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News and Views NOVEMBER 17, 2006    Volume 6, Number 53

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EAA B-17 TOUR WRAPS UP 2006 TOUR THIS WEEK
EAA B-17 Tour
This is the final weekend for EAA's national B-17 tour as Warbird Squadron 20 hosts Aluminum Overcast at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport November 17-19. Thanks to everyone who made this year's tour successful, especially those who came out to see this magnificent airplane. For complete tour information visit www.b17.org.

EAA OFFICES TO CLOSE FOR THANKSGIVING
EAA's Oshkosh main office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday next week, November 23, and Friday, November 24.

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Question of the Week
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I've been trying to figure out how to get an N-number for my home built. I've been on the FAA site...but I don't want to request a specific number. I just want the FAA to assign a number for my aircraft. Please tell me how to get this done. Thanks for your help!

Answer:
In order to have the FAA assign an N number to an aircraft, you simply have to apply for registration. If you don't have a special N number reserved and the aircraft has not had a number previously issued to it, the FAA will simply assign a number to it. There's nothing else you have to do.

Just fill out the registration application and the affidavit of ownership without indicating an N number (aka "registration mark"). The FAA will take it from there.

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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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POBEREZNY GETS TO PREVIEW CESSNA LSA, NGP
POBEREZNY GETS TO PREVIEW CESSNA LSA, NGPEAA President Tom Poberezny had the opportunity to get an up-close look at Cessna's most recent proof-of-concept creations-the Cessna Sport light-sport aircraft (LSA) and a cockpit mock-up for the NGP (Next Generation Piston)-while attending the AOPA Expo in Palm Springs, California, last week. These were the same aircraft that were unveiled to the aviation world for the first time barely four months earlier at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006.
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VARIETY OF LSA COMMIT TO EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR STOPS
EAA SPORT PILOT TOURAviation enthusiasts in Southern California will have two opportunities to inspect several popular light-sport aircraft and discover the exciting world of sport pilot recreational flying when EAA's Sport Pilot Tour visits airports in that area of the state in December. EAA Chapter 1 hosts the tour at historic Flabob Airport in Riverside on December 2, and the following week Chapter 14 welcomes the tour to Brown Field in San Diego. Both events begin at 9 a.m.
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AIRCRAFT SPRUCE A PREFERRED PARTNER WITH EAA
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE A PREFERRED PARTNER WITH EAAEAA President Tom Poberezny, his wife Sharon and EAA's Katrina Bradshaw and John Gibson recently visited Aircraft Spruce & Specialty's global headquarters in Corona, California, to complete arrangements making Aircraft Spruce a preferred partner of EAA. With that relationship Aircraft Spruce will provide discounts on orders placed by EAA members using the new EAA Visa credit card.
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SEBRING FORUM SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
SEBRING FORUM SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINEEAA's Ron Wagner has assembled a group of top forum presenters from throughout the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft industry for the third U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, January 11-14. The schedule includes nearly 50 forums covering virtually every aspect of the SP/LSA movement, such as getting started, FAA regulations, pilot and aircraft insurance, aircraft maintenance, purchasing an LSA, instruction, medical certification, and more.
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ABLE FLIGHT TO ANNOUNCE FIRST SCHOLARSHIPS
ABLE FLIGHTAble Flight, an organization announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last summer, was created to provide disabled people with flight-training scholarships toward learning to fly via the sport pilot rule. Next month, Able Flight will announce the recipients of its first two scholarships, who will participate in a three-week intensive training course in culminating in a sport pilot certificate.
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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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On the Flightline News and Views
  
VAN'S FLIES RV-12 LSA PROTOTYPE FOR THE FIRST TIME
Van's Aircraft website reports that its newest airplane, the RV-12 light-sport aircraft, made its first flight on November 9. According to the report, Dick Van Grunsven took off at about 10 a.m., circled the airport at about 2000 feet and sampled flying qualities and slow flight characteristics. Van Grunsven, who was said to be grinning when he got out of the airplane, commented the RV-12 felt "at least as quick as the RV-9." For more information, visit www.vansaircraft.com.
 
LSA AERO RECEIVES S-LSA CERTIFICATION FOR FREEDOM
LSA Aero's Freedom S100 received FAA special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) certification on November 10 in Memphis, Tennessee. Serial number 1 of the amphibious airplane will be delivered to John Robbins in Orlando in a few weeks, with two more airframes being prepared for shipment before the Christmas holiday. The airplane features a Rotax 912 ULS engine and a three-blade Arplast Ecoprop carbon composite prop. LSA Aero plans to be at the U.S Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, January 11-14, where the soon-to-be certificated Gannet seaplane and Martin3 landplane will also be on display. The company plans to deliver two planes every two months through 2007. For more information, visit www.lsa-aero.com.
 
COLUMBIA AIRCRAFT DELIVERS 500TH AIRCRAFT
Columbia Aircraft handed over the keys and log books for its 500th aircraft, a Columbia 350, to new owner Sherry Nesbitt Gettinger at the AOPA Expo 2006 in Palm Springs, California. Gettinger plans to use the aircraft primarily for leisure trips with her family along the East Coast as well as some business interests. For more information visit www.flycolumbia.com.
 
FLABOB AIRPORT CELEBRATES VETERAN'S DAY IN STYLE
Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, hosted its annual Veteran's Day celebration on November 12. Swing bands and bagpipers kept the crowd hopping with music from the World War II era, while stand-up comedians performed in USO surroundings, alternating with look-alikes of the famous Andrew Sisters. In another area, Junior ROTC Teams engaged in competitive drill exercises and the airport "mess hall" served the traditional "SOS" while the "NCO club" served up appropriate beverages accompanied by live polka music.

A number of pilots did fly in despite high winds. Scheduled fly-bys included a T-34 Missing Man formation. Planes of Fame Museum made passes with a P-51, P-38 and Douglas SBD. Wings and Rotors saluted Vietnam Veterans with helicopter displays and no less than eight re-enactor groups set up bivouacs that highlighted military units from the Revolutionary War to WWII.

For more information about Flabob, visit www.flabob.org.
  
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