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News and Views August 4, 2006    Volume 6, Number 38

  
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'FLY THE FORD' MINI TOUR BEGINS AUGUST 24
EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor

EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will begin a five-city mini tour on August 24 in South Bend, Indiana, providing opportunities for people to see and take flights in the world's first mass-produced airliner.

That first stop, at Elkhart Municipal Airport, runs through August 28 and is followed by visits to Pontiac, Michigan (August 31-September 4); Lexington, Kentucky (September 7-11); Nashville, Tennessee (September 14-18) and Davenport, Iowa (September 21-25).

Everyone's invited to come out and "Fly the Ford" and see living aviation history. For complete tour information and on-line reservations, visit www.flytheford.org.

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Question of the Week
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I'm trying to find out if EAA has a resource that regularly updates a list of those airports that offer high-test unleaded auto fuel.

Answer
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No, we do not maintain such a directory, but we know who does. The info you seek can be found at www.airnav.com/fuel. You can search a general area, or along a specific route, and find airports that offer 100 LL, jet A, or auto fuel.

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.
  

We are pleased to provide this info to EAA members as a membership benefit. To ensure that this service continues, renew your membership or join EAA today by calling 800-843-3612 or 920-426-5912.

August 2006
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There's nothing quite like the feeling of a B-1 bomber blistering by on a low-pass. EAA AirVenture visitors this year got to see plenty of the mammoth military aircraft, in flight when it arrived Monday and departed Friday. and on display at AeroShell Square the rest of the time in between.

To download this keepsake image from AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, visit the EAA website. You can also download any of the previous EAA monthly desktop images.


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EAA AirVenture TodayWhat a week it was! You can re-live the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration again and again online with all the stories, announcements, and incredible photos from EAA AirVenture Today, official newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Also see expanded photo galleries, video highlights, aircraft judging results and more at www.airventure.org.
   
EAA AIRVENTURE: LAUNCHING PAD FOR WHAT'S NEW IN AVIATION
EAA AirVenture OshkoshEAA AirVenture Oshkosh solidified its status as the premier venue for major aviation industry announcements with the recently concluded 2006 weeklong gathering. Cessna, HondaJet, and others made major aircraft announcements. Eclipse Aviation became the first VLJ manufacturer to receive a provisional Type Certificate. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey announced plans for new pilot medical certification intervals. Representatives from GA's leading organizations appeared together united against the idea of user fees. And the list goes on.
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FAMILY, FRIENDS GATHER TO HONOR DARYL LENZ
Honoring Daryl LenzDaryl Lenz was immortalized on the closing day of AirVenture 2006 when the AeroShell Square building from which he ran aircraft ops year after year was renamed the "Daryl Lenz Center." His mother Laura, and brothers and sisters attended, as did several hundred of Daryl's friends.
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EAA MOURNS LOSS OF CHAPTER 245 PRESIDENT
Gary PalmerEAA's condolences go to the family and friends of EAA Chapter 245 president Gary Palmer of Nepean, Ontario, who died Sunday in a taxiway accident at EAA AirVenture 2006. The accident occurred when the propeller of a Grumman TBM Avenger struck an RV-6 while both planes were lined up for departure shortly after noon. Palmer, 63, was a passenger in the RV-6.
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WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR ANNUAL EAA AIRVENTURE DRAWINGS
Sweepstakes and Raffle WinnersThousands upon thousands of people went home very happy following another EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. But there were several others who were downright giddy when the convention concluded. They were the winners of prizes drawn Sunday afternoon for the annual EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes and the Young Eagles raffle.
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OPENINGS AVAILABLE AT ARLINGTON SPORTAIR WORKSHOP
EAA SportAir WorkshopsAttention, future homebuilders, there is still room available in selected courses at the EAA SportAir Workshops scheduled for August 12-13 in Arlington, Washington. Openings exist in the Fabric, Sheet Metal, and Introduction to Aircraft Building courses. To register, or find out more about this and the many other upcoming SportAir Workshops, visit https://secure.eaa.org/sportair/registration.html, or call 800-967-5746.
   
STEP BACK IN TIME AT EAA's 'GOOD 'OL DAYS'
EAA's Good 'Ol Days of AviationTake a step back in time and revisit the "Good 'Ol Days" of aviation on Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pioneer Airport, adjacent to the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. This exciting weekend incorporates family-friendly activities that will bring the excitement and adventure of early flight back to life.
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AERO-NEWS SPORT PLANE RESOURCE GUIDE INCLUDES EAA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, EXPERTISE
The Aero-News Network's 12th anniversary SportPlane Resource Guide will feature the technical expertise and experience of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the acknowledged leader of the new sport pilot revolution. Scheduled for publication in 2007, the guide will offer in-depth information regarding sport pilot certification and available light-sport aircraft. As the new SportPlane Resource Guide is developed, EAA will provide guidance on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft matters; provide information on local and national EAA programs, such as EAA Chapters, Technical Counselors, Flight Advisors and its other programs; and assist with outreach to the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft community.
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GA SHIPMENTS CONTINUE RECORD PACE
General aviation shipments continued on a record pace in the first half of 2006, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Shipments of GA airplanes totaled 1,843 units, a 19.1% increase over 2005, with industry billings soaring 34.9 percent to $8.8 billion. "This is the highest recorded billings for the first half of a year in general aviation's history," said Pete Bunce, GAMA's President and CEO. "With our manufacturers' current backlog, we are confident that this trend will continue throughout the remainder of 2006." Shipments of piston-powered airplanes were up 17.4 percent; turboprops rose 12.1 percent; and business jets jumped 27.7 percent. For complete statistics on the first half of 2006, visit the GAMA website.
   
ZENAIR LTD, CZECH AIRCRAFT WORKS TERMINATE LICENSE AGREEMENT
Zenair Ltd. and Czech Aircraft Works (CZAW) jointly announced that they have terminated the longstanding license agreement under which the Zenair ZODIAC CH 601 and STOL CH 701 aircraft designs were produced in the Czech Republic for the European market, effective December 31, 2006. Starting in 2007, Chris Heintz designs will no longer be produced and sold by CAW. They will continue to be made available across Europe by the Zenair dealer network as kits coming from Zenith Aircraft Company (Missouri, USA) and as assembled aircraft from Zenair Ltd. Czech Aircraft Works will continue manufacturing the Heintz designs through 2006, and will continue to provide spare parts and technical support to its existing customers.

CZAW, which produced about 750 aircraft under the agreement that dates back to the early 1990s, has designed and developed its own line of light aircraft, including the amphibious Mermaid and the two-seat Parrot and SportCruiser. For more information, visit www.zenithair.com; www.newplane.com; www.airplane.cz; www.sportaircraftworks.com.

   
COLUMBIA ADOPTS 'FITS' TRAINING PROGRAM STANDARDS
Columbia Aircraft has adopted FAA/Industry Training Standard (FITS) training for into its existing transition training program for pilots purchasing new Columbia 350s and 400s. The program aims to establish training standards for pilots who fly or will fly technically advanced aircraft, primarily those with glass instrument panels. The goal of the program is to increase pilot proficiency with these systems so that their advanced capabilities can enhance flight safety.

Meanwhile, Columbia's second quarter saw 21 aircraft deliveries, lower than projections but representing a great effort to recover from unexpected certification delays and a freak hailstorm. Orders are at an all-time high, as 2006 calendar year-to-date orders already exceed the total volume booked in 2005. For more information, visit www.flycolumbia.com.

   
AWS PLANS WELDING IN AIRCRAFT AND AEROSPACE CONFERENCE
The American Welding Society (AWS) will conduct a two-day Welding in Aircraft and Aerospace Conference, September 19-20 at the Doubletree-Dayton Downtown in Dayton, Ohio. Leading aircraft and aerospace experts, including airframe designers, suppliers, researchers, educators, and administrators, from academia and organizations around the world will gather in the birthplace of aviation to discuss the latest research, issues and practical applications that are reshaping welding in the aircraft and aerospace industry. The conference will explore several innovative technologies, including friction stir welding, the fiber laser and additive manufacture. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about new methods for joining aluminum in fuselage and wing structures as well as new processes for welding engine parts and other high-performance components. For more information and to register, please call 800-443-9353, ext. 224, or visit the conferences section on the AWS website at www.aws.org/conferences.
   
MICCO ACQUIRES SP26 TYPE CERTIFICATE
Micco Aircraft Company, Inc. has acquired the type certificate, tooling, fixtures, and inventory assets for the Micco SP26 aerobatic sport aircraft and will establish new production facilities at Frank Phillips Field in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The company says new aircraft deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2007. For more information, visit www.miccoaircraft.com or call 405-596-7225.
  
LINDBERGH-LYCOMING GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
The Lindbergh Foundation is accepting applications for the Lindbergh-Lycoming grant, a program open to anyone conducting an aviation/aerospace research project that will improve the quality of all life by balancing technological advancements with the preservation of our environment. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2006, with the winner to be notified in April 2007 and funding in July. For complete details on the program and a downloadable grant application, visit www.lindberghfoundation.org and go to the "Grants Program" section. Or call the Foundation office at 763/576-1596.
       
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