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This Week's Activities

July 19-22 - KEOKUK, IA - L-Birds Fly-In, 319-524-6378

July 20-22 - LUDINGTON, MI - Chapter 772 Weekend Fly-In at Mason County Airport (LDM)

July 21 - HUNTSVILLE, AL - Chapter 190 Breakfast at Moontown Airport (3M5) 256-880-8136

July 21 - WAUSAU, WI - Wausau Downtown Airport sponsored 3rd Annual SwingDing, 715-848-6000

July 21 - SUSANVILLE, CA - Chapter 794 Annual Susanville Airfair, 530-257-0334

July 21 - COOK, MN - Cook Area Friends of Aviation & the Cook Airport Commission sponsored 1st Annual Cook Airport Days, 218-666-2200

July 21 - WASHINGTON ISLAND, WI - Washington Island Lions Club sponsored 48th Annual Fly-In Whitefish Boil, 920-847-2770

July 22 - OELWEIN, IA - Chapter 1269 Third Annual Fly-In Supper, 319-283-5189

July 21-22 - KALAMAZOO, MI - Warbirds Over Kalamazoo, 616-382-6555

July 21-22 - PORT TOWNSEND, WA - Chapter 1026 and the Jefferson County Pilots Assoc. Annual Fly-In, 360-681-0895

July 21-22 - PORTAGE, WI - Chapter 371 Lunch to Oshkosh-Bound Flyers,608-742-3031

July 22 - MARSHFIELD, WI - Chapter 992 Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, 715-384-8700

July 22 - ZANESVILLE, OH - Chapter 425 Pre-Oshkosh Fly-In, 740-454-0003

July 22 - BURLINGTON, WI - 9th Annual Group Ercoupe Flight Into AirVenture, 715-842-7814

July 22 - MOON TOWNSHIP, PA - Chapter 857 Fly-In & Flying Start Program

July 22 - DANVILLE, PA - Chapter 769 Fly-In Breakfast, 570-275-3935

July 23 - OSHKOSH, WI - AMA Scale Model R/C Fly-In, 920-231-6153

July 23 - OSHKOSH, WI - AMA Scale Model R/C Fly-In, 920-231-6153

July 27- OSHKOSH, WI - Stinson Lunch at Golf Central, 630-904-6964

July 29 - CUMBERLAND, MD - Chapter 426 Fly-In Breakfast, 814-356-3773

July 22 - DANVILLE, PA - EAA Chapter 769, Fly-In Breakfast/Lunch, 570-275-3935

EAA SportAir Workshops
Next Workshop:
AUGUST 10-12, 2001, CORONA, CA 
Topic: RV Assembly

See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.

Photo of the Month

EAA's website features a different airplane-themed calendar every month that you can download and use as wallpaper. For July, we have EAA's two Young Eagles RV-6As.

E-Newsletter For Recreational Aviators

July 20, 2001   Volume 1, Number 5


Four days to AirVenture Oshkosh 2001!

Welcome to EAA HOT LINE, a new weekly e-mail newsletter for members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, its divisions and affiliates. This newsletter provides a quick summary of what’s happening at EAA, with direct links to the EAA website for the full story. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org

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News You Can Use ---

Judge Overturns Vimy Decision; Historic Aircraft Allowed to Proceed To AirVenture

The judge who two days earlier grounded the Vickers Vimy replica Silver Queen reversed his own decision Friday afternoon, allowing the historic aircraft to proceed on to Oshkosh and AirVenture 2001.
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It's Almost Here ... AirVenture Oshkosh 2001!

Final preparations are being made for the biggest aviation event of the year, AirVenture Oshkosh. For those of you on your way (or planning to come during the week), we'll see you here. For those who can't make it, enjoy a daily dose of e-Hot Line reports throughout the week.

Executive Director Named for EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk

“It is a privilege to be joining EAA and its members in celebrating the Wright brothers’ first flight,” said an enthusiastic Randal Dietrich, newly named director of EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk” initiative. "Countdown to Kitty Hark will allow a global audience to step back in time.”
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New Sport Pilot Newsletter In The Mail, On www.sportpilot.org 

The second edition of EAA's Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft newsletter is hot off the press just in time for AirVenture Oshkosh 2001. For those subscribing to the newsletter, it's in the mail. There will also be copies available throughout AirVenture grounds, but if you just can't wait that long, check out the Sport Pilot website and download a PDF of the newsletter now.
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IAC Set to Introduce New FAA Video, Retire Championship Trophies

The International Aerobatic Club will retire its championship trophies at the annual member reception Thursday evening at the IAC Aerobatic Center on the EAA convention grounds. Also scheduled on Thursday afternoon is the official release of the second IAC-FAA video, “How To Avoid Aircraft Upsets.”
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On The Flight Line ---

New Additions to the Sonex Kit Announced
The Sonex Kit now contains all formed wing Ribs, Fuselage Formers, along with all tail and control surface ribs, allowing builders to save even more time. The new price of the Sonex Kit is $11,985, which includes a $1,170 kit discount. Orders for the new kit are being taken now with deliveries starting in early August. Sonex has released a "virtual tour" of the Sonex at its website, www.sonex-ltd.com. Sonex will be located in the North Display Area (Booths 464 and 465) at AirVenture.

First Non-AOG Packaged Parts Shipments Begin at New Glasair

Gleaned from the newglasair.com website this week: "Although we've been making AOG shipments for several weeks, this past week we reached a significant milestone and made our first non-AOG packaged parts shipments. Though this was an important step, we still have a long way to go before we are able to complete all existing orders. The good news is that we have a functional shipping department, an established UPS account and personnel who are getting more familiar with the parts and parts numbering systems daily. Read more, including Tom Wathen and Mikael Via's plans for AirVenture at http://www.newglasair.com.

Orenda a Finalist at Aerospace Industry Awards
Orenda Recip Inc. was selected as one of only three finalists in the “Propulsion” category at the prestigious eighth annual Flight International Aerospace Industry Awards for 2001 in Paris, France in June. Orenda was recognized by its industry peers for its work in bringing to market the first new high-powered piston engine in General Aviation in over 40 years. “To be recognized for our efforts by our industry peers as a finalist for these prestigious awards is a great honor for our team ” said Peter Jackson, General Manager of Orenda Recip Inc. The two other finalists selected were General Electric for the GE90 and MTU for the successful foreign object damage tests of the EJ200 fan.
Orenda’s current aircraft applications include the King Air C90, Air Tractor 301/401, Zlin Z-400 utility aircraft, ZIU Turkish Ag plane, the Chinese N5 Agricultural Aircraft, Explorer 500R utility aircraft, Britten-Norman Defender surveillance aircraft and the DHC-2 Beaver. Orenda produces the OE600 engine at its Debert, Nova Scotia facility. For more information, call 905-673-5319.

Listening To The Tower at AirVenture
As far as the people at Scanning USA magazine are concerned, big events are much more exciting when you bring your scanner. Not a flatbed scanner, but a so-called police band scanner that is capable of picking up radio communications. Many people enjoy listening to the dialogue between arriving aircraft and the FAA control tower.
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Q & A: Question of the Week

To EAA Government and Industry Relations:
I’m not sure if this topic has been discussed at your level, but I’d like to throw my $.02 worth in. The issue is the typical call up of “Experimental NXXXX” upon first contact with a control tower. I believe that considering he variety and volume of Homebuilts now flying we need to somehow convey the relative speed category of those A/C so ATC can better fit them to their traffic.

I’ve been flying a Glasair III around New England in and out of controlled and uncontrolled fields for two years now. On more occasions than I’d care to mention, when arriving at a towered field, I’ve entered their pattern as instructed and stirred up a ruckus because the GIII is faster than they anticipated, or I arrived before they expected. Just last week we had a near miss that was so close that only a maximum performance maneuver instantly, from both A/C, kept us out of the headlines. My point is this, when an A/C calls in Citation, King Air, Bonanza, Skyhawk, Arrow, etc., the controllers know what to expect and act accordingly. But, the simple Experimental call doesn’t tell them whether they’re dealing with a Kitfox at 50 Kts. Or a Lancair IV at 150. I’m certainly not a proponent of added complexity in communication procedures, however, perhaps we need to add some standard qualifier to the simple experimental call up such as alpha, bravo, charlie that would indicate to the controllers what the approach speed of that A/C is.  - Via e-mail

You make some good points regarding traffic pattern safety that applies to both ATC controlled airports and to UNICOM-only airports.
AIM, paragraph 4-1-9 and 4-2-3, talk about radio procedures at controlled and non-controlled airports. Unless under radar control, they both say your initial contact to an ATC tower or UNICOM should be made 10 to 15 miles from the airport and should include: 1) name of facility being called, 2) your full aircraft identification, 3) direction and distance from the airport and 4) intentions (land, etc.). There is nothing written that limits your initial request to just those items, so if you find aircraft speed awareness is a safety factor - then by all means include that information in your initial call. For example, "Oshkosh tower, experimental NXXXX, 15 miles west for landing, traffic pattern speed will be 130 knots, over."
In addition FAA Order 7400.2D, paragraph 10-14 defines airport traffic patterns based on speeds (1.3 x the aircraft stall speed in the landing configuration at maximum certified landing weight) of aircraft: 1) Category A - speed less than 91 knots, 2) Category B - speed between 91 and 121 knots, 3) Category C - speed between 121 and 141 knots, 4) Category D - speed between 141 and 166 knots, and 5) Category E - speed 166 knots or greater. Then Table 10-14[5] establishes the distance from the runway, downwind traffic patterns should be flown based on these speeds: 1) Category A - .75 miles, 2) Category B - 1 mile, 3) Category C - 1.75 miles, and 4) Category D & E - 3 miles.
By being more aware of these factors, you can change your initial call to: "Oshkosh tower, experimental NXXXX, 15 miles west for landing, Category C aircraft, over." Then fly your traffic pattern accordingly. The Category used should be based on the above airspeed figures.
The final piece of the safety puzzle is FAA Order 7340.1, Chapter 5, Section 3, which contains information your local FSS Specialist should provide to you when filing your VFR or IFR flight plan: In block 3 of the flight plan (Aircraft Type) you need to enter one of the following codes: 1) "HXA" - if your experimental aircraft cruises at 100 knots or less, 2) "HXB" - if your experimental aircraft cruises between 100 and 200 knots, and 3) "HXC" - if your experimental aircraft cruises at greater than 200 knots.
All the above, in combination with the VFR "see and avoid" rule should help resolve most of the problems.

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