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News and Views June 23, 2006    Volume 6, Number 25

  
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PIONEER AIRPORT HOSTS
WINGS AND STRINGS KITE FESTIVAL SATURDAYWings and Strings

Join us for the annual Wings and Strings Kite Festival, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at EAA's historic 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 Kids' 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.

'PLANES, MANES, AND AUTOMOBILES' A
WEEK AWAY

Ford and Mustang lovers, don't miss Planes, Manes and Automobiles next weekend, 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.

FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR HAS STRONG OPENING
FLY THE FORD
EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor tour rolls along this weekend at Boston, Massachusetts' Lawrence Municipal Airport (June 23-26) before finishing up the circuit in Ohio at New Philadelphia's Harry Clever Field June 28-29 and Port Clinton's Keller Field Airport June 30- July 4. For complete tour information, including online flight reservations, visit the EAA AirVenture Museum website.

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Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services

I built a kit plane before the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rules became effective. I used the factory number for gross weight (1,400 lbs.) when I registered it. May I now, as the builder, revise my weight/balance sheet to lower the gross weight to 1,320 pounds, thereby qualifying under the LSA regulations?

Answer:
No, you cannot do that and here's why.

The definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA) requires that the aircraft be both originally certificated and continuously operated within the definition. Since your aircraft was not originally certificated at or below the 1,320 lbs maximum gross weight to be eligible as an LSA, and it has been operated at a higher maximum gross weight, it will not meet the definition of a light-sport aircraft (and thus will not be eligible for operation by sport pilots) even if you do lower the gross weight.

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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EAA LEADS THE WAY ON AVIATION MEDICAL REFORM
Without measures to correct the FAA's current medical certificate processing backlog, pilots may have to temporarily give up flying whether they want to or not. And as pilots age, it's likely they'll face a choice between requesting a special issuance medical certification or giving up flying as a private pilot.

Fortunately, EAA has two of the best in the industry on its side: Dr. Richard Jennings and Dr. Jack Hastings. And they're working for you on this and other aeromedical issues.
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SPORT PILOT KNOWLEDGE TEST NOW CLASS-SPECIFIC
Effective June 23, 2006, the FAA has modified the sport pilot knowledge (written) test. Previously, the knowledge test covered all classes of light-sport aircraft (LSA). Now, each LSA class-airplane, powered parachute, weight-shift, glider, lighter-than-air, and gyroplanes-has a test tailored specifically to that class.
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN FLY-IN STARTS SATURDAY
Rocky Mountain Fly-InColorado's largest aviation event, the Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In (RMRFI), begins this Saturday at 7 a.m. Volunteers and organizers are busy putting the finishing touches on the facility as more than 15,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event at Front Range Airport in Watkins. Featured attractions include a daily pancake breakfast, two-hour daily air show, aviation exhibits, workshops, and safety seminars, plus Young Eagle flights, scale aircraft demonstrations, KidSpace children's activities and of course, a wide variety of aircraft.
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AirVenture News and Views
31 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
     

EAA CAMP SCHOLLER IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
EAA's Camp SchollerEAA officially opens Camp Scholler at 8 a.m. Friday morning, 31 days before the start of AirVenture 2006, the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. By the time July 24-30 rolls around, tens of thousands of people will create an Aviation City and will enjoy the unique camaraderie at EAA's drive-in campground. Early camper registration takes place off the Forest Home Ave. entrance, just south of the main gate.
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C-17 GLOBEMASTER III RETURNS TO AIRVENTURE
C-17 GlobemasterEAA will welcome a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III to AirVenture Oshkosh this year, the first time the nimble, utilitarian aircraft has been at Oshkosh since 2001. The C-17 will arrive on Thursday, July 27, and depart Sunday, plus perform several flight demonstrations while here. When not flying, it will be on static display at AeroShell Square.
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CESSNA PILOTS - RESERVE YOUR PARKING SPOTS!
With scarcely a month to go until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, the 500 North 40 parking spots reserved for Cessna pilots are starting to fill up fast, so pilots wishing to park there should make their reservations without delay. The reserved area is part of this year's 50th anniversary celebration of Cessna's 172/182 models and it will serve as the location for several events planned throughout the week, including a Cessna-hosted free barbecue Sunday night featuring the Johnsonville Brats' "Big Taste Grill" and the Cessnas to Oshkosh Barbecue scheduled for Wednesday, July 26. Don't miss out! To reserve your parking/camping spot in the North 40, send an e-mail to dennis@c2o.us. And for additional information, visit www.c2o.us.
    
HALLMARKS OF HOMEBUILDING -
BURT RUTAN UNVEILS MOLD-LESS COMPOSITE CONSTRUCTION

Hallmarks of HomebuildingAt the 1975 EAA Convention and Fly-In, EAA Lifetime Member Burt Rutan unveiled a new, highly anticipated airplane design that had been written about extensively in EAA’s Sport Aviation in the preceding months. The creation built at his Rutan Aircraft Factory in Mojave, California, was called the VariEze (Very Easy). It was (and still is) a futuristic canard pusher that utilized an entirely new construction method that used foam and fiberglass cloth and practically no wood or metal.

This homebuilding hallmark came to be known as the mold-less composite construction method.
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SPECIAL PROGRAM SHOWS CAREER OPTIONS TO YOUNG WOMEN
Women Soar at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006
Women SoarAre you looking for an opportunity to influence your daughter, granddaughter, niece, or neighbor's education and/or career choices? Women Soar at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will introduce young women in grades 8 through 12 to exciting careers in the math, science, and technology fields; highlight educational resources; and inspire them to explore their career opportunities. And, the cost to attend is reasonable - $10 if registered by June 30, 2006 ($20 thereafter).
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CANADIANS TO SHOW AVIATION PRIDE AT AIRVENTURE
Lancaster BomberCanadian EAAers will have a lot to be proud of at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. The dream of seeing the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's magnificent Lancaster bomber aircraft in flight over EAA AirVenture Oshkosh was born in the hearts and minds of EAA Chapter 1410, High River, Alberta, Canada. The chapter members have taken on the responsibility to underwrite the cost of this historic visit.
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FAIRCHILD 328JET TO ARRIVE FOR WEEKEND
FAIRCHILD 328JETA Fairchild 328JET from Skyway Airlines will be on display at EAA AirVenture 2006 from July 29-30 at AeroShell Square. The 32-passenger 328JET has twin Pratt & Whitney 306 engines, each producing 6,050 lbs. of thrust and features a state-of-the-art Honeywell Primus 2006 avionics system. The 328JET is also the only regional airline equipped with ovens in the galley, designed to bake the airline's famous chocolate chip cookies. The aircraft was developed in the mid-1990s as a variant to Fairchild's 328 turboprop aircraft. Skyway Airlines operates as Midwest Connect, and is a wholly owned subsidiary for Midwest Airlines.
    
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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21ST PRE-AIRVENTURE PROGRAM AT THEATER IN THE WOODS
Bill LishmanAn Evening with Champions, EAA AirVenture's unofficial kickoff program, marks its 21st year at Theater in the Woods on Sunday evening. The program, presented by AviationSpeakers.com, begins at 7:30 and features Bill Lishman, the man behind the movie, Fly Away Home; Frank D. Boring, producer of the PBS film Fei Hu, The Story of the Flying Tigers; and Astronaut Dr. Jay Apt. Danny Mortensen, president of Bill Phelps' Airline Ground Schools; author and Reno Gold Trophy winner, will again serve as Master of Ceremonies.
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PRE-PLAN YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE ADVENTURE
EAA AirVenture OshkoshForums-Workshops Schedule
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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!

GONE WEST: BOB HEUER, FIRST IAC PRESIDENT
Bob HeuerEAA, the International Aerobatic Club (IAC), and the aerobatic community mourn the passing of Bob Heuer, who passed on Friday, June 16 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 79. Bob was IAC's first President and served in that capacity from the group's formation in 1970 until the summer of 1973. He subsequently served on the IAC Board of Directors and was IAC #2, right behind Paul H. Poberezny.
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HUNDREDS ATTEND CHICAGO-AREA EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR
Sport Pilot TourEAA's Sport Pilot Team spread the word about sport pilot/light-sport aircraft in the nation's heartland Saturday, welcoming nearly 350 people to Chicagoland's Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois. EAA’s latest Sport Pilot Tour drew 13 ready-to-fly LSA examples, which were on display throughout the day with manufacturer's reps standing ready to answer questions. EAA's Ron Wagner gave attendees the sport pilot "skinny" during four well-attended presentations and answered a variety of questions from his audiences.
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EAA AIRCRAFT INSURANCE TIPS
AIRCRAFT INSURANCE FOR STUDENT SPORT PILOTS
By Bob Mackey
Vice President-Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.


Since the advent of Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft, we've seen promising growth in all areas of recreational aviation. This is a very good thing; one which we all hoped would happen under these new regulations. The aviation insurance industry has had to adapt to this new community of pilots, aircraft, and commercial operations, and for the most part it has done a admirable job stepping up to make insurance available.
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FORD INVITES EAAERS TO 'DRIVE ON US'
EAA Ford Partner Recognition ProgramPurchase a 2006 Ford vehicle and do not pay for fuel until 2007! EAA members who are eligible for the Ford Partner Recognition program can receive 0% financing on 2006 Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs--plus receive a pre-paid MasterCard debit card that can be used to purchase up to $1,000 of gasoline, E-85, or diesel. You can drive on Ford!
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On the Flightline News and Views
    
EAAERS COMPLETE 'ROMP AROUND WISCONSIN' FLIGHT
EAAers Bruce Kaufman, MD, and Matthew McDaniel completed a record-setting flight June 20 to every paved, public-use airport in Wisconsin, plus one private, and one military airport in 17 hours. The flight, "ROMP Around Wisconsin," stretched more than 2,000 miles and included visits to all 104 airports to raise money for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's pediatric neurosurgery program. Kaufman, owner of the Cirrus SR-22 used for the flight, is a pediatric neurosurgeon at the hospital. McDaniel is a Boeing 717 pilot for Midwest Airlines.

"Matt and I decided to tap into our love of flying, and combine it with our devotion to children, to create a different kind of fundraiser," Kaufman said. "Not only does this set a national record, but I'm hoping this adventure will serve a greater purpose of raising awareness and funds for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin." All expenses associated with the flight were donated by the two pilots. To learn more about the effort, visit www.firstgiving.com/romp.
    
SAIB ISSUED FOR OUTDATED ELT PLACARDS ON CESSNAS
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) recommending that owners of Cessna models 120, 140, 150, 152, 170, 172, 172RG, 175, 177, and 177RG inspect their airplane to ensure the correct regulation is referenced on the ELT placard. Old placards state that the ELT must be serviced in accordance with FAR Part 91.52, a regulation that no longer exists and has been superseded by FAR 91.207. Cessna has removed the old placard from its inventory and is in the process of producing a new placard referencing the correct regulation. The new placard number is 1205085-4. Cessna will also revise their maintenance manuals and parts catalogs at their next scheduled revision. To obtain a new placard, contact Cessna at 316-517-5800.
    
SUPERIOR RECEIVES CANADIAN TC FOR VANTAGE SERIES
Superior Air Parts has received Type Certificate approval for its 180-hp Vantage Engine from Transport Canada. Both the Vantage O-360 and IO-360 are included in the TC. For more information visit www.superiorairparts.com.
    
FIRST FLYING EPIC ELITE JET ON DISPLAY AT AIRVENTURE
Pending a successful maiden flight planned for early July, Aircraft Investor Resources, LLC, will fly its latest concept aircraft, the Epic Elite very light jet (VLJ) at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. Plans are to unveil the aircraft on Monday, July 24, at 12:30 p.m. at AeroShell Square. Announcements about the company's certification program will also be made, followed by a Q&A session. The aircraft will be on display at combo H in Hangar B, and will showcase its flight performance Thursday afternoon. For more information visit www.Epicaircraft.com.
    
LEGEND CUB ADDS 120-HP JABIRU
American Legend Aircraft Company has announced the availability of an optional six-cylinder, 120-horsepower Jabiru 3300A Aero Engine for its Legend Cub. Performance benefits include more useful load, shorter takeoff distance, and faster climb. The engine also offers high time between overhaul, affordable parts, and low maintenance costs. When coupled with the Legend Cub, the Jabiru engine provides a lower fuel burn, smoother, quieter, and higher performing powerplant option for American Legend customers. For more information call 903-885-7000, or visit www.legend.aero.
    
AEROSHELL INTRODUCES NEW PISTON ENGINE OIL
Shell Aviation has introduced a new piston engine oil, AeroShell Oil W80 Plus, which includes the anti-wear and anti-corrosion additives of AeroShell Oil W100 Plus, but in a lighter, single-grade oil for use in colder climates. The anti-wear additive reduces wear on start up by forming a microscopic layer on the engine's moving parts to prevent metal-to-metal contact when there is little oil present. Combined with a corrosion inhibitor, it is designed for pilots who fly in cooler weather, or less frequently. For more information visit www.shell.com.
    
CORRECTION-DUFF TO SPEAK AT 'TRIKE BIVUOAC'
Guest speaker for the July 21-23 "Trike Bivouac" set for Cushing Field (0C8) in Newark, Illinois is Joe Duff from Operation Migration. For more information contact Mike Hudetz at 630-879-6568, or e-mail michaelhudetz@msn.com.
    
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