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News and Views APRIL 6, 2007    Volume 7, Number 14

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EAA B-17 VISITS SAN DIEGO THIS WEEKEND
EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour
EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour is at San Diego Gillespie Field this weekend, April 6-8, hosted by EAA Chapter 14.  Next week it's off to Torrence, California's Zamperini Field (April 13-15, EAA Chapter 7), followed by an appearance at Lancaster, California (April 17-18, EAA Chapter 1000) at General William J Fox Airfield; and April 20-22 at Van Nuys Airport (EAA Chapter 40).

For complete tour information, including on-line reservations, visit www.B17.org.

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Question of the Week
EAA Information Services
Can you please clarify something for me? I fly an Ercoupe 415-C as a sport pilot. Can I perform preventive maintenance on my airplane? Reading FAR 43.3 g, it seems I may not be able to do so.

Answer:
According to the present regulations, a person who holds only a sport pilot certificate is not authorized to perform preventive maintenance on a standard category aircraft such as your Ercoupe. As per FAR 43.3(g), the person must hold at least a recreational pilot certificate in order to perform preventive maintenance.

Also, in accordance with FAR 43.7(f), the person must hold at least a private pilot certificate in order to return the aircraft to service (i.e., make the appropriate entry in the aircraft maintenance records) after preventive maintenance.

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April 2007
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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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HAWAII EAAERS' ETHANOL EFFORTS MAKE MORE PROGRESS
HAWAII EAAERS' ETHANOL EFFORTSEAAers in Hawaii scored another victory Tuesday as the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Affordable Housing Committee approved legislation that would exempt premium auto fuel from the state's 10 percent ethanol mandate. EAA Chapter 1182 President Terri Thomas, who with EAA's help has made lawmakers in both the House and Senate aware of ethanol/aircraft incompatibilities, attended the committee meeting. The unanimous (6-0) vote sent House Bill 791 HD1 to the state Senate floor.
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PAUL POBEREZNY FEATURED ON 'WINGS TO ADVENTURE'
PAUL POBEREZNY FEATURED ON 'WINGS TO ADVENTURE'EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny will appear on the Outdoor Channel's general aviation program, Wings To Adventure, on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. EDT. The episode, "Homebuilt Airplanes," features Paul exploring the history of the homebuilt movement, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and grassroots flying. The show airs earlier in the week as well, 5:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 10. The Outdoor Channel is available on most digital cable and satellite systems. Please check you r local listings for more information.
  
THAT 'TIGER IN YOUR TANK' COSTS MORE
See if an autofuel STC from EAA makes sense
THAT 'TIGER IN YOUR TANK' COSTS MOREHave you noticed the higher prices at your local FBO's fuel pump? One way to save money is to see if your aircraft is eligible to fly on autofuel. Visit www.aviationfuel.org and click on engine and airframe models approved to see if your engine/airplane are eligible for an autofuel supplemental type certificate (STC). Owners and operators have flown safely for over 30 years with autofuel STCs so maybe it's time to take a look and see what it's all about. EAA members receive a free Autofuel Alcohol Tester (a $15 value) when ordering a new STC through EAA. You can order online or by calling 920-426-4843.
  
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEDEAA's vintage 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, one of the finest examples of America's first mass-produced airliner, will head out on tour in June and July to seven Midwestern cities. The mini-tour begins June 7-10 at Elkhart, Indiana's Municipal Airport and concludes July 6-8 at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wisconsin. The Tri-Motor (NC8407) will then be flown back to Oshkosh to prepare for the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007.
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EAA AIR ACADEMY OFFERS AVIATION DAY CAMP FOR GRADES 2-5
EAA AIR ACADEMY OFFERS AVIATION DAY CAMP FOR GRADES 2-5A new summer camp program at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh is offering young people the excitement and discovery of flight in a day-camp setting, designed for those entering grades two through five. The EAA Aviation Day Camp has five one-week sessions scheduled throughout the summer, beginning on June 18. Attendees receive five full days of hands-on aviation and science projects, challenge activities, museum and airport tours, and other aviation experiences.
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STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR E-LSA REGISTRATION AT SUN 'N FUN
STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR E-LSA REGISTRATION AT SUN 'N FUNThe 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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HOME-STYLE HOUSING AVAILABLE AT THE EAA TEXAS FLY-IN
HOME-STYLE HOUSING AVAILABLE AT THE EAA TEXAS FLY-INIf you're looking for a lodging alternative to camping or hotels at the Texas Fly-In (Southwest EAA Regional Fly-In), the Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce (HACC) is coordinating with local residents who are opening their homes to visitors for the June 1-2 event. Several residents have listed private housing accommodations as guest quarters or bed & breakfast facilities within 10 miles of the Hondo airport through HACC. Call 830-426-3037 for more information. For more information about this year's fly-in, visit www.swrfi.org.
 
    YOUNG EAAER OUT TO MAKE HISTORY
YOUNG EAAER OUT TO MAKE HISTORYA 23-year-old student attempting to fly around the world solo is being hampered by poor weather and is already a week behind schedule. Barrington Irving, EAA 764023, aims to become the youngest and first black pilot to fly around the world solo. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in inner city Miami, he took off from Miami Opa-locka Executive Airport on March 23 in a specially outfitted Columbia 400 and was waiting out the weather in St. John's, Newfoundland before heading out over the North Atlantic. Follow his progress on the EAA Young Eagles website.
   
EAA PLANNING REDEDICATION CEREMONY FOR COMPASS HILL
EAA PLANNING REDEDICATION CEREMONY FOR COMPASS HILLOverlooking Pioneer Airport, EAA's Compass Hill symbolizes the love of flight passed down through the generations. The monument features personally inscribed bricks honoring family members, loved ones, or dear friends who have been touched by aviation. Please join us on during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, July 25, as we rededicate Compass Hill and all who believe in aviation's timeless legacy. This will become an annual event held during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
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    EAA'S RIDESHARE CAN GET YOU HERE
EAA'S RIDESHARE CAN GET YOU HEREHundreds of aviation enthusiasts have taken advantage of EAA's RideShare to attend the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. First introduced for EAA AirVenture 2005, RideShare pairs those wanting to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with those who have a spare seat and it's available through the EAA AirVenture website.
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    SUBMIT YOUR 2007 EAA AIRVENTURE TYPE CLUB EVENT
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 - WARBIRDS ACTIVITIES AT EAA AIRVENTURE
EAA AvCastHear EAA Warbirds of America President Rick Siegfried describe the many warbird-related events and activities coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year in the latest EAA AvCast, now available on the EAA website. Siegfried discusses Warbirds in Review presentations, the Training Command and  Living History programs as well as other expanded warbird activities in the air and on the ground. Listen in at  www.AirVenture.org/podcast.
 
NEW EAA AIRVENTURE ARRIVAL ATIS FREQUENCY TO BE USED
The FAA will use a new frequency for the AirVenture 2007 Arrival ATIS this year. The frequency will have a higher-powered transmitter, allowing pilots at a distance from Oshkosh to receive ATIS information sooner. This is one the important changes that will appear in the 2007 EAA AirVenture NOTAM, and all pilots planning to fly in to Wittman Regional Airport during the week are urged to obtain a copy.

Printed booklets are expected to be available in May, and you can pre-order your copy through EAA Membership Services, 800-JOIN-EAA (564-6322). A downloadable version will also soon be available.
 
AIRLINES DISCOUNTS FOR EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 
Get special fares to EAA AirVenture - read more
EAA AirVenture OshkoshORDER YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE 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.
AIRVENTURE WAYPOINTS, FUEL STOPS
Plan your route to Oshkosh around EAA-friendly stops to and from Oshkosh. - read more
  
JUST FOR MEMBERS
APRIL MEMBER SPECIAL - TONY BINGELIS BOOKS
EAA's Merchandise Special - Tony Bingelis BooksThe late Tony Bingelis' four highly regarded books on homebuilding are available for a special price to EAA members through the end of April. Titles include: ENGINES: Practical information for all aircraft builders, owners, restorers, and mechanics; FIREWALL FORWARD: Engine installation for amateur-built aircraft; SPORTPLANE CONSTRUCTION: An essential handbook for light aircraft homebuilders; and SPORTPLANE BUILDER: Aircraft construction methods for the amateur builder. They're available for the members' only price of $21.95 each, or collect all four for $69.95. Order online or call 800-843-3612.
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
AMERICAN LEGEND FORMS AIRCRAFT SERVICE COMPANY
American Legend Aircraft Company has announced the formation of American Legend Aircraft Services. The new company will provide aircraft restoration services on vintage tube-and-fabric aircraft, and will provide everything from annual inspections to complete restorations.
For more information visit www.legend.aero, or call 903-885-7000.
 
FANTASY AIR ADOPTS LIGHT-SPORT AVIATORS' 'CODE'
Fantasy Air USA of Sanford, North Carolina, U.S. Distributor of Fantasy Air Allegro Light Sport Plane, has adopted the Light-Sport Aviators' Model Code of Conduct. The code presents broad guidance and recommendations to advance flight safety and responsible airmanship in the light-sport community. The code's seven sections include General Responsibilities of Aviators; Passengers and People on the Surface; Training and Proficiency; Security; Environmental Issues; Use of Technology; and Advancement and Promotion of Light Sport Aviation. A copy of the code will be included with each new Allegro aircraft delivery. View the code of conduct and supporting materials at http://secureav.com. For more information on Fantasy air, visit www.FantasyAirUSA.com.
 
ECLIPSE DELIVERS FIRST THREE VLJS TO DAYJET
Eclipse Aviation has delivered the first three Eclipse 500 aircraft to DayJet on March 31. DayJet is the aircraft manufacturer's largest customer with firm orders for 239 aircraft and options for an additional 70 over the next two years. The company will offer point-to-point "Per-Seat, On-Demand" services to regional communities. The aircraft delivered will be used to train pilots at Eclipse's facilities in Albuquerque. DayJet plans to begin commercial operations in the second quarter of this year. For more information visit www.eclipseaviation.com or www.dayjet.com.
 
REMOS G3 AIRCRAFT CERTIFIED IN SWITZERLAND
The Remos G3 was recently accepted and granted certification by the Swiss Microlight Federation on behalf of the federal bureau for civil aviation, making it one of the first aircraft accepted into the new category in Switzerland. To comply, the aircraft had to meet stringent noise and pollution criteria that exceed the standards developed by the FAA for the light-sport aircraft category in the United States. The aircraft will be marketed in Switzerland through Airsportscenter Mollis. For more information visit www.remos.com.
 
ASPEN AVIONICS ANNOUNCES PRICE REDUCTION
Aspen Avionics has announced a $1,000 price reduction on its AT300 Hazard Awareness Display. "Our customers have found this product to be an effective terrain awareness solution," said Doug Cayne, vice president of marketing. "We're confident that this price reduction will make this important technology accessible to more pilots and aircraft owners." For more information visit www.aspenavionics.com.
 
MOONEY AND JEPPESEN OFFER NAVDATA BUNDLE ON NEW AIRCRAFT
Customers who buy new Mooney Ovation2 GX, Ovation3 and Acclaim airplanes can receive Jeppesen's NavData services and electronic charts preloaded onto their Garmin G1000 avionics systems. The bundle comes complete with an Aviator bag that holds the G1000 NavData Starter kit, JeppView digital charts for the Multi-Function Display (MFD), a binder, tabs, and paper enroute charts. For more information visit www.mooney.com.
 
LIBERTY AEROSPACE ANNOUNCES DEALER OPPORTUNITIES
Liberty Aerospace, Inc. is launching a nationwide campaign to build a dealer network. "Our aim is to expand our reach to potential customers as well as provide service centers for current owners" said Keith Markley, CEO. "We are looking to work with professional, qualified organizations to help grow our brand even further." Organizations desiring to become a Liberty Aerospace dealer are encouraged to contact Matt Tary, Director of Sales, at mtary@libertyaircraft.com, or 321-308-9631.
 
SPORTY'S FOUNDATION BENEFITS YOUTH AVIATION INITIATIVES
Sporty's Pilot Shop's "Sporty's Foundation" is a charitable organization to promote aviation education and safety initiatives with an emphasis on youth programs. As its first bequest, The Sporty's Foundation made a $5000 donation to Aircraft Electronics Association's Educational Foundation. "Whether it's future employees or new customers, all of us in the aviation industry have a stake in attracting young people to our industry," said Founder and Chairman Hal Shevers. "We need to actively recruit young people in order to ensure our own future." For more information, visit www.sportysfoundation.org.
 
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