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Jim Dietz Art Exhibition Opens in EAA AirVenture Museum
More than a hundred aviation and art enthusiasts gathered near the Wright
Flyer display in the EAA AirVenture Museum April 9 to join renowned aviation painter Jim Dietz for the opening of his art exhibit in the Museum’s Gilbert H. Hansen Gallery. This is the artist’s first major exhibit in several years.
The exhibit will remain on display in the museum until August 4, or just after EAA AirVenture.
Camp David TFR In Effect
Again This Weekend
President Bush will again be at Camp David (P-40) in the Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland, area this weekend, activating a
temporary flight restriction (TFR) from 3 p.m. EST Friday, April 11 through 4 p.m. EST Sunday, April 13. Flight operations are prohibited within a five-mile radius below 12,500 feet msl of Camp David, while flights 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; and continuous two-way radio communications with ATC. Flights within restricted airspace are authorized for ingress, egress, and transit only. Flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralight flights, and hang gliding are not allowed. Pilots should always check with FAA Flight Service before takeoff for the latest information.
More Park Space, Not Terrorism the Reason Meigs Demolished
Homeland Security Chief Ridge "Disappointed" In Runway Destruction
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley admitted his real motivation for demolishing the Meigs Field runway in the early hours of March 31 was to make way for another lakeside park, contradicting earlier statements that he was making the city safe from terrorists who might use the lakeside airport as a base for suicide attacks, according to reports published in
both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times April 9. "Daley dropped all pretenses about fears of a private plane flying into a Chicago skyscraper and acknowledged his real motive was to create more open space," the
Sun Times reported. Friends of Meigs Field (FOM) founder Steve Whitney pointed out, "The significance of this (admission) is not minor because the city's argument for why they did not tell the FAA in advance they were closing the airport was because it was an emergency situation, so it's like they are conceding that point."
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Tom Ridge told reporters that he occasionally used Meigs Field when he was Pennsylvania governor and that he was personally disappointed to see the airport closed. OHS was never consulted regarding the airport's terror threat potential, he said.
Single Transponder Code At Towered Airports Approved for New York, Washington ADIZ Flight Training
Thanks to last weekend’s successful test where pilots in closed-traffic flight training operations at towered airports used the transponder code “1-2-3-4” for positive aircraft identification, the FAA late today (April 9) made the switch a permanent part of the New York City and Washington, D.C. Aviation Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs). EAA urged the FAA and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to make the change after the successful test period.
Rare Russian Fighter, Polikarpov I-16, Commits to EAA AirVenture
The world's first low-wing monoplane fighter with a retractable landing gear-the Polikarpov I-16-came from Russia in 1933 and 70 years later, visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 will get to see one of the only six remaining flying examples of the aircraft during the annual aviation celebration, which runs from July 29-August 4. The aircraft, owned by the Commemorative Air Force, will be transported to Oshkosh where renowned test pilot Dave Morss plans to fly it during the showcase or warbirds performances.
SWRFI Ready to Fly Next Month in New Braunfels, Texas
The EAA Southwest Regional Fly-In (SWRFI) is busily preparing for its 39th annual event at the New Braunfels (Texas) Airport, May 16-17. Ideally located halfway between Austin and San Antonio, this is the event founded by the late Tony Bingelis in 1965 in Georgetown, Texas.
“We now are at the best location ever,” said SWRFI President Stan Shannon. “Not only is it a great airport with 1,000 acres of grass, lots of ramp for vendors and heavy aircraft, but we will have two days of forums, workshops, fly-bys and aircraft judging, along with Texas hospitality in a family travel destination community.”
Smith Field Named to National Register of Historic Places
INDIANA, ALLEN COUNTY, Smith Field, 426 W. Ludwig Rd., Fort Wayne, 02001495, LISTED, 3/26/03
So reads the weekly list of properties on the National Register of Historic Places website, showing Smith Field as a recent designated historic place. The airport, which won a new lease on life on March 27 when the local airport authority reversed an earlier vote to close the facility, is now a national historic place. The designation for the Fort Wayne airport provides increased awareness locally and additional exposure nationally, plus may qualify Smith Field for additional sources of funding for improvements and repairs.
Sun `n Fun EAA Fly-In Announces 2003 Award Winners
Sun 'n Fun judges announced the award winners in eight aircraft categories and several subcategories for the 2003 Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In, which concluded Tuesday, April 8, in Lakeland, Florida. (See the
FAA Calls Single Transponder Code Test a Success
FAA officials proclaimed this past weekend's test of a single transponder code for flight training operations within the New York City Aviation Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) a success during a teleconference this morning with EAA and several other general aviation organizations. The test took place at seven towered airports within the ADIZ on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, where closed-traffic flight training operations used a standard transponder code of 1-2-3-4 for positive aircraft identification. Weather prevented many flights on Saturday, so the majority of the 846 aircraft touch-and-goes performed during the test period occurred on Sunday.
Sport Pilot Rule Changes Hot Topic at Sun ’n Fun
Manufacturers anticipating new market opportunities
FAA’s proposed sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule changes continue to be one of the hottest topics of discussion at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In, which will wrap up this year’s run on Tuesday, April 8.
While pilots and other enthusiasts who anticipate exercising the privileges of a sport pilot certificate are getting their questions answered at forums and seminars at the fly-in, manufacturers are busy exhibiting and demonstrating the aircraft they’ll be marketing under the proposed special and experimental light-sport aircraft categories. And they’re excited about the opportunities the rule changes will create.
Amanda Wright-Lane Reflects on Uncles Orv and Wil
When people ask Amanda Wright Lane what her famous uncles were like, she has to pause momentarily to remind questioners that she never knew them personally. After all, Wilbur died in 1912 and Orville passed away at age 77 in 1948, five years before Amanda was born.
However, the great grandniece of powered flight’s fathers learned much from family members and cherishes their world-changing accomplishments that took place 100 years ago this year. She spoke at EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk Pavilion Saturday, April 5, at the Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In, Lakeland, Florida.
Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Matthew Lum's (EAA 414156)
SkyStar Kitfox 4-1200 on floats, is this week's EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week.
Total building time was 1,300 hours over a ten-year period (including four
years off to build a house). First flight for N328ML was March 1. It's
powered by a Rotax 582 with a three-bladed, electrically adjustable 66-inch Ivoprop. For more,
the airplane, visit the EAA Centennial Homebuilts website.
(To highlight the EAA Centennial Homebuilts' program, e-HOT LINE
features a plane from the growing list submitted to EAA. Visit the EAA Homebuilders Headquarters website for program details.)
On The Flight Line ---
Bombardier Selling Recreational Products Division, Including Rotax
Rotax Not Discontinuing 447 Engine
Bombardier Inc. announced on April 3 that it will sell its Recreational Products division, which includes Rotax Aircraft Engines, SkiDoo snowmobiles, and SeaDoo watercraft. The division is being sold to help recapitalize the ailing, publicly held conglomerate. Bombardier expects the division to be attractive to investors because of its profitability, the quality of its assets, and its international reputation as a leader in most of its markets.
Bombardier Inc. stated in its release that members of the Bombardier family, who originally owned the corporation before it went public, have expressed an interest in "being part of an eventual group of investors seeking to acquire this heritage asset," adding that the division is well positioned to compete on its own and to become even more successful.
Bohannon Sets His Sights on 50,000 Feet at Oshkosh
Bruce Bohannon, after announcing that his record-setting flight in Palm Springs, California, last October was even more productive than first thought, aims to break the 50,000-feet barrier at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. At a press breakfast earlier this week at the Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In, Lakeland, Florida, Bohannon revealed his October flight in his Exxon Flyin’ Tiger set a total of seven records that were recognized by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale
Mooney Announces DX Upgrades
Mooney Airplane Company announced DX upgrades to the Ovation 2 and turbocharged Bravo at Sun ’n Fun last
week, including lowering the instrument panel by 2 inches and making Garmin’s GDL49 weather downlink system and the GTX 330 Mode S transponder standard equipment. Other standard features
include speed brakes, standby electric vacuum pump, all leather interior, Garmin 530/430 GPS/Nav combination, and King KFC 225 Autopilot/Flight Director System with HIS. Optional equipment upgrades include the
new Honeywell KI825 Electronic HIS. Mooney also has a new three-year warranty on all proprietary parts. The new DX models will begin delivery in June. For complete
details, visit www.mooney.com.
Diamond Aircraft Taking Orders For D-JET
Diamond Aircraft is now taking orders for its new D-JET. Existing Diamond Aircraft owners, including those who have aircraft on order, will be given production slot priority until July 31, 2003, after which delivery slots will be assigned in the sequence orders are received. “We have created a system to reward Diamond owners who want to step up to the D-JET or simply add another Diamond aircraft to their fleet,” said John
Gauch, Vice President Sales and Marketing. First flight is scheduled for 2004, with certification expected in 2006. The D-Jet's projected base price is $850,000 US and orders require a reduced initial $20,000 deposit, which is increased to the standard 10% deposit upon JAA certification and final definition of configuration and specifications. To secure a production slot, call 888/359-3220 or visit
Aircraft Spruce Acquires Barry Jay Aviation
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has acquired the assets of Barry Jay Aviation in Marinette, Wisconsin. The warehouse and shipping activities have been closed and all inventory has been moved to Aircraft Spruce’s facilities in Griffin, Georgia and Corona, California. Barry Jay Aviation has customers throughout the world. “We will be offering all of Barry Jay’s customer base a wider product selection, low prices and efficient, global service.” said Jim Irwin, president of Aircraft Spruce. The Barry Jay Aviation order lines and website are now linked to the Aircraft Spruce facilities and all orders coming through those links are now being processed by Aircraft Spruce. For further information, contact Aircraft Spruce at 909/372-9555 or 877/4SPRUCE or visit
NAA Seeks Award Nominees
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) seeks nominations for three of its prestigious aviation
awards, the Elder Statesman of Aviation Award, Wright Brothers Memorial
Trophy, and Harmon Aeronaut (Ballooning) Trophy. The Elder Statesman
award honors outstanding Americans, age 60 or older, who have made significant contributions to aeronautics over the course of several years.
(Nomination deadline: June 30, 2003.) The Wright Brothers Memorial
Trophy is awarded annually to a living civilian for his or her enduring public service in aviation. Last year’s award went to
EAA founder Paul H. Poberezny. (Nomination deadline: June 30, 2003) The Harmon Aeronaut (Ballooning) Trophy recognizes the most outstanding international achievement, either by one or several persons, in the art and/or science of aeronautics, specifically ballooning.
(Nomination deadline: July 15, 2003)
For nomination requirements and other information, contact NAA by phone 703/527-0226 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its website
Q & A:
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Question for EAA Aviation
In several of the articles in SA; Stick & Rudder and Airplane Design 101
spreadsheets are referred to and the statement that they can be downloaded. Where can I find them to download?
The spreadsheets can be found on the EAA Sport Aviation magazine web page. Go to the EAA web site,
www.eaa.org, and scroll down until you see the Sport Aviation cover in the right-hand column. Click on the picture of the magazine, and you'll be taken to the Sport Aviation page. Once at the Sport Aviation page, scroll down until you see the various links. The spreadsheets are listed under the February, March, and April 2002 issue dates.
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