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EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR
TOUR UNDER WAY
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
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, September 1-3, the EAA
B-17 Keep it Flyin' Tour visits DuPage Airport in DuPage, Illinois,
hosted by EAA Warbird Squadron 4. Following locations include
Columbus, Ohio, at Ohio State University Airport on September 15-17
(EAA Chapter 9) and Jeffersonville, Indiana, at Clark Regional
Airport on September 19-20 (EAA Chapter 110).
For complete tour information, including on-line flight
reservations, visit http://www.b17.org.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
What is the definition of
"day" relative to compliance with the sport pilot
rule? I am particularly concerned about operation at or near
sunrise and sunset.
According to FAR 61.315, a sport pilot may not act as PIC of a
light-sport aircraft "at night."
Per FAR 1.1, night is defined
as follows: "Night means the time between the end of
evening civil twilight and the beginning of morning civil
twilight, as published in the American Air Almanac, converted
to local time." Typically this is about 30 minutes
So if your LSA is appropriately
equipped according to FAR 91.209 with position lights, a sport
pilot can watch a sunrise or sunset in the air (which is
always the best way to start and end a day)!
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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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PILOT AT TWO YEARS
just two years, the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft
community has grown to be a significant and promising part
of the general aviation picture. The past year, in
particular, showed the potential within this new area of
Over more than a decade of
direct involvement and leadership on the rule, EAA sees the
two-year anniversary of what's commonly known as the
"sport pilot rule" as a point of celebration and
renewed motivation to continue building access for those who
wish to participate.
EAA LOOKS FOR
CONSISTENT POLICY ON EXPERIMENTAL/ EXHIBITION OVERFLIGHTS
EAA is working on solving issues regarding
Experimental/Exhibition category aircraft overflights in
southern California, an issue that could affect all
Experimental aircraft if not addressed.
EAA requested a teleconference
with officials at FAA Headquarters and the agency's Western
Pacific Region to find a solution to difficulties faced by
owners of Experimental/Exhibition aircraft, such as warbirds,
when they fly or base their aircraft at airports in the Los
Angeles basin. Some aircraft owners have been told that they
cannot fly over densely populated areas at any time to land or
take off at these airports, in spite of aircraft operating
limitations and airworthiness certificates that allow them to
FOSSETT BREAKS GLIDER
Adventurer Steve Fossett (EAA
562868) logged another record-setting flight this week, when he and Norwegian
co-pilot Einar Enevoldson reached 50,699 feet flying a glider over the Argentine
Although the feat has not been independently
verified, Fossett, 62, and Enevoldson, 74, accomplished the record above the
Patogonia region on Tuesday, August 29. The previous record, said Fossett, was
49,009 feet, set in 1986 by American Robert Harris in California's Sierra Nevada
Mountains. The Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the world air sports
authority, will review Fossett and Enevoldson's claim for verification.
PHOTOS ADDED AT AIRVENTURE.ORG
you're longing to relive the highlights of EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2006, or weren't able to make it and want to see what
you missed, visit the updated AirVenture Photo Gallery at www.AirVenture.org,
including new visitor-submitted photos. The site is also home
to a collection of video and audio highlights, aircraft
judging results, and all the stories and announcements from
EAA AirVenture Today, the official newspaper of EAA AirVenture
to the photo gallery
HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT TWO POSTHUMOUSLY THIS FALL
Volmer Jensen, EAA 146198, aircraft and ultralight
designer, and Bob Lovejoy, EAA 79097, original creator of the
Quicksilver, will be posthumously inducted into the EAA
Ultralight Hall of Fame at the EAA Aviation Center October 27.
As part of the Hall of Fame
induction, EAA assembles a video tribute to each inductee. EAA
is currently searching for pictures of Bob Lovejoy and would
appreciate hearing from friends or family who could share
pictures and additional biographical background. Please
contact Pat Heyer at 920-426-6507, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFI'S GUIDE TO
SP/LSA AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
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
BANK EAA VISA INCLUDES AIRCRAFT SPRUCE DISCOUNT
Help 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 the first 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.
ATTEND EAA'S SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
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 http://www.sportair.com
or call 800-967-5746.
FLOATS AVAILABLE FOR THE SPORTSMAN 2+2
Company has designed a new set of amphibious floats
specifically for the Glasair Sportsman 2+2. According to
Keith Kinden of Montana Floats, a Sportsman outfitted with
his new amphibs provides seaplane performance beyond his
expectations, with water runs as low as 10 seconds,
depending on elevation, wind and take-off weight.
2+2 introduced the "Two Weeks To Taxi" Customer
Assembly Center program in Spring 2006, allowing customers
to build their aircraft and taxi it in just two weeks.
information visit www.MontanaFloat.com,
AVIATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY OCTOBER 14
The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame will hold its annual
induction banquet and ceremony on October 14 in the Eagle
Hangar at EAA's AirVenture Museum. Six Wisconsin aviators
will be honored for their accomplishments: Robert Clarke,
Robert Skuldt, Elwyn West, Ralph and Robert Huggins, and
Capt. Lance Sijan. The organization will also award two
aviation scholarships totaling $1,500.
available for $30 each, and pre-registered tables of eight
can be reserved for $250. A social hour and silent auction
will start at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and
the ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Call Keith Glasshof for
registration information at 715-832-6379.
CONSTELLATION CHOSEN FOR SPORTY'S CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
Sporty's customers voting through the company's website have
chosen the Lockheed Constellation as the airplane to be
featured on Sporty's 2006 Christmas Ornament. The
Constellation beat out the Cessna Citation Mustang, the
Pilatus PC-12, and Piper Cherokee for the honor. More than
5,000 votes were cast in an online poll. Affectionately
known as the "Connie," 856 of these aircraft were
built between 1943 and 1958. Identifiable by its triple-tail
design, Connies saw service as civilian airliners and as
cargo airplanes during the Berlin Airlift, and they were
also used by President Eisenhower.
limited-edition ornaments are available for $24.95 at www.sportys.com,
or by calling 800-776-7897.
AVIATION ADDS FLIGHTDESIGN CT TO ITS FLEET
Amelia Reid Aviation, based at Reid Hillview airport in San
Jose, California, has added a brand new Flightdesign CT
light-sport airplane (LSA) to its rental and training fleet.
The modern 120-knot, German-designed, carbon fiber airplane
is available for training and rental, and will complement
the school's Aeronca Champs and Taylorcraft L2 airplanes
that have been used for sport pilot flight training since
the rule became effective.
information visit www.ameliareid.com.
DNR ORDERS ENSTROM 480B HELICOPTER
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has
placed a purchase order for an Enstrom 480B helicopter
following a recent competitive bid process. The helicopter
will be outfitted with a loud hailer PA/Siren system and
mount systems for a surveillance camera and an SX-5
searchlight. The DNR Enforcement Division will operate the
helicopter throughout the state, providing all non-fire
resource assessment, census and law enforcement functions.
In addition, the helicopter will assist in ensuring public
safety and law compliance with state game, fish,
recreational vehicle, and natural resource commercial
operations. The helicopter will be based in Brainerd,
Minnesota, and will be delivered to the DNR in September.
information visit www.enstromhelicopter.com.
EXPANDS U.S. DISTRIBUTION WITH COLUMBIA
Columbia Aircraft Sales Inc. and Diamond Aircraft Industries
Inc. have announced that Diamond Aircraft has named Columbia
as the exclusive distributor for Diamond aircraft in New
England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The
Columbia group of aviation companies offers a full range of
FBO services, including sales, service, charger and
management of jet, turboprop, and piston-powered aircraft
throughout the region.
brings more than 25 years of aviation experience and deep
familiarity with aircraft sales and customer service across
nearly every segment of the market," said Peter Maurer,
president of Diamond Aircraft. "Their expertise,
consultative sales approach, and excellent reputation in the
important northeast U.S. market will help more pilots
appreciate the advantages of Diamond aircraft."
information visit www.diamondaircraft.com,
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