Volume 6, Number 13|
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR
TO MAKE FIRST-EVER
EAST COAST TOUR
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.
EAA B-17 TOUR
BEGINS IN SAN DIEGO TODAY!
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.
Q & A:
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.
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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EFFORTS TO MAKE VINTAGE AIRCRAFT SAFER, MORE AFFORDABLE
FAQs developed on draft
proposal for new Vintage category
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.
AIRCRAFT EARN S-LSA APPROVAL
As 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
115 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 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.
NEW EAA HB CERTIFICATION KIT SIMPLIFIES COMPLEX PROCESS
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.
EAA PREPARES TO
HEAD SOUTH FOR SUN 'N FUN
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.
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.
Special Hertz Rate at Sun 'n Fun
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
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.
INSTRUCTOR JOINS EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
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.
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN LAUNCH NATIONAL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
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
or call 866/967-5740.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
or visit www.frasca.com.
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