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News and Views May 26, 2006    Volume 6, Number 21

  
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ALUMINUM OVERCAST READIES FOR BIG HOLIDAY WEEKEND

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast

Memorial Day Weekend is here, and so is EAA's B-17 Tour Aluminum Overcast, if you're at Seattle's Boeing Field/King County International Airport through May 28, or Yakima Air Terminal/McAllister Field May 28-31.

The Keep it Flyin' tour then heads east to Spokane Felts Field Airport June 2-4; Billings, Montana, Logan International Airport June 6-7; and Denver Centennial Airport June 9-11.

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

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Can a sport pilot obtain training and an endorsement to be able to fly at night? If you are a private pilot operating as a sport pilot, can you fly at night?

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The answer to both your questions is no. A sport pilot is not allowed to fly at night, and any pilot who is operating at the sport pilot level is not allowed to fly at night.

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There's no place like EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and for checking out light-sport aircraft, there's no place quite like the LSA Mall situated off AeroShell Square. More than 30 types on display, manufacturer's representatives, and EAA sport pilot experts available to answer any and all questions throughout the week.

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SPACESHIPONE EXHIBIT MAKES RAPID PROGRESS
This past Monday, EAA's SpaceShipOne exhibit centerpiece - the authentic SS1 mock-up that EAA restoration staff is assembling from parts provided by Scaled Composites - took a major leap forward when the assembled fuselage was mated with the "feathering assembly." The full-size replica model, which emulates the real thing that appeared here last year and made history with three suborbital space flights, is starting to look awfully familiar.
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EAA YOUNG EAGLES NEARING 1.25 MILLION FLOWN;
SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR VOLUNTEERS UNDER WAY

The volunteer pilots and support personnel who have made the EAA Young Eagles program the most successful youth aviation education program in history will be specially recognized for their efforts over the next several months, as the program reaches its next goal of 1.25 million young people flown. The program will celebrate this next milestone at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 24-30. In the weeks leading to the event, EAA will hold drawings to reward the volunteers who provide the tens of thousands of free demonstration flights that introduce aviation to young people.
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EAA OPPOSES CLOSING OPA-LOCKA WEST AIRPORT
EAA has formally submitted its opposition to the proposed closing of Opa-Locka West Airport (X46) in south Florida, a general aviation airport used extensively by recreational, ultralight and light-sport aircraft enthusiasts, and area flight training operations. The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) informed the FAA in April that it wants to decommission the facility because “the property is no longer needed as an aeronautical facility for the operation of the county’s system of public use airports”
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AirVenture News and Views
59 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
HALLMARKS OF HOMEBUILDING - EAA
Our second homebuilding "Hallmark" is the formation of your organization, the Experimental Aircraft Association, without which many of the hallmarks to follow would not have occurred. Several previous attempts to form a national organization for homebuilders were unsuccessful, but when the Civil Aeronautics Manual No. 1 was published in the Federal Register on September 19, 1952, homebuilders finally had official procedures in place by which their creations could be issued airworthiness certificates.
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YOUR AIRVENTURE DESTINATION: EAA MEMBER VILLAGE
EAA members have it made at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Members not only receive member rates on admission, special discounts and perks throughout the week, but once inside the gate they can enjoy an area overflowing with exclusive services and benefits; the EAA Member Village, which enters its third year at AirVenture in 2006.
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RESERVE NOW FOR 'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' AT EAA AIRVENTURE
Now is the time to book your reservation for the return of EAA's magnificent B-17, Aluminum Overcast, to the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. After a year's absence while undergoing repairs, the Flying Fortress will be back better than ever. Pre-book now and receive a substantial discount - EAA members can board for $359 with advance purchase vs. $385 during the convention. ($399 and $425 for non-EAA members.) Flight fill up fast, so visit www.b17.org, call 800/FLY-NB17 (359-6217), or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org for all the details.
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!

DAVID BAKER WINS 'BEST OF SHOW' IN EAA ART CONTEST
David Baker's "Canopy" (Grey Study), a painting of an open T-6 cockpit, was awarded Best of Show in the 30th annual EAA Sport Aviation Art Contest. Baker, EAA 778913 and a member of EAA Chapter 35, hails from San Antonio, Texas. His subject was a Navy grey T-6 on static display at an air show held in Fredericksburg, Texas a couple years back. Baker, who works as a medical illustrator for The University of Texas Health Science Center, was awarded $1,000.
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On the Flightline News and Views
    
GLOBALFLYER REACHES FINAL DESTINATION
World record-setting EAAer Steve Fossett flew the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer for the last time May 23, landing at Washington D.C.'s Dulles International Airport after an extended hiatus at Salina, Kansas. Once on the ground, the single-engine jet that delivered Fosset around the world three times was delivered to the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. "I was thinking we could still make a great big mistake and end up very embarrassed," Fossett said about his last journey in the aircraft. "I was very careful the whole way here." As he did when arriving at EAA AirVenture 2005 last summer, Fossett thrilled onlookers with a low pass before he deployed the drag chute and landed for the final time.

Fossett's gondola from the Spirit of Freedom, in which he completed the first solo non-stop balloon circumnavigation in 2002, is on display at the Air and Space Museum's main building on the Mall in Washington, D.C. That artifact, like GlobalFlyer, also appeared in Oshkosh.
    
MURPHY AIRCRAFT INTRODUCES THE YUKON
This week Murphy Aircraft, Chilliwack, BC, Canada, unveiled the Yukon, a new 4-place utility aircraft that features 30 cubic feet of heated cargo room as well as tail cone access. The Yukon is considerably lighter than its predecessor, the Moose, thanks to lighter skins, spars, landing gear, and power package. All the weight that is saved in the airframe translates into an 1150-pound payload. It also boasts a range of 875 miles with a 60-gallon fuel tank and 360- to 390-inch, four-cylinder engine.

The Yukon is available in quick-build format, and can be purchased in sub-kits for tail, fuselage, wings, and power. It will also be available in either tricycle or tailwheel configuration. Look for the aircraft to make its formal debut at the annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, in April 2007. For more information visit http://murphyair.com/Yukon.html.
    
NEXAER LSA READIES FOR FIRST FLIGHT
The Nexaer LS-1 light-sport aircraft, first seen at introduced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, is undergoing final preparations for its first flight. All of the primary structural components of the carbon fiber fuselage give the aircraft distinctive sculpted lines and a ribless wing. The 54-inch wide cockpit allows plenty of room for pilot and passenger and was configured for easy access and egress.

Nexaer plans an extensive flight-test program to ensure conformity to ASTM standards for LSA certification, which it expects to occur in 2006. Given that schedule, aircraft deliveries would commence in mid-2007. For more information, visit www.nexaer.com.
    
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE SHIPS NEW PILOT SHOP CATALOG
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty's new Pilot Shop Catalog features a number of new electronic products including portable and panel-mount avionics, headsets, and digital replacements for dated engine "steam gauges." There's also new clothing and accessories, such as a new folding, electric bicycle, and luggage. Catalogs have been mailed to active pilots. Order free additional copies at 877/4-SPRUCE or www.AircraftSpruce.com.
    
EXCEL JET FLIGHT TESTS SHOW HIGH PERFORMANCE
As flight-testing continues on Sport-Jet's new Excel-Jet, president and aircraft designer Bob Bornhofen announced, "We are clearly validating our preliminary estimates of performance. In fact, we may exceed initial projections." Following eight hours of flight-testing, now with gear and flaps retracted, Sport-Jet has reached 80 percent of its projected cruise speed, said test pilot Ron McElroy. "The aircraft continues to exhibit excellent stability and flight handling and is just a joy to fly," he said.

Sport-Jet is a single-engine, 4-place VLJ aimed at the general aviation pilot and is designed for single-person operation by a pilot trained in piston-powered airplanes. For more information visit www.sport-jet.com.
    
ECLIPSE RECEIVES COLLIER TROPHY
Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn accepted the Robert J. Collier Trophy at a gala ceremony hosted by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Monday in Washington, D.C. Eclipse was chosen "for innovation in the advancement of general aviation through the design, development and manufacture of the Eclipse 500 - the world's first very light jet (VLJ)." The award dates back to 1911, presented annually for the greatest achievement in aeronautics and astronautics in America. Past recipients include Orville Wright, Glenn Curtiss, Kelly Johnson, Scott Crossfield, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn and Burt Rutan.
    
EAGLE EYE SOLUTIONS PLANS HELICOPTER SEMINARS
Eagle Eye Solutions, LLC, will present Helicopter Fundamentals & Beyond at the Butler Tech Public Safety Complex between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, July 17-18. The facility offers the latest in technological advances for instructional presentation and will offer seating for 180 attendees. Attendees can fly in to the seminar at Butler Regional Airport (HAO), located only minutes from the training facility. For more information visit www.helicopterseminars.com.
    
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