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News and Views September 15, 2006    Volume 6, Number 44

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EAA B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUR KEEPS ON FLYING
EAA B-17 Tour

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is in Columbus, Ohio at the Ohio State University Airport (hosted by EAA Chapter 9) through the weekend, then visits Jeffersonville, Indiana's Clark Regional Airport on September 19-20 (EAA Chapter 110). Those of you in the Knoxville, Tennessee area can see the famous warbird at McGhee Tyson Airport September 22-24, followed by a visit to Columbia, South Carolina's Metropolitan Airport for a September 26-27 visit hosted by EAA Chapter 242.

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

TWO STOPS REMAIN FOR FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR
EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor

Don't miss your chance to Fly the Ford as EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor concludes its late-summer/early fall mini-tour over the next week.  This weekend and through Monday, September 18, it appears at Nashville, Tennessee-area's Smyrna Airport before wrapping things up at Davenport, Iowa Municipal Airport September 21-25. Flight reservations and more information can be found at www.flytheford.org.

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Question of the Week
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I renewed my CFI this year but don't use the rating. Actually I am now flying in the Sport Pilot category and own an Avid Flyer. While I was attending the CFI class, I asked the examiner about flight reviews. In the "old days," the CFI who gave the BFR was pilot in command. The instructor/examiner told us that the rule has changed. Now the pilot is in command, not the CFI, who is there to observe and review only.

Since I am an ASEL-rated pilot without a medical, he said I can take the review in an aircraft in which I am rated. So, if I fly in a Cessna 150 for the review, how can I be in command without a medical? I don't think I can be. As I understand it, in the old days the CFI would be PIC and there wouldn't be a problem doing the review. If the pilot is a sport pilot, does the CFI need to be sport pilot also?

Answer
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Actually, there's nothing to prohibit a flight instructor from acting as pilot in command during a flight review. In fact, anytime a flight instructor is giving a flight review to a pilot who's pervious flight review has expired, the flight instructor is acting as pilot in command. There was no "old days" rule or any rule change to this effect, and this is not specific to sport pilot.

If you are a pilot who holds a recreational pilot certificate or higher and are operating at the sport pilot level, but wish to take your flight review in a non-LSA aircraft for which you are rated, such as a Cessna 150, the flight instructor will need to act as pilot in command during the flight portion of the review. If the flight instructor is unwilling to do this, you need to find a different flight instructor.

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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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EAA SEEKS TO PRESERVE HOMEBUILT ENTHUSIASTS' RIGHTS
Association co-leads amateur-built Aviation Rulemaking Committee
EAA SEEKS TO PRESERVE HOMEBUILT ENTHUSIASTS' RIGHTSWith mounting concern that some builders-for-hire and commercial providers are performing too much of the aircraft-building tasks when assisting clients, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on September 6 assembled the first meeting of the Amateur-Built Aviation Rulemaking Committee. EAA holds a key leadership position on this committee with one interest in mind: preserving the rights of amateur builders.
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EAA'S ONGOING WORK ON ADIZ REACHES CAPITOL HILL
EAA'S ONGOING WORK ON ADIZ REACHES CAPITOL HILLFor the first time since establishment of the "temporary" Washington D.C. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in 2003, representatives from the two most prominent general aviation organizations had an opportunity Tuesday to meet with the ADIZ decision makers from the Department of Defense, Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, and the FAA all at the same time. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, hosted the closed-door meeting on Capital Hill along with Senate Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT). EAA Vice President of Government Affairs Doug Macnair and AOPA President Phil Boyer together used the opportunity to present general aviation's case and question senior officials about the efficacy and efficiency of the DC ADIZ.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PHP!
Paul PobereznyThis Thursday, September 14, was EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny's 85th birthday. Paul is currently where he has spent many of his birthdays - at the National Championship Air Races & Air Show in Reno, Nevada, which run through Sunday, September 17. From all of us at EAA and EAAers everywhere, we wish Paul a very happy birthday and many more to come.
   
WOA, EAA COMPLETE REVIEW OF DRAFT FAA 'ROAD MAP'
WOA, EAA COMPLETE REVIEW OF DRAFT FAA 'ROAD MAP'The EAA Warbirds of America Advocacy Committee, in partnership with FAA Flight Standards (AFS-800) and the EAA Industry & Regulatory Affairs department, completed an exhaustive review of the initial FAA Draft Road Map and submitted comments regarding recommended improvements for consideration.
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PREPARATIONS CONTINUE FOR 10TH VIRGINIA EAA FLY-IN
10TH VIRGINIA EAA FLY-INThe 10th Annual Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In (VAEAA) and Expo will focus on educational activities for pilots, would-be pilots, and all those interested in aviation when it descends on Dinwiddie County Airport, Petersburg September 30-October 1. Hundreds of aircraft, from powered parachutes, a wide variety of homebuilts and antiques, as well as production aircraft are expected throughout the weekend. The airport will be open all day both days with no air show to allow maximum flexibility for arrivals and departures. For that reason, organizers expect to increase the number of participating aircraft, which was just shy of 500 aircraft in 2005.
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SPORT PILOT TOUR VISITS LAWRENCE, MASSACHUSETTS
EAA Sport Pilot TourAnother well-attended EAA Sport Pilot Tour event took place on Saturday, September 9, at the Lawrence Municipal Airport in Massachusetts, about 30 miles north of Boston. An estimated 400 aviation enthusiasts came to attend seminars, speak to sport pilot experts, and most of all, see the airplanes that can be flown under the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rules.
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FORD ANNOUNCES A WARRANTY THAT WORKS FOR YOU
EAA Ford Partner ProgramFord Motor Company is going the extra mile to deliver even more satisfaction to EAA members: All new Ford and Mercury vehicles now come with a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and Lincoln vehicles receive a 6-year/70,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. This warranty provides coverage for the engine, transmission and more, with no deductibles for repairs, plus it's fully transferable to future owners at no cost. Complimentary roadside assistance is also included for the entire warranty period, which covers towing, fuel-fill, and lockout services.
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AIRFLEET CAPITAL ALERTS WOULD-BE AIRCRAFT BUYERS
EAA Aircraft FinancingAre you considering buying a new airplane? There are some significant tax advantages to purchasing a business aircraft before September 30, 2006. This tax benefit applies to business aircraft buyers who are looking at an airplane that can be used in their business. The benefit effectively maximizes aircraft depreciation, allowing for a write-off of up to 20 percent in the first year for purchases closed before the end of this month. This will change in October, as business aircraft buyers will only be able to write off 5 percent in the first year through year-end.
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CESSNA CITATION MUSTANG EARNS FULL FAA CERTIFICATION
Cessna Aircraft Company, reports that the FAA has granted type certification (TC) to the Citation Mustang, making it the world's first fully certified, new-generation entry-level business jet. FAA type certification for the Mustang includes single-pilot operation, day/night operations, visual and instrument flight rules (VFR/IFR), and operations in reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace.

Cessna currently has 250 orders for the Mustang, selling out production well into 2009. The six-place jet has a top speed of 340 ktas, a range of 1,150 nautical miles and a service ceiling of 41,000 feet.
For more information visit www.cessna.com.

   
AIR TO CERTIFY SINGLE ENGINE TURBINE AND VLJ IN CANADA
Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR), manufacturer of the Epic LT turboprop, has announced plans to build a 100,000 square foot completion facility at Springbank Airport in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The move is significant in the aviation and aerospace landscape because it marks the first American aircraft company to take advantage of a new, state-of-the-art Canadian Center for Aircraft Certification (CCAC) instead of the traditional certification process in the United States. A reciprocity agreement between the Canadian government and the United States' FAA guarantees that any aircraft certification earned in Canada is recognized equally in both countries.

Dynasty Announced
AIR recently announced plans to produce the Epic Dynasty, a certified version of the Epic LT, the Epic Elite, a twin-engine entry into the certified Very Light Jet (VLJ) category. AIR is the anchor tenant at the new CCAC facility and expects to formalize operations there by spring 2007. The company expects to employ as many as 400 people and expand its workforce into as much as 400,000 square feet at the facility as certification of the Epic Dynasty and Elite near completion. For more information visit www.epicaircraft.com.
   
NASA PAV CHALLENGE RULES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
The rules for NASA's Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) Challenge are now posted on the CAFE Foundation's website. The PAV Challenge aims to promote the popular use of self-operated personal aircraft for safe, efficient, affordable, environmentally friendly, and comfortable on-demand transportation as a future solution to America's mobility needs.

There is also a Notice of Interest letter posted there that will allow teams to place an early reservation for acceptance into the competition. NASA plans to run the PAV Challenge as an annual event that runs for 5 years with $250,000 in prizes awarded annually. For more information, visit http://cafefoundation.org/v2/pav_pavchallenge.php.

   
GREEN SKY ADVENTURES OFFERS TWO-STROKE TRADE UP
Green Sky Adventures, Inc. has introduced a trade incentive for U.S. customers who want to replace their two-stroke engine with an HKS-700e. For a limited time, Green Sky is accepting Rotax 503 and 582 DCDI and 447 SCDI UL Series engines, in trade, against the purchase of a new 4-stroke, 60-hp HKS-700e. In most cases, Green Sky can also assist in the conversion process by providing consulting, technical expertise, or total mounting solutions. For more information visit www.greenskyadventures.com, or call 888-887-5625.
   
ERAU HOSTS WILDLIFE HAZARD MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Center for Professional Education will offer the first in a series of FAA-accepted Wildlife Hazard Management Workshops from October 31 to November 2, 2006, in Daytona Beach, Florida. These three-day workshops will prepare the participant for compliance with requirements established by recent revisions to FAR Part 139. The workshops are designed for individuals who train airport personnel responsible for implementing FAA-accepted wildlife hazard management plans, as well as anyone directly involved in controlling wildlife hazards at airports. To register, visit the workshop website. For more information, contact Billy Floreal, Center for Professional Education, at 386-947-5227 or florealb@erau.edu.
   
MICRO AERODYNAMICS UPGRADES VORTEX GENERATOR KITS FOR CESSNA 180/182/185
The FAA has approved upgrades to Micro Vortex Generator kits for the Cessna 180, 182, and 185 series. The STC improvement obtained by Micro Aerodynamics, involves mounting 18 VGs on each side of the vertical fin of each of the models, and is now a standard feature of kits that were initially designed for the wings and underside of the horizontal stabilizer. Retrofit, upgrade kits are available. The vertical fin supplemental kit costs $150. The complete, upgraded Micro VG kit, which includes the vertical fin array for the 180/182/185 models, sells for $1,450. For more information visit www.microaero.com or call 800-677-2370.
   
SPORTYS DVD FOCUSES ON TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS
Sporty's new DVD, Takeoffs and Landings, explores different types of takeoffs and landings and the many factors affecting their outcome. Pilots get a comprehensive review of the basics, plus some tips and tricks for consistently smooth operation. In-flight footage offers a pilot's-eye view of the different techniques and methods for safe operation, and goes beyond normal takeoffs and landings to cover crosswind techniques, slips, crabs, no-flap landings, emergencies, and recoveries from the not-so-perfect landings. Takeoffs and Landings is available for $29.95, and can be ordered at www.sportys.com, or by calling 800-776-7897.
   
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