4, 2008 Volume 8,
SEBRING LSA EXPO JUST
AROUND THE CORNER
will participate in many major aviation events in the coming year, the
first of which is just around the corner. The fourth U.S. Sport Aviation
Expo is scheduled for January 17-20 at the Sebring Regional Airport in
Florida, and EAA has again coordinated the Expo's educational offerings,
with nearly three-dozen light-sport aircraft-related aviation forums.
"This event is the trade show for the light-sport industry,"
explained Ron Wagner, EAA field relations’ manager and a Sebring forum
presenter. "The exclusive focus on sport pilot and LSA gives
manufacturers and enthusiasts a chance to interact on a more intimate
The forum and workshop schedule, including a number of EAA staff-led
sessions, is available now at the event's
website. Read more
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
2008 DATE--JULY 28-AUGUST
error in Tom Poberezny's "Position Report" column in both EAA
Sport Aviation and EAA Sport Pilot is causing confusion about
the starting date of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. The correct dates
are July 28-August 3, not starting July 29, as incorrectly listed
in the January issues. With very red faces, the Publications staff
apologizes for this error.
EAAERS TO LAUNCH AVIATION
RADIO SHOW ON JANUARY 5
This weekend marks the debut of a new
general aviation radio show created by two members of EAA Chapter 193 in
Jacksonville, Florida. Milford Shirley, chapter president, and chapter
member Brian Kraut will host the first "Flighttime Radio Show"
Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. Eastern time from Jacksonville on WBOB
AM 1320. The program will also be simulcast live on the Internet at www.1320wbob.com.
Flighttime is being described as "a talk radio show dedicated to
the joy of flying and airplanes." Topics will include airplanes,
flying, ultralights, helicopters, gliders, hang gliding, aviation
history, skydiving, and aerobatics, among others. The show will feature
special guest flight instructors, air show pilots, aircraft
manufacturers, and people from all types of businesses involved in
aviation. Listeners will be invited to call the show to discuss any
topics related to aviation. For more information see www.flighttimeradio.com
or e-mail email@example.com.
BECK NAMED TO NORTH
DAKOTA AVIATION HALL OF FAME
Beck will be inducted into the North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame during
the state Aviation Council's Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium, scheduled
March 2-4, in Fargo. Beck, known throughout the world for restoring
vintage warbirds and helping create the Fargo Air Museum, died July 27
as a result of a two-plane collision at AirVenture. See an online
tribute to Gerry Beck on the EAA website.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK' - GEORGE S. COWAN
S. Cowan served as a B-17 pilot with the 368th Bomb Squadron of
the 306th Bomb Group during WWII. After his plane was shot down, George
was captured and spent the rest of the war as a POW in Germany. In the
years after the war, George joined EAA and served as an EAA Technical
Counselor and the first president of EAA Chapter 38 in Perry, Georgia.
Sadly, George went west in June 2005. In
this clip recorded in 2002, George recalled his days in the Army Air
Corps, and the first time he met his son.
SPECIAL MEMBER PRICE ON
TONY BINGELIS BOOKS
late Tony Bingelis' four highly regarded books on homebuilding are
available in a set for a special price for EAA members. The books
include ENGINES: Practical information for all aircraft builders,
owners, restorers, and mechanics. (224 pages); FIREWALL FORWARD: Engine
installation for amateur-built aircraft. (302 pages); SPORTPLANE
CONSTRUCTION: An essential handbook for light aircraft homebuilders.
(366 pages); and SPORTPLANE BUILDER: Aircraft construction methods for
the amateur builder. (316 pages). Non-members price is $89.99, but EAA
members get the entire set for $69.99. Order
online, or call 800-843-3612.
branch of the FAA deals with the rules governing a
purposed private airstrip out of Mode C airspace?
And how do I contact them?
The FAA does not directly deal with private
airports. The process for approving a private
airport must start with your local government
officials (town, township, village, city, etc.). You
must make sure that you meet any zoning or land use
ordinances or get proper variances.
the local approvals are in hand you should go to
your state aviation authority (usually part of the
state DOT) and work with the state to approve the
landing site. The state will coordinate with the FAA
to the extent necessary.
Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues,
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
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out the New Year with a little winter flying,
courtesy of a past EAA Skiplane Fly-In. This year's
annual event is right around the corner, on January
26, and you can download this visual reminder for
your computer desktop at the EAA
website. Choose among four resolutions to suit
your screen, or select an image from the archive.
NASA ANNOUNCES $300K
PRIZE FOR 'SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY'
NASA will fund the
first-ever Green Prize for transportation as part of a $300,000 flight
competition slated this year in Santa Rosa, California. Formerly known
as the PAV Challenge, the expanded 2008 event will be called the General
Aviation Technology Challenge and will be held August 2-10, 2008.This
year's contest includes the light sport aircraft (LSA) division and a
special $10,000 prize for Quietest LSA. All competing LSAs are also
eligible to win the other $280,000 in prizes in the flight competition.
These include prizes for best glide ratio at 100 mph CAS, best angle of
climb, quietest cabin, and shortest takeoff. An early registration
discount is offered until February 14, 2008.
The goal of the annual competition is "sustainable mobility"
by affordable aircraft that use renewable fuels and are immune to
gridlock. The prizes aim to improve the efficiency, community
acceptance, speed, and safety of the Personal Air Vehicle (PAV). To
learn more, visit the CAFE (Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency)
or contact Brien A. Seeley M.D., email@example.com,
707-484-8721; or Ken Davidian, firstname.lastname@example.org,
RANS S-19 ACHIEVES
RANS Aircraft announced its
S-19 has achieved S-LSA certification and will enter series production
as the S-19LS. Certification was granted on December 21, 2007;
deliveries are expected to begin late this year. The S-19LS is an
all-metal low wing with a Rotax 912ULS powerplant and all glass cockpit.
The company plans to size production to demand, projecting 50 within 12
months, and doubling sometime after. Expansion plans may be in the works
as well. For more information about RANS Aircraft, visit www.rans.com.
ECLIPSE AVIATION SETS
Eclipse Aviation announced
it has produced and certified 104 Eclipse 500s since December 31, 2006.
Reaching this milestone makes Eclipse the fastest general aviation jet
aircraft manufacturer in history to produce its first 100 airplanes. The
very light jet manufacturer completed 103 aircraft in 2007. Previously,
the fastest ramp to 100 aircraft was achieved by Cessna, which reached
100 Cessna Citation 550 aircraft after approximately 18 months. To learn
more about Eclipse, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
FRASCA CELEBRATES 50th
Frasca International, Inc,
Urbana, Illinois, is celebrating 50 years of business in 2008. "I'm
extremely proud of where we are today and the positive impact we've had
on flight training worldwide," said Rudy Frasca, founder and
president. The family owned company, which employs over 160 people at
its Urbana factory, plans to celebrate with various events throughout
the year. For more information, visit www.frasca.com.
URBAN AIR MOVES;
MOTORGLIDER READY FOR MARKET
Urban Air's headquarters has
moved to a larger facility in Kerhartice, near the original Moravia
factory, in the Czech Republic. The company also has plans to build a
new manufacturing plant at the airport where the original factory is
located. "Urban Air expects the new factory to be in production by
2009," explained Josef Bostik, of Urban Air USA. The first two
Lambada light-sport aircraft were shipped to Urban Air USA in November
and recently arrived in Melbourne, Florida. Urban Air USA will display
them at the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo from January 17-20. To
learn more about Lambada, visit www.urbanairusa.com,
or call 321-960-3438.
AIRPLANES AS ART-OR
Mustangs Unlimited creates
1/5th scale aircraft replicas to use as weather vanes, hangar art, or
home décor. The airplanes are individually crafted of fiberglass with a
propeller that turns in the wind. Each aircraft weathervane is painted
to the buyer's specifications. The wingspan is 7 feet; the fuselage is 6
feet long and each plane weighs 45 pounds. Choose from Mustangs,
Spitfires, Corsairs, or Air Tractors. Prices begin at $1825. For more
information, visit www.FlyingVanes.com.
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