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News and Views DECEMBER 1, 2006    Volume 6, Number 55

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I am a private pilot with an instrument rating, SEL. I would also like to have the paper certificate for sport pilot. Is that possible and if so, how?

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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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EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR ROLLS INTO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
EAA Sport Pilot TourEAA's 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 EAA President Tom Pobereznysome 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 Riverside, California.

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FRONT RANGE AIR SHOW ADDED TO EXPANDED RMRFI
Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In (RMRFI)This 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 International Airport
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EAA COMMENTS EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT AIRSPACE CHANGE
Atlanta Class B AirspaceEAA's 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)"
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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 PLANNED GIVING WEBSITE HELPS YOU
USE YOUR IRA AS NEVER BEFORE

The Pension Protection Act of 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 BUY!
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 purchase.
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CIRRUS SCORES ANOTHER RECORD QUARTER
Cirrus Design 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.
http://www.cirrusdesign.com
 
CESSNA DELIVERS FIRST MUSTANG, GAINS FAA PC
Cessna Aircraft 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.
http://mustang.cessna.com/
 
TAYLORCRAFT REACHES AGREEMENT WITH CITY
Bankrupt aircraft 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 proceedings.
 
IN-FLIGHT ICING 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."
http://weather.aero/icing
 
GREAT LAKES 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 register, visit http://ww.greatlakesaviationconference.com.
 
DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR WAI SCHOLARSHIPS
Women in 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 WAI website.
 
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