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News and Views May 12, 2006    Volume 6, Number 19

  
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THE TEXAS FLY-IN IS UNDER WAY IN HONDO

Flight lovers from throughout the Southwest are descending on Hondo, Texas, this weekend for the 42nd annual Southwest EAA Regional Fly-In, often referred to simply as SWRFI, or as of late, The Texas Fly-In. Great weather is forecast through Sunday, May 14, and the mile-long ramp will be filled with a wide variety of homebuilts, restored classics, vintage, warbirds and more.
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ALUMINUM OVERCAST CONCLUDES CALIFORNIA TOUR LEG THIS WEEK

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast

This weekend (May 12-14) the "Keep it Flyin'" B-17 tour featuring the refurbished Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast visits Napa County Airport in Northern California. Seats are available for this and other stops along the tour, providing unforgettable "flight missions" in this incredible warbird.

May 16-17 marks the final stop in California - Sacramento's Mather Airport - before AO heads off to Portland, Oregon's Hillsboro Airport on May 19-21. 

For complete tour information, or to reserve your seat on-line, visit www.B17.org.

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Question of the Week
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What information is required to be displayed on an amateur-built experimental aircraft identification plate that must be affixed to the rear of the aircraft? I am thinking in terms of the absolute minimum that will be accepted by a DAR, according to FAA rules.

Answer:
Three items of information are required on the amateur-built aircraft data plate. They are:

1. Builder Name
2. Aircraft Model
3. Aircraft Serial Number

No other information is required or recommended.

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EAA ACTION HALTS TOWER CHARGE FOR MICHIGAN EVENT
First user fee blocked?
EAA has again intervened on behalf of the Western Michigan Fly-In to ensure FAA provides temporary air traffic control services for their June 24 event at Padgham Field in Allegan, (35D). If this sounds familiar, it should; last year an administrative snafu abruptly canceled the approved tower a week before the event before EAA action had it reinstated.

This year fly-in officials were informed that they would be charged $3,200 to set up and operate the tower for the one-day event. To EAAer Andy Millin, member of the airport's advisory board who arranges for the fly-in's tower each year, the proposed charge sure sounded like the first implementation of user fees, and a hefty one at that.
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SMYRNA, TENNESSEE, WELCOMES 8TH EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR
More than 250 people visited Smyrna Airport (MQY) in the Nashville, Tennessee, area Saturday, May 6, as EAA Chapter 162 hosted the eighth EAA Sport Pilot Tour stop. Following the success of the previous stops, the Smyrna tour stop presented local aviation enthusiasts with complete information about how to get involved in the new recreational aviation category.
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AirVenture News and Views
73 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
    
FORD, ECLIPSE HOST AVIATION FILMS AT EAA AIRVENTURE
"Fly-In Theater" showing free evening movies July 23-29
The show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 won't be over when the sun sets each evening, as Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation present top aviation movies at the new "Fly-In Theater" on the AirVenture grounds. The outdoor theater, located adjacent to EAA's Camp Scholler, will be open each evening (weather permitting) from Sunday, July 23 through Saturday, July 29.

The walk-in theater is reminiscent of the famous drive-in theaters of the past, complete with popcorn! There is no admission charge for the theater, which is open to all AirVenture guests. Each evening's show begins at approximately 8:30 p.m., with an introduction by a celebrity presenter, followed by a classic aviation film at about 9 p.m, shown on a projection screen measuring five stories high.
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NAFI PROVIDES KIDS' FIRST FLIGHT INSTRUCTION AT KIDVENTURE
Kids can move beyond video games and into actual flight-simulator training in the KidVenture area at this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Members of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) will provide actual flight instruction on an On Top Basic Aviation Training Device (ATD) simulator provided by Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA).
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GET YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM TODAY
Get your copy of the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) booklet by calling 800/JOIN-EAA (564-6322) today. You can also download an easy-to-print PDF document form posted on the 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!

EAAERS PLAN 'ROMP AROUND WISCONSIN'
Two EAA member-pilots are planning to land at all 104 paved, public-use airports in Wisconsin, plus Volk Field Air National Guard Base, in a one-day flight to raise money for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Bruce Kaufman, EAA 457896, is medical director of pediatric neurosurgery at the hospital, and Matthew McDaniel, EAA 256559, ATP/Master CFII, is a pilot for Midwest Airlines. They'll fly Kaufman's Cirrus SR22 sometime during the week of May 25 (or in June if the weather does not cooperate) in what they're calling the "Romp Around Wisconsin." Total flight time is expected to be about 17 hours.

"Matt and I have decided to tap into our love of flying, and combine it with our devotion to children, to create a different kind of fundraiser," Kaufman said. If successful they'll establish a national record for the fastest time to visit all public, paved airports in the state. They'll begin the flight before dawn at Timmerman Airport (MWC) in Milwaukee, the former Wright-Curtiss Field where the Experimental Aircraft Association was founded in 1953 and which hosted the earliest fly-in conventions from 1953-1958.

To learn more about the effort, visit www.firstgiving.com/romp.
    
EAA AIR ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS
EAA Air Academy CampsEAA Air Academy camps can start a 12- to 18-year-old on the path toward the same love of aviation that you have. Call 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
    
SPORTAIRUSA TO DISTRIBUTE PARROT AND SPORTCRUISER
SportairUSA, Sport Aircraft Works (SAW), and Czech Aircraft Works (CZAW) have jointly announced an agreement by which SportairUSA will distribute the Parrot and SportCruiser certified special light-sport aircraft (SLSA) in the U.S.

The aircraft join the carbon fiber StingSport and SeaRey amphibian in SportairUSA's offerings. More information on these aircraft can be found online at http://www.sportair-usa.com.
    
CUBCRAFTERS DEBUTS CC11-100 'SPORT CUB'
CubCrafters introduced Alaska State Aviation and Trade Show attendees to the first production CC11-100 Sport Cub last week. The aircraft is ideally suited to the Alaskan pilot with a standard empty weight of 825 lbs.; containing advanced weight saving and strengthening composites throughout; a 4" wider cabin than any original Cub; a stow-away rear seat; the most modern panel and avionics suite of any aircraft in its class; built in our state-of-the-art CNC machine factory; tested to the same rigid requirements, protocols, and quality assurance as the Top Cub; and displayed in an all new paint scheme.

The company debuted the prototype Sport Cub at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, and will deliver the first customer Sport Cub later this month. For more information visit www.cubcrafters.com.
    
HARTZELL SCIMITAR STC'D FOR SEVERAL PIPERS THROUGH PPI
Professional Pilots Inc. has STC approval for Hartzell's "Scimitar" propeller design on any 300 hp, non-turbocharged, Piper Cherokee Six, Lance, Saratoga, or 6X. Along with increased performance, the swept-tip design significantly reduces cabin and fly-over noise levels, making cruise flight more comfortable. At $8,900.00, it's about the same as a standard replacement part, and includes the propeller, spinner, and STC paperwork. For details, call 219/696-8726 or visit www.propilotsinc.com.
    

EXCEL-JET TEAM INSTALLS FJ33-44 IN SPORT-JET
Excel-Jet, Ltd has completed the installation of the Williams FJ33-4A engine, engine testing and start of taxi-testing prior to first flight.
"In just one week after delivery of the engine, we were performing engine run-up tests with excellent results. All systems were nominal," reported Bob Bornhofen, president. "In the first week after delivery of the engine, Excel-Jet's team installed, tested, and checked out the engine and its FADEC system, ran the engine with complete success and started taxi-testing."

Excel-Jet's new Sport-Jet is a 4+1 seat, single-engine, all-glass aircraft aimed at the general aviation pilot. Sport-Jet has been designed for single-person operation by a pilot trained in piston-powered airplanes. The aircraft will sell for about $1 million, cruise at 340 knots at 25,000 feet, and can carry four persons for more than 900 nautical. More information is available at www.Sport-Jet.com.

   

2006 LINDBERGH AWARD SLATED NEXT WEEK
Dr. Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, and polar explorer Will Steger will each receive an honorary 2006 Lindbergh Award at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul on May 19. Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Foundation’s first corporate award for balance, which will be presented to Patagonia, Inc.

Among the silent auction offerings are several items from the movie “Air Force One,” all signed and donated by 2003 Lindbergh Award Recipient and EAA Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford; and two tickets to EAA AirVenture 2006. For more information about the event, Lindbergh Foundation at 763/576-1596, or visit www.lindberghfoundation.org.
    

CENTRAL OREGON FLY SAFE CLINIC JUNE 2-3
Learn how to fly safely and a lot more at the Central Oregon Fly Safe Clinic, scheduled June 2-3 at the Bend airport (S07). The COFSC is much more than a "safety clinic" There are two FAA WINGS Seminars, available WINGS flights, vendor exhibits, display aircraft, and about 20 additional safety seminars (in three concurrent sessions). In addition free PACE (Pilot and Aircraft Courtesy Evaluation) inspections allowing you to test your preflight skills, PACE flights, free simulator time, and a big barbeque on Saturday night. To learn more, visit www.coflysafe.org.

    
NAA PUBLIC BENEFIT AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
Nominations for the National Aeronautic Association's 2006 Public Benefit Flying Awards are being accepted through May 31, 2006.
Award categories include Distinguished Volunteer Pilot; Distinguished Volunteer; Outstanding Achievement in Advancement of Public Benefit Flying; Public Benefit Flying Teamwork Award; and Companion of Public Benefit Flying. The awards are intended to honor the efforts of volunteers working it the field of public benefit flying, or those who support them, especially though volunteerism. For more details and nomination information, e-mail awards@naa.aero, or visit www.naa.aero.
    
MORE FREE SEMINARS FROM AVIDYNE AND AIRSHARES
Avidyne Corp. and AirShares Elite will hold two more free, hands-on seminars to introduce pilots to new weather and situational awareness tools and features on the Avidyne Entegra integrated flight deck. The "Evenings of Learning" are June 12 in the conference room near the AirShares Elite office in Hangar 73 at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE).; and June 13 at the Naples Municipal Airport (APF) General Aviation Terminal pilot's lounge hangar. Both events begin at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees get a close-up looks at the Cirrus SR22, SR20 features and the many new capabilities in Release 6.0 of Avidyne's Entegra integrated flight deck through static aircraft and interactive displays. For more information call AirShares Elite at 800/482-5411.
    
CESSNA MUSTANG SURPASSES 1,000 FLIGHT HOURS
Cessna reports that it has accumulated more than 1,000 total flight hours and more than 600 flights with its three Citation Mustangs flying in the company's certification program. The business jet is on schedule for its anticipated European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and U.S. FAA certification in the fourth quarter of 2006, as well as for single-pilot type rating certification. The six-seat business jet will be certified as a FAR part 23 aircraft, with a cruise speed of 340 knots true airspeed and maximum operating altitude of 41,000 feet. Aircraft 3-through-10 are on the production line in Independence, Kansas. Serial number 4 will be the first Mustang business jet to be fully assembled outside of Wichita. For more information visit www.cessna.com.
    
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