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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
EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour launches at North Las Vegas Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada today (Friday, March 30-Sunday-April 1). EAA Chapter 163 hosts the visit for those who've scheduled flights or simply want to see this amazing airplane up close.

This coming week Aluminum Overcast will travel to Chino California (April 3-4, Warbird Squadron 16); and San Diego Gillespie Field (April 6-8, EAA Chapter 14); The following week it's off to Torrence (CA) Zamperini Field (April 13-15, EAA Chapter 7) and For complete tour information, including on-line reservations, visit www.B17.org.

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Question of the Week
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I have a certificate of completion for the 16-hour Repairman Light-Sport Airplane-Inspection course, and also have been assigned an N-number for my airplane. My local DAR (and the EAA packet) said I have to have a condition report available before he does the inspection for the airworthiness certificate.

If I understand the FAA wording correctly, I cannot get the repairman - inspection certificate until I have an airworthiness certificate for my plane. The condition inspection report form in the EAA packet requires that it be signed by the person doing the condition inspection, and there is also a blank space for that person's certificate number.

I just spoke with Mike Huffman of Sport Aviation Specialties who conducted the course I attended, and he said I did not have to have a certificate number to do the condition inspection myself. Can you confirm that this correct? I would certainly hate to have to pay several hundred dollars for a condition inspection and then turn around and pay several hundred more dollars for the airworthiness inspection.

Answer:
You, as the owner/applicant, are attesting that the aircraft is in a condition for safe operation. Your signature in Block III of the airworthiness certificate application affirms this. The condition inspection report is simply a back-up document to your signature. You should fill out the condition inspection report and include it in your application package that you send to the FAA. Your "certificate number" is "owner" in this case.

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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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EAA WARBIRDS OF AMERICA PLANS EXPANDED AIR AND GROUND ACTIVITIES AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007
Warbirds expanded activities at AirVentureThe unmistakable din created by the roaring engines of former military aircraft is one of the many unique sensory experiences that bring aviation devotees back to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh every summer. Visitors to this year's July 23-29 installment of the annual event, dubbed "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," are in for a special treat, as the EAA Warbirds of America will expand their activities in the air and on the ground.
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EAA-BACKED ETHANOL EXEMPTION BILL PROGRESSES IN HAWAII
AA-BACKED ETHANOL EXEMPTION BILL PROGRESSES IN HAWAIIHawaii's State Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) approved amended legislation last week that would exempt premium auto fuel from the state's 10 percent ethanol mandate implemented in 2006. EAA members in Hawaii, led by Chapter 1182 President Terri Thomas, joined other interest groups including the marine industry, in pushing for the new legislation.

Earlier this month, Thomas' testimony, including information regarding incompatibility of ethanol as an aviation fuel provided by EAA, helped the measure make its way through the state House of Representatives.
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HOUSE COMMITTEE ISSUES 'MEDICAL FRAUD ' REPORT
HOUSE COMMITTEE ISSUES 'MEDICAL FRAUD ' REPORTRep. James Oberstar (D-MN), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released a report this week calling on the FAA to further efforts to identify and deal with pilots who provide fraudulent information to obtain their airman medical certificates. The report stems from a 2005 study by the DOT Inspector General in which thousands of certificated airmen were identified as receiving Social Security benefits, some for medically disabling conditions that would void their medicals. The report states that while the U.S. Attorney's Office ultimately prosecuted more than 40 cases, hundreds more could have been pursued if resources had not been constrained.
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    KIDVENTURE RELOCATES TO PIONEER, EXPANDS OFFERINGS
KIDVENTURE RELOCATES TO PIONEER, EXPANDS OFFERINGSFor the past eight years, EAA's KidVenture has provided untold thousands of children with delightful, educational aviation experiences at its customary location, in the big, white tent directly behind EAA AirVenture Museum. There's never been much room for expansion, however, and the road bordering its eastern edge has created occasional bottlenecks of buses, gators, golf carts, and other vehicles.

At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, KidVenture will be transplanted across Pioneer Airport's turf runway where there will be much more room for kids to enjoy safe, hands-on aviation activities.
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AVIATION INSTITUTE OF MAINTENANCE COMES THROUGH
FOR EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS

EAA's SportAir Workshops faced a dilemma earlier this year when a facility scheduled to host its March 3-4 courses in Dallas became unavailable unexpectedly. With more than 70 students enrolled in four separate courses - composites, fabric, electrical, and sheet metal - SportAir Coordinator Mark Forss had to scramble to seek out another suitable facility. Fortunately, he was able to connect with officials at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, which made its Dallas Love Field Campus facility available to host the workshops.
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SPORTAIR TIG WELDING WORKSHOPS OFFERED IN APRIL, MAY
SPORTAIR TIG WELDING WORKSHOPS OFFERED IN APRIL, MAYThere is still limited space available in two upcoming EAA SportAir Workshops on TIG welding, one scheduled for April 13-15 and the other for May 18-20. Both workshops, conducted at the Alexander Technical Center in Griffin, Georgia, offer expert hands-on training from Lincoln Electric staff using Lincoln's Precision TIG welding units. Following class time on the basics of welding, students will spend the majority of the workshop in the welding booth learning and practicing techniques for welding 4130 steel plate and chromoly tubing as well as aluminum. Tuition is $359 for EAA members, $399 for non-members. To learn more or enroll, call 800-967-5746, or visit www.sportair.com.
  
    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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SUBMIT YOUR 2007 EAA AIRVENTURE TYPE CLUB EVENT INFORMATION
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the annual gathering place for aviation enthusiasts, so it's only natural that many type clubs also hold special events, dinners, and meetings in and around Oshkosh throughout the week.

If your type club plans to meet during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, visit https://secure.eaa.org/airventure/type_clubs.html, complete the online form, and we'll post the information on the AirVenture website, as well as in the daily newspaper, EAA AirVenture Today. Deadline to submit information is July 14. Call 888-322-4636, extension 6112, or e-mail ssedlachek@eaa.org for more information.
   
NEW PODCAST FOCUSES ON GREATEST AVIATION MOVIE POLL
EAA AvCastLearn about EAA's efforts to determine "The Greatest Aviation Movie of All Time" featured on the latest EAA AvCast on the EAA AirVenture website. EAA's AirVenture Museum Director Adam Smith talks about the online poll that runs through May 2 in which aviation enthusiasts can vote for one of 10 great aviation movies. More than 6,700 votes have already been cast, with the top vote getter to be shown during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 on the EAA Fly-In Theater screen, presented by Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation. Download the podcast at  www.EAA.org/podcast.
  
SEND US YOUR AIRVENTURE WAYPOINTS, FUEL STOPS
EAA AirVenture OshkoshThe list keeps growing - 54 locations in 20 states are now listed on EAA AirVenture's Alternate Airports and Stops page. Use these stops en-route to Oshkosh and take advantage of the special offers for  EAA members. If you'd like your facility listed (waypoints, FBOs, and other sites) please send your information, including name of business, airport, phone number, e-mail address, special offers, etc, to webmaster@eaa.org, then watch for it on the EAA AirVenture website.
 
AIRLINES OFFER EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH DISCOUNTS
Get special fares to EAA AirVenture - read more
PRE-ORDER YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE 2007 NOTAM
Arrival and departure procedures to Wittman Regional Airport and other area airfields - read more
VOTE FOR GREATEST AVIATION MOVIE
at www.airventure.org/movie
  
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On the Flightline News and Views
 
NTSB ADVOCATES REPAIR FOR CESSNA 150/152 RUDDERS
The National Transportation Safety Board wants the FAA to issue an Airworthiness Directive (AD) ordering the rudders on all Cessna 150s and 152s to be modified in accordance with Cessna's Service Bulletin No. SEB01-1. The NTSB issued the Safety Recommendation following its investigation into the April 11, 2005, Ohio crash that killed an instructor and student when the plane's rudder jammed during spin recovery training. Investigators found that the rudder was jammed at 35 degrees right-of-center, about 12 degrees past its normal travel limit.

It also found that a small metal plate that should have aligned with the rudder stop bolt was installed backwards, allowing the rudder bolt to slip behind a tab on the plate and jam. In its recommendation, the board suggests that a 1998 crash in Canada occurring under similar circumstances may have been caused be the same problem. In the investigation of the 2005 crash, the NTSB was unable to determine whether the stop plate had been installed incorrectly when the plane was built or sometime later. If mandated by the FAA, the NTSB recommendation would require that the plate be replaced with a bigger one and then inspected to ensure proper installation. The complete recommendation and illustrations are available online at http://ntsb.gov/recs/letters/2007/A07_33.pdf.
  
COLUMBIA UNDERGOES COMPANYWIDE 'RESTRUCTURING'
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation announced several changes this week: Wan Abd Majid is the new chief executive officer, replacing CEO Bing Lantis who stepped down "to attend to family matters and other personal interests," according to a company release. In addition, 185 employees were temporarily furloughed for four to six weeks, allowing Columbia to refine production and more aggressively pursue Lean Manufacturing and Lean Enterprise process improvements. The company will upgrade tooling, improve processes, and accelerate resolution of customer service issues, while maintaining four aircraft deliveries per week. For more information visit www.flycolumbia.com.
 
NEW CHECKLISTS FOR GARMIN PORTABLE GPSMAP SERIES
SureCheck Aviation has released avionics checklists specifically for handheld GPS units, including the current line of Garmin handhelds, (GPSMAP 496, 396, 296, and 196). The company also plans to release checklists for the GPSMAP 295 and 195. The checklists provide a quick reference for operations in a tabbed format, and range from 30-40 pages with full color guides to every screen and function. The checklists are printed in color with black-and-white inserts and are laminated with a non-glare finish. For more information visit www.surecheck.net, or call toll-free 888-340-8055.
 
LIGHT SPORT AIRPLANES WEST PLANS GRAND OPENING
Light Sport Airplanes West will hold a grand opening fly-in Saturday, April 28, at the Salinas Airport in Salinas, California. The 2-6 p.m. fly-in will feature distributor representatives available for interviews, flight demonstrations, and one-on-one discussions, including Flight Design USA and Flight Design West, TL Ultralight StingSport, Evektor SportStar, Tecnam (Bravo, Sierra & Echo), Remos G-3, Jabiru J-250 and J-170. Please contact LSAW at 888-335-1247 for more information, or visit www.lsawest.com.
 
AMSAFE INFLATABLE AIRBAG SEATBELTS RETROFITS FOR MOONEYS
AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraints (AAIR), which come as standard equipment on new Mooney Acclaim, Ovation 2GX, and Ovation3, are now available as retrofit kits for older Mooney aircraft. The retrofit kits are only available for specific models and serial numbers through Mooney's Authorized Service Center network. Three configuration options are available including 4-place front and back seat, 2-place front seat only, and 2-seat rear seat only installations. For more information contact your authorized Mooney Service Center, or visit www.mooney.com.
 
CZAW RELEASES SPORTCRUISER BALLISTIC TEST VIDEO
Chip Erwin, president of Czech Aircraft Works (CZAW), announced the release of a video showing a test Ballistic Recovery System (BRS) deployment on his SportCruiser light sport aircraft (LSA). The footage shows the formal structure attachment test on the SportCruiser, CZAW's newest certificated design. The company recently opened a new 120,000 square-foot facility, expanding their production capacity to over 500 aircraft per year for worldwide distribution. For more information visit www.sportaircraftworks.com.
 
ROTORWAY INTERNATIONAL AIMS TO PRODUCE CERTIFICATED HELICOPTER
RotorWay International's new CEO Grant Norowitz revealed that the company is working on a certificated helicopter at its South Africa facility. South Africa subscribes to the European (JAR) standards, and eventual FAA certification will be sought. Upgrades may include more power, a larger cabin, and more-robust gear. Rotorway already builds a FADEC engine, and has announced upgrades to avionics such as a glass cockpit display in the newest kits. Additionally, the certificated helicopter will incorporate engineering changes designed to make the machines easier to maintain, resulting in management's goal of demonstrating best-in-class operating expenses. For more information visit www.rotorway.com.
 
BOEING PLANS FLIGHT TESTS FOR FUEL CELL-POWERED AIRPLANE
Boeing Corporation plans to conduct experimental flight tests in Spain this year of a manned airplane powered only by a fuel cell and lightweight batteries. The Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane research project has been under way since 2003 at Boeing Research and Technology-Europe (BR&TE). A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that converts hydrogen directly into electricity and heat without combustion. Fuel cells are emission-free, quieter than hydrocarbon fuel-powered engines, save fuel, and are cleaner for the environment. The demonstrator aircraft is a Diamond Aircraft Industries of Austria Dimona motor glider. It will use a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell/lithium-ion battery hybrid system to power an electric motor coupled to a conventional propeller. The fuel cell provides all power for the cruise phase of flight, with the lithium-ion batteries powering the more demanding takeoff and climb flight segments. The aircraft will be able to cruise at approximately 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) using fuel cell-provided power. For more information, visit the Boeing website.
 
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