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News and Views NOVEMBER 3, 2006    Volume 6, Number 51

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B-17 TOUR BACK ON SCHEDULE AFTER MECHANICAL ISSUE
EAA B-17 Tour
EAA's national B-17 tour is back on schedule in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after being temporarily delayed last week due to a mechanical issue in Aluminum Overcast's landing gear during a flight in the Houston area. The B-17 crew undertook prescribed troubleshooting procedures and was able to lower the landing gear safely and the plane landed without incident. The Flying Fortress will be in Tulsa at Riverside (Richard Lloyd Jones Jr.) Airport through Sunday, November 5, at the EAA Chapter 267-sponsored tour stop.

Next week (November 7-8) VAA Chapter 10 welcomes the airplane to Amarillo, Texas' Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. Next weekend (November 10-12) it's off to Albuquerque, New Mexico, at Double Eagle II Airport, for a tour stop sponsored by EAA Chapter 179.

That will leave two remaining stops in Arizona for Aluminum Overcast's 2006 Keep It Flying tour; November 14-15 at Flagstaff's Pulliam Airport (Chapter 856) and November 17-19 at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (Warbird Squadron 20). For complete tour information, including online flight reservations, visit www.b17.org.

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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 ULTRALIGHT TRAINING PROGRAM TO CONTINUE
Ultralight Council approves updates for new era
EAA ULTRALIGHT TRAINING PROGRAMEAA and its Ultralight Council are working to ensure that ultralight pilots have access to thorough training even after the current FAA exemption for ultralight flight training expires on January 31, 2008.

The FAA ultralight training exemption allowed use of two-place ultralight aircraft to teach prospective ultralight pilots. The movement of those two-place training aircraft into the light-sport aircraft category, as part of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule, has sparked questions on how future ultralight pilots will receive adequate instruction.
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COPPERSTATE CELEBRATES 'LANDMARK' FLY-IN
34th annual Copperstate EAA Regional Fly-InThe 34th annual Copperstate EAA Regional Fly-In at Arizona's Casa Grande Municipal Airport last weekend brought a rousing close to the 2006 regional fly-in season. From all accounts, Copperstate 2006 was a tremendous success. "We welcomed more people this year, we had more airplanes than we've had in the last five years, we filled up the exhibitor tent with indoor exhibitors and had to expand it twice," beamed fly-in president Bob Hasson. "We needed a good year, and we got it."
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START YOUR PLANNING FOR EAA AIRVENTURE 2007!
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007It's not too early to start planning for your trip to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which will be held at Wittman Regional Airport on July 23-29. Admission rates are now set and available on the AirVenture website, with only slight changes from 2006 rates.
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EAA INDUCTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2006
EAA INDUCTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2006Friday night's gala event honoring 2006 inductees to the EAA Halls of Fame featured a keynote address from Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation and a member of the EAA Board of Directors. Raburn addressed those being honored by relating their thoughts to his own the night he accepted the National Aeronautic Association's Collier Trophy on behalf of every employee who made it possible.

"Right now you're thinking, I don't deserve this," he said. "Don't feel that way. No one sets out to make history; you set out to do what you wanted to do, and you achieved it by getting up every morning and putting one foot in front of the other. So enjoy the night. Revel in it. And let us all recognize those people who got up every morning and did something."
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FAA WARNS STC HOLDERS AGAINST ETHANOL IN AUTO FUEL
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB), warning aircraft owners and operators with auto fuel supplemental type certificates to ensure the fuel they use does not contain alcohol (ethanol or methanol). The SAIB reinforces EAA's ongoing efforts to ensure availability of compliant autogas by heading off or modifying legislative attempts in several states to require ethanol in all gasolines sold.
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WHAT HAPPENED TO AMELIA EARHART?
Explore the possibilities at special EAA program
WHAT HAPPENED TO AMELIA EARHART?One of aviation's most enduring mysteries, the disappearance of famed pilot Amelia Earhart in 1937, will be the focus of a special free presentation at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, November 8.
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55 YEARS LATER, EAAER MAKES HIS SECOND B-17 FLIGHT
Steve DiederichEvery year during EAA's B-17 tour we see many examples of veterans who get to relive their past and take one last flight in a Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast. For Steve Diederich of Sherwood, Arkansas, a different opportunity came on October 13 when the tour stopped at North Little Rock Municipal Airport. More than 55 years ago Steve took his first-and only-flight aboard one of the big bombers. He was less than 6 months old at the time.
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AIRCRAFT SPRUCE DISCOUNT WITH NEW U.S. BANK EAA VISA
EAA VISAHelp EAA keep the fun in flying by applying for and using the official EAA Platinum VISA credit card, issued through EAA partner U.S. Bank. Choose from one of three designs: EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast; a Piper Cub; or the EAA logo. New cardholders also receive the opportunity for the low interest rate for the first 12 months. The EAA VISA entitles cardholders to a discount with EAA flagship partner Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. (Up to 10 percent; restrictions apply to avionics.) Additional partners will be added to the program in the future.
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U.S. SPORT AVIATION EXPO SCHEDULED JANUARY 11-14
The third annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, is scheduled for January 11-14, 2007. Bob Wood, Expo chairman, says there will be 15 additional exhibit spaces for a total of 80. An extensive forum schedule, established and managed by EAA's Ron Wagner, will provide a variety of information about the sport pilot rule, light-sport aircraft, insurance, engines, and aircraft instruments and accessories. For more information visit www.sport-aviation-expo.com.
  
CITATION MUSTANG EARNS FULL FAA CERTIFICATION
The FAA granted type certification (TC) to Cessna's Citation Mustang for single-pilot operation, day/night operations, visual and instrument flight rules (VFR/IFR), and operations in reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace. "While not required for full TC, we'll be cleared for flight into known icing conditions in the next couple of weeks, well before our deliveries to customers start early next year," said Jack Pelton, president and CEO. Cessna currently has 250 orders for the Mustang, selling out production well into 2009. For more information visit www.cessna.com.
  
GAMA REPORTS INCREASED SHIPMENTS
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reports shipments and billings of general aviation airplanes continued steady growth through the third quarter of 2006. Shipments of GA airplanes for the first nine months of this year totaled 2,842 units, an increase of 18.9 percent over last year, while industry-wide billings were $13.2 billion, up 28.6 percent. Piston-engine aircraft shipments totaled 1,957 units compared to 1,653 units delivered in 2005, an 18.4 percent increase. Turboprop shipments increased from 228 units last year to 256 units this year, or 12.2 percent; and business jet shipments jumped 23.3 percent, 510 to 629 units. For more information visit www.GAMA.aero.
  
MOONEY BECOMES A PRIVATE COMPANY
MAG Holding Corp, which owns more than 90 percent of the outstanding Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd. stock, filed a certificate of ownership and merger with the Delaware Secretary of State, thereby merging MAG Holding and Mooney Aerospace.

As a result of the merger, all outstanding shares of Mooney Aerospace common stock not held by MAG will be cancelled and converted into the right to receive a payment of $0.35 per share, subject to such common stockholders' appraisal rights under Delaware law.

Mooney will mail a formal notice of the merger to each stockholder of record at the effective time of the merger. The notice will include instructions for obtaining payment and other information regarding such stockholders' rights under Delaware law. Beneficial owners of Mooney Aerospace shares through brokerage or other nominee accounts should receive information from their broker or other nominee regarding procedures for obtaining payment of the merger consideration. Mooney Airplane Company will continue to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Mooney Aerospace. For more information, visit www.mooney.com.
  
INDIANA E-LSA REPAIRMAN COURSES SCHEDULED
Sport Aviation Specialties will conduct two experimental-light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) repairman courses in Scottsburg, Indiana; January 6-7 for weight-shift E-LSAs, and January 13-14 for fixed-wing E-LSAs. The courses provide required training for owners or would-be owners of E-LSAs to be eligible for an FAA light-sport repairman certificate, which authorizes them to perform their own annual condition inspections. EAA, USUA, and ASC members will receive discounted tuition of $349, otherwise, the course is $399. For more information or to register for the course, visit www.sportaviationspecialties.com, e-mail sportaviation@kc.rr.com, or call 816-838-6235.
  
COLUMBIA SURPASSES 2005 DELIVERY MARK
Columbia Aircraft delivered 63 aircraft in the third quarter of 2006, pushing their year-to-date delivery number to 130, 16 more than the company delivered in all of 2005. "We've made tremendous strides in production this year, despite some unexpected challenges that have kept us from realizing our ultimate delivery goals," said president Bing Lantis. These numbers were achieved despite delays in certifying the Garmin G1000 panel in Q1 and the hail storm earlier this year that forced the company to refinish 66 aircraft awaiting delivery. For more information visit www.flycolumbia.com.
 
ZODIAC XL FEATURED IN NEW BOOK
Zenith Aircraft's Zodiac XL aircraft kit is prominently featured in a new book from DK Publishing titled GO! The Whole World of Transportation. The 240-page, full-color book features photography and illustrations that take the reader on a visual journey through all major modes of transportation. The Zodiac XL kit aircraft is featured in a foldout poster, with all of the kit components laid-out and labeled, right down to the smallest items such as the Avex blind rivets or cotter pins. For more information on Zodiac and other Zenith aircraft, visit www.zenithair.com.
 
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