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'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUR KEEPS ON FLYING
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
10th Annual Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In (VAEAA) and Expo is
but a short week away, and organizers are busy making final
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
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,
TOUR WRAPS UP IN IOWA
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.
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?
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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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.
To download the image for your computer, visit the EAA
website and choose among five resolutions to suit your
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SUCCEEDS IN GETTING L.A. BASIN RESTRICTIONS LIFTED
EAA'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.
'FLYBOYS NIGHT OUT' EVENTS PLANNED IN U.S.
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.
AERIAL COMBAT IN NEW 'FLYBOYS' GAME
EAA members get one month free
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.
EAA ASKS FOR EXEMPTION
SINGLE-PLACE LSA CHECKRIDE DILEMMA
EAA 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
CITY OF CHICAGO FINALLY
CAVES OVER MEIGS DESTRUCTION
Friends of Meigs Not Giving up on Dream to
Three 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
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
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.
CLAIMS ANOTHER TITLE AT RENO
EAA 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
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.
| EARN E-LSA
INSPECTION CERTIFICATE, LEARN RV CONSTRUCTION WITH EAA
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
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
BENEFIT WITH ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR
Enterprise 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
AIRCRAFT FINANCING PLAN PROGRAMS LAUNCHED AT AIRVENTURE
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.
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,
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.
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,
or call 816-838-6235.
COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF MICCO TC
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
FOR HAI AWARD DUE OCT. 3
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.
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.
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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