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News and Views FEBRUARY 9, 2007    Volume 7, Number 6

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Is there a deadline of January 31, 2008, or any other date, after which the FAA will no longer certify experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA)?

Answer:
Yes, there is a deadline for conversion of existing aircraft to the E-LSA category. The deadline is January 31, 2008. The aircraft must have its airworthiness certificate issued on or before that date, as the regulations do not allow an airworthiness certificate for a converting "ultralight" aircraft to be issued after that date.

This means that you need to start the process soon enough so that the registration and certification can be completed in time. We suggest that you get started as soon as possible, but at the very latest you should start the registration process no later than July 1 in order for everything to be completed before the deadline.

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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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EAA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS TACKLES CONFLUENCE OF ISSUES
EAAThis week was a busy one for the EAA's government affairs department. That's not unusual, but this first full week of February has required some adept multitasking.

Monday began with the dreaded news about the U.S. Department of Transportation's scheme to implement user fees and increase GA fuel taxes. In the ensuing days, your EAA advocacy team has either responded to, or the FAA has proposed new rulemaking for, nine Federal Aviation Regulation parts, including 1, 21, 43, 45, 61, 65, 91, 135, and 141. And today (February 9) comes publication of the long-awaited air tour operations final rule.

At this critically important time, we're focused on making recreational aviation even more accessible to as many people as possible. Several issues are mentioned in this edition of e-Hotline, and look for continuing coverage in the coming days and weeks as we work together on these important issues.
  
     EAA VOICES STRONG OPPOSITION TO USER-FEE/TAX HIKE PLAN
What the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and other general aviation groups had been predicting for months became fact Monday, February 5, as user fees were a centerpiece of the Fiscal Year 2008 budget request from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration.
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FAA ATTEMPTS TO LOOSEN GRIP ON ABANDONED VINTAGE AIRCRAFT DATA
FAA Attempts to Loosen Grip on Abandoned Vintage Aircraft DataEAA, VAA Efforts Point to Potential Relief for Owners and Restorers
EAA and the Vintage Aircraft Association have been working for years to unlock the regulatory vault that holds the orphaned aircraft data necessary to maintain vintage aircraft, and it appears those efforts could soon begin to pay off.
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EAA SPEAKS OUT FOR VINTAGE, HOMEBUILTS, LSA COMMUNITIES
Financial and unintended safety ramifications for the vintage, experimental amateur-built, and light-sport aircraft fleets were the primary focus of EAA's comments to a recent FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding aircraft parts. EAA generally credits the FAA's efforts to standardize quality systems and update the regulations to reflect today's global manufacturing and continued-airworthiness standards. However, EAA had several suggestions to protect small PMA manufacturers and individual aircraft owners.
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ENTER TO WIN A FLYBOYS DVD OR POSTER
ENTER TO WIN A FLYBOYS DVD OR POSTEREAA, which hosted the aviation-world premiere of FLYBOYS at EAA AirVenture 2006 last July, is now giving you the opportunity to win a DVD of the motion picture or a FLYBOYS poster! You can enter to be a part of the drawing for one of 20 DVDs or 20 movie posters to be given away on February 15!
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GET YOUR 2007 EAA AIRVENTURE CUP APPLICATION ONLINE
EAA AirVenture Cup RaceThe 2007 application forms and related information for the 2007 AirVenture Cup Race are now available for download at the event's website, www.airventurecup.com. This year marks the 10th annual air race for homebuilts and is scheduled for Sunday, July 22, the day before Opening Day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
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EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007 PLANNING GUIDE AVAILABLE
EAA AirVenture Planning GuideNow that you've made the decision to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, you need to start planning, and now! EAA makes it easy with the 2007 EAA AirVenture Planning Guide, now available from the AirVenture website. The handy, two-page planner includes essential information about admission, lodging, driving directions, area commercial airports, vehicle rental, ground transportation services, and more. Download your copy today and start charting your EAA AirVenture Oshkosh adventure!
  
SEND US YOUR AIRVENTURE WAYPOINTS, FUEL STOPS
EAA AirVenture OshkoshNearly 30 stops in 16 states appear on EAA AirVenture's Alternate Airports and Stops page, providing special offers to EAA members on their flights to and from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. If you have a landing facility and would like to be among the waypoints, FBOs, and other sites listed, 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.
  
EAA FAMILY FLIGHTFEST FEB. 24-25
EAA FAMILY FLIGHTFEST FEB. 24-25Families can shake off the winter doldrums and enjoy a broad array of engaging activities during EAA's Family Flightfest on February 24-25 at EAA's AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. The weekend will feature numerous, fun-filled activities that celebrate the wonders of the most liberating outdoor activity: personal flight!
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FROM EAA AERONAUTICA
CHECK OUT OUR FEBRUARY MERCHANDISE SPECIAL!
Gifts from EAA's online storeThese cobble cloth crew sweatshirts come in bright and vibrant colors perfect for any occasion. They're made of 98 percent cotton/2 percent Lycra, and the EAA logo is tone-on-tone. Available colors include mango red, tangerine, sage green, and Caribbean blue. Member prices (SM-XL) $26.99. 2X: $29.99 3X: $32.99. (Prices for non-members: $34.99, $38.99, and $42.99.) To order, visit the Aeronautica website.
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
MORE ELSA REPAIRMAN COURSES SCHEDULED
Sport Aviation Specialties has scheduled five more FAA-accepted 16-hour ELSA repairman courses in the coming months. The courses provide the required training for owners or would-be owners of ELSAs to be eligible for an FAA light-sport repairman certificate. A discounted tuition of $349 is available to EAA, USUA, and ASC members. Normal tuition is $399.
Courses will be held March 24-25 in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Weight-Shift); March 31-April 1 in Ashland, Kentucky (Powered Parachute); April 14-15 in Leonard, Texas (Airplane); May 12-13 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (powered parachute); and May 26-27 in Fayette, Alabama (powered parachute). For more information, or to register, visit www.sportaviationspecialties.com, or call 816-838-6235.
  
FIRST CUSTOMER-BUILT XENOS TAKES FLIGHT
Sonex Aircraft, LLC reached another milestone January 21 as the first customer-built Xenos sport motorglider made its first flight. Craig Jones of Austin, Minnesota, built and flew Xenos serial number 11, which is powered by the 80hp AeroConversions AeroVee engine. This milestone was reached after a record year of growth for the Sonex Aircraft customer fleet. In January 2007 the number of reported Sonex Aircraft completions exceeded 150, with 41 of those completions reported in 2006. For more information visit www.sonexaircraft.com.
  
LOPRESTI INTEGRATES iPOD INTO FURY COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
LoPresti SpeedMerchants has announced the full integration of the Apple iPod into the Fury's communication systems. The iPod has been integrated to serve as a digital data recorder with the ability to record over 500 hours of flight time. It also has the ability to capture and replay audio on demand, including cockpit conversation as well as two way audio transmissions.
For more information visit www.LoPrestiFury.com.
  
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE OFFERS NITROGEN TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM
Aircraft Spruce carries Gentco 20CU and 40CU nitrogen tire inflation systems. Both units include high-pressure nitrogen tanks (supplied empty) with a stand, six-foot hose, pressure reducing, single-stage regulator and tire inflator with a resetable dial pressure gauge. They're priced at $247 and $329. An accessory kit is available for $144 for those who already have a tank. Order by calling 877-477-7823, or visit www.AircraftSpruce.com.
  
FLITELITE COIN CELL BATTERY PACK NOW AVAILABLE
FLITELite has introduced a new Coin Cell Battery pack for their hands-free LED flashlight custom fit to your aviation headset microphone. The new battery pack is half the size of the original AAA battery pack, and provides 100 hours of light. For more information visit www.FLITELITE.com.
  
ASPEN AVIONICS SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH ECLIPSE
Aspen Avionics, Inc. has announced that it has reached a favorable resolution of its litigation with Eclipse Aviation. Under the agreement, Eclipse releases Aspen from any and all claims that were or could have been asserted regarding the Aspen co-founders' past employment at Eclipse, and assigns any rights under their competing patent application. Aspen will provide Eclipse with a one-percent common stock interest in Aspen, making them a beneficiary of Aspen's future success. For more information visit www.aspenavionics.com
  
FATIGUE CERTIFICATION OF LIBERTY XL2 EXTENDED
Liberty Aerospace, Inc. has received official notification from the FAA extending the fatigue certification of the XL2 to 5,000 flight hours. The extension is awarded based on a continuing testing program at the National Institute for Aviation Research in Wichita, Kansas. The program began in July and has now covered three simulated aircraft lifetimes or approximately 15,000 hours. Inspections occurred every 500 hours for crack detection and/or growth. For more information visit www.libertyaircraft.com.
  
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