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News and Views March 31, 2006    Volume 6, Number 13

  
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EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TO MAKE FIRST-EVER
EAST COAST TOUR

EAA Ford Tri-Motor

EAA's vintage 1929 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft will visit the East Coast for the first time in June and July, providing an opportunity for those in this part of the country to see and ride in the world's first mass-produced airliner. The mini-tour begins June 9-12 at Capital City Airport in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and concludes June 30-July 3 at Port Clinton, Ohio's Carl R. Keller Field Airport. The Tri-Motor (NC8407) will then be flown back to Oshkosh to prepare for the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006.
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EAA B-17 TOUR BEGINS IN SAN DIEGO TODAY!

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast

All polished up and ready to go, EAA's newly refurbished B-17 Aluminum Overcast headed out for San Diego, California this week where it will kick off the 2006 EAA B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour at Gillespie Field Airport March 31-April 3.

It's been nearly two years since the majestic warbird's landing mishap at Van Nuys Airport, but thanks to a lot of hard work and long hours by EAA's aircraft maintenance staff, the Flying Fortress never looked better.

Next week the tour heads for Long Beach Airport - Daugherty Field (April 7-9), followed by 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
EAA Aviation Services

Is there any way to make my Champ qualify as a light-sport aircraft? It was originally certified at 1350 lbs? It is a 7CCM. It's hard to believe that I could miss this opportunity by 30 lbs.

Answer:
Unfortunately, there is no way to "make" your airplane - or any airplane - eligible for operation by sport pilots unless it was originally certificated and continuously operated within the definition of a light-sport aircraft. The full definition is described in 14 CFR 1.1.

Since your 7CCM meets neither of those requirements, it is not - and cannot be made - sport pilot-eligible.

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EAA CONTINUES EFFORTS TO MAKE VINTAGE AIRCRAFT SAFER, MORE AFFORDABLE
FAQs developed on draft proposal for new Vintage category
Aging AircraftLast week's two-day FAA Aging Aircraft Summit in Overland Park, Kansas, brought together industry and concerned individuals to discuss problems associated with the general aviation fleet's increasing average age. The FAA is especially interested in actions that may mitigate the effects of fatigue, corrosion, and deterioration on aging GA airplanes. EAA and VAA's presence served a twofold purpose; to represent their concerned members plus present a draft proposal to create a new aircraft category for vintage aircraft.
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FIVE MORE AIRCRAFT EARN S-LSA APPROVAL
Special Light-Sport AircraftAs the light-sport aircraft industry gears up for next week's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, four aircraft manufacturers announced five special light-sport airplane (S-LSA) approvals this week. This brings the total number of approved fixed-wing S-LSA to 30, with three weight-shift trike S-LSA for an overall total of 33 aircraft.
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AirVenture News and Views
115 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
USAF 'TOTAL FORCE PAVILION' RETURNS TO EAA AIRVENTURE
The popular United States Air Force Total Force Pavilion will make its third consecutive appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2006. Airmen from the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Air Force active duty will staff the exhibit throughout the seven-day event, July 24-30. Visitors can see various aircraft and real-world equipment on display, plus meet and greet the three Air Force air show pilots slated to appear.
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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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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!
  

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!

EAA HELPS SWAY IDAHO ETHANOL LEGISLATION
Aircraft owners in Idaho who rely on auto fuel to operate their aircraft gained a reprieve earlier this month thanks in part to the efforts of EAA and its members. Facing a statewide requirement for all gasoline to include 10 percent ethanol, Idaho EAAers articulated their strong concerns to lawmakers over the availability of fuel for safe operation of their aircraft.

As a result of these and other efforts, Idaho's proposed legislation failed to make it out of a House committee in early March, which killed the state's ethanol mandate for this session. Legislators intend to further study the issue this summer and will likely be debated in the future.
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NEW EAA HB CERTIFICATION KIT SIMPLIFIES COMPLEX PROCESS
Homebuilt Certification KitEAA's new Amateur-Built Aircraft Certification Kit includes everything you need to register and certificate a new experimental amateur-built aircraft. The 15-page, step-by-step Certification Guide walks you through the entire process-from getting an N number to the aircraft inspection-and provides samples of how to complete each required form.
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EAA PREPARES TO HEAD SOUTH FOR SUN 'N FUN
Sun 'n FunFinal preparations are being made for next week's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, the start of the new flying season. EAA will be there in force April 4-10 with an extensive schedule of activities including forums and workshops, member gatherings, news conferences, and one-on-one discussions. EAA staff will offer information and opportunities for fellowship among EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts throughout the fly-in's grounds.
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FUEL DISCOUNTS FOR SUN 'N FUN-BOUND FLIERS
If you're heading to Lakeland for the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In starting next Tuesday, and you're flying through Georgia, you can save on fuel with discounts announced at the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport (KEZM) near Eastman, Georgia. That community is located about 50 miles southeast of Macon.

The airport, home of the Georgia Aviation Technical College's aviation program, is offering 100 low-lead fuel for $2.90 per gallon to Sun 'n Fun bound pilots at the main terminal, and Jet A at $3.20 a gallon. The Unicom frequency is 123.0 with AWOS-3 at 119.425. Routes to that airport can be found on the extensive AeroPlanner.com service, which is available free to all EAA members.
     
EAAERS Receive Special Hertz Rate at Sun 'n Fun
HertzEAAers can receive a special member's rate for Sun 'n Fun 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 age 21 to rent a vehicle. Discounts may vary dependent on type/class of vehicle.
    
SPORTAIR ADDS ARLINGTON REPAIRMAN INSPECTION COURSE
EAA SportAir WorkshopEAA SportAir Workshops will conduct a Repairman (LSA) Inspection course for airplanes in Arlington, Washington, June 9-11. Successful completion of the course allows you to perform the annual condition inspection on any Experimental-LSA airplane you own. The 16-hour course runs Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.

Other EAA Repairman Inspection classes scheduled include September 8-10-Frederick, MD; September 15-17-Oshkosh, WI; September 29-October 1-West Palm Beach, FL; November 3-5-Frederick, MD; November 10-12-Oshkosh, WI; and December 1-3-West Palm Beach, FL Tuition is $299 for an EAA member and $339 for non-members. To enroll in a workshop, or to learn more, call 800/967-5746 or visit www.sportair.org.
     
NOTED INSTRUCTOR JOINS EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
Dan CheckowayDan Checkoway, who got his start in homebuilding after attending an EAA RV Assembly SportAir Workshop, is now an instructor for SportAir Workshops in Corona, California. After that first workshop, Checkoway completed a Van's RV-7 about two years ago that he keeps at Chino, California. He is also an active EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor, and has been involved with numerous homebuilt aircraft projects.
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On the Flightline News and Views
    
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN LAUNCH NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
The aviation world has been particularly blessed to have the Tuskegee Airmen among its compatriots. The Tuskegee Airmen are now calling on their fellow aviators for support. Like so many of our other World War II veterans, the Tuskegee Airmen are slowly passing away. However they do not want to see their legacy die with them. Tuskegee Airmen, Inc, a non-profit national organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of our country's first African American pilots, is looking for people to continue their important legacy. The organization works to inspire young people to achievement and leadership through social and educational activities. Membership in Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. is open to all interested parties. To learn more about the organization, visit www.tuskegeeairmen.org, or contact Ira Weissman at ira.weissman@hotmail.com.
    
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE IS TOP GARMIN DEALER FROM 1998-2005
Garmin International has presented Aircraft Spruce & Specialty with eight plaques in recognition of their record as the highest performing Garmin distributor from 1998 through 2005. The company has been one of the leading Garmin avionics dealers since 1993, distributing the entire line of Garmin products through their facilities in Corona, California, and Peachtree City, Georgia.

"It's a pleasure to be so honored, but we really feel we have to share these awards with the consumers who have helped us reach and sustain the point position in Garmin sales," said Aircraft Spruce President Jim Irwin.  For more information visit www.aircraftspruce.com, or call 877/477-7823.
    
RECORD ATTENDANCE AT ANNUAL WAI CONFERENCE
The 17th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference drew more than 3,100 women and men from all segments of the aviation industry to participate for the three-day convention. The record number of attendees enjoyed national speakers, a job fair exhibit area, trade show with over 120 companies, and more than 40 educational seminars.

Women in Aviation, International, founded in 1994, has now reached a record 15,000 members including 278 international members from 46 nations. The organization has over 46 chapters worldwide and has awarded over $4.6 million in scholarships. For more information visit www.wai.org.
     
FABRIC COVERING INSTRUCTION PROGRAM 'COVERS IT ALL'
Poly-Fiber Enterprises is offering a five-day aircraft covering course at their Griffin, Georgia, facility. The course will show restorers and homebuilders how to cover an aircraft with Poly-Fiber and then paint it. Instructors encourage participants to ship the elevator or rudder of their project to Griffin so they cover and finish part of their own aircraft. The course is limited to four people at a time and is run by two instructors. The cost of the course is $1,495 for the week, including all materials and tools. For more information visit www.buildtofly.com, or call 866/967-5740.
     
AVIDYNE, AIRSHARES PLAN FREE SEMINARS
Avidyne Corporation and AirShares Elite have announced plans for two free, hands-on seminars to introduce pilots to new weather and situational awareness tools and features on the Avidyne Entegra integrated flight deck. "Evenings of Learning" will be held April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the general aviation terminal at Naples Municipal Airport (APF), and April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the AirShares Elite office near the Banyan Air FBO at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE). View the features of the Cirrus SR22, SR20, and multiple new capabilities in Release 6.0 of Avidyne's Entegra integrated flight deck. The sessions are designed for pilots considering the transition from analog gauges to a "glass cockpit" and for flyers seeking more about safety systems well-suited for the Florida and Caribbean flying environment. For more information call AirShares Elite at 800/482-5411.
     
SEAN D. TUCKER JOINS COLUMBIA FOR DEMONSTRATION TOUR
Columbia Aircraft and aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker get together this year for a tour to demonstrate upset recovery techniques in a Columbia 400 SL. The Columbia Airshow Tour featuring Sean D. Tucker is scheduled to make 24 stops in 2006, beginning at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. It also runs concurrently with Columbia's other national tour-the Fly Columbia Tour--that is making an additional 30 stops in 2006 at FBOs, trade shows, special events, and both regional and local fly-ins. Both tours provide opportunities for qualified aircraft buyers to take a demonstration flight. For more information visit www.flycolumbia.com.
     
JAVELIN PROTOTYPE UPGRADED
Aviation Technology Group, Inc. reports that its Javelin prototype will undergo a scheduled downtime for modification and updates to the flap, control, and Pitot-static systems. Improvements will also be made to the secondary flight control systems, and the airborne instrumentation data acquisition system and associated transducers. The enhancements will allow test pilots to further expand the flight envelope with higher speeds and altitudes and actuate the flaps through their full range. Further flight tests will verify the prototype's predicted field and climb performance data. To learn more, visit www.avtechgroup.com.
     
FRASCA DELIVERS FIRST CIRRUS FLIGHT TRAINING DEVICE
Frasca International, Inc. recently delivered its first Cirrus SR22 Flight Training Device to Glass Cockpit Aviation, Farmingdale, New York. The device features Avidyne's FlightMax Entegra advanced avionics, TruVision 170 with a custom visual database and CAPS simulation. For more information, contact Peggy Prichard at pprichard@frasca.com or visit www.frasca.com.
   
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