10, 2007 Volume 7,
JACKSONVILLE EAAERS CONTINUE WORKING
TO CHANGE ANTI-HOMEBUILDER ORDINANCE
Jacksonville, Florida, EAA Chapters and
members are continuing their fight to remove a city ordinance that prohibits residents from working on homebuilt aircraft within
the city limits. Before the city council met in late July, EAA Chapter
193 led a demonstration at City Hall featuring a banner tow that read,
"BAN THE EVERETT LAW" and signs calling for the ordinance to
be overturned. (The "Everett Law" is in reference to Edward
and Norma Everett, whose persistent complaints resulted in the ordinance
being adopted last year that prohibits anyone from tinkering on
airplanes and airboats at their homes and requires the craft to be
stored in enclosed garages.) Read
TRIBUTE CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF GERRY BECK
Family and friends of Gerald S. Beck,
Wahpeton, North Dakota, held a special service and celebration of his
life on August 1 at the Fargo Air Museum. Gerry died on July 27 during
the Showcase Flights at AirVenture while performing in his P-51A
Mustang. Gerry, who founded Tri-Sate Aviation, Inc., a business that
specialized in warbird restoration, had built the airplane from the
original North American Aircraft plans and specifications. His longtime
friend, Doug Rozendaal, and photographer Max Haynes, assembled a
poignant tribute to Gerry featuring images of his loved ones as they bid
him farewell at the Fargo service. EAA is making this web tribute
available at www.eaa.org/BeckTribute.
The entire EAA and EAA Warbirds of America community of aviation
enthusiasts expresses their condolences to Gerry's family and friends.
E-LSA CONVERSION DEADLINE
REMINDER - FIRST MILESTONE APPROACHING
The deadline for completing the E-LSA
registration, airworthiness inspection, and certification process to
convert "fat" and two-place ultralight trainers to
experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) is January 1, 2008. The FAA
set August 15, 2007 (next Wednesday) as a milestone for submitting the
registration forms. The FAA established this milestone date out of
concern that if everyone waited until "the last minute" to
start the process, it could not handle the workload and then people
would miss the deadline. Read more
ATC ASKS AIRVENTURE
PILOTS TO COMPLETE SURVEY
Did you fly your airplane to EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2007? If so, the FAA's air traffic control team asks that you
take a few minutes to complete a 10-question survey located on the EAA
AirVenture website. Your help will provide important information
that will allow controllers to continuously improve the process to make
for safer, more efficient operations at future fly-ins.
NEW DATES FOR 2008 EAA
TEXAS FLY IN
October weather and fewer chances for severe weather will greet EAA
Texas Fly In participants in 2008. Beginning next year, the fly in will
be held the second weekend in October, which is October 10-11 (Friday
and Saturday) in 2008 in Hondo, Texas. Exhibits and forums will be open
from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Meals will be available on the field
Thursday evening thru Sunday morning. Further details will be added to www.eaatexasflyin.org
as they are finalized.
B-17 TOUR HEADS EAST TO
RESUME SUMMER TOUR
Having completed its successful Western swing, then a full schedule of
flights at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, EAA's "Keep it Flying"
B-17 tour has resumed in the Eastern United States. This weekend (August
10-12), EAA Chapter 122 hosts Aluminum Overcast at Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania's Capital City Airport. From there it will travel to the
Elmira/Corning (New York) Regional Airport where the Wings of Eagles
Museum hosts the airplane August 14-15. Next weekend (August 17-19), see
the B-17 at Lawrence, Massachusetts Municipal Airport with EAA Chapter
106. And for the complete tour schedule, including online reservations
for flight missions, visit www.B17.org,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
FORD ANNOUNCES THE MODEL
YEAR CLEARANCE SALES EVENT
members can save even more dollars by combining the great discounts
available through the EAA/Ford Partner Recognition X-Plan Vehicle Pricing
program with the Ford Model Year Clearance Sales Event. Now through
September 3, Ford is offering 0.0% APR financing on all 2007 models, plus
$2,007 in bonus cash on trucks and SUVS! Check out the X-Plan pricing on a
2007 Ford F-150 starting at $23,606, or a 2007 Ford Explorer starting at
$25,241, or what about a 2007 Ford Expedition starting at only $28,567.
For more information on the X-Plan Purchase Program, X-Plan pricing and to
generate a PIN, visit the EAA
website. Other restriction may apply, so visit your local dealer or www.fordvehicles.com
to learn more about these great offers.
In the July issue
of Sport Aviation, your ASK EAA column
regarding aircraft lighting mentions a person flying
at night (after sunset) with just navigation lights.
FAR 91.205(c)(3) (visual flight rules night) lists
under required equipment, "An approved aviation
red or aviation white anti-collision light system on
ALL U.S. registered civil aircraft." It also
mandates certain standards for aircraft certified
after certain dates, but the first sentence, as
above, mandates ALL U.S. registered aircraft to have
some type of anti-collision light system for
operation at night.
Your definition of "night" is not
consistent with the FAA regulations. Night starts at
the end of evening civil twilight, as published in
the American Air Almanac, which is approximately
25-30 minutes AFTER sunset depending on your
latitude and longitude. (Ref: 14 CFR 1.1) The
regulations require that nav lights be operated from
sunset to sunrise (Ref: 14 CFR 91.209), but
anti-collision lights are required only at
night, per your reference to FAR 91.205. Thus,
during the period from sunset to the end of civil
twilight, only navigation lights are required.
after March 11, 1996 are required to have an
anti-collision light system during other than night
under Part 23. These aircraft are required by FAR
91.205 to have anti-collision lights for day VFR as
well as night.
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This Falcon flight formation
was captured by AirVenture Today photographer
Phil Weston at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last
month. Download the image for your computer at the EAA
website and choose among five resolutions to suit
your screen. You can also view and download any
previously used EAA desktop image.
FLIGHT HOLDINGS PURCHASES TIGER AIRCRAFT
True Flight Holdings, LLC was recently
approved by the Federal Bankruptcy Court to purchase the assets of Tiger
Aircraft, LLC. The type certificates, parts and materials inventory, and
tooling and manufacturing equipment are included in the sale. New Tiger
owner and True Flight CEO Kevin Lancaster, of True Flight, said he
"wants to return the aircraft to production as soon as
possible," and that the company is likely to locate in Georgia.
Lancair International introduced a mock-up
of its Lancair Evolution, the latest and highest performing member of
its family, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. More than three years in
development, the Evolution is a four-place single-engine turboprop with
a projected top speed of 385 mph. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney
PT6A-135A engine developing 927 hp, the airplane's projected maximum
cruise speed is 338 knots at 25,000 feet, or 270 knots at 28,000 feet at
economy cruise setting. For more information, visit www.lancair.com.
WINING BID FOR CIRRUS
LSA CONTINUES SPORTY'S STRONG SUPPORT OF EAA YOUNG EAGLES PROGRAM
Sporty's Founder and Chairman Hal Shevers
was the highest bidder when the first Cirrus Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)
was auctioned at EAA's annual Gathering of Eagles fundraising dinner on
July 26. Shevers' winning bid of $170,000 will benefit EAA's Young
Eagles program and youth initiatives. "I am committed to bringing
new people into aviation," Shevers said. "Of course, the
purchase benefits the Young Eagles, a vital program that Sporty's has
long supported." Sporty's will take delivery of the airplane at
AirVenture 2008. Visit Sporty's at www.sportys.com.
BRS REPORTS LARGE 3RD
Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc., a
manufacturer of whole-airplane parachute recovery systems for general
aviation and recreational aircraft, reported a 28.6% increase in third
quarter income over the same period a year ago. "Our focus on
superior customer service and execution has resulted in a banner quarter
and we are pleased net revenue is up as expected," BRS CEO Larry
Williams said. BRS is a South St. Paul, Minnesota-based company that
designs, manufactures, and distributes whole-plane emergency parachute
systems for use on general aviation and recreational aircraft. To learn
more about BRS, visit www.brsparachutes.com
MORE THAN 100 PLANES
COMMIT TO 'MUSTANGS & LEGENDS'
One hundred nine classic P-51 fighters have
confirmed their attendance at the Gathering of Mustangs & Legends
event scheduled September 27-30 at Rickenbacker International Airport,
Columbus, Ohio. About half as many "legends" are scheduled to
attend (including EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny), such as
aces, crew chiefs, WASP, and others who were part of the P-51 family.
"We're honored that the majority of P-51 aircraft still flying
today will join us at this once-in-a-lifetime celebration," said
Lee Lauderback, president of Stallion 51, event presenter. For more
information, visit www.gml2007.com.
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE NEW
Lamar Technologies has appointed Aircraft
Spruce & Specialty as a global distributor for its general and sport
aviation product lines. "Lamar products have a place with all our
clientele," said Aircraft Spruce President Jim Irwin. "They
respond to the needs of homebuilders, restorers and virtually every
general aviation pilot out there." For a complete list of Lamar
products and prices, visit the on-line catalog at www.AircraftSpruce.com,
or order your free copy (700 pages) at 877-477-7823.
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