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I am a private pilot with an instrument rating, SEL. I would
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Since you already hold a private pilot certificate you will
not be allowed to hold a separate sport pilot certificate.
Your private pilot certificate automatically qualifies you to
operate at the sport pilot level if you choose to do so.
You would simply have to meet the medical requirements (valid
US state drivers license and no denial, suspension or
revocation of your most recent FAA medical application) in
order to operate at the sport pilot level.
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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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PILOT TOUR ROLLS INTO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Sport Pilot Tour makes the first of two Southern California
stops this Saturday, December 2, when planes and people
descend on Flabob Airport in Riverside. Next week (December
9) the tour visits Brown Field in San Diego. Both events
will feature informative sessions and exhibits, interactive
forums, and some
of the brand-new, ready-to-fly light-sport aircraft that are
on the market today.
Poberezny to attend Flabob tour stop
EAA President Tom Poberezny will be at the EAA Sport Pilot
Tour stop this Saturday, December 2, at Flabob Airport in
RANGE AIR SHOW ADDED TO EXPANDED RMRFI
year's Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In (RMRFI) has been
expanded from two to three full days and will feature an
enhanced Front Range Air Show. The 2007 RMFI, June 22-24,
will be the fly-in's fourth consecutive year at Front Range
Airport and the 29th year in the Denver metro area. Front
Range is located east of Denver near the town of Watkins
along the I-70 corridor, just six miles southeast of Denver
COMMENTS EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT AIRSPACE CHANGE
Government and Industry Relations department submitted
comments to the FAA this week expressing concern with the way
the agency implemented a change to the Atlanta Class B
Airspace in October. EAA's concern rests not only with the
fact that the FAA excluded the general aviation industry and
associations in the process of writing the notice of proposed
rulemaking (NPRM), but that its reason for doing so was to
"prevent significant air traffic delays in the National
Airspace System (NAS)"
VERNE JOBST TO
KEYNOTE ANNUAL EAA WRIGHT DINNER
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.
GIVING WEBSITE HELPS YOU
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2006 makes it easier than ever for individuals who are 70
1/2 or older to support their favorite charitable
organization. For the first time, you can make a gift from
your IRA of up to $100,000 while you are living and able to
witness the benefits of your generosity without being taxed
for the withdrawal. This and many other exciting tools that
can help you achieve your financial dreams are available
free of charge at EAA's planned
giving website. Learn how planning can help you reach
your goals, secure your family's future, and provide social
impact by supporting your favorite charitable organization.
EAA Insurance Tips --
CALL BEFORE YOU
By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.
An EAA member called me the
other day asking about insurance for an airplane he planned to
buy. This happens all the time-nothing unusual about getting
these types of phone calls. However, this particular member
was looking at a high-performance, experimental amateur-built
seaplane. The member did not have a seaplane rating and, in
fact, did not hold a private or commercial pilot's license.
Furthermore, the member had already put down several thousand
dollars on the aircraft and was committed to make the
ANOTHER RECORD QUARTER
Corporation's third quarter set another company record with
529 airplane orders, according to the General Aviation
Manufacturers (GAMA) quarterly report. International orders
accounted for 24% of all business through October, up from 5%
in 2002. "Our factory-direct to the consumer sales model
has proven itself, along with newly established international
partnerships that facilitate reassembly in the UK for European
sales and Australia for the Australasian markets," said
John M. Bingham, executive vice-president sales and marketing.
"In 2005, we anticipated a 26% increase in overall
international sales and we are on target to make and exceed
that goal." GAMA shows Cirrus SR22 as the world's best
selling airplane for the past five years.
DELIVERS FIRST MUSTANG, GAINS FAA PC
Company reported delivery of its first Citation Mustang very
light jet on November 22, along with an FAA production
certificate (PC) for the aircraft's Independence, Kan.,
assembly line. Mustang Management Group (MMG), Fresno,
California, received the first Mustang, which will be leased
back to Cessna for 10 months as a demonstrator after which
MMG plans to use the aircraft in its Scott Aviation
subsidiary for flight training. The PC authorizes Cessna to
produce, flight test, and grant airworthiness certificates
for the Mustang. The first delivery to a customer who will
put the aircraft into regular service will be in the coming
months, and Cessna expects to deliver 40 Mustangs in 2007,
with production ramping up through 2009.
REACHES AGREEMENT WITH CITY
manufacturer Taylorcraft Aviation LLC has reached an agreement
with the City of Brownsville, Texas, allowing it to remain in
city-owned hangar facilities on the Brownsville-South Padre
Island International Airport so long as it keeps up with
monthly building lease payments. According to the Brownsville
Herald, Taylorcraft President Harry Ingram must pay the
city $15,000 monthly in a cashier's check, with the full
amount owed - in excess of $100,000 - to be paid before July 1,
2007. If he defaults, Ingram would be immediately evicted. The
company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on October 13,
listing 23 creditors and $847,400 in debt, but that was thrown
out November 3 by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Richard S. Schmidt
when he agreed with one of the creditors who objected that
Taylorcraft had no legal counsel as required in bankruptcy
proceedings. The agreement with the city halted eviction
PRODUCT FOR GA COMING SOON
In her address to
Washington Aero Club on Wednesday, FAA Administrator Marion
Blakey revealed that an operational in-flight icing product
for general aviation would be available within two months.
"For several years now, you told us you wanted the
ability to use the Current Icing Product Severity as an
operational tool," she said. "Well, in two months or
less, in time for much of this icing season, CIP Severity will
be fully operational." The product uses observations from
satellite, radar, surface, lightning networks, and pilot
weather reports combined with model output to provide a
detailed, hourly, three-dimensional diagnosis of in-flight
icing conditions and potential for super-cooled liquid
droplets. The goal, she said, is "to enable flight deck
weather information technologies that allow pilots to engage
in shared situational awareness."
AVIATION CONFERENCE HAS NEW LOCATION
The 2007 Great
Lakes Aviation Conference & Expo moves to the new,
80,000-square-foot Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan,
February 2-3, 2007. The seventh annual event features more
than 100 breakout sessions and exhibits, including pilot
seminars, aircraft builder programs, avionics presentations,
sessions for airport managers and FBOs, maintenance symposium
and IA renewal sessions, and more. New in 2007 is an aviation
career fair and a free pancake breakfast on Saturday. To
APPROACHES FOR WAI SCHOLARSHIPS
Aviation, International (WAI) circulated a reminder this
week that there is still time left to apply for
several available scholarships. Applicants have until
December 21 to do so. Scholarships include the Pratt &
Whitney Maintenance Scholarships; FlightSafety International
Corporate Flight Attendant Award; and the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Scholarship. To learn
more, visit the
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