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News and Views March 10, 2006    Volume 6, Number 10

  
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ENJOY THE FUN AND THRILLS OF AVIATION AT EAA FAMILY FLIGHTFEST

EAA Family Flightfest

Families can shake off the winter doldrums and enjoy a broad array of engaging activities during EAA's Family Flightfest on March 18-19. The weekend event at EAA's AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will feature numerous, fun-filled activities that celebrate the wonders of the most liberating outdoor activity: personal flight!

The EAA Family Flightfest will bring recreational aviation to life using aircraft tours, flight simulators, models, hands-on aircraft construction projects, and many more aviation-themed activities. Toddlers, grandparents, and all family members in between will find displays and activities suited to their age and their aviation interest.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services

Do you need the logbook endorsements for Class B, C, and D airspace if you have a Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating but are operating as a sport pilot with your driver's license as your medical?

Answer:
No, holders of higher-level pilot certificates are exempt from the requirement for an airspace endorsement when operating at the sport pilot level. You have already had the appropriate training and have demonstrated your ability when being tested for the higher-level certificate. You simply need a current flight review recorded in your pilot logbook, just as you did when you were flying at the higher certificate level.

Remember that you are restricted to only the privileges and limitations of a sport pilot at those times when you are using your driver's license in lieu of an FAA medical certificate. This includes flying only aircraft that meet the definition of a light-sport aircraft.

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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.
  

We are pleased to provide this info to EAA members as a membership benefit. To ensure that this service continues, renew your membership or join EAA today by calling 800/843-3612 or 920/426-5912.

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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ALUMINUM OVERCAST AIRBORNE AGAIN!
EAA's B-17 Aluminum OvercastAt 2:13 p.m. local Tuesday, March 7, the long and meticulous repair project for EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast officially ended when her wheels left Runway 18 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh for a 50-minute test flight. The flight crew consisted of EAA Director of Flight Operations Sean Elliott; B-17 Tour Assistant Director George Daubner; Bob Davis, check airman, and mechanic Vince Hammons.

"The airplane ran just great!" Elliott said. "All four engines were smooth and powerful, it was euphoric to see the aircraft leave the ground again."
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EAA WORKING TO REVISE PROPOSED MISSOURI ETHANOL LEGISLATION
EAA is focusing its organizational and member resources to head off yet another state's attempt to require ethanol additives in gasoline before it leaves some pilots without a way to obtain suitable fuel for their aircraft.
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EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR STOPS AT NASHVILLE MAY 6
EAA's Sport Pilot TourEAA announced this week it would bring the EAA Sport Pilot Tour to the Nashville, Tennessee, area for a May 6 tour stop. The event will take place at the Smyrna Airport (MQY) and EAA Chapter 162 will serve as event hosts. EAA invites aviation enthusiasts to attend and learn the latest information on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft from the source: EAA's Sport Pilot Team and the top LSA manufacturers.
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EAAER SETS 11 NEW WORLD RECORDS IN LW5 AUTOGYRO
New World RecordAndy Keech, EAA 169840, recently set 11 new world autogyro records flying a Little Wing LW5, the fifth in a series of Ron Herron designs. The aircraft, affectionately named "Woodstock," set four autogyro class records and seven autogyro heavy (over 1,102 lbs.) sub-class records.
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WATHEN FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES HUGE DEVELOPMENT AT FLABOB
Flabob DevelopmentNew education center, business, and residential areas in the mix
The Thomas Wathen Foundation plans a multi-million dollar, three-part development project at historic Flabob Airport, Riverside, California incorporating new educational facilities, an aviation business park, and new aircraft hangars adjoining an aviation-themed residential development. The new educational center will house the aeronautical department of San Bernardino Valley College to Flabob, which plans to relocate on Flabob in 2007. The Wathen Aviation High School, a public charter high school launched last year, will also operate at Flabob.
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AirVenture News and Views
136 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
AFTER HOURS AT EAA AIRVENTURE THEATER IN THE WOODS
Theater in the WoodsDays on the EAA AirVenture convention grounds can be long, but at night EAAers always have a chance to kick back, relax, and take in one of the marvelous evening programs at Theater in the Woods. Every year attendees hear groundbreaking announcements, see exclusive multimedia presentations, enjoy top musical entertainment and welcome some of the most revered and respected people in aviation.

Plus every now and then, a surprise.
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NATIONAL GA AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Presentation Planned
The General Aviation Awards Committee announced selections for the 43rd annual National GA Awards, whose recipients will be honored by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey during a Wednesday, July 27 ceremony at AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. The recipients are: Rich Stowell, 2006 Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Gene Hudson, Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) of the Year; Joe Hawkins, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; and Terry Markovich, Avionics Technician of the Year.
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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 count is up to 61 facilities in 24 states this week on our Alternate Airports and Stops list! 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 plan 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 36 states and seven countries listed!
  

VISIT www.airventure.org FOR LATEST UPDATES

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!
      
On the Flightline News and Views
    
MOONEY DELIVERS 11,000TH AIRPLANE
Mooney Airplane Company delivered its milestone 11,000th production aircraft on February 23 at its Kerrville, Texas, headquarters. Dennis F. Strigl, an instrument-rated pilot from New Jersey who recently returned to flying after nearly 20 years, took delivery of a Garmin G1000-equipped Ovation2 GX with a GDL69A weather uplink, XM satellite radio, a GTX 330 mode "S" transponder, and an STEC 55X autopilot.

Originally located in Wichita, Kansas, Mooney aircraft delivered its first airplane in 1948. Three years later the company moved to Kerrville and in 1991 delivered its 10,000th airplane. After a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2001, the company rebounded to deliver 34 aircraft in 2003 and 36 in 2004. Mooney more than doubled that output last year with 85 new airplanes delivered. For more information, visit www.mooney.com.
SUPERFLITE NOW OFFERING WIDE SF104 LIGHTWEIGHT FABRIC
Superflite now offers a new wider and stronger SF104 uncertified lightweight fabric. The new fabric is 71 inches wide, allowing most light sport and ultralight wings to be covered span-wise with just two pieces of fabric. A Mullen burst test shows the breaking strength of the fabric at 185 pounds, and the weight remains at 1.8 ounces per square yard. The current price on the SF104 fabric is $5.50 per yard. For more information, call 800/323-0611, or visit www.superflite.com.
    
COLUMBIA ANNOUNCES FIRST-TIME BUYERS PROGRAM
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Co. has announced a retail incentive for first-time aircraft buyers called Columbia IPO (Initial Purchase Option). The program allows a financial incentive for students trained in technologically advanced aircraft to transition smoothly into high-performance aircraft ownership.

To take advantage of the IPO, a student who has completed primary or advanced training in any of the specified glass cockpit trainers must purchase a new Columbia 350 or 400 within 12 months of their FAA checkride. Upon submission of an IPO Affidavit signed by the student's CFI, Columbia will reimburse flight-training expenses up to $7,500 upon delivery of the new aircraft. To learn more, visit www.flycolumbia.com.
    
ECLIPSE CHOOSES VOYAGER FLIGHT SOFTWARE SYSTEM
Eclipse Aviation has chosen Seattle Avionics Software's Voyager Flight Software System as the exclusive flight planning solution for pilots participating in the Eclipse JetComplete program. The special JetComplete version of Voyager will not only be tuned for needs of Eclipse 500 pilots, but also have unique collaboration features that allow the pilot and the Eclipse Flight Support Briefer to jointly review and create flight plans. For more information, visit www.seattleavionics.com.
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