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The Official Electronic
Newsletter of EAA
June 20, 2003 Volume 3, Number 26
News You Can Use ---
Presidential Campaign to Create Numerous Future TFRs, Beginning This Week
President Bush kicks off his re-election campaign with fund-raising events in several different locations June 20-June 25, each of which is expected to create a 30 nautical mile temporary flight restriction (TFR) issued by FAA Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). Pilots will need to check the NOTAMs very carefully and plan their flight operations accordingly.
World Aerobatic Championships Invade Lakeland Next Week
Fifty-four of the world’s best aerobatic pilots from 12 countries head for Florida’s Lakeland Linder Regional Airport beginning next Wednesday to compete for individual and team titles at the XXII World Aerobatic Championships (WAC). Recognized internationally as the “Olympics of competitive aerobatics,” the WAC runs from June 25 through July 4. his is the first time WAC has been in the United States since Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1996. Oshkosh, Wisconsin hosted the event in 1980. The airport is also home of the annual Sun ‘n Fun EAA Fly-In, which plays host to the hundreds of pilots, representatives, officials and judges. EAA affiliate the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) is the governing body for aerobatics in the United States. U.S. team members competing in Lakeland were selected at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships, which was held last September at the Perrin Air Force Base in Denison, Texas.
Golden West EAA Fly-In Kicks Off Today
Yuba County Airport (MYV), Marysville, California, along with the Golden West Aviation Association present the Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In and Air Show this weekend, June 20-22, featuring special aircraft (including the Wright Hughes H-1B Racer replica), two air shows (Saturday and Sunday), informative and educational forums and workshops, aircraft judging, many youth activities and much more.
NASA’S ER-2 High-Altitude Flying Laboratory Coming to EAA AirVenture
NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude flying laboratory, a modified version of the Lockheed U-2 spy plane, is another must-see aircraft joining the lineup on AeroShell Square during this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The aircraft, used extensively to study and document weather and other natural phenomena, is based at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, but has been deployed around the world for research projects. The ER-2 typically operates at altitudes above 65,000 feet, above 95 percent of the earth’s atmosphere, allowing the aircraft to use many of the same sensors similar to those used by orbiting satellites.
AirVenture Celebrates ‘The Chapter Experience’
Two thousand three is unquestionably the milestone year for aviation, thanks to Orville and Wilbur Wright’s century-old success at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. But in 1953, 50 years after that momentous achievement, another notable first occurred: On the heels of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s formation earlier that year, EAA’s first Chapter was created—Chapter 1—at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California. That local hotbed of homebuilding activity, home to such aviation legends as Ray Stits, Lou Stolp, Ed Marquardt and Clayton Stevens, saw EAA as the perfect organization with which to grow their movement.
EAA SOAR Program Recognized For Supporting MPS Museum Field Trips
EAA was recognized for its support of a Milwaukee Public Schools’ (MPS) museum field trip program during a special ceremony held June 12 at Milwaukee’s Goodrich Elementary School. Horace Sanchez, Director of EAA’s Special Outreach with Aviation Resources (SOAR) program, accepted a special award from Lauren Baker of MPS. The Milwaukee School Museum project, supported by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, gives elementary school students the opportunity to explore science and aviation during a two-day field trip to the EAA AirVenture Museum. This year, the program’s fifth, 324 students from eight schools were introduced to aviation through activities involving flight simulators, museum tours, movies, and even some hands-on rocket science.
Tower Frequency Changes For Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In
For the first time in its 25-year history, the Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In (RMRFI) will have a temporary tower in operation for the June 28-29 event at Vance Brand Airport (2V2), Longmont, Colorado. (NOTE: The tower frequency was listed incorrectly in recent brochures and flyers. The correct frequency is 120.525. Visit www.RMRFI.org for complete arrival procedures.)
Gauthier to Receive Tony Bingelis Award at EAA AirVenture 2003
Joe Gauthier of Cromwell, Conn., has been selected by EAA to receive the 2003 Tony Bingelis Award, in recognition of his contributions to the homebuilt-aircraft community, during EAA AirVenture 2003 on July 29-August 4 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Gauthier, an active EAA Technical Counselor since 1977, is also certified as an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor, an EAA Flight Advisor and as a NAFI Master Flight Instructor.
Waco Primary Glider Airborne for the First Time
A project 30 months in the making took to the air for the first time on Tuesday morning (June 17), as a replica Waco Primary Glider lifted EAA Founder and Chairman Paul H. Poberezny into the air twice over the grass runway of Pioneer Airport. The weather was crystal clear with a light, lifting breeze coming out of the west. Towed by Paul's EAA convention VW Bug, "EAA Red One," the glider rose to about five feet on the first flight before he disengaged the towrope. The second flight went about 10-15 feet higher before Paul released the rope, then he glided safely to the ground, slightly dinging the right wing skid on landing.
Perfect Weather Greets Ultralight Flyers
Forty-two ultralights and light planes along with their pilots and families gathered on EAA’s Pioneer Airport on Saturday, June 14, to participate in the EAA AirVenture Museum’s annual Ultralight Days. Perfect summer weather greeted the group, who enjoyed competition activities throughout the afternoon and fun flying in the evening. (read more)
EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Jack E. Garner, EAA 262034, Givens Hot Springs, Idaho, spent three years and 3,400 hours building his plans-built Hummelbird, which is one of the latest additions to the growing list of EAA Centennial Homebuilts. N50VW is powered by a half-VW engine that flew in a Mini Max for 50 hours. 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'
Daniel Rundstrom, EAA 521708, Dominica, West Indies
Daniel’s aviation career began as a mechanic in the Swedish Air Force during WWII. He has since flown everything from freight to animals to Arabian royalty. He currently spends his time island-hopping in the Caribbean. Daniel was interviewed at this year’s Sun ‘n Fun EAA Fly-In, Lakeland, Florida. Read more about Daniel’s interesting aviation experiences on the Timeless Voices website.
EAA Regional Fly-Ins
(See stories on Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In and Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In above)
July 9-13, Northwest EAA Fly-In, Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO) Arlington, Washington.
On The Flight Line ---
AAI to Introduce ‘SparrowHawk’ Kit Gyroplane at AirVenture
American Autogyro Inc. (AAI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Groen Brothers Aviation, will introduce its new prototype kit gyroplane “SparrowHawk” to hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts—and the world’s largest collection of aircraft homebuilders—at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, July 29-August 4.
The aircraft is powered by the 130 hp Subaru EJ-22, has a gross weight of 1,350 lbs., runs on premium auto fuel, and has a net operating cost of $20 per hour, including fuel, maintenance and overhaul expenses, claims AAI. Maximum speed is 100 kts with a cruise of 70 kts.
Meigs Preparing Supreme Court Appeal
The Friends of Meigs Field (FOM) revealed Monday that it will appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court to halt any further destruction of the lakefront airport by the City of Chicago, and that it is actively seeking contributions for that effort.
Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame to Induct Four Members in November
Tennessee’s Aviation Hall of Fame will induct four new members at its second annual induction ceremony themed, Celebrating the Centennial of Flight, at the new Tennessee Museum of Aviation on November 8, 2003. Inducted posthumously will be Edward Chalmers Huffacker, who worked directly with the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, credited for the shape of Wright Flyer’s aircraft wings. Also slated for induction are aviation legend and Tennessee native Bob Hoover, EAA 537000, barnstormer, test pilot and aerobatic genius; Charles E. Nelson, EAA 30647, founder of the International Swift Association; and Ernest William Colbert, owner of Cornelia Fort Airpark and co-founder of Colemill Enterprises in 1944 after helping build warplanes at Nashville’s Vultee Aircraft Plant. For ticket information, call 866/AVMUSEUM, Ext. 24, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women in Aviation Celebrity Breakfast at EAA AirVenture
Women in Aviation International (WAI) will hold its annual EAA AirVenture Celebrity Breakfast on Saturday, August 2, at the Pioneer Inn in Oshkosh. Invitations have been extended to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny; Julie Clark, Patty Wagstaff, Bob and Pat Wagner, and Polly Vacher, pole-to-pole solo circumnavigator. Cost is $20 per person before July 25, $25 thereafter. For more information or to make a reservation, call 386/226-7996, or mail a check to WAI at 101 Corsair Dr., Daytona Beach, FL, 32114.
EAA Biplane Group Offers Website
Owners and builders of the EAA Biplane have a new online resource, the EAA Biplane Group, for gathering or sharing information about their favorite bird. Started by David Swenson and Darryn “Zawi” Zawitz, the group charges no dues. You simply sign up to read about other owner’s aircraft, tips, and experiences or share your own. Although the website is under construction, you can still visit at www.eaabiplane.org, e-mail David at email@example.com, or call him at 208/466-0546 for more details.
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