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News and Views March 17, 2006    Volume 6, Number 11

  
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EAA B-17 TOUR STARTS ITS WESTERN SWING
IN TWO WEEKS

We are just two weeks away from the start of EAA's B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour, featuring the sparkling, newly refurbished B-17 Aluminum Overcast. EAA welcomed the B-17 crews this week for training and orientation sessions. The first stop for the tour is March 31-April 3 at San Diego's Gillespie Field Airport. For complete tour information, or to make an online reservation, visit www.B17.org.

FAMILY FLIGHTFEST THIS WEEKEND AT EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM

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!
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services

EAA has been very active with regard to the ethanol issue. Why can't aircraft operate on autogas containing 10 percent ethanol?

Answer:
Thanks for the timely question. In his article, Alcohol And Aircraft Don't Mix, FAA Research Engineer Ken Knopp lists three primary reasons for not using an automobile gasoline that contains methanol or ethanol in an aircraft. First, the addition of alcohol to gasoline adversely affects the volatility of the fuel, which could cause vapor lock. Second, alcohol present in automobile gasoline is not compatible with the rubber seals and materials used in aircraft.
Third, phase separation happens when the fuel is cooled as a result of the aircraft's climbing to higher altitude. When the alcohol separates from the gasoline, it may carry water that has been held in solution and that cannot be handled by the sediment bowl. (Read the whole article.)

EAA and its members have become very concerned by all the individual state legislation that require to varying degrees ethanol additives in gasoline. Of primary concern are the states that promoting bills that either don't address aviation uses or don't provide a means for non-ethanol gasoline to get to the ultimate consumer, be they aircraft owners, boat owners, motorcycle owners, vintage car owners, and other recreational users.

Most state bills provide exemptions for these specific users, but they provide no incentives for gas station owners to carry non-ethanol gasoline. EAA's solution is for all states to eliminate the myriad individual user exemptions and replace them with a simple, single exemption for premium grade (91 octane of higher) gasoline. This way all users could go to any local gas station and purchase non-ethanol premium gasoline. This would be a win-win solution for both the ethanol producers and the public who need and demand non-ethanol blended fuels.

EAA's Earl Lawrence discussed the ethanol issue on UltraFlight Radio Show this week. Click here to access an archive of Earl's appearance.

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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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FAA ADOPTS EAA'S AEROBATIC FLIGHT 'SURFACE AREAS' DEFINITION
Reverses 1999 Ruling
A recent finding by the FAA Office of Chief Counsel affirms an EAA petition filed in 1998 that sought to accurately define "surface areas" for aerobatic flight areas. FAA denied the petition in 1999, stating that aerobatic flight "may not be conducted within the lateral boundaries of the surface areas of a Class B, Class C, Class D, or Class E designated for an airport." However, in response to a more recent petition filed by an EAA member, FAA reversed that earlier decision and agreed with EAA's opinion.
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MINETA SAYS NO USER FEES FOR GA
EAA reiterates stance against any user fee system
Even though Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta told the House Appropriations Committee last week that the administration's fees-based funding proposal does not include user fees for general aviation, EAA remains firmly against adoption of any new scheme that levies user fees to fund the nation's air traffic control system.
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EAA KICKS OFF 2006 FLY-IN SEASON IN A BIG WAY AT SUN 'N FUN
EAA is preparing for the start of the new flying season with an extensive schedule of activities at spring's traditional fly-in season opener, the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, which will be held April 4-10. With numerous activities that include forums and workshops, member gatherings, news conferences, and one-on-one discussions, EAA will offer information and opportunities for fellowship among EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts throughout the fly-in's grounds. Sun 'n Fun began in the 1970s with critical leadership and support provided by EAA chapters, has since assumed its own identity as one of the country's most significant aviation events.
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EAAERS Receive Special Hertz Rate at Sun 'n Fun
EAA members heading to the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, can receive a special member's rate when they rent a vehicle through Hertz. EAA member rates are in effect from March 28, 2006, through April 17, 2006. The Fly-In runs from April 4-10. Call 800/654.2240 or visit www.hertz.com today to make your reservation. Use this exclusive identification number, CV#022L1572, when booking your Hertz rentals. Advance reservations are recommended and are based on returning the car within Florida. You must be 21-years-old to rent a vehicle. Discounts may vary dependent on type/class of vehicle.
  
AirVenture News and Views
129 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
SNEAK PREVIEW: WARBIRDS IN REVIEW
Theater in the WoodsThis will be the fourth year of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh's increasingly popular Warbirds in Review, daily, in-depth presentations featuring some the world's most significant military aircraft and the people who flew them. (Or in some cases, pilots who continue to fly them!) Chairperson Connie Bowlin is still finalizing the details but provided us with a sneak preview of aviators and aircraft that have committed to appear during the July 24-30 gathering at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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EAA AIRVENTURE 2006 WELCOMES BLUE ANGELS PILOT, AIRCRAFT FOR 'UP CLOSE-AND-PERSONAL' SESSIONS
Aviation enthusiasts can learn more about the pilots and aircraft that are part of one of the world's finest aerobatic teams, as a U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilot and airplane will be part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. Lt. Kevin "Kojak" Davis and the No. 7 Blue Angels F/A-18 "Hornet" two-place aircraft will arrive at Oshkosh on Sunday, July 23 and depart on Wednesday, July 26. During his stay, Lt. Davis will also present a special evening program at EAA's Theater in the Woods on Tuesday, July 25. The F/A-18 Hornet will be parked EAA AirVenture's showcase AeroShell Square on July 24-25, giving AirVenture attendees photo opportunities right next to the Blue Angels' legendary aircraft.
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STILL TIME TO PARTICIPATE IN 2006 EAA MEMORIAL WALL CEREMONY
The EAA Memorial Wall on the AirVenture Oshkosh grounds is a permanent monument to honor those beloved aviation enthusiasts who have "Gone West." 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. EAA members have until March 31 to ensure their loved ones are included in this year's ceremony, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 30.
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ENROLLMENT DEADLINE NEARS FOR PRE-AIRVENTURE ASPM COURSE
There are still plenty of openings for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Aviation Safety Program Managers Course (ASPM) planned for July 17-21, the week before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. But you have to act now to enroll to beat the March 28 deadline. This course is tailored for those responsible for implementation/oversight of an aviation accident prevention program. It is open to all public, private, and international personnel.
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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!
  

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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!

EAA CONFIRMS CALIFORNIA SPORT PILOT TOUR STOPS IN DECEMBER
EAA brings its increasingly popular Sport Pilot Tour to two Southern California locations later this year in its continuing efforts to promote sport pilot/light-sport aircraft. The two latest confirmed tour stops are Flabob Airport (RIR) in Riverside, December 2, 2006, hosted by EAA Chapter 1; and the following week, December 9, at Brown Field (SDM), San Diego, hosted by EAA Chapter 14.
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'SPORT PILOT IN A WEEK' FEATURED IN APRIL POPULAR MECHANICS
Davin Coburn, the Popular Mechanics magazine researcher who last December completed his sport pilot training in a week and chronicled his experiences in a web log, has a four-page feature story all about it in the magazine's upcoming (April 2006) edition.

Coburn, who turned to EAA for sport pilot information and expertise several times while writing the article, details sport pilot training at the Mid-Atlantic Sports Planes Immersive 1-Week Sport Pilot School in Virginia.
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WISCONSIN ETHANOL PROPOSAL 'POSTPONED INDEFINITELY'
Legislative action to require 10 percent ethanol in gasoline other than premium grade sold in Wisconsin was postponed indefinitely by a 17-15 vote in the State Senate Thursday, March 9, in effect killing it for this session. An EAA-led provision to exclude premium grade gasoline was included in the bill's final version. EAA members and others use auto fuel to power their aircraft and ultralights, plus other state residents with snowmobiles, motorboats, and other recreational vehicles require ethanol-free fuel. EAA pushed for the premium grade exclusion in the event the mandate was approved. Late last year, the state assembly voted for the ethanol mandate.
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RSS FEED NOW AVAILABLE FOR EAA NEWS
The EAA website, www.eaa.org, now offers an RSS service to help EAAers stay current with the latest news about their organization. RSS, or "Really Simple Syndication," delivers news directly to a subscribed computer desktop, handheld PDA newsreader, or "news aggregator."
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EAA INSURANCE TIPS-
INSURANCE AGENT/INSURANCE COMPANY-HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS
By Bob Mackey
Vice President, Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

This week I'd like to share with you a (hopefully) simple explanation of the different roles played by insurance agents and insurance companies in an attempt to give some insight into how the aviation insurance system works.
As an insurance agent, it's my job to make sure I understand the customer's needs, that they always get the right insurance at the best possible price, and provide advice and counsel when they have questions about their insurance.
Insurance companies provide the products (insurance policies) and endorsements; underwrite individual risks, (review information provided by the agent); and set the price and requirements.
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On the Flightline News and Views
    
FOSSETT SEEKS TO BREAK CLOSED-CIRCUIT DISTANCE RECORD
In his never-ending quest to establish world aviation records, EAAer Steve Fossett is scheduled to land in Salina, Kansas, mid-day Friday, with an expected third major record in the GlobalFlyer single-engine jet. He took off from Salina on Tuesday, in his attempt to establish the absolute closed circuit distance record currently held by Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager, set in December 1986 during the Voyager world flight. That record is 24,986.73 miles (40,212.14 km). A "closed circuit" is a course around turn points that is measured from the start point with a return to the start point. Fossett's March 2005 flight from Salina to Salina was 36,898 km so it did not break Voyager's record. The "Ultimate Flight" in February 2006 was strictly a distance record, since the start and finish points were at different locations. Fossett's projected route is just over 40,615 km. For continuous updates, visit the Kansas State University Mission Control website.
    
FROM KIT TO FIRST FLIGHT IN THREE WEEKS!
Glasair Aviation has successfully completed a "beta test" of their "2 Weeks To Taxi" customer assembly program, with the completion of builder Marc Cook's Sportsman 2+2 in 22 days. Cook, editor-in-chief of Kitplanes Magazine, started the project January 9 and completed his aircraft on January 27 working 8-hour days, five days a week. The first flight was made January 31. An FAA representative toured the new program and facility; reviewed the extensive program materials; inspected Cook's Sportsman; and, concluded that both the aircraft and the program comply with the letter and spirit of the 51 percent rule relating to Amateur-Built aircraft.

Glasair Aviation will debut the new "2 Weeks To Taxi" program at Sun 'n Fun, with deliveries estimated to be available starting this fall. For more information on the Sportsman 2+2 and the new "2 Weeks To Taxi" program, visit www.glasairaviation.com or call 360.435.8533 ext. 3.
FIRST CUSTOMER-BUILT SONEX WAIEX FLIES
Sonex Aircraft, LLC reached another milestone January 10 when builder Drew Waterworth took the first customer-built Waiex sport plane to the skies for the first time. Waterworth's standard gear Waiex is powered by the AeroConversions AeroVee 80-hp engine. It is also the first customer-built example of a Sonex aircraft with a "Y" tail, a Sonex improvement on the V-tail configuration sporting a "stub rudder" below the rudder-vators. Waterworth completed and flew his Waiex just over one year after taking delivery of the Complete Airframe Kit in early 2005.

To learn more about Sonex, , visit the company's new website www.sonexaircraft.com, which sports a number of new features including an online store.
AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT JOINS CUB CONVOY TO SUN 'N FUN
American Legend Aircraft Company will join the Convoy of Cubs at the 2006 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. Aircraft will gather at Plant City Airport between March 31 and April 2, and then join the 70th anniversary Cub Convoy to Lakeland Linder Airport the morning of April 3. Upon arrival, the American Legend Cub will be on display in Booth MD-010, located on the flight line.

The company also announced a cooperative effort with Lincoln Electric Company to promote the precision manufacturing of the Legend Cub. American Legend will occupy booth space with Lincoln Electric at Sun 'n Fun, and will display an actual Legend Cub airframe under construction. The airframe will be welded live throughout the show for participants to view in Booth SE-027.

For more information on the Cub Convoy visit www.cub-club.com. For more information on American Legend, visit www.legend.aero.
SPEED RECORD SPOTLIGHTS ADVANCED HOMEBUILT TECHNOLOGY
Bruce Hammer of Lafayette, Louisiana, set a new Transcontinental Eastbound Record in Class C-1.b (1,102-2,205 lbs. gross T.O. weight) in his Glasair I TD. Hammer departed San Diego's Lindbergh Field on March 4 and ended his flight in Jacksonville, Florida 8 hours, 5 minutes, and 21 seconds later. The record is based on average speed enroute, and Hammer's 258 mph was nearly 57 mph faster than the previous C-1.b attempt.

Hammer, who has 16,000 hours helio time and 2,000 hours in fixed wing, has flown in five Sun 100 Air Races and six AirVenture Cup Races, consistently placing near or at the top of his class. The aircraft is equipped with a fixed pitch prop and a normally aspirated 180-hp Lycoming engine.
AEROGRAPHICS DESIGN TO GIVE AWAY GRAPHICS PACKAGE AT SNF
AeroGraphics Design (AGD) will raffle off another complete graphics package at the 2006 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. Register to win at booth SW-007 throughout the week. The winner can choose from AGD's growing selection of "off-the-shelf" graphics packages, or choose to have a complete custom graphics package designed specifically for their aircraft up to a $1,800 value (installation not included). For more information and photos of Leong's plane, visit www.aerographicsdesign.com.
COLUMBIA SEEKS TO SIMPLIFY BUYING/SELLING AIRCRAFT OF ANY TYPE
Columbia Aircraft's Aircraft Buyers Assistance program can help aircraft buyers and sellers of any brand make the task a little easier. Until now the program was exclusively available to Columbia owners, but it's been opened up to all aircraft owners or first-time buyers regardless of brand. The ABA program provides access to aviation experts who will make the process seamless. As a bonus, the program provides additional assistance and resources to anyone considering the purchase of a new Columbia Aircraft. They can receive a free Sales Kit including FOR SALE prop banners, static window clings, aircraft cleaning supplies, and prepaid advertising in Trade-A-Plane after completing a Columbia demo flight. For more information visit www.aircraftbuyersassistance.com.
RAYTHEON DONATES $50,000 TO CORPORATE ANGEL NETWORK
Raytheon Aircraft Company's Charitable Foundation has donated $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network (CAN), a non-profit group that arranges free flights to cancer treatment centers using the empty seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business. To date, CAN has arranged nearly 25,000 flights and currently provides about 200 patient flights a month. For more information visit www.corpangelnetwork.org.
WISCONSIN AVIATION HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2006 INDUCTEES
Wisconsin aviators Robert Clarke, Robert Skuldt, Elwyn West, Ralph and Robert Huggins, and Capt. Lance Sijan will be inducted into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame October 14 at the EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar. They'll join more than 70 men and women who have made significant achievements to aviation in Wisconsin have been inducted since the hall was organized in 1985. Tickets for the banquet will be available later this year by calling Michael Goc at 608/339-7191.
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