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EAA Young Eagles Nears 900,000 Kids Flown
Volunteer EAA Young Eagles pilots gave 5,601 children airplane rides during the month of April, keeping the program squarely on target to provide the thrill of flight to 1 million kids ages 8-17 by December 17, 2003. April’s final count brought the year-to-date total to 18,640, or 19 percent ahead of last year’s record pace as we enter the prime flying season of spring, summer and fall. The total number of Young Eagles in the
World’s Largest Logbook at the end of April was 894,850, representing the number of kids flown since the program’s inception in July 1992.
President Bush in Texas This Weekend
President Bush will be at his ranch near Crawford, Texas this weekend, which will activate the 30-nm, <18,000 feet agl P-49
temporary flight restriction (TFR) from 4:30 p.m. local time May 2 through 8:40 a.m. May 5. No flights are authorized within 10 nm of the ranch and from 10-30 nm flights are for ingress and egress only. Pilots are required to be on an active IFR or VFR flight plan with a discrete transponder code assigned by ATC. Pilots must remain in two-way communications with ATC. Also prohibited within the TFR are flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralight flights, and hang gliding.
UND Aviation Students Receive EAA/Clay Lacy Scholarships
Five aviation students in the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences program have been selected to receive $12,500 scholarships through the EAA Aviation Foundation and renowned aviator Clay Lacy.
The five recipients - Greg Peterson of Superior, Wis.; Leonard Brunette of South Range, Wis.; Kent Fujimoto of Hilo, Hawaii; Malia Mosman of Salem, Ore.; and Darren Schultz of Bismarck, N.D. - were selected based on flight abilities, academic achievements and past accomplishments. As part of their scholarships, they will serve as flight instructors and counselors during EAA’s annual Air Academy summer camps in Oshkosh this summer.
VFR Route Into Russia Announced
GA Pilots Can Fly VFR From Alaska to Russia
The long-awaited VFR general aviation route from Alaska into Russia will become available for pilots beginning May 1, according to FDC NOTAM 3/3273 that was issued by the FAA on Tuesday afternoon (April 29).
The route—B-369—which spans about 275 nautical miles from Nome to Provideniya including a 39-nm stretch over open water, was about three years in the making. Hopefully though, this is only the beginning; Alaska region FAA officials aim for an even longer corridor to
Magadan, Russia, with the thought that eventually Japan will work to create a similar corridor from the south to
Magadan, to establish a viable, safe general aviation route from Alaska to Japan.
EAA Again Stresses…
Sport Pilot Driver’s License Medical Not Affected by FAA Rec Pilot Denial
A recently published news brief has again raised questions about the driver’s license airman’s medical provision contained in FAA’s pending sport pilot certificate proposal. This has brought a large number of calls to EAA’s Sport Pilot Hotline. The report created confusion when it referred to the FAA’s denial of EAA’s and AOPA’s petitions to allow a driver’s license medical for the recreational pilot certificate and suggested the sport pilot notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) driver’s license medical provision may not be approved.
As EAA reported in early March, FAA’s denial of the recreational pilot petition has absolutely no impact on the sport pilot’s driver’s license medical certificate provision.
EAA AirVenture Museum Seeks Burt Rutan Artifacts
Scheduled to open during AirVenture 2003, the Innovations Gallery is an exciting new development for the EAA AirVenture Museum. Its collection of modern homebuilt airplanes will be completely re-displayed using dramatic hanging and lighting techniques, plus "interactive digital labels," which will also be available as an on-line web exhibit. The gallery will also contain a special focus on the life and work of Burt Rutan. This will involve displaying a number of Rutan's aircraft already in the Museum's collection, and a display of smaller artifacts is also planned. To help with the latter aspect, Museum staff is soliciting donations of Burt Rutan-related memorabilia.
“We are particularly looking for artifacts relating to Burt Rutan and his airplanes" said Curator of Collections Ron
Twellman. Items of value to the Museum include souvenirs, clothing (hats, jackets, t-shirts, sweatshirts), and related ephemera (pins, patches, decals, posters). Because the Museum cannot guarantee return of unsolicited items and is not looking for loaned items, please check with Ron before sending anything to EAA. You can reach him at 920-426-5917 or via e-mail
Pete Bowers, Fly Baby Designer, Passes Away
EAA was saddened to learn that Peter M. Bowers, EAA 777, passed away Sunday, April 27, in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 85. Pete was well known for his popular aircraft design, the Fly Baby, winner of the 1962 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Design Contest. The easy-to-build and fly, low-cost, folding-wing airplane could be towed or trailered. Its design remains popular to this day.
Wonders Teams Prepare for 2003 Regionals
Winners to Vie For National
Championship at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003
More than 160 EAA Wild Blue Wonders teams-"flight crews"-from throughout the country are busy preparing for their important regional meets coming up in May and June. WBW is the EAA Aviation Foundation's competitive program involving middle school students who learn about aviation principles through science, math, and technology activities.
Interest in the program has literally exploded over the past year, says EAA's program director Fred Nauer. "Last year at this time, 30 teams nationwide competed regionally," he said. "Today more than 160 teams are preparing for the regionals, which take place in May and June." Teams that emerge from regional competition will compete for the program's national championship at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003.
Slated For Meigs Field Defense Fund
The Friends of Meigs Field (FOM) will host another fundraiser this Sunday,
May 4, to benefit its legal defense fund. Backers of the imperiled
lakefront airport will gather at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora,
Illinois (near DuPage and Aurora airports), beginning at 6 p.m. with a
special presentation at 7 p.m. Minimum donation is $60 per person. On
Friday, May 9, the fourth FOM fundraiser will be held at Glenwood Oaks Banquets, 106 N. Main St., Glenwood,
Illinois (near Lansing Airport) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Those unable to attend can contribute to the cause online at www.friendsofmeigs.org. FOM
announced that donated matching funds have reached $75,000, meaning all
contributions up to that amount will be matched. For more information or
to make a reservation, visit the FOM website, www.friendsofmeigs.org or call 312-458-925.
EAA AirVenture Cup: A Racer’s Perspective
Part 1: Kitty Hawk Time Trials
Southwest of the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, across the Albemarle Sound, lies Dare County airport, (MQI) site of the EAA AirVenture Cup Kitty Hawk Time Trials, and starting point of the two-day race. This year's time trials-which has become a significant local event in just two short years-take place on July 26 from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. The race is July 27-28, stretching from Kitty Hawk to Dayton, Ohio, then on to the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh finish line.
Jack E. Watson (RACE 25), a four-time veteran of the EAA AirVenture Cup race, returns this year in his German Speed Canard SC-01B-160. An airline captain with over 32,000 hours, he's flown almost 300 types of airplanes, helicopters and gyroplanes, yet rates the EAA AirVenture Cup as among "the best adventures I've ever had in flying!" Jack provides his take on the race, from the time trials to the race itself, with a three-part report beginning with Part 1, The EAA AirVenture Cup Kitty Hawk Time Trials.
Designated Smoking Areas Created Near EAA AirVenture Flight Line
A frequent duty of Operation Protect our Planes (P.O.P.) volunteers is to remind EAA AirVenture visitors to refrain from smoking along the flight line.
Smoking is one of the big no-nos in this area because of the variety of airplanes present, from warbirds to homebuilts to antique classics and ultralights, not to mention AirVenture’s showcase AeroShell Square. This year, thanks to P.O.P.’s initiative, several designated smoking areas have been created along the flight line.
Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
We turn to
fast glass for this week’s EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week. Bob Lindner,
EAA 9005740, Fallbrook, California, made use of the Lancair Builder Assist Program in putting together his
Legacy. He worked on the airplane for eight hours a day for eighteen months and made his first flight on January 8, 2003. N995CB
is powered by a Continental IO 550 N that pushes it along at 245 knots
true airspeed. Read
more about the airplane. (To highlight the EAA Centennial
Homebuilts' program, each week e-HOT LINE features one plane from
the growing list submitted to EAA. Visit the EAA
Centennial Homebuilts website for program details.)
Voices: 'Voice of the
with this issue of e-HOT LINE...
we showcase a “Voice of the Week” featuring an interview from EAA’s Timeless Voices of
Aviation. This week’s “Voice” is
John S. Bennett of Elizabethtown, North Carolina, who told his story at the Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In, Lakeland, Florida. John’s flying experiences began in 1931 at age 12.
He went on to serve with the 322nd Bomb Group in B-26s during WWII; worked for numerous aircraft manufacturers; and helped design and build Formula 1 racing planes. Read John’s whole story on the
EAA AirVenture Warbird Pre-Registration Available
Attention Warbird pilots: Are you planning to fly your aircraft to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003? Past participants know that the registration lines can get pretty long and would avoid them if they could. Well, you’re in luck, because EAA Warbirds of America now provides a convenient way to pre-register through the Warbirds website. Simply fill out the pre-registration form and send it in by July 14 and we'll have your information waiting when you arrive. All you have to do is check in with the personnel at Warbird Registration and you'll be on your way. It's that simple! Complete and submit the on-line information or contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On The Flight Line ---
NAA To Award Special Commemorative Certificates For 2003 Records
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) will award special commemorative record certificates to aviators who set world records during 2003. The certificates are in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first successful powered flight in 1903. Each commemorative certificate awarded will be signed by one of the following notable living aviators, all of whom are EAA members:
Guy Townsend, EAA 292858, pilot on the first flight of a Boeing B-52 bomber (1952)
Scott Crossfield, EAA 138852, first pilot to fly faster than Mach 2 and first pilot to fly faster than Mach 3 and survive (1960)
Richard “Dick” Rutan, EAA 94971, pilot on the first non-stop, unrefueled, around-the-world flight (1986)
Clay Lacy, EAA 285436, holder of an around-the-world speed record in a commercial airliner (1988)
Sporty’s Adds SAA Badge Program
With the Soaring Society of America (SSA) ABC Badge program now a part of its glider-training curriculum, Sporty’s Pilot Shop is helping promote safety and training standardization within the glider community. The program also provides a logical path toward a private certificate. “We added SSA’s Badge program because it serves the same purpose for glider training as the recreational certificate does for airplane training,” said Sporty’s founder/chairman Hal Shevers (also an SSA lifetime member). “It provides interim, attainable goals on the path toward a Private certificate while improving retention and keeping flying fun.” Sporty’s partners with Eastern Cincinnati Aviation F4/30/2003BO for glider training, using a Diamond Extreme motorglider. For more information, call 513/735-9500, or visit
Safire Jet Chooses Avidyne's Flightmax Entegra
Safire Aircraft Company, Miami, Florida, will use the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck for the Safire Jet aircraft. The system has two 10.4-inch diagonal, high-resolution, sunlight-readable pilot and co-pilot primary flight displays (PFD), each with its own integrated solid-state air data and attitude/heading reference system (ADAHRS). The PFD has standard flight instrumentation including an electronic attitude direction indicator (EADI), electronic horizontal situation indicator (EHSI), altitude, airspeed, and vertical speed. The unit provides an advanced flight management system, a complete IFR-capable communication, navigation and surveillance suite integrated with a three-axis coupled autopilot system and moving map, datalink weather, lightning, terrain, and traffic information. For more about Avidyne, visit
www.avidyne.com. For more about Safire, visit
This is Georgia Wings Weekend
General Aviation pilots have a great opportunity to enhance their flying proficiency and fulfill the requirements of the annual FAA Wings Safety Program during this weekend’s 4th Annual Georgia Wings Weekend at Gwinnett County Airport, Briscoe Field, Lawrenceville. Pilots, instructors and industry leaders will gather for a weekend of flying, fun, and education. Offered are free flight safety and technical seminars, pilot proficiency flights leading to the completion of the Annual FAA Wings Award and Flight Review.
Guest speaker Saturday will be “The Man Who Shut Down the Airspace” on September 11th, Ben Sliney, FAA National Operations Manager. Sliney will talk about the effects the terrorists have had and the reactions within the center and the airspace as we know it today.
Ramp exhibits including Delta Airlines DC-3 and TravelAir, Bi-plane airplane rides and multiple open forums are available to the public as well as breakfast and lunch, sponsored by local EAA Chapters
For more information, visit www.wingsweekend.com.
RC Scale Homebuilts a Hit at Sun ’n Fun
Experimental Aircraft Models (EAM) premiered a line of 1/5 scale radio-controlled (RC) homebuilt model aircraft at Sun ’n Fun in April. Based strictly on factory-provided drawings, EAM offers almost-ready-to-fly (ARF) replicas of some of the most popular homebuilts, including the Challenger, Zodiac XL, RV-6,
GlaStar, Glasair II, Europa XS, Velocity XL and Lancair IV-P. Flying models typically have five-foot wingspans and arrive in white, ready to accept custom paint schemes. Landing gear choices are included in the kits, just like the full-scale aircraft. For more information call 800/297-1707 or visit
Udvar-Hazy Center Hangs First Airplane
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum began the delicate work of hanging historic aircraft on April 30 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, its new facility at Washington Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia. The center opens to the public Dec. 15, just before powered flight’s centennial. The airplane is Leo Loudenslager’s Stephens Akro Laser 200, which he flew to seven U.S. National Aerobatic Champion titles along with the 1980 World Champion title. The hangar measures three football fields and will eventually display some 200 aircraft. 70 will be in place on opening day. The Udvar-Hazy (pronounced OOD-var HAH-zee) Center will eventually house some 80 percent of the museum's aircraft and large space artifacts, many stored away for decades. The museum's flagship building on the National Mall displays about 10 percent of the collection.
For more information, visit www.nasm.si.edu/nasm/ext/.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
I own an airplane and have moved from the address I registered it at. Do you have the address I need to send a change of address notification?
You can update your address by contacting the FAA Aircraft Registration Branch. Their web site at
offers the following guidance on updating your address:
"A change of address may be made by mailing the address, aircraft registration number, make, model and serial number, including the original signature of the registered owner to the FAA Aircraft Registration Branch. If the address indicated is listed as a Post Office Box, General Delivery, Rural Route, or Star Route, please provide directions or a map for locating your residence."
Contact info for the Aircraft Registration Branch:
Aircraft Registration Branch, AFS-750
PO Box 25504
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
The website also has a link to a downloadable form you can complete and mail to the Aircraft Registration Branch to update your address.
Remember that updating your address on your aircraft registration does not automatically update your address on your pilot certificate. You must send a separate address change notification to the FAA to update your airman file.
The FAA Airmen Certification Branch keeps the airman records, so you'll have to contact that office in order to update your airman address. Visit
for more information. Note that you can now establish an online account with the Airman Certification Branch which will allow you to update your address via the internet.
Or you can submit a signed, written request stating your name, date of birth, social security number and/or certificate number, and your new address to:
Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760
PO Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082.
How can we help you?
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issues, e-mail email@example.com. If you have a question
about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety
records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to provide this info to EAA members as a membership
benefit. To ensure that this service continues, renew your membership or
join EAA today by calling
800/843-3612 or 920/426-5912.
EAA SportAir Workshops
May 16-18, 2003, Oshkosh, WI
Topics: RV Assembly
May 16-18, 2003, Griffin (Atlanta), GA
Topics: TIG Welding
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