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News and Views May 19, 2006    Volume 6, Number 20

  
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KEEP IT FLYIN' TOUR ENTERS THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast

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.

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Question of the Week
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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?

Answer:
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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May 2006
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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.

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AirVenture News and Views
66 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
COUNTING DOWN THE 'HALLMARKS OF HOMEBUILDING' 
EAA's Hallmarks of HomebuildingEver 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 details.
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WARBIRDS AREA TO FEATURE 'WWII TRAINING COMMAND'
Warbirds of AmericaThe 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.
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RARE FORD SHELBY TO BE AUCTIONED AT EAA AIRVENTURE
Rare Ford ShelbyExcitement 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 Eagles program.
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SMILIN' 'DUGGY' DC-3 RETURNS TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
Douglas DC-3 "Duggy"The 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.
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GET YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM TODAY
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh NOTAMGet 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!

SWRFI SETS A NEW STANDARD AT FLY-IN
SWRFIThis 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.
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NEW BULLETIN 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 website.
    
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
    
FLABOB NEW HOME TO RENAISSANCE AIRCRAFT
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 future.

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 INSTITUTE
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.
 
PICK THE 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.
 
ALPHATRAINER GOES 3-D
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 versions.
 
CONNECTING 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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