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June 27, 2003 Volume 3, Number 27
News You Can Use ---
New Website Guides EAA AirVenture Pilots
Flying to Oshkosh This Year? You’ll Want to See This
Whether flying into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the first, fifth, or fifteenth time, pilots who plan to land at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) for the annual convention will benefit from a new area on the EAA AirVenture website, "Understanding Air Traffic Control at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh."
EAA Efforts Help Thwart Potential Demilitarization Legislation in May
Some news reports appeared earlier this week erroneously warning that demilitarization language was included in Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2004 authorization bills pending in the U.S. Congress, threatening privately held military surplus equipment including historic warbird aircraft. While the Bush Administration included demilitarization language in the original legislative proposals, exhaustive efforts by EAA and EAA's Warbirds of America Division helped eliminate it from both the House and Senate versions of the bill as they went from their respective committees to the floor. EAA reported this victory in a May 16 news release.
Track Presidential TFRs With New EAA Fight Planner Feature
EAA and AeroPlanner.com have launched a new service to make it easier for any pilot to keep track of the latest temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) created by the United States Secret Service for President Bush's travels around the nation. This valuable resource arrives just as the frequency of TFRs is on the rise with the approaching 2004 presidential campaign. To view active and/or announced NOTAMs for presidential TFRs simply click on the presidential seal graphic located along the left side of the EAA home page. Also included are several graphical view and print options to choose from. (In the event of late-breaking changes, pilots should continue to contact Flight Service to obtain the very latest information before taking off).
Welcome Wagons Ready to Transport EAA Homebuilders
One of the special “perks” for homebuilders who fly their aircraft to EAA AirVenture is getting chauffeured from their airplanes to the Homebuilders Headquarters in an EAA Welcome Wagon. These modified vehicles, created and meticulously maintained by a dedicated crew of volunteers, create an honor of sorts for those people who embody the core of the Experimental Aircraft Association: homebuilders.
A Homebuilder's Perspective on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
By Jack Dueck
Approaching EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, I can't help but wonder if I would have ever restored, or built, or be flying a homebuilt aircraft, or for that matter be involved in EAA's myriad of activities, had I not been introduced to my first Oshkosh adventure back in 1972 when three of us guys flew down from Canada in our Cessna 170A, camping under our wing. Following that first visit, I managed to re-visit about every third or fourth year, always awed by the numbers of homebuilt aircraft, the innovations, and the developments expanding the homebuilt horizons.
RMRFI This Weekend
The Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In (RMRFI) holds its 25th anniversary event this weekend, June 28-29, at Vance Brand Airport (2V2), Longmont, Colorado. One of the smaller EAA Regional Fly-Ins, RMRFI features several forums, youth activities, an air show and an awards banquet Saturday evening. Those attending should remember 2V2 has a temporary tower in operation for the first time and the frequency is 120.525.
EAA Distributes Special EAA Chapter Edition of Airport Watch Video
General aviation airport security gets a boost this week when EAA Chapter presidents receive their complimentary copy of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's Airport Watch - EAA Chapters Edition. Copies of the video, which feature a joint introduction from EAA President Tom Poberezny and AOPA President Phil Boyer, show how we all can become more vigilant and aware of suspicious activity to enhance security at local airports.
Sport Pilot Center at EAA AirVenture
With the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rule looming ever closer, EAA will again operate the Sport Pilot Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. The center, located east of the FAA building, convention visitors and attendees can gather the latest information regarding pilot certification, eligible aircraft and ASTM standards, and training requirements. Manufacturers of light-sport-eligible aircraft are again invited to display their aircraft outside the center. Those interested should contact Ron Wagner at 920-426-6122 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, contact Wagner if you’ve been staying current with the latest SP/LSA developments and would like to serve as a volunteer in the Sport Pilot Center. EAA will also operate a Sport Pilot Center and conduct forums at the Rocky Mountain and Northwest EAA regional fly-ins.
FAA's Oldest Aircraft On Display at AeroShell Square
The FAA's oldest aircraft, its Douglas DC-3 "N34," will be on display at AeroShell Square during AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. Painted in the orange, white and silver color scheme of FAA's predecessor the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA), N34 will be retired to the Kirkpatrick Center Museum Complex in Oklahoma City after its last flight during the 2003 air show season.
Paul Poberezny To Receive 'Key To The City' Award During EAA AirVenture
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Founder and legendary aviation figure Paul Poberezny has been selected to receive this year's "Key to the City" Award, created by EAA and the City of Oshkosh to honor distinguished personalities for contributions to the promotion and support of EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh and the aviation community. Oshkosh Mayor Stephen Hintz will present the award at the annual Mayor's Breakfast at the Park Plaza Hotel and Convention Center on Friday, August 1, from 6-10 a.m.
EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
David Anderson, EAA 657951, Gardnerville, Nevada, is the proud builder of the first customer-built Europa XS with glider wings (high-aspect, carbon fiber), which measure 48 feet. He started the project in 2001 and spent about 2000 hours on it. First flight for N817DA was in January. 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'
Howard Casey, Manitou Springs, Colorado
Howard spoke with our Timeless Voices crew during the May 28 B-17 Aluminum Overcast tour stop in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was a ball turret gunner on B-24s with the 416th Bomb Group in Italy during World War II. His airplane, Naughty Nan, was nearly shot down on its first mission, which was supposedly a “milk run.” As luck, or bad luck, would have it, the aircraft was shot down on its 13th mission, and Howard went on to spend five months as a POW in Switzerland. Read more about his experiences on the Timeless Voices website.
EAA Regional Fly-Ins
(See stories on Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In above)
July 9-13, Northwest EAA Fly-In, Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO) Arlington, Washington.
On The Flight Line ---
NASA’s Helios Crashes Into Pacific Off Hawaii
NASA’s remotely operated, solar-powered Helios prototype aircraft was destroyed Thursday, June 26, when it inexplicably crashed into the Pacific Ocean 29 minutes into a checkout flight from the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Kauai, Hawaii. The aircraft was at about 3,000 feet above the ocean at about 10:35 local time when the aircraft broke apart and fell into the ocean, said Frederick Johnsen, News Chief at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. Helios, which set a world altitude record for winged aircraft, 96,863 feet, in August 2001, was a proof-of-concept, propeller-driven flying wing designed to operate at extremely high altitudes for long duration. The Helios Prototype is one of several remotely piloted aircraft funded by NASA under the Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology program and managed by NASA Dryden. The gears are in motion to build a Helios successor, Johnsen said.
New SFAR Gives Overseas U.S. Military and Civilian Personnel a Break
The FAA is replacing an existing Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) to allow Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) to accept expired flight instructor certificates and inspection authorizations for renewals from individuals assigned outside the United States in support of U.S. Armed Forces operations. The new SFAR (SFAR No. 100) also allows FSDOs to accept expired airman written test reports for certain practical tests for similarly situated individuals. The change will help avoid penalizing personnel who are unable to meet the regulatory time limits of their flight instructor certificate, inspection authorization, or airman written test report.
FAA’s GA Survey Late This Year; Online Option Created
The FAA annually surveys a percentage of all aircraft owners in the United States to assist in both planning resources allocation and collecting other important information. This year the General Aviation and Air Taxi Activity Survey (GA Survey) was delayed due to some funding difficulties. However, the FAA informed EAA this week that it has hired PA Consulting to collect the 2002 survey data. Because of the late start, the response period has been significantly reduced. Should you be selected to complete a survey, FAA asks that you do so promptly. PA Consulting has mailed post cards to this year’s sample informing them of an on-line survey option. Respondents may choose to complete the survey on-line, or wait for the printed survey, which will be mailed soon.
Synergy Air’s Primer Pistol Great For Small Jobs
For those times you need to apply a small amount of primer paint or liquid, Synergy Air’s new Primer Pistol does the trick. Developed by Synergy Air founder Wally Anderson, EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council member and experienced RV builder, Primer Pistol is easy to use, cost-effective, and provides optimal paint coverage. “I developed the tool to save time and money for the many small parts that need to be primed while building a plane” Anderson said. Primer Pistol sells for $24 and is available through Cleveland Tools, Avery Tools, Vans Aircraft, and Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. For more information, contact Wally at 541/913-0610, or email@example.com.
OMF Aircraft Expands Distribution Center Network
The growing stable of OMF Aircraft is now being sold through a network of six distribution centers strategically located throughout the United States. A factory direct sales representative serves Symphony customers in eastern Canada as well. The two-place Symphony 160 received German LBA certification in August 2000, FAA certification in April 2001, and IFR certification in June 2002. In April 2003, OMF introduced its new four-place Symphony 4 and announced that it is working to put a Theilert Centurion 1.7 Jet A/diesel engine into the Symphony 160 airframe to create the Symphony 135-TDI. For more information, visit www.omf-aircraft.com.
WAI Conference March 11-13 in Reno
Women in Aviation International (WAI)'s 2004 annual conference, Changing Face: Celebrating 15 years of Education and Promise, is set for March 11-13 in Reno, Nevada. WAI is now accepting presenters' resumes and abstracts, along with nominations for scholarship recipients and Pioneer Hall of Fame recipients, with a deadline of September 19. For more information, call 386/226-7996, or visit www.wai.org.
NAA Names Katharine Wright Award Winner
Dr. Eilene Galloway, influential woman in the U.S. Space Program since its early days, was named recipient of the National Aeronautical Association's Katharine Wright Memorial Award. As the U.S. moved quickly to catch up to the Soviet Union following Sputnik I's launch in October 1957, Dr. Galloway was appointed a special consultant to the Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences and helped write the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, which created NASA. This award s presented each year in partnership with the Ninety-Nines to highlight the important role of women in aviation and space flight. Read more about it at www.naa-usa.org.
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