1, 2008 Volume 8,
HELP PROMOTE GRASSROOTS
AVIATION AND EAA'S NEW CALENDAR OF EVENTS
need your help in making EAA's new Calendar of Events website a benefit
to the membership and all of grassroots aviation. How? By making sure to
share all of the wonderful aviation events you're planning for this
year. Simply visit www.EAA.org/calendar,
click on "Submit Event," and fill out a simple form to enter
your event information.
We'll be doing an official launch of the calendar to the entire EAA
membership and the aviation world in March. Help us make this the most
comprehensive aviation events calendar on the web by filling it with as
many of your local aviation events as possible.
The new events calendar is easy to use and has enhanced search
capabilities, allowing you to search events in many different ways.
With your help, we can make this a great asset for EAAers and the
grassroots aviation movement. Visit the
VANDALS STRIKE EAA
CHAPTER CLUBHOUSE IN GEORGIA
early Monday morning, January 28, EAA Chapter 172's (Augusta, Georgia)
chapter clubhouse was vandalized, causing significant damage to the
building and three aircraft, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's
Office. The clubhouse is located at the private Pea Patch Airport (61GA)
in Blythe, Georgia. Aaron Hannsz, Richmond County investigator, said the
incident occurred about 3 a.m. when a local resident heard gunshots from
the direction of the hangar and called 911. A deputy arrived at the
scene and saw graffiti on the outside of the clubhouse, including a
swastika, a confederate flag, "KKK", and a peace sign. Read
VIRGINIA FLY-IN ADOPTS
The 10-year-old Virginia Regional EAA Fly-in
has changed its name and website to reflect the independent status of
the event. The event is now called the Virginia Regional Festival of
Flight, and its new web address is www.VirginiaFlyIn.org. The 2008
Virginia Regional Festival of Flight will be held at the Suffolk
Executive Airport (SFQ) June 14-15 to launch the event's second
TAX EXEMPTION FORMS FOR
CALIFORNIA PILOTS AVAILABLE AT AIRVENTURE
you’re a California aircraft owner flying your historic aircraft to
EAA AirVenture, and that aircraft is eligible for a state property tax
exemption, you can pick up the required attendance forms when you
register your aircraft at AirVenture. Read more
YOUR TURN IN SPACE?
EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo in the
past week brought the world’s attention back to the potential of space
tourism. One of the first places where the public will be able to
discover more about the possibilities will be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,
“The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” coming July 28-August
3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Read more
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
soon on www.airventure.org. 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': HERB ALLENDER
Allender was a U.S. Marine Corps pilot flying F4U Corsairs with
VMF-212 during World War II. After a 17-day boat ride to Guadalcanal in
May 1944, Herb began flying combat missions from Bougainville. While
flying out of Samar during the Philippines Campaign, he became a member
of the Caterpillar Club when he had to bail out of his Corsair. Herb
finished his combat tour flying cover for picket ships during the Battle
of Okinawa. Click here to watch his story.
A-2 AUTHENTIC LEATHER
A-2 Authentic Leather Flight Jacket offered at EAA's Aeronautica online
store is a great way to stay warm during the frigid winter season. The
jacket includes thick and warm lambskin with inner lining, knit cuffs
and waist, and an American flag appliqué adorns the inner lining, along
with an authentic Italian lira and an airbrush of a classic pin-up girl.
Lining is 50 percent nylon/50 percent acetate, fill is 100 percent
polyester. Made by Avirex. (Interior lining subject to change without
notice by the manufacturer.) Sizes S-XL $395.99; 2X $435.99. (Free
online or call 800-843-3612.
do I receive the exemption for getting an
airworthiness certificate for my two place
ultralight? I have the N-number, but no
airworthiness inspection yet.
You apply for your authorization to use EAA’s
E-LSA certification exemption through EAA's Sport
that page you’ll see the requirements listed for
the exemption. If you meet all the requirements you
can click on the link near the bottom of the page
and you’ll be taken to a page where you’ll fill
out and submit a form. This is your application
for the exemption. We will process your
application and you’ll receive your authorization
letter and related materials within 5 to 7 working
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.
staff photographer Bonnie Kratz shot this photo of
James Gibson of Polk City, Florida, flying his
Stinson 103-3 over Winter Haven Airport's runway 22.
The photo was taken during last year's Sun 'n Fun
Fly-In, which, by the way, kicks off the 2008 flying
season April 8-13. Download the image at the EAA
website, where you can choose among six resolutions to suit
your screen...or select an image from the archive.
ACS ISSUED FOR
MCCAULEY PROPS ON C-15-152 and PIPER PA-11
The FAA has issued an
Airworthiness Concern Sheet for McCauley Propeller Systems, Inc. model
1A103/TCM[XXXX] propellers, which are installed on (but not limited to)
Cessna 150/152 series, Piper PA-11 aircraft. The ACS says that two
reports of propeller hub cracks found during inspection at first
overhaul have been found since the issuance of an airworthiness
directive for a cracked prop in 2003. Both of the propellers cited lie
also outside of the serial numbers listed in both the AD and McCauley
Service Bulletins 169C and 221C, FAA reports.
What's more, the latest cracked propellers had significantly less
Time-in-Service (TIS) than the first low-time propeller that prompted
the AD. The cracks appear in the hub area, in the mounting bolt holes,
and extend to the hub exterior surface.
McCauley Propeller Systems has issued ASB221D, a revision to the Service
· Includes all propeller serial numbers;
· Reduces the initial inspection time to 1500 hours and;
· Increases the repetitive inspection interval.
The potential exists for propeller separation due to hub fatigue
cracking, which can result in loss of control of the airplane.
The FAA is requesting specific comments and examples from people
experienced with current AD2003-12-05 and SAIB NE-05-61 the propellers.
Comments are due by February 29, and can include proposed alternate
inspections, cost impact, etc. Send comments to Contact Jeff Janusz,
Aviation Safety Engineer, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office,
ACE-116W, 1801 Airport Rd., Room 100, Wichita, KS 67209 316-946-4148, email@example.com.
MORE AMERICAN LEGEND
American Legend Aircraft
Company now offers an expanded array of optional equipment for its
Legend Cub. Some options are designed to enhance the "joy of
ownership," such as skis, autopilot, and an artificial horizon.
Safety options are available, too; a dual wing-mounted pulse landing
light system, and an airbag seatbelt system. For more information, visit
COURSES OFFERED BY SAS
Sport Aviation Specialties
offers FAA-accepted Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) courses.
The 16-hour courses provide the required training that E-LSAs owners
need to be eligible for an FAA light-sport repairman certificate, which
authorizes holders to perform their own annual condition inspections.
The first course is in Plant City, Florida on February 23-24. For more
information, visit www.SportAviationSpecialties.com,
or call 904-206-0522.
ECLIPSE AVIATION ACHIEVES
PART 142 TRAINING CERTIFICATION
Eclipse Aviation, announced
the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Eclipse's training
provider, Higher Power Aviation (HPA), authorization to conduct Eclipse
500 Type Training under HPA's Part 142 Training Certificate. The
authorization increases Eclipse's training capacity and enables the
company to type rate customers entirely in its certified Level D Full
Motion simulator. The milestone marks the FAA's final approval of
Eclipse Aviation's training program. This authorization increases the
company's training capacity and enables customer type rating prior to
aircraft delivery. Learn more at www.EclipseAviation.com.
QUEST DELIVERS KODIAK
Quest Aircraft Company
delivered a Kodiak to its first customer on January 25. The aircraft was
delivered to SpiritAir co-owners JoAnn Wolters and Dan Schroeder.
SpiritAir was the lead commercial customer for Kodiak with the company
began taking deposits in May 2005. Learn more at www.QuestAircraft.com.
FIND RENTAL AIRCRAFT
ON NEW WEBSITE
A new website helps pilots
find aircraft that are available for rent. www.RentPlanes.com
users the ability to search, free of charge, from a database of more
than 700 businesses nationwide. Users can search using criteria such as
airport or make and model of airplane. Matt Walsh, CEO, developed the
website in hopes that the services it provides will help grow general
aviation, and eliminate the frustration of finding aircraft to rent.
Visit www.RentPlanes.com to
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