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News and Views September 1, 2006    Volume 6, Number 42

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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, 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.

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Question of the Week
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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.

Answer
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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 before/after sunrise/sunset.

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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SPORT PILOT AT TWO YEARS
Light-Sport Aircraft Mall at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
In 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 recreational flight.

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. 
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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 do so.
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FOSSETT BREAKS GLIDER ALTITUDE RECORD
Steve Fossett 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 Andes.

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.
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NEW PHOTOS ADDED AT AIRVENTURE.ORG
Blue Angels mid-air refuelingIf 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 Oshkosh.
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EAA ULTRALIGHT 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.
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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 pheyer@eaa.org.
 
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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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 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.
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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 http://www.sportair.com or call 800-967-5746.
    
On the Flightline News and Views
AMPHIBIOUS FLOATS AVAILABLE FOR THE SPORTSMAN 2+2
Montana Float 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.

The Sportsman 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.

For more information visit www.MontanaFloat.com, or www.GlasairAviation.com.

 
WISCONSIN 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.

Tickets are 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.

 
LOCKHEED 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.

The limited-edition ornaments are available for $24.95 at www.sportys.com, or by calling 800-776-7897.

 
AMELIA REID 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.

For more information visit www.ameliareid.com.

 
MINNESOTA 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.

For more information visit www.enstromhelicopter.com.

 
DIAMOND 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.

"Columbia 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."

For more information visit www.diamondaircraft.com, or www.columbiaairservices.com.

   
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