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50th AirVenture to Feature Special Theme Days
As the 50th Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention approaches, EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh organizers are busy planning theme days for July 23 to 29. Unlike previous EAA AirVentures, each day will have a specific theme with special events and activities.
"Surveys have shown one of the biggest things people want each year is help in determining the must-see events at AirVenture," said EAA Vice President of Corporate
Communications Roger Jaynes. "Theme days will help EAAers plan their day at AirVenture, based on their particular interests."
EAA Receives Second Consecutive Aviation Week & Space Technology ‘Laurel’ Award
EAA has again received a prestigious “Laurel” Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine for its leadership role in removing objectionable language from
the National Defense Authorization Act that threatened to end the Warbird movement.
“EAA officials vigorously defended the rights of owners to fly their airplanes and allow future generations to experience the sights and sounds of the past,” it said. The action helped avert permanent grounding of World War II and other former military aircraft.
“We are honored to receive this award from Aviation Week & Space Technology for the second straight year,” EAA President Tom Poberezny said. “The members of both EAA and the Warbirds of America who worked very hard on the demilitarization issue deserve credit, along with the many warbird enthusiasts throughout the country who voiced their opinions to their federal representatives.”
Just last year, EAA received a Laurel for raising public awareness of flying, and for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh’s evolving status as a world showcase for aviation and aerospace.
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EAA’s ‘Spirit Of St. Louis’ Replica in National Spotlight For Lindbergh Flight 75th Anniversary
EAA’s replica of Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis,” will be in the national spotlight this spring during this year’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of his historic solo flight from New York to Paris. EAA’s replica airplane will be part of The
Lindbergh Foundation’s national schedule of events in May 2002 that celebrate the 1927 flight that captured the world’s imagination. On May 10-11, the airplane will be in St. Louis, Missouri, to re-create the arrival of the original airplane in that city from Ryan Aircraft Company in San Diego, California. It will then fly to New York City to participate in re-enactment festivities on May 18-20, marking the 75th anniversary of Lindbergh’s departure from New York’s Roosevelt Field en route to Europe.
At the same time, a “real-time” re-creation of Lindbergh’s 33-hour flight will be taking place at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, using the museum’s Operation Aviation flight simulators. This re-enactment will begin on May 20 and operate continuously through the night and into the evening of May 21, 75 years to the day when Lindbergh touched down at LeBourget Airfield in Paris.
Pre-1980 EAA Memorabilia Donations Sought
Do you have an EAA item or artifact you’d like to see expertly preserved and displayed by the world-renowned EAA AirVenture Museum? If so, the folks at the museum would like to hear from you. Our staff is actively soliciting donations of memorabilia for two purposes: to create a special golden anniversary display in honor of the 50th AirVenture this summer and to more accurately and authentically document the history of EAA for future generations.
“We are looking for artifacts relating to EAA and EAA Fly-In Conventions, in particular those prior to 1980,” said Curator of Collections Ron Twellman. Items from the very early days of EAA (1953-1970) are especially sought, including EAA-related souvenirs, clothing (hats, jackets, t-shirts, sweatshirts), and convention-related ephemera (pins, patches, decals, posters).
Items not needed include EAA magazines/programs (unless you have some of the earliest mimeographed Experimenters from 1953), and trophies/plaques awarded to fly-in participants. Because we cannot guarantee return of unsolicited items and are not looking for loaned items, please check with Ron before sending anything to EAA. You can reach him at 920-426-5917 or via e-mail
Wanted: Volunteers For
Sport Pilot Center at Sun 'n Fun
EAA is looking for volunteers to help staff its Sport Pilot Center at
Lakeland April 7-13 during the annual Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In. Volunteers
will help explain the sport pilot/light sport aircraft NPRM to visitors as
well as answer questions about the proposed rule. Hours are flexible. If
you'd like to lend a hand, contact Ron Wagner at 920-426-6122, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Olympics TFR Effective Through February 24
The FAA is reminding all pilots who
intend to operate in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area that special traffic management procedures outlined in
!FDC 2/0860 for the
Winter Olympic Games remain in place through Sunday, February 24. Please
review current procedures and contact
Flight Service for clarification or further information, if necessary. Since
the start of the Olympics, there have been at least seven airspace
violations and several incidences where pilots were escorted or
"forced" to land. On one of those occasions, the pilot mistook a
reservation for inspection as permission to reposition his aircraft. ... (read
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Another $100 Million Secured For Eclipse 500 Jet
Eclipse Aviation Corporation, manufacturer of the Eclipse 500 jet, announced it has secured a total of $220 million of equity investment to fund the company’s continued progress toward the manufacture and certification of the aircraft. “Our continued success in funding this program is a direct result of the significant progress we have made in the development and assembly of the Eclipse 500 jet and the tremendous market validation we have achieved,” said Vern Raburn, president and CEO.
The Eclipse 500 is a six-place, twin Williams turbofan-powered jet that is aimed to make private jet travel affordable for commercial air passengers via an air taxi service due to lower acquisition and direct operating costs. The latest round of funding – totaling $100 million - was secured in September ($62 million) and February 2002 ($38 million).
FAA certification is scheduled in December 2003
with first customer deliveries scheduled for January 2004. Visit Eclipse at
Avidyne To Develop VHF Digital Link Mode-3 Avionics For General Aviation
Avidyne Corporation will develop and certify VHF Digital Link Mode-3 (VDL-3) avionics for general aviation with funding from the FAA. The FAA will fund development of the airborne components of the Next Generation Air/Ground Communications
(NEXCOM) program, which will replace the ground radio system currently used for air traffic control communications. Under the agreement, Avidyne will develop VDL-3 avionics for the general aviation market, and Rockwell Collins and Honeywell will develop VDL-3 avionics for commercial air carriers. The agreements ensure both the availability of VDL-3 avionics to support the NEXCOM System Demonstration Program, scheduled for completion by the end of 2004, and that VDL-3 avionics equipment will be available to the aviation community when the NEXCOM system is implemented in the latter part of 2009. The NEXCOM system will enhance the FAA's ability to meet expanding air traffic control communication demands.
First U.S. Student Pilot Earns PPL in Symphony
On February 14, Dary Finck became the first U.S. student to earn his private pilot license in the OMF-160 Symphony, the German-manufactured trainer based on the GlaStar design. Finck is a student at Mission Aviation Training Academy (MATA), Arlington, Washington, where NAFI Master CFI Pastor Mike Crowell serves as executive director. Finck’s instructor, Tom Robertson, also recently received his CFI rating under the instruction of Crowell.
The two-place Symphony is powered by a Lycoming 0-320 engine and combines the strength of a tube-steel fuselage with the smooth lines of a composite shell. It was chosen by the school as a primary trainer because of its exceptional slow-flight and short/soft field capabilities. MATA also operates a 1967 Mooney Mark 21 instrument-certified complex trainer and a 1947 Cessna 140.
New Lancair ES Fastbuild Kit Shortens Build Time
Lancair International, Inc. now offers a new ES Fastbuild kit which, when combined with the available two-week Builder’s Workshop and other available builder assistance programs, significantly shortens building time to as little as 700 hours. The $4,000 per week workshop not only provides the basics of advanced composite construction, it also results in completion of both wings with installed flaps and ailerons; the horizontal stabilizer; the fuselage; windows installation; the Fastbuild door package and other internal items. Lancair will have the new ES kit on Display at Sun ‘n Fun April 7-13 in Lakeland, Florida. For more information contact Neico Aviation Inc., 541-923-2244 or visit
Floridapilot.com Fly-In March 24 at Fantasy of Flight
The Florida Pilots Association will host the Floridapilot.com Fly-In on March 24 at Fantasy of Flight in Central, Florida, home to one of the most spectacular collections of aircraft around. Pilots attending the fly-in will be able to use the 5000-feet and 2600-feet turf runways, located just north-northwest of Winter Haven’s Gilbert Airport (GIF). All pilots must RSVP with their N-number, aircraft type, and number of passengers on board to
email@example.com or by calling 941-356-9575. Each admission ($25 per person) includes a donation to the Florida Pilot Association and eligibility for door prizes. Check
www.FloridaPilot.com for more information as the event date approaches.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question: I use auto fuel in my homebuilt airplane. The pump where I purchase my fuel has a sign on the side that says 10 percent ethanol could be added to the fuel at certain times of the year. Is there a problem with using a gasoline-ethanol mixture and, if so, how can I tell if there is ethanol in the fuel at any given time?
Answer: Thanks for the timely question. EAA is the only aviation organization actively representing small aircraft operators in developing an unleaded alternative for 100LL, which is expected to be phased out over the next decade. EAA began testing and evaluating alternate fuels for piston aircraft engines in 1964. Tests were conducted not only on automobile gasoline, but also ethanol. In 1982, EAA successfully changed FAA policy to consider the use of automobile gasoline in aircraft. EAA's Supplemental Type Certificate
(STC) for the use of autogas in the standard category, of which more than 40,000 have been issued, does not allow for the use of auto fuel containing ethanol or methanol. Our research concluded that ethanol and methanol are not compatible with materials in airplane fuel systems because it causes malfunction of the fuel delivery system.
EAA has been fighting politically popular proposals to require states to use a certain percentage of ethanol in auto gas. If you are unsure whether your gas includes alcohol, visit
and scroll to EAA FIELD INFORMATION NO. 306. This provides a simple test for determining the presence and amount of alcohol in fuel.
Homebuilders are not bound by the requirements of autogas STCs, but we strongly suggest that all gasolines containing methanol and ethanol be avoided in aircraft. For additional information on the use of auto fuel in aircraft, visit
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