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News and Views JANUARY 12, 2007    Volume 7, Number 2

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EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EVENTS, EXHIBITS FOR 2007
EAA AirVenture Museum
Special events, exhibits and activities are among the spectacular highlights of this year's schedule at the world-class EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, which celebrates its 24th year of operation in 2007.

Among the featured events in 2007 is a presentation by Thomas Griffin of the famed Doolittle Raiders on March 27; new "Living History Days" at Pioneer Airport throughout the year; the openings of the Aerospace Design and Space Gallery exhibits in July; and renowned designer Burt Rutan as the keynote speaker at the annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Dec. 14.
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I have transitioned my SkyRaider to the E-LSA category. While doing the paperwork, I was informed I could not work on this aircraft except for a list of minor preventive maintenance things. I did not build this aircraft, but I do have the 16-hour inspection rating for the airplane. Would you clarify this, as I have never seen this addressed or bought up in any articles.

Answer:
Whoever told you that is incorrect. As an aircraft holding an experimental airworthiness certificate (and which did not hold a different kind of airworthiness certificate previous to the experimental certificate), FAR Part 43 does not apply (Ref; 14 CFR 43.1(b)). Thus, there are no restrictions on who does maintenance, repair, or modifications to the aircraft. You may perform these tasks, or you many have anyone of your choosing perform them. The person performing these tasks is not required to hold any FAA certificate of any kind.

The only time an FAA certificate is required is when performing the condition inspection each year, as required by your aircraft's operating limitations. The operating limitations will go on to require that the person performing this inspection hold either an LSA repairman certificate with an inspection rating (for which you qualify having completed the 16 hour course), or any FAA certificated A&P mechanic. These requirements are found in the aircraft's operating limitations rather than in the regulations themselves.

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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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     THIRD ANNUAL SPORT AVIATION EXPO OPENS AT SEBRING
SebringGreat weather and strong attendance are gracing opening day of the third annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida. With nearly 120 exhibitors covering every aspect of the light-sport aircraft industry on hand, this is the place to be through Sunday, January 14, for those wanting to learn more about sport pilot/light-sport aircraft.
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THE ULTRALIGHT PILOT TRANSITIONING DEADLINE
Ultralight pilots who registered with one of the four FAA recognized ultralight organizations before September 1, 2004, but miss the January 31, 2007, deadline, or pilots who registered after September 1, 2004, still may use the aeronautical experience (flight hours) they obtained in ultralight vehicles to meet the experience requirements to obtain a sport pilot certificate.

FAA recently published clarifying information. Also see some tips for the process located on the EAA sport pilot website.

  
EAA MOURNS LOSS OF BILL KERSHNER
BILL KERSHNERWilliam K. Kershner, an icon in the world of flight instruction, passed away at the age of 77 on January 8 after a prolonged bout with cancer. Pilot, flight instructor, author, and EAA/NAFI member, he authored a series of books that sold more than 1 million copies over the years. He was inducted into the Flight Instructors Hall of Fame at Oshkosh in 1998.
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GENE KRANZ TO BE HONORED GUEST AT SWRFI
GENE KRANZAerospace icon and a hero of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission, Eugene F. "Gene" Kranz, will be the honored guest at this year's Southwest Regional Fly In (SWRFI), slated for June 1-2, at Hondo Municipal Airport, Texas. Kranz served as lead flight director of the aborted April 1970 mission and played a crucial role in safely returning its crew to earth after an oxygen tank exploded and crippled the spacecraft shortly after launch from Cape Canaveral.
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'GOLDEN WEST' RESCHEDULES 2007 FLY-IN
Golden West EAA Regional Fly-InOrganizers of the Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In at Yuba County Airport (MYV), Marysville, California, have rescheduled their 2007 event to June 29 through July 1 due to a scheduling conflict with another aviation-related event in the Sacramento area. Golden West, preparing for its ninth fly-in this year, was originally scheduled June 8-10, but elected to move the date when the California Capital Air Show scheduled its event for the same weekend.
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'CAP' TO RENAME SQUADRON IN HONOR OF JOE KITTINGER
JOE KITTINGERCol. Joseph W. Kittinger, USAF-Ret., will be honored by the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) when it renames its Austin, Texas-based TX-352 squadron in his honor during a special ceremony on January 23 at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Kittinger, EAA 263461, holds the longstanding record for the highest parachute jump in history, from 102,800 feet, achieved on August 16, 1960.
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FAA FORMALLY PROPOSES ELIMINATING PAPER CERTIFICATES
FAA FORMALLY PROPOSES ELIMINATING PAPER CERTIFICATESFollowing up on its unveiling of upgraded, counterfeit-resistant plastic airmen certificates at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, the FAA is proposing making the less durable and less secure paper certificates obsolete within two years.
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OSHKOSH-AREA CONGRESSMAN NAMED RANKING MEMBER ON HOUSE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE
Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI)Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) was named today as the ranking member on the House Aviation Subcommittee during the current Congress by ranking Republican on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL). Petri serves Wisconsin's 6th District, home to EAA's Oshkosh headquarters. The term "ranking" denotes the leader of the minority party in committees and subcommittees.

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UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF ETHICS REFORM IRKS CONGRESSIONAL PILOTS
In the new House of Representatives' rush to approve an ethics package during their first hours on the job, language intended to curb lawmakers from accepting free flights in corporate jets may actually go farther than intended; it may also prevent lawmakers who are also pilots from flying their own aircraft.
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SEND US YOUR AIRVENTURE WAYPOINTS, FUEL STOPS
EAA AirVenture OshkoshEvery year, many facilities provide special offers to EAA members on their flights to and from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. We collect listings of these valuable offers and place them together on the EAA AirVenture website as a convenience to those planning a flight to The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

If you'd like your facility to be among the waypoints, FBOs, and others listed on the AirVenture website, please send us your information, including name of business, airport, phone number, e-mail address, and any special offers you'd like to announce. Send to webmaster@eaa.org, then watch for it on www.AirVenture.org.

     
On the Flightline News and Views
  
BUILD A PLANE PARTNERS WITH WATHEN FOUNDATION
Build A Plane, a non-profit organization that donates airplanes to schools, has partnered with the Thomas W. Wathen Foundation to develop education programs based on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Foundation at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, houses an aviation charter high school, a satellite EAA Air Academy, and numerous other aviation-based programs.

Through Build A Plane, more than 30 schools have received airplanes to teach STEM through aircraft construction and restoration. Among its board of directors are Cessna president Jack Pelton; Cirrus Design president Alan Klapmeier; Patty Wagstaff; and EAA's Dr. Lee Siudzinski. For more information visit www.BuildAPlane.org, and www.Flabob.org.
  
NEW PASSPORT REGULATION TAKES EFFECT ON JANUARY 23
Pilots who fly internationally are reminded that the new Department of Homeland Security passport requirements will take effect on January 23, 2007, requiring a passport to enter or re-enter the United States from any foreign destination, including Canada, Mexico and Bermuda, regardless of whether you are a U.S. citizen or not. That also pertains to all international travelers. For more information on current international travel regulations, visit http://www.dhs.gov/xtrvlsec/crossingborders/.
  
ABLE FLIGHT ANNOUNCES FIRST FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS
Able Flight, an organization announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last summer that aims to provide free flight training in light-sport aircraft to people with disabilities, has announced its first two scholarship recipients. Brad Jones and Stephany Glassing, former patients at Atlanta's Shepherd Center, a catastrophic care hospital, will take part in an intensive and demanding flight-training program, resulting in a sport pilot certificate.
"Able Flight's goal is to challenge its scholarship winners so that their own achievements will help them become more self-reliant and confident in their abilities," said Able Flight Executive Director Charles Stites. To learn more about the recipients and the program, visit www.ableflight.org.
  
FAA ISSUES SAIB FOR CESSNA CONTROL WHEELS
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to owners, operators, and maintenance technicians of several Cessna models of the possibility of cracks in plastic or non-metallic control wheels. The airplanes are models 150, 172, P172, 175, 180, 182, 185, 205, 206, 210, 336, and 337 series airplanes originally produced with plastic or non-metallic control wheels manufactured from 1960-1964. Approximately 12,500 airplanes were built. The FAA recommends that owners, operators and maintenance technicians place special emphasis on the periodic 100-hour and annual inspections on plastic control wheels installed in these airplane models until they are replaced with metallic control wheels. For the full SAIB, visit www.faa.gov/aircraft/safety/alerts/saib/media/CE-01-41R1.pdf.
  
WEIGHT-SHIFT LIGHT-SPORT REPAIRMAN COURSE
Virginia Aviation and Precision Windsports of Lynchburg, Virginia, will offer an experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) repairman course for weight-shift control aircraft March 10-11 at Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH). This course provides required training for those who own (or plan to own) E-LSA weight-shift control aircraft and want to do their own annual inspections.

The course will focus on regulations, resources, tools, inspection procedures, personal safety, weight-shift aerodynamics, aircraft systems, and inspection log entries. Additionally, a local designated airworthiness representative will provide an overview of the E-LSA registration and airworthiness inspection process and perform airworthiness inspections on a case-by-case basis. Cost is $399, but EAA members receive a $50 discount. For more information, contact Terri Sipantzi, instructor, at 434-851-6804 or terri@precisionwindsports.com; or to register contact Donna Gaudet, 434-237-8428 or donnag@virginiaaviation.com. www.VirginiaAviation.com, www.PrecisionWindsports.com.
  
FLIGHT DESIGN ADDS HORIZON REFERENCE
Flight Design USA has created a new equipment package for the CT light sport aircraft (LSA). This will prepare the model for operation under the new ASTM F.37 specification governing operation of a LSA at night by pilots with the appropriate pilot certificate and a valid medical. The new draft ASTM night operation specification requires a horizon reference.

The CT Advanced model already meets the instrument reference specification as it is delivered with the Dynon Primary Flight Display.
The TruTrak ADI will add approximately $2,000 of cost to the Classic CT model. For more information visit www.FlightDesignUSA.com.
  
NEW VFR COMMUNICATIONS DVD/CD FROM SPORTY'S
Sporty's has redone its VFR Communications program, presented on a dual-sided disc that functions both as DVD video and CD audio. This added feature allows users to listen to the program in any CD player and still view the DVD program with one disk.

The new VFR Communications takes the viewer (or listener) on three real-world flights to see the range of communications skills required for flight in every type of VFR airspace. Several airports are visited, from rural pilot-controlled fields to Class B airspace. VFR Communications is available for $29.95 through www.Sportys.com, or by calling 800-776-7897.
  
NEW CAP CADET SQUADRON IN WEST PALM BEACH
The Civil Air Patrol is forming a new Cadet Squadron at the North Palm Beach County Airport located at 11600 Aviation Blvd. Suite 3B, in West Palm Beach, Florida. EAA Chapter 203 and Landmark Aviation have provided a home for the new squadron at the airport. Meetings will start January 15, and will be held Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. For more information contact John Clark, first lieutenant, CAP, Squadron Commander, at 561-818-2506.
  
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