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News and Views March 24, 2006    Volume 6, Number 12

  
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EAA B-17 TOUR BEGINS IN SAN DIEGO NEXT FRIDAY

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast

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.

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Question of the Week
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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.

Answer:
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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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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EAA SUPPORTS VINTAGE AIRCRAFT OWNERS AT FAA/INDUSTRY AGING AIRCRAFT SUMMIT
Lawrence presents EAA/VAA's Aging Aircraft proposal
Aging Aircraft SummitEAA 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 Association.
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EAA SUPPORTS GROEN BROTHERS E-LSA EXEMPTION BID
E-LSA ExemptionGroen 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.
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AirVenture News and Views
122 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
CHAPTER 44 PLANS 25TH ANNIVERSARY 'OSHKOSH AIRLIFT'
EAA AirVenture OshkoshFor 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 transportation.
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2006 EAA MEMORIAL WALL SIGN-UP ENDS MARCH 31
EAA Memorial Wall 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. The 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.
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ENROLLMENT 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 international personnel.
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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.
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AIRVENTURE 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 webmaster@eaa.org.

  

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 130 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 SPORT PILOT TOUR MARCHES TO ATLANTA, FIVE OTHER CITIES IN 2006
EAA Sport Pilot TourThe 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.
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ADDED AMENITIES AT THE TEXAS FLY-IN
Southwest EAA Regional Fly-InOrganizers 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 exhibitors.
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RMRFI LOOKS TO TOP 2005 FLY-IN
Rocky Mtn Regional Fly-InMany 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.
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COPPERSTATE HOPES TO COOL OFF WITH DATE CHANGE
Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-InIn 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.
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EAAERS Receive Special Hertz Rate at Sun 'n Fun
HertzEAA 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
Bill BatemanLifetime 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."
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BRIGHT AEROBATIC 'STAR' LOST IN LANDING ACCIDENT
Nick NilmeyerAerobatic 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.
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On the Flightline News and Views
    
FOSSETT CLAIMS THIRD RECORD IN GLOBALFLYER
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.
AVIAT HUSKY 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.
FLIGHT 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 HKS engines.
For more information visit www.flightdesignusa.com.
QUEST 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 and www.apcmfg.com.
AMERICAN 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.
200TH 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 www.mcp.com.au/pipistrel-usa.
2006 RED 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 of time.

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.
TEMPEST 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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