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News and Views July 14, 2006    Volume 6, Number 28

  
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EAA B-17 WRAPPING UP FIRST LEG OF TOUR, HEADING FOR OSHKOSHAluminum Overcast
EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast concludes its pre-Oshkosh leg of the Keep it Flying tour this coming week with stops at St. Louis' Spirit of St Louis (July 14-16); Springfield, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (July 18-19); and Madison, Wisconsin, Dane County Regional July 21-23. Then it's on to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh where it will offer flights throughout the week, July 24-30, during the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. For booking information, visit www.b17.org, call 800-FLY-NB17 (800-359-6217), or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org.

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I have had a single-engine land pilots license for years. I am now 70 years old and prefer to fly for the enjoyment, low and slow, near the home patch with maybe one friend. I recently had my bi-annual flight review with the endorsement made in my log book. I have never had my license suspended for any reason, never had a medical problem. As I understand it I can elect to fly under the sport pilot rules with my regular license and bi-annual sign off without having to have a physical or any other endorsements as long as I have a good automobile license. Is my thinking correct?

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You are correct. As your most recent application for an FAA medical certificate was not denied, revoked, suspended, or withdrawn by the FAA, and you have a current flight review recorded in your logbook, you are allowed to operate at the sport pilot level using your valid US state drivers license in lieu of the FAA medical certificate. Remember that using your drivers license in lieu of the FAA medical certificate restricts you to sport pilot privileges and limitations.

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AirVenture News and Views
Only 10 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!
  
    
MAJOR MOTION PICTURE 'FLYBOYS' TO PREMIERE
AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH

FLYBOYSThe movie FLYBOYS, set for theatrical release across the nation on September 29, 2006, will debut in unique fashion with a special screening at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," on the evening of Wednesday, July 26. The film's producers are calling the event the "aviation-world premiere" of the movie.

"Hollywood recognizes that Oshkosh is the place to be for celebrating aviation," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president. "This film's premiere reflects on the importance of AirVenture Oshkosh to the aviation community and to people everywhere who are passionate about flight."
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EAA OBJECTS TO PROPOSED RENEWABLE FUEL LEGISLATION
Two bills submitted in the U.S. Congress Wednesday, July 12, would amend the Clean Air Act to require all gasoline sold for use in motor vehicles to contain 10 percent renewable fuel by the year 2010. These days renewable fuel means ethanol, and EAA and other organizations contend that would create a dilemma for aircraft owners and operators, as avgas and auto fuel used by certain aircraft owners would fall under the legislation.
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FAA REITERATES STANCE ON LSA DEFINITION
LSA DefinitionIn denying an exemption request from the International Cessna 120/140 Association, the FAA has reiterated its stance against changing weight limitations for previously certificated aircraft to make them eligible for sport pilots to fly. The International Cessna 120/140 Association had requested the FAA allow owners of Cessna 120/140 operating under the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SA0248AT, which lowers the aircraft's maximum gross weight from 1,450 pounds to 1,320 pounds, to fly the aircraft as sport pilots.
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WE'RE ALMOST THERE...
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is just around the corner

Member Village CamperThe recent trickle of volunteers arriving on convention grounds is slowly building to a deluge....vendors are setting up shop...last-minute preparations are being made...yes, EAA AirVenture is scarcely more than a week away! Other than Camp Scholler, the first AirVenture facility to open for business is the Member Village Camper, located just south of the international flagpoles by South Maintenance. This facility was created to allow early arrivers and volunteers to check e-mails, join or renew memberships, learn about EAA programs, and a host of other services. If you're coming early, check it out. And for the latest news and updates, visit www.airventure.org,
    
'AERONCA KIDS' PLAN FLIGHT TO OSHKOSH THIS WEEK
Aeronca KidsAt Flabob Airport In Riverside, California, a unique group of Young Eagles is living the EAA dream - they've restored a tattered and torn airplane to airworthiness. Flabob's "Aeronca Kids" rebuilt a 1941 Aeronca Super Chief, which made its first post-restoration flight on July 5. The airplane is now being prepared for a cross-country trek fro Southern California to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture 2006.
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HALLMARKS OF HOMEBUILDING:
B.J. SCHRAMM'S ROTORWAY EXEC

ROTORWAY EXECBuilding on the lessons learned from his previous models of the Scorpion and before that, the Javelin, RotorWay's B.J. Schramm designed a whole new helicopter called the RotorWay Exec that greatly popularized the homebuilt helicopter. RotorWay, operating at that time out of Tempe, Arizona, refined the building process so as to make a reliable helicopter an achievable goal for the homebuilder, which makes it a Hallmark of Homebuilding.
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HALLMARKS OF HOMEBUILDING:
HOMEBUILT ULTRALIGHT VEHICLES

UltralightsThe FAA created a new regulation in 1982 that allowed additional freedoms to fly the simple, lightweight vehicles with minimal government regulation. The regulation was called Part 103, Ultralight Vehicles. Part 103 led to tremendous growth in new designs that incorporated simple, inexpensive construction techniques and materials.
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EAA SEEKS 'HALLMARK' AIRCRAFT FLYING INTO AIRVENTURE
Hallmark AircraftIf you plan on flying into AirVenture with a Baby Ace, KR-1, Rotorway Exec or Ford powered Pietenpol and would like to park in the special Hallmarks of Homebuilding aircraft display, please contact Timm Bogenhagen at 920-426-6831, or e-mail tbogenhagen@eaa.org.
CESSNA PILOTS - LAST CHANCE TO RESERVE PARKING SPOTS
With a little more than a week left until "show time," several of the 500 North 40 parking spots reserved for Cessna pilots are available. 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. 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.
    
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO IFR PROCEDURES TO AND FROM AIRVENTURE
In December 2005, the FAA changed the IFR reservation system used for special events, such as EAA AirVenture. The change to the Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) requires an additional confirmation step by pilots. The confirmation step is intended to reduce the number of IFR "slots" reserved but not used. While this change is not specific to EAA AirVenture, all pilots intending to arrive at AirVenture airports, or depart from OSH during AirVenture, must comply with the new procedure. Details are available at www.fly.faa.gov/estmp.

Another change for 2006 is that Chicago Center will no longer provide airborne IFR clearances within 60 NM of Oshkosh during EAA AirVenture. Such clearances had previously been provided to aircraft with IFR reservations when they were above 8,000 feet. Pilots planning to depart VFR and pick up IFR clearances should refer to AirVenture NOTAM page 27 for nearby Approach Control facilities, which will provide IFR clearances.

    
GROUP ARRIVALS MAY AFFECT RIPON-FISK VFR ARRIVAL PATTERN TO AIRVENTURE
Group arrivals have been a safe and efficient way for large numbers of aircraft with similar performance characteristics to arrive at AirVenture in a short time. These group arrivals temporarily interrupt the Ripon-Fisk VFR arrival pattern, however, and this year there are four separate groups that plan to arrive in the afternoon Saturday, July 22.

The Bonanza group (B2Osh) is scheduled to arrive at 1 p.m., Cessna groups (c2Osh) are planned at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., and the Mooney Caravan is expected to arrive at 4 p.m. Weather and other factors can change these times and the normal Ripon-Fisk VFR arrival will be in effect when the group arrivals are not in progress. Pilots not in the aforementioned groups are asked to avoid Saturday afternoon arrival and be aware that weather conditions could cause schedule changes.
    
CROSSING LAKE MICHIGAN?
Pilots planning VFR crossings of Lake Michigan when arriving or departing EAA AirVenture may want to use the Lake Reporting Service, administered by the Green Bay and Lansing AFSS's. This service is not specific to EAA AirVenture and is not described in the AirVenture NOTAM this year. Lake Reporting Service details are in Aeronautical Information Manual paragraph 4-1-20(e), available at www.faa.gov/ATPubs/AIM/Chap4/aim0401.html#4-1-20.
GOLF AUCTION RUNS UNTIL MONDAY
EAA Golf Auction
Bidders have until Monday, July 17, to bid online through eBay to win a round of golf with two aviation legends, Burt Rutan and Brian Binnie, on one of the Midwest's best courses-Whistling Straits or Blackwolf Run-in Kohler, Wisconsin. Your reserved tee time will be scheduled for the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. Auction proceeds support EAA's educational and inspirational programs that prepare our young people to become the leaders of tomorrow. For more information on this unique auction and for a direct link to the bidding site, visit www.AirVenture.org/auction.
    
SUBSCRIBE TO AIRVENTURE RSS FEED
EAA offers an RSS service to help EAAers stay current with the latest news about AirVenture Oshkosh. RSS, or "Really Simple Syndication," delivers news directly to a subscribed computer desktop, handheld PDA newsreader, or "news aggregator." (A separate reader or aggregator application must be downloaded. Dozens are available - for more information, type "RSS readers" into any search engine.) See www.airventure.org for more information.
    
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
EAA AirVenture OshkoshForums-Workshops Schedule
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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!

ARLINGTON EAAERS CELEBRATE ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FLY-IN
ArlingtonThe 38th annual Northwest EAA Arlington Fly-In was again an enormous success, held July 5-9 at Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO), just north of Seattle, Washington. Aircraft owners, campers and spectators gathered from all over, including Canada, to enjoy the wonderful weather throughout the weekend. The first two days brought hanging clouds and kept the airplane count down, but as if on cue, the sun broke out Friday and for the weekend bringing thousands of attendees and hundreds of airplanes.
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5TH CITATION AIR LIFT TRANSPORTS 1,500+ SPECIAL OLYMPIANS
Special OlympiansTwo hundred twenty-five Cessna Citations transported more than 1,500 athletes to the Special Olympic U.S. National Games held the first week of July at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. EAA President Tom Poberezny and his wife, Sharon, joined Cessna President and CEO Jack Pelton and his wife Rose greeting the arriving aircraft and the passengers at Des Moines International Airport on July 1, as special Olympians were brought in from 28 different states and 39 different airports. This marked the fifth Citation Special Olympics Airlift.
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On the Flightline News and Views
CUBCRAFTERS SPORT CUB RECEIVES LSA CERTIFICATION
CubCrafters received its Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) airworthiness certificate on July 7 for Sport Cub serial number CC11-0001. FAA Aviation Safety Inspector Steve Slagle, of the Seattle MIDO office, was on hand to make the presentation.

The Alaska Airmen's Association will be giving away a brand new Sport Cub at the 2007 Alaska Aviation and Trade Show. The airplane comes equipped with a second fuel tank, tundra tires, and vortex generators. All of the proceeds generated by the raffle go to the Alaska Airmen. For contest details and to purchase tickets, e-mail the Alaska Airmen's Association at sportcub@alaskaairmen.com, or call their office at 800-464-7030. For more information on the Sport Cub visit www.cubcrafters.com.
SEAWIND 300C FIRST CONFORMING FLIGHT TEST
Seawind, Inc. has reached a significant milestone and rolled out its new Seawind 300C amphibian for certification flight-testing at the company's production facility in St. Jean, Quebec, Canada. The company is shooting for complete certification this fall. Concurrent certification with Transport Canada and FAA is expected to take about six months.

The Seawind 300C will comfortably seat four adults or two adults and three children. A full slate of options are available, including a glass cockpit, inboard/outboard motor, and interior enhancements. For more information call 610-917-1120 or visit www.seawind.net.
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE ADDS 3M PRODUCTS
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty now offers all 3,000 products manufactured by 3M. Through the end of August, 2006, Aircraft Spruce will also be offering a special "3M Bucket Promotion" that includes: Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive, Adhesive Remover, Scotch-Weld Threadlocker 3494, Scotch-Weld Threadlocker 3496, Scotch-Brite Hand Pads 7447, Concrete Repair600 Self-Leveling Kit, Performance Plus Duct Tape 8979 and General Purpose Masking Tape 203 packaged in a reusable 5-gallon bucket for shipment. The price for the eight products is $66.50, a 33 percent savings over individual purchases. For more information visit www.AircraftSpruce.com or call 877-477-7823.
COLUMBIA GOES THE EXTRA MILE FOR DEPOSITORS
The much-publicized hailstorm that struck the Columbia Aircraft factory in central Oregon on June 12 affected 66 depositors who are anxiously awaiting delivery of their aircraft. Although the golf ball sized hail left only cosmetic blemishes on the aircraft, the storm aftermath has delayed customer delivery.

Columbia aircraft is offering depositors a token of gratitude for their patience and understanding of the situation. Each depositor will be included in the innovative SummerFest free fuel promotion currently in full swing. The promotion guarantees that each new customer (or in this case current depositor) will receive between $5,000 to $25,000 free AirBP fuel. Additionally each qualified depositor financing through Columbia Aircraft Finance will be offered the interest rate that they likely would have received if financing had occurred at the projected date prior to the hailstorm and subsequent delivery delay.

"To say that our customers are being patient is a major understatement," stated Randy S. Blinger, vice president of sales and marketing. "As a means of saying thank you, we've decided to provide free fuel and an interest rate lock to eligible affected depositors." For more information visit www.flycolumbia.com.
anyAWOS ANNOUNCES FORECASTS AND EXPANDED SERVICE
AnyAWOS's new and improved AWOS service now includes access to current Terminal Area Forecasts (TAF) as well as live AWOS/ATIS observations. The service locates the closest forecast for any of the over 1,900 AWOS locations accessible through the system, translates the TAF and voices it in the pilot's own time zone. AWOS locations now include Alaska and Hawaii as well as a number of unpublished weather resources.
Prompts have also been optimized and advertisements eliminated for fast access to the data pilots need since its introduction two years ago. Prior to March 2006, anyAWOS access was one call, one AWOS and no forecasts, and you had to listen to an advertisement. The improved system has expanded capacity and now allows multiple AWOSs per call and no ads. Premium subscribers can even have a custom call list for quicker access to frequently called AWOSs. anyAWOS can be sampled by calling 877-269-2967 on any cell phone. Users can subscribe through www.anyawos.com or by calling customer service at 877-213-9947.
    
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