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Fossett’s Capsule on Display at EAA AirVenture Museum Through August 30
Last Chance to See History Up Close
The public has until Friday, August 30, to get an up-close look at the Spirit of Freedom balloon capsule that EAA member Steve Fossett called home for 14 days during his unprecedented solo flight around the world earlier this summer. On Saturday, August 31, the history-making capsule will be packed up and carted off to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, D.C.
Aviation World Mourns Passing of Roy LoPresti
Aviation lost an innovator this week when founder of LoPresti Speed Merchants, Roy LoPresti, died of a heart attack on August 7. LoPresti, who joined EAA in 1974 (EAA 41724), had recently emerged from a coma caused by a fall earlier this year. He was 73. LoPresti had a long and distinguished career in aviation, which began when he won the Chance Vought Design Award for best student light airplane design while attending New York University in the late 1940s. "Roy will be missed,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “His contributions to aircraft design leave a lasting legacy that will impact aviation for decades to come.”
Aircraft Council To Present First
Tony Bingelis Award Next Year
The spirit of the late Tony Bingelis, noted homebuilding authority and EAA Sport Aviation columnist, will be remembered through the inaugural Tony Bingelis Award, sponsored by EAA and the EAA Homebuilt
The Tony Bingelis Award will recognize significant contributions to the education and encouragement of aircraft projects to fellow EAA members; the promotion of aviation safety; and for maintaining the values of EAA. Nominees, living or deceased, must have been an active and current EAA Technical Counselor for at least five consecutive years.
Type Clubs Meet With FAA At EAA AirVenture
Various clubs representing a wide range of aircraft types discussed several key issues during a meeting with FAA officials at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. Topics included expanding the use of Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs); expanding the number of modifications or additions to aircraft that will not require a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC); the Airworthiness Concern Sheet (ACS) program; and the release of older information and the intellectual property laws as they pertain to maintaining and restoring older aircraft.
Crawford Suffered Stroke Before Fatal Crash
Tim Crawford, who died in a plane crash on Saturday, August 3, suffered a massive stroke before his Long-EZ plunged into the Atlantic Ocean south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
According to Dr. James Weiner, associate chief medical examiner, the stroke rendered Dr. Crawford, 54, unconscious almost immediately, causing his specially outfitted homebuilt research plane to plunge into the water. Crawford’s aircraft was leased to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the purpose of basic flight research. an EAA member since 1980 and builder of three amateur-built aircraft.
Did you fly your homebuilt to AirVenture Oshkosh 2002?
If you flew your homebuilt to Oshkosh this year and did not receive an "I Brought My Homebuilt" patch, please contact EAA’s Aviation Information Services and your patch will soon be in the mail. Simply e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888/EAAINFO and provide your EAA number and aircraft registration ("N") number. (Due to an addressing mix-up, the patches were
inadvertently shipped to the Arlington Fly In and were missing for the first few days of AirVenture.)
Sport Pilot Hot Topic At EAA AirVenture
Progress Toward Final Rule Continues On Track
Interest in the sport pilot/light sport aircraft initiative remains high as evidenced by attendance at the various sport pilot forums held during EAA AirVenture 2002.
FAA's sport pilot team, led by Sue Gardner, participated in a number of sport pilot forums and discussions throughout convention week. The FAA team reported that the review of all public comments has been completed and integration of suggested changes has begun. FAA still anticipates completing the final draft in the first quarter of 2003.
ASTM and Consensus Standards Committees Meet at AirVenture
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 also provided a great opportunity for continuing progress on the consensus standards needed for the production of light-sport aircraft. EAA hosted a visit by Dan Schultz, the light-sport aircraft committee staff manager for the American Society of Testing Materials International (ASTM). Schultz spent several days at AirVenture gaining a better understanding of the light-sport aircraft industry. He also met with the principals of many of the ultralight and homebuilt kit companies that are exploring the possibility of producing light-sport aircraft. Also during his stay Dan facilitated several meetings of ASTM task groups including an executive task group meeting in preparation for a September Light Sport Aircraft Committee meeting to be held at ASTM headquarters in Pennsylvania. The September meeting is the next step toward completion of the consensus standards for the various categories of light sport aircraft. More information about the consensus standards development is available
on ASTM International's website, www.astm.org.
EAA Government Relations Focused on GA’s Future
EAA Government Relations focused on the future of general aviation particularly in crucial regulatory and governmental issues, during the recent EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
“EAA AirVenture is an important opportunity for government representatives to gain exposure to all aspects of general aviation and an understanding of its initiatives,” said Earl Lawrence, EAA Vice President of Government and Industry Relations. “The convention also enables EAA to develop relationships and share information with officials who we would not otherwise have the opportunity to meet.”
Flight Across America
Takes Off This Weekend
Appearance Scheduled at EAA’s ‘Good
Flight Across America, the month-long general aviation commemoration of September 11, gets under way on Sunday, August 11 when event organizer Molly Peebles takes off
in the Spirit of America from Paine Field in Everett, Washington.
Thirty days of flights involving hundreds of aircraft will create a web of flight paths across the nation, culminating with the presentation of 50 state flags to New York
officials onboard the USS Intrepid on September 8. EAA Executive Vice President Bob Warner and his wife, Noel Marshall will participate in the
flights as Wisconsin state flag bearers. Peebles and other pilots taking part in the flights will appear
at EAA AirVenture Museum’s “Good Ol’ Days” celebration on Aug. 31-Sept. 1, an event featuring vintage aircraft activities.
Peebles said pilots can continue to register flights any time before its
conclusion. Just visit www.flightacrossamerica.com
for details. Also use the website to follow progress of the flights.
MERFI Plans 37th Fly-In September 6-8
The 37th EAA Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In (MERFI) is slated for September 6-8 at the Marion Municipal Airport (MNN), Marion, Ohio. According to Fly-In Chairman Virgil Phillips, one of the main attractions will be the Yankee Lady B-17G from the Yankee Air Force Museum in Belleville, Michigan, and rides will be available for purchase.
Also scheduled to appear is Yankee’s C-47, six or more AT-6s, Earl Luce’s Buttercup, and a host of other interesting aircraft to be confirmed.
Those with airplane parts, kits or equipment to sell will want to take advantage of the no-fee Aero Mart planned for this year’s fly-in. In addition, forums, presentations and building workshops are being organized, including sport pilot/light-sport aircraft presentations by EAA’s Ron Wagner.
Admission to the fly-in is $5 per person. Camping is available, and there are several hotels located in the MNN vicinity. For more information, contact Virgil at 419-347-5737, or Dick Packer at 740/494-2554.
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Tuskegee Airmen Visitor’s Center Opening Next Week
The official opening of a Temporary Visitors Center at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site occurs next week, August 15-16, during a special tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen at historic Moton Field, Tuskegee, Alabama. The center, being built in partnership with the National Park Service, is the predecessor to a complete facility that will feature library/archives research center, Tuskegee University's Department of Aviation Science, a theater, preserved and renovated historical structures and more. A ceremony honoring our nation’s first black combat pilots begins at 4 p.m. on August 15, and throughout the two-day event, programs featuring Tuskegee Airman history (more than 300 veterans will be on hand) will take place. Several aircraft from the WWII-era, including Steve Cowell’s lone surviving Tuskegee T-6 trainer Double Vee featured in the July issue of Sport Aviation, will be on display. Col. R.J. Lewis, (USAF-Ret), who operates the Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at Moton, invites EAA members and others to fly in for the event. In addition, a Young Eagles Rally is scheduled for August 17 where participants hope to provide new flight experiences to more than 100 kids. For more information on this event, contact the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at 334-727-3200 or e-mail
WAI 2003 Conference to Celebrate Flight Centennial
Celebration of Flight: Saluting the Past, Embracing the Future is the theme of the 2003 International Women in Aviation Conference scheduled for March 20-22 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Invitees include Space Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins; Martha King of the King Schools; NTSB Board Chairman and FAA Administrator nominee Marion Blakey; Airbus President McArtor; and Academy award winning actor/aviation enthusiast Cliff Robertson. The conference offers a variety of educational, scholarship and networking opportunities, special events and exhibits. To learn more, call 386/226-7996 or visit
Wright State University Site Selected For AMCC’s Taylor Memorial
The Aviation Maintenance Career Commission (AMCC) will erect a memorial sculpture at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, in honor of Charles Taylor, whose efforts as a design engineer, machinist and mechanic for Orville and Wilbur Wright were instrumental to the first powered flight. The memorial will be built in a pedestrian plaza in front of the Paul Lawrence Library, which has a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer in its four-story atrium. The memorial will feature a half-size relief sculpture of Taylor at his workbench with biographical panels and a bronze bust of Taylor with the Mechanics’ Creed. Also included will be the names of the 700-plus names of past recipients of the FAA’s Charles Taylor – Master Mechanic Award. Ground-breaking is scheduled for May 24,
Lycoming Unveils New, More Powerful 4-Cylinder
Lycoming’s new 210 horsepower fuel-injected IO-390-X, was announced on the first day of AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. The IO-390-X is Lycoming’s most powerful, normally aspirated 4-cylinder aircraft engine to date. The 390 cubic-inch engine will be first offered to kitbuilders and owners/builders of experimental aircraft, then Lycoming anticipates certificating the model by 2004 for use in production aircraft. The IO-390-X is based on the 200 hp IO-360, maintaining the same compression and stroke but with a larger cylinder displacement. It consumes 11.1 gallons per hour at 65 percent power and has a time between overhaul (TBO) of 2000 hours. The IO-390-X will be available fully assembled, built-to-order, from select facilities with a one-year parts warranty. For more information, visit...
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question For EAA Aviation
(Regarding sport pilot) I don't see any mention of Biennial Flight Reviews anywhere in your
FAQs. Is a BFR part of the requirements of sport pilot? I am a certificated
private pilot but beyond my BFR. Would I need a BFR to exercise the privileges of
sport pilot? Can I fly a sport pilot-qualified aircraft with my private pilot certificate, even though I am beyond my
BFR? I do have a current medical.
Thanks for the question. Sport pilots will need to comply with the flight review requirements specified in 14 CFR 61.56, as stated in proposed section 193 of SFAR 89 (as per the statement found on page 5392 of the NPRM). In other words, sport pilots will be held to the same flight review requirements as all other pilots, so you'll need a flight review (no longer called a "biennial flight review") in order to operate as a sport pilot.
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