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News and Views June 1, 2007    Volume 7, Number 22

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EAA B-17 TOUR OPENS JUNE IN OREGON
EAA's 2007 B-17 "Keep It Flying" national tour

EAAers and aviation enthusiasts in the Portland, Oregon, area will want to head down to Hillsboro Airport this weekend (June 1-3) to see EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast as the "Keep it Flying" tour continues. The tour stop is being hosted by EAA Chapter 105. Next week it's off to Caldwell, Idaho, and  Industrial Airport June 5-6 (EAA Chapter 103.), followed by a visit to Ogden, Utah (EAA Chapter 23).

Don't miss your 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 have been told by two people that aerobatic flying is forbidden under the Sport Pilot Rule. I looked at them and saw no reference to aerobatic flying.
Is there such a restriction?

Answer:
There is nothing in the regulations that would prohibit a sport pilot from performing aerobatics. So long as the aircraft is capable of aerobatic maneuvers and meets the light-sport aircraft definition, a sport pilot would be allowed to perform aerobatics in that aircraft.

Of course the pilot should have appropriate training before attempting any aerobatic maneuvers.

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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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AirVenture News & Views

52 Days Until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007!
  
GOODYEAR BLIMP MAKING HISTORIC RETURN TO EAA AIRVENTURE
First appearance at Oshkosh in nearly 20 years
GOODYEAR BLIMP MAKING HISTORIC RETURN TO EAA AIRVENTUREOne of the world's most recognizable flying machines, the Goodyear blimp, will be visible up-close and in the sky this summer at EAA AirVenture 2007, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The "Spirit of Goodyear" will be on-site throughout the week and will be flying regularly during the festivities.
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GLACIER GIRL TO RECREATE ABORTED MISSION BEFORE ARRIVING AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
GLACIER GIRL TO RECREATE ABORTED MISSION BEFORE ARRIVING AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSHGlacier Girl, the Lockheed P-38 WWII fighter that was rescued from beneath the ice in Greenland and meticulously restored to original condition, will appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, parked on display at the main showcase ramp, AeroShell Square. But before she gets to the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration for the week July 23-29, the airplane has some unfinished business to take care of.
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WARBIRDS TRAINING COMMAND RETURNS TO EAA AIRVENTURE
Navy N3N one of many featured aircraft
WARBIRDS TRAINING COMMAND RETURNS TO EAA AIRVENTUREThe EAA Warbirds of America created a new display area at last summer's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh highlighting the WWII training aircraft that prepared combat pilots for their frontline cockpits. World War II Training Command was an instant hit with attendees and returns in 2007, but with a different name: It's now called simply The Training Command.
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RARE VINTAGE AIRCRAFT VIE FOR "BEST OF THE BEST" AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
RARE VINTAGE AIRCRAFT VIE FOR "BEST OF THE BEST" AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSHSix of the world's finest restored vintage aircraft will travel to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer to participate in the National Aviation Hall of Fame's first "Best of the Best" People's Choice Award competition. AirVenture visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite among these restored vintage aircraft, all former winners of various NAHI events held throughout the country since 1999. They include the Lockheed P-38 Glacier Girl (owned by Rod Lewis); Piper L-4 (owned by June and Colin Powers); Spartan Executive (owned by Kent and Sandy Blankenburg); Fairchild KR-21 (owned by Pat McNerney); Grumman Duck (owned by Chuck Greenhill); and Waco ATO (owned by Alan Hoeweler).
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EAA TEXAS FLY-IN UNDER WAY TODAY
EAA TEXAS FLY-IN UNDER WAY TODAY Hondo Municipal Airport, Texas, is the place to be this weekend for the 43rd annual Texas Fly-In (Southwest EAA Regional Fly-In), June 1-2. Throughout the weekend visitors can enjoy forums and workshops, Young Eagle flights, flight demonstrations, and of course, plenty of aircraft in the air and on the ground. Featured guest of the fly-in is Gene Kranz of Apollo 13 fame, who will speak at Saturday night's awards dinner. For more information, visit www.swrfi.com.
  
ETHANOL-FREE AUTOFUEL TO BE AVAILABLE
AT THREE NEW ENGLAND AIRPORTS NEXT WEEK

Petersen Aviation, Inc., which like EAA provides autofuel supplementary type certificates (STC), reports it will begin distributing non-ethanol, 91-octane gasoline to three New England airports during the first week of June 2007. The airports include Minuteman Airport (6B6) in Stow, Massachusetts (978-897-3933); Plymouth Airport (PYM) in Plymouth, Massachusetts (508-746-2020); and Skylark Airport (7B6), East Windsor, Connecticut (860-623-8085).
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EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM PLANS SPACE EXPLORATION WEEKEND
EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM PLANS SPACE EXPLORATION WEEKENDEAA AirVenture Museum will host an event for the whole family July 14-15, Space Exploration Weekend. A variety of fun and educational events will take place throughout both days, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., highlighted by Saturday afternoon's special presentation by Astronaut and EAA member Jim Voss, who will speak about his experiences traveling and working in space.
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SWALLOW'S HISTORY REVEALED THIS WEEKEND AT PIONEER AIRPORT
SWALLOW'S HISTORY REVEALED THIS WEEKEND AT PIONEER AIRPORTOne of EAA's vintage aircraft, the 1927 Swallow biplane (NC4028), will take center stage at Pioneer Airport, June 1-3, during a special Swallow History Weekend. EAA volunteer Fred Stadler, who spent two years researching the airplane and the company that produced it, will give two presentations at Pioneer Airport, scheduled for noon Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday inside the Vette Hangar.
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POPULAR EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS SLATED IN JUNE
POPULAR EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS SLATED IN JUNELimited 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 BEGINS NEXT WEEK
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR BEGINS NEXT WEEKEAA's vintage 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, one of the finest examples of America's first mass-produced airliner, heads out on a mini-tour next week 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.org.
 
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On the Flightline News and Views
  
MURPHY TO UNVEIL YUKON AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
Murphy Aircraft announced this week it would show its newest design, the Yukon, this year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The Yukon is the original concept design behind two of Murphy Aircraft's high-wing, tail-wheel airplanes, the Super Rebel and the Moose. Features include all-metal construction, rough-field suspension, room for four, and plenty of cargo space. "We are very proud of the Yukon, not just for its capabilities and performance, but for the opportunity it will provide average people to fly themselves, friends or family to just about anywhere," says Joel Landry, sales and marketing manager at Murphy Aircraft. The Yukon has the same seats, cabin length, width, and fuselage size as the Moose, yet it burns about half the fuel of the radial-powered version. For more information, contact Joel Landry at 604-792-5855 or visit www.murphyair.com.
  
TEMPEST RESPONDS TO AIRBORNE SERVICE LETTER NO. 66
In a statement issued this week, Tempest (Aero Accessories) states that its FAA/PMA-approved dry air pumps and pneumatic components are not affected by wording contained within or related to Airborne Service Letter 66 (January 31, 2007), or any previously written Airborne Service Letters or Bulletins. Tempest said that goes for new Tempest dry air pumps as well as all new Tempest pneumatic filters, regulators, and manifold/check valves. Tempest says it does overhaul various types of Airborne dry air pumps, vacuum and pressure regulators, manifold/checks valves, as well as de-ice valves using process specifications written by Aero Accessories and approved by FAA engineering in Atlanta and the local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). As such, Airborne Service Letters or Bulletins do not apply. For more information regarding FAA enforcement of mandatory Service Letters or Bulletins refer to FAA Order 8620.2 "Applicability and Enforcement of Manufacturer's Data." For more information regarding Tempest products, visit www.tempestplus.com, e-mail information@tempestplus.com or call 843-991-1199.
  
GET OFF THE HOT SEAT WITH SPORTY'S SEAT COOLER
Sporty's Seat Cooler can turn a brutally hot seat into a comfortable ride. Operating on your airplane's 12-volt lighter socket, the cooler has an adjustable fan in the front flap that circulates air through hundreds of tiny vents in the microfiber and mesh materials. It securely attaches to the airplane seat with clip-type fasteners and is programmed with a 60-minute automatic shut-off and stand-by mode. A 7-foot cord connects the seat cooler with the plug so a backseat passenger can also use it. Priced at $69.95, the cooler can be ordered through www.sportys.com or by calling 800-SPORTYS.
  
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE PLANS 11TH SUPER SALE/FLY-IN
The 11th annual Super Sale/Fly-In (October 13) at Aircraft Spruce West will include a free lunch, educational seminars, raffle prizes and an opportunity to socialize with a large group of pilots. Special pricing on a wide range of products in the Aircraft Spruce Catalog will be demonstrated and discussed by manufacturer reps attending the event. For more information, visit www.AircraftSpruce.com or call the company at 1-877-4-SPRUCE.
   
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