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News and Views APRIL 27, 2007    Volume 7, Number 17

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FLY THE FORTRESS, ALUMINUM OVERCAST, AT HAYWARD APRIL 27-29 
EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour
Aviation enthusiasts in Hayward, California, and especially WWII aficionados, have a chance to see EAA's B-17, Aluminum Overcast, hen it descends on Hayward Executive Airport this weekend. The 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour stop will be hosted by EAA Chapter 20, and seats are available for flight missions.

Next stop: Concord Buchanan Field to open the month (May 1-2, hosted by Chapter 393) then Truckee Tahoe Airport (May 4-6, Chapter 1073) as the spring and summer journey through the Western U.S. continues.

For the complete tour schedule, including online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org, or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org for more information.

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Question of the Week
I have a Private Pilot License and am flying a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA). I have several questions:

1) Does Canada permit U.S.-registered S-LSA into Canadian airspace and facilities? If yes, are there any specific requirements and where would I find them?

2) Is a current medical certificate required when flying an S-LSA in Canada? If no, where would I find the exemption? If yes, do you know if Canadian officials are considering dropping the requirement?

Answer:
In order to fly an LSA-certificated aircraft into Canada, you need to have specific written permission from Transport Canada (TC). LSA airworthiness certificates are not valid outside the U.S. without specific permission.

The Canadian officials will not allow a pilot to cross the international border without an FAA medical certificate. They would have to issue written permission for the pilot to operate in their airspace, but they have not as of yet been willing to do so. There is no exemption available for this.

You'll be glad to know, however, that EAA, in partnership with TC, the FAA, and the Bahamas, is working to resolve this issue. 

How can we help you?
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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This month's photo features a misty morning shot of EAA's Pitcairn Mailwing NC95W flying over Wisconsin farmland south of Fond du Lac. The surreal image earned EAA photographer Bonnie Kratz placed second in Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine's 2006 annual photo contest. Sean Elliott, EAA Director of Flight Operations, is at the controls.

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AAAA 'SETS RECORD STRAIGHT' ON FAA'S USER FEE ISSUE 'FACTS'
Alliance for Aviation Across AmericaThe Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA), which includes EAA as a member, has issued a strong rebuttal to the FAA's so-called "fact sheet" document that seeks to thwart general aviation's objections to the Bush Administration's user fee and tax increase proposal. In "Setting the Record Straight on FAA's Recent Claims," the Alliance called FAA's information "just the latest round of rhetoric that has been put out by the FAA and the commercial airlines since the introduction of their proposal, which would purposefully transfer billions of dollars of the airlines' tax burden onto businesses and communities that rely on small planes."
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SUN 'N FUN SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES ANOTHER FLY-IN SEASON
SUN 'N FUN SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES ANOTHER FLY-IN SEASONEAA staff and volunteers completed another tremendous week at the 33rd annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In as tens of thousands of aviation enthusiasts--a good number of them EAA members--flocked to Lakeland, Florida's ideal weather to kick off the 2007 flying season.

EAA staff and volunteers met with a continuous stream of members at the EAA Member Village, conducted dozens of forums and workshops, and hosted a large evening barbecue for chapter leaders along with other special events.
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EAA REPORTS FROM AERO 2007
EAA REPORTS FROM AERO 2007Mary Jones, editor of EAA Sport Pilot & Light Sport Aircraft Magazine, reported from the 16th Aero International Aviation Trade Exhibition, Europe's largest general aviation exposition that concluded Sunday in Friedrichshafen, Germany. EAA was one of the 44 U.S. aviation organizations, businesses, and manufacturers represented, along with an estimated 45,000 people in attendance. EAA President Tom Poberezny also attended, serving on a panel discussion about light-sport aircraft and meeting EAA members from throughout Europe.
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CHANGES IN STORE FOR EAA AIRVENTURE AWARDS CEREMONIES
CHANGES IN STORE FOR EAA AIRVENTURE AWARDS CEREMONIESReceiving a prestigious Lindy award at EAA AirVenture is a crowning achievement for aircraft builders, owners, and restorers. In past years, all of the coveted EAA AirVenture aircraft awards (except for Warbirds) were presented together on Saturday night at Theater in the Woods, but that's going to change in 2007; this year, each member interest group (Rotorcraft, Ultralights, Homebuilts, Seaplanes, and Vintage) will honor their own at individual award ceremonies.
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U-2 'SPYPLANE' TO APPEAR AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007
U-2 'SPYPLANE' TO APPEAR AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007The Lockheed U-2, an aircraft that grabbed headlines and imaginations during the height of the Cold War and still is a key "eye in the sky" for the U.S. military, is the latest major aircraft to join the long list of featured airplanes at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration."
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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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EAA RECALLS FALLEN BLUE ANGELS PILOT
EAA RECALLS FALLEN BLUE ANGELS PILOTEAA expresses its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Lt. Cmdr. Kevin "Kojak" Davis, a pilot for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team, who was killed in a flight accident during a performance at Beaufort, S.C., on Saturday, April 21.

Davis, 32, was a special guest at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last summer and met many attendees during his two-day appearance with his jet on display at AeroShell Square. He also flew VIP flights during his appearance at AirVenture, including flights with actor Harrison Ford, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards and country music star Aaron Tippin.
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LEADING EDGE DONATES ENGINES TO EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
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JUST FOR MEMBERS
NEW 'TOP TRUMPS' SET FEATURES ULTIMATE MILITARY JETS

NEW 'TOP TRUMPS' SET FEATURES ULTIMATE MILITARY JETSThe card game made popular in the UK, Top Trumps offers a new card set based on ultimate military jets. Most of the photography comes from U.S. military sources, featuring such aircraft as the F/A-18 Hornet, F-22 Raptor, SR-71 Blackbird, and many more. They're a great deal at $4.99. Order online or call 800-843-3612.
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
ECLIPSE AVIATION RECEIVES PRODUCTION CERTIFICATE
Eclipse Aviation received its production certificate for the Eclipse 500 jet from the FAA at a ceremony at the company's Albuquerque headquarters on April 26. The certificate allows the company to manufacture aircraft with an FAA-approved type design, and is granted when the FAA has determined that the organization's manufacturing processes and inspection systems comply with all federal regulations. Eclipse is now authorized to issue standard airworthiness certificates for its production aircraft. For more information visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
  
POWRACHUTE RECEIVES S-LSA CERTIFICATION
Powrachute's Airwolf 912ULS recently became the company's first aircraft to receive special light-sport aircraft certification. The Pegasus and Sky Rascal are expected to follow in the next few months, the company says. Powrachute started writing the manuals and upgrading its shop to ASTM standards in early 2006. For more information visit www.powrachute.com.
  
'WIN A FLITE WITH MIKE' AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
One lucky person will "Win a FLITE with MIKE!" at EAA AirVenture this year. All FLITELite purchases from an authorized dealer or online at www.flitelite.com will create entries to win a flight in the Extra 300L with world-class air show pilot Michael Mancuso. The winner will be chosen at FLITELite's EAA Air Venture Oshkosh 2007 display, located in the Main Aircraft Display #223. Look for the Red FLITELite Beech Staggerwing. For more details, visit www.FLITELITE.com/isite/manucso.htm. For more about Mancuso, visit www.mmairshows.com.
 
EPIC AIRCRAFT SETS SALES RECORD
Epic Aircraft reported total sales figures of more than $23 million during last week's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida - the company's first time exhibiting there - where they unveiled two new aircraft; the Victory very light jet and the turboprop-powered Escape. Epic says it will begin certified flight testing of another aircraft, the Elite jet, in the next few weeks, and hopes to bring the Victory to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 in July. For more information visit www.EpicAircraft.com.
 
ABLE FLIGHT ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Able Flight has announced the latest flight-training scholarship recipients for people with disabilities, including two to veterans who were wounded in Iraq. They are Staff Sgt. John Borders, Tank Armor Crewman Rob Laurent, Jorge Urrea, and Sean O'Donnell. That brings the number of scholarships to six in the past six months, and by this summer, all will have either begun or completed their training for a sport pilot's certificate, said Charles Stites, executive director. Able Flight's mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight training and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance. For more information visit www.ableflight.org.
 
BRS TO DEVELOP PARACHUTE FOR DIAMOND DA50
Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. has announced it is developing a whole-airplane parachute recovery system with Diamond Aircraft for the five-seat DA50 Super Star. If successful, this implementation would represent parachute integration into the largest certificated piston single-engine aircraft. The company expects the system will be available in 2008. Czech Aircraft Works also recently announced they would offer BRS parachutes on their Sport Cruiser light-sport aircraft. For more information visit www.brsparachutes.com.
 
BUILD A PLANE SEEKS AIRPLANE DONATIONS
Build A Plane, a non-profit organization that helps kids learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by building real airplanes, is looking for airplanes. Aircraft donations, more precisely, for placement in high schools that want to add aviation into their curriculum or groups who are willing to use aviation to enhance other educational objectives. There are over 50 projects in progress across the United States, plus others in India, the United Kingdom and Nigeria - more than 100 of them forecast to be operating before the end of 2008. Aircraft donors receive receipts for their contributions and may take the fullest deduction the law allows. To donate an aircraft to Build A Plane or to learn more about its projects, log onto www.BuildAPlane.org.
 
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