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News and Views NOVEMBER 22, 2006    Volume 6, Number 54

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I am thinking of buying a T-Bird ultralight that falls under part 103 at this time. I know on my Challenger II I have until 2008 to have it N-numbered. My question is will ultralights be required to get N numbers or will they stay under Part 103?

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The ultralight regulations called out in FAR Part 103 have not changed and are not going away. If you have an aircraft that fits within Part 103 you will not be required to register or certificate the aircraft with the FAA. You can continue to operate it as an ultralight.

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Wave after wave of military planes fly overhead during EAA AirVenture's extended Warbird performances. The above photo from volunteer photographer, Tyson Rininger, shows T-34s in formation laying parallel smoke trails across a clear blue sky above the 2006 convention.

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OMB COMPLETES REVIEW OF AIR TOUR FINAL RULE
Publication expected as early as December
OMB COMPLETES REVIEW OF AIR TOUR FINAL RULEThe Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has completed its review of the FAA's long-awaited final rule on Air Tour Safety and therefore the FAA will likely publish the final rule in the Federal Register sometime in the upcoming weeks. Aviation enthusiasts will recall FAA's Air Tour Safety NPRM, published in October 2003, which was universally opposed by the aviation community during a series of public hearings held during early 2004.
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SPRING B-17 TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
SPRING B-17 TOUR DATES ANNOUNCEDJust as the final wraps are being put on EAA's recently concluded 2006 B-17 tour, EAA has announced the first segment of its spring 2007 tour schedule for the Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast. The fully restored warbird will head to the West Coast to begin the 2007 tour with 15 confirmed locations in March, April, and May.
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VERNE JOBST TO KEYNOTE ANNUAL EAA WRIGHT DINNER
VERNE JOBSTLongtime EAA member, supporter, and 40,000-hour pilot Verne Jobst will be the featured guest speaker at the 4th annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Friday, December 15, at the EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar. The gala event will commemorate the 103rd anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright's first successful powered flights at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, December 17, 1903.
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EAA ADDS PODCASTS TO AIRVENTURE WEBSITE OFFERINGS
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007The excitement of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," begins long before opening day. Now, visitors to the event's popular www.airventure.org will be able to hear from the newsmakers and volunteers who are part of the event in regular audio updates at the website. The "Aiming for Oshkosh" audio updates, or podcasts, are among the latest features added to the AirVenture website. AirVenture.org has become the most popular source of information for those who flock to Oshkosh each summer, as well as thousands who follow the event online. Listen to the podcast.
  
EADS SOCATA, EAA ANNOUNCE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
EADS SOCATALeading European general aviation company EADS Socata is teaming up with EAA to provide a unique internship opportunity for two college juniors or seniors (one male, one female) pursuing an aviation career. Those chosen will visit France for a five-week internship, June 6-July 10, 2007, where they will work at an EADS Socata facility and be exposed to a variety of aviation disciplines.
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SPORTAIR COURSE LEADS TO E-LSA REPAIRMAN CERTIFICATION
Space is also available for SportAir Workshops' FAA-accepted experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) Repairman/Inspection course scheduled December 1-3 at Lantana, Florida (West Palm). This course is designed to help owners of aircraft certificated in the E-LSA category earn their Repairman (LSA) Inspection rating, thus allowing them to perform annual condition inspections on their aircraft.
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LEARN RV ASSEMBLY AT CORONA EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOP
LEARN RV ASSEMBLY AT CORONA EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPThere are still several openings available for a specialty EAA SportAir Workshop, RV Assembly, scheduled for December 2-3 at Aircraft Spruce & Specialty in Corona, California. The two-day workshop, taught by expert Van's RV builder Dan Checkoway, provides essential skills and helpful tips to homebuilders so they can successfully begin and complete their RV project.
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On the Flightline News and Views
  
20 AIR ROUTE TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTERS TO GET ERAM
The En Route air traffic control computer system (ERAM) will be deployed at 20 Air Route Traffic Control Centers, the William J. Hughes Technical Center, and the FAA Academy, replacing the software for the Host Computer System and its back up. Air traffic controllers use these systems to manage aircraft from the time they depart the airport area until the time they descend toward their final destination. ATC towers, terminal radar approach control facilities, the System Command Center, flight service stations, and other organizations such as the Department of Defense and U.S. Customs all connect to and use the information managed by the en route system. For more information visit www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/technology/eram/.
  
CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST LYCOMING
A class action lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, in response to the FAA airworthiness directive mandating the replacement of certain Lycoming crankshafts. The lawsuit seeks, among other things, an injunction against the defendants from denying the defective nature of the Lycoming crankshafts and requiring them to recall the Lycoming crankshafts; and to pay all costs and expenses associated with replacing all such crankshafts. For further information contact Ralph C. Hardesty Esq., of Hardesty and Associates 312-346-0045, or Mitchell E. Jones Esq., of Jones Law Offices 312-236-2112.
  
JON JOHANSON NAMED WILEY POST SPIRIT AWARD WINNER
The Wiley Post Commission will present Jon Johanson, EAA 265714, with the Wiley Post Spirit Award to recognize his many aviation achievements on January 26, at the Wiley Post Spirit Award banquet. Johanson, a nurse and midwife from Australia, is the third recipient of the award, and the first international award recipient. His many accomplishments include being the first person to fly solo over the South Pole in a single engine aircraft and the first person to circumnavigate the world solo three times in a homebuilt aircraft. Johanson also holds multiple world speed records made in his RV-4. For more information, visit www.wileypost.org.
  
KIRBY CHAMBLISS CROWNED RED BULL AIR RACE WORLD SERIES CHAMP
Aerobatic pilot Kirby Chambliss won the Red Bull Air Race World Series Sunday despite a third place finish, while Hungarian pilot Peter Besenyei finished first in the final leg of the competition on the banks of Perth's Swan River in Australia. "Winning the Red Bull Air Race World Series has become my crowning achievement." said Chambliss. "There's just no other series like it in aviation sport." For more information and race results visit www.redbullairrace.com.
  
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