Volume 6, Number 15|
EAA YOUNG EAGLES
PROGRAM ROLLS AHEAD;
NEXT STOP: 1.25 MILLION
EAA Young Eagles Program, the most successful youth aviation
education initiative ever created, is keeping the promise of flight
alive for the next generation with extensive activities in 2006.
These will be highlighted by Young Eagles volunteer recognition over
the next several months and during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, The
World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, on July 24-30 in Oshkosh,
OVERCAST RETURNS TO VAN NUYS AIRPORT THIS WEEKEND
So far, so good for EAA's B-17 Aluminum
Overcast, now on the West Coast for the 2006 "Keep it
Flying" tour. This weekend, April 14-16, the crew returns to Van Nuys Airport,
where the aircraft suffered major damage nearly two years earlier,
May 5, 2004.
Following the incident, EAA maintenance staff and volunteers
restored the majestic warbird to as good-as-new condition. In fact,
many people have commented that the Flying Fortress
never looked better.
Next tour stop is April 18-19 at the Santa Barbara Municipal
Airport; April 21-23 at the Riverside Municipal Airport; and April
25-26 at the Salinas Municipal Airport. For complete tour information,
or to reserve your seat on-line, visit www.B17.org.
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KICK OFF FLYING SEASON AT LAKELAND
members, staff, and volunteers experienced a great spring
kick-off to the flying season at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at
Lakeland, Florida, April 4-10. EAA held what amounted to an
event within the event, featuring its popular Member Village,
a wide variety of EAA-led forums and workshops, sport
pilot/light-sport aircraft activities, new member benefit
announcements, and more.
EAA AND 'PROJECT
LEAD THE WAY' COLLABORATE TO BOOST AEROSPACE ENGINEERING,
A new collaboration between the
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and Project Lead The
Way (PLTW) will provide comprehensive pre-engineering
education programming to more than 1,600 schools nationwide to
advance aerospace engineering and flight education.
101 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
HOMEBUILDERS: START YOUR ENGINES!
for the 2006 Air Venture Cup Race are now available on the EAA
AirVenture website, www.airventure.org.
The 9th annual AirVenture Cup is a fun and exciting
cross-country experience and the most enjoyable way to fly
your homebuilt airplane to Oshkosh!
THAT ELUSIVE AIRCRAFT PART AT AEROMART
do type club members and restorers want more than anything?
What do owners of World War II aircraft need more than
anything else? The answer: spare parts. And when you're
talking spare aircraft parts, look no further than EAA's
Aeromart at AirVenture Oshkosh, located in the Fly Market
about two blocks west of the control tower.
SPACESHIPONE EXHIBIT PREPARES FOR TAKEOFF
One-of-a-kind display to be
dedicated at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
ground-breaking new display at the EAA AirVenture Museum will
explore the rapidly emerging era of civilian spacecraft and
space tourism when it is dedicated during EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2006, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh will take place July 24-30 at Wittman
Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
SERVICES AVAILABLE ON EAA AIRVENTURE GROUNDS
EAA AirVenture attendees can
receive U.S. mail right on the convention grounds. The Oshkosh
branch of the U.S. Post Office (USPS) will accept postal items
that are addressed properly. Please note, this is NOT the
mailing address for use by any exhibitors/vendors. Outgoing
mail service from convention grounds is also available.
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
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 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 more than 135 people from 38 states and
several 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!
ME' COMES WET!
the stakes just got higher! The 2006 EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes,
a 2005 Aviat Husky on Wipline amphibious floats, comes with a
year's supply of fuel! Whiskey Bravo Air Inc. at
County & Park of Commerce Airport, Florida, will provide
the sweepstakes winner with a line of credit valued to $4,500
to fuel the Husky for the year-valid anywhere you buy your
BUY OR SELL
AIRCRAFT PARTS AT SWRFI FLY MART
Before there was e-Bay, there was
the Fly Market. At the 43rd Annual SWRFI - The EAA Texas
Fly-In - May 11-14 in Hondo, Texas, the Fly Mart is a prime
place to go looking for used aircraft components, or to turn
those you don't want into cash. The Fly Mart is part inside,
part outside under a tent with a lot of open space for
trailers. The Fly-In manages the sale of items and earns a
small commission. Those who bring in a trailer full of parts
will be charged a flat fee of $50 per axle. Attendees can sell
their parts themselves out of a motor home
in a fenced area for $100. For more information, contact John
Dormer at 830/792-2133.
PRE-PURCHASE FEASTS AND BANQUETS FOR EAA TEXAS FLY-IN
The hangar at Hondo Municipal
Airport features evening dinners Thursday and Friday, plus the
Saturday awards banquet, but seating is limited and advance
reservations are recommended. Purchased them online at www.swrfi.org/forms/meals_reservations.htm,
or by calling 830/889-8802.
Thursday night features Evelyn's Flight Line Cafe hamburgers
cooked to order. Friday is the South Texas ranch barbeque
feast, followed by a Mexican dinner for Saturday's awards
banquet. That night civilian astronaut Mike Melvill will
speak, along with a Mariachis band before aircraft awards are
KITFOX HAS A NEW OWNER
John and Debra McBean, owners of Sports Plane LLC,
purchased the tooling and intellectual assets for the Kitfox design from the
former SkyStar during a bankruptcy sale in early April. As the new owners of
the Kitfox design, Sport Plane LLC has no responsibility for obligations
incurred by SkyStar.
John McBean, who brokered an arrangement between Rotax and several Kitfox
owners who hadn't received their engines after SkyStar filed for bankruptcy
last fall, said, "We're anxious to regroup and move on. This will allow us
to continue the Kitfox line. Initially we'll focus on supporting existing
Kitfox owners and we'll work toward production of full kits and more." For
more information, call Sport Plane LLC at 208/888-1500 or visit www.sportplanellc.com.
CHR PUTS SAFARI ON FLOATS
Canadian Home Rotors Inc. (CHR) has received their
first set of Full-Lotus floats for the Safari Helicopter Kit. Designed
specifically for the Safari, the floats are good for year round use, featuring
six separate air bags and chambers. The float system is offered as a sub-kit
through CHR and includes the floats, spare float bags, plus the mounting
hardware. Floats are available in blue, gray, yellow, and white. For more
information visit www.acehelicopter.com.
HARTZELL INTRODUCES NEW SERIES
OF PROPELLER GOVERNORS
Hartzell Propeller's new S series propeller
governors for piston engines are now certified. They feature higher oil pumping
capacity at 8-10 quarts-per-minute and incorporate the same precision control
valve assembly used in some of Hartzell's higher performance units. This will
help reduce propeller surging which typically occurs in hot conditions or with
older engines after the engine transfer bearing becomes worn. The S series is
designed to directly replace McCauley, Woodward (Ontic), and MT/Jihostroj
governors, as well as offer a Hartzell option for tighter packaging envelopes
such as those found in the larger range of Teledyne Continental engines
(IO-520s and IO-550s). For more information, visit www.hartzellprop.com.
TRIM SYSTEM AND THROTTLE QUADRANT FROM SONEX
Sonex Aircraft, LLC, has made two new additions to its
expanding AeroConversions product line: The AeroConversions
Trim System and Throttle Quadrant. The
"dial-a-speed" trim system was designed for use in
the Waiex and Xenos "Y-tail" aircraft which cannot
use traditional pitch trim tabs, and has proven to be
highly-effective for traditional-tailed sport aircraft as
well. The system uses two springs to put tension on the
control stick and "balance it." Priced at $95, the
AeroConversions Trim System includes all the items needed
for a typical installation including cable, springs and
The new AeroConversions Throttle Quadrant is designed to
work with the AeroConversions AeroCarb and other
carburetors. Featuring an adjustable friction knob and an
optional push-pull mixture control bracket, it is easy to
install and gives the pilot positive and precise throttle
control for $75. For more information visit www.sonexaircraft.com.
ANNOUNCES VISTANAV VERSION 1.6
Mercury Computer Systems
released VistaNav version 1.6 with a multi-function flight
display system and synthetic vision technology, and new
"Radar Vectors" functionality at the Sun 'n Fun
Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. The "Radar Vectors"
feature provides 3D guidance during non-standard routings
such as radar vector navigation or course deviations around
traffic and weather. In addition, the weather support
upgrade includes winds aloft, lightning and freezing levels.
Other enhancements include an interactive 2D display,
enhanced airport search, and flight-planning features. For
more information visit www.mc.com/vistanav.
STILL AVAILABLE FOR SPORT PILOT GROUND SCHOOL
There is still room available
for Destination Flight Inc.'s Sport Pilot Ground School
April 22-23 in Three Rivers, Michigan. The course includes
an ASA Sport Pilot Test Prep Book, 2006 FARs, Sport Pilot
Practical Test Standard (Category/Class of Choice), E6B
flight computer, plotter, and a sectional for your region.
In addition to ground training, an FAA qualified Sport Pilot
Examiner (SPE) will spend three hours explaining how the
oral and practical exams are administered and how to use the
PTS for your checkride. The course costs $220 per person for
those who pre-register and pre-pay by April 16 ($250
afterwards). For more information, or to register, visit www.destinationflight.com.
AVIATION ADDS ADVANCED SPIN TRAINING COURSE
CP Aviation, Inc. of Santa
Paula, California, has expanded its unusual attitude
training programs to include a new Advanced Spin Training
Module. Training is done in a Pitts S-2B, and follows the
same building-block approach used in the company's Emergency
Maneuver Training (EMT) program. Pilots taking advanced spin
training will gain experience with upright and inverted flat
spins, transition spins, and aggravated spins resulting from
botched maneuvers. The module consists of two separate
lessons, and can be completed in one day. Priced at $595,
the training includes 1.5 hours each of ground and flight
For more information visit www.cpaviation.com.
BREAKS GROUND ON NEW GAINESVILLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY
Eclipse Aviation and the
Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority held a
groundbreaking ceremony April 3 to begin construction of the
Eclipse Aviation factory service center in Gainesville,
Florida. The Gainesville facility will be part of a network
of seven U.S. Factory Service Centers dedicated to Eclipse
500 maintenance and support.
This new 61,000 square-foot facility will be completed in
early 2007 and will initially house 15 Eclipse employees,
with the ability to expand to over 160. The factory service
center will consist of 45,000 square-feet of hangar space
that can hold up to 12 Eclipse 500 aircraft. Additional
support areas include a 10,800 square-foot maintenance
section and a 5,400 square-foot customer service area. The
facility will accommodate multiple shift operations. Eclipse
technicians at this facility will be able to accomplish all
Eclipse 500 scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, including
work on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F engines. For
more information visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
LAUNCHES EXPANDED WEBSITE
Oregon Aero has launched a
completely redesigned website that is now easier to navigate
and explore. New features include a product wizard to help
customers identify the product that is best for them, an
enhanced search function, a new quick order feature enabling
customers to check out quickly, more product photos, and a new
customer comment section. The new website is located at www.OregonAero.com.
AEROSPACE TO RECEIVE PRODUCTION CERTIFICATE FOR LIBERTY XL2
Liberty Aerospace Inc. has
successfully completed an FAA Production Certification (PC)
evaluation at its Melbourne, Florida facility, and the FAA's
PC Board will be recommending the issuance of the PC within
the next two weeks. The Liberty XL2 is powered by a piston
engine equipped with a full authority digital engine control
(FADEC), and features a carbon fiber composite fuselage, a
48-inch cabin, and cruise speeds of up to 132 kts, burning
only 5 gph. For more information visit www.libertyaircraft.com.
TO EQUIP SEMINOLE WITH AVIDNE ENTEGRA
New Piper Aircraft, Inc. will
offer the Avidyne Entegra integrated flight deck on the
PA-44 Seminole. This makes New Piper the first aircraft
manufacturer to offer an integrated flight deck system for
models ranging from entry-level piston trainers to
pressurized, turbine-powered aircraft.
Avidyne Entegra for the Seminole consists of two 10.4-inch
diagonal, high-resolution, sunlight-readable displays,
including an EXP5000 primary flight display (PFD) with
integrated solid-state air data and attitude/heading
reference system (ADAHRS) and primary engine instruments.
The multi-function display (MFD) provides a full-featured
moving map and comes standard with the multi-engine
implementation of EMax electronic engine instrumentation.
Pricing for Avidyne's Entegra integrated flight deck and
options for the Seminole are available by calling New Piper
Sales at 772/978-6592.
CELEBRATE AVIATION'S PIONEER COLORFUL WOMEN
The National Aviation Hall of Fame
(NAHF) will participate in an April 29 ceremony in Chicago
commemorating Aviation's Pioneer Colorful Women. Among those
being honored is the late Bessie Coleman, who will also be
among those formally inducted into the Hall of Fame later this
The public memorial will be held at Lincoln Cemetery, in
Chicago, Illinois, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. The date
marks the 80th anniversary of Coleman's accidental death while
practicing for a 1926 Florida air show. At approximately 3:20
p.m. several aircraft will fly over in formation and a
flower-drop will take place. For additional information on
Aviation's Pioneer Colorful Women and the upcoming memorial
and flyover, contact Rufus A. Hunt, Jr., at 773/785-9015.
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