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News and Views October 27, 2006    Volume 6, Number 50

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EAA WELCOMES BOARD MEMBERS TO OSHKOSH
The members of the EAA and NAFI boards of directors, as well as the various EAA Division boards (IAC, Vintage Aircraft Association, and Warbirds of America) and EAA's Ultralight advisory council, are welcomed to Oshkosh this week for their fall meetings.

The members of these groups will also be attending the Halls of Fame induction ceremonies and dinner Friday evening, which features guest speaker and EAA Director Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation.

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Question of the Week
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Can you estimate when the FAA will amend the sport pilot medical regulations for those of us grounded because of a medical denial, the so-called "catch 22" situation. Is there any hope of an amendment within the next few months?

Answer:
Unfortunately, no solution appears to be coming anytime soon. The problem with the "catch 22" is a legal issue, not a medical issue. The Department of Transportation contends that they are prohibited by law from allowing any person that has been determined by the federal government to be medically unfit, e.g. previously denied a medical, from operating an aircraft.

EAA disagrees with this position, and our representatives have met directly with the FAA Administrator about the issue. In the interim, EAA will continue to focus on making a special issuance medical certificate as easy and quick to obtain as possible. The EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council and the EAA AME Pilot Advocate program can assist members with obtaining their medical.

In addition, EAA has worked with the FAA to streamline the special issuance process and expand the number and type of conditions that are acceptable by the FAA.

We urge you, or anyone who was previously denied a medical certificate (particularly more than two years ago) to consult one of the EAA Aeromedical advisors. In many cases, the condition of previous concern to the FAA may no longer be a barrier to obtaining a special issuance medical certificate. Also remember, once a person has received one special issuance medical they can fly as a sport pilot from that point on with a drivers license medical.

How can we help you?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.
  

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November 2006
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EAA will give away another Aviat Husky in 2007 as the grand prize in the annual Aircraft Sweepstakes. While last year's prize plane included a pair of amphibious floats, this year's version sports Alaskan Bushwheels 31-inch tundra tires, making it a true backcountry airplane. EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick shot both aircraft flying in formation during AirVenture last year. Chances to win this magnificent aircraft can be had online at www.airventure.org/
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EAA 'DISAPPOINTED' WITH FAA PROCEDURE
TO ADJUST ATLANTA AIRSPACE

EAA's AeroPlanner Service has Updated Charts Available Online
Atlanta Class B airspaceFAA has issued an emergency traffic rule in two small sections of the Atlanta Class B airspace, which would lower the airspace floor from 6,000 feet MSL to 5,000 feet MSL, effective Thursday, October 26. These areas northwest and northeast of Hartsfield International Airport (ATL) are between the 20- and 25-nautical mile rings from the airport. They were instituted to create larger margins for airliner safety at Hartsfield, one of the world's busiest airports.
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GOTTA GET TO EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007!
World's Greatest Aviation Celebration brings entire flight community together 
EAA AirVenture OshkoshJust one week of celebration takes a whole year of preparation, and those preparations are under way for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. EAA's 55th annual fly-in convention will be held at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 23-29, 2007.
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B-17 TOUR DELAYED TEMPORARILY
EAA B-17 TourEAA's national B-17 tour has been temporarily delayed while technicians solve a mechanical issue that surfaced in the Aluminum Overcast landing gear on Wednesday. The problem occurred during a flight in the Houston area, when one of the landing gears would not lower properly. The B-17 crew undertook prescribed troubleshooting procedures and was able to lower the landing gear safely a short time later. The airplane landed and all passengers disembarked normally, without incident.

EAA technicians have flown to Houston to review the matter and make any necessary repairs. Resumption of the tour will be announced upon completion of any repairs and inspections. Any tour reservation holders affected will be contacted by EAA Membership Services.

 
EAA OPENS AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES TO ONLINE ENTRIES
EAA Aircraft SweepstakesEAA has made it even easier to enter its 2007 Aircraft Sweepstakes. For the first time this year, those eligible to enter can do so online through the EAA AirVenture website to secure a chance at winning the grand-prize Aviat Husky donated by Aviat Aircraft Inc., or several other great prizes.
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LAWRENCE ATTENDS ASTM BOARD MEETING IN CHINA
Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of government and industry relationsEarl Lawrence, EAA vice president of government and industry relations, recently returned from Beijing, China, where he attended the semi-annual ASTM International board of directors meeting. Lawrence, who is chairman of ASTM International (F-37) Light-Sport Aircraft Committee, also participated in a team presentation at the Beijing University of Astronautics and Aeronautics - School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering.

He discussed the aviation-related ASTM standards, including the unprecedented industry/government collaborative effort that resulted in manufacturer's specifications for the various LSA. He also met with Chinese General Administration of Civil Aviation and General Aviation Department of Flying Standardization officials.

Lawrence noted, "This trip mirrored two longstanding truths: The community of aviation is truly international, and pilots have so much in common that borders are irrelevant."
 
34TH COPPERSTATE FLY-IN UNDER WAY
Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-InEAA's last remaining regional event of the year, the 34th annual Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In, is under way and runs through October 26-29 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport, Arizona. Along with the wide variety of aircraft expected, EAA's Ron Wagner, manager of field operations, will conduct a number of sport pilot/light-sport aircraft forums throughout the even. He'll also host as a chapter leaders gathering Saturday at 2 p.m. that is open to all area and attending EAA chapter leaders. For complete fly-in information, visit www.copperstate.org.
  
2006-2007 EAA MERCHANDISE CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE
EAA merchandise catalogThe 2006-2007 EAA catalog featuring official EAA merchandise is now available for order at 800-564-6322 (800-JOIN EAA) or online through the EAA website. This year's catalog includes unique, quality aviation-themed clothing, books, videos, jewelry, and games, as well as a broad selection of caps, shirts, and jackets bearing the EAA logo. Discover great holiday gift ideas for aviation enthusiasts of all ages. The catalog will also become accessible in electronic form beginning this Wednesday, November 1, at http://shop.eaa.org. Catalog and online sales profits go directly to support EAA programs.
 
RV ASSEMBLY SPORTAIR WORKSHOP SLATED FOR WATSONVILLE
AA SportAir WorkshopsEAA SportAir Workshops will hold a two-day Van's Aircraft assembly course at Aircrafters Builders Assistance Center located on the Watsonville, California airport, November 18-19. If you are thinking about building a Van's RV aircraft, or have taken steps to order a kit, this workshop will prepare you with the skills you need to successfully complete your project. Dan Checkoway, a well-known and highly regarded RV aircraft builder, will teach the course. Space is available for the course, but is limited to 16 students. Call 800-967-5746, or visit www.sportair.com to register or for additional details.
  
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR EAA MEMBER BENEFITS
ON NEW FORD MOTOR COMPANY VEHICLES FOR 2007

EAA/Ford Partner Recognition ProgramFord Motor Company is excited for the 2007 model year. Several new vehicles across the family of brands will be introduced and many others updated for 2007. Ford has something to offer everyone and EAA members can take advantage of great discounts available through the EAA/Ford Partner Recognition Program.
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EAAERS SELECTED FOR ICAS HALL OF FAME
Three EAA members are among the four 2006 inductees into the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Hall of Fame. They include Marion Cole (EAA 48-Lifetime Member); Eddie Green (EAA 114059); and Patty Wagstaff (EAA 200806, NAFI 9763). Also slated for induction during the annual ICAS convention in December is Paul Mantz.
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SWRFI WEBSITE BACK ONLINE
Stan Shannon, chairman and CEO of the EAA Texas Regional Fly-In, reports that their website (www.SWRFI.org  or www.EAATexas.org) is up and running again after last week's major upgrade. The 2007 event will be held June 1-2 at the Hondo Municipal Airport (HDO).
   
On the Flightline News and Views
  
TAYLORCRAFT FILES BANKRUPTCY
Taylorcraft Aviation of Brownsville, Texas, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings on Friday, October 13, 2007. The case, No. 06-10676, was filed in US Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas. Chapter 11 proceedings allow businesses to reorganize, giving them an opportunity to restructure debt and get out from under certain burdensome leases and contracts. Typically a business is allowed to continue to operate while it is in Chapter 11, although it does so under the supervision of the Bankruptcy Court and its appointees. However, the city of Brownsville, from whom Taylorcraft rents its facilities, has begun eviction proceedings. Taylorcraft Aviation earned special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) approval for its Taylor Sport in early 2006.
 
THIRD TEAM STRAPS IN FOR ROCKET RACING LEAGUE
The Rocket Racing League (RRL) has announced the third team to compete in its inaugural racing season that kicks off next year. Marc Robert Cumbow, Albuquerque, and his father, Edward W. Cumbow, a retired Air Force pilot, have founded Santa Fe Racing. They will compete against the previously announced Leading Edge and Bridenstine teams. Co-founded by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, founder of the X PRIZE, and Granger Whitelaw, two-time Indianapolis 500 champion team partner, the league's mission is to serve as a technology accelerator in the areas of airframe, propulsion and spacecraft design, and reach for the future to inspire the next generation of spaceflight enthusiasts. For more information visit www.rocketracingleague.com.
 
FIXED-WING E-LSA REPAIRMAN COURSE IN SOUTH CAROLINA
The Carolina Sporty Flyers will host a Sport Aviation Specialties E-LSA repairman course for fixed-wing aircraft December 2-3 in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The course provides the required training to owners of fixed-wing experimental light-sport aircraft to perform their own annual condition inspections. Subjects covered include FAA regulations; theory of flight, weight and balance; general inspection procedures; aircraft hardware; propulsion system inspection; airframe inspection; instrumentation; electrical and avionics inspection, control system inspection, and more. Discounted tuition of $349 is available to members of EAA, US Ultralight Association, or Aero Sports Connection. Normal tuition is $399 for non-members. For more information or to register for the course, visit www.sportaviationspecialties.com, e-mail sportaviation@kc.rr.com, or call 816-838-6235.
 
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE HAS  ZAON COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM
Aircraft Spruce now offers the Zaon MRX Collision Avoidance System, the world's smallest collision avoidance device. It has dimmable high-brightness, displays range and relative altitude of the closest threat, and continuously monitors the top 10 threats within the 5 NM scalable detection window. Altitude detection is scalable up to +/- 5000 feet. The unit uses a menu-driven interface and audio annunciations for traffic advisories and alerts. It has a built in solid-state altimeter for "always relative" altitude information, and built in temperature compensators and overheating protection. For more information visit www.AircraftSpruce.com.
 
DEADLINE NEARS FOR WOLF AVIATION FUND GRANT PROPOSALS
The Wolf Aviation Fund is accepting proposals until November 15 for its annual grants program, which awards funds to projects that promote and support general aviation and fit into the foundation's seven major program areas. Last year the Fund received more than 130 proposals, and was able to provide assistance for 45 of them. The Foundation is working to increase the funding available for projects because there were many good ideas that could not be funded. If you or your group would like to contribute to this effort please send a message to mail@wolf-aviation.org. For more information on the grant program and submission information visit www.wolf-aviation.org.
 
ECI OFFERS FREE NOTIFICATION ON SERVICE PUBLICATIONS
Engine Components, Inc. (ECI) is now offering new and updated Service Publications as a free service to aircraft owners and repair stations who subscribe online. The new service is an e-mail distribution known as the Service Publication eList. "This new service ensures the fastest possible distribution of this time sensitive material to an ever growing list of clients," said Christy Nichols Quinn, Marketing Director. Individuals interested in joining the e-list can sign up to receive the free e-mail at www.eci2fly.com/pages/tech_service.aspx. Click on the link "Join the Service Publication e-list."
   
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