Volume 6, Number 40|
'FLY THE FORD'
MINI TOUR BEGINS AUGUST 24
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.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
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
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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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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'GOOD OL' DAYS' OF AVIATION THIS WEEKEND
Mystery Also Highlights Pioneer Airport Activities
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.
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.
TEAM USA PLACES
CLOSE SECOND AT AWAC
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%).
EAA SPORT PILOT
TOUR VISITS MINNEAPOLIS AREA AUGUST 19
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.
NEARLY 20 STOPS
ADDED TO EAA B-17 'KEEP IT FLYIN'' TOUR
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.
CONTRIBUTES TO YOUNG EAGLES
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.
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
EAA continues a close watch on aviation security developments
regarding airline flights in the wake of last week's foiled
terror plot in England.
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.
HAVE OPENINGS IN OSHKOSH, CHICAGO
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.
PLANS PROGRAM ABOUT FIRST FLIGHT SAFETY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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