Volume 6, Number 20|
KEEP IT FLYIN' TOUR ENTERS THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The EAA Keep it Flyin' tour featuring
Aluminum Overcast has completed its California leg and now
focuses on the Pacific Northwest. Following this weekend's (May
19-21) visit to Portland, Oregon's Hillsboro Airport, the venerable B-17
bomber will travel to Seattle's Boeing Field/King County
International Airport May 25-28 before closing the month out at
Yakima Air Terminal/McAllister Field May 28-31.
Don't miss your chance to see this incredible flying museum when it
comes to your town. For complete tour information,
or to reserve your seat on-line, visit www.B17.org.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
I saw an ad on eBay for a
Cessna 150. The seller claimed that it would soon be eligible
for the sport-pilot class. Is the FAA increasing the weight
limit to include this type of aircraft? If so what is the new
weight limit going to be?
The seller is giving you a "sell job." The FAA has no
plans to change the definition of a light-sport aircraft
(LSA) in any way, at least not in the foreseeable future.
Do not purchase any aircraft that does not meet the current
LSA definition if you wish to operate it as a sport pilot.
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of a year and a half to restore Aluminum Overcast back
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66 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
DOWN THE 'HALLMARKS OF HOMEBUILDING'
since the original homebuilders Orville and Wilbur Wright
solved the problem of powered flight, other aviation
pioneers have been working on ways to reach the skies on
their own terms. One of the must-see highlights at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 will be the Hallmarks of
Homebuilding, a special tribute to several milestones that
defined the homebuilding movement.
Over the weeks leading up to this year's convention, the
AirVenture website, www.airventure.org
and the EAA electronic newsletter, e-Hotline, will
feature weekly installments spotlighting these
"Hallmarks of Homebuilding." At EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2006, visitors can then visit their individual
displays located along the homebuilt flight line for further
TO FEATURE 'WWII TRAINING COMMAND'
incredible airplanes that EAA Warbirds of America members
bring to EAA AirVenture each year create one of the most
popular areas of the convention. For 2006, warbird lovers can
look forward to another great display area, "The World
War II Training Command," highlighting aircraft that
helped prepare American aviation cadets from 1941-1945 (and
beyond). Plans are to display primary, basic, and advanced
training aircraft used by the U.S. Navy and Army Air Forces.
SHELBY TO BE AUCTIONED AT EAA AIRVENTURE
and power usually come from aircraft each summer at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration,
but in 2006 additional thrills will come from a unique
automobile that will be auctioned to support EAA's Young
DC-3 RETURNS TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
Douglas DC-3 "Duggy," known as "The Smile in
the Sky" that helps young people discover the world of
flight, is returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh where it will
be on display at AeroShell Square throughout the week.
"Duggy" will also be used as a jump plane by the
Liberty Parachute Team for the opening of the afternoon air
show each day at Oshkosh.
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!
SWRFI SETS A
NEW STANDARD AT FLY-IN
past weekend's Texas Fly-In (Southwest EAA Regional Fly-In)
was among the most successful in its 42-year history, reports
fly-In President Stan Shannon. In fact, when the final figures
are tallied, the May 12-14 event at Hondo Airport could turn
out to be the best-attended and run event ever, further
vindicating the event's relocation to Hondo last year.
HIGHLIGHTS EAA ADVOCACY EFFORTS
EAA works to protect the freedom
of flight and reduce the regulatory barriers affecting
recreational aviation affordability and access by providing
clear solutions and practical alternatives. To read about
recent efforts, we've developed the EAA Advocacy Bulletin, a
progress report regarding the issues that most affect EAA
members and the freedom of flight. Look for this document in
your EAA mailings, or see the latest edition on the EAA
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.
FLABOB NEW HOME TO RENAISSANCE
Renaissance Aircraft, which owns the rights and
production tooling for the Luscombe 8, has signed an agreement to establish a
production line at Flabob Airport, Riverside, California. They will move into
Hangar One at Flabob immediately and start producing a light-sport aircraft
(LSA) version of the Luscombe 8. Initial plans are to offer the aircraft in
tailwheel configuration, with an alternative tricycle gear model coming in the
Flabob Airport, which is owned and operated by the Wathen Foundation, will soon
begin construction on new, dedicated facilities for Renaissance Aircraft,
allowing the company to expand their production capability into certificated
Luscombe 8s. The LSA version will be powered by an 0-200 Continental and the
certified copies will be available with Lycoming's 0-320. For more information
on Luscombe Silvaire Aircraft visit www.RenaissanceAircraft.com.
SPORT-JET FLIGHT TESTING BEGINS
Excel-Jet, Ltd.'s Sport-Jet logged almost four
hours of initial flight-testing last weekend at Colorado Springs Airport.
"Takeoff rolls have all been less than 1,800 feet from the 6,000 foot MSL
Colorado Springs airport," noted designer Bob Bornhofen. "Rotations
are smooth at 65 knots, and Sport-Jet literally flies off the runway around 70
knots." Powered by a Williams FJ33-4A engine, the jet's achieved climb
rates of nearly 2,000 fpm at less than climb or takeoff power settings.
The 4-seat, single-engine, all-glass aircraft is 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 (above 95 percent
of all weather), and can carry four persons for more than 900 nm. For more
information visit www.sport-jet.com.
LOCKWOOD OPENS AERO TECHNICAL
Lockwood Aviation Supply's new Aero Technical
Institute will conduct courses on operation and maintenance for some of the
more popular light aircraft engines. The first courses will focus on Rotax
engines, but the school has plans to expand to other maintenance and inspection
courses for light-sport aircraft. Initial dates for the 2-Day Rotax 9-Series
schools are May 25-26, June 10-11, June 29-30, and July 17-18. The first 2-Day
school for Rotax 2-strokes will be June 22-23. For more information, go to www.aerotechnicalinstitute.com
or contact Lockwood Supply at 863/655-5100 and ask for Dean. To register for
one of the courses call 800/527-6829.
OBA TAKES FIRST
AIRCRAFT OF 35 LIBERTY XL2'S
Ormond Beach Aviation, Florida,
took delivery on the first of 35 Liberty XL2 aircraft on May
12. OBA has an option to purchase 65 more aircraft over three
years to replace their aging fleet of Cessna and Piper
aircraft. The XL2 features a carbon fiber composite fuselage,
a wide 48-inch cabin, and cruises up to 132 knots (150 mph) at
5 gallons per hour. The XL2's modular design greatly reduces
the cost of routine maintenance and repairs, with operating
costs 40 percent less than most single-engine piston aircraft.
For more information visit www.libertyaircraft.com.
AIRCRAFT FOR SPORTY'S 2006 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
Sporty's Pilot Shop is turning to
its customers again to determine the airplane that will be
featured on its annual, limited-edition Christmas ornaments.
Customers may vote on one of four aircraft: Lockheed
Constellation, Cessna Citation Mustang, Piper Cherokee, or
Pilatus PC-12, and pick one to be featured on the 2006
ornament. Visit www.sportys.com/vote
to make a selection. All votes cast through June 30, 2006,
will be tallied to decide the winning airplane to be featured
on the ornament.
A desire to improve understanding
of angle of attack as it relates to a stall has brought the
AlphaTrainer training device to the world of 3-D. AlphaTrainer
is set of training devices designed to drive home the
importance of knowledge of angle of attack in preventing
accidents. It started as a simple, hand-held, cardboard model
that allowed a visualization of how angle of attack relates to
a stall. It then progressed to a two-dimensional computer
program (AlphaTrainer-2D) that plays 15 different maneuvers.
Now, combining special technology with the X-Plane flight
simulator, the concept is available in an interactive 3-D form
called AlphaTrainer-3D. Visit www.alphatrainer.com
for more information, or to order of any of the three
ROD ISSUE PROMPTS 'AD' FOR 100 LYCOMINGS
The FAA has issued a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain Lycoming 360 and 540 series
reciprocating engines with ECi connecting rods (part number
AEL11750) installed. The AD which becomes effective June 22,
2006, requires replacing certain lot and serial numbered
connecting rods that have forging part number AEL11488. This
AD also prohibits installing ECi AEL11750connecting rods
into any Lycoming 360 or 540 series reciprocating engines.
FAA says it issued the AD to
"prevent fatigue failure of the connecting rod and a
possible uncommanded shutdown of the engine." ECi
produced the suspect connecting rods with lot numbers 1 thru
54 between January 2002 and January 2004. To examine the AD
docket on the Internet, visit http://dms.dot.gov
and search docket No. 21331.
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