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News and Views MARCH 23, 2007    Volume 7, Number 12

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A SIGN OF SPRING...
2007 EAA B-17 TOUR BEGINS NEXT WEEK IN LAS VEGAS

EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour
A week from today EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour launches at North Las Vegas Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. The opening tour stop is hosted by EAA Chapter 163. Between now and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, EAA's Fighting Fortress Aluminum Overcast is scheduled to visit 20 airports in seven Western states, so be sure to see the majestic bird when it visits your area.

Following the tour-opener, Aluminum Overcast will travel to Chino California (April 3-4, Warbird Squadron 16); San Diego Gillespie Field (April 6-8, EAA Chapter 14); and Torrence (CA) Zamperini Field (April 13-15, EAA Chapter 7). For complete tour information, including on-line reservations, visit www.B17.org.

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EAA photographer Bonnie Kratz shot this air-to-air photo of Ray Somerlock's Christen Eagle II while on a photo mission over Lake Poygan, just west of Oshkosh. To Sport Aerobatics subscribers, this particular homebuilt biplane should look familiar; it's featured on the cover of your March magazine.

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OPPOSITION TO USER FEES MOUNTS IN HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE
More doubt and outright opposition to the FAA's proposal for funding the nation's air traffic control system was expressed at Wednesday's marathon House Aviation Subcommittee hearing on Aviation Consumer Issues. Nearly all the members who spoke echoed previous concerns regarding the crippling effect user fees and a sharp increase in aviation fuel taxes would have on general aviation.

None were more direct than Rep. James Oberstar, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, who remains "unpersuaded" by the administration's proposal. "I've been through these schemes for 25 years, and you're on the wrong track.

"There is a great deal of skepticism on both sides of the aisle on this financial scheme, and my intention is to give this proposal a decent burial."
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EXPERIMENTAL EXHIBITION RECOMMENDATIONS ADVANCED
AT EAA/WOA CONFERENCE

EAA/WOA CONFERENCEA substantial list of recommended changes and improvements to FAA Order 8130.2F resulted from a two-day meeting hosted by EAA and the EAA Warbirds of America (WOA) this week at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Several FAA and industry representatives were present to provide input on updating the order, which deals with certification and operation limitations of experimental exhibition and air racing aircraft. The hope is that senior FAA officials are receptive to the suggested changes and several onerous barriers to owning and operating these types of aircraft can be removed.
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    EAA PROVIDING SUPPORT TO FAA FOR E-LSA REGISTRATIONS AT SUN 'N FUN
E-LSA Conversion KitThe FAA will provide on-site registration during opening day (April 17) at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida, for a limited number of EAA members who wish to transition an ultralight to the experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) category. The first 50 EAA members who sign up in advance will be eligible to have an FAA employee review and process their registration materials for issuance of an N-number at Sun 'n Fun.
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    EAA, SWRFI PROVIDE BIG DAY FOR TEXAS BOY SCOUTS
EAA, SWRFI PROVIDE BIG DAY FOR TEXAS BOY SCOUTSThey say everything is bigger in Texas, and that apparently applies to Young Eagle events, too. Volunteer EAA pilots, including several from EAA's Southwest Regional Fly-In (Texas Fly-In), provided nearly 600 Boy Scouts with Young Eagle flights during the third annual Hondo Aviation Day and EAA Young Eagles Aviation Merit Badge weekend on Saturday, March 17. The combination campout/aviation merit badge weekend was held at SWRFI's home Hondo Municipal Airport and brought participating scouts one step closer to becoming Eagle Scouts.
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NAFI LEADER OUTLINES FUTURE FLIGHT TRAINING CHALLENGES
Rusty SachsNational Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Executive Director Rusty Sachs outlined the challenges of training general aviation pilots in advanced avionics systems as well as the growing sport pilot population during last week's panel discussion on the future of GA held at the FAA's annual Aviation Forecast Conference in Washington, D.C.
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LOVELL TO INTRODUCE 'APOLLO 13' AT EAA FLY-IN THEATER
Capt. James LovellCapt. James Lovell, who commanded the near-disastrous Apollo 13 moon mission that became a model of crisis ingenuity and teamwork, will be a featured guest at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," which will be held July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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2007 EAA MEMORIAL WALL RESERVATIONS DUE APRIL 2
EAA Memorial WallHonor the memory of your special someone whose support and passion for aviation positively impacted your life by dedicating a plaque on EAA's Memorial Wall. To have a person recognized during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 ceremony, your order must be made by Monday, April 2. With a donation of $350, you can personalize the plaque with your loved one's name and outstanding life details.
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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.
  
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On the Flightline News and Views
  
SONEX GARNERS 2007 WISCONSIN SBA AWARD
Sonex Aircraft's John Monnett, Betty Monnett, and Jeremy Monnett were named co-recipients of Wisconsin's SBA Small Business Person of the Year - Honorable Mention award for 2007. Sonex is an experimental aircraft business based in Oshkosh that sells plans and component kits for its line of two-place sport aircraft. The company also offers the AeroConversions line of experimental aircraft engines and accessories. Sonex was formed in 1998 and sold its first set of plans at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that year. Today the company has planes flying or under construction in 23 countries. Visit www.sonex-ltd.com for more information.
 
MICHIGAN AVIATION CAREER EXPO SCHEDULED IN MAY
The Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology will host its annual Aviation Career Expo May 8 at the Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Michigan. The event runs from 12-7 p.m. and is open to all ages. Organizers say more than 100 aviation companies will be there recruiting, as well as representatives from all military branches. For more information contact Amy at akienast@miat.edu.
 
HARTZELL INTRODUCES PROPRIETARY PROPELLER DE-ICE LINE
Hartzell Propeller Inc. has announced its own line of propeller de-ice components with plans to support the entire catalog of Hartzell propellers that feature de-ice capability. The new de-ice components will replace previous, third-party manufactured de-ice parts including boots, wire harnesses, and slip rings. For more information visit www.hartzellprop.com, or e-mail newpartssales@hartzellprop.com.
 
SECOND KODIAK AIRCRAFT ENTERS FLIGHT TEST PROGRAM
Quest Aircraft announced the first successful flight of its first fully conforming production aircraft. N491KQ flew for approximately 45 minutes Friday, March 16 from Quest's facility at the Sandpoint Municipal Airport. After production flight-testing, the aircraft will immediately be placed in service for function and reliability flight-testing. This aircraft also incorporates several systems and extended options that will be installed on production aircraft, including an Environmental Control System (ECS), oxygen for all seats, and a new split cargo door with integrated steps. For more information visit www.questaircraft.com.
 
U.S. CERTIFICATION EARNED BY THIELERT CENTURION 2.0 ENGINE
Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH received official certification documents from the FAA March 12, certifying the installation of the Centurion 2.0 kerosene piston aircraft engine in different models of the Cessna 172. Installation of the Centurion 2.0 in the C-172 has been certified in Europe since fall 2006. For more information visit www.thielert.com.
 
GATHERING OF MUSTANGS & LEGENDS TICKETS AVAILABLE
Discounted advance tickets for the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends September 27-30 are now available online at www.GML2007.com. Discounted rates are also available for children, students, and military personnel. The event will feature aerial demonstrations and performances including an estimated 100 P-51 Mustang aircraft and additional World War II fighters/bombers, U.S. Air Force aircraft including the Thunderbirds, and top civilian performers.
 
MERCURY INTRODUCES CLASS II EFB SYSTEM WITH SYNTHETIC VISION
Mercury Computer Systems is nearing completion of its Commercial Class II EFB system with synthetic vision. The company says the system includes advanced graphics processing capabilities, with a dedicated accelerator designed to run the most demanding graphics-intensive applications. It also features a sunlight-readable touch-screen display with built-in avionics-style hard buttons, and an emergency battery backup. The system will be packaged with the VistaNav 3D Synthetic Vision software. For more information visit www.vistanav.com.
 
MID ISLAND AIR SERVICES BECOMES FLIGHT DESIGN CT DEALER
Mid Island Air Services, Inc. and Michael Mancuso Airshows have become the authorized dealer for the Flight Design CT in the metro New York City area. Mid Island's sales and service area includes Long Island, New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Southern New York State. For more information visit www.FlightDesignUSA.com.
 
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