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News & Views from EAA November 2, 2007    Volume 7, Number 52
END OF AN ERA: EXEMPTION 7162 EXPIRES
RV6AMidnight on October 31, 2007, signaled the end of an era as EAA's exemption No. 7162 officially expired. That exemption allowed owners of experimental aircraft to be compensated for renting their aircraft to others who sought experimental aircraft-specific flight training and flight reviews. Its goal was to reduce the number of fatal experimental aircraft accidents, especially during the initial test flight period of an amateur-built aircraft and during the initial 10 flight hours after buying an experimental aircraft. By that measure, Exemption 7162 was an unqualified success as it contributed to a dramatic reduction in fatal experimental aircraft accidents - from 340 in fiscal year 2000 to 49 in fiscal year 2006.  Read more
2007 REGIONAL FLY-IN SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE AT COPPERSTATE
CopperstateIf you were looking for the one word to describe last weekend's 35th annual Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In, try "more" - as in more people, more airplanes, more helicopters, more exhibitors, more volunteers, more great weather - and the list goes on. "The number of exhibitors was up; the number of airplanes was up; the number of campers was way up; and the numbers at the gate was up," said Bob Hasson, fly-in president. "Just how much, we can't say yet. But it was definitely a very well-run, successful event."  Read more
ENOLA GAY PILOT GENERAL PAUL TIBBETS PASSES AWAY
Paul TibbetsEAA and EAA Warbirds of America extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of General Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr., USAF Ret, who passed away Thursday, November 1, at his home in Columbus, Ohio. He was 92. Tibbets will be forever known as the pilot of Enola Gay, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki Japan, which hastened the end of World War II.  Read more
KEEPING THEM FLYIN'
B-17 Co-op Group Meets at Oshkosh
B-17 Co-opMany of the organizations that operate airworthy B-17s, as well as people working on Flying Fortress restoration projects, had representatives at an annual cooperative meeting held over the weekend at EAA headquarters. More than 40 preservers of flying heritage were on hand with a common goal of helping one another keep important aviation heritage alive.  Read more
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR NEXT WEEK'S EAA HALLS OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER
HOFA limited number of tickets remain for EAA's annual halls of fame induction dinner and program, scheduled for Friday, November 9 at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Featured keynote speaker is Alan Klapmeier, CEO of Cirrus Design, and eight individuals will be inducted into the six halls of fame.  Read more
EAA'S NEW STUDENT MEMBERSHIP OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES
The dream of flight is as strong as it's ever been, but young people need help to make the connection from video simulations to really catching the spirit of flight. That's where EAA's new student membership is perfect for a young person who has their eyes on the sky.  Read more
EAA OBTAINS CLARIFICATION FROM FAA ON E-LSA 'INSPECTIONS'
EAA OBTAINS CLARIFICATION FROM FAA ON E-LSA 'INSPECTIONS'The FAA has strongly clarified some misinformation that was significantly hampering some people's efforts to get their two-place ultralight trainers transitioned to the experimental light-sport aircraft category. At issue: some FAA inspectors and/or E-LSA designated airworthiness representatives (DARs) were requiring that an A&P or FAA-certificated mechanic inspect and certify an aircraft as "safe to fly" before performing a certification inspection.  Read more
HEAD TO ORLANDO EXECUTIVE TO SEE ALUMINUM OVERCAST THIS WEEKEND
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOURGet ready, Fort Lauderdale, because the EAA B-17 "Keep it Flying" tour is about to land at Executive Airport for a November 2-4 tour stop. EAA Chapter 133 will host the flying museum, so come out to the airport and see the magnificent Aluminum Overcast. Next stop is Naples Municipal Airport November 6-7, hosted by Chapter 1067, then it's off to Punta Gorda's Charlotte County Airport November 9-11, hosted by Warbird Squadron 24. For the complete tour schedule, including online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org, or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org for more information.
GET YOUR 2008 WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAR TODAY
2008 CalendarEAA's 2008 World of Flight calendar features stunning aircraft photographed by EAA's award-winning photo staff. This calendar highlights not only some of the world's finest aviation photography but also notes dates of the EAA major fly-ins and is the perfect size for recording your appointments. EAA's 2008 World of Flight calendar is a great gift for any aviation enthusiast. Order yours online, or call 800-843-3612.
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Question of the Week
I have a sport pilot license. I am interested in flying a Robinson-22 helicopter. The factory specs list gross empty weight as 858 lbs and gross take-off weight as 1350 lbs, which is 30 pounds over the 1320-lb sport pilot limit. If I were to fly with a light passenger or less fuel to bring the weight below 1320 lbs, can I be legally endorsed to fly the Robinson?

Answer:
Well, first off, helicopters are specifically excluded from the definition of a light-sport aircraft. There are no sport pilot privileges for helicopters. In order to fly the Robinson (or any helicopter) you’ll need at least a recreational pilot certificate and at least a 3rd class FAA medical 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.

November 2007
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EAA Desktop Wallpaper
EAA multimedia journalist Brady Lane captured this dawn shot of Todd Therp, EAA 262024, strolling down a line of P-51s during September's Gathering of Mustangs & Legends in Columbus, Ohio. 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
CUBCRAFTERS PAYS FOR YOUR TAILWHEEL ENDORSEMENT
CubCrafters announced a program that can allow more people to experience the fun and adventure of tailwheel flying, through its Only in a Tailwheel campaign. Now through the end of January 2008, CubCrafters will credit the cost of your tailwheel endorsement towards the purchase of a new Sport Cub S2 or Top Cub, if you are not already tailwheel current. Even better, as part of the Only in a Tailwheel campaign, CubCrafters has made arrangements to offer special incentives toward insuring your new aircraft. To take advantage of this offer; visit www.Cubcrafters.com.

FAA EXCEEDS GENERAL AVIATION SAFETY GOALS
The number of fatal general aviation accidents declined by 5 percent this year, according to FAA figures. The agency's goal was to have no more than 331 fatal general aviation accidents during the 12 months ending September 30 and the actual number was 314. Fatalities in general aviation accidents also declined significantly, from 676 in fiscal 2006 to 564 in fiscal 2007. For these calculations, "general aviation" includes not only privately flown planes but also non-scheduled air taxi flights.

"This record is due to a dedicated commitment to safety by everyone in general aviation," said FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Nicholas A. Sabatini. "In particular, manufacturers are providing sophisticated technology like GPS and glass cockpits - and the training to go with them - and the FAA is vigorously encouraging adoption of these safety enhancements." To learn more, visit www.faa.gov.

ECLIPSE BRINGS AIRLINE-QUALITY SAFETY PROGRAM TO GA
Eclipse Aviation has received FAA approval of its Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA - pronounced foh-qwah). The company is the only aircraft manufacturer to receive FAA approval for a FOQA program that includes flight data monitoring capability consistent with the advanced programs used by commercial airline operations (FAR Part 121), the safest demonstrated flight operations in the world. Eclipse's FOQA program is largely enabled by the next-generation integrated avionics and data collection systems designed for and incorporated in the Eclipse 500 very light jet. For more information, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.

FIRST ANGEL FLIGHT MISSION FLOWN IN AN ECLIPSE 500
Ron Lebel and Ben Marcus completed the first ever Angel Flight West mission flown in an Eclipse 500 jet on October 20. The mission, arranged by Angel Flight West, flew a patient from El Monte, California to her home near Chico - an hour and twenty minutes - as opposed to a seven-hour drive the patient would have endured. Lebel is the aircraft owner; Marcus is co-founder of jetAVIVA. For more information, visit www.angelflightwest.org.

ABLE FLIGHT ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Able Flight announced its latest recipients of sport pilot flight training scholarships for people with disabilities. They are Jessica Scharle of Chapel Hill, NC, and Tyler Ryan of Walden, New York. "Jessica and Ryan are two deserving people who both share a love of aviation, yet their personal stories are very different. Since her birth, Jessica has shown a determination and willpower that has given her the ability to overcome numerous obstacles, while Ryan has refused to allow his recent injury to change his goals in life. We welcome both Jessica and Ryan as Able Flight Scholarship winners, and wish them great success in their training," said Able Flight's Executive Director Charles Stites. Able Flight has now awarded 10 sport pilot scholarships in 10 months. To apply for a scholarship or learn more about the nonprofit organization, visit: www.ableflight.org.

ASA OFFERS 'HOODWINK' VIEW-LIMITING DEVICE
For instrument training, ASA's Hoodwink is a foldable view-limiting device designed for simplicity and easy of use. Its reinforced rim contains a steel loop that allows it to automatically spring open from its pouch and pack away for storage with just a simple twist. Hoodwink can be used with or without headsets. The lightweight device fits in a 4-inch by 4-inch pouch.
Order for $16.95 from www.ASA2Fly.com.

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