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THE GIFT OF FLIGHT THIS SEASON
What could be a better gift for the
aviation enthusiast in your family than a flight on EAA's B-17,
Aluminum Overcast? The 2007 Spring Tour schedule may bring the
venerable warbird close to your area, so check
it out and give a once-in-a-lifetime flight aboard one of the
last airworthy B-17s. The B-17 Flight Gift Certificate comes in a
handsomely themed gift box along with a complete description of the
B-17 flight experience and a free Flying the B-17 DVD. For more
information, visit the EAA
Aeronautica online gift shop, or call 800-843-3612.
Q & A:
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EAA Aviation Services
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dealer claimed the aircraft was on the FAA major portion rule
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FAA page that says the page I'm looking for has been moved or
eliminated. Can you direct me to the list, which I assume
The current link to the FAA's amateur-built kits list can be
And there are three references to Esqual aircraft present.
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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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Company and Eclipse Aviation Return Fly-In Theater
this year, the show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 won't be
over when the sun sets each evening, as Ford Motor Company
and Eclipse Aviation bring back top aviation movies at the
popular "Fly-In Theater" on the AirVenture
grounds. The 55th annual EAA fly-in convention is July 23-29
at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
ACCEPTS DONATION FOR YOUNG EAGLES FROM 'ONE SIX RIGHT'
general aviation documentary film, One Six Right, was
screened at the place it started--Van Nuys Airport,
California--on Saturday, December 2, to wrap up its
nationwide tour launched at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. At
Oshkosh last July, where nearly 2,000 people were treated to
the high-definition screening, it was announced that each
DVD copy sold during the month of July and at AirVenture
would create a $5 donation to EAA's Young Eagles program.
SPORT PILOT TOUR CONCLUDES IN SAN DIEGO SATURDAY
EAA's wraps up
its successful 2006 Sport Pilot Tour this Saturday, December
9, at Brown Field in San Diego, California. Aviation
enthusiasts are invited to come out and see the new,
exciting way they can get involved in flying, but with less
time and expense. The
tour, on the heels of an extremely successful stop at
Flabob Airport last week, will once again feature
informative sessions and exhibits, interactive forums, and
some of the brand-new, ready-to-fly light-sport
aircraft on the market today.
1 HOST SPORT PILOT TOUR STOP
Chapter 1 and its beautiful facilities at historic Flabob
airport, Riverside, California, hosted one of the most
successful and well-attended Sport Pilot Tour stops last
Saturday, December 2. More than 600 aviation enthusiasts
learned the latest information about fun recreational flying
provided by sport pilot/light-sport aircraft. They also had a
chance to inspect a record 17 registered aircraft on display.
AIR & SPACE
NOTES EAA IN HOMEBUILT STORY
is prominently mentioned in the January 2007 issue of
Smithsonian Air & Space magazine in the feature story,
Build This Airplane for 10 Grand (page 40). The story focuses
on several ultra-low cost airplanes including the Easy Eagle,
the BK1, and the KK-1 and mentions EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as
well as EAA as a resource for do-it-yourself plane builders,
DINNER IS DECEMBER 15
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.
CHANGES DATES FOR 2007 FLY-IN
the Southeast Regional EAA Fly-In (SERFI) have moved their
dates for 2007 from October 5-7 to October 12-14 at
Middleton Field in Evergreen, Alabama. The move eliminates
conflicts with several scheduled large events that weekend
in the area, including a NASCAR race at Talladega, Bayfest
at Mobile, as well as Alabama and Auburn home college
football games. It also removes conflicts with two other
aviation events, the Kenner, Louisiana, biplane fly-in and
the Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In. Please note that the 2007
EAA Calendar indicates the original date. For more
information, visit www.serfi.org.
1ST 'CENTENARY PERMANENT MEMBERSHIP AWARD'
National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) is pleased
to announce its first-ever Centenary Permanent Membership
award to John Miller of Poughkeepsie, New York. John, who
has flown everything from Jennies to jets, celebrates his
101st birthday on December 15. The CPM award will be given
to every current NAFI member attaining the age of 100.
EAA'S U.S. BANK
VISA FEATURES AIRCRAFT SPRUCE DISCOUNTS
the fun in flying by applying for and using the official EAA
Platinum VISA credit card, issued through EAA partner U.S.
Bank. Choose from one of three designs: EAA's B-17 Aluminum
Overcast; a Piper Cub; or the EAA logo. New cardholders also
receive the opportunity for the low interest rate for first
the 12 months. The EAA VISA entitles cardholders to a discount
with EAA flagship partner Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. (Up
to 10 percent; restrictions apply to avionics.) Additional
partners will be added to the program in the future. Only the
EAA credit card issued by U.S. Bank qualifies for the Aircraft
Spruce & Specialty discount.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT EAA
As the year
closes, many of us often take stock of what matters to us. We
are thinking of family and friends and the kinds of aviation
activities that we care about. EAAers have shown in the past
that EAA's programs, like the Young Eagles, EAA's magnificent
Museum initiatives, Timeless Voices of Aviation, and the B-17
tour, are initiatives you are comfortable in supporting. What
you may not know is that you can show your support and benefit
your association while helping to reduce your 2006 taxes. Here
are two great year-end opportunities:
1) A contribution made to a charitable organization
such as EAA using a credit card and made by Dec. 31 qualifies
as a 2006 deduction.
2) If you might ever be subject to the estate tax, you
are eligible to make a $12,000 tax-free gift before the end of
the year ... and a minimum $10,000 donation is all it takes to
endow an EAA scholarship. Learn more about these opportunities
LANDS IN NEW FACILITY
Remos Aircraft has
leased a new factory facility in Germany with intentions of
consolidating and expanding production activity. Previously,
the aircraft were assembled in Bavaria with components coming
in from a number of sources, including Poland. Remos expects
to employ 40 people by the end of 2006 and will increase that
number to about 100 by the end of 2007. For further
information on the Remos G-3 visit www.remos.com,
call Remos USA at 888-838-9879.
COMPANY DELIVERS SAFE LANDINGS
Inc., a company dedicated to the safe door-to-door delivery of
aircraft and aircraft kits, is now delivering 450 kits per
year. Eighteen manufacturers, including Van's Aircraft,
Kitfox, Lancair, Velocity, TeamRocket, and Zenith have
selected Partain to deliver their kits. "When I picked up
my own RV-7 QuickBuild Kit at Van's three years ago, I saw a
need," says owner Tony Partain. "I've spent 29 years
in the transportation business, and I knew that it was
possible to provide direct delivery to the customer, do away
with the waste and cost of crating, and virtually eliminate
shipping damage." Partain ordered trucks and trailers
specifically designed to haul aircraft and started the
business. He recently added a sixth truck allowing delivery to
every part of the U.S. except New England. For more
information visit the
web or call 800-774-0828.
TO PERFORM AT THE 2007 GATHERING OF MUSTANGS AND LEGENDS
Thunderbird team will perform at the Gathering of Mustangs
and Legends in Columbus, Ohio, September 27-30, 2007. The
event will be held at Rickenbacker International Airport,
and aims to bring together 100 beautifully restored P-51
Mustangs. Of the over 15,000 Mustangs produced,
approximately 150 remain in flying condition today. For more
information, contact Media@GML2007.com,
407-846-7251, or Angie Tabor, 614-239-4081.
PARTNERS WITH NASA ON ICING EDUCATION
offers an extensive series of icing programs produced at
NASA's John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. A
Pilot's Guide to In-Flight Icing is a CD-ROM that presents
pilots with operational information and tools to avoid and
detect ice and minimize exposure. The program discusses exit
strategies during each phase of flight, the effects of ice
on aircraft performance, control upsets (wing and tail
stalls) and recovery procedures. It uses imagery captured on
NASA Icing Research flights, animation, pilot testimonials,
case studies and interactive demonstrations. A second disc
is a NASA-produced DVD that includes four educational
programs. To learn more, visit www.sportys.com
or call 800-SPORTYS.
AIRCRAFT APPOINTS TWO NEW EXECUTIVES
announced this week the appointment of Tom Bisges as senior
vice president, engineering and program management, and
Malcolm Thomson as vice president, flight test engineering.
Bisges comes to Adam Aircraft from Bombardier Aerospace and
Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation. He has 20 years of
experience in military and corporate aviation engineering
and holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical and aerospace
engineering from the University of Missouri. Thomson founded
Optika, a document imaging and workflow software company
that went public in 1996. He also served as president of
Blue Mountain Avionics. Thomson holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in computer science from Hatfield University,
Hertfordshire, England. For more information visit www.adamaircraft.com.
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