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News and Views NOVEMBER 10, 2006    Volume 6, Number 52

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FINAL STOPS IN SIGHT FOR EAA B-17 TOUR
EAA B-17 Tour
EAA's national B-17 tour is in its final weeks in the Southwestern United States. This weekend the airplane is hosted by EAA Chapter 179 at Double Eagle II Airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Nov. 10-12) before wrapping up the tour with a pair of stops in Arizona next week.

On November 14-15, look for the famous Flying Fortress at Flagstaff's Pulliam Airport (Chapter 856) followed by the finale November 17-19 at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (Warbird Squadron 20). To make a reservation on one of these last appearances in 2006, along with complete tour information visit www.b17.org.

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Question of the Week
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I'm ready to register my homebuilt and have a question that I don't see answered on your website. Last winter, I reserved a tail number, N52PT, and paid the $10. How do I now communicate in my registration application that I have already reserved a tail number? How much money do I send with my registration application?

Thanks so much for all your help. It's been a long road but one that has been lots of fun. What a great adventure!

Answer:
Congratulations on completing your project!

As for your question, simply write your reserved N number in the space where the registration application form (FAA Form 8050-1) asks for the N number. The FAA will then assign your reserved number to the aircraft you are registering. You will also write in your reserved N number on your Affidavit of Ownership (FAA Form 8050-88) where it asks for the "US Identification."

The registration fee is $5. Make your check or money order out to the FAA.

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/
sweepstakes
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NEW CONGRESS WILL BRING CHANGES, CHALLENGES FOR RECREATIONAL AVIATION
NEW CONGRESS WILL BRING CHANGES, CHALLENGES FOR RECREATIONAL AVIATIONAviators will find that when the new Congress convenes in January, many of the people and seats of powers will be different. As EAA studies Tuesday's voting results, the context in which aviation issues are addressed could be quite a change from the past several years. Every Congressional election brings changes, but the results of the 2006 midterm elections produced one of the most significant shifts in political power since 1994. Democrats will control the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This means new committee structures, new leadership and new agendas.
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GA UNITED AGAINST USER FEES
Leaders gather at GAMA, AOPA events
General aviation reiterated its united stance against implementing user fees to fund the nation's air traffic control system this past week as organizational leaders participated in panel discussions at two West Coast GA events. EAA President Tom Poberezny joined NATA's Jim Coyne, NBAA's Ed Bolen, and AOPA's Phil Boyer at last weekend's General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Board meeting in Santa Barbara, California. GAMA President Pete Bunce and Cessna CEO Jack Pelton moderated the session. On Thursday, November 9, Poberezny, joined Bolen and Bunce at the AOPA Expo's opening general session, "User Fees: The Threat to GA," in Palm Springs, California. That standing-room-only event was hosted by Boyer and was attended by U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), who encouraged those in attendance to contact their congressional representatives and let them know your opinion on this important issue.
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1ST GYROPLANE REPAIRMAN INSPECTION CERTIFICATE EARNED
1ST GYROPLANE REPAIRMAN INSPECTION CERTIFICATE EARNEDLeonard "Paul" Patterson of Edmund, Oklahoma, is the first recipient of an FAA gyroplane Repairman Inspection (E-LSA) certificate after completing the 16-hour course administered by Fun Air, LLC in Mustang, Oklahoma. Patterson, who serves as vice president of EAA Chapter 24 in Oklahoma City, and Martin Weaver, former manager of the FAA's LSA Branch and owner of Fun Air, each received certificates from the branch's Edsel Ford on October 22. Weaver also serves as the chapter's Young Eagles coordinator.
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EAA CONTINUES TO ENSURE EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT FREEDOM
EAAEnsuring availability to airports and airspace, especially for homebuilt and historic aircraft, is an area where EAA's unique expertise has been creating solutions in recent weeks for its membership and all recreational aviators, so they can enjoy the world of flight.

These matters can become even more complex when a number of factors are added, such as special requirements for amateur-built aircraft, or when development encroaches on a formerly outlying airport. EAA has had substantial success when working toward solutions that benefit aircraft builders and pilots alike.
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WIN A NEW AVIAT HUSKY IN 2007 EAA AIRPLANE SWEEPSTAKES
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WIN A NEW AVIAT HUSKY IN 2007 EAA AIRPLANE SWEEPSTAKESThe perfect airplane for back-country or fun flying, a 2007 Aviat Husky, will go to one lucky recipient at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, when the winning ticket is drawn in the EAA Airplane Sweepstakes. Aviation enthusiasts in the U.S. (except Puerto Rico and all other territories) and Canada (except for Quebec) can now enter the sweepstakes via online registration and entry, simply by going to www.airventure.org/sweepstakes for complete details and entry forms.
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WIPAIRE DONATES HYDRAULIC WHEELED SKIS FOR HUSKY
We learned late Thursday that the good folks at Wipaire Inc., which generously donated a pair of Wipline amphibious floats for the 2006 sweepstakes Aviat Husky, have done it again. They will provide this year's grand prize aircraft with a brand new set of C2200 Wipline Airglide Skis, allowing for landing on either plowed runway or snow!

   
STILL SPACE LEFT FOR RV ASSEMBLY SPORTAIR WORKSHOP
EAA 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.
   
PRICE CLARIFICATION FOR EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2006 DVD
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2006 DVDAn announcement in the November EAA magazines about EAA's 2006 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh souvenir video includes an incorrect price for the DVD version. The correct price is $24.99, plus shipping charges. The DVD includes bonus material not available on VHS, including a complete interview with Mike Mancuso and Matt Chapman, excerpts from Theater in the Woods programs, and more. The video is also available in VHS format for $19.99. To order your copy online, visit the EAA catalog online or call 800-564-6322.
   
On the Flightline News and Views
  
RESPONSE TO CESSNA SPORT 'OVERWHELMINGLY FAVORABLE'
The flight test program for Cessna's light-sport aircraft (LSA) concept is on track and its LSA team is on schedule to make a decision about going forward with the program in the first quarter of 2007. "The more we evaluate our light-sport aircraft proof-of-concept airplane and the market potential for such an aircraft, the stronger our conviction is that this could be a favorable step for our company's product line," said Jack Pelton, president and CEO, while the proof-of-concept aircraft was displayed at the AOPA Expo this week. That plane, dubbed the Cessna Sport, has made more than 11 flights now, accumulating more than 20 flight hours. "We've explored the flight envelope and basic handling characteristics," Pelton said. "The fundamental airplane design is looking good."
  
FALL FREEBIES WITH THE LEGEND CUB
American Legend Aircraft Company announced a fall incentive program for new Legend Cub customers. Buyers will receive two Bose Aviation Headset X with the purchase of  the AL3 open cowl model Legend Cub, which includes the Continental O-200 100-hp engine with composite propeller, leather interior, Garmin navigation/communications package including the GPSMap 496, PS Engineering intercom, upgraded 800x6 tires, safety enhancing lighting package, and float attachment fittings. The incentive program will only be available for a limited time. For more information, call 903-885-7000, or visit www.legend.aero.
  
CENTURION 1.7 DIESELS FOR RETROFIT IN CESSNA 172S
Centurion 1.7 diesels from Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH are now available for retrofit on brand-new Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft by Van Bortel Aircraft, Inc. in Arlington, Texas. Thielert has offered retrofit kits for older 172s for the past three years. The Centurion 1.7, which can also run on standard jet fuel, comes with a single lever control, a constant speed propeller, full authority digital engine control (FADEC), as well as a turbocharger for improved performance at high altitudes. For more information visit www.thielert.com.
  
EASA TYPE CERTIFICATE FOR THE VANTAGE ENGINE SERIES
Superior Air Parts' 180-hp Vantage Engine Series has received its type certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The EASA TC includes both of Vanatge versions, the O-360 and fuel-injected IO-360. The Vantage Engine received its Canadian TC in June 2006. To learn more, visit www.superiorairparts.com.
  
HONDAJET NAMED 'BEST OF WHAT'S NEW' BY POPULAR SCIENCE
Popular Science magazine has named the HondaJet as the winner of the publication's 2006 "Best of What's New" award in the Aviation and Space category for its breakthrough design and innovative features. Honda unveiled its new entry into the VLJ category at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, and built a large display around the prototype this past summer.

Each year, the editors review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products, and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners will appear in December, the magazine's most widely read issue of the year.
  
GARMIN RECEIVES WAAS CERTIFICATION FOR GNS 400W/500W
Garmin's GNS 400/500 series have earned the FAA's TSO C146a Gamma-3 certification, which enables pilots to fly lateral-precision with vertical (LPV) guidance approaches and receive GPS navigation via the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The FAA also granted AML (approved model list) STC approval allowing the 400W/500W equipment to be installed on over 980 popular makes and models of aircraft. The GNS 400/500W series joins the G1000 and GNS 480 in providing WAAS-enabled navigation for aircraft. Current owners will be able to upgrade their products to meet the FAA's WAAS standards without a field approval. These upgrades include 5 Hz position updates, faster map redraws, fully coupled and guided procedure turns and holding patterns, and increased XM weather content. Pilots will also experience significantly enhanced functionality because of the WAAS LPV, LNAV/VNAV, LNAV+V, and LNAV approach capabilities. To learn more, visit www.garmin.com.
  
COLUMBIA AND MOONEY INSTALL 'HID' LIGHTS
Both Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corp. and Mooney Airplane Company have chosen Precise Flight, Inc. High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting for their new production aircraft. Columbia will begin installing the rectangular HID landing and taxi lights on all new-model 2007 aircraft, and Mooney has decided to fit its current production aircraft with the lights.

Meanwhile, Precise Flight also announced it has received STC approval for its Fixed Oxygen System for Cirrus' SR22 aircraft. Cirrus announced selections of Precise Flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 to provide the Fixed Oxygen System as standard equipment on the new Turbo SR22 and SE22, and as an option on the SR22 and SE22.
For more information visit www.preciseflight.com.

  
SOFTWARE MAKER OFFERS HOMELAND SECURITY RELIEF
Aviation software company LimpWindsock.com launched a new program to assist general aviation flight operations negatively impacted by homeland security flight restrictions. The company's new Homeland Security Relief Program is now available to all flight operations in the U.S. that experience a loss of business due to FAA flight restrictions.
Under the company's program, any U.S. flight operation that can prove a business loss related to a temporary or permanent FAA-imposed, security-related flight restriction (TFR or ADIZ) will be given free unlimited access to their Internet-based aircraft management and flight system for at least three months, or for as long as the flight restriction persists. Those interested in applying can visit www.limpwindsock.com/homelandsecurity. The program is available to both new and existing subscribers.
  
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