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'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUR KEEPS ON FLYING
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
For complete tour information, including online flight
reservations, visit http://www.b17.org.
STOPS REMAIN FOR FORD TRI-MOTOR
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.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
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
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
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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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
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.
EAA'S ONGOING WORK ON
ADIZ REACHES CAPITOL HILL
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.
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.
COMPLETE REVIEW OF DRAFT FAA 'ROAD MAP'
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
CONTINUE FOR 10TH VIRGINIA EAA FLY-IN
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.
PILOT TOUR VISITS LAWRENCE, MASSACHUSETTS
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.
ANNOUNCES A WARRANTY THAT WORKS FOR YOU
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
CAPITAL ALERTS WOULD-BE AIRCRAFT BUYERS
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.
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)
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
For more information visit www.cessna.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HOSTS WILDLIFE HAZARD MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
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 email@example.com.
AERODYNAMICS UPGRADES VORTEX GENERATOR KITS FOR CESSNA
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.
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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