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News and Views April 14, 2006    Volume 6, Number 15

  
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EAA YOUNG EAGLES PROGRAM ROLLS AHEAD;
NEXT STOP: 1.25 MILLION

EAA Young EaglesThe 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, Wisconsin.
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ALUMINUM OVERCAST RETURNS TO VAN NUYS AIRPORT THIS WEEKEND

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast

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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Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services

My private pilot license was run through the washing machine by accident and I am asking where to go to get a replacement license.

Answer:
There are two ways to replace an airmen certificate. One, you can mail an application to the FAA for replacement of a lost or destroyed paper airman certificate. (This form can be found on the FAA website.) Or two, mail a signed, written request for a replacement including your name, date and place of birth, social security number and/or certificate number, and an explanation of why you need the replacement. Cost for a duplicate certificate is only $2.

More information on how to replace a lost or destroyed airman certificate can be found here.

And always check your pockets before doing wash.

How can we help you?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.
  

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April 2006
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Will you be the lucky winner of this 2006 Aviat Husky outfitted with Wipline amphibious floats? You have to enter the EAA 2006 Aircraft Sweepstakes to qualify. Simply return the sweepstakes coupons included with your November 2005 or May 2006 issue of Sport Aviation. (Additional tickets can be requested. See the website for details.)

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EAA, MEMBERS KICK OFF FLYING SEASON AT LAKELAND
Sun 'n FunEAA 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.
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EAA AND 'PROJECT LEAD THE WAY' COLLABORATE TO BOOST AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, FLIGHT EDUCATION
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.
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AirVenture News and Views
101 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
AVIATORS, HOMEBUILDERS: START YOUR ENGINES!
AirVenture Cup RaceApplications 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!
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FIND THAT ELUSIVE AIRCRAFT PART AT AEROMART
AeroMartWhat 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.
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EAA'S NEW SPACESHIPONE EXHIBIT PREPARES FOR TAKEOFF
One-of-a-kind display to be dedicated at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Museum's SpaceShipOne ExhibitA 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.

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U.S. MAIL 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.
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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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EAA AirVenture OshkoshAIRVENTURE 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!
  

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!

'WIN ME' COMES WET!
Win Me - Aviat HuskyAnd 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 Dunnellon/Marion 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 fuel.
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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 SWRFI Fly-Inhome 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 announced.
      
On the Flightline News and Views
    
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.
NEW 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 hardware.

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.
MERCURY 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.
SPACES 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.
    
CP 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 time. For more information visit www.cpaviation.com.
ECLIPSE 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.
     
OREGON AERO 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.
LIBERTY 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.
     
NEW PIPER 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.
     
CHICAGO TO 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 summer.

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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