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Upcoming Aviation Events

Young Eagles Rallies

OK, 'Road to Kitty Hawk' B-17 Tour Heading to Oklahoma!
When EAA’s B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast departs over Sugar Land (SGR) Texas this weekend, it will head north--to Tulsa, Oklahoma--for a four-day flight schedule (June 19-22). Look for the airplane at Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport (RVS), Tulsa Technology Center.

To find out when Aluminum Overcast might be coming to your area during the spring tour, visit www.b17.org.

EAA AirVenture Museum Events

Ultralight Day and Int’l Young Eagles Day June 14

Today’s Oshkosh weather reports indicate a sunny weekend. That’s good news for more than three dozen ultralight pilots and visitors expected at EAA AirVenture Museum’s annual Ultralight Day. The colorful, one-person ultralights, which have become popular for recreational flying, will arrive at Pioneer Airport between 8:30-10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday). Throughout the day, ultralight pilots will participate in a number of flying demonstrations and activities.

Tomorrow is also International Young Eagles Day. More than 10,000 young people throughout the United States are expected to receive their first flight. In Oshkosh, they'll be a flight rally at the Wittman Regional Airport terminal from 9 a.m. to noon. Check the Young Eagles Events schedule for a flight rally location near you.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services: I have a question regarding the proper location of a data plate on an experimental amateur-built aircraft. Must the data plate be on the exterior, or can it be located inside the cabin where it can be viewed from outside. I have looked in the FAR/AIM, but thus far I have been unable to find any reference.
The regulations regarding aircraft identification requirements (aka the “data plate”) are found in 14 CFR Part 45, specifically 45.11(a) which states in part:

“Except as provided in paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section, the aircraft identification plate must be secured to the aircraft fuselage exterior so that it is legible to a person on the ground, and must be either adjacent to and aft of the rear-most entrance door or on the fuselage surface near the tail surfaces.”

The exceptions in paragraphs (c) and (d) apply to manned free balloons and aircraft manufactured before March 7, 1988, respectively, so these exceptions do not apply to your amateur-built aircraft. Thus, the data plate must be on the exterior of the fuselage, and placed as per directed by the regulation quoted above. Having it inside the cabin, even if it’s visible from outside the aircraft, does not meet the regulation.

Further guidance on the placement of the data plate is found in another excerpt from 45.11(a):

“The identification plate for aircraft must be secured in such a manner that it will not likely be defaced or removed during normal service, or lost or destroyed in an accident.”

This means that the data plate cannot be located on an inspection plate or access door that could easily be removed during maintenance or inspection of the aircraft.

This exterior data plate actually only needs to contain the basic identification info for the aircraft. The info required on an aircraft data plate is called out in 14 CFR 45.13(a). The pertinent section is as follows:

“(a) The identification required by § 45.11 (a) and (b) shall include the following information: 

(1) Builder’s name. 
(2) Model designation. 
(3) Builder’s serial number. 
(4) Type certificate number, if any. 
(5) Production certificate number, if any. 
(6) For aircraft engines, the established rating.”

Items (4), (5), and (6) do not apply to an amateur-built airframe, so only items (1), (2), and (3) are required on the data plate. We recommend that only these three items - Make, Model, and Serial Number - be placed on the official data plate on the exterior of the aircraft. Any data that might change over the life of the aircraft, such as engine or propeller model, should not be placed on the data plate. This info should be recorded in the aircraft builders log or maintenance records instead.
How can we help you?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.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.
For Upcoming Aviation Events, click here. For Young Eagles Rallies, click here.

Upcoming Workshops 

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

See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.

June 2003
AA Desktop Calendar

Riding into the sunrise: a trio of New Standard D-25s juxtaposed before a background of contrails provides a terrific computer desktop for the month of June. 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!

June 13, 2003   Volume 3, Number 25

  News You Can Use ---

EAA Ultralight Council Meets at EAA HQ;
Carla Larsh Named Council Chairperson
All eight members of the EAA Ultralight Council gathered at EAA Headquarters on June 12-13 to review EAA’s current ultralight programs and services, plan for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, and discuss issues related to the new sport pilot and light-sport aircraft rules and their effect on the ultralight and light-plane community. Just prior to the meeting, Carla Larsh was appointed chairperson of EAA’s Ultralight Council, succeeding former chairman Jamie Kee.
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EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk Pavilion Makes Second Tour Stop This Weekend 
In Dearborn, Michigan, for Ford Motor Company Centennial
EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk Touring Pavilion, featuring EAA's authentic 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction, has "landed" in Dearborn, Michigan, to take part in Ford Motor Company's "The Road Is Ours" 100th Anniversary Celebration this weekend, June 12-15. This is EAA's second of seven tour stops that also includes the Inventing Flight Celebration, Dayton, Ohio, July 3-20; EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 29-Aug. 4; Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington, August 23-September 1; the NBAA Convention, Orlando, Florida, October 7-9; and the First Flight Centennial Celebration, Kitty Hawk, December 13-17.
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KidVenture Gears up For Fifth Year at EAA AirVenture 
The unique array of aircraft and activities gracing the flight line at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh generates plenty of attention and excitement, especially among youngsters. However, if kids of any age want a safe and fun hands-on aviation experience, a visit to KidVenture is essential. Nestled behind the museum's Eagle Hangar on the quiet side of the EAA convention grounds, KidVenture's campus has become a prominent fixture of AirVenture's landscape. Where else can kids get the chance to build their own model rockets and balsa planes, fly in a high-tech flight simulator, soar above the KidVenture campus in a tethered hot air balloon, and meet aviation legends?
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‘Women With Wings’ Prepares Fourth Group Flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The Women With Wings will hold their fourth group caravan to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, and they’re getting the word out to all women pilots to participate. Abbie Friddell, Master CFI and member of EAA Chapter 790, is once again the flight leader. “We’re not a large group like some of the others flying into Oshkosh,” she said. “We’re just trying to encourage women to look into aviation, to experience all the joys and thrills that flying has to offer. What better place to do it than Oshkosh? This is an awesome, wonderful experience.”
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F-4F Phantom On Display at AeroShell Square
One of the only remaining F-4F “Phantom” Jets in service in the world will be on display at EAA AirVenture’s showcase AeroShell Square throughout the convention, July 29-August 4. The jet belongs to the German Air Force and is part of a squadron of Phantoms that performs training for German pilots at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Capt. Reic Ferner of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) will fly the aircraft to Oshkosh on Monday, July 28. “We are here right now performing training for the pilots before they return to fly operations in Germany,” he said. The F-4F on the ramp will have U.S. markings on the side with a German flag on the tail.
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EAA Asks TSA to ‘Clear the Air’ Regarding GA Threats to Nuclear Plants
EAA is asking top officials at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to step forward and state the threat level, or lack thereof, of general aviation to the nation’s nuclear facilities. The issue was raised again by a USA Today article published on June 10, which claimed that the nation’s nuclear facilities are still vulnerable to an attack by a general aviation or commercial aircraft. The article did state that nuclear power plants are considered safe from such attacks because of their construction, but did express concerns regarding such facilities as storage buildings and other non-reactor areas at the power plants.
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Kennebunkport Area Off-Limits to Pilots This Weekend 
The president's visit to the Bush family retreat at Kennebunkport, Maine, over the weekend has activated a 30 nautical-mile, surface-to-18,000-foot temporary flight restriction in effect through 12 noon Monday, June 16. General aviation flight operations within 10 nm are prohibited, which effectively shuts down aircraft operations at private Goosefair Airport. The latest FDC NOTAM (3/4616) allows limited operations out of Biddeford Municipal Airport (B19) provided U.S. Secret Service approval is obtained one hour prior to take-off by calling 315-334-6065 or 6301. These aircraft shall be on an active IFR or VFR flight plan with a discrete code assigned by ATC, and shall squawk the discrete code prior to departure and at all times while in the TFR. No pattern work. All further restrictions in the NOTAM still apply. Flights from 10-30 nm will require an active VFR or IFR flight plan, ATC-assigned discrete transponder codes, continuous 2-way communication with ATC and be for ingress or egress to and from local airfields.
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Dyke Delta Designer Sponsors EAA Air Academy Student
Sixteen-year-old glider pilot and Civil Air Patrol First Lieutenant Anna Dell Apple, Buttonwillow, California, was recently awarded the Jennie Dyke Scholarship to EAA’s First Flights Academy. Anna is an enthusiastic young glider pilot working toward her private pilot’s license. She is also climbing through the ranks of the Civil Air Patrol toward a career in the Air Force. Someday Anna wants to be an astronaut.
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Memorial Service Held, Fund Created For Mike Jacober
A memorial service for Mike Jacober was held on Friday, June 13, at the Central Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska. Jacober was killed on Thursday, June 5, when the two-seat ultralight trike trainer he and student Robert Pelkey were flying in went down during a training flight about two miles from the Birchwood, Alaska airport (Z15). Jacober, owner of Arctic Sparrow Aircraft Inc. based at Birchwood, was one of the country's top ultralight pilots and promoters, and he was also an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. A memorial fund in Mike’s honor has been established through the Key Bank of Anchorage, Alaska.

‘Tin Lizzys’ Gather at Pioneer Airport 
Nearly 30 meticulously maintained Ford Model “Ts” arrived at EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh Monday afternoon (June 9) for a scheduled stop on their cross-country caravan from California to Michigan. Forty-four “Tin Lizzys” began the 3,000-mile journey on May 25 in Lancaster, California, and wound up at Ford’s Centennial celebration in Dearborn, Michigan, which began on June 12.
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EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Stan Stiles, Chewelah, Washington, EAA 247739, received his EAA Centennial Homebuilt dataplate for his recently completed Hatz CB-1. The airplane, which Stiles obtained in 1999, flew for the first time in May. N312ST is powered by a Lycoming 0-290 D2 turning a wooden Sensenich prop. Read more about the project. 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'
Roy Stroud of Omaha, Nebraska, was an original member of the Aluminum Overcast B-17 flight crew. While on tour in Nebraska in May, we were fortunate to be able to visit with Roy. His aviation career began as a boy building stick and tissue airplane models. During WWII’s last days, he was a B-17 navigator in the 306th Bomb Group’s very last mission, then Roy served on reconnaissance missions in RB-29s over North Korea. Read more about Roy’s experiences on the Timeless Voices website.

Chapter 838 a Second-Day Issuer of the Wright Flyer Stamp
EAA Chapter 838 in Racine, Wisconsin, was one of a select group of organizations chosen to participate in the second-day issue of the United States Postal Service’s Wright Flyer stamp on May 23. It was quite an honor for the Chapter, one it shared with only three other organizations nationwide.
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EAA June-July Regional Fly-Ins
We encourage you to support EAA’s Regional Fly-Ins, coming to an airport near you.

June 20-22--Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In takes place at Yuba County Airport (MYV), Marysville, California

June 28-29Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In gathers at Vance Brand Airport, Longmont, CO (2V2)

July 9-13, Northwest EAA Fly-In, Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO) Arlington, Washington

On The Flight Line ---

Aircraft Spruce Acquires Rights to Starduster Planes
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has acquired the design rights to the popular Stolp Starduster line of homebuilt aircraft and will sell plans and complete materials packages for all Starduster models. Builders can purchase materials in one or several allotments during the construction phases. Many pre-fabricated components, such as fiberglass turtlebacks, nose cowls, wheel pants, cockpit cowlings, complete fuel systems, windshields, canopies and “plug-in” instrument panels will also be available. Designed in the 1960s by the legendary Lou Stolp, the line includes the Starduster Too, AcroDuster Too, Starlet, V-Star, Super Starduster, and Starduster One. Over a thousand sets of plans have been sold and an estimated 300 or more Stardusters have flown. “Lou Stolp and Bill Clause were friends of Flow Irwin, the founder of Aircraft Spruce,” Aircraft Spruce president Jim Irwin said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to support the Starduster line with sales of plans and materials kits. It really has been a significant series of aircraft models and we’re going to support Starduster builders with the parts they need to complete their projects.”
Former Astronaut, EAAer Jim Voss to Teach at Auburn
Former astronaut James Voss, EAA 137893, is the new Associate Dean for External Affairs at Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The veteran of five Space Shuttle flights—a total of 202 days in space—. He also performed four space walks. Prior to the launch of STS 101 in March 2001, Voss was seen on television reading his new issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine. Also during that mission, Voss provided EAA with special dispatches from space that appeared in Sport Aviation and on the EAA website.

TRC Lays Out Plans For Oshkosh
TRC Development and The Real Cockpit will exhibit its new TRC472 Flight Simulator at the world’s premier annual aviation happening, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. The TRC472 is a realistic flight training device precisely modeled after the original Cessna 172 Skyhawk while the radio stack, type RS372, emulates the Bendix King Silver Crown line. Pilots using TRC’s Training Devices need fewer hours in the actual aircraft and gain more experience than with aircraft training devices utilizing LCDs. The TRC472 is available as non-approved, as approvable PC-ATD and as approvable FTD. The Real Cockpit is located at booth 2056 in the South Aviation Exhibit Hangar B.

Superior LaunchesXP-360 Website
Superior Air Parts, Inc. launched a new XP-360 engine website that allows users to build their own engine online. Customers can also add components and accessories to their base engine model, and the price of the base model changes according to their selections. This entire process creates an Engine Summary that details the customer's engine specifications to an order that can be placed with Superior. "We wanted to give our customers in the sport aviation market a way of showing our commitment to this marketplace, and the new web site is just the beginning," said Tim Archer, Senior Vice President. The address: www.xp-360.com.

SNF Special On Florida Cable/Satellite Channel
The Sunshine Network, a Florida-based satellite broadcaster, will air a one-hour special, Sun 'n Fun Fly-In Centennial of Flight Celebration, on Tuesday, June 17 at 10 p.m. EDT. The program is hosted by Patty Wagstaff, Bruce Bohannon and Army Armstrong and features many dedicated volunteers at the 29th Annual Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland this past April. The channel is available via Dish TV or Direct TV. Check your local program listings for availability.

ERAU Looks to Preserve Its Early History
If you participated in aviation training at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University either as a student or an instructor in the pre-university decades of the 1920s through the 1960s, wants to hear from you. With The Heritage Project, ERAU is collecting and archiving the history of aviation at the institution as seen through the eyes of its graduates and instructors. If you have an Embry-Riddle training or aviation career story to tell, contact Dean Robert Rockett at 386-226-6026 or Robert.Rockett@erau.edu. If you have memorabilia to contribute, contact Alex Richmond, archivist, at 386-323-8093 or Alex.Richmond@erau.edu

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