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News and Views June 2, 2006    Volume 6, Number 22

  
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B-17 TOUR SET TO WRAP UP WESTERN LEG

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast

The Keep it Flyin' tour featuring EAA's venerable World War II bomber Aluminum Overcast is at Spokane Felts Field Airport June 2-4. The following week wraps up the western leg of the tour at  Billings, Montana, Logan International Airport June 6-7; and Denver Centennial Airport June 9-11.

After Denver, Aluminum Overcast returns to Oshkosh for its scheduled 120-hour maintenance, then heads back out for the rest of the pre-AirVenture tour beginning June 23 at West Bend, Wisconsin, Municipal Airport. For complete tour information, or to reserve your seat on-line, visit www.B17.org.

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EAA Aviation Services

I am getting ready to purchase my first sport airplane. What are some good financing and insurance companies can I use?

Answer:
Talk about being in the right place at the right time! As an EAA member, you're eligible to participate in two member benefit programs, the EAA Aircraft Financing Program and the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan.

Our financing program partner is AirFleet Capital, Inc., who can be reached toll-free at 866-808-6040.

For EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, call program administrator Falcon Insurance Agency toll-free at 866/647-4322.

How can we help you?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.
  

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June 2006
EAA Desktop Calendar

EAA Desktop Calendar

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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AirVenture News and Views
52 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
EAA AIRVENTURE TO HOST DIAMOND D-JET PUBLIC UNVEILING
DIAMOND D-JETDiamond Aircraft Industries Inc., manufacturer of an extensive line of single- and twin-engine piston airplanes, will debut its newest aircraft, the D-JET, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 on Wednesday, July 26. The five-passenger D-JET is Diamond's entry into the burgeoning marketplace of very light jets (VLJs), which offers individuals and businesses jet transportation at acquisition and operating costs lower than those associated with traditional corporate jets.
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BEACH BOYS EAGER FOR FIRST AIRVENTURE VISIT
BEACH BOYSAn American institution, The Beach Boys have been nearly everywhere since brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine got together and invented what was to become known as "The California Sound" in the early 1960s. One thing they haven't done, though, is be part of EAA AirVenture - The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. That will change this year when they wrap up Opening Day at Oshkosh on Monday, July 24, with a concert free to all AirVenture guests that day courtesy of Ford Motor Company. EAA caught up recently with Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love and discussed the band's upcoming appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
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HALLMARKS OF HOMEBUILDING -
LOU STOLP'S IDEA: THE ONE-STOP SHOP

HALLMARKS OF HOMEBUILDINGThese days if you want to build your own airplane, there are countless companies from which to choose that will provide everything you need in complete kits. But that was not always the case; homebuilding meant you purchased a set of plans and then it was up to you to obtain the parts needed to build it. Until an aircraft designer and EAAer from California had an idea.
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HOMEBUILT PATCH COMMEMORATES SPECIAL 'HALLMARK'
HOMEBUILT PATCH This year's "I Brought My Homebuilt" patch features the Mechanix Illustrated Corben Baby Ace that helped create the first large surge in membership for the Experimental Aircraft Association in 1955. That year EAA Founder and Chairman of the Board Paul Poberezny penned a series of articles for the publication, including the May cover story, telling how to build the airplane for under $800.
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RESERVE NOW FOR 'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' AT EAA AIRVENTURE
ALUMINUM OVERCASTNow 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!

'FLY THE FORD' EAST COAST TOUR STARTS JUNE 9
FLY THE FORDNext weekend EAA's 1927 Ford Tri-Motor embarks on a seven-city mini tour in the Eastern U.S. that continues through July 4. The first stop will be June 9-12 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's Capital City Airport, followed by a June 14-15 visit to Manassas, Virginia, and June 17-19 at Caldwell, New Jersey. Everyone's invited to come out and "Fly the Ford" while taking in some real aviation history. Ford Tri Motors were the world's first mass-produced airliner. For complete tour information, visit the EAA AirVenture Museum website.
       
On the Flightline News and Views
    
DC-3 DONATED TO FLABOB, WATHEN AVIATION HIGH SCHOOL
A DC-3 donated to the Wathen Aviation Organization by real estate developer Jerry Barto was recently ferried to Flabob airport in Riverside, California, where it will be used on behalf of the historic airport and its student-oriented activities. Barto took his first flying lessons at Flabob when he was 12 years old. Plans are to repaint and refurbish the aircraft before it takes to the skies with students from Wathen Aviation High School and members of the high school recruiting team to visit EAA Chapter events, fly-ins and other aviation events. There will also likely be future flights to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

"The DC-3 will become a kind of flying classroom for our high school students," said Jon Goldenbaum, vice president of Poly Fiber. "When it's not winging its way to or from aviation events, it will be used for classes relating to aviation literature, aircraft maintenance, or meetings that might benefit from the ambience." For more information on Flabob or the Wathen Charter High School, visit www.flabob.com or call 951/683-2309.
    
ECLIPSE 500 TEST FLEET TOPS 2,000 FLIGHT HOURS
The Eclipse 500 very-light jets (VLJ) test fleet has exceeded 2,000 flight hours and completed the majority of its required FAA certification testing. Six customer aircraft are in various assembly positions on the production line and the jet is on track to achieve FAA certification by the end of the current quarter. "We accumulated more than 300 flight hours in the last four weeks," said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation. "I am also thrilled to see the production line coming to life." For more information visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
    
AMERICAN LEGEND OFFERS LEGEND COMBAT LSA
American Legend Aircraft Company new Legend Combat debuted last month at EAA's Southwest Regional Fly-in in Hondo, Texas. The light-sport certified, two-place tube-and-fabric aircraft's military paint and markings are reminiscent of the historic Piper L-4, L-18 and L-21 produced as liaison aircraft for the U.S. Army and Air Force from 1942 to 1962. Both the Legend Cub and Legend Combat come with a variety of standard features including doors on both sides of the fuselage, an aircraft electrical system with starter, fuel storage in wing tanks, a 3-inch wider cabin, and the 100-hp Continental O-200 engine. For more information, call 903/885-7000, or visit www.legend.aero.
    
FINANCING NOW AVAILABLE FOR SONEX AIRCRAFT
Sonex Aircraft Complete Airframe Kits for the Sonex, Waiex and Xenos are now on the "approved" kit list for two major aircraft finance companies, AirFleet Capital and NAFCO. Both companies will handle "approved" experimental aircraft kits. AirFleet Capital is financing experimental aircraft kits through the EAA Aircraft Financing program. A minimum of $10,000 of your Sonex Aircraft project can be financed with AirFleet Capital. You can find more information and request a quote on-line at www.AirFleetCapital.com, or call 800/390-4324.

National Aircraft Finance Company will also finance a minimum of $10,000 for your Sonex Aircraft project. Get more information at www.airloans.com, or call 800/999-3712.
    
SPORTY'S ISSUES FAA TEST GUARANTEE
Sporty's is so certain that its Complete Flight Training Courses will prepare you for your pilot's license that it's offering a Triple Guarantee: Pass your written test, oral exam, and checkride or get your money back. Sporty's Complete Recreational Pilot Flight Training Course is available for $99, the Private Pilot Course for $199, and the Instrument Rating Course for $249. Visit www.sportys.com/courses to view video clips and to order the volume 1 of each course absolutely free.
    
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