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News and Views October 20, 2006    Volume 6, Number 49

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EAA'S B-17 TOUR MOVES ON TO ARKANSAS
EAA B-17 Tour
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 31-November 1.

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

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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?

Answer:
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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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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GA UNITES AGAINST USER FEES AT NBAA
Poberezny leads off associations' panel discussion
GA UNITES AGAINST USER FEES AT NBAAEAA 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."
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EAA COORDINATES FORUMS AT SEBRING EXPO
AA COORDINATES FORUMS AT SEBRING EXPOEAA 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 (LSA).
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MONTANA CHAPTER 517 "LICENSES" FUNDRAISER
MONTANA CHAPTER 517 "LICENSES" FUNDRAISEREAA 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 kids.
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TAMPA ATC REOPENS POPULAR "BRIDGE CORRIDOR"
TAMPA ATC REOPENS POPULAR "BRIDGE CORRIDOR"Pilots 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 EAA efforts helped to reestablish it.
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HUNDREDS OF PILOT RESPONSES SUBMITTED ON AIRVENTURE TRAFFIC PROCEDURES
AIRVENTURE TRAFFIC PROCEDURESAbout 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.
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34TH COPPERSTATE FLY-IN IS NEXT WEEK
Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-InAs 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.
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SWRFI 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 Airport (HDO).
   
On the Flightline News and Views
  
NEXAER LSA 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.
  
SPECIAL PRICING 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.
  
CESSNA 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.
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PIPER, 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 million.

   
ECLIPSE 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 tablet PC.

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.
    
MAGNUM JET 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.
  
ATG 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.
   
AVIDYNE 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.
  
DAVID GROEN 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.
  
NAME THE 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 visit http://esc.nasa.gov.
   
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