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SET FOR JANUARY 27
Snow or no snow
The Oshkosh weather
has resembled early spring so far this winter, but we're hoping that
come January 27 we'll have adequate snow cover for the annual EAA
Skiplane Fly-In. But if we don't, that won't stop aviation
enthusiasts from gathering at EAA's Pioneer Airport for some
mid-winter fellowship, hot cauldrons of chili, and cake to celebrate
Audrey Poberezny's birthday.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
EAA Aviation Services
I operate an
Allegro 2000 special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA). When
contacting ATC I always say, "light sport N---."
They frequently respond asking what type aircraft, to which I
say, "Allegro 2000." But what they are looking for
is the aircraft code number which is assigned by FAA to each
type of aircraft, and I have no idea what that might be.
the importer, Fantasy Air USA, but have not received a
response. Is there an official FAA listing of aircraft and
type codes on-line? I don't think ATC is looking for Type
Certificate Code numbers since the S-LSA are not type
certificated. Any help with this will be appreciated. I'd like
to be able to tell the controllers my aircraft code next time
I'm in the system.
EAA is in the
process of working with the FAA to develop a list of LSA
aircraft designators and that list should be done
early-to-mid-2007. We'll let everyone know when it's
available, but here is a website you can use to look it up
when it does: www.faa.gov/
This information is contained in FAA Order 7340.1,
Contractions - www.faa.gov/
ATPUBS/CNT/Cnthme.htm - go to the bottom of the page,
under Chapter 5. The link above is for the ENCODE section
where you can look up your aircraft manufacturer, then the
model number, to obtain the FAA designator code for the
aircraft - that's the code the ATC folks are asking for.
existing S-LSA aircraft this code is not yet available, and
for new S-LSA aircraft expect designator codes to be published
about 6 months after their first aircraft is certificated.
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EAA chief photographer Jim
Koepnick captured this shot of a Piper
PA-18 Super Cub against a sun splashed winter sky during the
2004 EAA Skiplane Fly-In at Pioneer Airport. If conditions
permit, skiplanes will return to Oshkosh for the 2007 event on
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issue of e-Hotline will be January 5, 2007.
Greetings From EAA
was a good year for EAA and its 170,000 members. The spirit
of innovation is evident, especially in the homebuilt
aircraft movement; the rapidly growing sport
pilot/light-sport aircraft industry; and very light jets.
The state of GA is strong and looking even brighter as we
head into 2007.
We'll soon be in the midst of another flying season, and
that means weekend Chapter fly-ins, Young Eagles rallies,
and the series of larger aviation events including EAA
regional fly-ins and, of course, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July
23-29. The common thread through these activities is you -
EAA chapter members, who provide volunteer leadership
that make these events possible.
EAA is proud of its role as an aviation leader, continually
exploring ways to enhance safety, lower the entry barriers
to while maintaining the freedom of flight.
My wife, Sharon, and daughter, Lesley, join me in wishing
you a very Merry Christmas holiday season and a happy,
prosperous new year.
Tom Poberezny, President
Experimental Aircraft Association
ORDINANCE PROHIBITING HOMEBUILDING AT HOME UPHELD
Homebuilt aviation enthusiasts and aircraft restorers in
Jacksonville, Florida, are continuing to pursue their legal
options after a judge recently ruled the city's ordinance
prohibiting work on airplanes at home was constitutional.
That ruling allows charges against an EAA member for
violating the ordinance to move forward, but a motion for
rehearing and/or clarification on the order has already been
PETERS CERTIFIES WORLD'S FIRST HYDROGEN-POWERED SANTA SLEIGH
to Fly Through U.S. Airspace
that Santa "is going green," U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Mary E. Peters has certified the first-ever
hydrogen powered sleigh as safe to operate in U.S. airspace
this holiday season. "Santa's new sleigh is a hybrid
vehicle that can fly using either the traditional eight tiny
reindeer or modern hydrogen fuel cells," she said.
"The hydrogen sleigh is quieter, so Santa can make his
deliveries without waking children and disturbing the
visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads."
Journey on NORAD Website
For the 51st
year, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will
track Santa Claus on his annual journey around the world and
you can, too, at www.noradsanta.org.
The website will feature a minute-by-minute update on
Santa's travels around the world beginning on December 24,
at 2 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (4 a.m. Eastern Standard
Time, 9 a.m. GMT).
TWO NEW, SIX REVISED ASTM STANDARDS
In a new Notice
of Availability issued this week, the FAA has officially
accepted two new ASTM light-sport aircraft standards as well
as six revised ASTM standards. This opens the door for
manufacturers to earn S-LSA approval and produce
ready-to-fly aircraft in the applicable categories.
TO MANSFIELD LAHM AIRPORT
Mid-Eastern EAA Regional Fly-In (MERFI) will relocate to the
Mansfield Lahm Municipal Airport (ANG) in North Central Ohio
for its 2007 event. Tentative dates for the event, previously
held at Marion Municipal Airport (MNN), are August 25-26. For
more information, visit www.merfi.info/cm/news.php.
VISITS SPORTY'S PILOT SHOP
President Tom Poberezny and EAA Board member David Lau
traveled to Clermont County Airport, Batavia, Ohio, where they
visited Hal Shevers, EAA 279855, president of Sporty's Pilot
Shop. They were joined by David Hipschman, editor of EAA Sport
Aviation magazine, Sean Elliott, EAA director of aircraft
operations, and members of Shevers' senior staff. Together
they toured Sporty's extensive facilities, which have been a
fixture on the airport for more than 40 years.
NEWS FROM FORD
Motor Company is now offering $500 X-Plan Bonus Cash on all
eligible 2006/2007 Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles through
January 2, 2007!* That's in addition to the currently
available national incentives announced for the "Ford
Year-End Event" and "Lincoln Mercury Wish
List." Further details on these national incentives may
be obtained at www.fordvehicles.com;
www.lincoln.com ; and www.mercuryvehicles.com.
This offer provides EAA members, spouses, and household
members an additional $500 on their next X-Plan purchase.
Get your PIN
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year-end savings. Take advantage of the Ford Partner
Recognition Vehicle Purchase Plan - the simplest way to save
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Additional incentives may apply. Residency restrictions and
X-Plan eligibility rules apply. See dealer for qualifications
and complete details. This note is intended for Partner
Recognition X-Plan members. Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX are not
eligible for the $500 X-Plan bonus.
AIRCRAFT COMPANY SOLD FOR $3.3 BILLION
has signed a definitive agreement to sell its wholly owned
subsidiary Raytheon Aircraft Company (RAC) to Hawker
Beechcraft Corporation, a new company formed by GS Capital
Partners, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs, and Onex Partners.
The $3.3 billion transaction includes Raytheon Aircraft
facilities and other assets in Wichita and Salina, Kansas;
Little Rock, Arkansas; Dallas, Texas; as well as its fixed
based operations network across the United States, United
Kingdom, and Mexico.
RAC has more
than 8,500 employees and has approximately 100 authorized
service centers worldwide. The transaction does not include
Raytheon's ownership in either Flight Options, LLC or Raytheon
Airline Aviation Services LLC. For more information visit www.raytheon.com.
BOYNE, SMITH TO BE INDUCTED
INTO NATIONAL AVIATION HALL OF FAME
Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) induction class of 2007 will
include EAA members Steve Fossett, EAA 562868, multiple world
record holder and pilot of the GolbalFlyer; Walter J. Boyne,
EAA 139949, former Director of the Smithsonian's Air and Space
Museum; and Frederick W. Smith, EAA 207868, founder of FedEx.
Other inductees at the July 21, 2007, event in Dayton, Ohio,
include flight instructor Evelyn Bryan Johnson; and Sally K.
Ride, America's first woman in space. Advance reservations for
the dinner and ceremony can be placed by calling 937-256-0944
ext.10. For more information visit www.nationalaviation.org.
NOW HANDLING MAGNUM BENDER
offers the Magnum Bender, a machine that can grasp and bend
metal parts up to 1/8 inch thick x 6 inches wide,. It features
the Universal Tooling Plate system, which incorporates slots
for a clamping kit, or a row of five ultra high-strength rare
earth magnets that will permit even small steel components to
be positioned accurately. The magnets also allow for
fine-tuning of part position prior to bending with a 1/16
inch, 3/32 inch, 1/8 inch, 5/32 inch, or ¼ inch radii.
Corresponding radii are also available in metric increments.
For more information visit www.AircraftSpruce.com.
CRANES ARRIVE AT FLORIDA WINTERING GROUNDS
endangered whooping cranes and their surrogate parents -
three ultralights - reached Florida's Gulf coast after a trek of
more than 1,100 miles through seven states. The cranes and
ultralights arrived at their final destination in Marion
County, first flying over a crowd of more than 800
enthusiastic spectators gathered at the Dunnellon Municipal
Airport on December 18.
This is the sixth group of whoopers to be guided by
ultralights to Florida from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
in central Wisconsin by the Whooping Crane Eastern
Partnership (WCEP), an international coalition of public and
private organizations. WCEP members Joe Duff and Bill
Lishman have presented numerous forums at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh over the years. For more information visit www.bringbackthecranes.org.
MAKES CHECKING FUEL EASY
quantity can be a hassle with high wing airplanes, but
Sporty's new foldable Aero Ladder can give you the boost you
need. The lightweight ladder is simple to unfold and
provides a stable platform for both feet. At just under five
pounds, it's rated to 300 pounds. Measuring 13 ½ inches x
19 ½ inches x 7 ½ inches, the AeroLadder fits easily
through almost all baggage doors. The ladder is available
for $34.95 and may be ordered at www.Sportys.com,
or by calling 1-800-SPORTYS.
PRODUCE 5-PLACE DA50 SUPER STAR
Industries unveiled a new design, the DA50 Superstar, to its
employees and guests at the company's Christmas Party held
recently in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. With room for five
people, it's being touted as "the most spacious in the
new generation of single-engine aircraft in general
aviation." The DA50 will be powered by both
conventional avgas-powered and new diesel engines, up to 350
hp. To learn more, visit www.diamondair.com.
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