Volume 6, Number 12|
EAA B-17 TOUR
BEGINS IN SAN DIEGO NEXT FRIDAY
A week from today kicks off the 2006
EAA B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour at San
Diego's Gillespie Field Airport. The tour marks the return to
service for EAA's newly refurbished B-17 Aluminum Overcast.
After San Diego (March 31-April 3), the tour heads for Long Beach
Airport - Daugherty Field (April 7-9), then it's on to Lancaster's
General William J. Fox Airfield (April 11-12). For complete tour information,
including on-line reservations, visit www.B17.org.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
I was told that once an
aircraft, such as an Ercoupe 415-C, has been converted to a
415-D, which increases the allowable gross to 1400 lbs., it
can be then converted back to a 415-C with a gross of 1260
lbs., which qualifies under the light-sport aircraft
regulations. Is this correct? The LSA rules are hazy.
Actually, the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA), as
called out in 14 CFR 1.1, is very clear. In order to be
eligible for operation by sport pilots, an aircraft must be
both originally certificated AND continuously operated
within the LSA definition.
An Ercoupe that has been
converted to the -D specification cannot meet the LSA
definition because it has not been continuously operated
within the definition. Thus, even if it is returned to its
original -C or -CD configuration it will not be eligible for
operation by sport pilots.
Once the aircraft is outside the definition, it is forever
ineligible for operation by sport pilots.
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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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VINTAGE AIRCRAFT OWNERS AT FAA/INDUSTRY AGING AIRCRAFT SUMMIT
presents EAA/VAA's Aging Aircraft proposal
and the Vintage Aircraft Association presented a proposal to
create a new vintage aircraft certification category during
this week's FAA/Industry Aging Aircraft Summit at Overland
Park, Kansas. Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry
and regulatory affairs, presented the plan Wednesday, which
would create an aircraft certification category giving owners
and their mechanics the ability to maintain vintage aircraft
using acceptable data or safety-based form, fit, and function
criteria, as opposed to unavailable or outdated
type-certificate data. Also attending the two-day summit is
H.G. Frautschy, executive director of the Vintage Airplane
GROEN BROTHERS E-LSA EXEMPTION BID
Brothers Aviation USA, Inc., has applied to the FAA for an
exemption to the light-sport aircraft rule to certificate,
produce, and sell ready-to-fly, experimental light-sport
aircraft (E-LSA) gyroplanes. Currently the LSA rule states
that to certificate an E-LSA, a company must first obtain
special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) certification for one
aircraft of that model. However, the regulations specifically
prohibit S-LSA certification for gyroplanes. It's this
conundrum from which Groen Brothers Aviation seeks relief.
122 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
PLANS 25TH ANNIVERSARY 'OSHKOSH AIRLIFT'
a quarter century, EAAers in the Rochester, New York area have
traveled en masse to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with EAA Chapter
44's "Original Oshkosh Airlift," an all-in-one tour
package. This year's 25th-anniversary "Airlift"
includes round trip airfare, lodging, and ground
| 2006 EAA MEMORIAL
WALL SIGN-UP ENDS MARCH 31
EAA members have until
March 31 to ensure their loved ones are included in this
year's Memorial Wall ceremony on the AirVenture Oshkosh grounds.
EAA Memorial Wall 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. ceremony, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 30.
DEADLINE NEXT WEEK FOR ASPM COURSE
Just a reminder that the
deadline is March 28 to enroll in 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.
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
American, Midwest, and Northwest airlines
offer air fare discounts for EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts planning to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006.
WAYPOINTS, FUEL STOPS, ALTERNATE AIRPORTS
Seventy-four facilities in 26 states
have AirVenture specials for those traveling to and
from Oshkosh this year. Visit the AirVenture
website to see the complete list, or include your
business by e-mailing the name, airport, phone number, e-mail address, and
any special offers or discounts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a ride, or have a spare seat to get to Oshkosh? Visit www.airventure.org/rideshare,
where there are already more than 130 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!
EAA SPORT PILOT
TOUR MARCHES TO ATLANTA, FIVE OTHER CITIES IN 2006
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Sport Pilot Tour,
which opens the exciting new world of sport flying to people
throughout the country, will be kicking off its 2006
spring/summer schedule in the Atlanta, Ga., area on April 29.
The start of the new tour schedule comes after the grand
success of the final fall/winter tour stop in the
Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz., area in February.
AT THE TEXAS FLY-IN
at the Texas Fly-In (Southwest EAA Regional Fly-In) have added
several special amenities for visitors to its fast-approaching
event May 11-14 at Hondo Airfield, Texas. Among the new fly-in
features are new showers for aircraft campers, additional
electric hook-ups for recreational vehicle campers, an ATM on
the grounds, and wireless Internet access (WiFi) for the
RMRFI LOOKS TO
TOP 2005 FLY-IN
improvements are in the works for the 28th Rocky Mountain
Regional Fly-In (RMRFI), scheduled June 24-25 at Front Range
Airport (FTG) in Watkins, Colorado. Expect to see more classic
Warbirds--static displays as well as aerial performers-during
the fly-in's third year at Front Range.
HOPES TO COOL OFF WITH DATE CHANGE
an effort to provide relief from the sweltering desert heat,
organizers of the 34th annual Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In
have moved their event back from October 12-15 to October
26-29 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ). National Weather
Service statistics show that the shift should reduce the
average high temperature during the event from 92 to 80
degrees as compared to previous fly-ins. Cooler temps, plus
the usual "severe clear" skies, should make for
perfect weather at the Southwest's premier aviation event.
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#002L1572, when booking your Hertz
rentals. (NOTE: an incorrect ID number was previously
provided. This is the correct number.) Advance reservations
are recommended and are based on returning the car within
Florida. You must be age 21 to rent a vehicle. Discounts may
vary dependent on type/class of vehicle.
EAA MOURNS LOSS
OF LIFE MEMBER BILL BATEMAN
EAA member and SportAir Workshops instructor William W.
"Bill" Bateman died Thursday, March 16 at his home
in Mequon, Wisconsin, after succumbing to pneumonia. Bill
instructed EAA's Flight Test Flying Your Project class at many
locations around the country. "Bill was an outstanding
instructor for EAA," said Charlie Becker, Director of
EAA's SportAir Workshops. "He wanted to see his students
complete their project and safely get them in the air. Bill
will truly be missed by the EAA family."
AEROBATIC 'STAR' LOST IN LANDING ACCIDENT
pilot Nick Nilmeyer was tragically killed Tuesday, March 21,
while attempting to land his Extra 300 S at Wayne Handley's
"Club Metz," airstrip near Greenfield, California.
He was 23. Nilmeyer, of San Martin, California, performed at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as a part of the Stars of Tomorrow
group in 2003 and 2005 and was widely regarded as a bona fide,
up-and-coming pilot on the air show circuit. He was also a
former Young Eagle (1997), an EAA Air Academy graduate (1998),
and Young Eagle pilot, credited with 10 missions.
FOSSETT CLAIMS THIRD RECORD IN
About 250 people greeted EAAer Steve Fossett as he
landed the GlobalFlyer at Salina (Kansas) Municipal airport just after 9 a.m.
last Friday, capping another (unofficial) record flight in the single-engine
experimental jet. If confirmed by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale,
Fossett will have broken the absolute closed circuit distance record for a
non-stop, unrefueled flight set in December 1986 by Dick Rutan and Jeanna
Yeager in the Voyager. Instruments showed Fossett flew 25,300 miles in 74
hours, 25 minutes, eclipsing the old mark of 24,986.73 miles. It would be the
third world record set in a year by Fossett in the Burt Rutan-designed
aircraft, whose likely final resting place will be the Smithsonian National Air
and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Fossett said GlobalFlyer would stay at
Salina Municipal until then.
STINGSPORT DEALER TO HOLD OPEN
HOUSE AND FLY-IN
SportairUSA's newest regional dealer, New Era
Aviation South, is hosting an open house March 24-25 at their facility on the
Massey Ranch Park (X50) in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. A division of Corbi
Aircraft Sales, the new Florida location expands their successful business
based in Salem, Ohio, which serves the Midwest and Northeastern United States.
Pilots and aviation enthusiasts will have the opportunity to tour the showroom
and maintenance facilities as well as explore the several StingSports that will
be on display from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Demonstration flights will be
offered to interested buyers.
For more information visit www.sportair-usa.com.
FLIES WITH NEW ALASKAN BUSHWEEL TAIL WHEEL
Aviat Aircraft has certified all
three Husky models (A1-B160, A1-B180 and A1-B200) to fly
with an Alaskan Bushwheel tail wheel. The Bushwheel is now
standard equipment on the Husky. Because it's larger, more
robust and rugged than other models, plus it's designed to
for remote areas with "primitive" field
conditions. Alaskan Bushwheel also provides smoother, safer
ground handling. The Alaskan Bushwheel tail wheel can also
be retrofitted to all existing Huskies. For more
information, visit www.AviatAircraft.com
or call 307/885-3151.
DESIGN USA OPENS NEW HEADQUARTERS IN WOODSTOCK
Flight Design USA headquarters
has recently completed a move to a new 5,000 square-foot
facility in South Woodstock, Connecticut. The new building
is home to the company's import operation as well as the
headquarters of Flightstar kits, and sales and service of
For more information visit www.flightdesignusa.com.
AIRCRAFT SELECTS AIRCRAFT PARTS CORP. FOR KODIAK
Quest Aircraft Company has
selected Aircraft Parts Corp. (APC) as the starter-generator
supplier for the Kodiak aircraft. The Kodiak will benefit
from the high power output, low life cycle costs of APC's
250-300 amp starter-generators. Manufacturing will take
place at APC's Holtsville, New York, facility with
deliveries anticipated in the early part of 2006. To learn
more, visit www.questaircraft.com
LEGEND FLOATCUB ON DISPLAY DURING SUN 'N FUN
American Legend Aircraft Company
has announced plans to base its FloatCub at Jack Brown's
Seaplane Base during the 2006 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland,
Florida. The FloatCub is an all-new Legend Cub 2-place
aircraft equipped with Baumann floats. The aircraft will be
available for viewing and demonstration April 4-10 at the
seaplane base (F57), located on Winter Haven Airport (KGIF)
on the adjacent Lake Jesse. For more information visit www.legend.aero.
SINUS-VIRUS TAKES FLIGHT
Pipistrel has announced the
first test flight of their 200th aircraft, a Sinus 912. The
aircraft has special anniversary markings, and will be sent
to Taiwan after testing is completed. The company will have
a similar aircraft on display at the 2006 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In
in Lakeland, Florida, April 4-10. For more information visit
BULL AIR RACE WORLD SERIES KICKS OFF IN ABU DHABI
The 2006 Red Bull Air Race World
Series got off to a flying start March 18 after strong winds
in Abu Dhabi forced organizers to postpone the first in a
series of races the day before. Kirby Chambliss came in
first with a time of 3:33:37 after competing against 10
other pilots from around the world. The pilots perform a
range of maneuvers between 60-foot high inflatable 'Air
Gates' and try to complete the course in the shortest amount
Mike Mangold, last year's Red Bull Air Race World Series
champion, came second, followed by Peter Besenyei of
Hungary. The next race is scheduled May 6 in Barcelona,
Spain. For more information visit www.redbullairrace.com.
ANNOUNCES OIL FILTER CAN CUTTER
Tempest is now offering an oil
filter can cutter to go with their popular spin-on oil
filter line. The universal cutter is made from high quality
aircraft aluminum, making it both lightweight and durable.
It works on all aircraft spin-on oil filters, and has an
adapter pin that can easily be removed for 'male' filters.
For more information visit www.tempestplus.com,
or call 800/822-3200.
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