28, 2008 Volume 8,
EAA JOINS IN CALL FOR
MORATORIUM ON FLORIDA AIRCRAFT TAX
EAA is joining the aviation community call
to the State of Florida to put a moratorium on collecting the state’s
use tax on aircraft sales until the law can be clarified. In a letter to
Florida Governor Charlie Crist, EAA President Tom Poberezny notes that
there is uncertainty for aircraft owners over the issue. The Florida
Department of Revenue recently has been collecting the six-percent tax
on any airplane – including those from out-of-state – that has been
purchased in the past six months and is flown to Florida for any of a
variety of purposes. Read
GARY SINISE'S "LT.
DAN BAND" TO PERFORM DURING EAA AIRVENTURE
EAA Warbirds of America and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) are
bringing actor/director/musician Gary Sinise and his "Lt. Dan
Band" to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 for a special concert
performance on Friday, August 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Theater in the Woods.
The band is named after Sinise's
character Lt. Dan Taylor in the acclaimed movie, "Forrest
Gump." Sinise was nominated for an Academy Award for that role. His
other film credits include such blockbusters as "Apollo 13,"
"The Green Mile," and "Ransom." Today, Gary Sinise
is best known for his character, Detective Mac Taylor, on the CBS series
"CSI: NY." Read
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF
Drilling Out a Rivet
you're riveting on your aircraft there's probably going to come a time
when you get a rivet that doesn't quite set the way you want it. In this
week's edition of EAA's Hints for Homebuilders, Joe Norris of the
EAA Aviation Services staff demonstrates the proper way to drill out an
To submit ideas for future Hints for
Homebuilders, e-mail Info@EAA.org and
please put "Hints" in the subject line.
MEMBERS' CHOICE' MOVIE
POLL FOR EAA FLY-IN THEATER
members again have a voice in selecting the movies shown during EAA
AirVenture 2008 at the popular Fly-In Theater, sponsored by Ford Motor
Company and Eclipse Aviation. That area, adjacent to Camp Scholler, will
again provide nightly outdoor movie entertainment on a large screen for
campground residents and others during the fly-in. While the roster of
aviation movies is not yet finalized, one of the featured films will be
a "Members' Choice," selected through an online poll that
begins this week on the EAA AirVenture website. Read
TERRAFUGIA MODEL TO BE
DISPLAYED AT AIRVENTURE
Inc., developers of the Transition "roadable vehicle," will
display a non-operational model at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. The
two-place plane, which will meet light-sport aircraft (LSA) standards,
is anticipated to have a top speed of about 85 mph on the road and a
cruising speed of 100 kts (115 mph) in the air. It will be powered by a
Rotax 912 engine and priced at $148,000. Read
EAA HOSTS 7TH WISCONSIN
POWERED PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION CLINIC
Wisconsin Powered Parachute Association (WPPA) held its 7th annual
clinic at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh on March 22. About 100 WPPA
members took part in a wide variety of presentations, plus shared
knowledge and information regarding the safe operation and maintenance
in this growing grassroots recreational aviation segment. Read
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
CONTINUE INTO SPRING
your interest, be it building or flying your new aircraft, EAA SportAir
Workshops has a course that make your project a success, with several
special offerings coming up in the next few months.
E-LSA Inspection for Airplanes (an
FAA-approved course) will be held on March 28-30 in Riverside,
California, and again on April 25-27 in Denver, Colorado.
A special Test Flying Your Project course
will be held in Belleville, Michigan, on Saturday, April 5. This daylong
seminar will prepare you for the initial test flights in your new
aircraft. For builders, the Composite Construction, Introduction
to Aircraft Construction, and Sheet Metal Construction are two-day,
hands-on weekend seminars being held April 5-6 in Belleville, Michigan.
SportAir's RV Aircraft Assembly course,
a pioneering, intensive, weekend seminar, will provide you with
practical experience and knowledge in a short period of time that will
well equip you to begin building your new Van's RV aircraft kit. This
course will be offered May 3-4 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and again May
17-18 in Arlington, Washington.
To register, or receive more information
on these and other courses offered, including a daily updated schedule,
visit www.sportair.com or call
CANADIAN EAA CHAPTER
OFFERS SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS IN MAY
Chapter 1410 of High River, Alberta, Canada, will offer two SportAir
Workshops that will help you further develop your knowledge and
understanding of aircraft construction. The Vans RV Construction
Workshop helps you acquire the skills necessary to assemble the popular
RV Kit. The Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop assists
builders with installing electrical systems. Both workshops will be held
May 3-4 in High River, Alberta, Canada. For more information, or to
register for these courses, visit the EAA Chapter 1410, www.eaahighriver.org/sportair.htm.
FREE SHIPPING FOR OSHKOSH: THE SPIRIT OF
popular demand, EAA's video, Oshkosh: Spirit of Aviation, is now
available on DVD! Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, an EAA member, pilot,
and chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program, Oshkosh: The Spirit of
Aviation presents an insider's look of people who share the passion for
aviation as they participate in "The World's Greatest Aviation
Celebration." The video is a great way to show those who've never
experienced Oshkosh a glimpse of what makes it special, year after year.
And for AirVenture veterans, it will make you yearn for July and the
chance to return to aviation's most beloved annual event. Order today
and receive free shipping! Read
GOLDEN WEST REGIONAL
FLY-IN ANNOUNCES 2008 THEME
Golden West Regional Fly-in & Airshow has officially announced that
"Flying Together" will be the theme for the 2008 event, which
will be held on June 6-8 at Yuba County Airport (MYV). "Flying
Together" is about aviation enthusiasts from all over the West
gathering to celebrate their shared love of flight and sharing this with
the public. Over 1,000 aircraft, from single seat ultralights to the
latest military jets, will flock to Yuba County for this aviation
convention, which is open to the public. Read
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': TOM TOMLINSON
Tomlinson was a UH-1 Huey pilot with the 282nd Assault Helicopter Company
during the Vietnam War. He had nearly 1,300 combat flight hours flying
air assault, medivac, and recon missions. His favorite missions were
medivacs, and his most memorable mission involved evacuating Vietnamese
villagers during a typhoon in November 1970. Click
here to see Tomlinson's full interview.
ONE SIX RIGHT MERCHANDISE
AVAILABLE THROUGH EAA ONLINE STORE
Aeronautica online store has the One Six Right Collection, items based
on the critically acclaimed full-length documentary highlighting the
wonder and fascination of general aviation that premiered at EAA
AirVenture 2006. Available are the DVD One Six Right - The Romance of
Flying; the CD soundtrack; the One Six Left companion DVD; plus other
items based on the movie including the official baseball cap; the model
Piper J-3 Cub, and official movie poster. Order
online or through our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
I'm not sure if I have the right department with
this question, but I recently was reading about the
Canadian government requiring the new 406 ELT in any
ship crossing Canadian airspace... the article was
rather vague, in that it stated that only the
"more expensive" ELT's would be allowed.
Do you folks have any information on what
specifically is allowed?
sent your question to the folks at Transport Canada.
Here’s their response:
Canada is working on new regulations that will
require the carriage of a 406MHz ELT or alternative
means of compliance that provides accurate emergency
location information that has the same accuracy as a
406MHz ELT. The proposed regulation will apply to
most aircraft and will become effective on February
1, 2009. Transport Canada is considering a two year
implementation period with specific conditions to
allow for compliance with the regulations.
will have more information at the Transport Canada
booth at Air Venture 2008."
would appear to apply to U.S. aircraft operating in
Canadian airspace, but we have no specific details
at this time. We'll post new info as we learn about
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.
look inside the "Spirit of Goodyear" blimp
gondola, captured by EAA volunteer photographer Amy
Gesch, during the airship's 2007 visit to AirVenture
to the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration will
have another opportunity to see arguably the most
famous blimp when it returns to the convention this
this wallpaper image at the EAA
website, where you can choose among six resolutions to suit
your screen...or select an image from the archive.
OSH RUNWAY 9/27 PHASE
II RECONSTRUCTION BEGINS
The second phase
of the Runway 9/27 reconstruction project at Wittman Regional Airport
(OSH) Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will begin Monday, March 31. This phase of the
project will include reconstruction of Runway 9/27 east of taxiway
Alpha, grooving the entire Runway 9/27, removal of the 230 foot overrun
on the east end of Runway 9/27, grooving the new pavement of runway
13/31, and marking all new surfaces. Several runway and taxiway closures
will be in effect, please check for NOTAM updates before every flight.
The project is scheduled for completion July 1, 2008.
GARMIN GPSMAP 495 ANNOUNCED
Garmin International Inc.,
announced details of its new GPSMAP 495, a device for pilots who want
many of the same features as the GPSMAP 496 for less cost. The 495
includes Garmin's SafeTaxi airport diagrams; Garmin's Smart Airspace;
enhanced high-resolution terrain database; aviation database with
private airports and heliports; accelerated GPS update rate; and
European VFR reporting waypoints.
The GPSMAP 495 has the same higher resolution terrain database as the
496. Its land graphics have over 10 times as much data as other Garmin
handhelds and vividly display proximity hazards. In aviation mode,
pilots get terrain and obstacle alerting, pop-up alerts, and
customizable minimum clearance limits that give audible terrain alerts
at specified altitudes. Garmin's Smart Airspace feature automatically
highlights airspace close to current altitude and de-emphasizes airspace
away from the current altitude. The GPSMAP 495 is expected to be
available April 8-13, 2008, at Sun 'n Fun. The expected street price is
$1,595. To learn more, visit the Garmin
SONEX AIRCRAFT OFFERS
Sonex Aircraft, LLC
announced the latest evolution in the AeroConversions product line this
week with the introduction of the AeroVee 2.1 Engine Kit. AeroVee 2.1
incorporates new features, such as a purpose-built custom crankshaft
with a larger diameter and longer prop hub interface. This new design
eliminates the distributor drive gear and the racer spacer, making
assembly easier, Sonex officials say. To learn more, visit www.sonexaircraft.com.
MUSTANG TO UND AEROSPACE
Cessna Aircraft Company
delivered the first Citation Mustang this week to the University of
North Dakota (UND). The university's flight school will use this
entry-level Citation jet for executive travel as well as flight training
for undergraduate and contract students. 2008 marks the 125th
anniversary of UND and the 40th anniversary of the university's John D.
Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace). The school
averages more than 1,000 flight students at any given time and has more
than 120 aircraft available to its students. Visit www.cessna.com
for more information.
FIRST FLIGHT: LANCAIR
Lancair International, Inc.
announced the latest addition to its line of aircraft kits. The
Evolution kit is the result of more than three years of engineering,
research, and development to produce a more spacious aircraft that will
meet all flight handling characteristics required by FAA Part 23,
including a 61 knot stall speed, while maintaining the Lancair tradition
of high performance. The Evolution includes a BRS parachute system, and
is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135A, producing true airspeeds
in excess of 385 mph. Independent test pilot Len Fox said it was a
"successful first flight." Visit www.lancair.com
or call 541-923-2244 for more information.
NATIONAL AIR CARE
The National Air Care
Conference will be held April 25-26 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference
offers the opportunity to learn from industry leaders the topics that
impact non-profit and public-benefit flying organizations. The Air Care
Alliance holds its annual conference to bring together leaders, staff
members, and supporters of public-benefit flying. Attendees share
knowledge and build relationships with industry professionals and peers.
Learn more at www.aircareall.org/aircare2008.htm
QUICKBUILD STRATEGIES WORKSHOP
So you've been thinking of
building a quick-build RV, but you have questions. Is it something I can
really do? Do I have to do everything myself? Is professional assistance
legal? Well, one thing has never been questioned: preparing and
educating yourself before you start an airplane project is legal…and
Quickbuild Strategies, a
workshop scheduled for May 19-23 in Sunriver, Oregon, offers
presentations, discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on learning
projects. Noted RV builder Wally Anderson and his staff will lead the
five-day seminar, designed to help build your airplane quickly and
efficiently. For more information, call Synergyair at 541-913-0610 or
register online at www.synergyair.com.
AVIATION CAREER EXPO
Michigan Institute of
Aviation and Technology will host more than 70 aviation and aerospace
companies at the 3rd annual Aviation Career Expo. Many companies will do
same-day interviews and hire for a variety of positions. The event takes
place in Belleville, Michigan, at the Willow Run Airport (YIP) on
Thursday, May 1 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Attendees can visit with aviation
colleges, organizations, and military representatives. Admission and
parking is free for job seekers. For more information, contact Amy at email@example.com.
HOLDS FLY-IN NO. 22
The Concrete, Washington
airport advisory committee and the Town of Concrete will host its 22nd
annual fly-in July 25, 26, and 27. Catering to homebuilts, antiques,
classics, and warbirds, the event also attracts a significant number of
general aviation aircraft. The local Short Wing Piper Club holds its
annual get-together concurrently. Last year, 150 airplanes participated
in the three-day event. To learn more, email Jim Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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