19, 2007 Volume 7,
EAA WORKING TO MODIFY
PROPOSED MICHIGAN ETHANOL LEGISLATION
studies have shown that gasoline and ethanol mixtures can cause serious
problems with the operation of aircraft engines, which is why EAA is so
vigilant on behalf of its members and other aviation enthusiasts when
states propose laws to require ethanol additives in auto fuel. EAA has
been monitoring proposed legislation in Michigan where two bills (one in
the House, one in the Senate) would mandate ethanol additives in all
gasoline sold in the state, thereby affect many aircraft owners and
others. (Ethanol additives can also be harmful to powerboats, vintage
cars, recreational vehicles, lawn mowers, chain saws, motorcycles,
2-cycle garden tools, and other machines.) Read
EAA STAYS ENGAGED IN FAA
Important negotiations surrounding FAA
reauthorization legislation continue behind the scenes, as EAA continues
to meet with key congressional staff members to advocate on behalf of
its members and general aviation. EAA asks that its members be ready to
act if needed to contact Congress and help ensure that user fees appear
nowhere in this important legislation. Read
EAA VOICES CONCERNS ABOUT
PROPOSED REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL GA FLIGHTS
EAA has several concerns about the recently
proposed rule that would require all general aviation aircraft that
fly internationally to submit electronic passenger manifests as well as
arrival/departure notification at least 60 minutes prior to leaving or
entering the United States. Read
VIDEO CONTEST VOTING ENDS
ends today, October 19, in EAA's first-ever "AirVenture
Visitor-Submitted Video Competition." The submitted video that
receives the most votes will earn its creator the grand prize, a new Canon HD camcorder.
If you haven't already done so, visit the AirVenture website, view
the videos, then cast your vote. We'll announce the winner
in next week's newsletter.
COPPERSTATE REGIONAL EAA
FLY-IN IS NEXT WEEK
final regional fly-in, Copperstate, is set for next Thursday through
Sunday, October 25-28, at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ),
Arizona. Organizers expect in the neighborhood of 600 aircraft comprising
antique, classic, homebuilts, light-sport, warbirds, and ultralights to
attend the 35th annual event. Casa Grande Municipal Airport
is ideally located midway between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, just a
few miles west of Interstate 10. Visit the website for all the
information about this year's event, www.copperstate.org.
SECOND EDITION OF REACH
FOR THE SKY e-NEWSLETTER IS OUT
The second issue of "Reach For The
EAA's new e-newsletter for those aspiring to be pilots, is out. The free monthly newsletter is a product of EAA, the worldwide
organization devoted to recreational flight, and its affiliate organization,
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the nation's top flight instructors. Subscribe
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AVIATION COMMUNITY MOURNS
LOSS OF DAVID LEE "TEX" HILL
aviation community lost a true hero and legend this week as David Lee “Tex”
Hill, a member of the American Volunteer Group, commonly known as the
Flying Tigers, passed away on Thursday afternoon, October 11, in Terrell
Hills (near San Antonio), Texas. He was 92. Read
Watch Tex Hill's Timeless
Voices interview from 2002.
OF MINNESOTA BRIDGES LIABILITY COVERAGE GAP FOR WSC AND PPC OWNERS
Thanks to the persistent efforts of EAA
member Jerry Greuel, the State of Minnesota is stepping in to solve an
insurance "Catch 22" for ultralight owners who are
transitioning their "vehicles" to the experimental light-sport
aircraft (E-LSA) category. Read
EAA B-17 ALUMINUM
OVERCAST ENTERS THE SUNSHINE STATE
welcomes EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast this week to kick of the
final leg of the "Keep it
Flying" tour. The airplane will visit nine cities in the Sunshine
State between now and mid-November, starting this weekend (October
19-21) at Cecil Field Airport, Jacksonville,
with EAA Chapter 193 serving as host. Next week (Oct. 23-24) the tour
travels to Deland Municipal Airport – Sidney Taylor Field hosted by
Chapter 635, then it's off to Orlando's Executive Airport Oct. 26-28,
courtesy of Chapter 74. 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.
GET THE CLASSIC "SKY
KING" TELEVISION SERIES
of the clear, blue western skies comes…Sky King!" Some of our
more "seasoned" members might recall that phrase from the 1950s
television series, Sky King, and now, through a special arrangement
with Flying Crown Enterprises, EAA is offering the series on VHS. Single
tapes contain four episodes each and are priced at $15.99. Or get the set
of 16 tapes (64 episodes) for $229.99. Order
online or call 800-843-3612.
Is there a website
where I can fill out an application to get a sport
pilot student pilot certificate?
You cannot apply
for a student pilot certificate via the web, or by
mail. This must be done in person. You can obtain a
sport pilot student pilot certificate from any FAA
Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or from any
Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). Again you must
appear in person when applying for the student
can find contact info for your area FSDO here.
Find contact info for a DPE in your area here.
You’ll need a photo ID and a completed form
8710-11 when making application.
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father, like son: Eric and Jimmy (front) Taliaferro
of Ardmore, Oklahoma, fly their Piper PA-18s over
Florida earlier this year. The photo was part of an
air-to-air shoot by EAA Chief Photographer Jim
Koepnick during this year's Sun 'n Fun. 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.
PRESENTS URBAN AIR LAMBADA
Bostik Industries, LLC, has
been appointed the national distributor for Urban Air, of the Czech
Republic. The Florida-based company will begin operations with the
Lambada motorglider and has confirmed special light-sport aircraft
(S-LSA) approval. The airplane has a shoulder-wing construction
supporting a 49-foot, carbon-and-glass fiber wing capable of 30:1 glide
performance. Its 80-hp Rotax 912 engine propels a cruise at 100 mph for
800 nautical miles on 26.4 gallons of fuel held in twin wing tanks.
Bostik Industries will equip every Lambada UFM 13 with a Magnum
Ballistic Parachute, a folding prop, stainless steel exhaust, and tinted
canopy. To learn more about Lambada, call 321-960-3438 or send an e-mail
EXCEL-JET SUES FAA
OVER SPORT-JET CRASH
Excel-Jet, Ltd., has
initiated legal action against the FAA regarding the June 2006 crash of
the company's Sport-Jet prototype aircraft. The company alleges that
during test flight number 25, air traffic control cleared the aircraft
for takeoff behind a large commercial aircraft, in violation of
mandatory separation requirements. The Sport-Jet suffered a violent
un-commanded roll immediately after liftoff and crashed. After a
15-month investigation, the company says that it has no option but to
take this action to prove there was no fault with the aircraft or pilot.
Learn more at www.exceljetair.com.
A LEGEND CUB JUST IN
TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
American Legend Aircraft
Company announced a limited number of available December delivery slots
for its Legend Cub. The company says it will produce additional aircraft
through the end of 2007 to make them available to a limited number of
customers. "One of the greatest difficulties of buying a new
airplane is the wait time for taking delivery, said Kurt Sehnert,
American Legend general manager. "We have shortened this delivery
time down to less than 90 days so new owners can enjoy their Legend Cub
as the perfect Christmas present." For more information, call
903-885-7000 or visit www.legend.aero.
DELIVERS 30 AIRCRAFT IN 3RD QUARTER
Manufacturing Corporation may be on the auction block, but the company
announced it delivered 30 new Columbia 350 and 400 aircraft in the third
quarter of 2007. The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and its
assets are being pursued by Cessna and several other potential buyers.
"The fact that Cessna and a number of other entities are interested
in purchasing Columbia as a going concern is a strong indication of the
product's value proposition and of the company's potential for growth
and profitability," said Carl Young, Columbia's chief restructuring
officer. Learn more at www.flycolumbia.com.
Liberty Aerospace, Inc.,
manufacturer of the Liberty XL-2, announced a major debt financing
arrangement that allows the company to significantly expand its
production capacity. The financing was arranged by Kuwait Finance House
(Bahrain), which manages Liberty's major shareholder, Fernas Europe slf.
"The finance is important as it gives strength, stability, and
resources to Liberty that will culminate in Liberty's further success in
aircraft sales." said Abdulhakeem Alkhayyat, KFH general manager
and Liberty director. To learn more about the Kuwait Finance House,
visit www.kfh.bh/. To learn more about
Liberty Aerospace, visit www.libertyaircraft.com.
ROTAX 912 SEMINAR
A free seminar on the Rotax
912 engine will be held in Lakeland, Florida, on January 5, 2008. Phil
Lockwood, president of Lockwood Aviation Supply, will present ways to
maintain and operate the Rotax 9-series aircraft engine. The all-day
seminar is part of the FAA Production Studio's January Sport Aviation
Seminar at the Sun 'n Fun FAA Safety Center at Lakeland Linder Regional
For more information, contact Terry Kurtz at 863-602-1032 or visit www.faaproductionstudios.com.
The seminar will be repeated at the 2008 Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo
on January 17-19. Visit www.sport-aviation-expo.com
for more information.
'COLD WAR' VULCAN
BOMBER RETURNS TO SKY
A Vulcan bomber has flown
again after years of restoration work by engineers in Leicestershire,
England. It last flew 14 years ago, capping a 33-year career in the
Royal Air Force, including service in the Falklands War. Some 20,000
people worldwide helped raise money to restore the Cold War bomber,
which conducted test flights from Bruntingthorpe Airfield after being
cleared by the Civil Aviation Authority.
One of the pilots noted,: "She's absolutely magnificent and
visually a very attractive aeroplane. All of us who have flown her have
enjoyed her handling qualities but she really flies like a big fighter
in some ways. It's a thrill to be involved with it."
COZY MARK IV MODEL
The Cozy Mark IV is the
latest homebuilt to be immortalized by the aircraft model industry. The
1:32 scale model is made of composite resins assuring the model will
hold its size and shape. The model features retractable nose gear, a
painted propeller and nightlights, a wingspan of 10.5 inches, and stands
3.6 inches high. No assembly is required. Available for $95, the Cozy
model can be ordered through Aircraft Spruce online at www.AircraftSpruce.com
or by calling 877-477-7823.
2008 WOMEN IN AVIATION
The 19th Annual
International Women in Aviation Conference will be held March 13-15,
2008, at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego,
California. The event features seminars, workshops, speakers, a job
fair, Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics, social events, and a trade
show. A pre-conference "Military Day" will be held at Naval
Air Station North Island on March 12. All events are open to WAI members
and non-members. For more information or to register, visit www.wai.org
or call 937.839.4647.
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