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The tower cab for Wittman Regional Airport'
The tower cab for Wittman Regional Airport's new air traffic control tower was installed early Wednesday morning, signaling further progress for the new, near 140-ft facility that will replace the present tower. According to the FAA, the new, state-of-the-art structure is scheduled to become fully operational in time for EAA AirVenture 2009. The present tower, built in the early 1960s and moved to its current site in 1968, will be torn down when the new tower is fully operational. Fred Stadler photo

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Aviation leaders urge quick action
on naming new FAA administrator

The entire aviation community is urging the Bush Administration to swiftly appoint a successor to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, who will leave her post when her five-year term expires on September 13. A letter to President Bush signed by the heads of 18 organizations covering all areas of aviation-including EAA President Tom Poberezny-emphasizes "the vital need to nominate a strong individual who can be confirmed as the next administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)."  Read more

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See exciting aviation-related videosThe WWII reenactment
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News & Views from EAA August 24, 2007    Volume 7, Number 42
NEW YORK EAA CHAPTERS TO DEDICATE WRIGHT FLYER
NEW YORK EAA CHAPTERS TO DEDICATE WRIGHT FLYERIn a collaborative effort reflecting the true spirit of EAA, New York State chapter members plans-built a full-scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer that will soon be shared with visitors to the Gateway National Recreation Area's Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. The aircraft project will be formally dedicated at a public ceremony on September 8 at the historic facility, which was New York City's first municipal airport. Read more
EAA RESPONDS TO ATA CHIEF'S LETTER TO 'CHICAGO TRIBUNE'
Air Transport Association president James May continued his lobbying for general aviation user fees in today’s Chicago Tribune, using a letter to the editor to accuse general aviation of overburdening the air traffic system. Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations, quickly responded with a letter based on his own experience at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago last weekend. His situation is a glaring example of how the nation’s airlines have overtaxed the air traffic system through their own business model, and now are looking for general aviation to provide financial relief.  Read more
AVIATION HISTORY COMES TO LIFE AT EAA FANTASY FLIGHT CAMPS
AVIATION HISTORY COMES TO LIFE AT EAA FANTASY FLIGHT CAMPSThroughout the spring and summer, EAA hosts hundreds of youths for aviation education and fun at Air Academy camps. But why should the kids have all the fun? Here's your chance to attend an EAA adult Fantasy Flight Camp weekend this fall/winter and become immersed in learning all about vintage biplanes; the Bell 47 helicopter; professional aviation photography instruction; or the B-17 Flying Fortress. Accommodations are in the beautiful EAA Air Academy Lodge.  Read more
ORGANIZERS PREPARE FOR 41ST MERFI THIS WEEKEND
ORGANIZERS PREPARE FOR 41ST MERFI THIS WEEKENDFinal preparations are being made for this weekend's (August 25-26) Mid-Eastern EAA Regional Fly-In (MERFI) at an all-new location, the Mansfield Lahm Municipal Airport (MFD) in North Central Ohio. The fly-in - MERFI's 41st - had previously been held at Marion Municipal Airport (MNN).  Read more
MOMENTUM BUILDS FOR COPPERSTATE 2007
MOMENTUM BUILDS FOR COPPERSTATE 2007Copperstate EAA Regional Fly-In officials report that early exhibitor registrations for this year's event are running well ahead of previous years thanks to a great reception at its exhibit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The fly-in is scheduled for October 25-28 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ). Visit www.copperstate.org for a frequently updated exhibitors list, as well as everything else you need to know about this year's event. CGZ is ideally located midway between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, just a few miles west of Interstate 10.
CIRRUS CEO TO SPEAK AT EAA HALLS OF FAME DINNER NOVEMBER 9
CIRRUS CEO TO SPEAK AT EAA HALLS OF FAME DINNER NOVEMBER 9Cirrus Design CEO Alan Klapmeier, a longtime EAA member, will be the keynote speaker at the annual EAA Halls of Fame dinner on November 9 at the EAA AirVenture Museum. Alan and his brother, Dale, began their business with a Cirrus homebuilt design, the VK-30 (the prototype of which is on display at the museum) in the 1980s. They moved on to production aircraft, producing the SR-20 and SR-22, and in just over a decade became one of the top small-aircraft manufacturers in the world. At AirVenture this year, Cirrus announced development of the SR Sport, a light-sport aircraft, and just weeks prior to the convention unveiled its "the Jet" personal. Jet. EAA members are invited to attend the dinner, which includes the induction ceremonies for the various EAA halls of fame, including the Homebuilders Hall of Fame; Ultralight Hall of Fame; Vintage Aircraft Hall of Fame; Warbirds Hall of Fame; IAC Hall of Fame; and Flight Instructor Hall of Fame. We'll have ticket information soon, so stay tuned.
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUR STOP IN NEW JERSEY THIS WEEKEND
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUR STOP IN NEW JERSEY THIS WEEKENDWarbird aficionados in the Caldwell, New Jersey, area should head down to Essex County Airport this weekend (August 24-26) to see EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast at its tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 73. Next week (August 28-29) the airplane visits Trenton's Mercer Airport (EAA Chapter 78), then heads to Warrenton, Virginia's Warrenton-Fauquier Airport for the Labor Day Weekend (August 31-September 2 - Chapter 186) before its visit to Arnold Palmer Airport in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (September 4-5, EAA Chapter 45). For the complete tour schedule, including online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org, or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org for more information.
COMPLETE THE AIRVENTURE PILOTS ATC SURVEY
OMPLETE THE AIRVENTURE PILOTS ATC SURVEYDid 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.
EAA'S ULTIMATE 'SWEATSHIRT' BLANKET
EAA'S ULTIMATE 'SWEATSHIRT' BLANKETJust in time for the football season, this big, soft blanket is made of the same material as that favorite sweatshirt of yours. The navy-colored blanket has a silver EAA logo imprint and is made of a 80 percent cotton/20 percent polyester blend measuring 54 x 84 inches. Get yours today for $29.99 plus shipping and handling. Order online, or call 800-843-3612.
EAA INSURANCE TIPS
FENDER BENDERS: WHAT TO DO IF YOUR AIRCRAFT GETS 'DINGED'
Bob Mackey, Senior Vice President
Falcon Insurance Agency

I've had many great experiences over the years attending all kinds of aviation events. From small local EAA chapter fly-in breakfasts all the way up to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and everything in between, I've been very fortunate to see many fantastic flying events and more than my fair share of memorable aircraft.  Read more
  
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Question of the Week
We are in the process of having our 2-place ultralight certified. According to past postings on both the EAA and USUA websites and in e-Hotline, once the N-number is issued we cannot fly the aircraft until a DAR has certified it. However, I would like to quote a statement from the fine print at the bottom of AC Form 8050-1:

"Pending receipt of the Certificate of Aircraft Registration, the aircraft may be operated for a period not in excess of 90 days, during which time the PINK copy of this application must be carried in the aircraft."

According to this statement it is legal to fly the aircraft for up to 90 days while awaiting the DAR certification. Please look at this statement on the form and clarify this matter for us.

Answer:
The statement you quoted is true if the aircraft already holds an airworthiness certificate. The "pink copy" is used as temporary registration when transferring ownership of an already-certificated aircraft. However, FAR 91.203 prohibits operating an aircraft unless an appropriate and current airworthiness certificate is displayed in the aircraft. So even though you have the pink copy of the registration, you do not have an airworthiness certificate, so you cannot operate the aircraft until the DAR completes the inspection and issues the airworthiness certificate.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.

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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.

 

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
GARMIN IDENTIFIES, SOLVES G1000 PROBLEM
Garmin resumed deliveries of its popular G1000 integrated avionics systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on Monday, after it isolated and fixed a problem in the AHRS (Attitude, Heading & Reference System), the company reported this week. "The root cause of the problem was a VFC (voltage frequency converter) that was recognized very quickly in the installation process," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "We worked very closely with the supplier and have resolved the issue. Garmin notified all OEMs immediately of the issue, affecting such aircraft manufacturers as Piper, Cessna, Mooney, Diamond, Hawker Beechcraft, and Columbia, which e-Hotline reported last week was forced to furlough 300 employees as a result. "It's always an issue whenever you disrupt anyone's manufacturing process," Kelley added. "But we were able to determine very quickly the range of serial numbers and were able to shut it down and bring it back up within about two weeks." www.garmin.com

WORLD RECORD SET USING FLIGHT DESIGN AIRCRAFT
The Indian Air Force celebrated its 75th anniversary with an around-the-world tour in just 79 days, and they did it in a light-sport aircraft, a Flight Design CTSW 2007 Classic Light. The circumnavigation was flown in day VFR conditions and pilots withstood difficult climate and weather conditions. They departed from Delhi on June 1 and returned there on August 19. Learn more about the trip on the Times of India website. To learn more about Flight Design aircraft, visit www.flightdesign.com.

FAA APPROVES NEW ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
New York-based Xerion Avionix LLC has received FAA approval for installation of its AuRACLE Engine Management System in general aviation aircraft. The AuRACLE operates with both four- and six-cylinder engines. Its single 5-inch, high -definition, sunlight-readable color screen can be configured to display any information required by an individual aircraft, including RPM, MAP, FF, oil temperature, oil pressure, and more. "The FAA has allowed us to integrate a complete overview of up-to-second engine data with a state-of-the-art fuel computer," said Xerion's Eric Hathaway. "Now general aviation pilots can literally micro-manage the aircraft's engine performance and fuel consumption with a single, intuitive, digital presentation." For more information, visit www.XerionAvionix.com.

POWER FLOW SYSTEMS DOUBLES WARRANTY
Power Flow Systems now offers owners an opportunity to double the warranty period to two years by performing a Dynamic Balance within the first 25 hours of service. The objective is to reduce engine vibrations, which can cause exhaust system and other aircraft problems. To maximize service life, Power Flow recently revised its FAA-approved "Instructions for Continued Airworthiness" to require lubrication of the slip joints at each annual or at 500 hours (whichever comes first). Every new kit ordered receives a free tube of the recommended anti-seize lubricant, good for two to three annuals. "Research has shown us that a small percentage of the systems that are in service have experienced reduced longevity due to excessive vibration or lack of lubrication, or both," said Darren Tilman, General Manager of Power Flow. "We're simply trying to head off the issue by encouraging people to practice some simple preventative maintenance. No exhaust system is immune to the long term effects of excessive vibration." For more information visit www.powerflowsystems.com or call 386-253-8833.

EPIC ANNOUNCES SALES TAKE OFF AT OSHKOSH
Epic Aircraft announced this week it booked more than $40 million worth of new aircraft sales during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. Earlier in the year, Epic released sales figures of more than $23 million from Sun 'n Fun at Lakeland, Florida. The numbers represent signed contracts with non-refundable deposits toward the purchase of Epic Aircraft, the company said. Much of the enthusiasm for Epic aircraft came from the company's new very light jets, the twin-engine Elite and single-engine Victory, said Epic's Rick Schrameck, both which debuted at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. For more information, visit www.EpicAircraft.com or call 888-359-3742.

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