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EAA AirVenture Museum Events
Museum Begins Centennial of Flight Celebration
The EAA AirVenture Museum kicks off its series of Centennial of Flight festivities scheduled throughout the remaining year with School Days and Public Day next week. 

During School Days, May 19-23, more than 1,000 school children will visit the museum to learn about the extraordinary contributions of the Wright brothers. A film, historical presentation under the museum's Wright Flyer, hands-on project about wing warping, and "flights" on Microsoft Flight Simulator's Wright Flyer sim are among the scheduled events. Students will also receive a take-home packet filled with information on aviation and the Centennial of Flight, compliments of EAA, NASA, and the Centennial of Flight Commission. Teachers and home-schoolers should contact Kate Phillips at 290/426-6869 or kphillips@eaa.org to book a reservation.

Members and the public are welcome to participate in the same activities on Public Day, May 24, plus enjoy a "visit" from Wilbur and Orville Wright. No reservations are necessary for this event, which is part of the museum’s regular admission.

B-17 'Road to Kitty Hawk' Tour Hits the Great Plains
EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast will be in Omaha, Nebraska this weekend at Eppley Airfield (OMA) before heading off to Topeka, Kansas (Philip Billard Municipal Airport - TOP) May 20-21.

On Memorial Day weekend May 23-26, the majestic WWII bomber lands at the  Lincoln (Nebraska) Municipal Airport (LNK). for four days. To find out when Aluminum Overcast might be in your area during the spring tour, visit www.b17.org.

May 23-25
Atchison, KS 37th Annual Kansas City Area Fly-in, Amelia Earhart Memorial K59 Jeff Sullens (816) 363-6351
jsullens@kc.rr.com  http://home.kc.rr.com/kcacaaa

May 24
Fort Pierce, FL Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, Saint Lucie County International FPR Paul Fischer 772-489-0420 

Zanesville, OH Chapter 425 Pancake Fly-In Breakfast, Riverside Airport Don Wahl 740-454-0003

Ranger, TX Memorial Day Weekend Fly-In & Fish Fry, Ranger Airport F23 Jared Calvert 254/647-1855

Green Sea, SC Spring Fling Fly-In and Pig Pick, Green Sea S79 Tom Sullivan 843-280-6916

Crookston, MN Young Eagles Fly-In BBQ, Crookston Municipal Airport KCKN Jacque Messeder (218) 791-2153

Vidalia, LA Chapter 912 Fly-In, Concordia Airport Donna Maroon 318-336-5245

Curwensville, PA Chapter 748 Fly-In Breakfast, Clearfield-Lawrence FIG Scott Brubaker 814-236-2020

Orlando, FL Pancake Breakfast Fly-In and Young Eagles Day, Orlando Executive Airport ORL Don McLendon 407-831-9356

May 24-25  
Llano, CA 9th Annual World's Smallest Air Show, Brian Ranch Airport Brian Ranch 661-261-3216

Plymouth, MA Air May Fair, Plymouth PYM Sergio Quadros 508-747-7748

May 24-26
Herrin, IL PPC Memorial Day FLY/DRIVE-IN, Camelot Air Park Norm Burley 877-983-3366

May 25
New Philadelphia, OH Chapter 1077 Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, Harry Clever Field PHD John Haines 330-308-9161

Portage, WI EAA Chapter 371 Fly-In Breakfast, Al Barger 608-742-3300

Cumberland, MD Chapter 426 Fly In Breakfast, Greater Cumberland Regional CBE Harry Dolly 814-356-3773

Lake City, MI Lake City, MI Home Acres Sky Ranch 41st Annual Pancake Breakfast, Home Acres Sky Ranch Y91 Don/Sharon Kohler 248-524-2355

Jackson, MI Chapter 304 Fly-In Breakfast, Jackson County Airport Earl E. Scott, Chapter President 517-783-3988


Smoketown, PA EAA Chapter 540 21st Annual Fly-In Breakfast, Jack Henderson 717-872-5297

May 26
Gage, OK Chapter 1115 Annual Fly-In, GAGE GAG Ron Cox 580-938-2469

Young Eagles Rallies

May 21
Rain Date of 5/28/2003 Wausau Dwntwn Airport - Wausau, WI Chapter 640 - Syd Cohen 715-842-7814

May 23
Rain Date of 5/24/2003 Painton - Painton, MO Chapter 453 - Ernest Chiles 573-243-8489

Riverside Airport - Zanesville, OH Chapter 425 - Ron MacLean 330-627-0540

May 24
Fairbanks Intl Airport - Fairbanks, AK Chapter 1129 - Annette Coulter 907-458-7095

Safford Muni Airport (SAD) - Safford, AZ Chapter 1291 - Harry Myers 520-384-2999

Kay Larking (28J) - Palatka, FL Chapter 193 - Steven Suminski 904-287-9221 Rain Date of 5/26/2003

Sarasota-Bradenton Intl Airport - Sarasota, FL Chapter 180 - Frank Szachta 941-729-3010

Vero Beach Airport Hangar #16 - Vero Beach, FL Chapter 99 - Clark Eckman 772-569-0375

Waimea Airport (066) - Waimea, HI Chapter 1191 - Wes Brown 808-325-7477 Rain Date of 5/31/2003

Amelia Earhart Airport - Atchison, KS Chapter 1329 - Henry Snodgrass 785-746-8878

Concordia Parish (OR4) - Vidalia, LA Chapter 912 - Donna Maroon 318-757-4994

Howard Nixon Memorial Airport (50G) - Chesaning, MI Chapter 597 - Norm Clark 989-725-3867

Crookston Municipal Kirkwood Field (KCKN) - Crookston, MN Chapter 1342 - Kate Dolsky 218-791-0748 Rain Date of 5/25/2003

Cochrane Muni Airport - Cochrane, ON Chapter 1126 - Nicole Lavigne 705-272-6500

Owens Columbia Dwntwn Airport - Columbia, SC Chapter 242 - Paul Carter 803-794-1438

Lebanon Muni Airport - Lebanon, TN Chapter 863 - Gary Piper 615-824-0342

W Houston Airport - Houston, TX Chapter 774 - Pat Fulco 281-492-8450 Rain Date of 5/31/2003

Austin Straubel Airport - Green Bay, WI Chapter 651 - Frank Derginer 920-494-5033

May 2003
AA Desktop Calendar

EAA's May desktop calendar features Mike Mangold's colorful Zivko Edge. Mike is a member of the 2003 U.S. Aerobatic Team Member and is scheduled to perform at EAA AirVenture this summer. To get your copy, visit the EAA website and click on the picture to select a size for your desktop.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA
Join Us As We Celebrate 100 Years of Powered Flight
at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003!

May 16, 2003   Volume 3, Number 21

  News You Can Use ---

EAA Young Eagles Passes 900,000 Milestone 
On Thursday morning, May 15, EAA's Young Eagles office announced that Young Eagle No. 900,000 had been officially entered into the world's largest logbook. He is Michael Baker of Paden, Oklahoma, and he received his flight May 3 during an EAA Chapter flight rally at Prague Municipal Airport (OK19) in Prague, Oklahoma. The pilot was David Ames, EAA 439967, Young Eagle Coordinator for Chapter 1098, Shawnee, Oklahoma. "I'm thrilled to death about that," Ames said when informed of the milestone. Coincidentally, Ames had just sent a packet off to the EAA Young Eagles office containing the names of 27 more new Young Eagles. "900,000! Well, we're over that hump, we just need another 100,000 and we'll reach the goal of 1 million."
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EAA Lodges Complaint with TSA over Presidential TFRs
EAA's Washington Office lodged an official complaint with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Friday (May 16) regarding the increased proliferation of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) that accompany President Bush as he travels throughout the country. These TFRs place a growing hardship on general aviation pilots, who increasingly face a confusing array of TFRs. For instance, flight restrictions were issued when the President visited several locations stumping for his tax cut plan, with many of the TFRs lacking adequate notice to pilots. With President Bush making his 2004 re-election bid official Friday, prospects loom large for even more TFRs popping up as he-and other candidates-hit the campaign trail.
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President in Camp David This Weekend
Pilots planning flight operations near the Hagerstown/Thurmont area this weekend are advised that a 10 nm, <18,000 feet msl temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place from 2 p.m. May 16 through 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18 for the President’s visit to Camp David (P-40). Flight operations within 5 nm of Camp David are prohibited. Pilots are urged to get the latest information from FAA Flight Service before taking off.
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Ruling on Meigs Field Put Off a Week
At the Cook County (Illinois) Circuit Court Friday, May 16, Judge William Maki refused to rule on several motions before him regarding the future of Merrill C. Meigs Field. The City of Chicago has motioned to dismiss a temporary restraining order preventing further destruction of the lakefront airport. The TRO remains in place until the next hearing, set for Friday, May 23, at 11 a.m.
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House Aviation Subcommittee Votes to "Correct" Aviation Security Legislation 
On Wednesday, May 14, the House Aviation Subcommittee passed unanimously a large piece of legislation affecting aviation security, and there is plenty of encouragement for general aviation. Cited as the "Aviation Security Technical Corrections and Improvement Act of 2003," the legislation, if approved by the full congress, will provide some of the following: more reasonable procedures for flight training foreign students in aircraft over 12,500 pounds; provisions for banner towing operations to again overfly major sports stadiums; third-party review of TSA decisions regarding pilot certificate revocation on the basis of security; and the creation of a small business ombudsman within the Department of Homeland Security to look after the interests of small businesses impacted financially by security regulations.
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EAA Names More 50 Flags to Kitty Hawk Pilots 
EAA and the National Park Service - partners in EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk program, presented by Ford Motor Company, announced today that eight additional EAA-member pilots have been chosen to represent their states in EAA's "50 Flags to Kitty Hawk" initiative, celebrating the achievements of the Wright brothers and 100 years of powered flight. With these latest selections, there are 26 EAA member pilots chosen to participate in the "50 Flags to Kitty Hawk" program.
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Lindbergh Collectors Flock to EAA AirVenture Museum 
If you own an aviation collectible, especially one associated with Charles Lindbergh, the EAA AirVenture Museum is the place to be this Saturday, May 17, when the Experimental Aircraft Association hosts members of the C.A.L./N-X-211 Collectors Society for their annual national gathering. Saturday is the society's "public day," when it will showcase members' extensive Lindbergh collections and help museum visitors discover more about the first man who flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 and became an instant worldwide celebrity. More than 1,000 items will be on display.
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ASTM Committee Reaches Another Milestone 
The committee creating the consensus standards for light-sport aircraft (LSA) reached another milestone at ASTM International's May meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, by completing the Standard Practice for Quality Assurance in the Manufacture of Light-Sport Airplanes specification. Executive Committee Chairman Earl Lawrence reports that the remainder of the Airplane and Engine Standards will be completed by the end of the next round of balloting, slated for sometime in July. (The Powered Parachute standards are already completed.)
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NASA ‘Active Aeroelastic Wing’ F/A-18 To Appear At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003
A supersonic F/A-18 fighter jet that has a new twist - literally - courtesy of NASA will make its first appearance on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh flight line this summer, during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 51st annual convention, which will be held July 29-August 4 at Wittman Regional Airport at Oshkosh. The Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) flight research aircraft completed its first phase of test flights in early May. Over the 50 test missions held since last November, the F/A-18 was flown to determine its handling with specially modified flexible wings. The wings have thinner covering “skins” along with other technical enhancements that allow the outer wing panels to twist up to five degrees. The concept could allow lighter-weight wings to supply better maneuverability for future high-performance military aircraft.
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CAFE Foundation Offers Prime Motor Home Site
For EAA AirVenture

The CAFE Foundation flight research exhibit, a mainstay at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is looking to make a deal with an EAA member during the upcoming convention July 29-August 4. The CAFE exhibit, located just south of the Wittman Regional Airport control tower, requires a large motor home to accommodate Board members and flight test displays. However, CAFE’s own motor home/mobile flight test lab is no longer roadworthy, for the trip from California to Oshkosh. So CAFE is offering its prime location site to an EAA member willing to share use of his or her motor home during the convention.
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EAA Wild Blue Wonders Regional Competition Begins
EAA Wild Blue Wonders regional competition began the first weekend in May at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida. The following week flight crews competed at the Sun ’n Fun campus at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Before it’s all over, about 160 teams, or "flight crews," will compete in regional competition throughout the country for the right to challenge for the championship at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003.
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Orlando Sentinel Takes on Disney Airspace Restrictions 
EAA supplies background info to newspaper's investigation
The Sunday (May 11) edition of the Orlando Sentinel took on the no-fly zones granted to the Disney theme parks in Orlando, Fla., and Anaheim, Calif., by outlining the political maneuvering that persuaded Congress to add the TFR's under the guise of "security threats." That put security measure at the Disney theme parks on par with such sites as federal research labs, weapons depots, and nuclear military installations.
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EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Thirteen members of EAA Chapter 292, Independence, Oregon, formed the Noon Patrol over three years ago with the goal of building 14 Graham Lee Nieuport replica World War I fighters from scratch. Allan Cleveland, EAA 449940, is one of three Noon Patrollers with a finished aircraft who recently received EAA Centennial Homebuilt data plates. All are powered by 1835 Volkswagen engines Three aircraft remain without final wing assembly at the time of this letter; however, members expect to have all aircraft fitted by Memorial Day and ready for inspection soon after. (Read more) (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.)

Timeless Voices: 'Voice of the Week'
This week’s “Voice of the Week” is Howard Smith of Lakeland, Florida. Howard was a member of the 68th Helicopter Assault Company flying Huey gun ships for 17 months in Vietnam, where he accumulated 1,481 combat flight hours. After his discharge from the Army, it would be 18 years before he found himself back in the cockpit of an aircraft, flying a surplus OH-58 helicopter for the City of Lakeland, Florida. Read more about Howard’s aviation experiences on the Timeless Voices website.

On The Flight Line ---

Eclipse 500 Resumes Flight Tests 
Eclipse Aviation resumed flight-testing of its Eclipse 500 jet Thursday, May 15, at 8:47 a.m. Aircraft 100, propelled by two Teledyne, model 382-10E engines, took off from Albuquerque Sunport, flew for 26 minutes, successfully completing all maneuvers in the practice area.
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New European Kit Plane, Esqual, to Be Introduced at AirVenture Oshkosh 
The folks at Jabiru USA Flight Center, located at Brennand Airport (79C) west of Neenah, Wisconsin, are excited about a new airplane they plan to unveil at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. It’s a two-place, composite (fiberglass or carbon fiber) kit plane that they say is easy to build, goes fast, stalls slow and, depending on the configuration, could qualify under the FAA’s new light-sport aircraft rule expected later this year. The Esqual, or specifically, the VM-1 Esqual, comes from the Vol Mediterrani factory in Moia, Spain. Esqual North America LLC is the exclusive distributor in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Pete Krotje, CEO, says the aircraft complements his other kit offerings from Jabiru. “The Jabiru is like a family sedan. This (Esqual) is a hot rod,” he said.
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Charity Flight Group Needs More Volunteer Pilots
Wings of Mercy-Illiana, a not-for-profit organization of volunteer pilots and aircraft owners, provides free air transportation to needy people for medical and other human compassion needs. Demand for its services is on the rise, and they’re looking for more volunteer pilots.
Operations are based in Indiana and Illinois, but the chapter also serves nearby areas of surrounding states Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio and Kentucky. “We prefer our flights either originate or terminate in our area,” said Chapter President Jim Butler. “We serve the East Coast hospitals, Atlanta hospitals, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and other destinations of a similar distance.”
Wings of Mercy allows the use of experimental aircraft. Call 219/297-3500 or e-mail WingsofMercy-Illiana@ffni.com. For more information, visit www.ffni.com/~wingsofmercy-illiana/.

Vendors Invited to Dare Co. Airport for Flight Centennial
Dare County, Carolina, Regional Airport’s 2003 Centennial Planning Committee has limited vendor booth space available at the airport’s Fly Wright to Dare Welcome Pavilion during the First Flight Centennial Celebration this December. Cost for each 10-foot by 10 foot vendor booth is $750 from December 12-16, and vendors can continue operating through December 17-18 at no additional cost. Complimentary parking space for one recreational vehicle is included. For more information, contact Jarie Ebert, Events Coordinator, at 473-2600 ext. 5.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services:
Why don't I find Rotax engine information on the CD supplied with the 8th Edition AeroCrafter guide just received from EAA? Are the Rotax products listed under some other name? I tried all the searches I could think of and came up empty.

The Rotax info is listed under "Engines/Propellers". Look for this heading in the column on the left side of the AeroCrafter CD window. Click on "Engines/Propellers", then click on "Engine List". You can either arrange the list by Manufacturer or Engine Model. The Rotax engines are listed under "Kodiak Research Ltd." in the manufacturer list. Kodiak is the North American distributor for Rotax. The engines are listed under "Rotax" in the engine model listing.
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EAA SportAir Workshops

Upcoming Workshops 


June 6-8, 2003, Corona, CA
Topics: RV Assembly

June 21-22, 2003, Frederick, MD (Washington, DC area)
Topic: Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems and Avionics, Gas Welding, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

June 27-29, 2003, Griffin, GA
Topics: RV Assembly, and TIG Welding

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