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EAA's Aluminum Overcast B-17 Tour
EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads for North Carolina this week with stops at Asheville, Hickory and Winston-Salem. 

June 11-12
- Asheville, NC - Asheville Regional Airport

June 14, 15, 16 - Hickory, NC Hickory Regional Airport (HKY)

June 18, 19 June 20 - Winston Salem, NC Winston Salem – Smith Reynolds Airport (INT) 

For complete information on the tour, or to book your flight, visit the website, www.b17.org


If you haven't voted yet, go to the AirVenture website and select your favorite aircraft from the 1950s through the 1990s!

UPCOMING EVENTS
June 13-16
ST LOUIS, MO - American WACO Club Inc. sponsor Fly-In at Creve Coeur Airport, 616-624-6490

WINNEMUCCA, NV - 3rd Annual Winnemucca Fly-In, 775-623-3417

June 14-15
GARDNER, KS - Chapter 200 Seventh Annual Gathering of Eagles WWI Fly-In & Builder’s Concourse, 913-788-5435
nancystory@aol.com

June 14-16
WELLSVILLE, PA - Footlight Ranch sponsored Father’s Day Fly-In, 717-432-4441
www.footlightranch.com

PASO ROBLES, CA -Ultralight Chapter 93 Fund Raiser Fly-In, 831-385-1369

June 15
QUAKERTOWN, PA - Airport (UKT) Pancake Breakfast Fly-In. Sponsored by Wings Flight Schools, Squadron 904 Civil Air Patrol, Corporate Flight Concepts. 7:30am-2:00pm. Adults $4, kids $2. 100LL fuel available. Les Moretti, 215-538-3055
Website

COOPERSTOWN, NY - Chapter 1070 Old Aeroplane Fly-In (K23), 607-547-2526

OROVILLE, CA - Chapter 1112 Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, 530-873-2887
http://fly.to/EAA-Oroville 

COLUMBIA, CA - Columbia Airport sponsored 36th Annual Fathers’ Day Weekend Fly-In, 209-533-5685

LAGRANGE, OH - Chapter 255 Eighth Annual Fly-In Breakfast, (92D), 440-335-6491

INDEPENDENCE, KS - Chapter 980 Eleventh Annual Fly-In/Breakfast, 620-331-7189

COOPERSTOWN, NY - Chapter 1070 Old Airplane Fly-In, (K23), 607-547-2526

SCAPPOOSE, OR - Eleventh Annual Northwest RV Fly-In, 503-543-2298
www.vanshomewing.org 

MIDLAND, TX - Commemorative Air Force sponsored "Ploesti," 915-563-1000

MOOSE LAKE, MN - Lake Air Flying Club sponsored Annual Fly-In Breakfast, 218-485-4441

MELBER, KY - Chapter 807 Fly-In Picnic/Afternoon Supper, 270-488-3784,
dpaessler@comcast.net 

WABASH, IN - Northern Indiana Aviation LLC sponsored Fly-In/Cruise-In for Shriners Childrens Hospital
rcombs@rebuildables.com

June 15-16 
RUTLAND, VT - Chapter 968 Taildragger Rendezvous, (RUT), 802-492-3647

 WEST BEND, WI - Southeast Wisconsin AirFest, 800-414-0065

SHEBOYGAN, WI - Chapter 766 12th Annual Wings & Wheels Father’s Day Fly-In/Drive-In, 920-994-9538
Website

June 16
 ELKHART, IN - Mishawaka Pilots Club Airport sponsored Fathers’ Day Breakfast, (3C1)

ZELIENOPLE, PA - Chapter 857 Fly-In Breakfast, 724-457-9850

STAUNTON, VA - Chapter 511 Poker Run, 540-433-3309
zerog261@aol.com

DODGE CENTER, MN - Chapter 100 Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, 507-282-4760
dan@gigtech.com 

REDDING, CA - Chapter 157 & Hillside Aviation sponsored Aviation Day 2002 at Benton Airpark, 530-241-0692

SCHAUMBURG, IL - Chapter 153 "Truly Great Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast," 630-289-5840
eaa153secretary@email.com

MARCELLUS, NY - Chapter 107 & Marcellus Airport sponsored Father’s Day Flying Breakfast, 315-673-3924

MAQUOKETA, IA - Manquoketa Optimists sponsored Fly-In/Drive-In, (OQW), 563-652-6517

TAYLOR, MO - Chapter 488 Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Fly-In, (K04), 217-224-2819

PAINTED POST, NY - Chapter 533 Father’s Day Fly-In Breakfast, 607-732-0357

LACON, IL - Marshall County Airport sponsored Fly-In/Drive-In

Young Eagles Rallies
June 10
Jack Barstow Airport - Midland, MI Chapter 1093 - JB Kemper 989-631-4852 

June 11
Altus Quarts Mountain Regional Airport - Altus, OK Chapter 1014 - Jonathann Ashford 580-477-4449 (Rain Date - June 15)

June 12
Ames Municipal Airport - Haps Air Service - Ames, IA Chapter 135 - David Stilley 515-490-0375 

June 13
Lake Viking Airport - Lake Viking, MD Chapter 91 - Chris Germain 816-737-3286 ((Rain Date - June 14)

Hickory Regional Airport - Hickory, NC Chapter 731 - Wesley Robinson 828-396-3383 (Rain Date - June 17)

Woodring Municipal Airport - Enid, OK Chapter 455 - Mica Doane 580-776-2561 

June 14
Paso Robles Municipal Airport - Paso Robles, CA Chapter 93 - Denis Porter 831-385-1369 

Dunnellon Airport - Dunnellon, FL Chapter 812 - Bill Hines 352-687-1795 

Shreveport North Airport - Wellesville, PA Chapter 122 - Denny Carney 717-258-6402 

KRAC - Racine, WI Chapter 838 - Eddy Huffman 262-639-8301

June 15
San Antonio, TX - Chapter 35 Annual Picnic and Young Eagle Rally - 830-363-7649

Fulton, NY - Chapter 486 Young Eagle Rally, 315-668-9736

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

Fall River Mills Airport (089) - Fall River Mills, CA Chapter 794 - Brad Sharp 530-259-2237 

Long Beach Airport - Long Beach, CA Chapter 7 - Darwyn Wolff 714-381-4240 

City of Paso Robles - Paso Robles, CA Chapter 465 - Conrad Martin 805-226-9058 

San Carlos Airport - San Carlos, CA Chapter 20 - Tim Foley 650-349-5020 

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

Dawson-Terrell Co Airport - Albany, GA Chapter 354 - Matthew Masters 229-420-4448 

W H Bud Basson Airport - Dublin, GA Chapter 1195 - Jessy Williams 478-275-3884 

Davenport Airport (DVN) - Davenport, IA Chapter 75 - Kirk Foecking 563-285-7223 

Iowa Falls Municipal Airport - Iowa Falls, IA Chapter 1324 - Kevin Knutson 641-648-3052 (Rain date - June 29)

Walker Field - West Liberty, IA Chapter 111 - Dean E Beranek 319-627-6521 

Jack Holland Airstrip - McLeen, IL Chapter 129 - Thomas Swearingen 309-452-5025 

Galt Airport - Wonder Lake, IL Chapter 932 - Jeff Hill 815-338-3551 

UWL - New Castle, IN Chapter 48 - Thomas Murph 937-274-5035 

Ottawa Municipal Airport - Ottawa, KS Chapter 1329 - Henry Snodgrass 785-746-8878 

Private Airport of Doug Wilson - Melber, KY Chapter 807 - David Pressler 270-488-3784 (Rain Date - June 16)

Rustin Regional Airport - Rustin, LA Chapter 836 - Robert Rogers Jr 318-343-2235 

Marlboro Airport - Marlboro, MA Chapter 673 - John Weigel 508-655-2138 (Rain Date - June 22)

Mason Co Airport - Ludington, MI Chapter 772 - Charles Hagerman 231-845-4511 (Rain Date - June 16)

Romeo State Airport - Romeo, MI Chapter 13 - David Shirey 586-778-7440 

Albert Lea Municipal Airport - Albert Lea, MN Chapter 13 - Paul Stieler 507-377-2291 (Rain Date - June 22)

Itasca County Airport - Grand Rapids, MN Chapter 412 - William Puddicombe 218-832-3699 (Rain Date - June 16)

Greenwood Airport - Greenwood, NS Chapter 1051 - Eric Comean 902-678-4639 (Rain Date - June 16)

Potsdam Airport - Potsdam, NY Chapter 500 - J Parks 315-265-9446 

Mulino Airport - Mulino, OR Chapter 902 - Robin Brooks 503-631-7273 (Rain Date - June 29)

Westerly Airport - Westerly, RI Chapter 334 - Chuck Rowbotham 860-433 1488 (Rain Date - June 16)

Skyranch Airpark - Oak Ridge, TN Chapter 17 - Donald Miller 865-482-3167 (Rain Date - June 22)

Smyrna Airport - Smyrna, TN Chapter 162 - Steven Kravitz 615-604-8457 

Houston Southwest Airport - Houston, TX Chapter 12 - Dean Doolittle 713-460-1000 

Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport - Sulphur Springs, TX Chapter 1094 - Linda Christian 903-885-8363 

Shannon Airport - Fredericksburg, VA Chapter 1099 - Bob O'Nell 540-775-0119 

Eastern W Virginia Regional - Martinsburg, VA Chapter 1071 - David Spaulding 304-261-4945 (Rain Date - June 22)

Chesterfield County Airport - Richmond, VA Chapter 231 - Richard Poprick 804-916-8975 

Bremerton National Airport - Bremerton, WA Chapter 406 - Russ Johnson 360-769-8664 (Rain Date - June 22)

Cherryland Airport - Sturgeon Bay, WI Chapter 630 - Paul Spanbauer 920-743-6082 

Wood County Airport - Parkersburg, WV Chapter 915 - James Lewis 304-679-5623 

June 16
Creighton Airport - Creighton, NE Chapter 804 - Bill Kurpgeweit 402-485-2833 

Zelienople Airport - Zelionople, PA Chapter 857 - Bob Santolla 724-457-9850 

June 17
(M5Y) Lebanon Airport - Lebanon, TN Chapter 863 - Dan Allen 615-847-1489 


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The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

June 7, 2002   Volume 1, Number 65

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!

CELEBRATE THE FREEDOM OF FLIGHT
It's EAA'S 50th! Make it your first!

For the latest information, visit www.airventure.org
  

News You Can Use ---

EAA’s Fast Action Saves NOTAM-Related Flight Waivers
Thanks to some fast action by the EAA Government Relations staff late Friday afternoon, U.S. pilots can fly this weekend without being in technical violation of airspace restrictions. On Friday afternoon, the FAA reissued the big three NOTAMs that cover IFR and VFR flight operations in the U.S. as well as Border Crossing operations. EAA's major concern with these new NOTAMs was they did not address the thousands of waivers issued under the old (now cancelled) NOTAMs to aviation companies, individual pilots and aviation organizations. EAA quickly contacted FAA Headquarters and received assurances that the waivers are still valid. The FAA spokesperson stated they will issue a "Letter of Interpretation" to that effect first thing on Monday morning, June 10, and would immediately issue a directive to all regional air traffic directors and the FAA command center stating that all issued waivers will continue to remain in effect.
These new NOTAMs do not restrict Canadian or Mexican pilots from flying to Oshkosh to enjoy our 50th anniversary during EAA AirVenture 2002. Read more for a review of the new NOTAMs. As always, EAA recommends you review all NOTAMs that may effect your flight route prior to takeoff. Read more for a review of the new NOTAMs. As always, EAA recommends you review all NOTAMs that may effect your flight route prior to takeoff. Current NOTAMs and TFRs with graphics are available through the EAA website.


President Bush Proposes Homeland Security Department

EAA working with Affected Agencies
In a speech to the nation Thursday evening, President Bush proposed a new Cabinet level department called the Department of Homeland Security. The proposal will directly affect two agencies that have had a greater effect on general aviation since September 11—the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Customs Service—as both may become parts of the new Homeland Security Department. The reasoning for such a coordinated anti-terrorism effort is sound and there is no argument that better communication is necessary between all governmental agencies on the issue. EAA has two initial concerns regarding such an agency, however, that must be addressed at the outset and as this new agency matures.
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Administration Takes Small Step Toward ATC Privatization
In yet another action affecting recreational aviation, the Bush Administration modified an executive order to create a performance-based air traffic control organization. The modification to the document states that ATC is not “an inherently governmental function.” This change signals the restart of our ongoing battle to prevent user fees for aviation safety services. EAA has consistently opposed ATC privatization and will continue to fight against any subsequent proposal presented to Congress to do so. Your EAA Washington office will continue to meet with senior FAA air traffic officials to understand what may be proposed and work with congressional representatives and their staffs to oppose privatization.
 

Celebrate International Young Eagles Day Saturday
EAAers from throughout the world are preparing for the biggest Young Eagles day of the year, International Young Eagles Day, this Saturday, June 8. They’ll be looking to add thousands of new names to EAA’s World's Largest Logbook on the Young Eagles website, which contains the names of all nearly 790,000 Young Eagles flown since 1992. More than 27,000 Young Eagles were registered since January 1, 2002, which is very close to projections needed to ensure one million Young Eagles by powered flight’s centennial, December 17, 2003. 
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EAA Urges Common Sense Regarding GA Security Measures
In a June 3 editorial, "Small planes remain threat despite post 9/11 measures," USA Today attempts to paint all general aviation aircraft with the same broad brush, whether they are a chartered 727 jet or a Cessna 172. It also criticizes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its lack of action regarding security measures for charter general aviation aircraft. 
A day earlier in a Washington Post article, "Private Plane Charters: One Way Around Air Security," a perceived lack of security for charter aircraft operations was described at length. The article, which includes comments by U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), centers specifically on chartered aircraft. "While we have gone to great lengths to safeguard airline transportation," Kohl said, "at the same time we’re at this point missing entirely on the dangers of private aircraft." EAA has met with Senator Kohl’s staff in Washington to clarify the distinction between privately owned aircraft and commercial charter operations and the vastly differing levels of threat posed by large and small aircraft.
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Canadian G8 Summit Prompts Large No-Fly Zone
Pilots planning to fly in southwestern Alberta or southeastern British Columbia, Canada, in late June might want to alter their flight plans or at least become thoroughly familiar with a planned large no-fly zone for the June 26-27 G8 Summit in Kananaskis, Alberta (due west of Calgary). The TFR area extends approximately 80 nautical miles west, north and south of the Kananaskis Village Helistop while, to the east, the TFR includes a 35 nm radius around Calgary. 
The TFR will be enforced from approximately June 25-28. Transport Canada expects to issue a final NOTAM one week prior to the start of the restricted period.

TC says unauthorized flight operations within restricted airspace will be subject to interception by armed Canadian military aircraft. A.I.P. Canada Supplement 14/02 reads, “If necessary, deadly force will be used to enforce the restricted airspace from unauthorized incursions.” 
See complete A.I.P Supplement 14/02 | Canadian intercept procedures


Thousands Flock to Family Flight and Balloon Fest
An estimated 15,000 people enjoyed a wide variety of activities at EAA’s first Family Flight and Balloon Festival held Friday through Sunday, May 31-June 2, at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh. The total includes Friday’s School Day, in which about 3,500 students and teachers attended, as well as those viewing the Saturday evening Balloon Glow featuring illuminated balloons accompanied by the Oshkosh Community Band. Two of three scheduled hot-air balloon launches by members of the North American Balloon Association took place on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The Saturday morning flight was cut short by strong winds. But there was so much more to do, especially for children. EAA’s Young Eagles Program, which introduces the world of flight to children through a free airplane ride, provided rides to more than 350 kids.
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Be Among the First To See EZ-Rocket Fly
A one-of-a-kind aircraft, matching a well-established homebuilt airplane design with a rocket engine, will perform its first public demonstrations during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. Developed by XCOR Aerospace, the EZ-Rocket is the first step toward providing cheap and easy civilian access to space. While the rocket is designed to reach altitudes of only 10,000 feet, the EZ-Rocket has demonstrated the capability for routine operations of a rocket-powered vehicle.

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Flying in? Order the EAA 2002 AirVenture NOTAM Booklet
Those planning to fly to AirVenture 2002 are urged to obtain a copy of the printed NOTAM booklet that outlines special arrival and departure procedures to Wittman Regional Airport in place from July 20-29. The format is the perfect size for the cockpit and much easier to handle than 8-1/2 x 11 printouts.
Five NOTAM booklets were mailed to EAA Chapter Presidents this week for Chapter reference purposes. To order a copy for your personal use, call EAA Membership at 800/564-6322 and place your order. There is no charge for the NOTAM, and delivery will occur within two weeks.
IFR Departure Procedures Changed
Instructions for IFR departures were changed subsequent to printing of the NOTAM, so pilots planning to depart via IFR flight plan should make sure they have the latest information. An addendum sheet has been inserted into the booklet to reflect any procedure changes. Revision have been made to the electronic versions of the NOTAM available on the AirVenture website.

Enjoy AirVenture the Chapter Way
Web editor and newsletter editor workshops...a Chapter leaders forum...roundtable discussions...a special Chapter leaders breakfast.. and a special ceremony to recognize the longest-standing EAA Chapters in each of the fifty states. These are just some of the activities planned for EAA Chapters during AirVenture 2002, the 50th EAA convention. To enjoy all that AirVenture has to offer, make it a Chapter event. What better place to use as a fly-out destination? Camping out, meeting up with old friends, checking out the greatest collection of aircraft in one place at one time, this and more awaits you at EAA AirVenture. So plot your course to for Oshkosh, make sure to stop in the Chapter Building on the convention grounds and take advantage of all the great activities. For a detailed schedule including times and locations, visit the AirVenture website.

CarterCopter Plans Flights at AirVenture

The promising, radically different gyroplane design of Jay Carter, the CarterCopter, will fly above the 50th EAA AirVenture grounds in July, according to plans released this week. What’s more, the CarterCopter intends to join with AirVenture Cup racers at their last leg and arrive with them in Oshkosh on July 22.
“We are planning the CarterCopter's flying introduction to the world of aviation at AirVenture this year,” said CarterCopter spokesman Claudius Klimt. “We plan to fly as much as EAA permits us in the showcase after coming in with the AirVenture Cup racers.” Klimt said the aircraft would join the race at Dayton, Ohio, or Peotone, Illinois, to introduce the CarterCopter technology as fast cross-country transportation with vertical take off and landing capabilities.
The new automatic rotor rpm and flapping control are in testing right now. Also installed are dual controls. Flight testing should resume in the last week of June. For the latest information, visit www.cartercopters.com.


Adam To Debut Conforming Aircraft at AirVenture

People at Adam Aircraft are getting plenty excited these days as their first conforming production aircraft for the CarbonAero design, the A500, nears completion and preparation for its first flight. Adam plans to debut the aircraft at AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. “Everyone’s very excited here,” said Vice President of Sales Tom Wiesner. “People on the floor are working very hard to get it put together to fly.”
The Denver-based manufacturer is within weeks of completing the first of four twin-engine, centerline thrust test aircraft. The second FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) controlled Continental twin-turbocharged 550 engine was installed this week. Already installed are flight controls, hydraulic and electrical systems, landing gear, and 90 percent of the parts are painted. The wings are slated to be joined to the fuselage on Monday. Crew Chief John Oakley, instrumental in the construction, flight-testing, and maintenance of the A500 proof-of-concept model, is leading the final push toward completion of Serial No. 0001. He will ensure airworthiness of the first aircraft and prepare it for its first flight. “Seeing so much progress in such a short time is a source of great pride for all of us,” he said.
Adam plans to fly in several AirVenture “Showcase” flights, Wiesner added. Early 2003 is the target for FAA certification. Adam has secured $50,000 deposits for each of the more than 40 aircraft, to date. For more information, visit www.adamaircraft.com or call 866/ADAMAIR (232-6347).

1902 Wright Glider Tests Help Prepare for 1903 Wright Flyer
A significant step takes place this week for the 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction being built for EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk, presented by Ford Motor Company. Wind tunnel tests were conducted on a 1902 Wright Glider at Old Dominion University’s (ODU) Langley Full Scale Tunnel in Hampton, Virginia. “This will be the first time any one has put a Wright 1902 glider in a wind tunnel to test performance on the airfoil and the full wing,” said The Wright Experience’s Ken Hyde, builder of the reproduction. “The results of these tests will provide for us the information that will allow us to build a real-time simulator, which will assist the four pilots in their training preparation to fly the 1903 Flyer.” The Wright Experience has been contracted by EAA to re-create the ’03 Flyer, which will be the centerpiece of a touring exhibit next year before making the only authorized flight at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 2003, 100 years to the moment after Orville and Wilbur Wrights’ first powered flight.
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On The Flight Line ---

Eclipse Aviation Rolling Out Test Aircraft in July, Debuting at AirVenture
Several announcements this week maintained momentum for Eclipse Aviation as it progresses toward certification of its Eclipse 500 jet. The FAA has approved the friction stir welding process specification the company will use to build the aircraft. Eclipse also reported the first flight of the 500’s power plant, the Williams International EJ22 turbofan engine, on May 30. Finally, the company announced plans to roll out its first test aircraft on July 13 at Eclipse headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Eclipse is the first aircraft manufacturer to use friction stir welding, which will replace more than 60 percent of the rivets on major assemblies of the 500 and significantly reduces aircraft assembly time. FAA approval occurred about a year earlier than anticipated.
"This is another critical step in our mission to certify the Eclipse 500," said Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn. “I am proud of the groundbreaking work our team has done in conjunction with the specialists at the FAA.” Friction stir welding provides drastic, better quality joining and stronger, lighter joints.
The EJ22, developed exclusively for Eclipse by Williams International, Walled Lake, Michigan, weighs approximately 85 lbs. and produces 770 lbs. of thrust, the highest thrust-to-weight ratio of any commercial turbofan ever produced. The engine, mounted a modified Sabreliner Model 60 flew flawlessly for approximately 50 minutes, the company said. www.eclipseaviation.com


Lancair Announces Stock-For-Cash Swap

The Lancair Company will sell a portion of company stock to a New York-based equity fund to in return for cash, the company reported this week. Lancair will use the cash for working capital and additional tooling to increase production to a rate of one aircraft per day by the middle of 2003. Lancair builds the four-place Columbia 300, the fastest certified fixed-gear production aircraft in the world. The Columbia 350, incorporating fully-redundant electrical systems, new avionics, and an optional Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system, is scheduled for certification in Augusts 2002. A turbocharged version, the Columbia 400, aims to complete certification and begin delivery before the end of this year.

Northrup Grumman Selects CarterCopter for UCAR Development
CarterCopter has more to crow about this week. Northrop Grumman announced that CarterCopter is a part of its unmanned combat armed rotorcraft (UCAR) concept development team. The team, which also includes MD Helicopters, BAE SYSTEMS, L3 Communications, Sabre Group, Signature Research, Natural Selection and Aero-Science Technology Associates, will work to come up with a concept aircraft whose mission is, according to Northrop Grumman, “to perform armed reconnaissance and attack missions, operating within the Army's Objective Force concept, effectively identifying and prosecuting targets that are camouflaged and concealed in close combat situations such as dense, mountainous, and urban terrain.”
“We are very excited that this homebuilt technology has finally been recognized by a major aerospace company,” said Klimt, noting that the Northrup Grumman team is competing with Boeing, Bell, and Sikorsky.

80-Year-Old Aviation Ballooning Record Broken
The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) confirmed June 6 that balloonist Troy Bradley, New Mexico, broke aviation’s oldest standing world distance record with his 1,225.23-mile (1,971.81 km) January flight in a homebuilt gas balloon. Bradley lifted off on January 3 from Amarillo, Texas, and 35 hours, 18 minutes later landed safely at Enon Valley, Pennsylvania, setting a new distance record for Class AA-3 gas balloons. The flight also established new world records for classes AA-4 and AA-5. The previous distance record for Class AA-3 gas balloons was set on July 1, 1922, by Frenchman Georges Cormier, who flew 499.69 miles (804.17 km). Bradley’s brand-new homebuilt balloon was filled with 14,200 cubic feet (402 cubic meters) of helium.
Balloons of Sub-class AA are not equipped with an airborne heater and they obtain their buoyancy from a lighter-than-air gas (helium, hydrogen), without pressurization of the envelope. Sand or water serves as ballast and is dropped overboard in small amounts to let the balloon go higher. Landing is achieved by opening a valve at the top of the envelope to release small amounts of the lifting gas. To fly the maximum distance, the balloonist has to ration his use of both ballast and gas, while searching for the fastest winds at different altitudes.
According to the FAI World Record files, the oldest unbroken aviation world record now belongs to the famous airship LZ 127 "Graf Zeppelin" with a 6,384-km flight from Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey, to Friedrichshafen, Germany, achieved October 29-November 1, 1928.

Learn About STOL Aircraft Development at Chapter 690 Meeting
EAA Chapter 690, Gwinnett County Airport, Lawrenceville, Georgia, hosts Lockheed Martin Engineer Mike McCarty Friday, June 14, for a discussion on the design and development of short take-off and landing (STOL) aircraft. McCarty pioneered fly-by-wire flight controls for the XV-4B Hummingbird VTOL research aircraft (1968) and the active lift distribution control system for the C-5A (1976-78), the first production active controls system. The program gets under way at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information contact Duane Huff at 770/921-4423 or duanehuff@yahoo.com

  
Q & A: Question of the Week
Question For Aviation Information Services:
I have commercial single-multiengine land ticket. I have time back to 1967 to 
present in tail wheel a/c. Do I need a "Tail Wheel Endorsement"? If so, how 
is this endorsement recorded?

Answer: The regulation that requires pilots to have a tail wheel endorsement is 14 CFR 61.31(i), which states:

"(i) Additional training required for operating tail wheel airplanes. (1) Except as provided in paragraph (i)(2) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command of a tail wheel airplane unless that person has received and logged flight training from an authorized instructor in a tail wheel airplane and received an endorsement in the person's logbook from an authorized instructor who found the person proficient in the operation of a tail wheel airplane. The flight training must include at least the following maneuvers and procedures: 

(i) Normal and crosswind takeoffs and landings; 
(ii) Wheel landings (unless the manufacturer has recommended against such landings); and 
(iii) Go-around procedures. 

(2) The training and endorsement required by paragraph (i)(1) of this section is not required if the person logged pilot-in-command time in a tail wheel airplane before April 15, 1991."

As you have logged pilot-in-command (PIC) time in tail wheel aircraft prior to 15 April 1991, 61.31(i)(2) applies in your case and you do not need a tail wheel endorsement. For those pilots who are required to have the endorsement, the training spelled out in 61.31(i) must be received from an authorized instructor. At the completion of the training, the CFI will make the following entry in the pilot's logbook:

"I certify that (First name, MI, Last name), (pilot certificate), (certificate number), has received the required training of § 61.31(i) in a (make and model of tail wheel airplane). I have determined that he/she is proficient in the operation of a tail wheel airplane.

S/S [date] J.J. Jones 987654321CFI Exp. 12-31-00"

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Topics: TIG Welding

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