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Forty-Six Special Events in Seven Days; This MUST be the 50th AirVenture
For people who fancy flight, AirVenture Oshkosh is Nirvana. Every year, the sprawling convention grounds become one big candy store in which hundreds of thousands of aviation “kids” roam around amazed. This year’s weeklong gathering will provide the same annual fix for aviation junkies, but with one exception.
Make that 46 exceptions.
TFR Expanded Around President’s Texas Residence This Weekend
Pilots in Texas should be aware of an expanded Temporary Flight Restriction in effect this weekend through 8 a.m. local time on Monday, June 17 around President Bush's residence. To view AeroPlanner sectional charts on this and all active TFRs, visit the EAA website, click on Pilot Services and then “Temporary Flight Restrictions and NOTAMS.” Pilots are reminded to always check with Flight service for the latest information before take-off.
SAA Has First Gathering This Weekend
The first Sport Aviation Association Gathering will be held this weekend, June 14-16, at Frasca Field (C-16), Urbana, Illinois. It's being billed as "a gathering of grassroots lovers of aviation." Camping, showers are available and there are several motels in the area. For more information, call 217/367-8441, or visit
Warner Explains Sport Pilot
at New Mexico Conference
EAA Executive President Bob Warner presented the sport pilot/light sport aircraft proposal to New Mexico airport managers and members of that state’s pilot community at the New Mexico Aviation Conference and Pilot’s Bash held June 7-8 in Albuquerque. Many attendees represented small airports looking to create and promote more aviation-related business and activity at their facilities.
Theater in the Woods: An
EAA’s Theater in the Woods sticks out prominently in a stand of mature Wisconsin oaks and maples, just south of AeroShell Square and
west of Vintage Aircraft headquarters. Longtime AirVenture attendees know it as simply “Theater,” where AirVenture's nightly evening programs and other activities are held.
This AirVenture Oshkosh institution always provides the perfect capper to a long day on the convention grounds, and for the 50th annual convention this year, Theater organizers certainly have provided plenty of great reasons to stick around after dark.
Vote For Your Favorite AirVenture!
Everybody's got a favorite year at EAA AirVenture. Maybe it was back in the 1970s, when Burt Rutan was bringing new designs almost every year. Perhaps it was 1994, when Concorde and the Apollo astronauts shared center stage. Maybe it was all the way back in Rockford. We've picked 10 significant EAA fly-ins of the past and we're asking you to vote for your favorite anytime between now and June 25. The results will be published in this year's EAA AirVenture program. Just go to
website to cast your vote!
First Flight Thrills at EAA’s International Young Eagles Day
The final numbers are not in just yet, but early indications are that thousands of kids enjoyed their first aircraft rides on Saturday and Sunday thanks to International Young Eagles Day events being held throughout the world.
"That was a lot of fun!"
"I can’t wait to go up there again!"
"Dad, can we get an airplane?"
Those were just a few of the words overheard from children as they returned from their Young Eagle flights Saturday.
Fourteen pilots flew a total of 101 children on the day at Wittman Regional Airport.
And we’re beginning to hear from other parts.
Instructors, Test Your Preflight Skills and Win at AirVenture
Flight instructors will again have the opportunity to win great prizes at AirVenture during preflight contests Wednesday through Saturday at the Flight Instructor Headquarters. Between 0900 and 1200, a Cessna 152 will be bugged with ten different squawks that render it unairworthy. Perform the preflight inspection, identify the bugs, and you could win, place or show.
A grand prize drawing will be held Saturday afternoon.
Tour NASA’s ‘Airborne Laboratory’ At
AeroShell Square, EAA AirVenture’s center stage, will again host a world-class variety of prominent military and civilian airplanes open for public tours, up-close viewing and crew discussions July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport. The latest addition is the modified McDonnell Douglas DC-8 used to research Earth’s atmosphere, test prototype Space Shuttle and satellite instruments and conduct a wide range of scientific experiments.
Enter the EAA AirVenture Patch Jacket Contest
Bring your EAA Patch Jacket to AirVenture 2002, you can sign up to be a contestant in the fourth annual EAA Patch Jacket Contest. To enter the contest, stop by the special 1953 First Fly-In Flight Line (located at the southeast corner of AeroShell Square) between noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (July 23-27). The Patch Jacket Coordinator will help you fill out a contest entry form and snap a few photos of your jacket. All completed entry forms and photos must be submitted by 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, to be considered in this year’s contest. Children are encouraged to submit their own patch jackets in a special contest category. The winners will be announced at Theater in the Woods on Sunday evening, July 28, and posted on the EAA web site.
Past winners have included jackets that featured a multitude of past EAA fly-in patches, so bring your piece of EAA history to AirVenture and help us celebrate the 50th fly-in!
Every year, we receive word from airports and FBOs across the nation telling of their specials for EAA members traveling to and from AirVenture Oshkosh. A list of facilities and what they’re offering you for stopping in can be found at
On The Flight Line ---
National Effort Aims to Improve Runway Safety
Even though improvement has been made regarding runway incursions over the past year, more than 380 runway incursions were reported in 2001 and 214 were caused by pilot deviations from the FARs. To increase pilot awareness and knowledge while operating on the surface, FAA Flight Standards recently mailed two Surface Movement Advisory Circulars and a pilot guide to all licensed U.S. pilots. Surface operations are now a required topic for practical test standards on initial and recurrent certifications and written tests contain more questions on surface operations.
The FAA urges pilots to support the national effort to improve runway safety by applying the best practices outlined in the
ACs while operating on the surface. For more information, visit www.faa.gov/runwaysafety.
Cabin Power System to Launch at Arlington
Stop by the EM Aviation booth at the Arlington Northwest EAA Regional Fly-In July 10-14 for look at the new Cabin Power Supply. It has completed STC-PMA certification for Cessna 172, 182, and 206 models to power laptop computers or other portable electrical equipment to prevent deleting the internal batteries.
The Cabin Power System provides a 12V outlet. A voltage regulator unit (VRU) assembly is connected to a power outlet mounted within the aircraft cabin. The VRU converts aircraft power to 12V at 1.5A at the outlet. In the Cessna models it is approved for mounting on top of the map compartment behind the instrument panel.
The outlet meets ARINC 628 Part 2 requirements for commercial airline in-seat power connectors. Cabin Power System can also be installed on other aircraft under a field approval. Contact EM Aviation, LLC, at
EMAproducts@aol.com or 360/260-0772.
Plane Depot Teams with FlightAdventures.com
Top Cessna dealer, The Plane Depot, has teamed with FlightAdventures as the exclusive aircraft dealer at www.flightadventures.com. The Plane Depot features a factory-direct program, PlanesDirect, offering new and used aircraft. FlightAdventures host the Virtual Pilot Center (VPC), offers a variety of aviation-related services to both simulator and real-world aviators.
VPC is Internet’s only interactive pilot center featuring flight simulation, bringing simulator and real-world pilots together resulting in better pilots. For more information, visit the web site at
www.flightadventures.com or call 805/595-9640.
Micro Aerodynamics Receives STC For C-150/152 Vortex Generator Installations
STCs are issued for the Installation of Micro Vortex Generators on the Cessna 150 F-M and 152 swept tail. The kits include 88 VGs mounted on the upper surface of the wings, just aft of the leading edge, and 26 for the vertical stabilizer.
Kits include the STC, detailed drawings and instructions along with templates for positioning the VGs. Spares are also included in addition to Loctite Depend adhesive. It takes about one day to install the full set of VGs.
The VGs reduce stall speed by 6 mph in flaps up mode and 3 mph with 40 degrees of flaps. They also provide improved controllability and handling characteristics. They are made of 6063-T6 aluminum, measure an inch long and a one-quarter-inch high, curve to match wing contour and come flat for stabilizer surfaces. To make them ready for painting, they are alodined to a Boeing mil spec.
The vortex generators create vortices that keep the boundary layer attached to the flying surfaces in slow flight, allowing a higher angle of attack and lower stall speed. They do not collect ice and have no effect on high speed performance.
Complete kits sell for $695. To order, call 800/677-2370, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Open House at Tango-One Flight Academy
Tango One Flight Academy, a brand new facility is based in the heart of the Florida Keys, was named an official Cessna Pilot Center this week. The academy will host a Launch Event/Fly-In at the main terminal at Marathon airport on Saturday, June 29th, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This event is open to anyone thinking of becoming a private pilot, needing to brush up for a biannual check ride, or even in the market for a new aircraft. EAA members are welcome.
Meet Tango One instructors and see new Cessna 182 and Turbo 286 airplanes. E-mail RSVPs to
email@example.com, or call 305/743-3858.
For more information of Tango One Flight Academy, visit www.tango-one.net.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For Aviation Information
II think I read a comment on the EAA site that an older airplane may not require anti-collision lighting at night. I have a 1954 airplane that has the (then) standard wingtip red and green and tail white lights, but no beacon or strobes. Is my airplane legal for VFR night flight?
Answer: Minimum equipment required for VFR night flight is governed by 14 CFR Part 91.205. Section (c)(3) of that part speaks to
"(3) An approved aviation red or aviation white anti-collision light system on all U.S.-registered civil aircraft.
Anti-collision light systems initially installed after August 11, 1971, on aircraft for which a type certificate was issued or applied for before August 11, 1971, must at least meet the
anti-collision light standards of part 23, 25, 27, or 29 of this chapter, as applicable, that were in effect on August 10, 1971, except that the color may be either aviation red or aviation white. In the event of failure of any light of the
anti-collision light system, operations with the aircraft may be continued to a stop where repairs or replacement can be made."
You'll note that the regulation applies to ALL U.S.-registered civil aircraft. However, on aircraft certificated before 11 August, 1971, the
anti-collision lighting system only needs to meet the rules that were in effect on 10 August, 1971. Basically, these rules say that the aircraft must have an
anti-collision light, either aviation red or aviation white, which produces 100 effective candles in a pattern covering 360 degrees horizontally around the aircraft and 30 degrees above and below the horizon. This light must be wired to a separate switch, so that it can be switched on and off independently from the navigation lights.
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EAA SportAir Workshops
JUNE 21-23, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA
Topics: TIG Welding
JUNE 21-23, 2002, FREDERICK, MD
JULY 12-14, 2002, GRIFFIN, GA
Topics: RV Assembly
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