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News and Views DECEMBER 15, 2006    Volume 6, Number 57

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A group of us pilots were discussing the biannual flight review over breakfast and each of us had a different idea as to when it started. Also, we all seem to recall that there was an exemption during the first few years for pilots with over 500 hours. When was this eliminated? Your answer will decide who wins a bet.

Answer:
It took some digging, but here's the history.

The regulation requiring a flight review (then called a "biennial flight review") went into effect on November 1, 1974, as part of 14 CFR 61.57. The flight review was then given its own regulatory section (61.56) as part of a revision of Part 61 in 1978.

There is no evidence that there was EVER an exemption for pilots having more than a certain amount of logged flight time (500 hours or whatever). The requirement for a flight review applied to all pilots. There was some discussion at one point of possibly requiring pilots with less than 400 hours total time to take a flight review annually, but that provision was never enacted.

The regulation revision of 1978 dropped the term "biennial" from the flight review requirement. However, many pilots continue to refer to a "biennial flight review" or "BFR" even though the regulation simply requires a "flight review." Hope this settles the bet.

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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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EAAER LEADS A NEW CLASS OF PERSONAL AIRCRAFT
'Alberto' a hybrid of blimp and hot-air balloon
'Alberto' a hybrid of blimp and hot-air balloonA new kind of aircraft-a personal, semi-rigid thermal airship-flew for the first time on October 27 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Called the Alberto, it's being developed by Skyacht Aircraft, Inc., whose president and principal designer is Dan Nachbar (EAA 676916).

Alberto, whose name pays homage to Brazilian aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos-Dumont, is 102 feet long with a 70-foot diameter and uses hot air rather than helium for lift. Its innovative foldable frame (much like an giant umbrella) creates structural support of its hot-air envelope, and it has a fly-by-wire vectored thrust steering system. Alberto is a hybrid; a hot-air balloon with aluminum ribs that looks more like a blimp, but with a tail propeller that gives it directional control.
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EAA'S SPORT PILOT TOUR HAS COME A LONG WAY
EAA's Sport Pilot TourEighteen months ago, EAA hit the road in an effort to educate the public about sport pilot/light-sport aircraft - the new, less expensive, less cumbersome way to reach the skies. The first EAA Sport Pilot Tour stop was held during the June 2005 Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In at Marysville, California. At the time there were seven newly certificated LSA on the market, a handful of certificated instructors in the field, and fewer aircraft dealers.
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GIVE AN AWESOME GIFT OF FLIGHT THIS YEAR
EAA's B-17 Aluminum OvercastStill looking for the perfect gift for the aviation enthusiast in your family? A flight mission on EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast could well be the ticket. 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 world's most beautiful airplanes. 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.

 
WHERE TO STAY AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH?
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EAA AirVenture OshkoshAs aviation enthusiasts around the world begin planning their journeys to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, one of first things to secure is a place to stay during The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. The event takes place July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport.
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VOLUNTEER INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE AT WWW.AIRVENTURE.ORG
Volunteer at EAA AirVenture OshkoshWe're more than seven months away from opening day at AirVenture 2007, yet many people have already begun planning their journeys to Oshkosh. A lot of those folks are also dedicated AirVenture volunteers who give of their time and talents to make the event The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. If you'd like to learn more about volunteering at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, visit the AirVenture website for complete information.
 
'WOMEN SOAR' PLANS FOR EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007
EAA's 'Women Soar'Perhaps your daughter loves science but isn't sure if she should pursue it as a career. Or maybe she has a fascination with aviation, but doesn't know what life opportunities are available. On July 22-23, EAA will present Women Soar - The Sky is Not the Limit 2007, introducing girls in grades 8-12 to exciting career opportunities in the math, science, and technology fields.
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WRIGHT MEMORIAL DINNER IS FRIDAY NIGHT
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 this 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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TEXAS FLY-IN APPOINTS HISTORIAN; ASSISTANT NEEDED
Southwest Regional EAA Fly-InThe Southwest Regional EAA Fly-In (Texas Fly-In) has appointed Danny Sessums as its historian to oversee the storage and cataloging of fly-in archives. All compiled information will be stored in a State of Texas facility after it is properly assembled. Fly-in officials are also seeking a person to work with Sessums a few hours a week cataloging files, photos, and other artifacts. Interested persons should contact Stan Shannon at 830-997-8802 or via e-mail at stan@swrfi.org.
  
BE SANTA'S HELPER: DOUBLE YOUR GIFT TO EAA!
'Tis the season for gifting, and perhaps you are considering supporting EAA with a gift now or in the days to come. Have you checked with your employer's Human Resources department to see if they offer a matching gift program? Many do, and this is particularly true within the aviation/aerospace industry. Just ask if they will match your gift to EAA, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. As we enter into the season of goodwill and this year comes to a close, remember that making a charitable gift provides much-needed support for EAA's mission, is personally heartwarming and may produce significant tax savings for you as well. Learn more at www.eaa.org/support.
    
On the Flightline News and Views
FLIGHT DESIGN SURVEY PRODUCES WINNERS
Flight Design USA conducted in-person and web-based surveys of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft community over the summer and fall of 2006. Several hundred survey participants had the chance to win valuable prizes. The grand prize, a Garmin 396 GPS unit valued at $2,500, was awarded to Gordon Wheler (EAA 804659) of Cazenovia, New York. Second prize, a King Schools Sport Pilot Training Course, went to Dan Kleinpaste of Harlan, Iowa. Third prize, a Composiclean composite aircraft cleaning supply set, went to Dan Watters (EAA 709550) of Tucson, Arizona. The company sells the CT special light-sport aircraft, and conducted the survey to further increase their understanding of what American pilots desire in an LSA. For more information visit www.FlightDesignUSA.com.
  
LIBERTY XL2 RECEIVES AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION
Liberty Aerospace, Inc. has received official notification from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of the Australian Government granting it full certification of its Liberty XL2 aircraft. Type Acceptance Certificate A234 was awarded to Liberty pursuant to Regulation 21.29A of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 on December 1, enabling Liberty owners to register their XL2 aircraft in Australia. They will no longer need N-registrations from the United States. For additional information visit www.libertyaircraft.com.
 
SHOW OFF YOUR AIRPLANE
Sporty's is now offering a custom window decal depicting your airplane and N-number. Now you can let everyone in traffic know you're a pilot and what airplane you fly with a white vinyl lettering and aircraft silhouette that will adhere to any type of surface, including car windows. The silhouettes are available in high wing, low wing, twin engine, or tail-wheel. Six personalized letters are added below the silhouette. The whole decal measures 6 inches by 4.5 inches and is available for $19.95 through www.sportys.com or 800-776-7897. All Sporty's products ordered by Friday, December 22, 2006, may be delivered in time for Christmas.
  
FLITELITE AVAILABLE FOR DAVID CLARK X-11, OTHER HEADSETS
FLITELite, the hands-free LED flashlight custom fit to your specific aviation headset microphone, is now compatible with the new David Clark X-11 Headset. FLITELite also has a full line of wire boom adapters for David Clark, AVCOMM, and Soft Comm headsets. For more information visit www.FLITELITE.com.
 
2007 MILLER CATALOG AVAILABLE
Miller Electric Mfg. Co.'s 2007 full-line catalog is now available. The full-color, 88-page catalog features information on the companies newest welding and plasma cutting equipment, including specifications on Miller MIG welders, TIG welders, stick welders, plasma cutters, welding generators, welding helmets, safety gear and more. The catalog also provides helpful product selection charts, and it describes the additional benefits available through Miller's online welding communities, which are also free. To order the 2007 Miller full-line catalog, visit www.MillerWelds.com, or call 800-426-4553.
 
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