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28th Annual
Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In Opens April 7

"Red, White and Blue Skies” is the theme for the 28th annual Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In, which begins Sunday, April 7, and runs through Saturday, April 13.

On opening day Kermit Weeks will arrive in his Spirit of St. Louis replica at 11 a.m. to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's famous New York-to-Paris flight. The airplane will remain on display near the airshow announcer's stand before departing Sun 'n Fun Wednesday for shipment to Paris, where it will re-enact Lindbergh's landing at LeBourget.

Bruce Bohannon will attempt to establish another time-to-climb record--altitude at level flight--in his Exxon Flying Tiger on April 9. He aims to break the 40,000 feet level.

A new pedestrian walkway from the Main Admissions Building at the Main Gate to Sun 'n Fun's International Sport Aviation Museum (ISAM) is lined with palm trees and the 50 state flags.
Nearby exhibits include the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS); the Tuskegee Airmen; Sun 'n Fun's "Flight Centennial" plaza, commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk; an expanded NASA exhibit; Sun 'n Fun's Youth Activities Area; U.S. Customs; Vietnam Veterans; Civil Air Patrol, and a tent featuring the Museum's restoration work on the Vertical riser.

Pre-fly-in activities include the April 5 Gulf Coast Avionics Benefit Golf Classic to benefit the Florida Aviation Safety Foundation and the Sun 'n Fun Aviation Foundation, and the President’s Gala on April 6 in the ISAM Pavilion. The Gala is a fundraiser for Sun 'n Fun 's youth aviation education programs and an endowment for activities throughout the year.

Scheduled Activities

March 30, 2002 – YAZOO, MS - 1st Yazoo County Bar-B-Que Fly-In Yazoo County Airport, Yazoo City, Mississippi, Contact information 662-746-6824

April 4-6 - KISSIMMEE, FL - B-25 Warbird Gathering, 407-933-1942

April 6 - LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - Chapter 690 Sport Pilot Review/Pancake Breakfast, 770-613-9501

April 6 - CORNING, CA - Chapter 1148 Airport Fly-In Lunch, 530-824-0644

April 6 - HILLSBORO, OR - Chapter 105 Fly-In at Starks Twin Oaks Airpark, 503-646-8763

April 6 - PRATTVILLE, AL - Rob Ray sponsored RV Fly-In at One Alpha Nine, 850-543-3737

April 6, 2002 - WINCHESTER, TN - [BGF] - Chapter 699, EAA fly-in the First Saturday of every month - up to 100 planes fly in! Breakfast 8-10:30 a.m. 931-967-3148

April 6, 2002 - GALVESTON, TX - Fabulous Forties HANGAR DANCE, Sentimental Journey Orchestra, The Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston International Airport (Scholes Field), Hangar II, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets $25 each in advance for museum members, $40 each or $75/couple for non-members, $50 at the door, 409-740-7722

Young Eagles Rallies

March 30 - Rain Date - 4/13 - Isbell Field - Fort Payne, AL Chapter 890 - Wilma Playford 256-845-2824

March 30 - Rain Date - 4/6 - Downtown Island - Knoxville, TN Chapter 17 - Donald Miller 865-482-3167

March 30 - New Kent County Airport - Richmond, VA Chapter 231 - Richard Poprik 804-271-9573

March 30 - LOUISVILLE, KY - Chapter 110 Fly-In/Young Eagle Rally, Bowman Field, 502-459-6184
April 5-6 - STOCKTON, CA - Chapter 52 Young Eagle Rally, (SCK)
April 6 - Rain Date: 4/13 - Apple Valley Airport - Apple Valley, CA Chapter 768 - Thomas Gummo 760-242-2669

April 6 - Briscoe Field (LZU) - Lawrenceville, GA Chapter 690 - Duane Huff 770-921-4423 

April 6 - Nampa - Nampa, ID Chapter 103 - Mark Miller 208-387-1767 

April 6 - Twin Oaks Airport - Hillsboro, OR Chapter 105 - J. Rion Bourgeois 503-670-1144 

April 6 - Rain Date: 4/13 - Crites Field - Waukesha, WI Chapter 18 - Dean Burgeois 414-762-5002 

April 7 - ADDISON, IL - Chapter 101 Young Eagle Rallies, Schaumburg Regional Airport, 630-543-9213
EAA SportAir Workshops:

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Topics: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Gas Welding and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.
April Features a Look Inside Pioneer Airport's  Steve Wittman Hangar

Enjoy a wide-angle view of Pioneer Airport's Wittman Hangar on your computer desktop in April. EAA's monthly calendar can be downloaded directly from the EAA website.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

March 29, 2002   Volume 1, Number 55

Welcome to EAA e-HOT LINE, the e-mail newsletter for members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, its divisions and affiliates. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org.

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AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 ... A Red, White, & Blue ... and GOLDEN Event!

It's EAA'S 50th! Make it your first!

News You Can Use ---

EAA Continues to Offer Members Aviation Insurance Assistance
AVEMCO Will Renew In-Force Policies on All Classes of Homebuilts
EAA Headquarters staff is continuing to assist its members who have needs in the increasingly complex aviation insurance field, guiding them to all available underwriters that can help them obtain the type of coverage they seek for their aircraft, particularly homebuilt aircraft. 

EAA’s Aviation Information Services staff is available at 888-322-4636, ext. 4821, to assist with insurance matters. This has always been a part of EAA’s longstanding commitment to its members, particularly homebuilt aircraft builders and pilots. Aviation Info Services representatives will request basic information on aircraft and pilot background, then provide appropriate contacts for possible insurance coverage. 

On Tuesday (March 26), EAA leadership, including President Tom Poberezny, met with senior representatives from Avemco Insurance Company at the EAA Aviation Center to discuss insurance availability for certain categories of homebuilt aircraft provided through EAA’s Aircraft Insurance Plan administered by Avemco.
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EAA, Other Organizations Urge FAA To Remove Sensitive Personal Information From On-Line Pilot Database
EAA and other aviation organizations are insisting that the FAA remove what they allege are illegal search capabilities that use Social Security and pilot certificate numbers on its Airmen Inquiry website.

After being alerted by an EAA member of the situation, EAA Government Relations staff confirmed that searches by Social Security number (SSN) or pilot certificate number (which are the same in the overwhelming majority of cases) yield names and addresses of airmen matched to the final six digits of their SSN. Once that occurs, information within an individual airman’s record is available, including his/her address, matched with the last six digits of his/her SSN.
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Vintage Boeing plane ditches in Elliott Bay, Washington
The beautifully restored Boeing 307 Stratoliner which made its public debut at AirVenture Oshkosh last July was forced to ditch in Seattle’s Elliott Bay Thursday 45 minutes after takeoff, according to the US Coast Guard. All four people aboard were safely rescued.

The plane, the only remaining Boeing 307 Stratoliner, ditched at about 1:15 p.m. near the shore of West Seattle when it experienced engine trouble, according to local news reports. Rescue boats attached a line to it and were trying to prevent the historic aircraft from sinking by pulling it to shore. Officials hope to be able to lift the airplane out of the water within the next 48 hours.
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AeroShell Aerobatic Team to Receive 2002 Barber Award
The AeroShell Aerobatic Team has been named recipient of the 2002 “Bill Barber Award For Showmanship,” by World Airshow News. Team members Alan Henley, Steve Gustafson, Gene McNeely and Mark Henley will receive the award at 7:55 p.m. on July 27 during a special presentation ceremony at AirVenture Oshkosh’s Theater in the Woods.

“On behalf of the team, we’re all just tickled to death,” said Alan Henley, Lead Pilot. “All the people I’ve idolized through the years, to be included in that group is really a great honor.” Henley got the good news while preparing for a weekend practice session for the upcoming airshow season. The messenger: EAA President Tom Poberezny, who is also one of the Barber award’s first recipients.

The formation aerobatic team flies the distinctive WWII North American Advanced Trainer (AT-6 Texan). The pilots conduct a series of precision formation aerobatic maneuvers that combine their skill, competence and flair with the familiar, powerful roar of the T-6’s 600 HP Pratt and Whitney engines. Performing a series of precision formation aerobatic maneuvers, including their bomb burst, vertical rejoin, avalanche, the breathtaking "Switch Blade", along with graceful loops and rolls.
EAA, NAFI Oppose Proposed Connecticut Legislation
EAA and the National Association of Flight Instructors are actively fighting proposed legislation in Connecticut that they say would place excessive burdens on flight schools, students and instructors. Specifically, Section #16 of Connecticut House Bill 5028 titled An Act Concerning The Investigation And Prosecution Of Acts Of Terrorism, would place undue burdens on the many law-abiding U.S. citizens seeking to further their aviation industry careers.

EAA and NAFI feel this bill is an overreaction to the September 11 terrorist attacks much like legislation attempted in Florida late last year. As in that case, Connecticut’s proposed legislation does not take into account the recent Federal Congressional Aviation Security Bills or the FAA Flight Standards Service Flight Training Security recommendations.
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110% EAA Challenge Yields 548 New Members
EAA’s 90-day, 110% for EAA membership recruitment and retention campaign resulted in 548 new members recruited by 215 Chapters, reports the EAA Chapter Office. EAA President Tom Poberezny launched the campaign in November by asking Chapter presidents for a recruiting commitment so that EAA can continue efforts to protect the right to fly; promote access to the dream of flight; preserve the heritage of flight; and prepare the future of flight.

The following chapters are recognized for their outstanding recruitment efforts:

Chapter 512, Placerville, California-20 Members (Blue Level)

Chapter 1343, Gallatin, Tennessee-13 Members (White Level)
Chapter 1, Riverside, California-12 Members (White Level)
Chapter 354, Dawson, Georgia-12 Members (White Level)
Chapter 1339, Argentina-10 Members (White Level)

Chapter 191, Corpus Christi, Texas-7 Members (Red Level)
Chapter 1041, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania-7 Members (Red Level)
Chapter 1349, Glen Saint Mary, Florida-7 Members (Red Level)
Chapter 55, Mason, Michigan-6 Members (Red Level)
Chapter 1341, Churchville, Maryland-6 Members (Red Level)
Chapter 1347, LaGrange, Texas-5 Members (Red Level)

EAA Chapters are where people go to get involved in building, restoring, flying, and enjoying the opportunities of recreational aviation. What began in November 2001 as 110% for EAA will continue through 2002. Our 100% for EAA commitment is to ensure that every Chapter member is an EAA member. At the same time we're shooting for a 10 percent growth in EAA members recruited by local Chapters-or 5,000 new EAAers.
EAA will continue to stand for free skies and the individual spirit that allows us to enjoy the freedom of flight.

KidVenture Expands its Run To All Seven Days at AirVenture 2002
KidVenture, the successful youth- and family-oriented “experiment” begun in 1999, has become an integral part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in just three years. Since landing at Wittman Regional Airport, KidVenture has attracted thousands of participants young and old alike with its hands-on, educational—and fun—aviation-based demonstrations and presentations. After all, kids get to build their own gliders and rockets, fly simulators, see aviation legends tell their stories, ride in a tethered hot-air balloon, and so much more.
“It is obvious KidVenture provides lasting experiences for young people,” says Judy Rice, EAA KidVenture Staff Liaison. “To see the smiles from young participants and volunteers alike is what we are all about. KidVenture is truly an experience for the family. There is something for everyone at KV, from the tiny tot to mom and dad and grandpa and grandma.”
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Chapter 44 Organizing 21st Oshkosh Airlift
EAA Chapter 44 in Rochester, New York, is taking reservations for the 21st annual Oshkosh Airlift from Rochester, New York, to Oshkosh and the 50th AirVenture 2002. The complete tour package provides air fare, five days at the convention, ground transfers and lodging at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh dorms all for $495 per person. The commercial flight departs on July 24 from Rochester to Appleton, Wisconsin and returns on the July 29.

Project Chairman and Chapter member Paul Stumpf says the Airlift is a convenient and affordable way for EAA members and enthusiasts to attend the world’s greatest aviation event who otherwise might not go. “It's our way of supporting our convention by promoting attendance and making it easy to get there, especially for those of us who can't fly-in in our own aircraft,” said Stumpf. “We've had 20 consecutive, successful Airlifts and are looking forward to a repeat in 2002.” He added that there are normally 30 to 40 people on the flight.
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You Could Win - Aviation Will Win - in EAA Aviation Foundation Sweepstakes
Help us celebrate EAA’s 50th AirVenture – and do your part to ensure the future of personal flight - by entering the EAA Aviation Foundation Sweepstakes. Grand prize is a completely rebuilt Piper PA28-140 Cherokee "Anniversary Edition" airplane, currently in the process of being completely refurbished to better-than-new condition at the EAA/Kermit Weeks Flight Center in Oshkosh. (Pictured at left: last year's grand prize winners Mr. and Mrs. George Bamman)
Other prizes include a BOSE Aviation Headset X, Slick Aircraft Ignition System and His/n Hers Harley-Davidson leather jackets.
Your contribution to the EAA Aviation Foundation Sweepstakes helps us continue the important work in preserving the freedom to fly for future generations. Proceeds from the Sweepstakes will assist in meeting ongoing challenges as well as continue the tradition and legacy of aviation.
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OPERATION: PROTECT OUR PLANES (POP) is looking for volunteers to provide a safe environment for visiting aircraft during AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. Volunteers need to be able to commit up to 20 hours beginning Monday, July 22nd through Monday, July 29th. There will be two four-hour shifts each day, approximately 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Families and groups are encouraged to volunteer together to help protect the showplanes on display while working the flightline area. For more information on OPERATION: PROTECT OUR PLANES (POP), visit the AirVenture website or contact POP Chairman Noel Marshall at nmarshall@eaamail.org or Teresa Lautenschlager at tlautenschlager@eaa.org or 920-426-6131.Volunteers must be 14 or older, and ages 14-17 are required to have a parent or guardian accompany the individual)
On The Flight Line ---

NavPad Kneeboard Made For GPS, PDA Devices
DiBlasi’s NavPad is the first angled kneeboard that allows pilots hands-free use of handheld electronic devices like PDAs and GPS units. Created by private pilot/inventor Hardy Huber, the plastic yellow NavPad is shaped to conform to the upper leg and secured with a black Velcro strap. The GPS or PDA attaches to the slanted surface with Velcro and is angled to approximately 30 degrees, permitting a perpendicular view of the screen. This set-up is especially useful in stick-controlled airplanes, helicopters, sailplanes and ultralights, as well as for pilots who charter a variety of different types of aircraft. For more information or to order, visit www.diblasi.com or call 800-342-2214.

New Spirit Handed Over to Erik Lindbergh
Erik Lindbergh, grandson of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, was handed the keys Friday to N142LC, the Lancair Columbia 300 dubbed New Spirit of St. Louis during a special ceremony at Lancair’s headquarters on the Bend Airport in Bend, Oregon. Lindbergh will fly New Spirit to recreate his grandfather’s world-changing achievement 75 years ago, from San Diego to St. Louis in eight hours on April 14; from St. Louis to New York in five hours on April 20; and from New York to Paris in 17-19 hours – almost exactly half the time of the original flight in 1927. New Spirit will make its first public appearance at Sun ‘n Fun, Lakeland, Florida, April 7. The New Spirit of St. Louis flights are a project of the X-PRIZE Foundation located in St. Louis, Missouri.
www.lancair.com; www.xprize.com

Microvision's New HUD System Being Launched at Lakeland
Microvision and PCFLIGHTSYSTEMS will demo the Personal Flight Display Package at the Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-in April 7-13 in Lakeland, Florida. The system incorporates the Nomad™ Personal Display System the daylight-readable head-up display that superimposes critical flight data in a pilot’s field of view. This increases flight safety and situational awareness for general aviation pilots by allowing head up, hands-free access to critical flight data without diverting attention from flying the plane. PCFLIGHTSYSTEMS will be at booth #D069.

Military Buying Autolight Spark Plugs
The U.S. military has begun buying its piston engine aircraft spark plugs from Unison. The Defense Logistic Agency’s Defense Supply Center (DSCR) placed its first order for Unison’s Autolite aviation spark plugs in March. “We’re proud that the DSCR now relies on our spark plugs for their demanding military applications,” said Jim Melvin, Unison’s Director of Marketing and GA Sales. 
Unison successfully reintroduced Autolight aviation spark plugs to the general aviation market in 1999 under license from Honeywell International, Inc.
Q & A: Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation Information Services:
If I go through the process of n-numbering my two place ultralight now will I have any problem going to the sport pilot rating when it passes, barring no changes in the current proposals?

If you register and license your two place ultralight trainer now, as an experimental/amateur-built aircraft, you will not need to change it's airworthiness category later. So long as it meets the weight and performance criteria called out in the definition of a light-sport aircraft, a sport pilot will be allowed to fly it.

Sport pilots will be allowed to fly aircraft certificated in ANY category (standard, experimental/amateur-built, experimental/light-sport aircraft, etc.) so long as it meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft.

If your aircraft meets the requirements for experimental/amateur-built category, it would be to your advantage to license it in that category rather than experimental/LSA. Placing the aircraft in amateur-built category will allow you, providing that you're the primary builder, to receive the repairman certificate for the aircraft with no further training. Also, amateur-built category is more flexible than LSA in regard to later modifications and changes to the aircraft.

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