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Balloon Festival Getting Under Way
At 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, EAA's first Family Flight and Balloon
Festival gets under way with a "balloon fly-in" as hot-air balloons fly over Pioneer Airport in a precision “Bomb drop” competition. More than three dozen are expected, along with a variety of
ultralights, EAA's vintage aircraft at Pioneer Airport, hands-on activities for
kids and much more for the whole family. Friday was reserved for
the schools, as thousands of students and teachers were welcomed to the
50 Chapters, 50 States, 50 Years:
EAA to Honor the First Chapter From Each State on Opening Day
One of the many activities planned for opening day (July 23) of EAA AirVenture 2002 is a special ceremony to honor the core of the experimental organization: Chapters. The Chapter Advisory Council created the idea of 50 Chapters, 50 States, 50 Years to thank all Chapters for all they have done and continue to do for the organization
Flight of a Lifetime at AirVenture On EAA's B-17
One of World War II’s greatest airplanes was the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Although thousands were produced, precious few of these magnificent aircraft remain in flying condition, let alone meticulously restored and expertly maintained like EAA’s Aluminum Overcast. This flying museum spends much of the year on tour, showing thousands of people throughout the country a glimpse of what helped to earn their freedom 60 years ago.
Aluminum Overcast returns home during AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. Daily flights from Wittman Regional Airport will provide visitors from all around the world an opportunity to ride in the same kind of airplane that fought so bravely during the war. In fact, most who fly a B-17 "mission" find the experience thought-provoking, meaningful, and above all, highly memorable.
Avemco Resumes Hull Coverage for Zenith Aircraft
Just as it had done a week earlier when it resumed hull coverage for several models of the Van’s RV series, Avemco Insurance Company announced it is again writing new liability and hull coverage policies for the entire line of Zenith Aircraft. In mid-March, Avemco had placed a moratorium on issuing new policies for many homebuilt models, including Zenith. No existing policies were cancelled by the moratorium, and third-party liability coverage has continued to be available, according to the company. EAA continues to work with Avemco to evaluate new policy underwriting for other popular homebuilt models. If you are experiencing problems obtaining insurance coverage for your aircraft, contact EAA at 888-EAA-INFO (322-4636) for assistance.
To Discuss Flight Across America at AirVenture
Flight Across America creator Molly Peebles, EAA 687879, will be at AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 to meet with pilots and answer questions about her nationwide flight tribute to the memory of September 11. She’ll be at the EAA Chapter House daily from July 23-27 at 10 a.m.
The Flight Across America begins at Paine Field Airport in Everett, Washington, on August 11. From this initial launch point, pilots from across the country will make various length flights, linking airports and connecting the country, day by day, state by state. Ground events at airports and FBOs will provide destinations for the participants. The event will culminate in New York City on September 11, 2002.
For AirVenture Cup Race Extended
May 31 entry deadline for the 2002 AirVenture Cup, presented by Klein
Tools, has been extended to June 30. This classic cross-country race
begins at aviation’s birthplace, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on July 21,
stops at the home of the Wright Brothers, Dayton, Ohio, then proceeds on
July 22 to the home of recreational aviation, AirVenture Oshkosh. Time trials, which will allow extended views of the
competing airplanes, take place in Kitty Hawk on July 20. Many of the “Cup” planes will be on display near the AirVenture Cup tent at AeroShell Square.
For complete registration information, visit the AirVenture
On The Flight Line ---
ACS Issued For
Cessna Yoke Assembly Corrosion; FAA Seeks Input
The Wichita Aircraft Certification Office of the FAA has released an Airworthiness Concern Sheet to operators of Cessna Models 172 and 180/185 warning of a possible failure in the control yoke assembly caused by corrosion at
its base below the pivot attach point. This failure could cause loss of primary pitch
control and potential loss of aileron control. To date there have been six reports of this condition. Cessna has issued mandatory Service Bulletin (SB) SEB1-3 requiring an inspection of the control yoke assembly and subsequent replacement, if required. The FAA may issue an Airworthiness Directive (AD) mandating compliance with the Cessna SB. In the mean time, FAA seeks input from the user community on this action as well as the
- Have you ever seen or known of this condition on these model aircraft? If so, please explain the details surrounding the discovery.
- How effective do you believe the Cessna SB is at correcting the condition? If not effective, please provide an alternate means to correct the condition.
- What other courses of corrective action would the user community propose?
Please refer your input to:
Bob Busto, Aerospace Engineer
Wichita Aircraft Certification Office
Systems & Propulsion Branch ACE-116W
1801 Airport Road, Room 100
Wichita, KS 67209
316/946-4157 Fax: 316/946-4407
Kitfox Sport Repackaged for Cost-Conscious Builders
Anticipating the new sport pilot flying category, SkyStar Aircraft Corp. has repackaged its new Kitfox Sport Plane into smaller pieces to make it more affordable to budget-conscious sport pilots wannabes. “When we introduced the Kitfox Sport at Sun ‘n Fun earlier this year, it was packaged as a very complete kit at an excellent price ($18,995 for the complete airframe),” said
SkyStar’s Ed Downs. By breaking the package down into smaller bites, those who wish to take advantage of the new category can have a high-performance, low-price option available—today.
Estimated build times are as low as 500 hours, and factory help, including flight training is available.
SkyStar will bring a completed Sport to the Northwest EAA Fly-In at Arlington, Washington, July 10-14. To learn more about the Kitfox Sport Plane, visit
European Jet Club Orders 112 Eclipse 500s
Aviace AG, a Swiss-based international jet club, announced Tuesday it has put money down toward the purchase 112 Eclipse 500 jets to help set up jet clubs across Europe. Their goal is to bring affordable private jet travel to every country in Europe, including small airport destinations that travelers cannot currently reach through commercial air travel.
Flying clubs are growing in Europe, providing an alternative to commercial airlines for frequent flyers. The Eclipse 500 offers a direct operating cost of only 56 cents per mile, a range of 1,300 nautical miles, and will be certified for single-pilot operation. First deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled for 2004 with the remaining aircraft to be delivered in 2005 and 2006.
First North American-Built DA40-180 Diamond Star Flies
Diamond Aircraft Industries has made the first flight of its first North American-built, FAA IFR certified DA40-180 Diamond Star. It plans to produce eight of the four-place aircraft per month by July, ramping to a total of 85 deliveries in 2003. Concurrent production and availability of the DA20-C1 means new 2- and 4-place certified aircraft are being delivered from a single manufacturer for the first time
since the days of the Cessna 152/172. For more information, visit www.diamondair.com, or call 888/359-3220.
FOIA Request Submitted for Garwin Pumps
The FAA has received a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to release technical data regarding Garwin G-450, G-455, and G-456 wet vacuum pumps. This data was originally owned by
Garwin, and was subsequently sold to Edo-Aire Wichita, Weston Instruments, and Carruth Labs. Efforts to identify the current owners of the design data for these pumps have been unsuccessful.
Persons responding with claims of ownership should contact Rebecca Weston by calling 316/946-4112,
Mary.Weston@faa.gov, or via U.S. mail to:
Wichita Aircraft Certification Office
1801 Airport Road, Room 100
Wichita, KS 67209
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For Aviation Information
I have a newly completed homebuilt and want to have it
judged at AirVenture. When does judging start and end? How do I sign up?
Answer: All you have to do is ask for a "judge me" sticker when registering your aircraft. If you are going to be on the field for at least two days, this will be enough time for the aircraft to be judged. Every time a judge judges an aircraft, he will initial the prop card. To be eligible for an award, you need 3 separate judges to review the aircraft. If you are only going to be at AirVenture for a short period of time and want to be judged, contact the Judging Headquarters for your type of aircraft (homebuilt) and make a special request. Judging will end at approximately noon on Saturday and the awards ceremony takes place Sunday night at Theater in the Woods.
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EAA SportAir Workshops
JUNE 7-9, 2002, CORONA, CA
Topics: RV Assembly
JUNE 21-23, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA
Topics: TIG Welding
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