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September 28, 2010

Randy Hansen, Experimental Aircraft Association
Last week we talked about how Mike Zidziunas made the first trip to the Bahamas as a sport pilot. This week Randy Hansen talks about how you can participate in the first international sport pilot fly-in ever in the Bahamas. Mark your calendar for December 10-12, 2010 and listen in on how you can be a part of it. Experimental Aircraft Association (9/28/10)

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Dan Johnson, ByDanJohnson.com
The Midwest LSA Expo was held last weekend in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and Dan Johnson was there to participate and visit with vendors. He talks with us about how the event went. ByDanJohnson.com (9/28/10)

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Jim Sweeney, SweeneyCorp
One of the big joys of flying ultralights and some light sport aircraft is being able to fly low and slow over the countryside. Jim Sweeney talks about safety concerns specific to low and slow flight. You really don't want to end up like this guy. SweeneyCorp (9/28/10)

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David Kruger, The Aircraft Partnership Association
Owning a light sport aircraft is a special thing, but as it turns out it is not that special in certain ways. LSA's, like boats, RV's, and other big purchases are both pricey and not used that many days out of the year. David Kruger explains how those factors combine to make joint ownership a great way to get that plane of your dreams. The Aircraft Partnership Association (9/28/10)

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Roy Beisswenger, Powered Sport Flying Magazine
Roy follows up on the LODA story from last week. The lack of a LODA is shutting down flight instructors all across the country. Worse, there seems to be agreement from within the FAA and from without that for the FAA this has become a political process more than a safety issue. Indeed, it seems it is time for people to contact the adults in the game, their senators, congressional representatives, the FAA Administrator and the head of the office that signed the policy in the first place. The contact information for the last two is:


Mr. Randy Babbitt
Administrator, AOA-1
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20591
Fax (202) 267-5047

Mr. John M. Allen
Federal Aviation Administration
Director Flight Standards Service
Room 821
800 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20591
Fax: (202) 267-5230

Powered Sport Flying Magazine (9/28/10)

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September 21, 2010

David Oord, Experimental Aircraft Association
The long-awaited LODA order has been issued by the FAA and frankly it really wasn't worth the wait. It offers very little to enhance safety and seems to continue an attack on sport aviation that puzzles and distresses many in the industry. David Oord joins us to talk about what is in the order and what isn't. Experimental Aircraft Association (9/21/10)

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Michael Zidziunas, Mike Z Sport Aviation
While the FAA is making it more difficult for sport aviators, the Bahamas are welcoming sport pilots in their country. Mike Zidziunas recently took advantage of the new rules and flew a Breezer to the Bahamas using only his sport pilot certificate and his driver's license. Mike Z Sport Aviation (9/21/10)

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Steve Syvertson, Midwest Sport Aviation, LLC
Jim Sweeney talks to Steve Syvertson about the Rainbow Aircraft Cheetah. Jim flew the airplane and shares his experience in it. Midwest Sport Aviation, LLC (9/21/10)

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Greg Gremminger, Magni USA
Greg Gremminger talks about the advancements in Europe in the gyroplanes. Many of the advancements have to do with the equipment itself, but the governments there are also learning more about the aircraft and are allowing more models to be certified as fully built factory aircraft. Greg explains their approach. Magni USA (9/21/10)

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Jeff Goin, FootFlyer.com
Whatever you are flying, you want to be confident that it is built well and is serviceable for flight. That is especially true with paraflight. Jeff Goin joins us to talk about features in well-built paragliders and steps you can take to make sure that the equipment you are considering is up to the task. FootFlyer.com (9/21/10)

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September 14, 2010

Fred Stadler, Experimental Aircraft Association
The EAA has been building a replica of a 1910 Bleriot for the past 4 1/2 years with original 20hp Anzani engine and are planning to make the first flight in the next few weeks. Fred Stadler, who has been a part of that project and others at EAA, joins us. Experimental Aircraft Association (9/14/10)

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Norman Burr, World Directory Of Leisure Aviation
Norman Burr visits us to talk about the European Microlight Championships and the 2010-2011 edition of the World Directory of Leisure Aviation. World Directory Of Leisure Aviation (9/14/10)

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Jim Sweeney, SweeneyCorp
The TSA has published a list of "suspicious activities" that pilots are supposed to report if they see at the local airport. Those suspicious activities include activities that are normal activities for many law-abiding citizens. Jim Sweeney joins us to talk about the notice and other Big Brother activities that are courtesy of our federal government. AVweb report, AOPA Airport Watch SweeneyCorp (9/14/10)

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Stan Foster, Popular Rotorcraft Association
Stan Foster recently got his Helicycle helicopter flying. The Helicycle is a single-place, turbine helicopter that is offered as a kit. Stan talks about the factory check-out of the finished kit and his first flights. Popular Rotorcraft Association (9/14/10)

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Chris Collins, Midwest LSA Expo
The second annual Midwest LSA Expo is coming soon and Chris Collins from the Mt. Vernon, Illinois airport joins us to talk about what is planned for this year's expo. If you are in the market for a light sport aircraft or if you just want to see what the market is currently offering, this is the event to attend. Midwest LSA Expo (9/14/10)

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September 7, 2010

Earl Lawrence, Experimental Aircraft Association
Did you ever wonder where you might go when you need a repair part for your World War II era B-17 bomber? Well, if you are the EAA you bring your own. Earl Lawrence spent the weekend shuttling both part and mechanic from Oshkosh to New Jersey. Trips that some people plan for months ended up being a pick-up trip for Earl this past weekend. We talk about the "struggles" of having to fly cross-country and hang out at airports over the weekend. Experimental Aircraft Association (9/7/10)

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Dan Johnson, ByDanJohnson.com
Dan Johnson updates us with news about the ASTM work on producing standards for Special Light-Sport (S-LSA) so that manufacturers can build airplanes able to legally fly into actual Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). The newly voted standard prohibits flight into IMC weather, which is a change from the past. But hopefully it is only a temporary change until further work is done. Sound confusing? That's why we have Dan here to explain it all to us. ByDanJohnson.com (9/7/10)

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Jim Sweeney, SweeneyCorp
A couple of times in the past Jim Sweeney has given a roadmap to local clubs and chapters wanting to create safety seminar events for ultralight and sport aviation pilots. This time we do it early enough in the fall that people can actually get started with planning for a winter seminar. Jim presents all of the keys to putting together a good event. SweeneyCorp (9/7/10)

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Terri Sipantzi, Precision Windsports, Inc
By now most everyone knows that anyone can legally do maintenance on experimental aircraft without special training and with a 16-hour course can also do annual inspections E-LSA's. But most people believe that there is very little they can do to maintain their own S-LSA aircraft. Terri Sipantzi talks about the remarkable amount of maintenance that many owners can perform on their own aircraft and how to find out what you can do on your aircraft. Precision Windsports, Inc (9/7/10)

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Jeff Goin, FootFlyer.com
Jeff Goin has been committing lots of time into producing the first of his "Master Powered Paragliding" videos. Those pilots wanting to take their knowledge of the sport to the next level will be able to do so soon because that video is now finished. Jeff talks to us about the video and the work that went into producing it. FootFlyer.com (9/7/10)

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