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News and Views May 5, 2006    Volume 6, Number 18

  
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SWRFI LESS THAN
ONE WEEK AWAY
This time next week aviation enthusiasts from the Lone Star State and beyond will be descending upon. Hondo, Texas, for The 42nd annual Southwest EAA Regional Fly-In (The Texas Fly-In) May 11-14.

Airplanes, forums, food and more await visitors, along with special guest Mike Melvill, civilian astronaut of SpaceShipOne who will speak on Saturday night's annual awards banquet. Earlier Saturday is the SWRFI air show featuring Debby Rihn-Harvey, Ron Cain, Randy Henderson and Matt Younkin.

Prior to the air show and on Friday at noon, the U.S. Air Force T6-A Demonstration Team from Randolph AFB in San Antonio will conduct a precise 18-minute flying demonstration.

For complete Fly-In details, visit www.swrfi.org.

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. Californians, 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 (May 5-7) the tour's at Hayward's Executive Airport before heading out to Truckee-Tahoe Airport (May 9-10) and on to wine country, Napa County Airport (May 12-14).

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 special light-sport aircraft be used in a commercial aerial photography operation?

Answer:
No, it cannot. The operating limitations issued to a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) by the FAA include the following item:

"No person may operate this aircraft in the light-sport category for compensation or hire except to tow a light-sport glider or an unpowered ultralight vehicle in accordance with 91.309 or to conduct flight training."

This precludes the aircraft's use for any commercial purpose other than flight training or towing LSA gliders/ultralights.

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.
  

We are pleased to provide this info to EAA members as a membership benefit. To ensure that this service continues, renew your membership or join EAA today by calling 800/843-3612 or 920/426-5912.

May 2006
EAA Desktop Calendar

EAA Desktop Calendar

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.

To download a copy for use on your computer desktop, visit the EAA website. You can also download any of the previous EAA monthly desktop images.


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AirVenture News and Views
87 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM NOW AVAILABLE!
EAA AirVenture NOTAMThe official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) booklets are hot off the press and ready to be mailed out to pilots who plan to fly to The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration on July 24-30. The Oshkosh NOTAM is also available in easy-to-print PDF document form on the AirVenture website. Those who have already placed their booklet orders can expect to receive their copies soon, while others can call EAA Membership Services at 800/JOIN-EAA (564-6322) and order a free copy today.
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LANCASTER COMPLETES UNPRECEDENTED BOMBER COLLECTION
Lancaster BomberEAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 will host one of the world's only two flying Lancaster bombers from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum during this year's July 24-30 fly-in. Combined with the Commemorative Air Force's B-29 FIFI and B-24 Diamond Lil, and up to five B-17s, AirVenture visitors will see an unprecedented collection of Allied World War II heavy bombers at this year's event.
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PLANS TAKE SHAPE FOR CESSNA'S BIG CELEBRATION
Cessna CelebrationA specially designated area in the North 40, "Cessna Base Camp," will accommodate up to 500 airplanes at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 to honor the 50th anniversary of the Cessna 172 and 182. The exclusive parking area will allow owners/operators of the most produced airplane model in history to park their aircraft, camp together, and be close to several activities planned throughout the week July 24-30.
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MOONEY CARAVAN EXPECTS ANOTHER SIZABLE CONTINGENT
Mooney CaravanOrganizers of the Mooney Caravan to Oshkosh are anticipating another large turnout for their 9th group flight to EAA AirVenture 2006. Participating pilots, their planes and passengers will assemble at Madison's Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) Saturday, July 22, for the flight north to Wittman Regional Airport with arrival scheduled for 4 p.m.
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QUILT BLOCK CONTEST DEADLINE NEARS
Quilt Block ContestAround the world, colorful bits of fabric are being combined to create quilt block entries for the 2006 EAA Airplane Quilt Block Contest. Contest winners will be displayed during AirVenture in the EAA Museum. There is still time to enter; entries must be received by June 1. For contest information and photographs of the 2005 winners, visit the EAA AirVenture website.
   
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 OshkoshEAA 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.
  

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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!

EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR FLIES AGAIN IN GEORGIA
EAA Sport Pilot TourDespite less than ideal weather, more than 300 recreational enthusiasts came to the Gwinnett County Airport (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Georgia, for the EAA Sport Pilot Tour Saturday, April 29. With nearly a dozen light-sport aircraft manufacturers on the grounds, visitors could get a close look at some of the industry's latest available aircraft models. EAA's sport pilot experts conducted a series of educational forums throughout the day on nearly every aspect of the sport pilot initiative.
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WAGNER 'HITS THE ROAD' BETWEEN SPORT PILOT TOUR STOPS
EAA's Sport Pilot Tour, fresh off last week's successful Atlanta-area stop, will be in Smyrna/Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, May 6, to introduce aviation enthusiasts to the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft revolution. Meanwhile, EAA Manager of Field Operations and Sport Pilot Tour Director Ron Wagner hit the road to visit several fixed-base operators and flight schools between the two cities to further explain instructional opportunities to owner/operators.
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FAA GRANTS REVISED AMOC FOR T-34S
AMOC for T-34sThe FAA has granted a revised temporary alternative means of compliance (AMOC) for the T-34 based on completed and submitted engineering data obtained through a study funded in part by EAA Warbirds of America. On December 10, 2004, FAA grounded the entire T-34 fleet when pre-existing fatigue cracks were found in the center section of an aircraft that had crashed three days earlier. The T-34 Association managed to obtain a temporary AMOC allowing the fleet to fly for 240 hours with certain flight restrictions. This latest approved AMOC revises that original directive.
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HELP EAA PREPARE AVIATION'S NEXT GENERATION AND YOU COULD WIN A NEW FORD F-150 TRUCK!
The EAA Young Eagles program, the largest youth aviation education program ever created, is giving you the opportunity to help prepare the next generation of flight AND win a new, specially equipped Ford F-150 truck!
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SPOTS STILL OPEN AT EAA AIR ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS
EAA Air Academy CampsOpenings 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.
       
On the Flightline News and Views
 
GAMA REPORTS RECORD FIRST QUARTER
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reports manufacturers have recorded the highest first quarter billings in history. Worldwide billings totaled $4.0 billion, an increase of 39.7 percent over Q1 2005's $2.9 billion. Shipments for the first three months of 2006 increased 34.1 percent, 845 to 630, over last year.

"These positive figures, if sustained, are an indication that the year will be a solid one for general aviation," said Pete Bunce, GAMA's President and CEO. "All segments of the general aviation manufacturing industry are continuing to increase at strong levels." For more information visit www.gama.aero.
 
SONEX PLANS PAIR OF FLY-IN EVENTS
Sonex Aircraft LLC will host two fly-in events for Sonex pilots, builders, and prospective customers at its headquarters facility in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this summer. On Saturday, June 17, the company will host its first Fly-O-Rama from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The factory will be open for self-guided tours, and Sonex pilots will be on hand to answer questions.

On Sunday before EAA AirVenture, July 23, Sonex hosts its third annual Homecoming Fly-In and Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sonex pilots from across the country typically use this as a staging opportunity before taxiing across Wittman Regional Airport to the Sonex aircraft parking and exhibit area of EAA AirVenture. For more information on either event visit www.SonexAircraft.com.
 
ECLIPSE SAYS FAA CERTIFICATION COMING THIS QUARTER
The Eclipse 500 test fleet has amassed 1,700 total flight hours in 1,250 flights en route to FAA certification. Current projections place FAA certification by the end of the current quarter and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification by the end of the year. The test fleet includes seven aircraft - five flying - one static test airframe and one fatigue airframe. The highest-time jet, N506EA, has completed almost 600 hours in just seven months with a demonstrated dispatch rate of over 99.50 percent. For more information, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
 
HARTZELL CERTIFICATES PROP FOR C-210s, 205s
Hartzell has certificated a new two-blade propeller for Cessna 210 and 205 models. Available through the Top Prop Performance Propeller Conversion program, the new propeller offers replacement for original equipment designs on Cessna 210, 210A, 210B, 210C, 210-5 (205) and 210-5A (205A) aircraft with IO-470-E and IO-470-S engines. The new kit provides an improved 2400-hour/6-year TBO as well as the Hartzell Plus Three warranty which provides a full three years or 1000 hours of coverage. List price for the complete kit is $6995 and includes the propeller, polished spinner, and STC paperwork. For more information, visit the Top Prop section of the Hartzell Web site at www.hartzellprop.com, call toll free (800) 942-7767 or (937) 778-5726, or e-mail topprop@hartzellprop.com.
 
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