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News and Views May 18, 2007    Volume 7, Number 20

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EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour
Aluminum Overcast has left "The Golden State" and this weekend begins its run of four tour stops in the Pacific Northwest in Eugene, Oregon. EAA Warbird Squadron 13 hosts the tour stop at Mahlon Sweet Airfield May 18-20, then it's up to Seattle's Boeing Field/King County International May 23-27 (sponsored by EAA Warbird Squadron 2) and back to Salem, Oregon May 29-20 (EAA Chapter 292).

Don't miss you chance to see the Flying Fortress when it comes to your area! 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
In the April 2007 story in Sport Pilot magazine on E-LSA Certification (page 53) it indicates that an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) must be installed. Is this right? I thought that under normal certification for a homebuilt, if a plane does not have a top speed of about 160 mph (I don't remember just how it reads), ELT is required. At least, that was what the regs said a few years ago.

You must be confusing the ELT regulations with something else. There has never been a speed limitation for ELT installation. The regulation requiring ELTs is 91.207, and it applies to fixed-wing airplanes. With very few exceptions, any fixed-wing aircraft with more than one seat is required to have an ELT installed (regardless of its speed or weight). This applies to LSA as well as all other aircraft.

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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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Measure just misses in initial vote
The elimination of general aviation user fees is gaining momentum, as an early amendment in the U.S. Senate that would eliminate user-fee provisions from the new FAA funding and reauthorization bill barely missed passage on Wednesday.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Senator John Sununu (R-NH) sponsored the amendment to the Senate Commerce Committee, which would eliminate the $25 "modernization surcharge" on turbine aircraft for filing IFR flight plans that was included in the Lott-Rockefeller bill (S. 1300) earlier this month. The amendment failed by a single vote, but will likely return for consideration as the Senate bill progresses.
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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.

Clarifies intent on use of TC'd parts
The FAA recently clarified aircraft certification policy regarding the use of parts from previously type-certificated aircraft in the construction and certification of an amateur-built aircraft. The agency added the following statement to FAA Order 8130.2F change 3:

"NOTE: 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."

In the past some people in the aviation community believed that by rebuilding or restoring entire aircraft or sections of a type-certificated aircraft, they could receive credit for the fabrication and assembly done.
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PRE-ORDER YOUR EVENING MEAL TICKETS FOR EAA TEXAS FLY INJust two weeks remain before the 43rd annual EAA Texas Fly-In (Southwest EAA Regional Fly-In) scheduled for June 1-2 at Hondo Municipal Airport. Along with all the wonderful daytime aviation activities like forums, workshops, Young Eagle flights, flight demonstrations, and more, there are also lots of things going on at night. An evening BBQ on Thursday, May 31, will be held for the early arrivers and will be pay at the door, but those planning to join the Friday and Saturday evening meals must have a meal ticket in advance. Saturday will be feature special guest Apollo 13 Flight Leader Gene Kranz. Call Fly In headquarters at 866-797-3407 for more information, or download the meal ticket order form from the internet at www.swrfi.org/meals.htm.
Dr. Gregory PinnellEAA President Tom Poberezny has appointed Dr. Gregory Pinnell of Saginaw, Michigan, to the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council. Dr. Pinnell is a board certified family practitioner licensed in both Indiana and Michigan. He is a senior aviation medical examiner who currently practices as a primary care physician in a multi-specialty care center in Saginaw. An instrument-rated private pilot, Dr. Pinnell has served as an EAA Pilot Advocate, helping EAA members regain their medicals for the past six years.
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Aspiring sport pilots seeking dual instruction in their area should look no further than EAA's ever-expanding sport pilot instructor database, which now lists more than 600 flight instructors authorized in airplanes, weight-shift, powered parachutes, gliders and gyroplanes. Chances are there's a qualified flight instructor nearby.
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AirVenture News & Views

66 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007!
NEW HANDHELD COMPUTERS TO AID AIRCRAFT JUDGINGThanks to an effort begun by two EAA volunteers, this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh aircraft judging process has received a major upgrade. Bob Reece (EAA 82844), Chairman of EAA's Judging Standards and Homebuilt Judging, and his son, Rob (EAA 799895), who provides programming services for the EAA Aircraft Judging Program, proposed that EAA acquire new handheld computers to upgrade the judging systems used during the annual convention.
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NEW TOWER CONSTRUCTION BEGINS AT KOSH Oshkosh visitors will notice a significant, new element on the EAA AirVenture grounds because construction of Wittman Regional Airport's new $7 million air traffic control tower is well under way. Work is expected to continue up until about the week before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, by which time the shaft and base building should be completed. Work will then resume after the convention. The new structure will be about twice as high (120 feet eye-level vs. 60 feet) as the existing tower, which has been the focus or the backdrop to literally millions of photographs over the years. The new tower is located just north of the FAA building, east of Convention Headquarters, and should be completed in the spring of 2009.
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ING'S 'FAA SPORT PILOT KNOWLEDGE TEST PREP COURSE'Sport pilots are required to pass a knowledge exam and flight test to obtain their sport pilot certificates. The King School's FAA Sport Pilot Knowledge Test Prep Course is designed to make preparing for those requirements easy, simple, clear, fun, and rewarding. It includes sample FAA test questions to help you prepare to pass the exam. The Prep Course is $239 for EAA members, or $279 for non-members. Receive a free EAA mouse pad (while supplies last) with the purchase of this CD-ROM. Order online or call 800-843-3612.
On the Flightline News and Views
Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. (BRS), a manufacturer of whole-airplane parachute recovery systems for general aviation and recreational aircraft, announced a total of $2,182,872 in sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2007 ending March 31, 2007, and year to date sales of $4,294,135 for the six months ending March 31, 2007. These totals represents a decrease of $133,762 from the $2,316,634 reported for the second quarter of FY 2006, and an increase of 1.67 percent over the $4,223,508 in sales reported for the first two quarters of FY 2006. "We are pleased the second quarter performance shows continued strength in the core business," said Larry E. Williams, chief executive officer. "We were able to both increase year-to-date revenue and show a continuation of profitability. We will continue to undertake more investment in operations and engineering to respond to strong market demand." For more information visit www.BRSParachutes.com.
Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation announced today that it delivered 47 new aircraft in the first quarter of 2007, one more than the company delivered during the same period in 2006. As part of a restructuring program announced last month, Columbia is in the process of implementing a number of Lean Manufacturing and Lean Enterprise initiatives to streamline its production process. The company is also upgrading tooling in a number of areas of the manufacturing process to maximize efficiency. Transport Canada also announced this week that it has certified Columbia 350s and 400s equipped with the G1000 avionics suite. This certification marks the third Transport Canada certification earned by Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. Those in Canada interested in arranging a demo flight in a G1000-equipped Columbia should contact Solly Capua at Columbia Aircraft Canada +1 905-477-0107. For more information visit www.flycolumbia.com.
The Board of Trustees of the Staggerwing Museum Foundation, Inc. has changed the name of its museum to the Beechcraft Heritage Museum. "With the recent growth and plans for future expansion, this new name more accurately reflects the museum's commitment to preserving the rich history of Beechcraft as well as fostering aviation education," said Michael Greenblatt, foundation president. The Beechcraft Heritage Museum is planning a special celebration during its annual convention October 10-14, to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of both the Beech Aircraft Company and the Staggerwing and the 70th anniversary of the Twin Beech and the 60th anniversary of the Bonanza. All Beechcraft and aviation enthusiasts are invited to attend. For more information visit www.beechcraftheritagemuseum.org.
The Red Bull Air Race World Series 2007 tour made its first U.S. stop in Monument Valley, Utah, May 12. The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park was the backdrop for the third of 11 stops on the tour. Hungarian race pilot Peter Besenyei took first place among the 13 aerobatic pilot participants with a final track completion time of 59.87 seconds. His first-place win puts him second in point standings, only slightly behind Britain's Paul Bonhomme and the United States' Mike Mangold. The next and final U.S. stop on the tour is in San Diego, California, on Saturday, September 22. For more information visit www.RedBullAirRace.com.
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