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News and Views April 7, 2006    Volume 6, Number 14

  
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"WHAT'S BEHIND THAT DOOR?" MEMBERS-ONLY COLLECTIONS TOUR

EAA AirVenture Museum Members Only Tour

Have you ever been curious to see the Museum's storage areas? On Saturday, April 8, the EAA AirVenture Museum will allow EAA members on a special behind-the-scenes tour of its major collections storage areas. Led by Curator of Collections Ron Twellman, the tour will include the archives, small artifact, and large artifact storage areas. Learn the whys and how's of caring for Museum collections and get a sneak peek at many special artifacts that haven't yet made it on display.
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EAA B-17 TOUR IN LONG BEACH, CA

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast

EAA's newly refurbished B-17 Aluminum Overcast headed to Daugherty Field at Long Beach Airport from San Diego this week, to continue the 2006 EAA B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour. The warbird will remain in Long Beach until April 9.

Next week the tour heads to Lancaster's General William J. Fox Airfield (April 11-12) and then to Van Nuys Airport (April 14-16). For complete tour information, including on-line reservations, visit www.B17.org.

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Question of the Week
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Can a flight review (BFR) be performed in a single place aircraft? Reference to 61.45 (e). Does this include a flight review?

Answer:
No, a flight review cannot be completed in a single-seat aircraft. The regulations you mention, 14 CFR 61.45(e), only applies to practical tests for certificates or ratings. A flight review is not a practical test, so this regulation does not apply.

You need to look at 14 CFR 61.56 in order to find the flight review requirements. This regulation specifically states that a flight review must include at least 1 hour of "flight training." The FAA considers "flight training" to be dual instruction. This requirement cannot be met in a single-seat aircraft, so you cannot complete a flight review in a single-seat aircraft.

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April 2006
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EAA AIRCRAFT FINANCING PROGRAM BRINGS DREAM OF AIRCRAFT OWNERSHIP CLOSER FOR AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS
AirFleetEAA, the organization dedicated to enhancing its members' enjoyment of recreational aviation, today announced the addition of a member benefit to make the dream of aircraft ownership more attainable. In partnership with AirFleet Capital Inc., the EAA Aircraft Financing Program, the most comprehensive aircraft-loan offering in the industry, was unveiled Thursday, April 6th, at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-in at Lakeland, Florida.
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EAA HELPS KICK OFF SUN 'N FUN FLY-IN IN FLORIDA 
Sun 'n FunLike pilots from throughout North America, EAA is ready 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 opened Tuesday, April 4 at Lakeland Lindner Regional Airport and runs through Monday, April 10.
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EAA SUBMITS PPC LSA REPAIRMEN COURSE FOR APPROVAL 
EAA SportAir workshops submitted its 16-hour powered parachute LSA repairman inspection-rating course to the FAA, and pending approval, will hold the first session June 9-11, 2006, at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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AEROBATIC PILOT SEAN TUCKER BAILS OUT DURING FLIGHT PRACTICE  
Sean TuckerLegendary air show pilot Sean D. Tucker is okay after having to bail out of his Challenger aerobatic biplane on Tuesday morning, while practicing aerobatic maneuvers over Red River Parish, Louisiana.
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BOHANNON SETS SIGHTS ON TIME AND CLIMB
Bruce BohannonAt his traditional Sun 'n Fun media breakfast, on Wednesday, April 5, EAAer Bruce Bohannon laid out the coming plans for his Flyin' Tiger. Since introducing the highly customized RV-4 to the world at Sun 'n Fun in 1999, Bruce has set 30 world records in the airplane, which is the fastest climbing unlimited piston engine aircraft (Class C-1) in history to 6,000 meters (19,695 feet), 9,000 meters (29,528 feet), and 12,000 meters (39,370 feet). 
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FLYING & FEASTING AT EAA TEXAS FLY-IN 
EAA Texas Fly-InThey'll be plenty to eat for those who purchase their dinner tickets early for the The EAA Texas Fly-In at Hondo, Texas, scheduled for May 11-14. Due to limited hangar seating, only 200-350 dinner tickets per night are available reports fly-in organizer Stan Shannon, so those who plan to attend the dinners and Saturday Awards Banquet should make reservations soon. Civilian astronaut Mike Melvill will be the featured speaker at the awards banquet. Dinner tickets can be purchased at www.swrfi.org/forms/meals_reservations1.htm or by calling 830/889-8802.

     

EAA TAKES LSA INFO TO A&P SCHOOLS
EAA and the FAA have joined forces to educate A&P schools about light-sport aviation (LSA) maintenance regulations and to encourage them to provide LSA training at their schools. Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, was joined by the FAA's Edsel Ford to communicate that message to more than 100 A&P school representatives at an Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) briefing. More than 15 schools asked EAA for additional information and several inquired about having EAA Sport Air workshops and repairman training courses presented at their schools. ATEC is an organization of FAA approved aviation maintenance technician schools and supporting industries. For more information go to www.atec-amt.org.

      
AirVenture News and Views
108 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
BEACH BOYS CONCERT AT EAA AIRVENTURE ON JULY 24
Beach BoysAfter a full opening day of flying on Monday, July 24 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, AeroShell Square will be full of "Fun, Fun, Fun" that evening as the Beach Boys bring in their sounds of summer, compliments of the Ford Motor Company. The performance, free of charge to all AirVenture guests that day, will be held from 6-8 p.m. adjacent to the Ford Motor Company Hangar on AeroShell Square.
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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
Eighty-one facilities in 27 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 more than 135 people from 38 states and several 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!

On the Flightline News and Views
    
AMERICAN LEGEND INTRODUCES LEGEND CUB SPECIAL
American Legend Aircraft Company has introduced its Legend Cub Special with a variety of standard features, including a new two-tone paint scheme. Cubs have always been notable for being all yellow with a black lightning bolt on the side of the fuselage. However, the original Cub Special, first produced in 1947, wore a two-color fuselage reminiscent of the Aeronca Champ's yellow and orange pattern. The Legend Cub Special for 2006 sports a similar two-tone paint scheme incorporating a sweeping curve that divides the top and bottom of the fuselage. In addition to the new paint, the Legend Cub Special sports a leather interior, adjustable pilot air vents, an interior light, and a Nav-Comm package. Instrumentation includes the Garmin SL40 Comm and GTX 327 transponder, a panel-dock-mounted Garmin 396 color moving map GPS, and a PS Engineering intercom. Other standard features are strobe, navigation, interior and landing lights; an air/oil separator; an oil quick drain; a composite propeller; and large 8.00 x 6 tires. An optional EFIS package includes the new Dynon FlightDEK-D180. More information is online at www.legend.aero.
    
SONEX DEBUTS ESCAPE POD AT SUN 'N FUN
Sonex Aircraft and AeroConversions has begun testing the new Sonex Escape Pod. Because use of a ballistic recovery parachute system is not practical on aircraft utilizing a bubble canopy, Sonex designers and engineers have switched their focus to a new system similar to that used on the Air Force F-111 Aardvark. The Sonex Escape Pod is built from standard Sonex/Waiex cockpit architecture retrofitted with unpowered flight control devices, immersive airbag landing technologies similar to those utilized on the JPL Mars Pathfinder project, and the latest in cockpit crew survival gear technology. The Sonex Escape Pod attaches to a standard Sonex or Waiex tail cone and wings using explosive-charged bolts (available from Wicks or Aircraft Spruce). At the first sign of trouble, a Sonex pilot can pull a D-ring on the glare shield to jettison the wings and tail. The Sonex Escape Pod will then descend in a controlled glide until a radar altimeter deploys the airbag landing system for the touchdown phase of recovery. The new system debuted this week at Sun 'n Fun. More at www.SonexAircraft.com.
    
SUPERIOR AIR PARTS ANNOUNCES 210-HP XP-400 ENGINE
Superior Air Parts, a division of Thielert AG, announced that it is expanding its popular XP sport aviation engine series with the introduction of the new 210-hp, 400-cubic inch XP-400 Engine. "The development and introduction of the new XP-400 Engine is in direct response to requests from our sport aviation aircraft customers," explained Keith Blockus, Superior's Senior Director of Engineering and Product Development. "The XP-400 is similar to a bored and stroked XP-360, but it has angle-valve cylinders with bigger valves for better breathing and more fin area for better cooling," he added. More at www.superiorairparts.com.
     
MOONEY'S NEW M20 ACCLAIM LAUDED AT SUN 'N FUN
Mooney Airplane Company said it has already received a number of deposits for its new M 20 TN Acclaim high-performance single-engine airplane. The newest addition to the Mooney product line was unveiled at the 32nd annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-in. David Copeland, the company's vice president of sales and marketing, said that "we are currently finalizing commitments for more than 20 Acclaims. We knew we had a winner as soon as we saw the airplane's projected performance, but our expectations that it would make a dramatic debut in the marketplace have not only been met, they've been exceeded." Copeland noted that the Acclaim, which will cruise at 230 knots and can operate as high as 25,000 feet, will replace the Bravo in Mooney's product line. Flight testing is well underway and the company expects to receive FAA certification during the third quarter of this year. Visit www.mooney.com for more details.
     
SPORTSPLANES.COM TAKES ON NEW SKYLARK AIRCRAFT
Sportsplanes.com has signed an exclusive distributorship agreement with the owners of Dova Aircraft to market the Skylark light-sport aircraft. Designed in Canada by Dr. David Marsden, the Skylark is manufactured in the Czech Republic. The Skylark is a two place, side-by-side, low-wing aircraft with a large, sliding bubble canopy. The wings and fuselage are constructed of aircraft grade aluminum and the tricycle landing gear has a steerable nose wheel and hydraulic toe brakes. The cockpit is 43 inches wide, with ample headroom for someone 6'6 inches tall and an adjustable seat for added comfort. Powered by a Rotax 912, the Skylark cruises at 137 mph, is stressed for 7g's and has a Vne of 178 mph. For further information on the Skylark or Discovery Flights in this aircraft, visit www.sportsplanes.com.
     
ZODIAC LIGHT SPORT GOES IFR
Aircraft Manufacturing & Development (AMD), makers of the factory-built Zodiac light-sport aircraft, has announced certification of the Zodiac S-LSA for IFR flying. The new IFR-equipped model will be designated the Zodiac XLi. Installed equipment exceeds FAR 91.205 requirements and includes the standard "6-pack" instruments (including TSO gyros), heated pitot, alternate static, lightning protection, a back-up electric system, de-icing window, strobes, navigation, taxi and landing lights, and more. The Continental 0- 200 engine used in the Zodiac XLi is FAA certified under Part 33, allowing IFR operations. The U.S.-made AMD Zodiac was already approved for night flying, and the new XLi now gives instrument-rated private pilots the option of flying this diverse aircraft in IFR conditions. Cost of the Zodiac Xli, including the above mentioned equipment, starts at $89,900. For more information, contact AMD at 478/374-2759 or go to www.newplane.com.
     
EVEKTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES MIDWEST SALES CENTER
Evektor America has a new sales center, Light Sport Aviation LLC, in Beloit, Wisconsin, to offer sales and support to Evektor SportStar customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and Missouri. Light Sport Aviation also sponsors repairman courses and Sport Pilot ground school. "With the SportStar and new SportStar II, I feel we have the best airplane to offer," owner Tim Fiedler said. Light Sport Aviation LLC is located at the Beloit Airport (44C) and www.lightsportaviationllc.com.
     
UW-STEVENS POINT SETS GROUND SCHOOL
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Continuing Education Program is offering a Sport Pilot Ground School May 22 through 26. Prospective pilots can prepare to take the FAA's Sport Pilot Knowledge Test in a single week. The course will be held at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport terminal daily from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. and will be taught by UWSP Professor and Certified Flight Instructor Gary Olsen. Those taking the course can choose either credit or non-credit options. Wisconsin resident tuition for one credit of Recreation 399 is $275 while tuition for the non-credit option is $219. A Sport Pilot kit from Gleim is provided. Information and registration materials are available at www.ggofly.com
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