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News and Views DECEMBER 21, 2006    Volume 6, Number 58

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EAA Skiplane Fly-In

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.
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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.

I've contacted 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/
- 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.

Again, 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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January 2007
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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 January 27.

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Christmas Greetings From EAA
EAA President Tom Poberezny2006 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.

EAA President Tom Poberezny
Tom Poberezny, President
Experimental Aircraft Association

Motion seeks clarification
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 filed.
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Waiver Issued to Fly Through U.S. Airspace
Santa WaiverSaying 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."
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Track Santa's Journey on NORAD Website
Track Santa's JourneyFor 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).
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.
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Mid-Eastern EAA Regional Fly-In (MERFI)The 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.
Tom Poberezny and EAA Board member David LauEAA 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.
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This offer provides EAA members, spouses, and household members an additional $500 on their next X-Plan purchase.

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On the Flightline News and Views
Raytheon Company 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.


The National 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.
Aircraft Spruce 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 inch radii. Corresponding radii are also available in metric increments. For more information visit www.AircraftSpruce.com.
Seventeen 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.
Checking fuel 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 inches x 19 inches x 7 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.
Diamond Aircraft 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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