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News and Views June 9, 2006    Volume 6, Number 23

  
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FORD TRI-MOTOR HEADS  EAST TO BEGIN TOURFLY THE FORD
This weekend EAA's 1929 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.

PLANES, MANES, AND AUTOMOBILES AT PIONEER JULY 1
Ford and Mustang owners, there is still time to register for the Planes, Manes and Automobiles event July 1 at Pioneer Airport. This annual event combines two classic examples of American engineering: the legendary P-51 Mustang WWII fighter and a wide selection of Ford Mustangs, ranging from classic 1960s-era models to modern "supercars." EAA event partner, the Midwest Mustang Association, is expecting more than 200 cars overall and several P-51s. The event is free with regular museum admission, and EAAers always enter the museum at no charge.

Those who pre-register online by June 15, will receive a free souvenir dash plaque and have the opportunity to photograph their vehicle with a P-51 Mustang or an A-4 jet. A registration fee is required. All Ford-powered vehicles are welcome to participate. This event is presented with support from Racette Ford of Oshkosh.

B-17 TOUR SET TO WRAP UP WESTERN LEG

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast

EAA's World War II bomber Aluminum Overcast wraps up its first leg of the Keep it Flyin' tour this weekend at Denver Centennial Airport June 9-11.

The airplane will return to Oshkosh for its scheduled 120-hour maintenance, then head 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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Question of the Week
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I looked at your list of eligible planes for the light-sport aircraft category, and I have a question. Listed as NOT eligible was the Ercoupe 415-D. My question is: If the 415-D has been rebuilt and now has fabric wings making the plane lighter, i.e. within the 1320 lb. weight limit, would that qualify as an LSA?

Answer:
We've answered several forms of this question, but people are still asking it. So here goes.

The definition of a light-sport aircraft, as called out in 14 CFR 1.1, requires that the aircraft be originally certificated within the definition in order to be eligible for sport pilot operations. 

Since the Ercoupe 415D was not originally certificated within the definition, no amount of modification will make it sport pilot-eligible. Again, an Ercoupe 415D cannot be made eligible for sport pilot operations no matter what modifications are done.

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AirVenture News and Views
45 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
A DREAM COME TRUE
EAAer Set to Fly B-1 to AirVenture Oshkosh
B1BCapt. Kyle Wilson, USAF, will fulfill one of his dreams this summer when he pilots a B-1B Lancer bomber from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The just-confirmed arrival of the supersonic jet has Wilson arriving on opening day Monday, July 24, and departing Friday, July 28. During the interim he and his three crewmates will be on AeroShell Square with the airplane, meeting and greeting attendees.
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HONDAJET RETURNS TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
HondaJetHonda will return to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year with the groundbreaking very light jet HondaJet, which was unveiled to the world in a brief appearance at AirVenture 2005. Honda will display the jet for the duration of the show inside the new Honda Pavilion, now located just north of AeroShell Square. Members of the HondaJet development team, including Michimasa Fujino, HondaJet project leader and vice president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., will be on hand throughout the week to talk about the innovative aircraft and answer questions.
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'DEWEY'S RIDE' TO APPEAR AT TRAINING COMMAND EXHIBIT
Dewey's RidePete and Dewie Quortrup's award-winning Beechcraft SNB-5, Dewey's Ride, will be featured in the World War II Training Command display area during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. The gleaming twin Beech will represent the advanced multi-engine trainers used by the U.S. Army Air Corp and Navy.
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HALLMARKS OF HOMEBUILDING -
THORP T-18 ADVANCED METAL HOMEBUILT CONSTRUCTION

Hallmarks of HomebuildingThe individual "Hallmarks of Homebuilding" have been so designated because they fundamentally changed an element within the homebuilt movement. By definition, one very definitive hallmark is represented by John Thorp's all metal airplane, the Thorp T-18.

By his own admission, Thorp stuck his neck out-"way out"-when he wrote in the February 1962 issue of Sport Aviation that "metal airplanes can be simpler to build than wooden airplanes."
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TAKE A RIDE IN THE SKY AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
If you're heading to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, there are plenty of opportunities to take flights in three distinctively different aircraft: EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast; a Bell 47 helicopter; and EAA's 1927 Ford Tri-Motor. Don't miss out on seeing the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration from above.
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CHILDREN HAVE THEIR OWN ACTIVITY HANGAR AT AIRVENTURE
Children ages 3-7 have their own place to "hang" out at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. The Children's Activity Hangar is a shady spot for pre-schoolers through younger primary ages to participate in age-appropriate aviation activities
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MECHANICAL PROBLEMS SIDELINE 'FIFI' AGAIN
Aircraft will miss "Big Bomber Reunion" at EAA AirVenture
For the second straight year, mechanical problems have put the Commemorative Air Force's B-29 "Fifi" back in the hangar, cutting short the big World War II bomber's appearance schedule and forcing CAF to cancel its scheduled flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006.
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PRE-PLAN YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE ADVENTURE
Forum-workshop schedule now online
With many hundreds of available forums and workshops to choose from at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, wouldn't it be great if you could pre-plan which ones you wanted to attend? Now you can, by visiting www.AirVenture.org's online forums and workshops schedule.
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MILLER TO RECEIVE EAA'S TONY BINGELIS AWARD
Jim MillerJim Miller, of Kansas City, Missouri, has been selected as the 2006 recipient of the EAA's Tony Bingelis Award, recognizing his involvement as an active Technical Counselor volunteer and aircraft builder. Miller (EAA #6110) has been an EAA Technical Counselor since 1973, has advised countless aircraft builders about safety and effective low-cost aviation techniques, and has documented more than 150 aircraft project visits. In addition, Miller is an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative volunteer for amateur-built aircraft.
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ULTRALIGHT ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE PROCEDURES IN NOTAM
Those planning to fly to the EAA AirVenture 2006 ultralight area, need to obtain a copy of this year's FAA-issued Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). Detailed instructions, maps, and landmark-specific photographs will ensure an easier, safer flight in and out of AirVenture. Pilots must also attend a EAA AirVenture Oshkosh NOTAMbriefing held in the Ultralight Barn if they wish to fly in the pattern during the week.

GET YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM TODAY
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 website.    

   
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.
  

VISIT www.airventure.org FOR LATEST UPDATES

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!

EAA WELCOMES CESSNA'S INTEREST IN LSA MARKETPLACE
EAA welcomes Cessna Aircraft Company's participation in light-sport aircraft activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, following today's announcement by Cessna that it will have a full-scale, proof-of-concept aircraft at AirVenture as it studies the possibility of producing a light-sport aircraft.
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MORE THAN 140 IYED EVENTS PLANNED
Young EaglesIt looks like EAA's International Young Eagles Day (IYED) this weekend, June 10, will have at least 10 percent more flight rallies that 2005, reports the EAA Young Eagles office Last year we had 130 registered rallies on IYED, and this year we have 144. 2003 considered one of the largest IYED events, had 138! And this doesn't count the thousands of individual EAA members who are expected to participate in Young Eagles flights on Saturday. Thanks so much, EAA volunteers and chapters!

And don't forget to get your paperwork in ASAP to make sure you're eligible for the special drawings and grand prize - an all-expense paid trip to EAA AirVenture 2006 for the pilot who flies and registered Young Eagle No. 1.25 million!
    
JUNE 17 IS ULTRALIGHT DAY AT EAA'S PIONEER AIRPORT
Ultralight DayThe fun-flying world of ultralights will be highlighted on Saturday, June 17, during EAA's annual Ultralight Day at Pioneer Airport, adjacent to the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Weather permitting, the event from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. will include more than 40 aircraft from numerous Wisconsin EAA Ultralight Chapters for public viewing. A friendly competition between pilots will take place at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., which includes a spot landing, message drop, and "torpedo run" contests.
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SHEBOYGAN'S 16TH WINGS AND WHEELS ON FATHER'S DAY
Sheybogan's Wings and Wheels DayJune 18 is Father's Day, which means members of EAA Chapter 766 based at the Sheboygan County (Wisconsin) Airport (SBM) are busy preparing for their 16th annual Wings and Wheels event at the county's sparkling new Aviation Welcome Center located there.
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HOLY TOLEDO, WHAT AN AIR SHOW!
EAA Chapter 582 in Toledo, Ohio, is gearing up for its Plane Fun air show set for June 24-25 at Metcalf Airport. This highly anticipated annual community event features an air show both days with the likes of the Red Baron Squadron, a Navy C-130, and classic warbirds. Also slated is the flaming Chicago Rush dragster.
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PLANES, MANES, AND AUTOMOBILES AT PIONEER JULY 1
Ford and Mustang owners, there is still time to register for the Planes, Manes and Automobiles event July 1 at Pioneer Airport. This annual event combines two classic examples of American engineering: the legendary P-51 Mustang WWII fighter and a wide selection of Ford Mustangs, ranging from classic 1960s-era models to modern "supercars." EAA event partner, the Midwest Mustang Association, is expecting more than 200 cars overall and several P-51s. The event is free with regular museum admission, and EAAers always enter the museum at no charge.

Those who pre-register at www.airventuremuseum.org/mustangs by June 15, will receive a free souvenir dash plaque and have the opportunity to photograph their vehicle with a P-51 Mustang or an A-4 jet. A registration fee is required. All Ford-powered vehicles are welcome to participate. This event is presented with support from Racette Ford of Oshkosh.

    
FORD ADDS FLEX FUEL VEHICLES TO
EAA PARTNER RECOGNITION PROGRAM

EAA Partner Recognition ProgramThrough the EAA Partner Recognition Program with the Ford Motor Company EAAers not only save money on Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles, they can also save money on gas! Ford Motor Company has been a major influence in the advanced technology and alternative fuel vehicle fields and has introduced several Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) that use E85 including Ford Ranger, Explorer, and Explorer SportTrac. In 2006, Ford will add five new vehicles to this list: Ford Taurus, Crown Victoria, F-Series (under 8500 GVW), Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car.
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EAA INSURANCE TIP -
FLY-IN FLYING
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.
I've had the fun and enjoyment of flying into many fly-ins: EAA Chapter fly-ins, fly-in air shows, and yes, I've even flown into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. It is important to be safe and having fun while participating in a fly-in. If you're going to fly to a fly-in, it is likely you will take someone with you; a friend, maybe another pilot, or a non-pilot. As the pilot-in-command, it's your job to be safe, but you're also acting as an ambassador for all of aviation. Be smart; this is your opportunity to share aviation and turn others on to the great world of flying.
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U.S.-MANUFACTURED TRIKE EARNS S-LSA APPROVAL
The Delta Jet AS-III912S weight-shift control aircraft (trike), manufactured by Apollo North America, earned special light-sport aircraft approval on May 24, 2006. It is the first trike manufactured in the United States to earn this approval. The S-LSA model trike is powered by a 100-hp Rotax 912S engine; other versions of the aircraft may be powered by the 80-hp 912 engine.

The trike is offered with a choice of three different wings: the H12 Classic, the H12S, and the Profi. The wings give the trike a cruise speed that ranges from 47 to 84 mph, and a stall speed that ranges from 32 to 45 mph, depending on the wing used. The trike has a top speed of 99 mph.

For more information, contact Tampa Bay Aerosports, distributor for Apollo North America, in Zephyrhills, Florida. Call 813-810-9262, e-mail abid@tampabayaerosports.com, or visit www.tampabayaerosport.com.
    
CIRRUS CELEBRATES FOURTH ANNUAL COPA MIGRATION
Cirrus airplane owners, pilots, and guests landed in the hometown of Cirrus Design Corp. headquarters last weekend for what the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association dubbed "M4" - the fourth annual fly-in, or migration to Duluth, Minnesota. M4 had the largest turnout of any COPA organized event. About 500 people participated this year, including vendors and members.

"I have never seen an owner's organization like COPA that is so enthusiastic and dedicated to safety and continuing pilot education," said Alan Klapmeier, Chairman and CEO. "Cirrus is fortunate to have our owners feel the same passion for our product and philosophy as we do." To learn more, visit www.cirrusdesign.com.
    
ALEXANDER NEWEST SARC DIRECTOR WITH SPORTSPLANES.COM
Mark Alexander has signed an agreement with Sportsplanes.com to act as the director of the company's newest Sport Aircraft Regional Center (SARC). Alexander will represent Sportsplanes.com in Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, and New Mexico. Starting in Colorado Springs, Alexander will set up an LSA sales operation to market C-42s, Skylarks and Breezers, while setting up a number of Sport Pilot training operations in his assigned territory. In time, he plans to open a number of maintenance operations. For more information visit www.sportsplanesofcolorado.com or call 719-332-7541.
    
SPECIAL ROTAX SCHOOL DATE FOR AIRVENTURE
Aero Technical Institute has announced a special class date for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. The one-day class is tailored for owner/operators of Rotax four-stroke engines, and will cover the essentials of operations and line maintenance. The class will be held in the Batten Board Room of the EAA AirVenture Museum, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and is limited to 25 people. The cost, which includes lunch, is $250. To sign up, call Lockwood Aviation at 800-527-6829.

For information on other courses and dates offered by Aero Technical Institute visit www.aerotechnicalinstitute.com.
    
EAAERS "ROMP AROUND WISCONSIN" RE-SET
The "Romp Around Wisconsin" flight that was postponed in May due to unfavorable weather conditions will be tried again on June 20 or 21. Two Wisconsin EAAers, Dr. Bruce Kaufman, MD, EAA 457896, and Boeing 717 pilot Matthew McDaniel, EAA 256559, will embark from Milwaukee Timmerman for the 2,000-mile, 104-airport mission to raise money for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. They aim to land at every paved, public-use airport in the state, plus one military airport (Volk Field Air National Guard Base), and one private airport (Lake Geneva Aire Estates). To learn more about the effort, visit www.firstgiving.com/romp.
    
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE ADDS LOWRANCE AIRMAP 600C GPS
Aircraft Spruce offers the new Lowrance AirMap 600C, featuring colored sectional map depiction based on GPS input. It also includes the 512MB Terrain Awareness Americas along with the Jeppesen Americas and Lowrance Obstruction aeronautical databases. In addition, there is an enhanced Safe Flight 21 Airport taxiway map database. AirMap 600C comes with an MMC/SD digital card reader for online Jeppesen updates; MapCreate Topographical custom mapmaking CD software; a remote amplifying antenna; plug power adapter and yoke and car mounts. The unit features a 16-channel GPS+WAAS receiver, a 2.83 inch diagonal screen with brightness control for excellent direct sunlight viewing or night flying operations. See the recent Pilot Shop Catalog or online catalog at www.AircraftSpruce.com, or call 877-477-7823.
    
GA CONTRIBUTES MORE THAN $150B TO U.S. ECONOMY
According to a study co-authored by some of the country's most knowledgeable transportation economists, general aviation contributed more than $150 billion to U.S. economic output in 2005, and employed more than 1,265,000 people whose collective earnings exceeded $53 billion. Jack Pelton, GAMA chairman, and president, chairman, and CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company, announced the release of the study at a hearing before the Aerospace States Association on the National Aeronautics R& D Policy.

"This study quantifies what is at stake in the upcoming user fee debate for a significant number of Americans whose livelihoods are supported by general aviation," said Pete Bunce, GAMA president and CEO. "If the airlines are successful in shedding their own costs of an air transportation system that is built for them onto GA, a significant negative impact will be felt by many more than just GA operators."

View the study at www.gama.aero/PUBLIC/GAcontribution.pdf.
    
FLITELite DUAL INTENSITY PILOT'S LIGHT
Momentum Interactive has introduced a hands-free, light source that snaps on to a headset mic. With one touch the light will beam bright, a second touch will lower the light's intensity, and a third will turn it off. The LED system is also programmed to turn off automatically after one minute, or when exposed to bright light, saving battery life.
FLITELite will be available at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 in Hangar C, booth 3086. Orders placed online before August 1 will receive special show pricing and free shipping. For more information visit www.FLITELITE.com.
    
POWER FLOW SHIPS ITS TUNED EXHAUST SYSTEM NO. 2,000
Power Flow has shipped its 2,000th tuned exhaust system. The Power Flow installation, which can be applied to a wide range of single engine aircraft, provides a number of performance enhancements: engine efficiency is improved; fuel savings are realized at the same cruise speeds, oil temperatures remain lower during climb and the rate of climb can see an increase of up to 50 percent. Results vary from one aircraft to another, but with normal cruise an aircraft with fixed pitch can see a fuel savings up to 2 gph at the same speed, while those aircraft with constant speed props see an increase in cruise speed with a minimal increase in fuel burn.
For more information call 386-253-8833 or visit at www.powerflowsystems.com.
    
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