22-26 - MCCALL, ID - McCall Mountain Canyon Flying Seminars, email
for more information, 208-634-1344
July 23-29 - OSHKOSH, WI - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002,Wittman Regional Airport, http://www.airventure.org, 920.426.4800
25 - OSHKOSH, WI - Rotary Clubs sponsored Eighteenth Annual Flying
Rotarian’s “Wisconsin Style” Brat Fry at EAA’s Nature Center,
25 - OSHKOSH, WI - EAA Quilter’s Gathering at Sacred Heart Church,
July 27 - MISHAWAKA, IN - Chapter 938 Bus Trip to Oshkosh, 574-546-2789, www.bnin.net/~flyboy/
SMO) Santa Monica Airport - Santa Monica, CA - Chapter 11 - James Wiebe 310-202-8727
Municipal - DeLand, FL - Chapter 635 - Van Rickers 386-668-0936
Zephyrhills Muni Airport - Zephyrhills, FL - Chapter 1181 - Stephen Lampasona 813-781-0689
LNK - Lincoln, NE Chapter 569 - Tom Winter 402-488-9238 (Rain Date - July 25)
Troutdale Airport - Troutdale, OR - Rain Date of 8/3/2002 - Chapter 902 - Robin Brooks 503-631-7273
Columbia Downtown Owens - Columbia, SC - Chapter 242 - Paul Carter 803-794-1438
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2002, e-HOT LINE will be published on a daily basis with current news and
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with pre-AirVenture information and news on July 22 and run through July
29. Visit the EAA
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Urges Swift Action To Select Next FAA
In a January 3, 2002, letter to Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, EAA President Tom Poberezny stressed the importance of maintaining continuity in the position of leadership at FAA and urged that an appointment be made before Administrator Garvey’s departure. Now, as it appears a nominee will be formally announced soon, EAA restates its strong recommendation that the nomination/approval process move forward as expeditiously as possible so as to minimize any gap in leadership of this critically important position. “An appropriate transition without loss of leadership will be critical to aviation’s future,” the letter stated.
Blakey, 54, was sworn in as the ninth NTSB
chairman in September 2001. She was
administrator of the Department of
Transportation’s National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration from 1992 to 1993, and
before that served in five government
departments and agencies, including the
Departments of Commerce and Education, the
National Endowment for the Humanities, and the
White House. For the last eight years, she
has been the principal of Blakey &
Associates, a Washington, D.C. public affairs
consulting firm particularly focusing on
transportation issues and traffic safety.
Blakey, 54, was sworn in as the ninth NTSB chairman in September 2001. She was administrator of the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 1992 to 1993, and before that served in five government departments and agencies, including the Departments of Commerce and Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the White House. For the last eight years, she has been the principal of Blakey & Associates, a Washington, D.C. public affairs consulting firm particularly focusing on transportation issues and traffic safety.
New Member Benefit, the EAA Airport and
Puts on Quite a Show
Date, Location For EAA SWRFI in 2003
1158 Finishes Large Compass Rose
"After years of hard work and innovation, the first Eclipse 500 test-flight aircraft is out of the hangar and close to taking flight," said Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn. "Today we're celebrating a significant milestone in our quest to change the way the people travel, one that could not have been made possible without the support and dedication of many of those who are here today."
The Eclipse 500 is a six-person twin-engine jet aircraft that aims to provide a viable alternative to commercial airlines. Through the Eclipse 500, emerging air-travel services will be able to offer passengers access to 10,000 airports in the U.S. alone, paving the way for affordable point-to-point private jet travel. Today's commercial airline system forces 70 percent of all air travelers to pass through 29 increasingly crowded "hub" airports.
Priced at $837,500 (in June 2000 dollars), the Eclipse 500 costs approximately a quarter of today's small jet aircraft. The Eclipse 500 flies 355 knots (408 mph) powered by the Williams EJ22, a turbofan engine that weighs approximately 85 pounds and delivers over 770 pounds of thrust, a higher thrust-to-weight ratio than any commercial turbofan ever produced. Range is 1,300 nautical miles, or about the distance between Boston and Miami, at an operational cost of approximately 56 cents per mile.
"We've married best practices from the high-tech and aviation worlds to build a jet that combines advanced digital technologies with breakthrough propulsion and electronics systems," said Raburn. "Bolstered by our high-volume manufacturing processes, these achievements translate into the lowest cost of ownership ever achieved in a jet aircraft."
Eclipse Aviation has also pioneered the use of friction stir welding in production on thin-gauge aircraft aluminum. Friction stir welding has replaced many of the rivets on the Eclipse 500, including rivets that would normally be found in the cabin, aft fuselage, wings and engine mounts. The elimination of thousands of rivets dramatically reduces assembly costs and cycle-time production, and ultimately results in better quality joining and stronger, lighter joints.
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