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EAA's Aluminum Overcast B-17 Tour in Georgia

EAA's B-17 Tour continues in the Southeast this weekend. Don't miss your chance to see an actual flying fortress up close, and perhaps even take the ride of a lifetime: flying an actual mission in Aluminum Overcast!

The aircraft is in Georgia this week - at Lawrenceville Airport, Aircraft Specialists Jet Center through May 6; and at Peachtree DeKalb Airport, at Epps Aviation May 7-9. Flights will take place at both locations in the morning with tours in the afternoon.

From there, Aluminum Overcast heads for John Tune Airport, Nashville, Tennessee, May 10-13.

For complete information on the tour, visit the website www.b17.org

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This week: The 1980s

Scheduled Activities
May 10
COLLEGE PARK, MD -Chapter 4, National Capital Air Derby, College Park Airport/Museum, 703-413-5679

May 11
BURGAW, NC - Chapter 297 Spring Fly-In and Pig Pickin, 910-392-9141

LAKE CITY, FL - Chapter 977 Fly-In Cookout, 386-719-3868

PRATTVILLE, AL - Spring Fly-In/Open House, 334-365-3508

TOUGHKENAMON, PA - Chapter 240 Open House/Hangar Dedication/ Pancake Breakfast, 215-761-3191

MT. VERNON, TX - Chapter 834 Fly-Market, (F-53), 903-856-5992

GRAHAM, TX - Chapter 945 Fifth Annual Fly-In, 940-549-4846

PELL CITY, AL - Chapter 1320 Fly-In Breakfast, 205-338-9456

MONTGOMERY, NY - Chapter 1280 Spring Fly-In Breakfast at Orange County Airport, 845-883-6267

RUSSELLVILLE, KY - Chapter 1165 Pancake Breakfast, (4M7), eaa1165@yahoo.com

PENSACOLA, FL - Chapter 485 Fly-In Gourmet Breakfast, (82J), 850-455-8130

May 11-12
EAGLEVILLE, TN - UL Chapter 104 & Middle Tennessee Ultralight Group sponsored Spring Fly-In, 615-237-9999

May 12
DAVIS-WOODLAND, CA - Chapter 52 Hangar Breakfast, (2Q3)

FULTON, NY - Chapter 486 Pancake Breakfast, 315-668-9736

Young Eagles Rallies
May 10
Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK) - Lincoln, NE - Rain Date: May 17 - Chapter 569 - Tom Trumble 402-464-3089 

May 11
Cochise County - Willcox, AZ Chapter 1291 - Harry Myers 520-384-2992 

Cable Airport (CCB) - Alta Loma, CA Chapter 448 - Judy Kras 909-581-0816 

Chandler Airport - Fresno, CA - Rain Date: May 12 - Chapter 97 - John Hart or Don Williams 559-661-4079 

Brown Field - San Diego, CA Chapter 14 - Dayton Smith 619-421-6546 

Woodlake (042) - Woodlake, CA Chapter 1292 - Ray Phillipson 559-798-1868 

Coluse Co - Arbuckle, CO Chapter 25 - John Goodman 530-473-2529 

Lawrenceville Briscoe - Lawrenceville, GA Chapter 690 - Duane Huff 770-921-4423 

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

Quad City International (MLI) - IA Chapter 75 - Kirk Foecking 563-285-7223

Decatur Airport - Decatur, IL Chapter 274 - James R McCoy 217-692-2696

Joliet Airport - Joliet, IL Chapter 15 - Lynda Perkowski 708-532-9392 

Clinton Airport - Clinton, IN Chapter 83 - Darrel Zeck 812-236-3079 

Minuteman Airfield - Stow, MA Chapter 196 - Mark Saklad 781-275-3458 

Frederick Municipal Airport - Frederick, MD - Chapter 186 - Ginny Largent 301-946-2321 

Jack Barstow Airport - Midland, MI - Chapter 1093 - JB Kemper 989-631-4852 

Dexter Airport - Dexter, MO Chapter 453 - Ernest Chiles II 573-243-8489

CLEARWATER, FL - Chapter 282 Young Eagles/Fly-In, Airpark (CLW)

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The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

May 3, 2002   Volume 1, Number 60

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

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

For the latest information, visit www.airventure.org

News You Can Use ---

U.S. Selected to Host 2003 World Aerobatic Championships
Competition to be held at Lakeland, Florida, June 25-July 4, 2003
The International Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) announced this week that the United States has been selected as host country for the XXII World Aerobatic Championships in 2003. The championships will be held June 25 through July 4, 2003, at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In campus at the Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida. The International Aerobatic Club as the governing body for aerobatics in the United States, in partnership with Sun ‘n Fun and the United States Aerobatic Foundation, will coordinate the 10-day affair. Between 800-1000 pilots, officials, and judges from 15 to 20 countries are expected to participate, along with the top aerobatic pilots from around the world. A press conference will formally announce the selection on Wednesday, May 8, at 10 a.m. at Sun ’n Fun headquarters in Lakeland. 
EAA's Pioneer Airport Opens 2002 Season This Weekend
As sure a sign of spring as any, EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport opens the 2002 season on May 4-5 in Oshkosh. The 1930s-style airport, reflective of aviation’s Golden Age, features a grass runway, seven hangars displaying more than 40 vintage aircraft, and—this weekend—numerous special activities to celebrate the airport’s opening. (read more)
Light Sport Aircraft Conferees Accept ASTM;
Sub-Committee Chairmen Selected 

The 100-plus representatives of the light-sport aircraft manufacturing community who met in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on April 29-30 created the framework within which they will establish consensus standards for manufacturing light-sport aircraft. Members voted to accept ASTM International as the facilitating body for developing the consensus standards called for in FAA’s sport pilot/light-sport aircraft proposal, “Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft” notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). Also accomplished during the two-day conference:

 - Documents produced by the group will be called the “Light-Sport Aircraft Consensus Standards.”
 - Scope of the consensus body: “The development of standards and guidance materials for light-sport aircraft.” 
 - Six sub-committees were established to cover the variety of aircraft within the NPRM; five sub-committee chairmen were elected.
(read more)
Reminder: Comment Deadline for NPRM is Monday
The commenting period for the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will end on Monday, May 6. Mailed comments must be postmarked no later than May 6, 2002. E-mail comments must be sent before midnight.

Erik Lindbergh Lands at Le Bourget 
Congratulations to Erik Lindbergh, EAA 672161, who landed Thursday morning just as his grandfather did 75 years ago at Le Bourget Airport near Paris 17 hours and 10 minutes after taking off from Republic Airport, Farmingdale, New York. Piloting a specially equipped Lancair Columbia 300 dubbed the New Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh successfully retraced the world-changing May 20-21, 1927, flight in about half the time it took his grandfather. As he flew through and above every kind of weather condition imaginable, tens of thousands around the world tracked the flight’s progress on-line via AeroPlanner.com, EAA's flight-planning partner. The 75th anniversary commemorative flight benefited the X PRIZE, Arthritis and Lindbergh foundations.

AirVenture Federal Pavilion: Can-Am Plans 12th Annual Partnership
Displays, exhibits, and several live demonstrations are among the featured activities at the Federal Pavilion throughout the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. Representatives from the U.S. and Canadian governments (the Can-Am Partnership) were at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh for an on-site planning session on May 1. 
This will be the 12th consecutive year of the Can-Am partnership. The Federal Pavilion will include exhibits from the various government branches, live radar and weather monitoring demonstrations, and five display aircraft.
(read more)

Back Home: Chad Spellman Returning To AirVenture 
Oshkosh native Chad Spellman knew what he wanted to do well before he graduated from North High School in 1992: He wanted to be a pilot, thanks partly to the extra aviation exposure that comes with growing up in the home of recreational aviation.
Today, Lt. Chad Spellman serves as a pilot in the United States Air Force. He flies F-15s out of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, has seen extensive overseas duty in the Middle East, and loves what he does.

(read more)
Berwyn Park District Organizing AirVenture Day Trip
The Berwyn, Illinois, Park District is again organizing a trip to Oshkosh this year for the 50th AirVenture Convention. The one-day motor coach trip begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, and returns late that evening, providing a convenient way to see the world’s largest annual general aviation celebration. The trip package includes transportation, refreshments on the bus, and admission to AirVenture. Costs are $75 for EAA members 16 and older; $70 for 16 and under; $80 for non-members over 16; $75 for non-members 16 and younger. (Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent).
Those interested should call Richard Zarr at 708-795-2892, or Rachel Sullivan, York Center Park District, 630-629-0886. Have your EAA number ready when you call.

Sun 'N Fun 2002 Draws 630,000 Visitors
The numbers are in for this year’s Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In, held April 7-13 in near-perfect weather at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Florida. Nearly 630,000 people took advantage of the favorable conditions at the 28th annual spring kick-off event to the flying season, along with 7,500 aircraft, 3,000 volunteers, and 500 exhibitors. Sun 'n Fun President and Convention Chairman John Burton made special mention of two keys to the event’s success—the volunteers and pilots. "We are truly fortunate to have such a dedicated, talented, and enthusiastic group of volunteers,” he said. “Without them, there is no way Sun 'n Fun could hold an event of this magnitude. We are also indebted to the pilots and crews who bring their magnificent aircraft to participate in our event. We understand the sacrifices they make to attend and the effort it takes to get here." The 2003 event is scheduled for April 2-8.

On The Flight Line ---

GAMA Reports First Quarter GA Shipments Down, as Expected
Shipments of general aviation aircraft were down from 642 units to 521 in the first quarter of 2002, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). First quarter 2001 billings were $3.53 billion vs. $2.81 billion in 2002. "We expected a drop in shipments and billings," said GAMA President Ed Bolen, who noted nearly all of the manufacturers forecasted slowdowns due to the slowing economy and the September 11 terrorist attacks. “Our hope is that the strengthening economy will improve things as the year progresses.” Domestic piston-engine airplane shipments fell from 346 to 282 units, while turboprops sank from 76 to 32 units; and business jet shrank from 146 to 122.

Colorado Pilots Association "Wings" Safety Program May 11
A program titled “Safety Lessons to Be Learned From Crash Investigations” will be presented at Signature Flight Support, Centennial Airport, Denver, Colorado, from 9 a.m.-12 noon. The program, sponsored by the Colorado Pilot’s Association, features Gregory Smith, Aviation Safety Consultant and former NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator. This presentation qualifies for the ground school portion of the FAA “Wings” program. Organizers ask those planning to attend to RSVP by calling Bill Linenberger, 303-918-6452, or e-mailing lenlyallparts@juno.com

Air Show Tribute to Doolittle's Raiders in Oregon This Weekend
Thirty WWII and vintage warbirds from the Cascade Warbirds EAA Squadron 2 will be featured this weekend at the first Doolittle Raiders Memorial Air Show May 4 at Pendleton Airport, Pendleton, Oregon. The air show begins at 12 noon and runs through 4 p.m., featuring Jim Morgan’s B-25 medium bomber from Salem, Oregon, similar to the aircraft used by the Doolittle Raiders; Crash Williams’ TVM Avenger Navy torpedo plane; a T-6 Texan advanced trainer; two F15 Eagles; two A10 Warthogs; and a P-51D Mustang. Other attractions include the Frazier Blues Aerobatic team in their 1944 Navion trainers; Chinook, Blackhawk assault, and Apache attack helicopters. Gates open at 11 a.m. – don’t miss the dramatic beginning.

Control Vision, SureCheck to Unveil Interactive Checklists at AirVenture
Control Vision Corp. and SureCheck Aviation, Inc. announced this week they will work together to publish interactive checklists for most popular general aviation aircraft. The checklists, which Control Vision plans to preview at AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, will be presented as an interactive extension of Anywhere Map and Anywhere WX. Checklists for over 300 popular aircraft will ultimately be available to Anywhere Map customers. Initially, 30 of the most widely flown general aviation aircraft will be offered. SureCheck's data will appear as an integral feature in Anywhere Map's menu. By tapping on the item, users will be able to walk through pre-flight procedures and access in-flight routines, including emergency, landing and after-landing procedures. Included also will be published V-speeds for each aircraft.
Q & A: Question of the Week
Question: For EAA Government and Industry Relations:
Is anyone, other than the pilot, ever allowed to be a passenger in an amateur built a/c during the restricted flight testing time (usually 25 or 40 hours)? Builders are claiming that they can ride along, even on the first flight, as a Technical Observer, while a CFI or test pilot flies the a/c. I can find no reference to "Technical Observer" anywhere in AC -20-27 (my copy is D) paragraph 13.

Answer: The FAA rules issued in the operating limitations specifically say "During the flight-testing phase, no person may be carried in this aircraft during flight unless that person is essential to the purpose of the flight." (FAA Order 8130.2D paragraph 134b(10)).

The FAA does not recognize a "Technical Observer" as an authorized ride along person who is essential for the purpose of the flight.

If the owner insists that he/she needs to fly along, they must gain approval from the FSDO or MIDO or DAR that issued the operating limitations - to prove that their being in the cockpit during the flight test is "essential."

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EAA SportAir Workshops

MAY 31-JUNE 2, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA
(confirmation package)
Topic: Advanced TIG Welding

NOTE: The EAA SportAir Workshop planned for St. Louis on October 5-6, 2002, has been canceled because an appropriate facility could not be reserved. However, we plan to conduct a workshop there in 2003.

See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.

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