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News and Views DECEMBER 8, 2006    Volume 6, Number 56

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GIVE THE GIFT OF FLIGHT THIS SEASONEAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast
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.

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I plan to have my Esqual inspected soon. The former American dealer claimed the aircraft was on the FAA major portion rule list. Now, when I click on links to this list, I'm taken to an 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 still exists?

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The current link to the FAA's amateur-built kits list can be found here:

And there are three references to Esqual aircraft present. Good luck!


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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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ENCORE PERFORMANCE
Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation Return Fly-In Theater
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In TheaterAgain 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.
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POBEREZNY ACCEPTS DONATION FOR YOUNG EAGLES FROM 'ONE SIX RIGHT'
POBEREZNY ACCEPTS DONATION FOR YOUNG EAGLES FROM 'ONE SIX RIGHT'The 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.
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2006 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.
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FLABOB, CHAPTER 1 HOST SPORT PILOT TOUR STOP
FLABOB, CHAPTER 1 HOST SPORT PILOT TOUR STOPEAA 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.
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AIR & SPACE NOTES EAA IN HOMEBUILT STORY
AIR & SPACE NOTES EAA IN HOMEBUILT STORYEAA 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, homebuilders. Check it out.
 
WRIGHT MEMORIAL DINNER IS DECEMBER 15
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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'SERFI' CHANGES DATES FOR 2007 FLY-IN
Organizers for 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.
   
NAFI GIVES 1ST 'CENTENARY PERMANENT MEMBERSHIP AWARD'
NAFI GIVES 1ST 'CENTENARY PERMANENT MEMBERSHIP AWARD'The 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.
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EAA'S U.S. BANK VISA FEATURES AIRCRAFT SPRUCE DISCOUNTS
EAA'S U.S. BANK VISA FEATURES AIRCRAFT SPRUCE DISCOUNTSKeep 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.
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YEAR-END TAX-FRIENDLY 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 at www.eaa.org/support.
    
On the Flightline News and Views
REMOS AIRCRAFT 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.
  
TRUCKING COMPANY DELIVERS SAFE LANDINGS
Partain Transport, 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.
 
THUNDERBIRDS TO PERFORM AT THE 2007 GATHERING OF MUSTANGS AND LEGENDS
The USAF 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.
 
SPORTY'S PARTNERS WITH NASA ON ICING EDUCATION
Sporty's now 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.
 
ADAM AIRCRAFT APPOINTS TWO NEW EXECUTIVES
Adam Aircraft 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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