2, 2007 Volume 7,
END OF AN ERA: EXEMPTION
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
2007 REGIONAL FLY-IN
SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE AT COPPERSTATE
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
ENOLA GAY PILOT GENERAL
PAUL TIBBETS PASSES AWAY
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.
KEEPING THEM FLYIN'
B-17 Co-op Group Meets at Oshkosh
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
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE
FOR NEXT WEEK'S EAA HALLS OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER
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
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
EAA OBTAINS CLARIFICATION
FROM FAA ON E-LSA 'INSPECTIONS'
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
HEAD TO ORLANDO EXECUTIVE
TO SEE ALUMINUM
OVERCAST THIS WEEKEND
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
GET YOUR 2008 WORLD OF
FLIGHT CALENDAR TODAY
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
yours online, or call 800-843-3612.
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
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,
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail email@example.com.
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
website and choose among five resolutions to suit
your screen. You can also view and download any
previously used EAA desktop image.
CUBCRAFTERS PAYS FOR YOUR
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.
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.
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'
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
Order for $16.95 from www.ASA2Fly.com.
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