21, 2007 Volume 7,
EAA/WARBIRDS OF AMERICA &
INDUSTRY ACHIEVE MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH
Relief Now Available on Proficiency Flight Limitations
EAA and the
Warbirds of America (WOA) received terrific news this week from
the FAA regarding experimental exhibition operating limitations
for former military aircraft in Groups I, II, and III. The FAA
has announced a process to allow for a letter of
permitting owners to conduct proficiency flights beyond the 300
nm (piston) and 600 nm (turbine) radius of operations stipulated
in a section of FAA Order 8130.2F.The industry felt that
allowing pilots to train outside these limits would help raise
the pilot's experience and proficiency levels, thus improving
safety. Read more
KEY COMMITTEE VOTES 5-1
TO REPEAL JACKSONVILLE ORDINANCE
EAAers hopeful of full
council vote Tuesday
Chalk up another positive development for Jacksonville, Florida-area
EAAers and homebuilt aviation enthusiasts. The city's Land Use &
Zoning committee voted 5-1 in support of City Bill 955, which would
repeal the city ordinance that prohibits parking, storing, repairing,
and operating flying craft and airboats in residential districts. “One
more meeting and vote to go,” said Milford Shirley, EAA Chapter 193
president who’s been aviation’s point man in efforts to overturn the
ordinance since it was enacted in June 2006. “We’re optimistic that
we’ll have good news to report next week.” Read more
EAA HOSTS SPIRITED
CHAPTER LEADERS ACADEMY
Thirty representatives of
EAA chapters from 16 states gathered in Oshkosh last weekend for the
first-ever EAA Chapter Leadership Academy, a two-day conference of group
discussions, breakout sessions, idea sharing, and future activities
planning. The tremendously successful gathering saw participants discuss
such topics as membership recruitment & acquisition, engaging youth,
programs, activities, fund-raising, and chapter
clubhouses/hangars. Read more
SUBSCRIBE TO THE 'LEARN TO
of people have dreamed of learning to fly but have never taken that next
step. The U.S. pilot population has fallen by 25 percent over the past
30 years. EAA is addressing both situations this week, as it launches
"Reach For The Sky," an e-newsletter that will help people
start making those dreams of flight a reality. The free monthly
newsletter will use the full resources of EAA, the worldwide
organization devoted to recreational flight. EAA's affiliate, the
National Association of Flight Instructors, which includes 5,000 of the
nation's top flight instructors, will also contribute. Read
EFFORTS SCALED BACK IN
SEARCH FOR STEVE FOSSETT
Civil Air Patrol's search and rescue operation for aviator Steve Fossett
was scaled back to a search mission as the effort entered its third week
on Monday. CAP volunteers from eight states - Nevada, California, Utah,
Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon and Colorado - devoted more than of
13,000 man-hours and flown 474 flights totaling 1,337 flying hours, but to
no avail. but still no sign of the famed world record-setting pilot.
Meanwhile, Army and Air National Guard helicopters as well as over a dozen
privately funded aircraft based at the Flying M Ranch air resort continue
the effort, according to the www.stevefossett.com.
|LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE AT
THIS WEEKEND'S SPORTAIR WORKSHOP
Learn How to Build Your
Plane in Columbus, Ohio
There's still time to register for this weekend's (September 22-23) EAA
SportAir Workshops in Ohio at Columbus State Community College, located at
Bolton Airfield. This could be your opportunity to earn about aircraft
building and restoration techniques through several courses that will
introduce you to the joys of safely and successfully building or restoring
your own aircraft. Limited space remains in the Sheet Metal Basics,
Composite Construction, Electrical Systems and Fabric Covering
courses. Read more
NEXT EAA B-17 TOUR STOP
IS SEPTEMBER 28-30 IN KOKOMO
Chapter 256 will host the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast as it resumes
the "Keep it Flying" tour September 28-30 at Kokomo, Indiana's
Municipal Airport. (The airplane is currently undergoing its mandatory
120-hour inspection.) The tour heads to Asheville, North Carolina,
Regional Airport October 2-3. For the complete tour schedule, including
online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org,
or e-mail email@example.com
for more information.
EAA 'HALLS OF FAME' DINNER
EAA will welcome eight new members to its
Halls of Fame on Friday, November 9, recognizing each of their
contributions to the history, development, and growth within their
different areas of sport aviation (National Association of Flight
Instructors; Vintage Aircraft Association; International Aerobatics Club;
Warbirds of America; Ultralights; and Homebuilders). Induction ceremonies
will be held in the Eagle Hangar in the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
Alan Klapmeier, co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Cirrus, will be the
keynote speaker. Those wishing to attend the induction ceremonies and
dinner can order
their tickets online.
FORD TRI-MOTOR MODELS AVAILABLE
Ford Tri-Motor was the world's first, mass-produced airliner, and EAA has
one of the best examples still flying today. Now you can get your own
model example of the "Tin Goose" done up in the same paint
scheme as EAA's venerable 1929 airplane. Each is hand-painted and
protected with two coats of lacquer. A solid mahogany display stand
includes the original airplane specifications. Order
yours online, or call 800-843-3612.
As a certificated A
& P mechanic, can I conduct annual condition
inspections on experimental light-sport aircraft
(E-LSA) or do I have to take the LSA inspection
limitations issued to E-LSA call out the following
requirements for the person performing the condition
experimental LSA owner/operator as a repairman for
this aircraft under § 65.107 or an appropriately
rated FAA-certificated mechanic may perform the
condition inspection required by these operating
"appropriately rated FAA-certificated
mechanic" is a more formal way to say
"A&P". This operating limitation
allows you as an A&P to perform the condition
inspection on the E-LSA. You do not need any further
training or authorization.
Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues,
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAA Chief Photographer Jim
Koepnick captured the pterodactyl-like AirCam over
central Florida during the 2007 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at
Lakeland, Florida, for the September cover of EAA
Sport Aviation. 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.
RENO RACERS PERSEVERE IN
John Penney took the Unlimited
Gold title in Rare Bear, a modified Grumman F8F at the Reno National
Championship Air Races last week at Stead Field. The 44th annual event
experienced some very tough days, however, as three race pilots died in
crashes: Biplane class racer Steve Dari, Jet Class racer Brad Morehouse,
and Formula One racer Gary Hubler. But the event pressed on in tribute
to the fallen pilots who died doing what they loved.
In other class results,
Jon Sharp edged out Kevin Eldredge, both flying Sharp-designed Nemesis
NXTs in an exciting finish in the Super Sport class. T-2 Buckeye pilot
Rich Sugden won the Jet class. Chris Ferguson in Miss Gianna won the
Biplane Gold race. The International Formula One class went to David
Hoover in Endeavor. And the T-6 Gold went to Dennis Buehn in Midnight
Miss III. Complete Reno details can be found at www.airrace.org.
NEW BREEZER II
the introduction of a new model, the Breezer II. Featuring a larger
baggage compartment, an enlarged panel, and toe brakes that replace
handbrake levers, the Breezer II will be certified as a Light Sport
Aircraft (LSA). The Breezer II is a two-seat, low wing, all-aluminum LSA
that includes a large panel with room for Visual Flight Rules (VFR) or
Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) instruments. Qualified pilots may fly the
aircraft at night or IFR. The Breezer II is manufactured in a new 17,000
square-foot facility in Germany, with expectations of 100 new aircraft
produced annually by 2008.
For more information, visit www.Sportplanes.com.
CLIFF ROBERTSON NAMED
ELDER STATESMAN OF AVIATION
The National Aeronautic
Association (NAA), the oldest aviation organization in the United
States, announced that Cliff Robertson is the winner of the 2007 Wesley
L. McDonald Elder Statesman of Aviation Award. Robertson, a lifelong
soaring fanatic, is an EAA member, a member of the EAA President's
Council, and was the founding chairman of the EAA Young Eagles Program.
Robertson is best known for his long career as a television and film
The Elder Statesman Award was established in 1954 to honor outstanding
Americans who have made contributions of significant value to
aeronautics and have reflected credit upon America and themselves.
Previous winners have included Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle,
and Scott Crossfield. For more information about NAA
programs, visit www.naa.aero.
NEW ASTRONAUT CLASS
NASA is now accepting
applications for the 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class. Those selected
could fly to space for long-duration stays on the International Space
Station and missions to the moon! To be considered, a bachelor's degree
in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional
experience are required. Typically, successful applicants have
significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive
experience flying high-performance jet aircraft. Teaching experience,
including work at the kindergarten through 12th grade level, is also
considered. Visit: www.usajobs.gov
to apply. Additional information about the Astronaut Candidate Program
is available by calling the Astronaut Selection Office at 281-483-5907
or by visiting www.nasa.gov/astronauts/recruit.html.
NASA will accept applications through July 1, 2008.
FIRST FLIGHT OF SECOND
Diamond D-JET Serial Number
(S/N) 002 made its first flight on September 14 at Diamond's London,
Ontario, Canada facility. Daniel Ribeiro, Diamond's chief test pilot,
conducted the 43-minute flight. "We expect a short development test
program, and then the beginning of actual certification flight
tests," said Peter Maurer, president. "In parallel, we are
currently building the next three aircraft which will all participate in
the certification test program." The D-JET is a five place luxury
personal jet aircraft, powered by the FADEC-controlled Williams FJ33
turbine and equipped with Garmin all-glass flight deck and autopilot.
For more information on Diamond Aircraft, visit www.diamondaircraft.com.
SynergyAir is hosting a
weekend workshop Fiberglass Done Right, featuring demonstrations,
instruction, and hands-on practice. Participants will learn tips,
tricks, and techniques needed to make fiberglass perform, from lay-up to
final finishing, according to SynergyAir press release. Fiberglass Done
Right will be held in Synergy's facility on the Eugene, Oregon airport
on September 28-29. The cost is $350, and registration is limited. For
more information or to register, visit www.SynergyAir.com
or call 541-913-0610.
ZENITH AIRCRAFT OPEN
HANGAR DAY & FLY-IN
Zenith Aircraft Company will
host its 16th annual Open Hangar Day and Fly-in on Saturday, September
29, at its factory at the Mexico Memorial Airport (KMYJ) in Mexico,
Missouri. Aviation enthusiasts, especially builders and owners of Zenith
Aircraft kit planes, are invited to drive or fly-in for the day. The
event includes factory tours, aircraft displays, and several workshops,
which begin on Friday. To learn more, or to register, visit www.zenithair.com/news/oh2007.html.
Protect your GPS or glass
panels with peel-and-stick screen protectors available from Sporty's.
The thin film protectors are scratch-resistant and anti-reflective, and
laser-cut for a precise fit. Once installed, fingerprints wipe right off
and protect avionics from scratches, according to Sporty's. Ranging in
price from $18.95 for a hand-held GPS, to $89.95 for a complete glass
panel system, the Screen Protectors can be ordered at www.Sportys.com,
or call 800-SPORTYS.
AVAILABLE IN ROTAX INSTALLATION WORKSHOP
There's still time to
register for Quality Sport Planes' Rotax installation workshop slated
for October 5-7 at the Cloverdale, California, Municipal Airport (O60).
This could be your best opportunity to learn about the Rotax 912 ULS
engine and how to install it in a light-sport aircraft (STOL CH 701).
The hands-on installation will teach participants the many steps - and
best sequencing - needed to successfully mount the engine and its
systems (electrical, fuel, cooling, exhaust, controls, etc.) on their
own kit aircraft. Call 707-546-6272 to register.
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