Volume 6, Number 11|
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.
THIS WEEKEND AT EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM
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!
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?
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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|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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EAA'S AEROBATIC FLIGHT 'SURFACE AREAS' DEFINITION
Reverses 1999 Ruling
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.
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.
EAA KICKS OFF
2006 FLY-IN SEASON IN A BIG WAY AT SUN 'N FUN
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.
Special Hertz Rate at Sun 'n Fun
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
129 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
WARBIRDS IN REVIEW
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.
2006 WELCOMES BLUE ANGELS PILOT, AIRCRAFT FOR 'UP
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.
TO PARTICIPATE IN 2006 EAA MEMORIAL WALL CEREMONY
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com.
See the list and start planning plan 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 36 states and
seven countries listed!
www.airventure.org FOR LATEST UPDATES
the latest news and information about the World's Greatest
Aviation Celebration at www.airventure.org,
the official website of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
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.
PILOT IN A WEEK' FEATURED IN APRIL POPULAR MECHANICS
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
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.
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.
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."
EAA INSURANCE TIPS-
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
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
FROM KIT TO FIRST FLIGHT IN
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
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.
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
which sports a number of new features including an online
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
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
For more information on the Cub Convoy visit www.cub-club.com.
For more information on American Legend, visit www.legend.aero.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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