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EAA Halls of Fame Welcome Nine New Members
Nine people who contributed greatly to the world of flight are being honored as the newest members of the EAA-affiliated Halls of Fame this week. November 8 induction ceremonies at the EAA Aviation Center, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, honor the following new members:
Jack Cox and the late
Ken Brock - EAA Homebuilders’ Hall of Fame
Bill Thomas and Bob Davis - International Aerobatic Club (IAC) Hall of Fame
The late Frank C. Sanders
- EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame
Jack Eggspuehler - National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Flight
Instructor Hall of Fame
John M. Miller - Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame
Tom Peghiny and the late
John Chotia - EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame
“Each of these nine people has made a unique contribution to the world of flight,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “Those of us active in aviation today recognize their commitment and passion for flying. These inductees represent the best that recreational aviation has to offer and serve as an example for everyone involved in flying. We are honored to welcome them as our newest inductees to the EAA Halls of Fame.”
EAA Establishes Sport Pilot Hot Line, 1-877/FLY-1232
EAA members can now refer their questions on the proposed sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule to EAA’s toll-free SP/LSA hot line, 877/FLY-1232 (877/359-1232). Have EAA—the established authority on SP/LSA issues - answer your questions regarding anticipated regulations of the pending final rule. The hot line’s last four digits (1232) represent the proposed weight limitation for light-sport aircraft.
You Are Invited As Paul Poberezny Receives Prestigious ‘Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy’
When Experimental Aircraft Association Founder and Chairman Paul H. Poberezny receives the prestigious National Aeronautic Association
(NAA) Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy in Washington, D.C., next month, not only will aviation be honoring the man, but also the movement and the industry he helped create and develop: Sport/recreational aviation.
The presentation will take place at the annual Aero Club of Washington Wright Memorial Dinner, a black tie (or military equivalent) event held at the Washington Hilton Hotel on December 13. A reception opens the evening at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 and the award presentation to follow. EAA members who wish to attend the $150-a-plate event should contact Nancy Hackett, Executive Director, Aero Club of Washington, at 703-327-7082 or
email@example.com. (Be sure to mention that you are an EAA and/or EAA Chapter member to help facilitate seating arrangements.)
Fall Board/Council Meetings This Week at EAA
The boards of directors and councils for EAA and affiliate organizations gathered at EAA’s Aviation Center, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this week for annual fall meetings. The various governing bodies include: the EAA Board of Directors; The EAA Aviation Foundation Board of Directors; the Homebuilt Aircraft Council; The International Aerobatics Club (IAC) Board of Directors; The Vintage Aircraft Association Board of Directors; the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Board of Directors; and The EAA Ultralight Council.
Continues on Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft
Significant progress toward implementation of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule was made at meetings held
October 21-23, in Oklahoma City. Members of the FAA team responsible for developing all FAA training and testing materials for sport pilots, sport pilot instructors, and sport pilot examiners presented final drafts of all necessary documents. Much progress was also made on implementing policies and procedures for existing ultralight associations to assist their members in converting from ultralight and ultralight instructor registrations to sport pilots and sport pilot instructors.
EAA, represented by Vice President-Government and Industry Relations Earl Lawrence and Ultralight Programs Manager Timm Bogenhagen, and NAFI President Sean Elliott presented survey data that will help ensure that new policies address the needs of these communities.
Expanded Aircraft Info, Enhanced Interactive Features Now Part Of AirVenture Museum Website
The EAA AirVenture Museum launched its redesigned website on Wednesday, November 6, to share more of its educational and interactive content with aviation enthusiasts around the world. Still located at
www.airventuremuseum.org, visitors can now access comprehensive information about the Museum, including its exhibits, attractions, events, activities, collections, services, and latest news easily and quickly.
FAA Approves Internet as Official Source For Aviation Weather and NOTAMs
The FAA is now providing a process for ensuring reliability and accessibility of aviation weather and NOTAMS over the Internet. The announcement for this process appeared in Advisory Circular 00-62, released on November 1.
EAA feels this is a good first step in developing the Internet as a pilot resource. After all, EAA has been delivering Flight Planning,
TFRs, NOTAMS, and weather to it’s members for well over a year with its service provider,
On The Flight Line ---
Bruce Bohannon Hits a Grand Slam
Bruce Bohannon and his Exxon Flyin’ Tiger did on October 22 what they could not do this summer at AirVenture Oshkosh: reach an altitude of 12,000 meters (41,300) feet in his modified RV-4 to break or establish three different world records:
Sustained horizontal flight for class C-1.b aircraft (piston engine aircraft weighing 1,102—2,205 pounds)
Absolute altitude record for class C-1.b
Time-to-climb, 32 minutes, 2 seconds to 12,000 meters for class C-1.b aircraft (and established the unlimited record for class C-1 (piston engine) aircraft.)
The records are not official until certified by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI).
“This is definitely the hardest mountain that we’ve tried to climb,” said Bohannon. “But we didn’t just climb the mountain, we jumped it.”
Eclipse’s Friction Stir Welding Center To Be Completed Next Spring
Eclipse Aviation Corporation, manufacturer of the Eclipse 500 jet, has begun construction of a 50,000 square foot facility to house friction stir welding operations, an advanced manufacturing process for the assembly of thin-gauge aircraft aluminum.
"We are pleased to make yet another step toward delivering the Eclipse 500 jet in production volumes," said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation.
The facility will house the company's friction stir welding equipment, sufficient to support the company's planned production of up to 1,500 aircraft per year. Most of the aircraft’s major assemblies—cabin, aft fuselage, wings and engine mounts—are put together by the advanced, high-speed process.
Approximately 70 shipping and receiving employees will also be located at the new facility. Eclipse Aviation will maintain its current headquarters and manufacturing facility at Sunport International Airport and will move forward with plans to build a permanent facility at Double Eagle II airport.
FAA Returning Restricted Military Airspace to Public Use
With the closing of the Seneca Army Depot, the FAA has issued a final rule removing special use airspace status from Restricted Area R-5207 (R-5207), Romulus, New York, effective January 23, 2003. This action returns this airspace for public use.
Procedures, including public comments, under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are deemed unnecessary since this action only involves removal of restricted airspace.
Web-Based Installation Guide Available From Eggenfellner
Eggenfellner Aircraft, Edgewater, Florida, now has a close-to-completed Subaru/RV web-based installation guide for the company’s firewall-forward package. The guide provides a general guideline for achieving an airworthy installation of the 2.5 Liter powerplant in a Vans RV-9A. The general information and procedures can be applied to all models of
RVs, GlaStars, and other airframes are very similar. For more information, visit Eggelfellner’s
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information
I have a single place Baby Lakes. How do I get a taildragger endorsement in a single place plane?
Answer: A "taildragger endorsement" as required by 14 CFR 61.31(i) is not aircraft-specific. You can take the required training in any conventional gear (taildragger) aircraft, and the endorsement given to you by the instructor will be valid in any conventional gear aircraft you pilot. If you were to receive training in a Citabria (for example) and the instructor would endorse your log book in accordance with Part 61.31(i), you would then be legal to act as pilot-in-command (PIC) of your Baby Lakes.
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