Volume 6, Number 19|
THE TEXAS FLY-IN IS UNDER WAY
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.
ALUMINUM OVERCAST CONCLUDES CALIFORNIA TOUR LEG THIS WEEK
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.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
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.
of information are required on the amateur-built aircraft data
plate. They are:
1. Builder Name
2. Aircraft Model
3. Aircraft Serial Number
information is required or recommended.
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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.
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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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.
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.
73 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
ECLIPSE HOST AVIATION FILMS AT EAA AIRVENTURE
showing free evening movies July 23-29
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
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 &
GET YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE
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
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!
'ROMP AROUND WISCONSIN'
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.
ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS
EAA 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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,
|NAA PUBLIC BENEFIT AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
Nominations for the National Aeronautic Association's 2006
Public Benefit Flying Awards are being accepted through May
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 email@example.com,
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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