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News and Views MARCH 16, 2007    Volume 7, Number 11

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Do two-seat ultralight airplanes have to be converted over to experimental-light-sport aircraft? Can they still be flown without any conversion or pilot's certificate?

Answer:
By definition, there is no such thing as a two-seat ultralight. Therefore, any aircraft with two seats is not an ultralight and must be converted to E-LSA (or amateur-built if the aircraft qualifies) by January 31, 2008. Once an aircraft is converted to a registered/certificated aircraft, the pilot must hold an FAA pilot certificate (student or higher) in order to fly it.

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March 2007
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This month's EAA desktop calendar features EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick's air-to-air shot of the special light-sport aircraft Aerosport Ltd. Breezer. 

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HOUSE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS SHOW
INCREASING OPPOSITION TO FAA FUNDING PLAN

Questions Posed About Impact of User Fees, Fuel Taxes on GA
Several members of the House Subcommittee on Aviation expressed a wide range of concerns Wednesday to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey on the administration's proposed plan to revamp the agency's funding mechanism. Blakey appeared at the subcommittee's hearing to discuss the Administration's FAA Reauthorization Proposal.

But while there is evidence of mounting opposition to the proposal, there is also a growing realization that all parties need to work together to ensure FAA's reauthorization and funding for future modernization of the air traffic control system.
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VAEAA ANNOUNCES MOVE TO SUFFOLK EXECUTIVE AIRPORT IN '08
Virginia EAA Regional Fly-InThe Virginia Council of EAA Chapters, Inc., announced it has relocated the Virginia EAA Regional Fly-In from Dinwiddie County Airport (PTB) to Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ), beginning with the 2008 event. The fly-in was also moved from its traditional October date to Father's Day weekend 2008, June 14-15.

Unfortunately, the council was also forced to cancel this year's 11th annual fly-in, scheduled for October 7-8, due to severe scheduling constraints caused by a national auto-racing event at nearby Virginia Motorsports Park that same weekend. As VAEAA has largely outgrown the Dinwiddie County facilities in recent years, fly-in officials seized upon the window of opportunity to make a change.
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    2007 NATIONAL GENERAL AVIATION AWARD WINNERS NAMED
The General Aviation Awards Committee has named the recipients of the 2007 National General Aviation Awards in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety. The four individuals will receive their awards from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey during a special presentation program at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. This is the 44th year of the national GA awards program.

This year's recipients are: Michael Gaffney, NAFI 19074, of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Paul New, EAA 656705, of Jackson, Tennessee, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the
Year; Jerry Luttrull of Riverside, California, Avionics Technician of the Year; and Cheryl De Filippo, EAA 603049, of Deltona, Florida, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.
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 Michael GaffneyPaul New Jerry LuttrullCheryl De Filippo
  
    EAAER IS KENTUCKY'S FIRST WRIGHT BROTHERS 'MASTER PILOT'
Otis Hampton "Hamp" ErwinCongratulations to Otis Hampton "Hamp" Erwin, EAA 102116, of Murray, Kentucky, who last week became that state's first recipient of the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, which recognizes pilots who have maintained safe, accident-free flight operations for 50 or more consecutive years.

Hamp, 84, served in the US Army Air Corps and Air Force for 24 years (only 20 of which could be applied toward the 50-year award requirement), including as a fighter pilot in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Hamp continued to actively fly both recreationally and commercially after retirement, logging a total of over 57 years of active and accident-free flying in over 40 different aircraft types. Hamp was a member of EAA Chapter 920 when it was active, and stopped flying in 2000. Bruce Edston of the Louisville Flight Standards District Office presented Hamp with his award on March 8 at a Murray Rotary Club meeting with 150 people in attendance.
 
SWRFI SECURES USE OF OLD AIR FORCE FACILITIES
Southwest Regional Fly InThe Southwest Regional Fly In (SWRFI) has secured the long-term use of the old U.S. Air Force hangar at its home base, Hondo Municipal Airport, beginning with this year's June 1-2 event. That means the fly-in now has the use of the large (120' X 110') hangar for exhibitors as well as the classrooms and forums for years to come. The EAA hangar (90' x 120') will be used for the Fly-Market and food court. Some shade hangars will also be available for outdoor exhibitors. For more information, contact exhibitors@swrfi.org. And for more information on this year's SWRFI, at which Aerospace icon and a hero of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission, Eugene F. "Gene" Kranz, will be the honored guest, visit www.swrfi.org.
   
CHECK OUT NEW INTERACTIVE EAA AIRVENTURE PHOTO GALLERY
EAA AIRVENTURE PHOTO GALLERYStart getting in that "Oshkosh State of Mind" by visiting the new interactive photo gallery on the EAA AirVenture website. View selected images from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 and 2005 and create your own personal favorites gallery. You can also rate the photos you view from 1-10. When you click for a larger view, you'll also get specific image information, including the title, name of photographer, and a brief photo description. Search the gallery by title, description, filename, and photographer. Other special features include a slide show option as well as the ability to view all newly added photos.
 
AIRLINES OFFER EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH DISCOUNTS
For those people not flying into Wittman Regional Airport or who live too far to drive to the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, several airlines are offering airfare discounts during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. The discounted fares are available courtesy of the participating airlines, which include American, Midwest, and Northwest. Discounts are subject to individual airline restrictions. For more information, visit the EAA AirVenture website.
  
VOTE FOR THE GREATEST AVIATION MOVIE OF ALL TIME
Vote for the greatest aviation movieVisit www.airventure.org/movie and vote for your choice of the best aviation movie of all time. The page will be open through May 2, 2007, with the overall top vote getter to be shown on the big screen at the Ford-Eclipse Fly-In Theater during the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007!
  
PRE-ORDER YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE 2007 NOTAM TODAY!
EAA AirVenture NOTAMIf you're flying to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, the most important information you can have is the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that is created specifically for the event. It includes all the arrival and departure procedures to Wittman Regional Airport and other area airfields, as well as essential information that every pilot needs to know before flying to The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.
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SEND US YOUR AIRVENTURE WAYPOINTS, FUEL STOPS
EAA AirVenture OshkoshWe're up to 45 locations in 18 states listed 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.
  
SPECIAL FOR MEMBERS
MONOPOLY: THE 'CENTURY OF FLIGHT' AVIATION EDITION

Shop EAA's Online StoreSame great Monopoly fun, only now you can buy the 1903 Wright Flyer or an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and buy hangars and airports, instead of houses and hotels. Chance and Community Chest cards are now Jets and Prop cards. Game pieces are a hot-air balloon, an airship, a monoplane, a piston twin, and a helicopter. A must for all Monopoly fans. Supply is limited, so order today! Shop online at the EAA Aeronautica website or call 800-843-3612 to order. (F00276 $35.95)
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
ANNUAL FAA SURVEYS MAILED LAST WEEK
For years general aviation aircraft owners and operators have participated in the annual General Aviation and Air Taxi Activity and Avionics (GAATAA) Survey. Late last week notices to participate in this year's (calendar year 2006) survey, now called the FAA General Aviation and Part 135 Activity (GAP135) Survey, were mailed to roughly a third of the active GA/Non-scheduled Part 135 fleet, representing more than 84,000 aircraft.

The FAA is asking general aviation pilots and aircraft owners to respond to the survey, which will help the agency, NTSB, trade associations and other groups accurately measure fleet size, hours of operation, avionics equipage, and more. So if you have received a post card asking for your participation, EAA urges you to do so. It's completely confidential and there are several ways to participate, including Internet and paper (mail) versions.
Results from past years' surveys can be found on the FAA website.
 
SAS SCHEDULES E-LSA REPAIRMAN COURSES
Sport Aviation Specialties has scheduled three more FAA-accepted 16-hour E-LSA repairman courses in Ashland, Kentucky, and Fayette, Alabama. The courses provide required training for owners or would-be owners of experimental light-sport aircraft to obtain an FAA light-sport repairman certificate, which authorizes them to perform their own annual condition inspections. It is also excellent preparation for certificating an E-LSA.
A powered parachute course is scheduled in Ashland March 29-30, with an airplane course there the following week, April 2-3. Fayette hosts a weight-shift course May 24-25. (Unlike previous courses, these will be held on weekdays.)

Discounted tuition of $349 is available to members of EAA, US Ultralight Association, or Aero Sports Connection. Normal tuition is $399 for non-members. For more information visit www.sportaviationspecialties.com, or e-mail sportaviation@kc.rr.com.
 
REMOS' WING PASSES 12G LOAD TEST
Remos Aircraft has conducted follow-up load tests on their carbon fiber wing, resulting in a 12g endurance. The composite construction in the wing withheld 7.2 tons of cement bags, making it the strongest wing in its category and perhaps the strongest of any European two-seat design, the company says. For further information visit www.remos.com or call 888-838-9879.
 
SEAWIND TESTING NEARS COMPLETION
Flight-testing for Seawind's VFR certification is nearing completion. The Seawind organization has been granted approval by Transport Canada to manufacture the first five customer aircraft plus the two flight test aircraft.
Following VFR certification, the Seawind will continue with IFR certification, autopilot, and FADEC engine approval. The aircraft will feature the Garmin G600 glass panel and the full line of peripherals. For more information visit www.seawind.net, or call Dave Arnold at 610-384-7000.
 
NEW HUSKY DEALER OPENS TWO MORE SITES
Last August, Aviat Aircraft signed a Husky dealership agreement with Alpine Aviation, which has since opened a second Alpine facility in Alpine, Wyoming, and a third, Tundra Aviation, in Casselton, North Dakota. The owner of these sales and service facilities, Bill Weimann, has already taken delivery of 20 Huskys and has four more on order.

Aviat Aircraft manufactures the Husky, Pitts Special, and kits for the Eagle Aircraft. For more information on Aviat visit www.AviatAircraft.com. To learn more about Alpine Aircraft's locations and Husky inventory, visit www.AlpineAviation.net.
 
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