25, 2008 Volume 8,
EAA WELCOMES SENIOR FAA
OFFICIALS TO 2008 RECREATIONAL AVIATION SUMMIT
staff from FAA were in Oshkosh this week to meet with EAA officials at
the 2008 EAA/FAA Recreational Aviation Summit. More than a dozen FAA
officials, led by Associate Administrator Nick Sabatini, discussed
specific items regarding various segments of the grassroots aviation
community. Among the topics on the agenda are sport pilot/light-sport
aircraft; aerobatics; experimental/amateur-builts; vintage aircraft;
warbirds; and aviation safety. Plans were also discussed regarding FAA
participation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 - where many of the action
items determined today will be updated. Read
EAA'S E-LSA EXEMPTION
senior staff arrived for the annual mid-winter EAA/FAA summit meeting
with official approval of EAA's exemption request for the transition of
ultralights and two-place machines to the Experimental-Light-Sport
Aircraft (E-LSA) category after the January 31 deadline. The exemption
allows aircraft owners who have submitted their aircraft registration
(n-number) application to the FAA Aircraft Registration Branch and had
it entered into the FAA system on or before January 31, 2008, to
complete the process, including issuance of an airworthiness
certificate, beyond the deadline. Read
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EAA SKIPLANE FLY-IN SET
Happy Birthday, Audrey (and EAA)!
got plenty of snow (and how!) so now the only thing preventing skiplanes
from landing on Pioneer Airport this Saturday is visibility - VFR conditions
are required. No matter what the weather presents, aviation enthusiasts
are welcome to come celebrate EAA matriarch Audrey
Poberezny's birthday as well as the 56th anniversary of EAA. Enjoy a chili lunch
beginning at 11 a.m., followed by birthday cake, and plenty of hangar
flying throughout the day.
Pilots wishing to fly in
on skis (weather permitting) must contact Sean Elliott (920-426-4886) to register and receive an
arrival briefing. Others are welcome to land at Wittman Regional Airport
and catch a shuttle from Basler and Orion FBOs. Visit www.airventuremuseum.org/webcam
for live views of Pioneer Airport. Hope to see you there!
FORD, ECLIPSE FLY-IN
THEATER RETURNS TO AIRVENTURE
just two years, aviation movies under the stars have become a favored
tradition at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Those feature films will be
returning in 2008 as Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation bring back
the popular "Fly-In Theater" on the AirVenture grounds for
this summer's event at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The outdoor
theater, located adjacent to EAA's Camp Scholler, will run each evening
(weather permitting) from Sunday, July 27 through Saturday, August
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
printed in an advertisement promoting this summer's AirVenture event are
incorrect in some of EAA's February publications. To set the record
straight, please note the correct dates for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008
are July 28 through August 3. But regardless of the dates, it’s still
the world’s greatest aviation celebration and we hope to see you
there! And…we regret the error.
GET A ‘TEASE’ OF EAA
EAA video staff has just completed a wonderful reminder of “The World’s
Greatest Aviation Celebration” - a special two-minute clip about the
people and aircraft that define the spirit of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
It's now available for viewing on the AirVenture
video player. This brief clip is a preview of a longer 18-minute
presentation, narrated by Harrison Ford, that is now playing in
high-definition in the EAA AirVenture Museum and that you’ll be seeing
on the www.airventure.org website in the near future. Check out this
special two-minute preview and you’ll agree that it gets the juices
flowing for the flight line at Oshkosh!
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
CONTINUE ROLLIN' OUT THE COURSES IN 2008
SportAir Workshops will offer several courses in the coming months that
help develop your aircraft building skills and earn FAA certificates for
the inspection of your E-LSA aircraft. Next month: EAA presents a
TIG Welding Workshop held on February 15-17 in Griffin, Georgia; in
Lakeland, Florida, for a suite of workshops is scheduled for February
16-17; and an E-LSA inspection course for airplanes will be offered in
Denver, Colorado February 22-24.
March offerings include: Our
popular RV Aircraft Assembly course in Riverside, California, on March
1-2; the full SportAir Workshop suite of programs in Dallas, Texas,
March 1-2, and in Watsonville, California, March 15-16; an E-LSA
Inspection/Airplane course in a number of locations including Oshkosh,
Wisconsin, March 7-9; Lantana, Florida, March 14-16; and Riverside,
California, March 28-30.
April we travel to the Detroit area to present our complete Workshop
program at the historic Willow Run Airport April 5-6.
For complete information on these and
other courses offered, visit www.sportair.com
or call 800-967-5746.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': JULIE CLARK
Clark is perhaps best known for her graceful and patriotic aerobatic
performances flying her silver
and blue MOPAR T-34, including regular performances at AirVenture
Oshkosh. She was also the first woman pilot for Golden West Airlines and
Hughes Air West Airlines, and retired as a Captain from Northwest
Airlines in 2003 after a 27-year career. In 2004, Women in Aviation
International unveiled Clark's published biography, Nothing Stood in her
Way, with noted biographer Ann Lewis Cooper, tracking her life from an
orphaned high school student to her air show celebrity status. Here's her
SOME AVIATION HEARTS FOR
YOUR SWEETHEART ON VALENTINE'S DAY
Aeronautica online store is now offering a collection of beautiful
heart-shaped pieces of aviation jewelry - a perfect Valentine's Day gift
for that special someone. Choose between 14K gold or sterling silver
heart necklaces, earrings or heart sets and show everyone your passion
for aviation in angelic style. Order online
or through our toll-free number, 800-843-3612.
How would one register a Luscombe or Cessna-120
that's retrofitted with a Rotax-912ULS engine?
do this, and register this type of aircraft in a way
that I could still enjoy the freedoms I have flying
under the experimental amateur-built rules?
Unfortunately there's no way to certificate an
aircraft such as you suggest that will give you the
same operational freedom as you have with an
amateur-built aircraft. The only unlimited duration
airworthiness certificate the aircraft would qualify
for would be experimental exhibition, which is
operationally more restrictive than amateur-built.
All other experimental airworthiness certificates
are limited-duration certificates (typically only
valid for one year.)
issue you'd run into is insurability. While a
standard category Luscombe or Cessna 120 would be
easy enough to insure, an experimental exhibition
version with a non type-certificated engine
installed may be uninsurable, or if insurance is
available the rate would be considerably higher than
the standard category version. Lastly, the market
value of an experimental exhibition aircraft would
be far less than a standard category version of the
same airframe. For all these reasons, converting a
standard category airplane to experimental
exhibition is not recommended.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
BOEING CEO GETS A NEW LSA
Scott Carson, president and
chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, took delivery of
a CubCrafters Sport Cub S2 this past Wednesday, January 23. Carson flew
via private aircraft to CubCrafters headquarters in Yakima, Washington
where he picked up the keys to his new light-sport aircraft, which
features a personalized paint scheme honoring his alma mater, Washington
State University. CubCrafters and Boeing share the distinction of being
the only two aircraft companies in the state to have earned
"production certificate" manufacturing approval by the FAA. In
recent years, CubCrafters has become known as "Washington's other
airplane manufacturer." To learn more about CubCrafters, visit www.CubCrafters.com.
STATE OF THE UNION,
SUPER BOWL XLII TFRs
Two upcoming national annual
events will be accompanied by temporary flight restrictions (TFR) issued
by the FAA. For the 2008 State of the Union Address on January 28 in
Washington, D.C., the Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)
and Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) will include
additional flight restrictions between the hours of 2000-2300 local. For
details, visit the FAA website or www.aeroplanner.com.
For pilots flying near Phoenix, Arizona on February 3, Super Bowl TFRs
will be in effect from 1300-1500 local and from 1500-2230 local. FAA's
website and www.aeroplanner.com
have all the details.
OFFERS LABORSAVING KIT OPTIONS
Sonex Aircraft, LLC has
introduced a new laborsaving Sonex Aircraft Complete Airframe Kit
Upgrade Option: Machined Angle Components. Sonex reports the kit almost
eliminates the need to fabricate parts from raw 6061-T6-aluminum angle
extrusion, offering a reduction in Sonex Aircraft build time of
approximately 200 hours or more. The Machined Angle Component Kit can be
used in combination with the recently introduced optional pre-assembled
main wing spars to offer a total build time reduction of approximately
200-300 hours. For details and pricing, visit www.SonexAircraft.com.
BRS RECORDS SAVE NO.
A pilot experiencing a
probable control surface failure deployed a Ballistic Recovery Systems
whole aircraft parachute, and returned safely to earth, becoming the
208th documented life saved by a BRS emergency parachute system.
"The aircraft rolled over on its back and headed straight
down," said pilot Patrick Dean, who was flying with a passenger in
his Slipstream Genesis near Laurel, Maryland. He deployed the BRS
parachute just a few hundred feet above the ground and landed in the
trees, resulting in only minor
injuries To learn more about BRS, visit www.BRSParachutes.com.
X-AIR JOINS LAMA;
COMPLETING S-LSA CERTIFICATION
X-Air announced it has
joined LAMA (Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association). X-Air is in the
process of completing requirements for the ASTM International LSA
consensus standards to attain special light sport aircraft (S-LSA)
status with the X-Air LS. The LS was displayed last week at the Sebring
(Florida) Sport Aviation Expo. Priced at $46,900 and equipped with an
ICom radio, Dynon engine monitor, and basic flight instrumentation, the
X-Air LS is a low cost entry-level aircraft. For more information, visit
SPARROWHAWK III QUICK
Groen Brothers Aviation,
Inc. announced that its American Autogyro Division is introducing the
latest version of its SparrowHawk series of kit-built gyroplanes, the
SparrowHawk III Quick Build. "Compared to our earlier versions, the
new SparrowHawk III will significantly reduce the time and effort
involved in building this fine aircraft," said GBA CEO David Groen.
For more information, visit www.americanautogyro.com.
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE HAS
INSTRUMENT PANEL LIGHT STRIPS
Aircraft Spruce and
Specialty now offers instrument panel light strips for use in
experimental aircraft. The flexible strips, which feature dimmable LEDs
encased in resin, mount under glare shields for instrument panel
lighting. They are available in red, white, or blue and can be trimmed
to fit. The waterproof, shockproof light strips operate on 12-volt
aircraft batteries, and have a service life of 10,000 hours. Learn more
or call 877-477-7823.
SPORTY'S ELECTRIC TUG
Sporty's offers a cordless
electric tug that will move most piston single and twin-engine aircraft.
It features a castering rear wheel for maneuverability, with dual
16-inch wheels for traction. A manual winch pulls the aircraft, and a
nose wheel stop bar is included. It has a 9000-lb towing capacity. Learn
more at www.Sportys.com, or call
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