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News and Views May 11, 2007    Volume 7, Number 19

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B-17 TOUR CONTINUES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour
Sacramento, California, and EAA Chapter 52 welcome the 2007 EAA B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour to Sacramento-Mather Airport this weekend, May 11-13. Area aviation enthusiasts are invited to come out and see EAA's Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast, during its three-day visit.

This coming week the tour will visit Redding, California, May 15-16, hosted by Chapter 157 at Redding Municipal Airport. Next weekend, May 18-20, Aluminum Overcast flies north to Eugene, Oregon, where Warbird Squadron 13 hosts the tour stop at Mahlon Sweet Airfield.

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 am building a Challenger light-sport aircraft and am going to register it as an amateur-built. Getting ready to do the paper work to begin registration (I've got your registration kit), FAA form 8050-88 asks for the manufacturer, model, and serial number of the engine installed. But my Rotax engine is on backorder, therefore I have no serial number yet. Do I have to wait for the engine to begin registration? Or can I submit the form without the motor serial number?

Answer:
You can submit the registration application before you get the engine serial number. Just fill in as much information as you have available and put "TBD" (to be determined) for the engine serial number. The FAA will go ahead and process the application without the S/N. You can add the engine S/N on your application for an airworthiness certificate when you get to that step.

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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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May 2007
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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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73 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007!
  
EAA AIRVENTURE TO CELEBRATE BEECH'S 75TH YEAR
Event to also mark Bonanza's 60th anniversaryBonanza's 60th anniversary
Owners and operators of aircraft manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation and its descendants, including the recently created Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, have two major milestones to celebrate this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 23-29. Special activities, flights, and exhibits at "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" will mark the 75th anniversary of Beechcraft and the 60th anniversary of the Beechcraft Bonanza.
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VAA BOARD EXPANDS CONTEMPORARY JUDGING CATEGORY
VAA BOARD EXPANDS CONTEMPORARY JUDGING CATEGORYActing upon the recommendation of EAA's Vintage Aircraft Association judges, the VAA Board of Directors voted to expand the Contemporary judging category to include aircraft built up to December 31, 1970. The category was previously up to December 31, 1967. This change gives EAA and VAA members, who have lovingly restored many of the capable personal aircraft of the late 1960s, an opportunity to participate in EAA's world-class judging program. Inclusion in one of VAA's judging categories also allows those aircraft to be insured through VAA's aircraft insurance program, administered by AUA, Inc.
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FEDERAL PAVILION PREPARES FOR AIRVENTURE 2007
FEDERAL PAVILION PREPARES FOR AIRVENTURE 2007Following their May 10, on-site planning meeting at the EAA Air Academy Lodge, members of the International Federal Partnership (IFP) announced that the Federal Pavilion is AirVenture 2007-ready. Dave Grantham, U.S. Customs, and the rest of the 17 government agencies from Canada, the Bahamas, and the U.S. were welcomed to EAA by Tom Poberezny, president, Earl Lawrence, vice president of government and industry affairs, and Randy Hansen, government relations director.
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WIN A NEW HUSKY IN THE 2007 EAA AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES!
WIN A NEW HUSKY IN THE 2007 EAA AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES!Have you entered the 2007 EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes yet? The grand prize, a custom-equipped 2007 Aviat Husky, is the perfect airplane for backcountry or fun flying, and EAA will draw for the lucky winner on Sunday, July 29, the final day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007! The Husky, made available through Aviat Aircraft Corp., comes with a 180-horsepower Lycoming engine, Hartzell constant-speed propeller, plus many specially sponsored extras.
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BE A PART OF COMPASS HILL REDEDICATION CEREMONY
BE A PART OF COMPASS HILL REDEDICATION CEREMONYAbout three weeks remain to order a personalized brick to be installed at EAA's Compass Hill and be included in the special rededication ceremony to be held this year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, the ceremony will honor the timeless attributes of aviation and the love of flight passed between generations. Applications for personalized bricks must be submitted no later that May 31 to be included in the ceremony. For more information, please visit the EAA AirVenture website.
 
  
PIONEER AIRPORT OPENS 2007 FLYING SEASON
PIONEER AIRPORT OPENS 2007 FLYING SEASONEAA's authentic re-creation of a 1930s aerodrome, Pioneer Airport, is open for the 2007 flying season. See or take a ride in EAA's impeccable flying vintage airplanes like the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, 1929 Travel Air E-4000, 1927 Swallow, as well as a 1956 Bell 47 helicopter. More than 50 vintage airplanes are on display in seven period hangars that will take you back to aviation's "Golden Age" of the 1920s and 30s. Younger visitors will enjoy a play area with swings and pedal planes, and for kids between ages 8 and 17, a free Young Eagles airplane flight may be available. The airport will be operational every weekend until mid-October (daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day). To learn more about Pioneer, visit the EAA AirVenture Museum website.
   
ARC CONTINUES DISCUSSIONS ON AMATEUR-BUILT CERTIFICATION
The Amateur-Built Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) met in Milwaukee this week for continuing discussions on future policies and procedures regarding the approval of kits and the certification of amateur-built aircraft. EAA's Earl Lawrence, co-chair, and Joe Gauthier, member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, attended along with several representatives of the manufacturing community, including co-chair Dick Van Grunsven of Van's Aircraft; Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft; Mikael Via of GlaStar; and Rick Schrameck of Epic Aircraft. Frank Paskiewicz, FAA Manager, Production and Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service, led the FAA team.

In a related matter, the FAA recently issued clarifying language to FAA Policy 8130.2 (Change 3) stating that parts from type-certificated aircraft are not approved for use in amateur-built aircraft. The language reads: "A rebuilt, altered, or repaired type-certificated aircraft DOES NOT meet the intent of 21.191(g) and DOES NOT meet the 21.191(g) requirement that the major portion of the aircraft be fabricated and assembled." This language was added due to concerns with past policy interpretations that have led to the certification of aircraft that FAA headquarters questioned as meeting the eligibility requirements for an amateur-built certificate.

  
NEW SENATE FUNDING PROPOSAL WOULD EXEMPT PISTON AIRCRAFT FROM USER FEES
But EAA Opposes Plan to Create User Fee Apparatus
While a new FAA funding proposal put forth by Senators Jay Rockefeller, (D-WV) and Trent Lott, (R-MS) shows considerable improvement over the Bush administration's plan, EAA has concerns because it still introduces the concept of user fees and shifts considerable expenses from the airlines to general aviation.
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General Aviation United Against User Fees
Learn more about this important issue and how you can help in the effort to defeat the government's user fee proposal.

WALLY SCHIRRA WAS UNIQUE AMONG ASTRONAUTS
WALLY SCHIRRAWally Schirra, Jr., pioneering NASA astronaut and former EAA member, passed away late last week at the age of 84. He is the only astronaut to fly in each of NASA's first three manned space missions-Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. Schirra  participated in two very special EAA Oshkosh conventions; 1987, as EAA honored the original Mercury astronauts; and 1994, at "EAA's Salute to Apollo" honoring the 25th anniversary of the first lunar landing.
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TWO EAA MEMBERS NAMED WISCONSIN AVIATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
EAAers Roy Reabe (EAA 37655) of Waupun, Wisconsin, and Tom Thomas (EAA 437397) of Madison, are among the five outstanding aviators selected for induction into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame this year. Induction ceremonies will be held on November 10 at EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar in Oshkosh.
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K AND/OR DVD: END OF THE SPEAR
END OF THE SPEARFifty-one years ago, Steve Saint was a 5-year-old in Ecuador when his father, a pilot missionary, was one of five men killed by the native Waodani tribesmen. In the book, End of the Spear, Steve, an experienced bush pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings, tells how a series of events unfolded to change the lives of not only the slain missionaries' families, but also the Waodani tribe. The movie by the same name was released in 2005. Price for the book and DVD is $20 each Order online or call 800-843-3612.
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
FURLOUGHED EMPLOYEES RECALLED AT COLUMBIA
Assembly, upholstery and subassembly employees who were furloughed by Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation in late March were called back to work this week, the company announced. "We're recalling the furloughed employees in stages to meet the demands of our accelerating production rate," said Columbia Vice President of Manufacturing Chris Redgrave. "Essentially, we've spent the past six weeks cleaning house on our production line, upgrading tooling and implementing a number of Lean Enterprise practices to enhance efficiency. We're now bringing back our associates as production demands dictate." Columbia continues to deliver aircraft at a rate of four per week. Though the Company doesn't release sales figures, Q1 2007 aircraft deliveries exceeded 2006 levels. For more information, visit www.flycolumbia.com.
  
'CARBON CUB' PROOF OF CONCEPT DEBUTS TO ALASKA AIRMEN
Cubcrafters' new design, the Carbon Cub, made its public debut at the 2007 Alaska State Aviation Trade Show And Conference last week. The airplane is a proof-of-concept platform for a host of new airframe construction materials, performance options, design improvements, and much more powerful engine options. The airplane is essentially a lighter, more powerful Sport Cub with a high-performance engine and high-lift wing. Nearly 40 metal or fiberglass airframe parts were replaced with carbon fiber ones, shaving more than 30 lbs off a stock Sport Cub. The airplane is also 250 to 300 pounds lighter than any Super Cub with the same equipment. The new design presents several possible outcomes for CubCrafters, including a light-sport aircraft; a homebuilt kit plane and/or a new FAA-certified airplane. For more information, visit www.cubcrafters.com.
   
GAMA, ICAS FOUNDATION ESTABLISH NEW SCHOLARSHIP
A new scholarship sponsored by the ICAS (International Council of Air Shows) Foundation and GAMA (General Aviation Manufacturers Association) will award $2,000 annually to a college student seeking an aviation-related degree. Recipients will receive tuition assistance while enrolled in a college/university level aviation degree program. To learn more, visit the ICAS Foundation website.
   
ANGEL FLIGHT BECOMES AIR 'CHARITY NETWORK'
Angel Flight America, the umbrella organization for the nation's largest organized charitable flight service, has changed its name to Air Charity Network. "We are changing our name to better describe the comprehensive services currently offered through our network as well as those which may be added in the future," said incoming chairperson Christel Gollnick. "Our vision and purpose - to give hope wings and ensure that no person is denied access to care due to an inability to 'get there' - remains the same." Last year alone, more than 7,200 volunteer pilots and thousands of additional "ground crew" volunteers made over 23,000 free "angel flights" for children and adults in need of life-saving specialized medical care; travel for military personnel and their immediate families; and disaster response missions. Nearly 90% of the non-emergency charitable flights in the United States are being coordinated through Air Charity Network. For more information, visit www.aircharitynetwork.org or call 877-621-7177.
   
SKYVIEW AVIATION NAMED WEST COAST LSA CENTER BY SPORTSPLANES.COM
Skyview Aviation of Hayward, California is the new west coast assembly, sales, service, and training center for Sportsplanes.com for light-sport aircraft like the Skylark, Breezer, C42 and American Flyer. Skyview specializes in importing and exporting aircraft and is one of the three largest operations in North America. To learn more, visit www.skyviewaviation.com or and www.sportsplanes.com.
   
GATHERING OF MUSTANGS & LEGENDS
The Gathering of Mustangs & Legends, a collection of 100-plus P-51 Mustangs and 51 of the owners, legends, aces and crew who flew them, will take place September 27-30, in Columbus, Ohio at Rickenbacker International Airport. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, USAF Demo Teams, and other top air show performers will be present to help make aviation history. Tickets for the Gathering of Mustangs & Legends are now available for purchase online. Visit www.gml2007.com/tickets.asp for more information.
   
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