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News and Views FEBRUARY 2, 2007    Volume 7, Number 5

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I just bought an airplane and would like to change the N number. How can I find which N numbers are available so I can make the change?

Answer:
You can search the FAA's registration database by going to the FAA's aircraft registry website.


Once you get there, you can search the database in a couple of ways. First, you can search by N number, in which case you can enter the number you want and see if it's already assigned to an aircraft. The other way is to search available numbers by range, where you can put in a starting and ending number as well as desired letters at the end of the number. Either way, you'll be able to track down what numbers are available.

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To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.
  

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February 2007
EAA Desktop Calendar

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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     TOP AIR SHOW PERFORMERS LOCKED IN FOR THE BIG SHOW
EAA AirVenture Air Show PerformersWhat do Sean D. Tucker, Patty Wagstaff, Kirby Chambliss, Debby Rihn-Harvey; Mike Goulian, Kent Pietsch, Matt Younkin, and Kyle Franklin have in common? Other than the fact that they are among the world's very best pilots, they are also among the many top performers who have confirmed their appearance at "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007.
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EAA TO PRESENT SPORT PILOT PROGRAMS
AT MAJOR 2007 AVIATION EVENTS

EAA Sport Pilot EventsEAA will present the latest sport pilot information and issue free sport pilot student pilot certificates to EAA members at several major aviation events in 2007, beginning with the Sun "n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, April 17-23. EAA experts will be on hand throughout each event to answer questions on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) or any subject related to recreational aviation.
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TFR IN EFFECT FOR SUPER SUNDAY
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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HUNDREDS ATTEND EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN AT PIONEER AIRPORT
Skiplane Fly-in at EAA's Pioneer AirportWell over 200 people braved the wintry Wisconsin weather for EAA's Skiplane Fly-In Saturday at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. Close to two-dozen airplanes, ranging from Cubs and Cessnas to a Champion and a Kitfox, arrived from throughout the area and from as far away as Michigan and Illinois.
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EAA WARBIRDS IN REVIEW FEATURED ON THE OUTDOOR CHANNEL
The Outdoor Channel's Wings to Adventure series will air a program this weekend featuring interviews with U.S. fighter pilot legends David "Tex" Hill, C.E. "Bud" Anderson, and Bob Hoover conducted during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006's Warbirds In Review program. Coordinated by EAA Warbirds of America board member Connie Bowlin, Warbirds In Review brings together veteran pilots of famed aircraft with current warbird owners to share their experiences flying military aircraft. Wings to Adventure is scheduled to run Saturday, February 3, at 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT, with a repeat at 10 p.m./9 p.m. Please check your local listings.
  
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR EAA HOMEBUILDERS HALL OF FAME
EAA Homebuilders Hall of FameNominees for the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame can be from any period in aviation history. Activities that determine eligibility include, but are not limited to: designer, builder, educator, innovator, award-winner, leader, record-setter, technical contributor, and flyer. The award may be given to a living person or posthumously. The nomination form is available on the EAA Members only website. (Log in is required.) Or you can request a form be mailed to you by contacting Pat Heyer at 920-426-6507 or via e-mail at pheyer@EAA.org.
  
EAA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR SUN 'N FUN
EAA is in need of several volunteers to assist with a variety of duties at the annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Florida. Tasks include setting up multiple tents and displays; hanging signage; material distribution; front-gate ticket sales; membership sales; takedown/clean-up at the end of the fly-in; and more! EAA welcomes any time commitment you can offer beginning April 11 through April 24. (The event is April 17-23 ). Those interested in volunteering, please contact EAA Marketing Coordinator Tammy Nowland at tnowland@eaa.org, or call 920-426-6821 (toll-free at 800-236-4800, ext. 6821).
  
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.

  
CONGRESSMAN EHLERS' EFFORTS AIM TO ENSURE
A STRONG AEROSPACE INDUSTRY

Congressional Representative and EAA member Vernon J. EhlersA bill signed into law late last year establishes the Interagency Aerospace Revitalization Task Force, an 11-member panel charged to develop a comprehensive strategy to increase the number of students and workers who choose science, engineering and other aerospace-related careers. Author of the bill was Michigan Congressional Representative and EAA member Vernon J. Ehlers (EAA 685118).
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EAA Insurance Tips --
PRICE VS. VALUE

By Bob Mackey
Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

Aircraft insurance is certainly a significant part of the cost in owning an airplane. However I believe there are many important values you receive when you buy insurance. Unless you're an aviation insurance person you may not know that much about your insurance coverages and the "fine print." You need insurance, at least liability insurance if you want to go without hull (physical damage) insurance, however how much do you know about the coverages and whether or not you're getting value?
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FROM EAA AERONAUTICA
LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Gifts from EAA's online storeGet ready for Valentine's Day with some great gift ideas for your sweetheart from EAA's Aeronautica online store. She'll be the center of attention at any event sporting beautiful aviation-themed jewelry. Earrings and necklaces are created in either sterling silver or solid 14K gold. Prices range from $9.99-$445.99 (plus shipping) and can be ordered through the Aeronautica website.
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
LIBERTY TO HONOR SYMPHONY AND TIGER CUSTOMER DEPOSITS
Liberty Aerospace announced it will honor customer deposits from recently bankrupt Symphony Aircraft Industries and Tiger Aircraft, LLC for use in purchasing a new Liberty aircraft. The company will honor unfulfilled customer deposits previously placed on new, undelivered Symphony or Tiger aircraft as deposit on a new Liberty XL2 aircraft, subject to program requirements. Customers should be willing to provide proof of their previous deposit, and enter into a binding purchase agreement. Liberty will honor up to a maximum of $10,000 towards the purchase price of an XL2 with no further funds being required until delivery. This opportunity is being offered for a limited time and is dependent on market response. For full details, contact Matt Tary at 321-308-9631 or sales@libertyaircraft.com.
  
FAA EXTENDS IA RENEWAL PERIOD TO TWO YEARS
In response to ongoing discussions between the FAA and industry groups, he FAA has issued a direct final rule extending the Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal period from one to two years. This will reduce the renewal administrative costs by 50 percent for both the agency and the mechanic holding the IA without compromising aviation safety, as the requirements of the prior rule for annual activity (work performed, training, or oral examination) remains unaffected. The change to 65.92(a) goes into effect immediately, and moves the IA expiration date from March 31 of each year, to March 31 of each odd-numbered year. The FAA will accept comments to this change through March 1, 2007.
  
AEROCONVERSIONS IMPROVES AEROVEE AND JABIRU COOLING
Sonex Aircraft, LLC recently announced improved cooling baffles for AeroVee and Jabiru engine installations. Both baffle systems will be offered as laser-cut installation kits designed for use in Sonex aircraft that may be modified for aircraft with similar cowl designs. The company says the systems provide dramatic improvements in cylinder and head cooling due to their increased volume, giving a larger plenum of cooling air and slowing airflow through the cowling. This decreased airflow velocity allows more efficient transfer of heat from engine cooling surfaces to the transient cooling air. Both cooling baffle systems will include laser-cut 6061-T6 aluminum baffle components, along with all rivets, extruded aluminum angle stock and most other items required to achieve a typical installation. The baffles will also ship with a full set of detailed installation instructions. For more information visit www.sonexaircraft.com.
  
FAA PROPOSES ENDING MANDATORY RETIREMENT AGE FOR ATPS
New rules proposed by the FAA would allow airline pilots to fly until they turn 65 instead of the current mandatory retirement age of 60. At least one member of a flight crew would still have to be under 60 under the proposal announced Tuesday by administrator Marion Blakey. The FAA's proposal mirrors a rule adopted in November by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations group. Blakey said it would take 18 months to two years for the rule to be put into place, and it won't affect pilots who reach retirement age before it takes effect. Since the international standard changed, foreign pilots have been able to fly in the United States up to age 65, as long as they're accompanied by a co-pilot under 60 and undergo medical testing every six months. The FAA doesn't have to comply with the international standard for pilots' retirement age, as long as it can show a reason not to. For more information visit www.FAA.gov.
  
GARMIN ANNOUNCES GTX 328 MODE S TRANSPONDER
Garmin Europe Ltd., a unit of Garmin Ltd. has introduced the GTX 328 Mode S transponder to meet the European regulation for Mode S implementation for VFR aircraft by March 31, 2008. The GTX 328 is built on the same receiver and transmitter technology as the GTX 330. Garmin anticipates GTX 328 certification in April 2007, with initial shipments beginning in late April 2007. The GTX 328 Mode S has a suggested list price of $2,995. For more information on the GTX 328 visit www.garmin.com. For additional information about European Mode S mandate, visit www.eurocontrol.int/mode_s.
  
ATG APPOINTS ACTION AVIATION AS INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTOR
Aviation Technology Group, Inc. (ATG) has appointed Action Aviation as an exclusive distributor for the civilian versions of the Javelin throughout the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and West Asia. As part of the agreement, Action Aviation has placed firm orders for 40 Javelin jets for delivery to its customers over a period of eight years from certification. For more information visit www.avtechgroup.com.
  
MIKE GOULIAN WINS PRESTIGIOUS ART SCHOLL AWARD
Mike Goulian has won the prestigious Art Scholl showmanship award from the International Council of Airshows (ICAS). The award is given annually to recognize air show showmanship excellence. After winning the Advanced National Aerobatic Championship in 1990 and the Unlimited National Aerobatic Championship in 1995, Goulian finished off six years on the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic team with international competition tours in Hungary, Slovakia and the U.S.A. During his U.S. Team years, he also published two books with co-author Geza Szurovy: Basic Aerobatics and Advanced Aerobatics.

Goulian is scheduled to perform at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007.
  
BRS REPORTS SUCCESSFUL TESTS ON NEW NEXT GENERATION PARACHUTE SYSTEM
Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc.has announced a series of successful development tests of the Next Generation Parachute System (NGPS). The newly designed, larger airframe parachutes are designed to handle much heavier loads. Canopy strength tests will continue over the next several months before the parachutes will be available for integration and entire system testing. Additional tests and further development will be required before the NGPS system is commercialized. For more information contact John Gilmore, 651-294-3264 or visit, www.BRSparachutes.com.
  
THIELERT INTRODUCES THE CENTURION 2.0
Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH has launched the next development stage of its successful Centurion 1.7 kerosene piston aircraft engine. The Centurion 2.0 will be used from now on for all installations. Customers whose aircraft are currently equipped with a Centurion 1.7 can replace it at the end of its lifetime with a Centurion 2.0 without any problems, since the installation kits are compatible. Various product enhancements have been incorporated into the new engine, including the increase in displacement aimed at meeting the requirements of the US market. Further product enhancements include a flatter FADEC, a lighter cast gearbox housing, interfaces for glass cockpits, plus a new service tool that also allows the FADEC to be programmed in the field. For more information visit www.thielert.com.
  
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