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

EAA Chapter 17 welcomes EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast to McGhee Tyson Airport in the Knoxville, Tennessee area this weekend (September 22-24). Then it's on to Columbia, South Carolina's Metro Airport as EAA Chapter 242 hosts a September 26-27 visit. The following weekend (September 29-October 1) EAA Chapter 690 hosts a tour stop at its home airport, Gwinnett County Airport - Briscoe Field.

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

10TH VIRGINIA EAA FLY-IN JUST A WEEK AWAY
The 10th Annual Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In (VAEAA) and Expo is but a short week away, and organizers are busy making final preparations preparing Dinwiddie County Airport, Petersburg. The focus this year is on educational activities for pilots, would-be pilots, and all those interested in aviation during the September 30-October 1 event. 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 complete VAEAA information, visit www.vaeaa.org.

FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR WRAPS UP IN IOWA
EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor

EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor concludes its late-summer/early fall mini-tour this week, September 21-25, at Davenport, Iowa's Municipal Airport. (Flight reservations and more information can be found at www.flytheford.org.) From Iowa, the airplane returns to Oshkosh to prepare for Fall Color Flights that take place October 21-22.

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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
EAA Government Relations

Can a sport pilot instructor endorse a Private Pilot for the 61.31 tail wheel endorsement?

Answer
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In a word, yes.

Since FAR 61.31(i) states only that the tail wheel instruction must be given by an authorized instructor, the FAA takes the position that "a tail wheel endorsement is a tail wheel endorsement." If a SubPart K instructor [NOTE: SubPart J does not apply to instructors, only to sport pilots] gives an endorsement to a commercial pilot in a Maxair Drifter (LSA), the endorsement is valid for any tail wheel aircraft.

A pilot receiving a tail wheel endorsement as a student pilot or sport pilot, or from a SubPart K instructor, need not augment that endorsement in any manner upon earning a higher-grade pilot certificate.

An endorsement earned in a J-3 does not apply to a DC-3, of course, because the DC-3 requires a type rating.

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To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.
  

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October 2006
EAA Desktop Calendar

EAA Desktop Calendar

After a long day on EAA AirVenture convention grounds, what could be better than getting into your powered parachute and riding west into the setting sun? This month's EAA desktop calendar features such a scene as captured by EAA volunteer photographer Chris Miller, providing a reminder of what was...and what is to come as summer fades into fall and winter.

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EAA SUCCEEDS IN GETTING L.A. BASIN RESTRICTIONS LIFTED
L.A. BASIN RESTRICTIONS LIFTEDEAA's persistent advocacy on behalf of experimental exhibition aircraft has led the FAA to rescind existing FAA Western Pacific Region policy letters that had prevented some aircraft from operating at airports within the Los Angeles basin. Doug Dalbey, FAA Western Region flight standards manager, officially rescinded the existing policy letters with a memorandum dated September 8, 2006.
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NEARLY 40 'FLYBOYS NIGHT OUT' EVENTS PLANNED IN U.S.
FLYBOYSNearly 40 "Flyboys Night Out" gatherings throughout the country will help usher in the wide release of the MGM motion picture Flyboys on Friday, September 22. The movie, which premiered to rave reviews at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, has numerous ties with EAA, beginning with director Tony Bill, EAA 72574; aircraft builder Robert Baslee, EAA 82770, who was contracted to build four Nieuport airplanes in 52 days for the film; and aerobatic pilot and EAAer David Ellison, a Stars of Tomorrow performer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 who makes his acting debut in the film.

Flyboys depicts the story of the Lafayette Escadrille, an American air squadron that fought for France before the United States entered the war against Germany. It's also the first WWI movie to come out of Hollywood in forty years.

For a listing of "Flyboys Night Out" sites, visit www.flyboysnightout.com.
   
EXPERIENCE WWI AERIAL COMBAT IN NEW 'FLYBOYS' GAME
EAA members get one month free
FLYBOYSiEntertainment Network, the award-winning developer of Warbirds and other premier aerial simulations, has released FLYBOYS Squadron, a computer game based upon the MGM motion picture, FLYBOYS, which had its aviation world premiere at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and opens nationwide this Friday, September 22. The Flyboys Squadron Demo Download is "try-before-you-buy" and arrangements have been made for EAAers to receive one month of free online access to the entire TotalSims Series of online flying games.
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EAA ASKS FOR EXEMPTION TO SOLVE SINGLE-PLACE LSA CHECKRIDE DILEMMA
EXEMPTION TO SOLVE SINGLE-PLACE LSA CHECKRIDE DILEMMAEAA has applied for an exemption from the FAA to remedy a pair of "Catch 22" situations facing transitioning ultralight pilots in single-place light-sport aircraft. The exemption would allow such pilots to conduct their sport pilot practical tests in their planes, eliminating the quirk in the FARs that require a person to be Pilot in Command to fly an aircraft. But one cannot be PIC until after completing a practical flight examination.
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CITY OF CHICAGO FINALLY CAVES OVER MEIGS DESTRUCTION
Friends of Meigs Not Giving up on Dream to Rebuild Airport
CITY OF CHICAGO FINALLY CAVES OVER MEIGS DESTRUCTIONThree and a half years after destroying the Coolest Little Airport on the Planet, Chicago's City Hall decided to stop fighting the FAA and pay a $33,000 fine for failure to give proper public notice of the closure of Merrill C. Meigs Field. The city also agreed to repay $1 million of the $1.5 million the FAA said it misspent from federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds to finance the March 30, 2003, airport demolition and subsequent development of a park on the city's Northerly Island.
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CHAPTERS, SQUADRONS: 2007 B-17, TRI-MOTOR TOURS FORMING
With several weeks remaining on EAA's "Allied Victory B-17 Tour" organizers are busy planning next year's tour locations. If your EAA Chapter or Warbirds of America Squadron is interested in hosting a 2007 tour stop, please print out, complete and mail the form located at www.b17.org/tour/chapters as no later than October 1, 2006, to be considered for the 2007 schedule.

Likewise, as the EAA Ford Tri-Motor tour wraps up this week, we're planning for 2007 tour stops. Chapters who would like to host an event next year can complete and submit the online form by October 15 at https://secure.eaa.org/museum/trimotor_chapter_app.asp.
   
SHARP CLAIMS ANOTHER TITLE AT RENO
SHARP CLAIMS ANOTHER TITLE AT RENOEAA member Jon Sharp returned to the winner's circle at Reno, Nevada, Sunday when he won the Sport Gold Race at Reno's 43rd National Championship Air Races at Stead Airport. Sharp, who won nine Formula 1 class titles in the 1990s with his original Nemesis, flew a Nemesis NXT kitplane to a top speed of 360.389 mph. Rod Von Grote's Lancair Legacy actually posted a faster speed in the Gold race, but he cut a pylon and was penalized, resulting in an official time of 358.557 mph. EAAer John Parker finished third, 350.340 mph, in the Thunder Mustang 'Blue Thunder.'
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CHECK OUT EAA SPORT PILOT INTERVIEWS ONLINE
Since the second anniversary of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule on September 1, 2006, EAA representatives have done many interviews regarding the new opportunities available for people to participate and enjoy recreational flight. Media outlets turn to EAA because of its leadership in the sport pilot community - not only the organization's 10 years of work to make the sport pilot rule a reality, but EAA's efforts as this new area of flying grows and builds its infrastructure.
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EARN E-LSA INSPECTION CERTIFICATE, LEARN RV CONSTRUCTION WITH EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
EAA SportAir WorkshopsExperimental light-sport aircraft owners who want to conduct their own annual inspections can do so after completing the September 29-October 1 EAA SportAir Workshop in Lantana (West Palm Beach), Florida. The ELSA Repairman Inspection Certificate Program is an FAA-approved, 16-hour course to earn a Repairman/Inspection Certificate, which will allow you to perform the annual condition inspection on your airplane certificated in the Experimental Light Sport Aircraft category.

In another upcoming course, acclaimed builder Dan Checkoway will teach Van's RV aircraft construction techniques at Watsonville, California (south of San Jose) November 18-19.  Only 16 spots are available for both courses, so call 800-967-5746 or visit www.sportair.org today to register.
   
EAA MEMBERS BENEFIT WITH ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR
ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAREnterprise Rent-a-Car offers more comprehensive coverage and service to general aviation airports and FBOs throughout North America than any other car rental agency. That's good news for EAA members, who also receive special partner pricing on their more than 120 different makes and models, including sedans, luxury cars, SUVs and passenger vans. With Enterprise as a new member benefit partner, EAAers can expect to find an Enterprise branch nearby and save on vehicle rentals at more than 6,000 neighborhood and airport locations. What's more, they'll even pick you up, free. To learn more or to reserve a vehicle, visit the Enterprise website or call 877-GA1-ERAC. Use Corporate Account Number NA44022.
  
EAA AIRCRAFT FINANCING PLAN PROGRAMS LAUNCHED AT AIRVENTURE
EAA Aircraft FinancingThe EAA Aircraft Financing Plan (EAAFP) was first announced in April 2006 and made its first widespread appearance at EAA AirVenture's Member Village in July. Members flocked to the exhibit to learn more about the benefits of aircraft ownership and the ease of ownership in today's market.
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On the Flightline News and Views
   
CUBCRAFTERS DELIVERS FIRST TWO SPORT CUBS
CubCrafters reached a significant milestone Wednesday, September 20, as the company delivered its first two customer CC11-100 Sport Cubs. CubCrafters President Jim Richmond summed up the days events: "What a great day for our customers, our employees, and the entire CubCrafters family. We say 'thank you' to all of those who worked and waited with us so patiently while we completely re-designed the airplane that inspired the new (SP/LSA) category." The Sport Cub production and delivery rate is scheduled to accelerate to one per week over the next four to six weeks and on to two per week near the end of the year. For more information, visit www.cubcrafters.com.
    
REVISED SAIB ISSUED FOR CESSNA ELT PLACARDS
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) revising an SAIB issued May 24, 2006, regarding a discrepancy with the ELT placard provided by Cessna. The revision corrects the applicable Cessna models to include the following models: 150, 152, 172, 172R, 172S, 172RG, 177, 177RG, 180, 182, 182S, R182, T182, 185, 206, T206, 208, 210, T210, T303, 310, 335, 340, 402, 404, 414, 421, 425, and 441. It also lists the part numbers of the placard. To obtain a new placard, or service information referenced in the SAIB, contact Cessna Product Support at 316-517-5800. The SAIB, CE-06-46R1 can be downloaded at www.faa.gov/aircraft/safety/alerts/SAIB.
   
ADAM RECEIVES PRODUCTION CERTIFICATE FOR A500
The FAA has issued Adam Aircraft a Production Certificate, giving the company the authority to manufacture and deliver its A500 aircraft under an FAA-approved type design. This allows Adam to accelerate production of the A500 by being able to inspect and apply standard airworthiness certificates under a system approved by the FAA.
"An FAA Production Certificate represents a major step toward the Adam Aircraft goal of delivering six A500 aircraft every month," said Rick Adam, founder and CEO. For more information visit www.adamaircraft.com.
   
'CLOUD 9' PLANS WEIGHT-SHIFT E-LSA REPAIRMAN COURSE
Cloud 9 Aerosports will host a Sport Aviation Specialties experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) repairman course for weight-shift trikes at St. Marys Airport (KOYM), Pennsylvania, October 28-29. The course provides the required training for owners or would-be owners of weight-shift E-LSA to be eligible for an FAA light-sport repairman certificate, which authorizes them to perform their own annual condition inspections. Tuition for EAA, USUA, and ASC members is $349, or $399 for non-members. For more information or to register for the course, visit www.sportaviationspecialties.com, e-mail sportaviation@kc.rr.com, or call 816-838-6235.
   
NEW MICCO COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF MICCO TC
MICCO Aircraft Company, Inc. announced that it has concluded the acquisition of the Type Certificate and all associated assets of the former Micco Aircraft, Inc. previously located in Fort Pierce, Florida. All of the assets will be moved to Frank Phillips Field in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, so that production of the MICCO SP26 Aerobatic IFR aircraft can begin with first deliveries projected for second quarter of 2007. The Bartlesville site will include; manufacturing of the MICCO SP26, TECNAM Aircraft sales, a light-sport aircraft school and rental division, as well as an FAA Repair Station at the location. For more information, visit www.miccoaircraft.com.
   
HOLDING PATTERN AID AVAILABLE AT AIRCRAFT SPRUCE
The number one reason pilots fail IFR check rides is reportedly the inability to correctly enter and maintain a holding pattern. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty offers a Holding Pattern Aid (HPA), which assists with visualizing a holding pattern and determining how to enter it correctly. Four HPA stick and peel transparent gyro overlays direct entry patterns that take the guesswork out of establishing a proper holding pattern. Available for sell for $8.96 and can be ordered through Aircraft Spruce's Pilot Shop Catalog, through their online catalog at www.AircraftSpruce.com, or by calling 877-4-SPRUCE.
   
MINETA TO RECEIVE WRIGHT BROTHERS TROPHY
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta will receive the 2006 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy at the annual Wright Dinner held December 15 in Washington, D.C. The trophy, presented annually by the National Aeronautic Association, is awarded "to a living American for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States." Previous winners have included Charles Lindbergh, Senator Barry Goldwater, Kelly Johnson, Neil Armstrong, Senator John Glenn, and EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny.

Mineta, the longest-serving DOT Secretary in history (2001-2006) oversaw America's lowest vehicle fatality rate ever recorded, which included the safest three-year period in aviation history. Post-9/11, Mineta oversaw the Coast Guard's response to terrorist attacks and guided creation of the Transportation Security Administration.

For information on the December 15 Wright Dinner, visit www.naa.aero.
   
SPORTY'S CREATES HANDY PILOT TOOL KIT
Sporty's has created the Trip Saver Tool Kit containing all the essentials to help pilots address minor maintenance issues on the go. The kit contains: a 12-bit screwdriver, safety wire pliers, safety wire, 8-piece hex set, 6-piece miniature screwdriver set, needle-nose pliers, blunt-nose pliers, adjustable wrench, vice grips, channel lock pliers, 9-piece combination wrench set, duct tape, voltmeter, wire brush, inspection mirror, tire pressure gauge, ratchet with socket (sized for most spark plugs), cable ties, and spark plug gapper. Small enough to fit under a seat, the Tool Kit comes in a custom carrying bag, and weighs under 12 pounds.
For more information visit www.sportys.com, or call 800-776-7897
   
PATTY WAGSTAFF CONTINUES AS CIRRUS SPOKESPERSON
Three-time U.S. National Aerobatic champion, Patty Wagstaff and Cirrus have signed an agreement to continue their partnership for two more years. "Cirrus is proud to have Patty as a member of our team," said Vice-Chairman and Co-founder, Dale Klapmeier. "Patty is one of the world's most respected pilots, and totally committed to excellence. Patty has contributed invaluable personal and professional fervor to the personal aviation industry and we are excited to continue with her in our shared commitment to its growth." For more information visit www.CirrusDesign.com.
    
POWER FLOW TUNED EXHAUST KIT FOR DIAMOND DA-40
Power Flow Systems has received FAA STC approval for its high-performance tuned exhaust system for the Diamond DA-40. The system is only available for those models with the MT Propeller, but work is in progress for Diamonds with Hartzells. Owners can get up to 23 more horsepower from a Lycoming engine rated at 180 hp, which yields as much as 8 knots faster cruise, 15 percent increase in the rate of climb, a gain of 1.2 GPH at current cruise speeds, reduced take off roll, and up to 25 percent increase in cabin heat. Power Flow also has systems for most popular models of four cylinder single engine GA aircraft. For more information, visit www.powerflowsystems.com or call 877-693-7356.
   
NOMINATIONS FOR HAI AWARD DUE OCT. 3
Helicopter Association International is accepting nominations for its 2006 "Salute to Excellence" awards through October 3. The annual recognize outstanding achievement in the civil helicopter industry. The winners will be recognized on March 2, 2007, during a special event at HELI-EXPO 2007 in Orlando, Florida. To submit a nomination call 703-683-4646, or download a nomination form at www.rotor.com/salute.
   
SECOND RRL TEAM ANNOUNCED
The second team in the Rocket Racing League (RRL) was announced at the Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show. The Bridenstine Rocket Racing Team founded by Navy Lt. James Bridenstine, an E-2C and F-18C pilot, and his wife Michelle. The team will acquire their first rocket-powered Mark-1 X-Racer later this year, and the RRL plans to debut its first competitive races in late fall 2007 in New Mexico. For more information on the RRL, visit www.rocketracingleague.com.
   
SPARROWHAWK DEALER ASSIGNED IN PHILIPPINES
Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc. (GBA) has expanded its American Autogyro sales network into the Philippines. Gyroplane Rotorcraft, Inc., will market the SparrowHawk II Gyroplane to military, police agencies, delivery services, and private citizens there. GBA also announced that its proof-of-concept, high-speed, long-range, vertical takeoff and landing Heliplane aircraft recently passed the third milestone for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The goal is a greater than two-fold improvement in speed and range performance over a conventional helicopter. The Heliplane will have a cruise speed of 400 mph and an unrefueled range of 1,000 nm. The proof-of-concept aircraft will also carry a 1,000 lb payload. For more information visit www.groenbros.com.
   
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