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Familiar Faces, New Attractions Slated for EAA AirVenture 2003 Air Shows
EAA AirVenture Director of Flight Operations Joe Schumacher reports that there will be some new air show attractions at AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, including the 2002 Art Scholl Performance Award winner. Schumacher attended the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Convention this past week in Las Vegas , Nevada , which he called “the largest ICAS convention on record.”
“I’m more excited about this AirVenture than I have been in a long time,” he said. “We’ve kind of broken the mold a little bit and started to branch out with some of the other great air show
EAA Charter Member Harold Gallatin Passes Away
EAA was saddened last week at the loss of one of its charter members, Harold Gallatin (EAA #20), who died of natural causes in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin., at age 90. Harold was one of the pilots who flew from the old Hales Corners airport in the 1950s and was at Curtiss-Wright Field on Jan. 26, 1953, for the meeting that formed EAA.
Harold served as an EAA Director for 12 years and used his electrical engineering knowledge in building and restoring aircraft. “Harold was a true representative of the grassroots aspect of the organization,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “He was there back in the beginning.”
Funeral services were Tuesday, December 3. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.
Centennial of Flight Commission to Kick Off Yearlong Aviation Celebration
On December 17, 2002, the nation’s spotlight will be fixed squarely on aviation’s rich heritage when the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission (COFC) launches its yearlong celebration of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first sustained powered flight at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, D.C.
Actor John Travolta, a 5,000-hour jet pilot, will serve as master of
ceremonies for the event. “Centennial of Flight: Born of Dreams—Inspired by Freedom” will honor the Wrights’ world-changing achievement 99 years ago and the century of flight-related milestones that followed. The Commission, created by Congress to expand national and international interest in the centennial, also advises the President, Congress, and federal agencies on the most effective ways to promote national and international participation. EAA President Tom Poberezny serves on the commission, and EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk initiative is a major component of the overall celebration.
TFR activated For Camp David This Weekend
The President will be in Camp David over part of the upcoming weekend, prompting a temporary flight restriction (TFR) centered on P-40 beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST Friday, December 7, through 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 8. Specific flight operations prohibited throughout the 10-mile radius include flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralight, and hang gliding (Popular hang gliding location High Rock is within the TFR.)
Also specifically prohibited within the TFR are agriculture/crop dusting, and animal population control flight operations. The TFR includes a 5-mile no-fly zone except for cleared military, law enforcement and emergency medical operations. Flight operations between 5 and 10 miles and under 18,000 feet msl require an active IFR or VFR flight plan; a discrete code assigned by ATC; two-way radio communications with ATC; and are for ingress, egress, and transit only.
Federal security officials emphasize that repeated violations of TFRs may result in expanding restricted airspace so please be certain you are in compliance
AeroCrafter reaffirms EAA mission to make flight affordable
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, and to continue its mission of providing information that helps make flight more affordable, EAA is offering AeroCrafter for $17.50—50 percent of its retail price.
AeroCrafter includes a CD-ROM (full of bonus information) that enables users to search for all aircraft that meet their needs. This feature makes it easy to find which designs are sport-pilot eligible; just enter the necessary requirements (1,232 pounds maximum gross weight, two seats, and fixed-landing gear) and click the "search" button.
Mourn Loss of Tim Johnson
Principals and employees of New Glasair/New
GlaStar LLC, Mission aviation organizations, and EAA’ers mourn the recent loss of Tim Johnson, demonstration pilot, who, along with the aircraft’s owner, lost his life while flight testing a Seawind amphibian aircraft
near the Arlington, Washington airport on Saturday, November 30. Tim, 66, began his flying career for the Jungle Aviation and Radio Service (JAARS) in the 1960’s. With an aviation career spanning four decades, Tim logged over 9,000 hours flying Helio Curriers over Brazilian jungles, DeHaviland Beavers on floats and, since 1995, has earned the reputation as the worlds most accomplished GlaStar pilot with over 2500 hours logged. Tim recently completed his own GlaStar and had become a much appreciated flight instructor, demonstration and test pilot among the GlaStar builder community.
“GlaStar builders consist of two groups, those who have had the privilege of flying with Tim and those who were anxiously waiting for the
opportunity,” said Mikael Via, President of New Glasair/GlaStar
LLC. In Tim's honor, New Glasair/GlaStar will place Tim's name on the EAA Aviation Foundation Memorial
Wall at AirVenture Oshkosh 2003.
To many, Tim was affectionately known as ‘The Whistler’ because of his habit of whistling a tune everywhere he went. It is said that whistling is an indicator of contentment and a happy heart. Those who were fortunate enough to have known Tim Johnson would agree that he was a man content with serving God as a missionary, serving his family and serving the aviation community. He will be greatly missed by many.
The Johnson family requests that those who wish to honor Tim make a small donation in
his name to either of his favorite charitable aviation organizations in
lieu of flowers. These organizations are:
Mission Aviation Training Academy (MATA)
P.O. Box 3655
Arlington, WA 98223
Jungle Aviation & Radio Service
P.O. Box 248
Waxhaw, NC 28173-9988
On The Flight Line ---
Fossett’s Balloon Flight Verified by FAI
It’s official: The final authority on world aviation records, Federation Aeronautique Internationale
(FAI), has declared that Steve Fossett completed the first solo circumnavigation of the earth in a balloon last summer, setting five world aviation records in the process.
In its pronouncement Thursday, December 5, FAI declared, “After completion of a detailed analysis of the evidence for the flight, FAI confirms that the flight was conducted in full compliance with all the applicable rules of the FAI Sporting Code. Five World Records have been ratified.” Records set include Shortest time around the World in three categories (320 hours, 33 minutes); distance (33,195.1 kilometers); and duration (355 hours, 50 minutes)
A500 Surpasses 100 Test Flight Hours
As work got started on its new prototype A700 jet, Adam Aircraft marked 100-hours in the developmental testing phase of its A500 centerline twin-engine, in-line thrust aircraft.
During the 50 test flights, about 30 percent of the eventual total, the aircraft has met or exceeded expectations, says Glenn Maben, test pilot and lead powerplant engineer. Serial No. 0001 has climbed to 25,000 feet and sped to 220 knots. "Single-engine climb figures for the front and rear engine are almost identical and better than we anticipated,” he said. “The (Teledyne Continental TSIO 550E) engines are performing flawlessly.”
Adam also demonstrated that a 400-hour, single-engine pilot was able to operate the aircraft from the left seat without difficulty during two 2-hour test flights. (Much of the flights involved single-engine operation.) “Multi-engine training in conventional twins made me very uncomfortable, and I was concerned about the safety issue,” said the pilot, Richard Boone, co-leader of Adam’s Aircraft Engineering team. “But in the A500, the transformation from twin to single-engine operation was nearly transparent.” Boone described the aircraft as "straightforward and easy to fly," and his ability to hold the aircraft's altitude, airspeed, and heading was “intuitive.”
Adam Aircraft's target for A500 customer deliveries is second quarter-2003.
Carnauba: A Son’s Memoir
On Sunday evening, December 8, tune into the Hallmark cable channel
at 10 p.m. ET (check local cable listings) for a touching documentary film, “Carnauba: A Son’s Memoir,” a deeply personal film about S.C. Johnson & Sons Chairman Samuel C. Johnson’s (EAA160935) recreation of the historic trip made by his father, Herbert F. Johnson Jr., from Racine, Wisconsin, to Brazil in 1935. The trip, made in a custom-made Sikorsky S-38, was to seek out the Carnauba palm known as the “Tree of Life,” the indispensable plant-based ingredient in the Johnson company’s wax products. This remarkable journey marked an expansive period of growth and change for both Mr. Johnson and his company, then known as Johnson Wax.
The one-hour film is composed of breathtaking cinematography which includes fantastic images of building the S-38 and beautiful video of New Guinea and Brazil. As Sam exposes his life to the camera he reminds us that, “life is a series of take-offs and landings, reunions and goodbyes,” a phrase that transcends through all families.
Hartzell’s Blended Airfoil Technology Boosts Prop Performance
Historically, most propeller designs for piston-powered aircraft used one basic airfoil series across the entire length of the blade, compromising performance and producing high noise levels. Hartzell Propeller’s new blended airfoil technology allows its designers to incorporate different airfoils along progressive sections of a blade, resulting in improved performance and reduced noise from prop tips’ sonic shock waves.
This new technology was developed through Hartzell’s involvement in several special applications for NASA’s General Aviation Propulsion (GAP) program, along with designs for Bruce Bohannon’s Exxon Flyin’ Tiger and for record-setting Lancairs at Reno. Blended airfoil technology is available for many popular general aviation types, including the Cirrus SR21 and SR22; Lancair Legacy; and Socata TB20 and TB21. Hartzell also has STCs for Beech Bonanza, Cessna 340 and 4141, Piper Dakota and other aircraft.
To learn more, visit Hartzell on the web at www.hartzellprop.com.
Ultralight-Led Whooping Cranes Reach Their Winter Home
Sixteen whooping cranes completed their 1,200-mile migratory trek from Wisconsin to Florida on Saturday, November 30, shown the way by four Operation Migration pilots flying ultralight aircraft. The 49-day journey originated at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Central Wisconsin and ended at Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge along Florida's central Gulf Coast.
"It is truly a great day for wildlife," said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
This project, organized by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), aims to establish a migrating flock of at least 125 birds including 25 adult breeding pairs, restoring the species to eastern North America.
For more information, visit www.bringbackthecranes.org
Sirius Avionics Solutions Brings Satellite Radio to the Cockpit
Sirius Satellite Radio, a leading satellite radio broadcaster, and Avionics Innovations,
combined their strengths to bring radio broadcasting in airplanes to an all-time high with the
AI-SSR receiver. Once approved by the FAA in early 2003, the receiver will
put Sirius Satellite Radio’s 100 digital channels within earshot of the
cockpit. Sixty percent of the channels are commercial-free music in every genre, while sports, news, and entertainment channels make up the rest.
The receiver integrates into all aircraft intercom systems so both pilots and passengers can switch between essential communications and entertainment programming. Additional features include seek tuning, scrolling text display, and a screen saver.
The AI-SSR receiver operates on 14-28 Volts DC and will be available via Avionics’ nationwide dealer network. For more information, visit
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I am building a tail dragger Sonex. I realize that I need to be current in a taildragger before I fly the Sonex. I soloed in a J-3 in 1965 and since probably have nearly 4000 hours in several taildraggers including a type rating in the DC-3. All of this before it was required to have a taildragger endorsement in my log book. Do I need a taildragger endorsement?
The requirement for a tailwheel endorsement is found in 14 CFR 61.31(i). However, that regulation also includes the following exemption:
"61.31(i)(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 tailwheel airplane before April 15, 1991."
This allows pilots such as yourself, who have PIC time in tailwheel aircraft logged prior to 15 April, 1991, to continue to operate tailwheel aircraft without the endorsement.
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