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News and Views August 18, 2006    Volume 6, Number 40

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

EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor begins a five-city tour next week, August 24, in South Bend, Indiana. People are invited to come out 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).

Come out, "Fly the Ford" and see living aviation history. For complete tour information and on-line reservations, visit www.flytheford.org.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
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I have a three-part question regarding night flying in a light-sport aircraft. 1. Can a LSA equipped for night flying (position lights & strobes, landing light & cockpit floodlight) be legally flown at night by a licensed private pilot with valid medical? 2. Does a private pilot operating a LSA day VFR with a drivers license medical need a BFR if flying solo? With passengers? At night? 3. Finally, can a LSA certificated as "Day VFR only" be upgraded with night flying equipment and fly legally at night?

Answer
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OK, let's take these one at a time. 1. Maybe. It depends on whether or not the operating limitations issued to the aircraft as a part of it's airworthiness certificate allow the aircraft to be operated at night. And in the case of an S-LSA, the aircraft manufacturer will also have to approve the aircraft for night operations.

2. Yes in all three cases. All pilots, regardless of certification level, are required to have a flight review every two years in order to legally act as pilot in command. This includes pilots operating at the sport pilot level.

3. The owner could request a recurrent certification of the aircraft in order to have the operating limitations changed to include the provision for flying at night. In the case of an S-LSA, again the manufacturer of the aircraft would also have to provide specific permission.

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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 REVISITS 'GOOD OL' DAYS' OF AVIATION THIS WEEKEND
Murder Mystery Also Highlights Pioneer Airport Activities

EAA's Good 'Ol Days of AviationTake a step back to the rip roarin', barnstorming "Good Ol' Days" of aviation this Saturday and Sunday, at EAA's Pioneer Airport. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, enjoy family-friendly activities that will bring the excitement and adventure of early flight back to life. And during the evening hours on Friday and Saturday, help solve the mystery at EAA's 4th annual Aviation Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Dead on Arrival, performed in Pioneer's main hangar.
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State Grant Helps Promote Good Ol' Days

EAA's Good Ol' Days recently received financial support from a State of Wisconsin Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant. JEM grants allow non-profit tourism organizations to better promote their event to a wider marketplace, and helps tourism destinations to work more closely with the state to showcase the unique events throughout Wisconsin. The grant was presented to EAA officials August 11 at a special ceremony held in Oshkosh.
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TEAM USA PLACES CLOSE SECOND AT AWAC
Team USALed by a very strong freestyle sequence, the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team finished a close second to Russia at the Advanced World Championships held in Radom, Poland, August 3-13. Team medals are based on the scores of the top three pilots from each country. For the USA, Rob Holland (Ultimate 100-300) finished second overall with 78.51%; Jeff Boerboon (Extra 300 L) was fourth overall (77.76%); and Hector Ramirez (Extra 300 L) fifth overall (77.56%). Russia's top three were Alexander Kurylev (SU-29), first overall (79.90%); Mikhail Pereverzev (SU-29), third overall (77.83%); and Anton Berkutov (SP-55), 7th overall (77.29%).
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EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR VISITS MINNEAPOLIS AREA AUGUST 19
EAA's Sport Pilot TourEAA's traveling road show, the Sport Pilot Tour, resumes in the Minneapolis area this Saturday, August 19, at the AirLake Airport (LVN), Lakeville, Minnesota. EAA Chapter 25 (Minneapolis) will host the event that will feature a dozen or more light-sport aircraft (LSA) models on display, along with manufacturer's representatives allowing attendees to "kick the tires" and find out more about the fast-growing aviation segment.
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NEARLY 20 STOPS ADDED TO EAA B-17 'KEEP IT FLYIN'' TOUR
EAA's B-17 TourAfter its successful participation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, EAA's restored B-17G bomber, Aluminum Overcast, resumed its "Keep It Flying" national tour in the Eastern and Central United States. EAA has now announced nearly 20 additional tour sites that will carry the tour through November, including appearances in Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas.
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AEROSHELL CONTRIBUTES TO YOUNG EAGLES
AeroShell Contributes to EAA Young EaglesEach year, AeroShell designs a special poster that is available during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at its exhibit booth. Proceeds from the poster, as well as t-shirt sales, are donated to the EAA Young Eagles program. This year, AeroShell's Paul Royko presented EAA Young Eagles Director Steve Buss with a check for $7,793 on Sunday, July 30, final day of the convention. The proceeds will go towards support of EAA's youth inspiration and education mission, promoting the future of, and building a legacy for, aviation.
    
EAA ADVOCATES ON BEHALF OF AVIATORS
The EAA Government Programs office has been very busy recently, not only with issues in the aftermath of AirVenture, but on several matters of interest to pilots in specific states. Last week EAA issued an e-Alert to members in New York State to contact Governor George Pataki's office and urge him to veto a bill that would require background checks for all student pilots, at the pilot's expense. FAA does not require such background checks, and student pilots would simply take their training in neighboring states, harming the New York flight school industry.

Also last week, EAA reviewed a new Jacksonville, Florida city ordinance that prohibits construction or repair of aircraft in residential areas. Aircraft builders often begin their airplane projects in their garages or basements for convenience sake, before moving the project to a local airport.

EAA continues a close watch on aviation security developments regarding airline flights in the wake of last week's foiled terror plot in England.
    
ATC ASKS AIRVENTURE PILOTS TO COMPLETE SURVEY
Did you fly your airplane to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006? If so, the FAA's air traffic control team asks that you take a few minutes to complete a 10-question survey located on the EAA AirVenture website at www.airventure.org/atc. Your help will provide important information that will allow controllers to continuously improve the process to make for safer, more efficient operations at future fly-ins.
    
SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS HAVE OPENINGS IN OSHKOSH, CHICAGO 
EAA SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops' Oshkosh RV workshop scheduled for August 26-27 has several openings available. Here's your opportunity to learn from one of the best, Dan Checkoway, accomplished RV instructor from the West Coast who will provide a great introduction to building a Van's RV aircraft.

There's also space available in the recently added Chicago-area workshop series slated for October 21-22 at Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois. Courses offered include Fabric Covering, Introduction To Aircraft Building, Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, and Electrical Systems. 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.
    
DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL?
Whether you are a student pilot or an experienced flight instructor, EAA wants to hear about why you fly. Specifically, we're looking for motivational stories to inspire prospective pilots to get involved in flying and we're asking that you submit a written testimonial and/or digital video clip along with your story. It may just appear on EAA's Sport Pilot website, www.sportpilot.org, in even in one or more of EAA's publications.
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CHAPTER 690 PLANS PROGRAM ABOUT FIRST FLIGHT SAFETY
EAA Chapter 690The FAA and the EAA have gone to great lengths to stress proper preparation for the first few test flights in a newly restored or constructed homebuilt aircraft. After years of building or restoring, many pilots may find themselves ill prepared to strap in and begin the test phase of their new creation. On Saturday, September 2, Terrence J. Donovan, Director of the National Flight Test Institute and a fixed wing test pilot instructor, will talk about preparations required for, and conduct of, the first few flight tests of an experimental or restored airplane at the EAA Chapter 690 Aviation Program and Breakfast at Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The program is open to the public and takes place at the EAA Sport Aviation Center starting at 10:30 a.m. Breakfast and/or refreshments are available starting at 8:00. Ample aircraft and auto parking is available. For additional information contact Joel Levine, 770-394-5466 or jlevine@bellsouth.net.
    
INSURANCE TIPS
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT AIRCRAFT LIABILITY INSURANCE?
By Bob Mackey
Vice President, Falcon Insurance Agency

When you buy aircraft insurance did you know you are entering into a legal contract between you and the aircraft insurance company? And that it's the responsibility of your aircraft insurance agent to make sure you are getting the right insurance at the most competitive price? That's why you need to deal with a professional independent agency that specializes in aircraft insurance when you buy aircraft liability insurance.

Aircraft insurance policies, even the ones that claim to be simple and easy to read, are confusing. A licensed independent insurance agent with a background in aviation insurance can ensure you are buying the right insurance for the best price. One word can change your policy from having what you thought was adequate insurance coverage to finding out you're covered to only 10 percent of the amount you thought.
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AIRCRAFT SPRUCE CANADA OPENS IN TORONTO
Canadian aircraft builders, restorers, and pilots will soon have full access to all products sold by Aircraft Spruce with efficient shipping rates, and substantially reduced brokerage fees. Aircraft Spruce Canada will open a retail store in Toronto, stocking an extensive supply of materials and tools at competitive prices and shipping rates. After September 1, contact Aircraft Spruce Canada at 877-795-2278, or 905-795-2278. On the web, placed orders will show costs estimated in Canadian dollars, detailing shipping options for Canadians, at www.aircraftspruce.ca.
 
FLABOB PLANS VETERANS' DAY EXTRAVAGANZA NOVEMBER 12
Flabob Airport will be turned into a temporary mock military base in observance of Veterans' Day on Sunday, November 12. Though the theme is designed to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces, "Camp Flabob" will remain open to the public. Organizers invite pilots with aircraft of any kind to fly in for the day and participate in the festivities including live music and a "USO Stage" featuring stand up comics and sketches. Several aircraft fly-bys are also planned, and there will be the opportunity to buy rides in a DC-3 or biplane. A mortar range will be set up with water balloons substituting for explosives, and the EAA Chapter One hangar is being converted to a movie house to run classic military films all day. A special salute to Veterans is planned for 1 p.m. and a parade at 2:30. Admission is free. For more information or directions, contact Kathy Rohm at 951-683-2309, ext. 104.
 
NEW FLIGHT GEAR BAG AVAILABLE AT SPORTY'S
Sporty's has a new addition to its Flight Gear line - the Solo Flight Gear Bag. The bag was designed to meet the needs of experienced pilots with less to carry on their flights. It features a completely padded interior, and three separate compartments to carry headsets, GPS, or other necessary gear. A special padded exterior pocket is designed for a hand-held transceiver. The bag also has a clear ID holder for a pilot's certificate. The Solo Flight Gear Bag comes in black, forest, navy, royal, or red. Up to three initials can be embroidered on the main flap for $9.95. For more information visit www.sportys.com, or call 800-776-7897.
 
COLUMBIA BEGINS 'TRAIN ME' SEMINAR SERIES
EAA AirVenture 2006 was the site of Columbia Aircraft's first ever Training, Information and Maintenance Expertise (TRAIN ME) seminar series. The program ran daily Wednesday through Saturday and provided Columbia 300, 350, and 400 owners, and the people who service them, a deeper understanding of the unique attributes and features of the aircraft, the company said. The company plans to hold similar seminar programs at Sun 'n Fun, the AOPA Expo, and again at AirVenture 2007. Anyone interested in learning more about the aircraft is welcome to attend. For more information visit www.flycolumbia.com.
   
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