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B-17 TOUR BACK ON
SCHEDULE AFTER MECHANICAL ISSUE
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,
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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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ULTRALIGHT TRAINING PROGRAM TO CONTINUE
Ultralight Council approves
updates for new era
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.
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."
PLANNING FOR EAA AIRVENTURE 2007!
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.
HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2006
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
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.
HAPPENED TO AMELIA EARHART?
Explore the possibilities at
special EAA program
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.
55 YEARS LATER,
EAAER MAKES HIS SECOND B-17 FLIGHT
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.
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE DISCOUNT
WITH NEW U.S.
BANK EAA VISA
Help 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
or call 816-838-6235.
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.
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,
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