSSA TRAINING PROGRAM
Mitigating somewhat the
discomfort of the nation's flight training industry, the
Transportation Security Administration this week made public
its guidance for required recurrent Flight School Security
Awareness (FSSA) training of flight instructors and flight
school employees. This guidance, expected since October
2005, provides a way for those required to comply with 49
C.F.R. § 1552.23(d).
MEMBERS FIGHT ETHANOL LEGISLATION IN WASHINGTON, IDAHO
EAA is working to modify pending
state legislation in Washington and Idaho that would require
ethanol to be added to all gasoline sold in those states, a
move that would effectively ground hundreds of aircraft.
"We're asking our members in these states to contact
their elected representatives and urge them to not just
sweep a large number of their constituents-aviators-under
the rug with this legislation," said EAA Vice President
of Industry and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence.
"We've successfully influenced other state legislatures
to make provisions that allow certain aircraft to continue
operating with non-ethanol blended auto fuel, and we're
looking to do the same thing here." EAA e-mailed
eAlerts to its members in the two states this week asking
for their help and participation to change this legislation.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FEATURED IN UPCOMING KING SCHOOLS SPORT
PILOT CHECKRIDE COURSES
The upcoming King Schools Sport
Pilot and Sport Pilot Instructor courses give pilot and
instructor applicants valuable training and insights for
their practical tests. These courses feature Rusty Sachs,
executive director of the National Association of Flight
Instructors, as a Designated Pilot Examiner testing
applicant John King.
PASSING OF ETHEL FINLEY, WASP
Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) and a regular participant at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Ethel Finley (EAA 431726) passed
away on Friday, February 24, at her daughter's home in New
Jersey. She was 85. Ethel was one of about 1,000 women who
formed the WASP during World War II, the first women to
serve as U.S. military aviators. For the past seven years,
Ethel helped organized and promote the popular WASP displays
at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and Sun 'n Fun.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or 920/426-6821 (toll-free at 800/236-4800, ext. 6821).
BEGINS PRODUCING FIRST CUSTOMER AIRCRAFT
Eclipse Aviation celebrated
another milestone this week as it began building the first
Eclipse 500 that will be delivered to a customer. A crowd of
employees gathered to watch that customer, David Crowe,
engage the friction stir welding of one of the future jet's
cockpit side panels and drill window attachment holes into
the cockpit frame.
Crowe will receive his Eclipse 500 this summer. The company
is continuing flight-testing of the Eclipse 500 as it moves
toward FAA certification in the second quarter of this year.
For more information visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
PROTOTYPE EXPANDS TEST ENVELOPE
Aviation Technology Group,
Inc.'s Javelin completed its first gear-up flight out of
Centennial Airport on February 28. The prototype's landing
gear was cycled and its handling qualities assessed,
including longitudinal and lateral stability roll,
performance and trim effectiveness. A series of
modifications had been made in the last few months including
an upgrade to the landing gear system to incorporate an
emergency landing gear extension, and new canopy with
upgraded contour. For more information visit www.avtechgroup.com.
TEST PREP COURSE OFFERED IN MICHIGAN
Destination Flight, Inc. is
offering a Sport Pilot Practical Test Prep Course in Three
Rivers, Michigan, March 11. During the course an FAA
qualified Sport Pilot Examiner (SPE) will explain how the
oral and practical exams are administered, how to use the
PTS, and how to use the FAR/AIM to understand Sport Pilot
The course will be held at the Three Rivers Airport (HAI)
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration costs $125 per person and
includes the Sport Pilot Practical Test Standard in the
category and class of your choice. Pre-registration is
required. For more information, call 269/496-9301, or e-mail
ADDS U.S. FLIGHT ACADEMY TO SARC LIST
Sportsplanes.com has signed a
working agreement with the U.S. Flight Academy, making them
the newest Sport Aircraft Regional Center (SARC) in the
country. The new SARC will be located at Denton Municipal
Airport, Texas, and will sell light sport aircraft, provide
maintenance and offer sport pilot flight training in the
North Texas/Oklahoma area. They will also function as an
import and assembly facility for imported LSAs. For more
information visit www.sportsplanes.com
LAUNCH CARTER FUTUREFLIGHT-I
Carter Aviation Technologies (CAT)
unveiled the first CarterGyro Demonstrator/Trainer (CGDT), and
has plans to fly it from Atlanta, Georgia, to Tampa, Florida,
as part of Carter FutureFlight-I. The flight will leave
Atlanta April 3, with a pre-flight demonstration April 2 at
Georgia Tech to kick-off the event. Stops are planned at
Sunoco Gas Station in Stockbridge, Georgia; South Georgia
Technical College in Americus, Georgia; and Gainesville
Harley-Davidson & Buell and the Florida Natural History
Museum in Gainesville, Florida.
The CGDT is a standard tube-frame autogiro with Carter Landing
Gear and Carter Propeller giving it improved safety and
performance and the ability to do very short take-offs and
drop-in landings. Carter also plans to unveil their new
Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) design at a press conference
during Carter FutureFlight-1, and aims to have a PAV prototype
ready for flight-testing in early 2007. For more information
SPRUCE OFFERS EVANS PREP FLUID AND COOLANT
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty
now has Evans Prep Fluid and Evans NPG+ Coolant available.
Evans Prep Fluid is used for flushing systems that do not
drain easily when preparing to convert to Evans NPG+
Coolant. Evans NPG+ is the only coolant recommended for a
Rotax engine. The Evans Prep Fluid sells for $23.75 per
gallon and the NPG+ Coolant is $27.75 per gallon. For more
information visit www.aircraftspruce.com,
or call 877/477-7823.
KITS, SMOKE HOODS AVAILABLE AT BEYONDBULBS
One-of-a-kind emergency survival
kits packed with handpicked gear including lighting and
strobes, first-aid, handy tools, and everything else for
"surviving until help arrives" are now available
from BeyondBulbs. The portable emergency kits are housed in
waterproof Pelican cases and fully customizable. BeyondBulbs
also features smoke hoods, lighting, storage, and satellite
phone products. For more information visit www.beyondbulbs.com
or call 800/260-3063.
CLASSIC AIRCRAFT SKILLS AT CCAS
Center for Classic Aircraft
Skills (CCAS) in Maine is offering flying adventures,
specialized instruction for tailwheel, ski, and float
endorsements, plus light-sport training in classic and
clone-Cub aircraft. The company is resort-based and offers a
wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities for attendees.
For more information visit www.flyccas.com,
or call 866/359-2827.
LAUNCHES NEW OIL SEAL
Tempest has a new, more positive
oil seal for its filters using the ADB (anti-drain back)
valve. Part numbers AA48108 and AA48109 are used on TCM
engines, which require the ADB valve for the purpose of
retaining oil in the filter. The ADB valve ensures there is
oil in the filter when the engine is started, thus
preventing engine oil starvation during the critical
starting period. For more information visit www.tempestplus.com,
or call (800) 822-3200.
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