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Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
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.
It took some
digging, but here's the history.
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
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.
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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LEADS A NEW CLASS OF PERSONAL AIRCRAFT
hybrid of blimp and hot-air balloon
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.
PILOT TOUR HAS COME A LONG WAY
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.
AN AWESOME GIFT OF FLIGHT THIS YEAR
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.
STAY AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH?
Hotline, website are best information sources
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.
INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE AT WWW.AIRVENTURE.ORG
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.
PLANS FOR EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007
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
DINNER IS FRIDAY NIGHT
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.
FLY-IN APPOINTS HISTORIAN; ASSISTANT NEEDED
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
RECEIVES AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION
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.
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.
AVAILABLE FOR DAVID CLARK X-11, OTHER HEADSETS
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.
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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