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‘Centennial Minutes’ Debuts on Discovery Wings
February 20 marked the debut of "Centennial Minutes" on the Discovery Wings Channel, a series of one-minute segments produced by EAA Television, featuring milestones of powered flight’s first 100 years. Centennial Minutes will run at the top of each hour during regular Discovery Wings programming through December 17, 2003.
Killeen Airport Flight Schools Delighted With TFR Exemption
Representatives from the two flight schools based at Killeen (Texas) Municipal Airport (ILE) were very pleased to learn that a four-nautical mile airspace exemption was approved by the Secret Service, allowing instruction to occur during Presidential visits to his ranch in nearby Crawford, Texas. And just in time: President Bush's
three-day visit to the ranch began February 20. "We’re finally going to get a chance to continue business," said Richard Guy, Manager of Killeen Aero FBO and Flight School.
EAA Petition For Killeen, Texas, Airport Granted
Flight operations including VFR flight training, pattern work, and practice instrument training can continue at Killeen Municipal Airport
(ILE) when the President visits his ranch near Crawford, Texas, thanks to the efforts of EAA’s Government Relations Department.
The so-called "P-49 NOTAM" creates a 30-mile temporary flight restriction centered on the president’s
ranch when he's there. That falls just 700 feet north of runway 1/19, forcing pilots to conduct both takeoffs and landings to the south and creates obvious air traffic and wind condition safety issues.
P.O.P. Readies For Third Year at AirVenture
Operation: Protect Our Planes (P.O.P.) is actively seeking individuals (or families) to volunteer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. Operation: P.O.P.ers are highly visible, energetic convention volunteers whose main responsibility is to remind attendees of the Oshkosh Rules regarding flight line etiquette and activities near or around the airplanes parked there.
Two-Way Radios Will Enhance P.O.P. Efforts
Operation: Protect Our Planes (P.O.P.) will be even more efficient and better connected for AirVenture 2003 thanks to a generous $500 donation for 2-way radios from P.O.P. Vice Chairman Syd Cohen. Syd is vice president and Young Eagles coordinator of EAA Chapter 243, and secretary-treasurer, newsletter editor and Young Eagles coordinator of EAA Chapter 640. (Syd has flown 532 Young Eagles.) He’s been attending EAA conventions since 1973, working primarily in the Vintage area since joining Operation P.O.P. three years ago.
Aeromedical Council Chairman Visits EAA Headquarters
EAA’s Aeromedical Advisory Council Chairman Dr. Jack Hastings met with EAA staff in Oshkosh on February 21 to review EAA’s current aeromedical programs and services. The EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council, formed in 1988 to help members with FAA medical certification issues, has more than 100 FAA Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) located throughout the country to create a unique resource for EAA members.
"EAA through its aeromedical council and a nation wide network of AME advisors has in place an excellent program to assist member with medical certification issues," Dr. Hastings said. "Our excellent working relationship with the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine allows EAA to represent members and work cooperatively with the FAA to streamline aeromedical certification.” To learn more about how the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council can help you, visit the Government section of the EAA member’s site located at
Simulator Weekend Attracts Hundreds of Virtual Pilots
For virtual flying, this past weekend at EAA AirVenture Museum was as good as it gets. The museum held its second annual Simulator Weekend, attracting over 600 eager virtual pilots of all ages.
They had opportunities to fly everything from barnstorming biplanes to World War II fighters, Viet Nam-era fighters to Cessna 172s—even the airplane on which all others are based, the 1903 Wright Flyer.
EAA Conducting Numerous Sun ’n Fun Forums
EAA is scheduled to conduct several educational forums scheduled at the Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In April 2-8, in Lakeland, Florida. For specific locations, details and times, visit the
Sun ’n Fun
Among the homebuilding forums are How to Get Started in Homebuilding; First Flight in Your Homebuilt; How to Register and Certificate Your Homebuilt; and Homebuilt Aircraft Buyer’s Checklist.
The EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, along with the NAFI and IAC plans, will be featured at forums scheduled during the week.
The EAA Legal Advisory Council plans three sessions Friday and Saturday, April 6-7, including two mock trials and a general discussion. The
EAA AeroMedical Council’s “Your Airman Medical Certificate: How to keep or regain it” is also scheduled for Saturday.
Sport pilot/light-sport aircraft presentations and Q&A sessions are planned Wednesday through Saturday.
On The Flight Line ---
Pratt & Whitney Canada to Power Eclipse 500
Eclipse Aviation Corporation announced February 19, 2003, that the new Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW610F turbofan engine will power the company’s Eclipse 500 jet. With 900 pounds of takeoff thrust at sea level, the PW610 replaces the Williams EJ22 engine. Eclipse terminated its contract with Williams in November 2002, when it became clear that its engine would not deliver the necessary power.
The latest—and smallest—member of the PW600 family of engines, the PW610F produces 900 pounds of takeoff thrust at sea level to ISA +10°C with built-in growth capability and is controlled through a dual-channel FADEC. The largest member of the family produces 3,000 pounds of thrust.
DATwin Star Makes First Retraction Flights
Diamond’s new 4-place, retractable diesel-powered DA42 Twin Star made its first gear retraction flights on February 13, flying to 18,000 feet. With the landing gear retracted and at approximately 15 percent below maximum gross weight, the Thielert Centurion 1.7 Jet A-1/ diesel fuel-burning engines’ climb performance exceeded 2,000 fpm at 90 knots. Cruise climb at 110 knots yielded a climb performance of 1,700 fpm and the aircraft reached 12,000 feet in less than 8 minutes. The aircraft reached a maximum speed of just over 200 knots true airspeed with 11.9 gph fuel consumption. Diamond plans to have the aircraft available for delivery in North America in mid-2004 for about $360,000. For more details, call 888/359-3222 or visit
Zenair 601 Completes Certifications
Czech Aircraft Works’ (CAW) new Zenair CH601XL Zodiac has received type certification from the Czech LAA after six months of extensive flight and structural testing. CAW’s goal is to expand certifications throughout Europe and, eventually, the United States as a light-sport aircraft and sell completed and test-flown aircraft in the Czech Republic. Serial production of the Zenair CH601XL, is currently at the rate of one aircraft per week with plans to increase to three aircraft per week later this year. For more information, visit
Blue Mountain Avionics Completes Aerosance FADEC Interface
Blue Mountain Avionics, Velocity Inc., and Aerosance successfully integrated the Blue Mountain EFIS/One with the Aerosance Fully Automated Digital Engine Control (FADEC) installed on Velocity’s new demonstration aircraft on February 14. This aircraft had previously been installed with the EFIS/One. “With the added support of the FADEC interface, the value proposition of the EFIS/One became more significant as installation is now even simpler,” said Scott Baker, vice president of Velocity Inc. A single cable between the EFIS/One and Aerosance FADEC completes engine instrumentation. The EFIS/One setup software allows custom data display.
The upgrade is available free of charge to all Blue Mountain annual support and data subscribers. Call Blue Mountain toll-free at 866/359-3347 or visit
Several Aircraft Added to LoPresti Boom Beam STC
FAA has amended LoPresti’s Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its Boom Beam HID Xenon Light Kit to add Piper Malibu, Mirage, Meridian, Seminole, Aztec, Comanche Single and Twin, and Cessna 320-340, with more aircraft on the way. Also approved is a General Installation Document, which streamlines the field approval process. The kit includes power supply, wire harness, plug-in HID bulb, and selection of lens reflector assembly in taxi, landing, and intermediate widths. The mercury-xenon gas system provides a light color very close to actual daylight for better night view and improved day and night recognition. For more information, visit
Order 2003 Reno Tickets Online
Reno Air Race enthusiasts can now order tickets for the 2003 National Championship Air Races and Air Show online through the Reno Air Racing Association website. Available for purchase are general admission season tickets; reserved grandstand daily and season tickets; pit passes; auto and RV parking passes; and memberships in the Chairman’s and Checkered Flag clubs. (Daily general admission tickets are not available directly from the Reno Air Racing Association office, but will soon be through TicketMaster.)
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
I'm in the process of trying to get a "N" number for my amateur-built aircraft
(Kitfox). I have picked five numbers of my
choice in order of preference. I understand that there is a $10 charge to reserve one of these numbers. How do I go about doing this and who do I make the check out
to and where do I mail it?
The info on reserving a special "N" number can be found on the FAA's Aircraft Registration Branch web site,
http://registry.faa.gov/aircraft.asp. Click on the link "Special Registration (N-Number)
Request" found under the Customer Services heading. This will take you to a page that explains the process for reserving a special N number. You can reserve the
"N" number online or by mail.
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