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News and Views April 28, 2006    Volume 6, Number 17

  
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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' OF A B-17 FLIGHT? CATCH ALUMINUM OVERCAST 

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast

"All the leaves are green, and the sky is blue..." perfect conditions to head out to the airport and see EAA's magnificent and completely refurbished B-17 Aluminum Overcast. For those in California, don't miss the "Keep it Flyin'" tour when it arrives in your airport. Plenty of seats are available for an unforgettable flight mission aboard the Flying Fortress.

This weekend (April 29-30) the tour's at Moffett Federal Airfield, Mountain View, followed by stops at Modesto's Harry Sham Field (May 2-3); Hayward's Executive Airport (May 5-7) and Truckee-Tahoe Airport (May 9-10).

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

Can a Canadian citizen exercise the privileges of a sport pilot flying a light-sport aircraft, particularly being trained, operating, and flying, by using a Canadian driver's license in lieu of a medical certificate?

Answer:
No, you cannot use a Canadian drivers license in lieu of a medical certificate when exercising the privileges of a U.S. sport pilot certificate. The regulations specifically call for a U.S. drivers license. (Ref: 14 CFR 61.23(c)).

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May 2006
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EAA aircraft maintenance staff and volunteers devoted many thousands of hours over the course of a year and a half to restore Aluminum Overcast back to pristine condition. It was worth the effort, as this photo, shot just before she headed west, attests.

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PIONEER AIRPORT SET TO OPEN THE 2006 FLYING SEASON
EAA's Pioneer AirportOn Saturday, EAA's authentic re-creation of a 1930s aerodrome, Pioneer Airport, opens the 2006 summer flying season. See or take a ride in EAA's impeccable flying vintage airplanes like the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, 1929 Travel Air E-4000,  1927 Swallow, as well as a 1956 Bell 47 helicopter. More than 50 vintage airplanes are on display in seven period hangars that will take you back to aviation's "Golden Age" of the 1920s and 30s. Younger visitors will enjoy a play area with swings and pedal planes, and for kids between ages 8 and 17, a free Young Eagles airplane flight may be available. Starting this weekend, the airport will be operational every weekend until mid-October (daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day). To learn more about Pioneer, visit the EAA AirVenture Museum website.
   
SCOTT CROSSFIELD TO RECEIVE FULL-HONORS CEREMONY 
Scott CrossfieldA full-honors funeral ceremony will be held August 15 for aviation legend Scott Crossfield at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. Crossfield died tragically as a result of a plane crash on April 19. Those attending are to gather at the Administration Building at about noon to greet the family in an assigned reception room. The procession, during which Crossfield's remains will be carried by a horse-pulled caisson, begins at 1 p.m. A ceremonial fly-over is also expected to occur. A reception following the burial will take place at the Army-Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. Directions to Arlington National Cemetery can be found at www.arlingtoncemetery.org/directions.html. For a description of the full-hours ceremony, visit www.arlingtoncemetery.org/ceremonies/index.html.
   
EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR IN ATLANTA AREA SATURDAY
EAA's Sport Pilot TourThe 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 revolution.
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AirVenture News and Views
87 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
DOWNLOAD EAA AIRVENTURE 2006 NOTAM NEXT WEEK
EAA AirVenture NOTAMWhat better way to start the month of May than to download your very own copy of the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 Notice to Airmen. Beginning early next week, the NOTAM will be available on the EAA AirVenture website, allowing you to familiarize yourself with arrival and departure procedures for the World's greatest Aviation Celebration. The printed NOTAMs are also expected to be available soon, but you can order your copy today through EAA Membership Services, 800/564-6322.
   
AIRVENTURE SHUTTLE SERVICES: GET WHERE YOU NEED TO GO
EAA AirVenture OshkoshPlenty of convenient transportation options are available to EAA AirVenture visitors, whether they reside on convention grounds during the week and need to get into town, or choose to stay off-site or even outside Oshkosh.
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HANDICAPPED SERVICES AVAILABLE
For those in need of handicapped services while attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, EAA offers special parking, aircraft parking/camping, restrooms, showers, and tram services.
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ATTENTION WARBIRD ENTHUSIASTS
Planning to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh? Pre-register your aircraft at www.warbirds-eaa.org.
   
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
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 webmaster@eaa.org.

    

EAA AIRVENTURE RIDESHARE
Looking for a ride, or have a spare seat to get to Oshkosh? Visit www.airventure.org/rideshare.
  

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!

EAA MEMBERS TAKING TO NEW AIRCRAFT FINANCING PROGRAM
EAA Aircraft Financing ProgramInitial reports show a high level of interest among EAAers for the new EAA Aircraft Financing Program. EAA and partner AirFleet Capital, Inc., launched the program earlier this month offering EAA members the most comprehensive aircraft-loan offering in the industry.

"We have been very pleased that both experimental owners and owners of certified aircraft are taking advantage of the program," said AirFleet Capital Vice President Jim Blessing. "EAA members have discovered not only are they getting a great deal on financing but they are talking to someone in the finance industry who understands why they fly. We share their passion for aviation."
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SPOTS STILL OPEN AT EAA AIR ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS
EAA Air AcademyOpenings are still available in all EAA Air Academy camps, so you still have a chance to enroll. This is your chance to start a 12- to 18-year-old on the path toward the same love of aviation that you have by calling the Air Academy office at 920/426-6820 or toll-free at 888/322-3229 to get the process started. EAA Air Academy Camp programs are supervised and administered by aviation instructors and enthusiasts with more than 200 years of combined teaching experience. 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. For more information and application, visit www.airacademy.org.
    
EAA CHAPTER 1158 TO HOST ASTRONAUT MARK LEE MAY 17
Astronaut Mark LeeEAA Chapter 1158 in West Bend will host a true Wisconsin hero, Colonel Mark C. Lee, United States Air Force (Ret.) fighter pilot and Space Shuttle astronaut, May 17 at West Bend Municipal Airport. Lee, a native of Viroqua Wisconsin, will discuss his experiences as a fighter pilot and share a multimedia presentation of his work as a four-time Space Shuttle Astronaut. Col. Lee has logged 4,500 hours flying US Air Force T-38, F-4 and F-16 aircraft. In his four Shuttle flights, has spent a total of 33 days in orbit, traveled over 13 million miles, and is credited with three EVA (Extravehicular Activity) spacewalks. The free program begins at 7 p.m. and is to the public. Groups planning to attend are asked to RSVP at 262/306-9338. For more information call the above number or visit www.eaa1158.org.
   
HYBRID VEHICLES NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH
EAA-FORD PARTNER RECOGNITION PROGRAM

EAA Ford Partner Recognition ProgramFord Motor Company just announced that the 2006 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner Hybrids are now available with Partner Recognition pricing. EAA members can now save money on the sale or lease of these award-winning, environmentally friendly vehicles that combine SUV capability with the outstanding fuel economy and low environmental impact of a full hybrid.
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On the Flightline News and Views
DAYJET ANNOUNCES PER-SEAT, ON DEMAND JET SERVICE
Business travelers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee will be the nation's first to benefit from DayJet's Per-Seat, On Demand jet service. The company will launch its service later this year in Florida with an intra-state, point-to-point, on-demand network using Eclipse 500 VLJs (very light jets). A region-by-region service rollout is planned with service between specific "DayPorts" to be announced on a market-by-market basis. DayJet hopes to expand its service network to as many as 20 DayPorts in four southeastern states within 12 months of launch. For more information visit www.dayjet.com.
ADAM A700 VLJ FLIES TO FL 410
Adam Aircraft's A700 AdamJet flew to 41,000 ft. and achieved a true airspeed of 340 kts during a flight test April 20 to verify the planned maximum operating altitude. "This flight signifies the continuing progress of the A700 program," said Bill Watters, Adam Aircraft Vice President of Flight Operations. He adds that as SN 001 has demonstrated the aircraft's flight capabilities, SN 002 remains on track for FAA Certification and the two aircraft have flown more than 500 hours. A700 SN 003 is currently in production. For more information visit www.adamaircraft.com.
   
KING COURSE AIMS TO CLARIFY WEATHER RADAR USE
King Schools' new Practical Radar Use course helps pilots understand airborne weather radar. The online program can be taken in as little as one hour, and covers topics such as effective use of the tilt and range controls and how to look for "hidden" weather that you might otherwise not see. Also covered is effective interpretation of radar returns, including when the absence of radar returns might be a sign of real danger. Upon successful completion, students receive a certificate and an endorsement to place in their logbook. Also included is a downloadable Radar Operations Cockpit Card containing tips easily at hand while flying. Sign up at www.kingschoolsonline.com. Individual cost is $149, and group pricing is available by calling 800/854-1001.
   
SR22 RECEIVES EUROPEAN CERTIFICATION
Cirrus Design Corp. received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the SR22 April 21 at Fly! The London Air Show. Effective immediately, all Cirrus SR series aircraft are type certified for import into the European Union. "The European market plays an integral role in the strategic growth of the company," said Alan Klapmeier, CEO. "Personal Aviation offers tremendous value and this certification expands our ability to deliver that value to European customers." Cirrus is represented across Europe by 11 Authorized Sales Centers For more information visit www.cirrusdesign.com.
   
ICAS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS CALL FOR ENTRIES
The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation's aviation-related scholarships range in value from $1,000 to $2,000 for qualified men and women seeking to enhance or expand their aviation training and aerobatic skills. Eligible applicants are invited to apply for one or more scholarships. Applications for each scholarship must be submitted on the official application form, which is available at www.icasfoundation.org. The deadline for submitting applications is July 1, 2006.
LANDMARK DELIVERS FIRST SKYTRUCK WITH CHELTON EFIS
Landmark Aviation has delivered its first M28 SkyTruck utility aircraft equipped with a Chelton Flight Systems FlightLogic Synthetic Vision Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (EFIS). The first "Dual Sensor" 4-Tube SV-EFIS System was installed as part of a project with to amend a current Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Part 23 Large/Commuter Class aircraft. The M28 Skytruck project is the second system to include the same dual-sensor architecture. The primary flight display features 3-D perspective terrain modeling with real-time GPS/WAAS positioning and 'highway-in-the-sky' predictive flight director guidance from takeoff to touchdown. For more information visit www.landmarkaviation.com.
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