25, 2008 Volume 8,
FAA EXTENDS DURATION OF
FIRST- AND THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL CERTIFICATES
Effective today, July 24, 2008, the FAA has
extended the duration of first- and third-class medical certificates for
pilots under the age of 40. Under the revision, first-class medical
certificates have been extended from 6 months to one year, and
third-class medical certificates from 3 years to 5 years. The ages and
examination periods were selected based on current ICAO standards.
NORRIS NAMED EAA
HOMEBUILDER COMMUNITY LEADER
has named Joe Norris Homebuilders’ Community Manager. Norris, an experienced homebuilder, built a
Sonerai II and is currently building a replica of the Piper P-2, plus is
involved in a group project building a Sonex. Norris volunteers as an
EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor, is an experienced pilot and
CFI, and is also authorized by the FAA as a Designated Airworthiness
Representative to perform final inspections on homebuilts. Inspired by
building his own aircraft, he went on to earn his Airframe and
Powerplant certificate with Inspection Authorization. Read
ARRIVES FROM ISRAEL
After beginning his flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, to EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh on July 7, Yair Gil, EAA 703228, landed Wednesday in his Cozy
MK-IV in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The homebuilder landed in Iqaluit, Nunavut,
Canada, on July 18, continued his journey to Aéroport La Grande Riviére
in Radisson, Quebec, Canada, and finally landed in the United States. Read
DRUMMOND ISLAND SEA PLANE BASE AS U.S. CUSTOMS PORT OF ENTRY
For individuals flying seaplanes and
transitioning from Canada to the U.S. enroute to AirVenture Oshkosh
2008, Drummond Island Sea Plane Base is now a U.S. Customs Port of
Entry. Refer to the newly issued
Michigan Airport facility directory for the newly developed procedures.
Drummond Island (DRM) airport information is located on page
62, and information on the Drummond Island Yacht Haven Sea Plane
Base (DRM) is located on page
63 of the directory. If using the sea plane base to clear U.S.
Customs pilots must notify customs at least one-hour prior to arrival.
EAA MOURNS PASSING OF
DIRECTOR EMERITUS BOB GYLLENSWAN
Gyllenswan, longtime EAA board member who served from 1962-2006, died on
Tuesday, July 22, after a prolonged battle with cancer. Bob, who was
named Director Emeritus this past April, was a member of EAA Chapter 22
in Rockford, Illinois, and was a driving force behind the first EAA
sweepstakes programs when the convention was held there. Read
EAA ALSO LOSES CHAPTER COUNCIL MEMBER
was of great sadness to learn of the loss of Chapter Advisory Council
member, John Newman, EAA 259157. John died in an airplane accident on
July 19 along with his wife, Cyndy, EAA 843985, and their son JW Newman,
EAA 842416. Their daughter, Katie, was not with the family at the time
of the accident. Read
YOUNG EAGLE PILOT REACHES
Young Eagle pilot Duane Huff, a
member of EAA Chapter 690, flew his 500th Young Eagle July 19 at
Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Pictured is 8-year-old Cub Scout Antonio Duran of Pack 510, receiving
his Young Eagle certificate signed by Huff and Young Eagle Chairman,
actor Harrison Ford. Duane has flown each of his 500 Young Eagles one at
a time in his restored 1947 Aeronca Chief. He has won several awards for
the quality of his restoration, and was named EAA’s International
Young Eagle Coordinator of the Year in 2007.
TRIBUTE FLIGHT COMES TO A
CLOSE AS J.W. FRENCH HEADS TO OSHKOSH
French, EAA 226884, has been visiting EAA chapters at local airports
re-creating Sam Burgess’ 1974 flight around the lower 48 states in an
open-cockpit Acro Sport. He visited Billings, Montana; Alexandria,
Minnesota; Webster, Minnesota; and South St. Paul, Minnesota, this week,
and plans to arrive in Oshkosh Monday for the opening day of EAA
AirVenture Oshosh 2008. Read
2008 AIRVENTURE PROGRAM A
TRUE COLLECTOR'S ITEM…AND MORE
home a treasured memento of your AirVenture experience with the 2008
AirVenture Commemorative Program. This $7 collectible souvenir and
keepsake is printed on premium paper and features more pictures and
articles on the upcoming convention than ever before…including a
dedicated air show performers' autograph section. Plus, as a special
bonus, a free copy of the popular DVD, Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation
is included with every program. Also new this year: EAA offers a limited
edition t-shirt - bundled with a program when purchased at select EAA
merchandise locations on convention grounds, all for a special combo
price of $16.95.
EAA MEMBER DISCOUNTS AT
Bring Your EAA Membership Card and $ave!
Membership has its privileges - but you’ve gotta have the card! Your
EAA membership card is your ticket to receiving instant savings of 10-30
percent on most merchandise items at official EAA Merchandise locations
during AirVenture. And there are special savings for EAA members on
selected food items throughout the grounds. Your membership card helps
save you money while at Oshkosh! (Savings valid on grounds during
AirVenture 2008 only - Sunday, July 27-Sunday, August 3.)
AIRVENTURE INFO GUIDE
official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Info Guide is now available for download
on the AirVenture website. For information on forums, presentations, and
here. For the listing of AirVenture exhibitors, click
here. Printed copies will be available free of charge to all
visitors at several locations throughout the convention grounds,
including any admission gate, the exhibit areas, the EAA Welcome Center,
and other convenient locations. The Info Guide will help you get the
most out of your time at Oshkosh, with helpful information about
exhibitors and their locations, forum, presentation, and workshop
schedules, evening entertainment, air show line-ups, and more.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF
Propeller Field Repair
Believe it or not,
"super" glue and baking soda can often be used to make a field
repair to a nicked propeller. In this video,
Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA staff shows the technique that is used
extensively in the ultralight and light plane world.
If you have a hint to
share with your fellow EAAers, we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a
note at Info@EAA.org, and please put
"Hints" in the subject line.
HILL CELEBRATION SLATED FOR WEDNESDAY MORNING
EAA will host an “Installation of New Bricks Celebration” at Compass
Hill during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Wednesday, July 30 from 8:30 a.m.
to 10:00 a.m. The brief formal program, featuring remarks by EAA
President Tom Poberezny and Vice President of Donor and Business
Relations Elissa Lines, will begin at 9 a.m.
Located adjacent to Memorial Wall and the Fergus Chapel, Compass Hill
celebrates the qualities of innovation, excellence, and the freedom that
accompanies personal flight. At its summit, Compass Hill incorporates a
grand compass rose and features Larry Anderson’s “Directions”
bronze sculpture depicting a family enjoying an aviation outing. This
year’s new bricks and the Memorial Wall plaques have already been
installed, and visitors to the AirVenture Museum and Pioneer Airport are
welcome to request that the shuttle bus make a stop at the Fergus Chapel
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': HAL WEEKLEY
August 13, 1944, B-17 pilot Harold “Hal” Weekley of the 398th
Bomb Group was leading the his squadron on a routine “milk run”
bombing mission to hit a railroad bridge at Le Manoir, France.
Soon after “bombs away,” his B-17 Bronx Bomber II, was
hammered by flak hits, causing a fire in the fuel cell between the
number two engine and fuselage. Fearing an explosion, the crew
bailed out while Hal kept the plane as level as he could. After
engaging the autopilot, Hal escaped from the burning bomber and
parachuted into the German-held French countryside, beginning an
exciting odyssey chronicled in his new book, The Last of the B-17
Combat Drivers. Watch
Hal describe the details.
attendees can purchase his book and see Hal talk about his experiences
in person at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, at the Warbirds In Review
presentation area on the AirVenture convention grounds.
have just begun IFR training in my RV-7A. My
instructor says I must have an FAA endorsement in my
airframe logbook, stating that my plane is
"certified for IFR flight." I don't
understand what he means and he can't explain it any
further. Additionally, he says he can't
legally take me into instrument weather
without this endorsement, nor will he sign me off to
take my IFR checkride without it. He even goes on to
say that no examiner will give me a checkride
reading all the regs I have access to, I am under
the impression that if I meet the avionics equipment
required for IFR flight, then I'm good to go.
Of course I understand that I need the semi-annual
transponder and pitot/static check from an
authorized avionics shop. That isn't what he means
when he says "FAA endorsement for IFR flight."
am I missing here and how do I convince him he's
wrong...which I think he is.
order to operate your amateur-built aircraft under
instrument flight rules, your aircraft’s operating
limitations (issued by the FAA as a part of the
aircraft’s airworthiness certificate) should
contain the following item:
appropriately equipped for night and/or instrument
flight in accordance with § 91.205, this aircraft
is to be operated under VFR, day only."
that this limitation is present, and providing that
you have your transponder and pitot/static/altimeter
tests properly recorded in your aircraft maintenance
records per Part 91, you simply need to make sure
the equipment in your aircraft meets the minimum
requirements of FAR 91.205. This is all you
need in order to operate under IFR. There is
no other requirement for any endorsement or other
information. The “FAA endorsement” is the
operating limitation itself.
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.
...or rather an early morning Fisheye lens view of
AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 looking north over the
grounds. This month's calendar photo was shot by EAA
Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick.
this wallpaper image at the EAA
website, where you can choose among several different
resolutions to suit
your screen...or select an image from the archive.
FLY WITH DICK RUTAN
The world premiere of Attitude
Flying with Dick Rutan by Fly
Right Films takes place at AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Volume one of
The Aviator Series showcases the talent, expertise, and wisdom of
legendary pilot Dick Rutan. Filmed in High-Definition (HD) widescreen
format with 5.1 Dolby Surround, the film creates a “you-are-there”
audio experience. Dick and Charlie Hewitt, producer and host, will sign
autographed copies and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the DVD’s
creation in a presentation, Fly Like a Legend, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday,
July 31 at the Learn to Fly Discovery Center. Copies will be for sale at
EAA’s Aeronautica gift shop and at all EAA official merchandise
locations on AirVenture grounds. Check the daily AirVenture Info Guide
for additional opportunities to meet Dick and Charlie.
the trailer at www.FlyRightFilms.com.
DEALER: RED CLOUD AVIATION
Red Cloud Aviation in Longmont, Colorado, is a new dealer for Aviat
Aircraft and will handle sales and service of the Husky A-1C. Red
Cloud’s Michael Cerretani and Andreas Schultz have previously
specialized in sales of late model used single and twin-engine aircraft.
As an Aviat dealer, this marks their first venture into selling new
aircraft at their facility at Vance Brand Airport (LMO). Learn more at www.RedCloudAviation.com.
MAP NOW HAS 100LL.COM ACCESS
Control Vision’s Anywhere Map “ATC” (Anywhere Map Travel
Companion) now has several enhancements, including in-flight access to www.100LL.com, an online fuel-price finder that may save you $2 a gallon
or more! 100LL.com is integrated into the ATC to allow access to its
information in-flight, particularly useful when plans or weather (also
available on the ATC) change. Learn more at www.AnywhereMap.com,
or visit AirVenture booth numbers 3135, 3136, and 117.
STUDENTS GO FLYING
WITH U.S. AVIATION GROUP
ENGINE MONITORING EARNS FAA APPROVAL
Thirty-nine students from the Chickasaw Nation Aviation and Space
Academy (CNASA) received flight time in a Diamond DA-40 and Piper
Warrior recently, thanks to the help of U.S. Aviation Group. For many of
the kids, age 10-18, the field trip provided their first experience in a
general aviation aircraft. In addition to their experience with flight,
they attended a ground school session with the U.S. Flight Academy and
visited the control tower at Denton Municipal Airport (DTO). For more
information on CNASA, visit www.Chickasaw.net
FAA has granted approval to Xerion Avionix LLC for installation of the
AuRACLE CRM series Engine Management Systems into all 4- and 6-cylinder
Cessna and Piper aircraft, including pressurized models. FAA approval
allows the AuRACLE to serve as primary instrumentation, replacing the
aircraft’s ‘steam’ gauges.
more information, visit www.XerionAvionix.com
or call 800-405-8608.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WANTS YOU
The Government of the Dominican Republic and Caribbean Flying Adventures
has teamed up to make the Dominican Republic “the newest and most
exciting destination in the islands for U.S. private pilots.” The
government has taken steps to alleviate private pilot’s concerns of
high airport fees by eliminating government user fees and
immigrations/customs fees for aircraft with less than 12 seats. To
stimulate interest, the first official fly-in since 1992 is scheduled
for October 9-15, 2008.
are encouraged to sign up for the fly-in at AirVenture in booths 4061
and 5053, or online at www.CaribbeanFlyingAdventures.com.
EVOLUTION KIT DELIVERED
Lancair International has reached a significant milestone by delivering
the first Evolution kit to Andy Cruce of Miramar, Florida. Andy
participated in Lancair’s two week builder assist program in the
company’s new 6,000 square foot Redmond, Oregon, build/shop facility.
He and his wife Nancy looked at the Evolution when it was introduced
last year at AirVenture. Learn more at www.Lancair.com
or call 541-923-2244.
EARNS EASA CERTIFICATION
Cessna Aircraft Company has achieved European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) certification to deliver Caravan models with Garmin G1000
integrated avionics as standard equipment. The G1000 package is now on
aircraft ranging from the Skyhawk single-engine piston through the
Citation Mustang entry-level business jet. Cessna earned FAA
certification for the upgraded configuration and deliveries began in
April. Learn more at www.Cessna.com.
UNIQUE CESSNA COLLECTION AT AIRVENTURE
Cessna Aircraft Company will feature a mix of historic, updated, and new
aircraft at AirVenture 2008. The Model 162 SkyCatcher light-sport
aircraft will be on display, exactly one year after its launch, joining
a static display featuring the Skyhawk SP, Skylane, Turbo Stationair.
You also see the Cessna 350 and 400, which make their Oshkosh debut
since Cessna acquired certain assets of the Bend, Oregon, operation and
rebranded the aircraft.
also painted a welcome message with the Cessna logo for AirVenture
visitors on an 80-foot by 50-foot metal barn roof, southeast of Ripon,
Wisconsin, on the final approach flight pattern of Wittman Regional
Airport (OSH). Visit www.Cessna.com to learn more.
LAUNCHES AT AIRVENTURE: WWW.121FIVE.COM
A comprehensive general aviation website officially launches during
AirVenture, with a mission to expand the size and scope of general
aviation worldwide through greater understanding of the technical,
philosophical, and historical aspects of aviation. The website will
feature information from a number of sources, manufacturers, magazines,
clubs, and organizations, and includes links to government databases
such as the NTSB, the latest Airworthiness Directives, and the FAA’s
N-number data file. Site developers say it is not just another aviation
news site, it is a research library, a photo gallery, and a treasure
chest of information you can’t get anywhere else.
the site at www.121five.com.