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News and Views JANUARY 26, 2007    Volume 7, Number 4

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Do you have a listing of the companies that are offering the 16-hour repairman classes? I only know the name of 2 and they are both too far away to be practical.

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EAA SportAir Workshops provides a number of repairmen classes in various locations around the country. You can find out about dates and locations at the SportAir website.

The FAA also maintains a list of all course providers on its website. Contact the individual providers for information on where they may be offering classes.

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January 2007
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EAA Desktop Calendar

We're honored to feature EAA Founder and Chairman of the Board Paul Poberezny in this month's EAA desktop calendar, pictured in 1948 beside his Little Poop Deck, the result of his extensive clipwing modification of the remains of a 1940 Taylorcraft. The airplane is the subject of a feature article in the January 2007 issue of Vintage Airplane magazine, where Editor H.G. Frautschy and Paul discuss how he came up with the idea for not only the airplane, but also its name.

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     EAA IS 54 YEARS YOUNG!
EAA IS 54 YEARS YOUNG!On January 26, 1953, three dozen people who enjoyed a keen interest in building their own airplanes met at Curtiss-Wright Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to discuss forming an organization to share their knowledge of and passion for aviation. Friday, January 26, marks the 54th anniversary of that first meeting of what would become your EAA.

EAA founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny wrote to a person inquiring about the young organization in March 1953 with words that still ring true today: "It is the intent of this Association to foster closer fellowship through the exchange of ideas of mutual interest and to aid in the reduction of cost of homebuilding and experimentation."

More about EAA's early history and chronology can be found on the EAA website. Meanwhile, take a moment today to say, "Happy Birthday, EAA!"

  
EAA PANS ADMINISTRATION'S RENEWED CALL FOR USER-FEES
DOT Secretary Repeats Case at Aero Club Appearance
Almost exactly one year after former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta brought up the idea of a user-fee based air traffic control system to the Aero Club of Washington, his successor brought the same flawed proposal to the same group. In response, EAA and the rest of the general aviation community maintain their message to the attempt of the nation's airlines to offload expenses onto general aviation.
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SUPER BOWL XLI TFR ANNOUNCED
SUPER BOWL XLI TFR ANNOUNCEDA temporary flight restriction (TFR) will be in place in the vicinity of Miami, Florida's Dolphin Stadium from 4-11:59 p.m. on February 4, 2007, for Super Bowl XLI. The two-tiered TFR includes 10- and 30-nm rings up to but not including FL180. The 10 nm ring prohibits general aviation arrival, departure, or transit flights. The 30-nm, FL 180 outer ring will require aircraft to be on an active IFR or VFR flight plan and remain in two-way radio communication with air traffic control. Operations are limited to aircraft arriving or departing local airfields.
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2007 EAA/FAA OSHKOSH RECREATIONAL AVIATION SUMMIT
FAA to Fast-Track LSA Amphibian Issue
FAA to Fast-Track LSA Amphibian Issue
One of the lingering issues of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule has been the inability to certificate an amphibious aircraft with a repositionable landing gear, but steps were taken at last week's 2007 EAA/FAA Oshkosh Recreational Aviation Summit to remedy the situation. FAA officials informed EAA it intends to publish a final rule change to clarify the amphibious light-sport aircraft issue by May 2007.
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NDPER EXAMINERS HOLD ANNUAL MEETING AT EAA
NDPER EXAMINERS HOLD ANNUAL MEETING AT EAAMembers of the National Designated Pilot Examiners Registry (NDPER) met at EAA's Aviation Center in Oshkosh last weekend for their annual training session. NDPER is responsible for maintaining a cadre of designated pilot examiners with expertise in vintage, multi-engine, piston-powered aircraft such as the B-17, C-47/DC-3, B-25, and others.
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EAA ULTRALIGHT HALL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR CLASS OF 2007
EAA ULTRALIGHT HALL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR CLASS OF 2007The EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame award, among the highest honors of the Experimental Aircraft Association, celebrates recognized individuals or groups for dedicated service and/or significant contributions to ultralight aviation. Nominations for the 2007 award can be submitted through April 1, 2007.
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WE WANT TO KNOW YOUR FAVORITE AVIATION MOVIE
WE WANT TO KNOW YOUR FAVORITE AVIATION MOVIEWe're planning an Internet poll to have EAA's members select their choice of the Greatest Aviation Movie of All Time. The poll will run from February 21 at www.airventure.org, and the movie receiving the most votes will be shown on the big screen at the Ford-Eclipse Fly-In Theater during the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007! For the next three weeks, we're inviting suggestions to help us create a shortlist of 10 titles for the poll. To participate, e-mail your favorite flight flick to greatestaviationmovie@eaa.org no later than February 14! (Here's a handy website that lists all the aviation movies ever made.)
  
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.

  
SNOW ADEQUATE, BUT WINDS 'IFFY' FOR EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN
EAA SKIPLANE FLY-INWith snow conditions described as "acceptable" and dozens of skiplanes registered, plans are proceeding for the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In this Saturday, January 27, at Pioneer Airport. "The weather forecast is iffy with the winds," said Sean Elliott, EAA director of aircraft operations and air boss for the fly-in. "Right now we are saying its a 'go' with a final call the morning of the event." Elliott says that about 50 aircraft have registered for the event, which is on regardless of the weather. (Pilots intending to fly in must contact Elliott at 920-426-4886 to register and receive an arrival briefing.) Join your fellow aviation enthusiasts beginning at 10:30 a.m. for some mid-winter fellowship and free chili and cake to celebrate Audrey Poberezny's birthday. For more information, visit the EAA AirVenture Museum website.
  
FROM EAA AERONAUTICA
'ONE SIX LEFT' COMPANION DVD ON SALE AT EAA

ONE SIX LEFTThe makers of One Six Right-The Romance of Flying, have released the perfect companion DVD to that wonderful documentary tribute to general aviation, and it's now available through EAA's online store, Aeronautica. One Six Left includes six special features comprising 45 minutes of bonus material, including:
  • The trailer, Into the Clouds, by Enya
  • The Making of One Six Right
  • Movie Montage, - 12 minutes of the best shots edited to the musical score
  • The Joyride III , re-cut version of the Pitts acrobatic sequence
  • Pitts Pattern, in-cockpit Pitts flight around the Van Nuys Airport pattern
  • Piano Solo, in-studio with composer Nathan Wang

This widescreen version is presented in original 16:9 format, digitally transferred from the high definition master. Cost is $12.95 plus shipping and can be ordered through the Aeronautica website.

  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
LSA-AERO'S S100 FREEDOM AMPHIBIAN RECEIVES FAA EXEMPTION
LSA-Aero's S100 Freedom is the second amphibious special light-sport aircraft with a repositionable landing gear to receive an FAA grant of exemption, thus allowing it to be operated as special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA). The Freedom is a carbon composite, pusher-powered high wing machine with a Rotax 912S engine turning a three-blade Arplast Ecoprop GL/3 ground-adjustable carbon composite propeller. Its detachable wings and tail allow it to be trailered.
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WISCONSIN ULTRALIGHT AND LIGHT SPORT AVIATION SAFETY SEMINAR
The Wisconsin Ultralight and Light Sport Aviation Advisory Counsel is hosting its 14th annual safety seminar Saturday, March 3. The event qualifies as an FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency Award Program, and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hotel Mead and Convention Center in Wisconsin Rapids. Admission is free. For more information visit www.av8safe.org/wulac.html.
  
TAYLORCRAFT, TIGER AIRCRAFT CLOSE THEIR DOORS
Two companies that sought to resurrect well-known aircraft designs, Taylorcraft Aviation LLC and Tiger Aircraft, have recently gone out of business. Taylorcraft Aviation LLC had its doors padlocked after the bankrupt company bounced a $15,000 check to the City of Brownsville, the Brownsville Herald (Texas) reported Tuesday. That voided an agreement with the city that allowed the company to remain in city-owned hangar facilities on the Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport while working to repay more than $100,000 owed to the city.

Meanwhile, Tiger Aircraft's attempts to produce and market the AG-5B Tiger airplane have ended, as the company filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on January 16. It received FAA Part 23 certification for the AG-5B in 2001 and a year later got its production certificate. But the original forecast of producing 70 planes a year with 400 employees at the company's Martinsville, West Virginia, headquarters never occurred. Over the past six years, just 51 Tigers were produced.
  
VIDEO DOWNLOADS FROM SPORTY'S
Sporty's is offering a new collection of video downloads available at www.Sportys.com/downloads. Enjoy the convenience of aviation education on your desktop PC, Mac, video iPod, Zune or other personal viewing device. Currently available for download is the Richard Collins Air Facts series, a collection of 32 informative programs to teach pilots how to manage the risks of flight and enhance safety in all types of flying. Also available are three programs from Sporty's What You Should Know series: Flying the Garmin G1000, Flying the Avidyne Entegra, and Flying the Garmin GPSMAP 396/496. The Air Facts videos may be downloaded for $9.95 each, with a 25 percent discount for four or more. All 32 Air Facts programs are available for $99.00. The What You Should Know videos may be downloaded for $19.95 each.
  
FLYBOYS DVD TO BE RELEASED NEXT WEEK
Flyboys, the film inspired by the true story of the Lafayette Escadrille, will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray starting January 30. The film, directed by EAAer Tony Bill, made its debut to a full house at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. Available in both wide- and full-screen format, the single-disc DVD features audio commentary from Bill and producer Dean Devlin. Also available is a two-disc Special Edition that includes 15 minutes of deleted scenes, documentaries on real-life airmen and the film's special effects, and a special birds-eye view featurette of the Flyboys cast flying with the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels. The Blu-Ray edition includes additional segments about the making of and historical significance of the film, and the Flyboys Aerial Guide trivia track. For more information, visit www.flyboysdvd.com.
  
THIELERT NAMES NEW PRESIDENT OF SUPERIOR
Frank Thielert, CEO, Thielert AG, announced Kent Abercrombie as the new President of Superior Air Parts. Abercrombie joined Superior in 2000 as the Director of Finance and was promoted to V.P. of Finance in 2005. He replaces Timothy T. Archer, who resigned as President and CEO earlier this week. For more information visit www.superiorairparts.com.
  
JACK PELTON TO SPEAK AT SAN DIEGO AIR AND SPACE MUSUEM
EAAers will receive discounted admission to the San Diego Air and Space Museum's Business Leader's Forum February 1 featuring Cessna Aviation President and CEO Jack Pelton as keynote speaker. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $50 per person or $450 per table. EAA members are being offered a $5 discount for the event. To register online visit the museum website, or contact Gail Brenner at 619-234-8291, ext. 19.
  
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