18, 2008 Volume 8,
COMMITTEES CONTINUE STANDARDS REFINEMENT AT PRE-SEBRING MEETINGS
ASTM International standards committees for light-sport aircraft (LSA)
spent two productive days discussing and refining the current standards
during meetings held in Sebring, Florida, on January 14 and 15. More
than 66 members of the various ASTM committees gathered just prior to
Thursday's opening of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo to review
weight-shift, powered parachute, and fixed-wing LSA standards. Read
AFTER SUCCESSFUL SURGERY
EAA President Tom Poberezny underwent
successful prostate cancer surgery on Wednesday and will spend several
weeks recovering. "While this was an unwelcome surprise, the good
news is that it was caught at a very early stage," the 61-year-old
Poberezny said. "I elected to have prostate surgery in order to
address this proactively. The success rate of this surgery, when done
early, is extremely high. Sharon and I are very optimistic about a
positive future outcome."
During Poberezny's absence, an
operational plan is in place that will provide leadership for all EAA
EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN SET
FOR NEXT SATURDAY
annual Skiplane Fly-in will take place next week Saturday, January 26,
at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A chili lunch will be served
beginning at 11 a.m., followed by birthday cake for EAA matriarch Audrey
Poberezny and a celebration of EAA's 56th anniversary (January 24).
"A steady snowfall in the past week
has created excellent conditions for ski operations," said Sean
Elliott, director of flight operations, speaking as more of the white
stuff was falling in Oshkosh Thursday morning. Pilots wishing to fly in
on skis must contact Elliott (920-426-4886) to register and receive an
arrival briefing. Read
WIDE VARIETY OF HOUSING
OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR AIRVENTURE
aviation enthusiasts around the world begin planning their journeys to
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, to be held July 28-August 3 at Wittman
Regional Airport, one of first items to secure is a place to stay during
their time at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.
"When hundreds of thousands of
visitors come to an event the size of EAA AirVenture, housing them is
always a formidable task," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and
AirVenture chairman. "Fortunately, nearly 40 years of event history
in Oshkosh has allowed EAA to build a widespread housing network, with
nearly every type and price range available." Read
TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR
continues to monitor the backlog of experimental light-sport aircraft
that have been registered, but not yet certificated, with the January
31, 2008, deadline for doing so fast approaching. On December 17, 2007,
EAA submitted an exemption request asking the FAA to extend that
deadline for people who have submitted their aircraft registration
applications, but for whatever reason will be unable to certificate the
aircraft in time. The agency (FAA) has not indicated whether or not the
exemption will be approved, so it is exceedingly important that affected
individuals complete the entire registration and certification process
by the January deadline. Read
EAA OFFERS 16-HOUR E-LSA
Flying season will be upon us before you
know it, so if you're an experimental light-sport airplane owner you can
use the down time and EAA SportAir Workshops to earn your E-LSA
Repair/Inspection Certificate. By enrolling in one of the 16-hour
courses offered, you'll be authorized to perform the annual condition
inspection on your airplane. EAA SportAir Workshops will offer several
weekend E-LSA inspection courses in the coming months at several
locations across the country. Read
SECOND CHAPTER LEADERS
ACADEMY A SUCCESS
three-dozen EAA chapter leaders from throughout the country gathered in
Oshkosh this past weekend for the second EAA Chapter Leaders Academy.
The two-day conference featured a wide range of activities designed to
bolster a chapter's local efforts, programs and activities. Workshops
and smaller group sessions were held on recruitment and acquisition;
chapter fund raising; engaging youth in aviation; chapter
clubhouses/hangars; and other subjects. Read
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': EDWARD LINCH III
Linch III was one of the first USAF F-16 pilots to fly combat air
patrols for homeland defense during Operation NOBLE EAGLE on September
11, 2001. Later, while serving in the Air National Guard in 2003,
he was called to active duty to fly combat missions in Iraq during
Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Linch was awarded the Distinguished Flying
Cross for Valor for a night mission supporting surrounded British
Special Boat Service troops on March 30, 2003. Here is his
description of that mission.
IT'S A BLANKET...THAT
FEELS LIKE SWEATSHIRT
has a favorite, comfy sweatshirt. Now you can get that same, warm
feeling as you cuddle up with EAA's sweatshirt blanket because it's made
of that same, soft sweatshirt material. The navy blanket features a
silver EAA imprint, is made of 80 percent cotton/20 percent polyester,
and measures 54” x 84”. Order
online or through our toll-free number, 800-843-3612.
I am currently
building a Zenith STOL CH701 from plans. There has
been much discussion as of late regarding the E-LSA
deadline. Will the CH701 be registered as an E-LSA
if I complete it later this year or next or will I
have to register it as an experimental
amateur-built? Also, is there a list of kits that
will qualify for E-LSA?
No, your CH701 will not be certificated as an E-LSA.
It will be certificated as experimental
amateur-built (E-AB). There is no method for
certificating your kit under E-LSA after the January
31, 2008, deadline.
since the aircraft fits the LSA definition, it will
be eligible to be operated by sport pilots even
though it is certificated as E-AB.
are currently no kits on the market that qualify for
E-LSA certification under the "post-January
31" rules. Thus there is no list of E-LSA kits
at the present time.
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.
MEANS LAYOFFS AT ADAM AIRCRAFT
In its efforts to obtain
A700 Type Certification, Adam Aircraft announced in a statement Thursday
several changes to its overall production plan that will result in
layoffs for "many employees." The company says evaluations of
the processes and resources to achieve its goals necessitate the
changes. "Adam Aircraft Industries has announced a strategic
adjustment in operations designed to focus on two key objectives: obtain
a TC on our A700 jet design and complete our "MPF" (Make
Production Fly) initiative," said Adam Aircraft president Duncan
Koerbel. "To provide for our future growth, we must be strategic in
our focus by managing current cash expenditures to ensure adequate time
to secure financing for the long term."
Operations at the Ogden, Utah, plant will be suspended through summer
2008. The company will also reschedule the completion of the composite
lay-up portion of the Ogden facility. Lay-up and bonding operations for
the empennage will move from Pueblo to Englewood, Colorado, and except
for machine shop operations, all other Pueblo activity will be
"We regret that these actions will result in a layoff for many of
our employees, but it is in the best interest for the long term success
of Adam Aircraft Industries," a company statement says. "We
have two excellent products in the A500 and A700 with a very strong
global market and will continue to move the company forward in achieving
our goals." For more information, visit www.adamaircraft.com.
GEARBOX SERVICE BULLETIN ANNOUNCED
The following Mandatory
Service Bulletin affecting specific engines, gearboxes, and gear set
serial number ranges has been released by Rotax: SB-912-056 / SB-914-038
- SB-912-056 UL / SB-914-038 UL, Replacement of the Propeller Gearbox
for some Rotax engine type 912/914 (series). Only the following engines
may be affected: 912S, 912ULS, 912ULSFR and 914F, 914UL. The bulletin
states, "Due to a slightly increased amount of irregularity in the
form of material inclusions, some isolated problems were detected on the
gearbox gear set in the field. Such material inclusions in the area of
the tooth base can lead to tooth breakage under severe operating
conditions. Affected gear sets must be replaced." The bulletin
describes how to check if your engine, gearbox, or gear set is affected.
More information is available through an online video or by downloading
the bulletin itself at www.rotax-owner.com.
'N FUN, FANTASY OF FLIGHT PARTNER FOR 2008 'SPLASH IN'
Sun 'n Fun is moving the
"Splash-In" portion of its annual fly-in from Lake Parker in
Lakeland, Florida, to nearby Lake Agnes in Polk City, adjacent to the
the "Fantasy of Flight" museum. The Splash-In portion of the
Sun 'n Fun Fly-In is a two-day event designed especially for amphibians
and seaplanes. The fly-in itself will remain at Lakeland Linder Regional
Airport, said John Burton, Sun 'n Fun president and fly-In chair.
"Fly-In volunteers and Sun 'n Fun staff have been working with
Kermit Weeks and his team at Fantasy of Flight for the past several
months to make this exciting possibility a reality. We think this will
have a very positive impact on safety, logistics, and participation at
the Splash-In." Sun 'n Fun Fly-In is scheduled for April 8-13. To
learn more, visit www.sun-n-fun.org.
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN BECOMES ANNUAL EVENT
Beginning in 2009, AERO
Friedrichshafen, the European trade exhibition for general aviation,
will be held annually. Additionally, the International Market for
Aircraft Sales (IMAS) will take place in conjunction with AERO, which
was originally planned for April 18 -19, 2008 in Friedrichshafen. AERO
Friedrichshafen will be held April 2-5, 2009. For more information,
ULTRALIGHT & LIGHT PLANE SAFETY SEMINAR
The Illinois Ultralight
& Light Plane Safety Seminar will be held on Saturday, February 23
in Springfield, Illinois. The free event includes informative topics,
including Weather for the Sport Aviator, What to Do on a Ramp Check,
Rotax Maintenance and Inspecting, and Logging Maintenance Work.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and programs begin at 9:00. Learn more at www.safety-seminar.com.
HONORS 2008 PIONEER HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Women in Aviation,
International will welcome five new inductees into its Pioneer Hall of
Fame during the closing banquet at the 19th annual Women in Aviation,
International Conference in San Diego, California. The Pioneer Hall of
Fame Inductees for 2008 are: Nancy Harkness, Nicole Malachowski,
Geraldine ("Jerrie") Mock, Margaret Ringenberg (EAA 592591),
and the Women's Section of the Air Transport Auxiliary of World War II.
The conference will be held March 13-15, 2008. For more information,
call 937-839-4647 or visit www.wai.org.
QUICKBUILD STRATEGY CLASS
Considering building a Van's
Aircraft RV, especially from a QuickBuild Kit? Three-time RV builder
Wally Anderson and his staff will provide presentations, discussions,
demonstrations, and hands-on learning projects, all designed to help you
build your airplane efficiently and quickly, at Synergyair's five-day
Quickbuild Strategies workshop. Scheduled for February 4-8, and held in
Sunriver, Oregon, topics include budgeting and time management, as well
as fiberglass, wiring, canopies, and paint preparation. For more
information, call Synergyair at 541-913-0610 or register at www.synergyair.com.
ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW $5,000 AWARDS
Sporty's Foundation will sponsor four new recreational pilot training awards for individuals from
the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) member shops. Application
deadline for AEA Member Technicians is February 29. Each award, called
the Sporty's Recreational Pilot Certificate for AEA Member Technicians
will be administered through the AEA Educational Foundation. To download
the application, visit www.aea.net/scholarship.
ECLIPSE AVIATION GETS
SIMULATOR CERTIFICATION ON FIRST TRY
Eclipse Aviation, announced
the FAA has certified its first flight simulator, manufactured by
Opinicus, as a Level D Full Motion Device. Obtaining this level of
certification on the first attempt is unprecedented for a new
manufacturer of a new aircraft. Level D is the highest qualification the
FAA grants for simulators, and this certification will allow Eclipse
Aviation to type certify student pilots without having to train in an
aircraft. To learn more, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
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