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News and Views August 25, 2006    Volume 6, Number 41

  
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EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR UNDER WAY
EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor

EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor has begun its five-city tour with its first stop at the South Bend, Indiana area's Elkhart Municipal Airport. The tour provides an opportunity to see up close and ride in the world's first mass-produced airliner.

Other scheduled tour locations include Pontiac, Michigan (August 31-September 4); Lexington, Kentucky (September 7-11); Nashville, Tennessee (September 14-18) and Davenport, Iowa (September 21-25).

For complete tour information and on-line reservations, visit www.flytheford.org.

EAA B-17 TOUR KEEPS ROLLIN' ALONG
This weekend, August 25-27, the EAA B-17 Keep it Flyin' Tour visits Manassas, Virginia's Davis Field for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 186. Following locations include August 29-30, Dayton, Ohio, Dayton - Wright Brothers Airport (Chapter 382); and September 1-3, DuPage, Illinois, DuPage Airport (EAA Warbird Squadron 4).

For complete tour information, including on-line flight reservations, visit http://www.b17.org.

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Is the Jabiru 3300 certified in the United States? I am building a Zenith Zodiac XL and need to determine if I will be required to fly off 40 hours or only 25.

Answer
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Jabiru engines are not type-certificated in the U.S. An amateur-built aircraft with a Jabiru engine would require a 40-hour flight-test period.

It's not a big deal though, because if you properly test your aircraft in accordance with FAA Advisory Circular 90-89A, so as to meet the requirements of 14 CFR 91.319(b) as required by your aircraft's operating limitations, it will take you nearly 40 hours to complete the tests anyway.

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September 2006
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Arguably the most exciting 15 minutes of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 took place Thursday morning, July 27, when a pair of F-22 Raptors performed a show-stopping flight demonstration. This month's calendar image shot by DeKevin Thornton shows one of those awesome fighters in a high-G vertical climb that condensed water vapor due to the sharp pressure drop.

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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RESTRICTIVE FLORIDA ORDINANCE DRAWS EAA'S ATTENTION
A narrowly written city ordinance that bans construction of aircraft and airboats at Jacksonville, Florida, residences has EAA acting on behalf of its membership in that city, and to prevent similar arbitrary bans in other areas of the country. The ordinance, passed in June, specifically bans the building or restoring of anything that flies or is intended to leave the ground. It was written to solve a single dispute between an EAA member and some of his neighbors, who contended the project was noisy and caused an eyesore.
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AVIATION PIONEER, LADISLAO PAZMANY, PASSES AWAY
LADISLAO PAZMANYSmall aircraft design pioneer and longtime EAA member Ladislao Pazmany, EAA 2431, passed away on August 21 at the age of 82. Known affectionately as "Paz" to his EAA friends and business associates, his work and reputation as an aeronautical engineer stretched across continents and touched people in every level of aviation, from government officials to young amateur pilots.
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CFI'S GUIDE TO SP/LSA AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
CFI'S GUIDE TO Sport Pilot and Light-Sport AircraftThe growing number of aviation enthusiasts interested in becoming sport pilots has created a commensurate need for more sport pilot instructors. EAA and affiliate organization the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) developed the CFI's Guide to Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft for existing certificated flight instructors looking to offer sport pilot instruction.
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ILLINOIS COUPLE CLAIMS YOUNG EAGLES RAFFLE GRAND PRIZE
YOUNG EAGLES RAFFLEMarshall (EAA 174846) and Marge White left EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 on Friday, July 28 - two days before Sunday's finale - to visit friends on the way home to their Cobden, Illinois, home. Before they took off, though, Marshall made sure to stop at the Ford Hangar and enter the 2006 Young Eagles Raffle grand prize, a custom-equipped Ford Lariat F-150 pickup. On Monday, August 21, the Whites were back in Oshkosh to pick up their prize.
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MINNEAPOLIS AREA WELCOMES EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR STOP
EAA's Sport Pilot TourThe latest offerings in general aviation's highest-growth segment were on display in the Land of 10,000 Lakes on Saturday, August 19, during EAA's Sport Pilot Tour stop. About 500 enthusiasts came to AirLake, Minnesota, Airport where they saw a tour record number of LSA-eligible aircraft in display and participated in one of the best tour stops yet.
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NEW U.S. BANK EAA VISA INCLUDES AIRCRAFT SPRUCE DISCOUNT
EAA VISAHelp EAA keep the fun in flying by applying for and using the official EAA Platinum VISA credit card, issued through EAA partner U.S. Bank. Choose from one of three designs: EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast; a Piper Cub; or the EAA logo. New cardholders also receive the opportunity for the low interest rate for first the 12 months. The EAA VISA entitles cardholders to a discount with EAA flagship partner Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. (Up to 10 percent; restrictions apply to avionics.) Additional partners will be added to the program in the future.
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LAST CHANCE TO COMPLETE AIRVENTURE ATC SURVEY
Last call for pilots who flew their airplanes into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 to complete a brief (10-question) survey for the FAA air traffic control team 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.
    
ATTEND EAA's SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS IN CHICAGO 
EAA SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops Chicago-area session is scheduled 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.
    
EAA TEXAS FLY-IN MAKES LEADERSHIP CHANGES
Southwest EAA Regional Fly-InSouthwest EAA Regional Fly-In (EAA Texas Fly-In) longtime President and Chairman Stan Shannon is the now chairman and CEO, while Norris Warner, previously executive vice president, is the president and COO after elections held recently. Shannon, whose work for the fly-in brought him an EAA President's Award at AirVenture 2006, will devote his energies to long-range planning and fund-raising, while Warner will be concentrating on managing the regional fly-in.
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INSURANCE TIPS
AIRCRAFT HULL INSURANCE: YOU'VE GOT OPTIONS
By Bob Mackey
Vice President, Falcon Insurance Agency

Between 60 percent and 80 percent of your overall aircraft insurance premium is for aircraft hull coverage. In fact, you pay more for hull insurance for $30,000 of coverage that for the liability insurance, normally a limit of $1 million combined single limit with $100,000 per passenger. That's simply because the insurance company pays a lot more in hull claims than they pay in liability claims.

Since you're paying this much for hull insurance, exactly how much do you know about it and do you know your options?
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On the Flightline News and Views
SKYKITS EARNS S-LSA CERTIFICATION FOR SAVANNAH
Skykits Corporation has received S-LSA certification for the Savannah, a high-wing, all-metal STOL aircraft. Leading edge slats and full span flaperons give the Savannah the capability to take off in less than 100 feet and land in under 200 feet, the company says. The cabin has side-by-side seating, a center control stick and gull-wing doors. The kit comes with all firewall forward components, instruments, wiring harness, and upholstered seats. All parts are CNC machined and laser cut, resulting in a build time of under 300 hours, the company says. Price for a ready-to-fly S-LSA Savannah equipped with instruments, radio and intercom and painted in two colors, is under $60,000. For more information visit www.skykits.com.
 
ADAM AIRCRAFT RAISES $93 MILLION
Adam Aircraft will accelerate certification of its A700 AdamJet and the production ramp-up of the FAA-certified A500 as a result of a $93 million cash infusion announced this week. Adam reports that the Series F funding round is led by new investor DCM, a venture capital firm. Other new investors include Mesirow Financial, W Capital Partners, D.E. Shaw Laminar Portfolios, LLC (a member of the D.E. Shaw group of companies), and Acadia Woods Partners, which joined previous investors Goldman Sachs and Hunt Growth Capital in the round. A sizable portion of the new round was also received from various new European investors. The company more than doubled its previous capitalization, positioning it to "accelerate our product development and production growth plans," said CEO Rick Adam. The current order backlog exceeds 400 aircraft valued at $850 million. For more information visit www.adamaircraft.com.
VERN RABURN TO SPEAK AT SAN DIEGO MUSEUM
Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn will be the keynote speaker for the San Diego Air and Space Museum's second Business Leaders Breakfast, Wednesday, September 20. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Pavilion of Flight, with the program starting at 8:30. Cost is $45 per person, or $425 per table. Reservations can be made online on the museum's website or by calling Carolyn Garanian (ext. 113) or Gail Brenner (ext. 119) at 619-234-8291.
SYNERGY AIR SETS FIBERGLASS TECHNIQUES COURSE
Synergy Air of Eugene, Oregon, will host a two-day, hands-on course covering the basics of fiberglass materials, as well as techniques and tricks necessary to finish a canopy, cowling, landing gear fairings, and wingtips to a professional level. Fiberglass - the Complete Picture will be held at Synergy Air's classroom hangar on Mahlon Sweet Field October 6-7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The course costs $350 per person. For more information call 541-913-0610, or visit www.synergyair.com.
SUPERFLITE SCHEDULES FABRIC COURSE
Superflite, manufacturer of the original urethane covering system, is holding a daylong fabric covering class on Saturday, September 30, at the Greenville, Illinois, airport. The class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and teaches the basics of fabric covering, from fabric attachment to rib stitching and surface tape application. Cost is $50, which includes class materials, lunch, and a $25 Superflite gift certificate. For more information or to register, call 800-323-0611 or e-mail sales@superflite.com.
WELDCRAFT LAUNCHES 'SMALLEST' TIG TORCH
Weldcraft claims its new WP-50 air-cooled torch is the smallest TIG torch on the market. Rated at 60-percent duty cycle up to 50 amps, it offers pen-like control in tight quarters and on paper-thin material. The entire torch is only 8 1/2-inches long and 3/4-in. in diameter at its widest point. Compatible tungsten sizes include .020-, .040- and 1/16-inch diameters.

Order with either a 12.5- or 25-ft. power cable, with an available built-in gas control valve for use with power sources that do not feature solenoid valves. The package comes with the torch body, handle, power cable and electrode wrench. For more information, visit www.weldcraft.com.
   
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