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Question: I have a private pilot single-engine land certificate. I have decided to let my medical lapse and fly exercising sport pilot privileges. Under what limitations will I now be flying?

: Under 14 CFR 61.303, if you hold at least a recreational pilot certificate and a valid U.S. driver's license, you can fly any light sport aircraft in the category and class on your pilot certificate. You are bound by the limitations listed in 14 CFR 61.315 but are not required to have any of the endorsements required by the sport pilot section in Part 61. In your case, as a private pilot, you are eligible to fly any single-engine land light sport aircraft. Keep in mind you must hold a tail-wheel endorsement to fly a tail-wheel light sport aircraft. For a complete list of sport pilot limitations for certificated pilots, visit AOPA's sport pilot frequently asked questions. For additional information on sport pilot and light sport aircraft, see AOPA Online.

A Maryland pilot who hopes to circumnavigate the globe via the two poles says someone apparently poured lacquer thinner into his aircraft's fuel tanks. "This is a hard thing to wrap my mind around," Gus McLeod told the Baltimore Sun. "I can't believe I would be so important that someone would want to hurt me." McLeod told the Sun he left his Firefly, a modified Velocity, outside his hangar one night with a can of laquer thinner on the ground beside it. He found the empty can the next day but apparently didn't suspect the new whereabouts of its contents. On a shakedown flight on Oct. 16, he experienced engine problems and upon landing found yellow goo in the fuel lines. Later tests confirmed the presence of laquer thinner in the fuel and inspection of the fiberglass fuel tank revealed they'd been partially dissolved, resulting in fuel-line blockage

The FAA's annual revision of its five-year planning document, called its Flight Plan, continues the much-disputed tack that the existing funding structure for the agency, through the Airway and Airport Trust Fund, is falling short and a new method of funding is needed. AOPA President Phil Boyer said the fund is actually growing but the FAA is under intense pressure from airlines and from within the administration to establish a fee-for-service system. AOPA is also suggesting Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta was a little less than forthcoming when he told those attending his Q&A session at AOPA Expo earlier this month that "From my perspective, it will not be a user fee" that will dig the FAA out of the mire.

After 60 Years, It's Still A Mystery

Perhaps proving that no good mystery can be left that way, NBC News, without uncovering a shred of new information or evidence, is, according to the Palm Beach Post, "rekindling speculation" on what happened to a flight of five Navy Grumman Avengers that went missing 60 years ago off the coast of Florida in what became known as the Bermuda Triangle. Congress also voted to commemorate the anniversary with a resolution that passed 420-2 (Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., voted against). "Perhaps someday we will learn what happened and lay this mystery to rest," said Florida Republican Clay Shaw, who put the resolution forward. Apparently, the latest television probe, which will air Nov. 27, doesn't do that. Despite sending a couple of research ships to the area where the planes disappeared from radar on Dec. 5, 1945, the NBC "investigation" failed to turn up any new clues to the disappearance, which has spawned theories ranging from spatial disorientation to alien abduction. A search plane also went missing without a trace and the total death toll was 27.

About 2,500 Special Olympics athletes will arrive in style at the U.S. Special Olympics National Games at Iowa State University next July. A fleet of 400 privately owned Cessna Citations will fly the athletes from 35 states to the Games. All of the flight time, pilot time and fuel will be donated by the owners of the planes. Cessna is coordinating the effort, called the Citation Special Olympics Airlift. A sign-up sheet is available by going to the link provided on the airlift information page.

The first movie based on some of the events of 9/11 is in production in England. The movie, called Flight 93, will focus on the efforts of passengers aboard United Air Lines Flight 93 to prevent hijackers from crashing it into Washington, D.C., by forcing it down in Pennsylvania...

Cirrus Chutists Back In The Air

Survivors of a couple of high-profile Cirrus parachute deployments resumed flying shortly after their mishaps and say they'll keep flying Cirruses. Albert Kolk, the Canadian rancher whose SR20 parachuted to safety April 8, 2004, in the rugged Monashee Mountains of south central British Columbia, told AVweb his plane is undergoing repairs and he hopes to have it back by Christmas. According to the Canadian Transportation Safety Board report on the incident, the plane went into a spiral dive while flying on autopilot at about 9,500 feet. Kolk pulled the chute and he and three other occupants stepped out of the aircraft on a rockslide near Edgewood, B.C. Ilan Reich, who blacked out at the controls of his SR22 and decided to pull the chute over Haverstraw, N.Y., has purchased a fractional share in another SR22 and is flying regularly with an instructor while he waits to get his medical back. After rescue workers plucked Reich out of the creek where his plane landed last July, an emergency-room doctor told him he had a massive brain tumor. The tumor was removed in August and, after undergoing rehabilitation to fix the paralysis of his right side that ensued, Reich has recently been able to resume flying. The FAA won't look at reissuing his medical until 2007 but Reich, along with his instructor, are still punching holes in the sky. "I hope to fly my first Angel Flight mission since the crash in early December," he told AVweb.

Two occupants of a homebuilt tried to parachute from the stricken aircraft
last week but they were too low for the chutes to deploy. Media reports suggest the engine on the Legend failed after takeoff and it crashed off the end of the runway at La Cholla Airpark, near Tucson. Both men died…

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