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News and Views JANUARY 19, 2007    Volume 7, Number 3

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Can an experimental aircraft be used to give a 'free' airplane ride to the winner of a ticket at an auction? I know that experimental aircraft can not be used 'for hire' and can not receive more than 1/2 of the flight's operating costs. But if the airplane ride raises $500 at the auction, which is clearly in excess of the entire flight's operating costs, is it legal to conduct the flight as long as all proceeds are paid directly to the non-profit organization?

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No, experimental aircraft may not be used for conducting charitable flights. Feel free to offer the raffle prize in a type-certificate airplane, but an experimental aircraft is not allowed.

As a side note, even though the owner of the airplane is not receiving a penny for the flight, (when all proceeds are donated directly to the charity), the FAA still considers it a commercial activity. As such the pilot must either be under an FAA-approved drug-testing program or have an FAA-issued exemption for the charitable flight. If you elect to submit an exemption request to cover the FAA's drug-testing requirement, it is best to do it at this web address - just follow the "unregistered user" links.

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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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     FAA/EAA RECREATIONAL AVIATION SUMMIT YIELDS LENGTHY AGENDA
FAA/EAA RECREATIONAL AVIATION SUMMITEAA and FAA officials met this week for extensive discussions on a wide variety of aviation topics during the 2007 FAA/EAA Recreational Aviation Summit. More than a dozen senior FAA staff members, led by John Hickey, director of aircraft certification, and Jim Ballough, director of flight standards, were in Oshkosh meeting with EAA officials and representatives from several facets of the organization.
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SEBRING'S THIRD LSA EXPO A ROUSING SUCCESS
SEBRING'S THIRD LSA EXPO A ROUSING SUCCESSThe fastest-growing segment in aviation-sport pilot/light-sport aircraft-was on full display last week during the third annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida. Although organizers do not keep attendance figures, Expo Chairman Bob Wood said he felt about 25-30 percent more people came through the gates than last year. "Just a great event," he said. "Our parking lots were overflowing, and we had to open some lots up we had not used before."
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EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007 TO HOST U.S. AIR FORCE 60TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION
AIR FORCE 60TH ANNIVERSARY For more than a half-century, some of aviation's most amazing innovations and top developments have come from two places: the U.S. Air Force and the annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention. The USAF will make the 55th annual edition of EAA AirVenture, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," a major stop during its 60th anniversary commemoration, as it brings its "Heritage to Horizons" showcase to Oshkosh July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport.
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SUN 'N FUN OPENS FLIGHTLINE TO ALL ATTENDEES
UN 'N FUN OPENS FLIGHTLINE TO ALL ATTENDEESTaking a page from EAA's successful move several years ago, the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, Inc. Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly in December to make the flightline area of the 2007 event accessible to all attendees. The area had been accessible only to certificated pilots, airplane mechanics, air traffic controllers and other "certificated airmen (and women)" as defined by the FAA. Additionally, members of the Florida Air Museum (FAM) at Sun 'n Fun and members of nationally recognized aviation organizations, including EAA, were provided flightline access, with FAM and EAA members receiving reduced admission rates.
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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 the EAA AirVenture website.

  
SWRFI, EAA CHAPTER 35 AIM TO FLY 600 YOUNG EAGLES
The Southwest Regional Fly-In (SWRFI) and EAA Chapter 35 are in need of pilots and ground volunteers to take part in an attempt to provide a Young Eagles experience to approximately 600 youngsters on March 17. The flights will highlight a comprehensive Boy Scout aviation merit badge program that will also involve extensive classroom and flightline sessions during a three-day encampment at Hondo, Texas Municipal Airport. Young Eagle flights will take place only on Saturday, March 17, starting at 9 a.m.

The program needs pilots, ground crew helpers, and administrative volunteers. "At a minimum, we would like to have 25 airplanes on the ramp, 25 ground crew workers, and two administrative teams in order to conduct this event swiftly and safely," says Stan Shannon, SWRFI chairman. In addition, local EAA host families may provide housing for those EAAers who arrive on Friday, March 16.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Brad Doppelt, Chapter 35 Young Eagle Coordinator, at brad_doppelt@yahoo.com, 210-380-2025, or 210-538-5046.

     
WEATHER PROMISING FOR NEXT WEEK'S EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN
EAA SKIPLANE FLY-INSeveral inches of fresh snow this week, and a suitable (cold) forecast are making it look more favorable for the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In January 27 at Pioneer Airport. "We don't need much more," said Sean Elliott, EAA director of aircraft operations and air boss for the fly-in. "Just a few inches to cover the exposed grass and we should be in good shape." (Pilots intending to fly in must contact Elliott at 920-426-4886 to register and receive an arrival briefing.)

Even if the weather does not allow for skiplane landings at Pioneer, aviation enthusiasts will still gather in the big hangar for some mid-winter fellowship, hot cauldrons of chili, and cake to celebrate Audrey Poberezny's birthday. For more information, visit the EAA AirVenture Museum website.
     
On the Flightline News and Views
  
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON FATE OF LORAN-C
The U.S. Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, is seeking public input on the fate of the Long Range Navigation System, otherwise known as LORAN-C. The land-based navigation system, operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, could be slated for decommissioning later this year. The public is invited to submit comments as to whether the system should be decommissioned, maintained as is, or upgraded to an enhanced LORAN system to back up the GPS system. Comments are due no later than February 7. Visit www.navcen.uscg.gov/eLORAN/E6-22421.pdf, or call 800-368-5647 for more information.
  
2006 'CFI OF THE YEAR' RELEASES STALL/SPIN AWARENESS BOOK
Master Instructor Rich Stowell, EAA/NAFI 237257, and FAA 2006 National Flight Instructor of the Year, has authored a new book, The Light Airplane Pilot's Guide to STALL/SPIN AWARENESS. The 520-page book draws on 100 years of stall/spin research as well as Stowell's two decades and nearly 30,000 spins of teaching experience. It combines 100 years of light airplane research with practical knowledge about the stall/spin environment into one of the most comprehensive guides to stall/spin awareness available." Appendices offer a compilation of spin recovery information for more than 100 single- and twin-engine airplanes, including an in-depth analysis of the controversial Piper Tomahawk. For more information or to order online, visit https://www.richstowell.com/order.htm.
  
ILLINOIS ULTRALIGHT & LIGHT PLANE SAFETY SEMINAR SET
The 27th annual Illinois Ultralight and Light Plane Safety Seminar will be held Saturday, February 24, in Springfield, Illinois. Topics and speakers include: "Getting Your Aircraft N-Numbered," by Edsel Ford from the FAA Light Sport Aircraft Branch; "Corrosion Solutions for Your Airframe," by Bever Borne of Air-Tech, Inc.; "Ethanol Fuel Issues for Pilots," by EAA's Earl Lawrence; and "The New Sport Pilot Deadlines," by Jim Sweeney of Sweeney Corp. Aircraft will be on static display along with dealer and manufacturer displays. For more information visit www.safety-seminar.com.
  
CARTERGYRO ACHIEVES VERTICAL TAKE-OFF
Carter Aviation Technologies reports that their CarterGyro has executed several vertical take-offs where the aircraft was able to jump more than 150 feet straight up during flight-testing. The company's new rotor system was pit-tested to 670 rpm, and it was at 490 rpm that the takeoff angle increased to true vertical. The new gyro prototype was termed the CarterGyro Demonstrator/Trainer, and the company plans to use it to publicly demonstrate the capabilities of their technology, and to preview their new Personal Air Vehicle. For more information visit www.CarterAviationTechnologies.com.
   
COLUMBIA REPORTS RECORD YEAR; ANNOUNCES 2007 MODELS
Despite delays early in the year certifying the Garmin G1000 glass panel and a subsequent, hail storm that necessitated the refinishing of more than 60 aircraft, Columbia Aircraft reports it still managed to deliver a record 185 aircraft for the year. The 185 deliveries eclipsed the previous record of 114 aircraft set in 2005.

Columbia also recently introduced its 2007 product line, complete with new paint schemes, standard features, and options. New standard features include a cup holder/approach plate holder, a headset hangar/flashlight holder and map pocket, and two position rudder pedals to complement the custom fit seat height adjustment capabilities of the seats. Also new this year is a Remote Keyless Entry System option. The company will also add protectant film to the wheel pants and nose gear strut free of charge. Fees for custom paint colors have also been eliminated. For more information and an interactive online paint selector, visit www.flycolumbia.com.
  
ERAU ADDS TO SIMULATOR FLEET
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is expanding their fleet of Frasca simulators at their Daytona Beach campus by adding an additional Cessna 172 Flight Training Device (FTD). The Level 6 FTD will feature Frasca's TruVision 220 visual display system and Garmin G1000 advanced avionics. ERAU is also upgrading two of their existing 172 FTDs to include G1000 avionics. ERAU has also recently taken delivery of two Mentor Advanced Aviation Training Devices from Frasca. The Mentor devices are being used to help alleviate training delays caused by hurricane damage to their simulator rooms that occurred in December of 2006. For more information visit www.erau.edu.
  
ARTIST'S PAINTING RAISES FUNDS FOR ASHLEY FOUNDATION
Several months ago, artist Sam Lyons and his wife, Mindy, donated a numbered print of his award winning painting "Yellow Lure" to the Ashley Willwerth Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Recently Florida Aviation Career Training, a flight school located at St. Augustine, Florida, purchased the painting and will display it in the school's main lobby. Lyons, of Woodstock, Georgia, EAA 362685, won a first place award in the 2006 EAA Sport Aviation Art Contest for the work that depicts a Piper Cub on floats at EAA AirVenture's Seaplane Base.
  
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