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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.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
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?
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
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.
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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
TO ADJUST ATLANTA AIRSPACE
EAA's AeroPlanner Service has Updated Charts
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.
GOTTA GET TO
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007!
World's Greatest Aviation
Celebration brings entire flight community together
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.
EAA'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.
AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES TO ONLINE ENTRIES
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.
ATTENDS ASTM BOARD MEETING IN CHINA
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
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
34TH COPPERSTATE FLY-IN
EAA'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.
MERCHANDISE CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE
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
SPORTAIR WORKSHOP SLATED FOR WATSONVILLE
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.
OF YOUR EAA MEMBER BENEFITS
NEW FORD MOTOR COMPANY VEHICLES FOR 2007
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
or call 816-838-6235.
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.
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 email@example.com.
For more information on the grant program and submission
information visit www.wolf-aviation.org.
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.
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