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News and Views March 3, 2006    Volume 6, Number 9

  
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OPEN COCKPIT WEEKEND AT EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM

Open Cockpit Weekend

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 maintenance.

Flying in? Taxi over and park at the Weeks Hangar.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
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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.

Answer:
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 65.107(b) states:

(b) The holder of a repairman certificate (light-sport aircraft) with an inspection rating may perform the annual condition inspection on a light-sport aircraft:

(1) That is owned by the holder;

(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 aircraft.

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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
143 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!

  
KIDS RESTORE AERONCA, PLAN TRIP TO AIRVENTURE
Kids Restore AeroncaOver 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.
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RARE LOCKHEED ELECTRA JUNIOR BRINGS ITS STORY TO EAA AIRVENTURE
Rare Lockheed Electra JuniorA 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.
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AMERICAN BARNSTORMERS TOUR ROARS INTO EAA AIRVENTURE 2006
American Barnstormers Tour 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.
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SAVE ON AIR FARES TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
Check 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
EAA AirVenture OshkoshThe 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 webmaster@eaa.org. See the list and start planning your journey at www.airventure.org/2006/flying/alternate_airports.html.


EAA AIRVENTURE RIDESHARE
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 countries listed!

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Get the latest news and information about the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration at www.airventure.org, the official website of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!

TSA ISSUES 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).
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EAA, 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.
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NAFI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FEATURED IN UPCOMING KING SCHOOLS SPORT PILOT CHECKRIDE COURSES
King Schools Sport Pilot Checkride CoursesThe 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.
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EAA MOURNS PASSING OF ETHEL FINLEY, WASP
Ethel FinleyWomen 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.
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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; 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
ECLIPSE 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.
JAVELIN 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.
SPORT PILOT 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 Regulations.

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 register@destinationflight.com.
SPORTPLANES.COM 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 or www.usflightacademy.com.
CARTER TO 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 visit www.carteraviationtechnologies.com.
AIRCRAFT 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.
SURVIVAL 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.
LEARN 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.
TEMPEST 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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