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B-17 TOUR MOVES ON TO ARKANSAS
EAA Chapter 34 hosts the B-17 Aluminum Overcast
this weekend, October 20-22, at Arlington Municipal Airport near Dallas.
In the coming weeks, the 'Keep It Flying' tour brings the Fighting
Fortress to Ellington Field Airport, Houston (October 24-25)
hosted by Chapter 12; Georgetown Municipal Airport, October 27-29;
and Oklahoma City chapter 24, Wiley Post Airport. October
For complete tour information, including online flight
reservations, visit http://www.b17.org.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
I've been following the articles about the Tampa
"Bridge" VFR Flyway. I have looked and looked and
cannot find this flyway on any chart or even mention of it
anywhere. Can you tell me where to find the flyway on charts
or any other graphical depiction of it?
The Tampa "Bridge" VFR Flyway is a local procedure
used to allow general aviation pilots to fly east/west;
west/east over the Tampa International airport. It is not
published on the Tampa Terminal Area Chart.
The newly revised procedures require you to contact Tampa
Approach prior to entering their Class B airspace and request
the Bridge corridor - the route will take you directly over
the Tampa 09/27 runway. The VFR checkpoints at either end of
the route are "River-East" and "Campbell
Bridge". (See the story in this newsletter.)
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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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GA UNITES AGAINST USER FEES AT
Poberezny leads off associations' panel
President Tom Poberezny voiced his concerns about the prospects of user fees
during a user fee panel discussion on Wednesday at the 59th Annual National
Business Aviation Association (NBAA) meeting in Orlando, Florida. "The
airlines have united and drawn a bulls-eye right on the backs of the members of
NBAA-whose members own and operate business aircraft," he told attendees.
"And even though they tell us that they are not interested in user fees
for other general aviation aircraft, we know they will come after the rest of
general aviation next. The airlines are united in their desire to control air
traffic control and pay less [in taxes]. That is totally unacceptable to the
future health of aviation."
FORUMS AT SEBRING EXPO
will coordinate the educational forums at the third annual
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo scheduled for January 11-14, 2007, at
the Sebring Regional Airport, Florida. The Expo, which kicks
off the 2007 aviation calendar of events, showcases the
rapidly expanding number of available light-sport aircraft
517 "LICENSES" FUNDRAISER
Chapter 517 of Missoula/Stevensville, Montana, has devised an
innovative way to raise money for its current and future youth
education efforts. In return for sponsoring the state's
aviation-themed vanity license plates, the chapter receives a
portion of the registration and renewal fees, which helps to
fund its Young Eagle efforts and aviation summer camp for
REOPENS POPULAR "BRIDGE CORRIDOR"
transiting the Tampa Class B airspace eastbound or westbound
are once again able to obtain clearance to pass directly over
the Tampa International Airport via the well established
"bridge corridor" as new procedures were approved
this past week by the FAA. The corridor, used for more than 40
years by VFR pilots, was closed temporarily in September until
efforts helped to reestablish it.
PILOT RESPONSES SUBMITTED ON AIRVENTURE TRAFFIC PROCEDURES
800 pilots completed the online survey at www.airventure.org/atc
regarding their experiences flying into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2006. The results of the survey, along with numerous comments
and suggestions received, are being used in FAA/EAA's
comprehensive review of the official notice to airmen (NOTAM)
for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. FAA and EAA staff work each
year to improve the arrival and departure procedures.
34TH COPPERSTATE FLY-IN
IS NEXT WEEK
the sun begins to set on the 2006 flying season, final
preparations are under way for EAA's last remaining regional
event of the year, the Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In, set
for October 26-29 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport, Arizona.
If that seems to be later than usual for the 34th annual
gathering, it is.
WEBSITE UNAVAILABLE DUE TO MAINTENANCE
Stan Shannon, chairman and CEO
of the EAA Texas Regional Fly-In, reports that their website
(www.SWRFI.org or www.EAATexas.org) will be unavailable for
several days while the server undergoes a major upgrade. The
2007 event will be held June 1-2 at the Hondo Municipal
MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
After more than two years of
design and development, Nexaer Aircraft celebrated the first
flights of their LS-1 light-sport aircraft (LSA) this past
Monday. The flights were restricted to the length of the
runway at Meadow Lake Airport in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
There will be a continuing series of over-the-runway flights
to collect data on how the aircraft accelerates, responds to
flight control inputs, and settles on the runway. The
aircraft will then be subjected to an extensive
flight-testing program designed to lead up to LSA
certification. For more information visit www.nexaer.com.
ON THE STORM RALLY S-LSA
Air Elite Aviation is offering
special pricing on its Storm Rally special light-sport
aircraft (S-LSA). The Patriot Package offer is only good on
orders taken and deposits received by October 27, 2006. It
includes the 2007 exterior scheme Rally S-03 YM, and no
substitutions, additions, or subtractions of equipment or
paint are allowed for the special package price. The Storm
Rally S-LSA is equipped with the Rotax 912-ULS. For more
information visit www.aireliteaviation.com.
SPORT MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
The Cessna Sport, Cessna
Aircraft Company's proof-of-concept light-sport aircraft
(LSA), made its first flight on Friday, October 13. It
departed McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, at
8:33 a.m., performed a variety of flight maneuvers at speeds
in excess of 110 knots (127 mph), and landed at 9:05 a.m. at
Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport a few miles away.
CIRRUS TO ENTER JET MARKET
Piper Aircraft announced it is
entering the jet market with the PiperJet while Cirrus
Design provided more information on what it calls the
"The Jet" at this week's National Business
Aviation Association's convention in Orlando.
The six-passenger PiperJet
will use a single turbofan, be all-metal, cruise at 360
knots, plus have a 35,000-feet operating ceiling, a range of
1,300 nautical miles, and a full-fuel payload of 800 lbs.
and cost $2.199 million in today's dollars. Deliveries will
begin in the first half of 2010.
Cirrus gave few details on its The Jet, other than it will
be powered by the Williams FJ33-4A-19 turbofan, fly up to
25,000 feet with a 300-knot cruise, range of 1,000 nm,
include an emergency recovery parachute, and cost under $1
ANNOUNCES AT NBAA
Eclipse Aviation made several
big announcements this week at the National Business
Aviation Association Conference in Orlando, Florida:
The Iridium mobile satellite communications system will now
be a standard offering on the Eclipse 500, and Eclipse will
develop a digital datalink system to incorporate the Iridium
Satellite 9522A L-Band transceiver for the aircraft. For
more information visit www.iridium.com.
Eclipse and Strategic Aeronautics unveiled the AvioTM Flight
Bag, a suite of software applications that extend Eclipse's
Avio Total Aircraft Integration beyond the aircraft. The
Avio Flight Bag will be offered either as a standalone
software application for use on a Windows based PC, or
bundled with the newly introduced Fujitsu P1610D convertible
Eclipse will open a Service Center at Van Nuys Airport in
California in January 2007. The service center will be
located at Castle & Cooke Aviation Services, and will be
one of two Eclipse service centers in the state.
The very light jet manufacturer also announced its first
corporate sale to Dole Food Company, Inc. and affiliate
Castle & Cooke, Inc. for three Eclipse 500s. For more
information visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
CHOOSES ADAM A700 JET
Magnum Jet has chosen the A700
AdamJet for its new very light jet (VLJ) ownership and
management program and future air limo service. "The
Magnum Jet mission fits the A700 AdamJet operating profile,
which is to fly well over 1,000 hours a year," said
Rick Adam, Adam Aircraft founder and CEO. "With a
delivery order for 101 A700 aircraft, Magnum Jet has placed
their confidence in Adam Aircraft as a leader in the VLJ
marketplace." For more information visit www.adamaircraft.com.
ANNOUNCES NEWEST SUPPLIERS
Aviation Technology Group, Inc.
(ATG) has finalized agreements with several suppliers to
provide major systems and components for its Javelin jet.
Products include Goodrich Aircraft Interior Products for
pilot seats; Kavlico for the throttle quadrant; Moritz for
power distribution; and Parker Aerospace for hydraulics. For
more information visit www.avtechgroup.com.
LAUNCHES 'ENVISION' SERIES
Avidyne Corporation has
introduced the Envision series of Integrated Flight Decks
for retrofit installation in most general aviation aircraft.
Based on the best-selling Entegra integrated flight deck
selected for 18 models of new aircraft, the Envision
integrated flight deck integrates an Avidyne EXP5000 primary
flight display, an Avidyne EX5000 multi function display (MFD)
and includes interfaces to many existing autopilot, GPS,
traffic, terrain, lightning, radar and other systems. Owners
may choose dual-redundant EXP5000s or an EX500 MFD depending
on the aircraft. For more information visit www.avidyne.com.
ELECTED CHAIRMAN GROEN BROS. AVIATION
Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc.
President & CEO, David Groen, was named the company's
chairman by the board of directors. His brother, Jay, who
dies October 9, served as chairman. The brothers co-founded
GBA in 1986 to develop modern autorotative flight aircraft.
Since then, GBA has been involved in an extensive research
to develop gyroplane and gyrodyne aircraft. GBA has
successfully developed innovative technology that has
brought autorotative flight into the modern age. For more
information, visit www.groenbros.com.
NEXT SPACE STATION MODULE
NASA's Node 2 is the next U.S.
pressurized module scheduled for installation on the
International Space Station. The node will provide more room
for station crews to live and work, but it needs a name.
NASA is inviting students in kindergarten through grade 12
attending U.S. schools and children of American personnel
overseas to name the module and become part of the history
of the station.
The Name the International Space Station Node 2 Challenge
requires students to work together as a class or school to
create their own Node 2 model. Students will name their
node, write a brief description explaining the choice, and
take digital pictures to send to NASA. Deadline to submit
model images and names is December 1. The winning entry will
be announced in early 2007.
To register a school or class, teachers or administrators
should send an email to: NASA-ESC@nasa.gov.
For information about Node 2, visit the NASA
website, and for more information about the challenge
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