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OVERCAST' IN THE 'VOLUNTEER' STATE
EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast invades
Municipal Airport this weekend for an October 6-8 visit hosted by EAA Chapter 863
and EAA Warbirds of America Squadron 1. Next stop - October 10-11 -
is Millington Regional Jetport Airport, Tennessee (Chapter 182),
then October 12-15 at North Little Rock Municipal Airport,
Arkansas (Chapter 165).
Don't miss your chance to see an authentic piece of flying history! For complete tour information, including online flight
reservations, visit http://www.b17.org.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Government Affairs
A question came up at a meeting that had to do with flying for
charitable events. Can I fly Young Eagles in a Sport Pilot
legal kitplane as a sport pilot? Secondly, can I fly a sport
pilot kitplane on a charitable medical mission flight?
To answer your first question, FAR 61.315 says that a sport
pilot may not act as pilot in command during a charitable
sightseeing flight/event. However, because the kids and their
parents are not charged or asked for a donation in exchange
for a Young Eagles flight, the EAA Young Eagles flights are
not considered to be a charitable sightseeing flight per
61.315(c)(10) (sport pilot limits); 61.101(e)(13)
(recreational pilot limits); and 61.113(c) (private pilot
limits). There are also no restrictions on the type of
aircraft flown - type certificated, experimental amateur-built
or exhibition or special/experimental light-sport aircraft.
Once the event accepts money in
exchange for flights, then you cross over into the FAA's
commercial flight operation rules. Key rules under this aspect
are the mandatory requirement to be part of an FAA drug
testing program (or contact EAA for an exemption;
888-322-4636, ext. 6867), can only fly type-certificated
aircraft, you must hold a current/valid private pilots license
(as a minimum) - can't do it as a sport pilot, and it would no
longer be considered a EAA Young Eagles flight.
As for your second question, we
can't answer that as each charitable organization establishes
its own rules. For example; Angel Flight just recently started
accepting experimental amateur-built aircraft for
non-passenger carrying mission, and may consider using light
sport aircraft sometime in the future. Each charitable
organization has their own standards based on internal safety
insurance issues. However, if you accept compensation for
flying those missions, then according to 61.315(c)(1) above
you would be prohibited from doing it.
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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
screen. You can also download any other previous
EAA monthly desktop image.
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EAA SUPPORTING HOMEBUILDERS'
RIGHTS IN LAS VEGAS AREA
First flights at North Las Vegas Airport at
is currently working on solutions to the results of urban growth on the ability
for aircraft builders to make initial flights in their amateur-built aircraft
in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area. Since late 2004, EAA has been involved with the
situation around North Las Vegas Airport (VGT), which has been increasingly
surrounded by urban growth in the rapidly expanding Las Vegas metro area. This
growth led the Las Vegas Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) to disallow
first flights of amateur-built aircraft from North Las Vegas Airport.
DR. GUY BALDWIN KILLED IN AEROBATIC PLANE CRASH
EAA is saddened to report the loss of Dr. Guy "Doc"
Baldwin, EAA 117693, member of the EAA Aeromedical Advisory
Council who died as a result of an airplane crash while
performing at the annual Rotary Club Air Show in Tucumcari,
New Mexico, Wednesday afternoon. He was 60. According to media
reports, Baldwin, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was attempting to come
out of a loop maneuver in his Extra 300 when the aircraft
collided with the ground.
VERN RABURN TO SPEAK AT EAA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn will be the
featured speaker at EAA's annual Sport Aviation Hall of Fame
induction ceremony and dinner to be held Friday, October 27,
at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The event
is open to the public. After announcing provisional FAA
certification for its revolutionary 500 Jet at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh last July, Eclipse Aviation recently achieved full FAA
Type Certification for the aircraft, which ignited the Very
Light Jet movement.
ECI TO PROVIDE
REBATES TO EAA MEMBERS AND CHAPTERS
Components, Inc (ECi) has announced an exclusive opportunity
for EAA chapters and their members to save money on their
engine purchase while helping their local chapter achieve
their fundraising goals. With Project
Connection, EAA members who purchase an ECi Titan EXP
Engine (or kit) through an ECi Titan engine authorized builder
will receive a rebate check. Additionally, ECi will MATCH the
rebate and mail another check of equal amount to the EAA
member's local chapter.
"SCOTTY" SCOTT (1905-2006)
lost one of its true icons last week when on September 28
Clayton L. "Scotty" Scott, EAA 24643, passed away at
the age of 101. The Mercer Island, Washington, resident flew
more than 8,000 hours over the span of 80 years in airplanes
too numerous to list. He learned to fly by persuading airmail
pilots to give him some dual instruction in 1926. He soloed in
a Waco 9, three months before Lindbergh's famous
trans-Atlantic flight to Paris in May 1927, and soon was a
Pacific Air pilot.
IS U.S. NATIONALS UNLIMITED CHAMPION
Rihn-Harvey of La Porte, Texas, is an eight-time winner of the
Betty Skelton trophy awarded to the highest-placing woman in
the powered Unlimited category at the U.S. National Aerobatic
Championships. Now, she can add the Mike Murphy Cup to her
trophy case after winning the overall powered Unlimited
category at the 2006 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships
held in Denison, Texas, September 27-29.
REGIONAL EAA FLY-IN HAS GREAT TURNOUT
bright, sunny autumn Saturday brought hundreds of visiting
aircraft to Dinwiddie County Airport in Petersburg, Virginia
last Saturday for the 10th annual Virginia Regional EAA
Fly-in. More than 300 aircraft arrived Saturday, and despite
an overnight rain that affected Sunday attendance, total
aircraft was estimated at 400 for the weekend.
STANDARD CLEARS PATH FOR E-LSA KITS
A newly created ASTM standard will
clear the way for light-sport aircraft (LSA) manufacturers to
produce experimental LSA (E-LSA) kits once it is published in
the Federal Register. The standard, F2563, Practice for Kit
Assembly Instructions of Aircraft Intended Primarily for
Recreation, was developed by ASTM International Committee
F37/Cross-Cutting Issues. It details the instructions an LSA
kit producer must provide regarding how to assemble and safely
flight-test an E-LSA to ensure compliance with ASTM standards.
AVAILABLE AT EAA FANTASY FLIGHT CAMPS
Study the world's first
mass-produced airliner at the Ford Tri-Motor Fantasy Camp
October 13-15, or discover EAA's B-17G at the December 1-3
session. The Tri-Motor program provides an understanding and
appreciation for one of aviation's "classic"
designs, affectionately referred to as the Tin Goose. The
experience is capped by a two-hour flight in EAA's 1929
aircraft, during which participants can log 0.2 hours at the
One of the most noteworthy-and effective-airplanes of World
War II was the B-17 Flying Fortress. EAA's meticulous flying
example, Aluminum Overcast, needs little introduction.
Camp participants will be immersed in the history of the type,
meet B-17 veterans, and receive a 45-minute flight experience.
for more information or to sign up to attend.
ATTENTION: EAA FLIGHT ADVISORS
Evaluation form now available online
The EAA Flight Advisor Pilot/Aircraft Self-Evaluation Form is
now available on the EAA Members website at http://members.eaa.org/home/lookup/.
(Log-in required.) After working with a pilot prior to first
flight in a homebuilt aircraft, EAA Flight Advisors now have
the option of submitting the Pilot Aircraft Self-Evaluation
form electronically. Flight Advisors can simply complete the
online form, then click submit to send the electronic form to
EAA. The printed forms can still be submitted by mail as well.
EARNS FULL FAA TYPE CERTIFICATION
Eclipse Aviation received full
Type Certification for the Eclipse 500 September 30. The
certificate was presented to Eclipse at its company
headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This FAA Type Certification clears the Eclipse 500
throughout the full operating envelope with single pilot
operations, day and night operations, visual and instrument
flight rules (VFR/IFR) operations, and group reduced
vertical separation minimum (RVSM) certification.
In addition, the FAA has qualified the Eclipse 500 to noise
levels well below Stage 4 limits. The FAA also issued the
company Part 145 Repair Station Certification October 2, and
approved their repair station training manual.
Eclipse broke ground on its Northeast service center at
Albany International Airport in Albany, New York, October 4.
The facility is slated to be fully functional by mid-2007,
as one of seven centers in the continental U.S. that will be
dedicated to the maintenance and support of the Eclipse 500.
For more information visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
SKYBOY EARNS S-LSA CERTIFICATION
Interplane reports that its
Skyboy design earned its special light sport aircraft (SLSA)
airworthiness certificate September 30. This is the
company's first SLSA aircraft, which will be distributed in
the U.S. by B Bar D Aviation of Sanford, North Carolina. The
composite and fabric Skyboy cruises at 100 mph with either
the Jabiru 2200 or Rotax 912. With full fuel, it
accommodates an additional 540 pound payload. Standard
equipment includes molded-in recline seats, seat cushions,
4-point harness, steerable nose wheel, hydraulic toe brakes,
in-flight adjustable elevator trim, shock absorber trailing
link tricycle landing gear, Jabiru 2200 engine, woodcomp
3-blade prop, and VFR instruments. Price is $47,500.00,
which includes checkout for pilots. For more information
CERTIFIED FOR NIGHT/IFR AND PRESSURIZED FLIGHT
Adam Aircraft received an amended
FAA Type Certificate (TC) for all of its composite A500
pressurized centerline twin-engine aircraft. This TC marks the
first-ever Day/Night VFR/IFR certification for a
new-technology, all-composite, pressurized, twin-engine
aircraft. The last new pressurized twin-engine airplane was
manufactured in 1986. The A500 is now certified to its full
5.5 psi pressurization, which provides a sea-level cabin to
12,500 ft. Additional certified upgrades include a fully
coupled IFR autopilot, Day/Night VFR/IFR, single-pilot flight
operation, leading-edge cuffs to improve low-speed handling
characteristics, and an expanded CG range. Maximum operating
altitude expansion to 25,000 feet will occur this winter
concurrent with de-icing certification. Final performance
numbers will include a 230-knot cruise speed and a more-than
1,100 nm NBAA IFR range at 75 percent power. For more
information visit www.adamaircraft.com.
AIRCRAFT OPEN HOUSE IN REEDSBURG
Solverson Top Flight Aviation,
LLC is holding a light sport aircraft open house on October
15 from noon to 4 p.m. in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Owners of
Solverson and Midwest Sport Aviation will be on hand to
answer questions, and an Atec Zephyr will be on display.
There will also be a drawing for free AeroPalm Aviation GPS
Software. For more information visit www.mwsportaviation.com,
or e-mail email@example.com.
1,000TH PLANS SET
Sonex Aircraft, LLC has announced
the sale of Sonex Plans SN 1,000, marking a significant
milestone for the kit aircraft company. Rick Cavett of
Ridgeland, Mississippi, recently purchased the complete
airframe kit. Sonex Aircraft, LLC began selling plans for its
all-metal, low-wing Sonex sport plane in 1998. The aircraft
was originally only available as a plans-built project;
however, the company soon began selling component part kits.
The kits have evolved into the Complete Airframe Kit, which
includes virtually all of the material necessary to build the
aircraft. In 2004, Sonex expanded its product line with the
Waiex sport plane and Xenos sport motorglider Complete
Airframe Kits. For more information visit www.SonexAircraft.com.
RIGHT SWEEPSTAKES LAUNCHED
The makers of One Six Right,
last year's documentary on California's Van Nuys Airport,
have launched a sweepstakes boasting over $50,000 in prizes.
One lucky winner will receive an all-expense paid first
class trip to the set of the film and fly the planes from
the movie (including the P-51, Piper Cub, DC-3, Pitts, and
Fleet biplane) and dine with Clay Lacy, Bob Hoover, and
Barry Schiff. Additional prizes include a fully paid pilot's
license; two Bose Aviation X headsets; a Garmin GPSMAP 496;
a Breitling Watch; Microsoft Flight Simulator X Game
Package; and more. No purchase is necessary. To enter, visit
AIR RACES RETURN TO SAN FRANCISCO
The Red Bull Air Race World
Series will return to San Francisco on October 7, the
seventh stop in the series' 2007 tour. The series' final
race is set for Perth, Australia on November 19. Eleven
pilots will compete, including current series leader,
American Kirby Chambliss; second-place Hungarian Peter
Besenyei; and American Mike Mangold, running third. The San
Francisco race will begin at 12:20 p.m. near the shores of
Marina Green and Aquatic Park and will be broadcast on Fox
Sports Net on October 15. For more information visit www.redbullairrace.com.
GARMIN G1000 DVD UPDATED
Sporty's has updated its Flying
the Garmin G1000 DVD to include a section explaining the use
of the active traffic advisory system that is optional with
the G1000, and how this technology differs from Traffic
Information Service. The DVD shows what it's like to fly
with the G1000 integrated glass-panel avionics system in
Sporty's G1000-equipped Cessna 182 and a Columbia 400. The
program also exhibits the use of Garmin's integrated Ready
Pad system. Other updates include a new interactive chapter
menu that allows direct navigation to specific G1000 subject
areas. For more information visit www.Sportys.com,
or call 800-776-7897.
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