Volume 6, Number 18|
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.
DREAMIN' OF A
B-17 FLIGHT? CATCH 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.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
Can a special light-sport
aircraft be used in a commercial aerial photography operation?
No, it cannot. The operating limitations issued to a special
light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) by the FAA include the following
"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.
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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.
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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87 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
NOTAM NOW AVAILABLE!
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.
COMPLETES UNPRECEDENTED BOMBER COLLECTION
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.
SHAPE FOR CESSNA'S BIG CELEBRATION
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.
CARAVAN EXPECTS ANOTHER SIZABLE CONTINGENT
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.
CONTEST DEADLINE NEARS
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 FLIES AGAIN IN GEORGIA
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
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
REVISED AMOC FOR T-34S
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.
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!
OPEN AT EAA AIR
ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS
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.
GAMA REPORTS RECORD FIRST
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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