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News and Views October 6, 2006    Volume 6, Number 47

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EAA B-17 Tour

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast invades Lebanon, Tennessee's 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.

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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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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.

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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First flights at North Las Vegas Airport at issue
AA SUPPORTING HOMEBUILDERS' RIGHTS IN LAS VEGAS AREAEAA 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.
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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.
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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.
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ECI TO PROVIDE REBATES TO EAA MEMBERS AND CHAPTERSEngine 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.
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CLAYTON "SCOTTY" SCOTT (1905-2006)Aviation 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.
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RIHN-HARVEY IS U.S. NATIONALS UNLIMITED CHAMPIONDebby 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.
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10TH VIRGINIA REGIONAL EAA FLY-IN HAS GREAT TURNOUTA 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.
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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.
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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 controls.

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. Visit www.AirVentureMuseum.org/flightops/fantasycamp for more information or to sign up to attend.
Evaluation form now available online
EAA Flight Advisors 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.
On the Flightline News and Views
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.

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 visit www.b-bar-daviation.com.
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.
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 info@mwsportaviation.com.
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.
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 www.onesixright.com.
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.
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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