Volume 6, Number 16|
OPENS SEASON NEXT WEEKEND
Pioneer Airport, EAA AirVenture Museum's
authentic re-creation of a 1930s aerodrome complete with grass
runway, opens the summer flying season next weekend, April 29-30.
EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor and various other vintage aircraft will be
flying, along with EAA Young Eagles flight experience opportunities
for youths ages 8-17. The airport will be operational every weekend
until mid-October, and daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. To
learn more about Pioneer, visit the EAA
AirVenture Museum website.
KEEP IT FLYING
B-17 TOUR CONTINUES IN CALIFORNIA
EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast
continues the West Coast leg of the 2006 "Keep it
Flying" tour this weekend at the Santa Barbara Municipal
Airport; April 21-23 at the Riverside Municipal Airport. Upcoming
stops include April
25-26 at the Salinas Municipal Airport; April 28-30 at Moffett
Federal Airfield, Mountain View; and May 2-3 at Modesto's Harry Sham
Field. For complete tour information,
or to reserve your seat on-line, visit www.B17.org.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
I'm looking at purchasing an
Acro Sport I project which is well on its way, but still far
from being finished. The plans call for it to have a gross
weight of 1350 lbs, which doesn't fit the new light-sport
aircraft category. If I were to finish this project, can I
state that the gross weight is 1320 lbs when I submit the
paperwork? Or is the FAA going to go by the published gross
weight of 1350 lbs?
As the builder of the individual aircraft in question, you
have the option of setting the gross weight at whatever level
you feel is appropriate. If you want to set the gross weight
at 1320 instead of 1350, you are welcome to do that. Providing
all the other parameters of aircraft configuration and
performance meet the definition of a light-sport aircraft (see
pilot website), your aircraft will be eligible for
operation by sport pilots.
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SCOTT CROSSFIELD LOST IN FATAL CRASH
is extremely saddened at the loss of legendary aviation
pioneer Scott Crossfield, EAA 430120, who died when his
Cessna 210 crashed Wednesday after encountering severe weather
north of Atlanta, Georgia. Crossfield, a former test pilot and
the first person to successfully fly at both Mach 2 and Mach 3, took off
from Prattville, Alabama, around 9 a.m. Wednesday en route to
Manassas, Virginia. Atlanta ATC reportedly lost contact with
Crossfield near Ludville, Georgia. Civil Air Patrol searchers
and others discovered the wreckage of the plane Thursday
afternoon near Ranger, Georgia, about 50 miles northwest of
Crossfield, who lived in Herndon, Virginia, was 84.
LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT MALL TO ARLINGTON
EAA's Northwest EAA Fly-In at
Arlington, Washington, will include a Light-Sport Aircraft
Mall at this year's event July 5-9. The LSA Mall offers
attendees the opportunity to view a variety of these new
recreational aircraft in one place. All aviation enthusiasts
are welcome, from experienced pilots to those just discovering
the possibilities of flight, to have their questions answered
by an EAA sport pilot expert.
94 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
THREE MONTHS AWAY!
Dazzling lineup of aircraft,
activities taking shape
The color, excitement and history
of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration is already taking
shape for 2006, as it's just three months until the start of
the 54th annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention, coming July
24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
AIRVENTURE EXHIBITORS DISPLAY ALL AVIATION HAS TO OFFER
Many factors establish EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh as The World's Greatest Aviation
Celebration. Virtually every facet of flight is on display
during these seven summer days, from the latest in homebuilt
technology to new certificated aircraft . . .from vintage
aircraft to magnificent warbirds . . .from light-sport aircraft
and ultralights to very light jets . . .and everything in
Since most of the aviation
industry makes its home at Oshkosh during this special week,
companies seize the opportunity to place their latest
products, services, and innovations in front of their
customers. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is where breakthroughs are
unveiled, where new technologies are explored and old ones
taught and mastered. Oshkosh brings together a greater
variety and number of aviation exhibitors than anywhere on
17TH ANNUAL FLIGHT TO EAA AIRVENTURE
Organizers expect another large
group of Beech Bonanza aficionados for the 17th annual
Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2Osh) mass arrival prior to EAA
AirVenture 2006. Pilots from throughout the country will meet
in Rockford, Illinois, on Friday, July 21, then depart RFD the
next day at noon for a planned 1 p.m. arrival at Wittman
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
EAA AirVenture specials are
available along routes to and from the World's Greatest
Aviation Celebration. 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.
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 SPORT PILOT
TOUR ROLLS INTO ATLANTA AREA NEXT WEEK
new, exciting way to get involved in flying with less time and
expense is coming to the Atlanta/Lawrenceville area this
month! The Experimental Aircraft Association's "Sport
Pilot Tour" rolls into to the Gwinnett County Airport in
Lawrenceville beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, ready
to introduce people to the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft
ATTEND EAA AIR
ACADEMY CAMPS THIS SUMMER
Over the past two decades,
thousands of young people have participated in the aviation
experience of a lifetime at EAA's summer Air Academy aviation
camps. The EAA Air Academy Camp programs are supervised and
administered by aviation instructors and enthusiasts with more
than 200 years of combined teaching experience. From the
moment participants arrive, the sky is the goal, not a limit,
as dynamic aviation experiences unfold and close friendships
with fellow aviation enthusiasts begin. All camps are
conducted at the EAA Museum and Leadership Center Complex in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with accommodations at EAA's Air Academy
Lodge and Campus.
It's not too late to enroll in the EAA Air Academy. Openings
are still available in all camps, so if you have a participant
in mind, call the Air Academy office at 920/426-6820 or
toll-free at 888/322-3229 to get the process started. You can
also visit www.airacademy.org
for more information and
applications. This is your chance to start a 12- to
18-year-old on the path toward the same love of aviation that
DIAMOND D-JET COMPLETES
SUCCESSFUL FIRST FLIGHT
Diamond's D-JET prototype completed its first
successful flight April 18 at London International Airport in Ontario, Canada.
The test flight was conducted according to a test plan with the evaluation of
19 distinct test points. The D-JET is a 5-place luxury personal jet, powered by
the FADEC-controlled Williams FJ33 turbine and equipped with Garmin all glass
flight deck and autopilot. For more information visit www.diamondaircraft.com.
SPORT PILOT SEMINAR SLATED IN
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
A free sport pilot seminar/roundtable discussion is
scheduled Saturday, April 29 at Reid Hillview Airport in San Jose, California.
Panelists include Zdravko Podolski, owner of Amelia Reid Aviation; FAA Examiner
Mike Shiflett; CFI Tom Conklin; and Michael Fletcher, a private pilot now
flying as a sport pilot. A Flight Design CTSW light sport airplane will be on
display along with other existing aircraft that qualify under the light-sport
aircraft category. For more information contact Podolski at 408/251-4939, or
NEW COURSE AIMS TO TURN
RELUCTANT PASSENGERS INTO ENTHUSIASTIC FLYERS
Pilots, help your spouses, significant others, and
friends turn their fear and anxiety about flying into productive participation
and fun. King Schools' new Practical Risk Management For Reluctant Passengers
and Their Pilots is an interactive course that helps create meaningful
pre-flight and in-flight roles leading to shared risk management and mutual
enjoyment of the flight. The course contains two CD-ROMs with a run time of 53
minutes. For more information visit www.kingschools.com.
SPRUCE ADDS AERFLIGHT VIRTUAL RADAR
AerFlight Virtual Radar is now
available through the Aircraft Spruce & Specialty
catalog. AerFlight VR captures the signals emitted by
aircraft and presents them in ATC-style view on a virtual
radar screen that any PC with Windows 98 or later can
provide. Users can control a wide range of parameters such
as range, data displayed, waypoints, geographic outlines,
and more. Online databases provide extensive details for
each individual aircraft. At $899.95, the AerFlight VR is
available at www.AircraftSpruce.com
or by calling 877/4-SPRUCE.
AVIATION UNVEILS ALPHA 106A
New Zealand's newest aircraft
manufacturer, Alpha Aviation, has unveiled its first
aircraft, the Alpha 106A two-place aerobatic trainer. The
Kiwi company secured sole worldwide rights from France's
Apex Industries in 2004 to manufacture and market the Alpha
2000 series (formerly known as the Robin R2160 and R2120).
The Alpha 2000 series is comprised of the basic trainer
Alpha 120T, the fuel-injected aerobatic trainer and
cross-country touring Alpha 160Ai, and the FAA certified
160A aerobatic trainer aircraft. For more information visit www.alphaaviation.co.nz.
LAUNCHES INTO EUROPEAN MARKET
Liberty Aerospace, Inc.'s
Liberty XL2 will make its European debut at the London Air
Show at Earls Court, April 21-23. The aircraft design was
based on the British Europa, and features a piston powered
engine equipped with a full authority digital engine control
(FADEC). VFR and IFR avionics packages will be offered as
separate items and priced accordingly. For more information
YOUR AIRSPACE AND WEATHER SKILLS
Sporty's latest DVD, Airspace
and Weather Format Review, describes and explains the
various classes of airspace, their operating rules,
dimensions and charting symbols. Examples are given for each
class of alphabet airspace as well as Special Use Airspace.
Also included are sections on TFRs, national security areas,
military intercept procedures, and the Washington, D.C. ADIZ
and its laser-based Visual Warning System.
The Weather Format portion takes you through the ICAO
weather formats and abbreviations of METARs and TAFs. The
program also covers the basics of ASOS and AWOS reports and
includes an interactive on-screen weather decoder that puts
more than 1,500 weather contractions at your fingertips. A
list of contractions for METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, and others is
included. They're available for $29.95 through www.sportys.com,
DAKOTAN WINS AEROGRAPHICS GRAPHICS PACKAGE
Bob Miller, an RV-8 builder from
North Dakota, is the winner of AeroGraphics Design's 2006
Sun 'n Fun Custom Graphics Package Giveaway. Miller will
receive a complete custom graphics package of his choosing
in appliqué or spray mask format. For more information,
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