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News and Views June 16, 2006    Volume 6, Number 24

  
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SATURDAY IS EAA ULTRALIGHT DAY
Ultralight Day
The fun-flying world of ultralights will be highlighted this weekend at EAA's annual Ultralight Day at Pioneer Airport. Weather permitting, the 10 a.m.-5 p.m. event will include more than 40 aircraft from numerous Wisconsin EAA Ultralight Chapters. A friendly competition between pilots will take place at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., including a spot landing, message drop, and "torpedo run" contests.
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WINGS AND STRINGS...
And on June 24, join us for the annual Wings and Strings Kite Festival, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Pioneer. This family fun event will feature a grand launch of 200 kites at noon; free kite-making workshops; a free kite for the first 100 kids that sign up to participate in the Kidsí Mad Dash at 1 p.m.; and world-class performers staging kite-flying displays to musical accompaniment throughout the day. Visit the AirVenture Museum website for more information.


FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR HAS STRONG OPENING
FLY THE FORD
Opening weekend for EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor was tremendous, as more than 750 people "Flew the Ford" in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Today the venerable aircraft wraps up its Manassas, Virginia, stop and this weekend the Tin Goose visits Caldwell, New Jersey's Essex County Airport. Next week it's on to Poughkeepsie, New York's Dutchess County Airport (June 20-21); and Boston, Massachusetts, Lawrence Municipal Airport (June 23-26).

For complete tour information, visit the EAA AirVenture Museum website.

PLANES, MANES, AND AUTOMOBILES AT PIONEER AIRPORT
Ford and Mustang lovers, don't miss Planes, Manes and Automobiles 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, expects more than 200 cars overall and several P-51s. The event, presented with support from Racette Ford of Oshkosh is free with regular museum admission. EAA members always enter the museum at no charge.

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Question of the Week
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I am a licensed pilot with over 6,000 hours experience in a Mooney. I do not have a current 3rd class medical certificate, but I've never been denied.

I'm interested in building a Jabiru J-250 as an "Amateur Built Experimental" and equipping it for night flying. I am told (repeatedly) that since I am a licensed pilot (I even have my instrument rating) that I can fly the Jabiru at night since it will be properly equipped and certified for VFR Night.

Is this so and if it is, where can I find it documented?

Answer:
If you are planning to operate the aircraft without a medical certificate, using your drivers license in lieu of the FAA medical, then you are operating at the sport pilot level and are restricted to day VFR flying only. Regardless of how the aircraft is equipped, and regardless of what pilot certificate and ratings you have, when you are operating without an FAA medical certificate you may only operate within the privileges and limitations of a sport pilot certificate.

Should you decide to renew your medical certificate you would then be operating under the full authority of your pilot certificate and ratings, and you'd be allowed to fly the aircraft at night, provided it is properly equipped and the aircraft's operating limitations allow night flight.

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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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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38 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
   
GREAT AVIATION MOVIES EVERY NIGHT AT EAA FLY-IN THEATER
EAA Fly-In TheaterA formidable roster of notable aviation movies and presenters is confirmed for this yearís nightly EAA Fly-In Theater, presented by Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation.

The free shows, projected on a 5-story screen, begin at 8:30 p.m. from Sunday, July 23, through Saturday, July 29, at the north end of Doolittle Drive behind the Camp Store. A celebrity presenter will introduce each nightís film while moviegoers enjoy the relaxed environment and a great aviation flick.
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DON'T FORGET TO BRING THE KIDS!
HondaJetAviators and EAAers learn early on that the key to their flying and aircraft-building happiness is to involve their families. Mindful of that core aviation wisdom, EAA itself keeps families and young people at the heart of its programs. So as you finalize the last-minute details of your trip to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, donít forget to bring the kids, because thereís just as much for them to do here as there is for you.
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SEE 'MY FIRST LOGBOOK' ONLINE PREVIEW
My First Logbook NAFI's (National Association of Flight Instructors) and ASA's (Aviation Supplies & Academics) My First Logbook display at KidVenture will provide youngsters with their first flight instruction they can actually get credit for in their new logbooks. NAFI certificated flight instructors will provide the instruction on an ASA-provided On Top Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) simulator. To preview My First Logbook's featured offerings, visit www.avtrain.net/MFL and Click LAUNCH PRESENTATION.
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HALLMARKS OF HOMEBUILDING -
KEN RAND'S COMPOSITE AIRPLANE, THE KR-1

Hallmarks of HomebuildingAmong the most talked about airplanes at the 1972 Oshkosh EAA Convention and Fly-In was the Rand Robinson KR-1 created by Ken Rand of EAA Chapter 92 in Huntington Beach, California. Not so much the airplane, which was so small that some EAAers figured it had to be either a large RC model or some over-indulgent father's taxiing toy for his child. What made the airplane special-and what now accords it "Hallmark" status-is how it was put together and what it was made out of.
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NASA OUTLINES AIRVENTURE OFFERINGS
NASA Outlines AirVenture OfferingsNASA knows that the way to space and back includes sprints through the atmosphere. This year's NASA exhibit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh features a real space shuttle rocket engine and, for the first time, a full-size, mock-up silhouette of what the next generation astronauts may take to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Check out these and other features at NASA's exhibit building north of the control tower, just east of the Honda Forums Plaza.
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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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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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EAA AIRVENTURE DAY-BY-DAY SCHEDULE ONLINE
Now you can get a quick glimpse at what's in store during AirVenture  week with the day-by-day schedule, posted on the AirVenture website.
    
ACT NOW FOR SPECIAL FARE FROM MIDWEST AIRLINES
In a special web sale announced this week, Midwest Airlines offers special discount fares for flights booked online to Wisconsin destinations Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay and Wausau/Stevens Point. Travel must take place July 15 through August 15, 2006, but flights need to be booked online at midwestairlines.com no later June 19. A two-night minimum stay is in effect when departing Sunday through Thursday and a one-night minimum stay is required when departing Friday or Saturday. Complete terms and conditions are available on the Midwest Airlines website.
     

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.

     
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 WAS EVERYWHERE LAST WEEKEND
International Young Eagles DayWith the annual International Young Eagles Day, the EAA B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor tours and the Golden West EAA Fly-In, it's no wonder the skies were full of EAAers last weekend. Thousands of people of all ages participated in a variety of EAA aviation activities demonstrating EAA's increasingly wide organizational outreach.
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EAA TO EXPAND YOUNG EAGLES PROGRAM WITH ASSISTANCE FROM CONOCOPHILLIPS
ConocoPhillips, which has supported the EAA Young Eagles program for more than a decade, will provide even more assistance over the next five years allowing the program to further expand its influence and scope. The additional resources will allow EAA to pursue several important initiatives connected to its youth-outreach efforts.
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FAA OFFERS SAIB SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE
Now anyone can be notified instantly via e-mail when the FAA issues a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB). Visit www.faa.gov/aircraft/safety/alerts/SAIB, click on "Subscribe to this page" and enter your e-mail address. Then when a new SAIB is issued, you'll receive an e-mail alert.
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On the Flightline News and Views
ROTAX DECLARES 582 SERIES ENGINE ASTM-COMPLIANT
Rotax Aircraft Engines, Gunskirchen, Austria, announced that its 582 series engines, beginning with serial number 6410347, are compliant with ASTM Standard 2339-04 for light-sport aircraft (LSA) engines.

Rotax's statement of compliance clears the way for LSA manufacturers to use the Rotax 582 engine in special and experimental LSA (S-LSA and E-LSA). The 65-hp, two-stroke engine offers aircraft manufacturers a less expensive and lighter engine option for low-cost, entry-level S-LSA and kit E-LSA. The engine must be installed, operated, and maintained in accordance with instructions and limitations as defined by Rotax-approved documentation and not be modified. Rotax will not increase the price of LSA-compliant 582 series engines. For more information, visit www.Rotax.com.

    
ATTENTION TRIKE PILOTS & ENTHUSIASTS
The Cushing Field Trike Pilots will host a pre-Oshkosh "Trike Bivouac" July 21-23 at Cushing Field (0C8) in Newark, Illinois. The trike fly-in/camp-over is in its second year, and has expanded to a three-day event to open up more time for sport pilot checkrides and the selling and trading of trikes and trike-related material. Planned events include a little friendly competition, barbecue, and a night presentation by Mike Blythe of South-to-South Expedition. For more information contact Mike Hudetz at 630-879-6568, or e-mail michaelhudetz@msn.com.
    
MURPHY REBEL TO LAUNCH RADIAL OPTION AT OSHKOSH
Murphy Aircraft will unveil a radial-equipped Rebel at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. The Radial Rebel features a seven-cylinder 110-hp Rotec 2800 that gives builders the option of that classic radial look, without a performance enhancement over the opposed-cylinder engines. The Radial Rebel, like its predecessors the O-235 and Rotax-powered Rebels, is eligible to be built under as a light sport aircraft, to be flown by those holding a type-endorsed sport pilot certificate. For more information visit www.murphyair.com.
    
SPORT PILOT GROUND SCHOOL ANNOUNCED
A sport pilot ground school is being held in conjunction with Private Pilot and Instrument Rating two-day ground schools by Am I High Aviation and the Gateway to Oshkosh Convention, July 22 and 23 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The sport pilot ground school, taught by Professor Gary Olsen of the UW-Stevens Point, preps you to pass the FAA's Sport Pilot Knowledge Exam in a single weekend. For more information, visit www.ggofly.com or email gofly@charter.net.
    
CIRRUS RE-ASSEMBLY PROGRAM EXPANDS TO AUSTRALIA
Cirrus Design announced a new international partnership with Sunland Aviation of Brisbane, Australia, allowing Sunland Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cirrus Australasia, to perform the reassembly of Cirrus aircraft sold in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Rim. All Cirrus aircraft continue to be assembled at the company headquarters in Minnesota, and carry a U.S. airworthiness certificate. Airplane bound for down under will be partially dismantled at the Cirrus plant, and then shipped in a custom container. Cirrus Australasia maintains and sells Cirrus aircraft, plus provides training for both pilots and maintenance personnel within the Australian and New Zealand markets. For more information visit www.cirrusdesign.com.
    
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE 2006-2007 CATALOG READY IN JULY
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty's 2006-2007 catalog will be available, free of charge, by mid-July. The 700-page catalog includes basic construction materials like fiberglass and foam, T-6 aluminum, 4130 steel tube or plate, Sitka spruce, Ceconite and aircraft grade plywood, as well as tools, airframe parts, engines and parts, instruments, avionics, pilot supplies, and books/videos.

The new catalog also features an extensive list of new equipment in panel-mount and portable avionics equipment, including EFIS, ANR headsets, moving maps, radios, GPS units, radar, and complete, upgraded, customized panels. Free catalogs will be distributed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and an online catalog is available at www.AircraftSpruce.com.
    
WISCONSIN AVIATION HOF NAMES SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
David Linton and Luke Van Lanen are the 2006 scholarship recipients of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame. Linton, of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, will receive the $1,000 Carl Guell Memorial Scholarship to pursue an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic degree from Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville, Wisconsin. Van Lanen, of Madison, Wisconsin, was awarded the $500 Theissen Field Scholarship. He also attends Blackhawk Tech in the A & P program. Both will receive their awards at the annual banquet Saturday, October 14, 2006, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For ticket information, call Michael Goc at 608-339-7191, or Keith Glasshof at 715-832-6379.
    
WICKS WEST GRAND OPENING AT NWEAA-ARLINGTON
Wicks Aircraft Supply will celebrate the grand opening of its new West Coast Facility during the annual Northwest EAA Fly-In, July 5-9, in Arlington, Washington. Wicks-West Coast is located at the Arlington Sport Aviation Park.

"Arlington is a very active aviation community, not just during the fly-in, but all year round," said Scott Wick, vice president. "Our commitment to serving the growing sport pilot industry makes this a perfect place for our west coast expansion." Wicks West Aircraft Supply will be open during the fly-in and invites all attendees to come by for coffee and a free gift. All orders placed during the fly-in will receive a discount and free shipping. For more information visit www.wicksaircraft.com.
    
NEMESIS NXT MARKS FIRST INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY
Nemesis NXT's seventh kit delivered this month was special for a couple of reasons. One, it was the first international sale - to Panama - and two, it was the first kit built entirely by new distributor SLO Air, Inc. of San Luis Obispo, California, marking the transition of manufacturing and direct support from Nemesis Air Racing's Jon and Patricia Sharp to SLO Air Inc.'s and Kevin Eldredge. SLO Air Inc. is the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of the Nemesis NXT Aircraft Kit. For more information visit www.sloair.com and www.nemesisNXT.com.
    
COLUMBIA ANNOUNCES SEA LEVEL CRUISE CONTEST
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing has announced a Sea Level Cruise Contest for Columbia owners and pilots. To enter the contest Columbia owners/pilots must take a trip in a Columbia aircraft and recount the experience in their own words and pictures with a pilot report (PIREP). Participants may take as many trips as they wish and can submit a written contest entry for each trip. Deadline for submissions is September 5, 2006, to: Sea Level Cruise Contest, c/o Columbia Aircraft, 2250 Nelson Road, Bend, OR 97701. You can also e-mail entries to PIREP@flycolumbia.com. Entries will be posted on the company website. A grand prizewinner will be selected on October 5, and awarded their choice of a Sea Level Cruise vacation or free AirBP fuel for one year. A Judges' Choice Award will also be selected to receive either a free annual inspection of their Columbia or $5,000 of free AirBP fuel. Visit www.flycolumbia.com/summerfest for complete terms, conditions, and instructions.
    
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