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News and Views May 25, 2007    Volume 7, Number 21

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EAA B-17 TOUR AT SEATTLE'S BOEING FIELD

EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour
Slowly but surely, EAA's Aluminum Overcast is making its way back east and the eventual destination at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in July. Meanwhile, there are still plenty of opportunities to take in this flying museum, including this weekend as the EAA B-17 Tour wraps up this week's extended stop at Seattle's Boeing Field/King County International airport through Sunday, May 27 (sponsored by EAA Warbird Squadron 2).

This coming week, May 29-30, the tour visits Salem, Oregon's McNary Field Airport  (EAA Chapter 292) before heading off to Portland, Oregon's Hillsboro Airport June 1-3 (EAA Chapter 105) and Caldwell (Idaho) Industrial Airport June 5-6 (EAA Chapter 103.)

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
I am trying to find out how to convert my Experimental Teenie Two aircraft from an experimental airworthiness certificate to an experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA). Is this possible before the January 2008 deadline, and if so, where do I start?


Answer:
You cannot re-certificate your existing amateur-built aircraft as an E-LSA. The regulation allowing existing aircraft to be certificated as E-LSA requires the aircraft to never have held an airworthiness certificate or flight authority in this or any other country.

So long as your aircraft meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA) as called out in 14 CFR 1.1 you are allowed to fly it under sport pilot privileges. This is true no matter what type of airworthiness certificate the aircraft holds. There is no need to re-certificate the aircraft as an E-LSA.

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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One of the most popular, longstanding air show attractions is the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, which fly North American T-6 Texan advanced trainers. When these powerful airplanes are in the air, there's no mistaking the sound of four 600 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp engines growling in unison. EAA volunteer photographer Dennis Biela took this image from EAA AirVenture 2006.

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USER FEE DEBATE CONTINUES; HOUSE FAA BILL IMMINENT
User fees continue to be the major sticking point regarding FAA funding and reauthorization legislation, and it's looking more and more like the ultimate decision could be hammered out from opposite sides of the table in conference committee this summer. Last week the Senate Commerce Committee narrowly defeated an amendment to remove user fees for turbine aircraft and set the stage for a floor vote on the Lott-Rockefeller bill (S.1300).

Meanwhile, the House Aviation Subcommittee has been drafting its own version of a reauthorization bill in the hopes of completing it before the Memorial Day recess. What emerges may be very different from the Senate version, which includes a $25 "Modernization Surcharge" for instrument flight plans filed by operators of turbine-powered aircraft.
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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.

  
TOM POBEREZNY NAMED A 'DISTINGUISHED WISCONSIN AVIATOR'
TOM POBEREZNY NAMED A 'DISTINGUISHED WISCONSIN AVIATOR'EAA President Tom Poberezny received the Distinguished Wisconsin Aviator Award Saturday, May 19, during the 10th annual Deke Slayton Airfest in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Astronaut Mark Lee, the 2000 recipient, presented the award. Among those also present was past recipient (2003) Maj. Gen. Albert Wilkening, Adjutant General of the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard.
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AirVenture News & Views

59 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007!
  
'LEARN TO FLY CENTER' TO AID ASPIRING PILOTS
LEARN TO FLY CENTEREAA and its affiliate, the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), will unveil the Learn to Fly Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The Center will provide inspiration, information, guidance, and a community of support for people who want to pursue the dream of becoming a pilot.
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EAA WARBIRDS IN REVIEW EXPANDS YET AGAIN
EAA WARBIRDS IN REVIEW EXPANDS YET AGAINWarbirds in Review became part of the EAA AirVenture scene in 2003, bringing a close-up look at some of the most storied military aircraft to ever darken the skies. An instant classic, the program immediately expanded from one to two daily presentations, and this year the program has grown again; a total of 19 presentations are scheduled as Warbirds in Review enters its fifth year at Oshkosh.
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KOEHLER TO RECEIVE EAA'S 2007 TONY BINGELIS AWARD
KOEHLER TO RECEIVE EAA'S 2007 TONY BINGELIS AWARDRichard Koehler, of Burke, Va. has been selected as the 2007 recipient of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Tony Bingelis Award, recognizing his involvement as an active volunteer Technical Counselor and aircraft builder. Koehler (EAA #161427) has shared his knowledge of aircraft and provided thousands of hours of advice to builders as a Technical Counselor for more than 17 years.
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FINAL PREPARATIONS UNDER WAY FOR TEXAS FLY-IN
Southwest EAA Regional Fly-InThis time next week aviation enthusiasts from the Lone Star State and beyond will be descending on. Hondo Municipal Airport, Texas, for the 43rd annual Texas Fly-In (Southwest EAA Regional Fly-In), June 1-2. Officials are making final preparations for the rush of aircraft, organizing forums and workshops, Young Eagle flights, flight demonstrations, and other activities.
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NOW'S THE TIME TO REGISTER FOR RMRFI
29th Annual Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-InThe 29th Annual Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In (June 22-24) encourages volunteers and pilots to register for the event as soon as possible. They are now offering a $1 discount on admission to the event for pre-registered aircraft. This ensures the best opportunity to secure a position and allows the most time to make the appropriate accommodations. Visit www.rmrfi.org for details on registering or for more information on  the fly-in.
  
STILL ROOM TO ENROLL IN JUNE SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
STILL ROOM TO ENROLL IN JUNE SPORTAIR WORKSHOPSLimited space is available in several upcoming EAA SportAir Workshops scheduled in June. RV Assembly and Electrical System & Avionics workshops will be offered in Watsonville, California, the weekend of June 9-10. RV Assembly teaches the necessary skills to build the popular Van's RV kit aircraft. Electrical Systems & Avionics gives you hands-on training in aircraft electrical systems and the installation process. SportAir Workshops will also conduct the E-LSA Repairman course in both Arlington, Washington, (June 8-10), and Frederick, Maryland (June 15-17). Those who complete this course are authorized to perform the annual condition inspection on their Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft. To learn more or enroll, call 800-967-5746, or visit www.sportair.com.
   
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR SET TO BEGIN JUNE 7
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR SET TO BEGIN JUNE 7EAA's vintage 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, one of the finest examples of America's first mass-produced airliner, heads out on a mini-tour in two weeks beginning June 7-10 at Elkhart, Indiana's Municipal Airport. Other cities on the itinerary include Columbus, Indiana; Columbus Ohio; New Philadelphia, Ohio; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Sandusky, Ohio; and Madison, Wisconsin. Plenty of seats are available and you can order yours today through www.flytheford.com.
  
ENJOY FORD-EAA PARTNER RECOGNITION PROGRAM ADVANTAGE
EAA Ford Partner ProgramAre you considering the purchase or lease of a new vehicle? As an EAA member, your membership qualifies you for X-Plan pricing from Ford Motor Company, where you can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars on the purchase or lease of vehicles from their family of brands - Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Volvo, Land Rover and Jaguar. Visit the Partner Recognition page to learn more about this exclusive pricing plan and to obtain your PIN today! Take advantage of the Ford Partner Recognition Vehicle Purchase Plan - the simplest way to save money on your next vehicle purchase.

Check out what's new from Ford in the Partner Post newsletter (Second Quarter 2007). 

 
EAA MERCHANDISE SPECIAL
A POIGNANT MEMOIOR: LAUGHTER AND TEARS

A POIGNANT MEMOIOR: LAUGHTER AND TEARSThis 208-page coffee table book features the work of Captain George Rarey, a P-47 pilot who documented his daily military life during World War II in drawings, which he sent home to his sweetheart and eventual wife, Betty Lou. Laughter and Tears is bound like a pilot's logbook in simulated leather with silver-embossed pilot's wings on the cover and colored Rareybird endpapers. It contains 135 of Rarey's wartime drawings, annotated with excerpts from his letters and the comments of the surviving pilots of the 379th Fighter Squadron. There were 2,000 copies printed and approximately 175 remain available only through EAA. Order your copy online today or call 800-843-3612.
  
On the Flightline News and Views
  
SPORTY'S OFFERS NEW VFR FLIGHT BAG
Sporty's has a compact flight bag specifically designed for VFR flight. It features padded exterior pockets to protect a headset and additional pockets for quick access to charts and your logbook. An organizing section has an ID holder, pen and pencil holders, a key clip, and a pocket for a cell phone. The large interior section holds a pilot operating handbook, fuel tester, E6B and numerous books, snacks, flashlight and other items. The flight bag is available for $59.95 and personalized embroidery is available for $9.95. For more information visit www.sportys.com or call 800-776-7897.
 
CITATION MUSTANG GAINS EASA CERTIFICATION
Cessna's Citation Mustang recently gained European Aviation Safety Agency type certification, making it the world's first entry-level business jet to gain both U.S. and European certification. It has also been approved to land at airports with instrument approaches steeper than a 4.5-degree approach angle. Steep Approach certification is the first step in the approval process at airports such as London City in England and requires special authorization through the airport administration for both the aircraft and the pilots landing there. For more information visit www.Cessna.com, or call 877-510-5226.
 
ECLIPSE AVIATION LANDS LARGEST EUROPEAN VLJ ORDER
Eclipse Aviation announced that Eastern European distributor ETIRC Aviation Europe has placed an order for 180 Eclipse 500 aircraft, including 120 firm and 60 options. The announcement came May 23 at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exposition (EBACE). This expands the Eclipse 500 order book to just under 2,700 units, including orders and options. At EBACE last year Eclipse Aviation announced a partnership with ETIRC. This order compliments the recent ETIRC order for 40 Eclipse 500s. For more information visit www.EclipseAviation.com.
 
LIBERTY RECEIVES CHINESE IFR CERTIFICATION
Liberty Aerospace, Inc. has received IFR certification of the Liberty XL2 airplane from the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China. "The Chinese market represents a very large opportunity for Liberty Aerospace and we are very excited to become part of this growing economy," commented CEO Keith Markley. The Validation of Type Certificate was awarded on May 9. Design recognition of the Liberty XL2 enables Liberty owners to register their XL2 aircraft on the Chinese B-registrations. The use of Chinese grade fuel was also approved. For more information visit www.LibertyAircraft.com.
 
CAMLOC MEASURING TOOL AVAILABLE AT AIRCRAFT SPRUCE
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has added a Camloc measuring tool to the list of items it carries for homebuilders, restorers, and owners of general aviation aircraft. This tool is made of stainless steel and stepped with notches for measuring Camloc fastener lengths from -2 to -11. The user simply slides a Camloc fastener into the tool for a reading of the appropriate size, or dash number, of the Camloc. The measuring tool simplifies fastener usage and is available for $16.95. For more information visit www.AircraftSpruce.com or call 877-477-7823.
   
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