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EAA Aircraft Maintenance Staff Honored by FAA
The FAA has awarded EAA’s aircraft maintenance staff and B-17 tour mechanics the Diamond Award of Excellence, which will be presented during a special ceremony on Wednesday, July 9, at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh. The award is given in recognition of their continued efforts to remain current in the methods and technologies associated with their jobs. This is the most highly regarded of the five awards that the FAA gives to employers.

Upcoming Aviation Events

Young Eagles Rallies

EAA AirVenture Museum Events

B-17 'Road to Kitty Hawk' Tour
Following its Independence Day weekend stop at St. Louis, EAA’s B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast will provide the citizens of Jefferson City with an up close look at living history as it lands at Memorial Airport (JEF), Flights are available on July 8th (FBO: Jefferson City Flying Service).

Indianapolis, Indiana’s Mount Comfort Airport (MQJ) is the next stop on the Road to Kitty Hawk tour
Flights are available July 11-13. (FBO: Indy Aero)

Visit www.b17.org for complete tour information.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services: I hold a private pilot license but my medical is expired and I can’t get it renewed. What will it take for me to change my license to a Sport Pilot license? I might build an Experimental 2-place gyroplane after I sell my GlaStar.
Pilots who hold private pilot certificates or higher will not have to make any changes to their existing certificates in order to exercise sport pilot privileges. The pilot will simply need a valid US state driver’s license, a current flight review, and a solo endorsement in the aircraft he/she wishes to operate as a sport pilot. (The flight review will count as a solo endorsement for the aircraft used for the flight review.)

At such times that the pilot is using a driver’s license as medical certification, the aircraft being flown will have to meet the definition of a light-sport aircraft, and the pilot will be required to operate within the limits of sport pilot privileges. The pilot will also be required to operate only aircraft for which he/she holds a category/class rating on his/her pilot certificate.

Adding additional category/class privileges at the sport pilot level will be done via a series of logbook endorsements. The pilot would take training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category/class he/she wishes to add to his sport pilot privileges. At the completion of training, the instructor would make the appropriate endorsement in the pilot’s logbook. The pilot would then fly with a different authorized instructor, who would make a second endorsement in the pilot’s logbook, authorizing the pilot to operate the new category/class at the sport pilot level. Pilots operating at the sport pilot level will be required to carry their logbook with them when flying, in order to have evidence of these category/class ratings and other endorsements in their possession at all times.
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Upcoming Workshops 

August 23, 2003, Arlington, WA
Topic: Test Flying Your Project

August 23-24, 2003, Arlington, WA
Topics: Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems and Avionics and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

July 2003
AA Desktop Calendar

A perennial crowd favorite at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show is the wing-walking performance of Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes. You can have this great photo on your desktop just in time for Oshkosh, too. Visit the EAA website and select from four different resolutions.


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

July 3, 2003   Volume 3, Number 28

  News You Can Use ---

Armstrong, Wright Family Lead Stellar Lineup at EAA AirVenture Evening Programs

Some of the biggest names in aviation history are among the special guests during this year’s evening programs at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Among the guests participating in the evening programs at EAA AirVenture’s Theater in the Woods are Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon; and members of the Wright family talking about the achievement of their ancestors Orville and Wilbur.
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EAA’s Countdown To Kitty Hawk In Dayton For ‘Inventing Flight’ Centennial
EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk pavilion presented by Ford Motor Company makes its third--and longest--tour stop this week at the "Inventing Flight" aviation centennial celebration in Dayton, Ohio, birthplace of the Wright brothers. The celebration runs from today, July 3, through July 20. (read more)

Record Number of Entries For 2003 EAA AirVenture Cup
The sixth annual EAA AirVenture Cup Race slated for July 27-28 will include a record 87 competitors, race organizers report this week. The showcase event for amateur-built experimental aircraft stretches 1,000 miles from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to Dayton, Ohio, and finally on to Oshkosh and the 51st EAA AirVenture convention. It’s patterned after the historic Bendix Trophy races from aviation’s Golden Age.
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Volunteers Sought For Operation: P.O.P.
Operation: “Protect Our Planes” is looking for AirVenture 2003 volunteers to join our important mission – safeguarding the valuable aircraft gracing the EAA AirVenture flight line. While most of our 20-hour volunteers are returning, more people are needed in all areas. Efficiency will improve with the generous donation of about 50 radios. New designated smoking areas are located along the AirVenture Flight Line. (Volunteers typically contribute as little as four hours.) For more information, contact Noel at protectourplanes@yahoo.com  or Teresa at tlautenschlager@eaa.org or 920/426-6131. Visit the POP website. Training sessions are held daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Theatre in the Woods.

A Gold Medal For Robert Armstrong at the WAC
American Robert Armstrong took the gold medal while Russians Mikhail Mamistov and Sergey Rakhmanin took Silver and Bronze in the men’s first unknown compulsory program at the World Aerobatic Championships at the Sun ‘n Fun Complex at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Florida. Three Russians—Svetlana Kapanina, Elena Klimovich and Svetlana Fedorenko—finished 1-2-3 in the Women’s First Unknown Compulsory program.
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EAA Helps Prevent Presidential TFR From Shutting Down WAC 
Last Monday evening's presidential campaign fund-raising visit to Tampa, Florida, did not interrupt the World Aerobatics Championships (WAC) competition in nearby Lakeland thanks in part to EAA's swift action today. EAA helped WAC obtain a special waiver that morning allowing this international event to continue at Lakeland Linder Regional (LAL) despite a 30 nautical-mile temporary flight restriction (TFR) in effect from 5-8 p.m. today for the presidential visit.
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FAA Implements EAA Recommendation on AB Reference Website
The FAA has integrated reference to the new Amateur-Built Designated Airworthiness Representatives into its website reference materials that was recommended by EAA Government Relations Specialist Randy Hansen. By accessing http://av-info.faa.gov/dst/DARDirectory.pdf, homebuilders have a specific source for finding qualified inspectors for their newly finished aircraft. In addition, FAA will provide a link to Form 8610-2 (PDF version), which builders need to apply for an aircraft’s repairman’s certificate. “The goal is to make this FAA page a one-stop shopping page that will have everything a builder needs,” Hansen said.

Canard Gathering at Mojave Celebrates Rutan Brothers Birthdays
Burt Rutan's EAA AirVenture Space Travel Forum Previewed
The canard aircraft record was soundly broken on June 28 when some 105 Long EZs and Vari Ezs flew into Mojave Airport (MHV) for a surprise birthday party honoring brothers Dick (65) and Burt (60) Rutan. Tim LoDolce, EAA 446207, flew down from Truckee-Tahoe Airport (TRK), California, in his Vari EZE N26FM and was kind enough to let us feature his personal account of the event. Included in his report is a sneak preview of Burt's planned AirVenture presentation on Scaled Composites' personal space program, scheduled for Saturday, August 2. Tim says simply, "You will not want to miss this. It is really cool!"
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Reno Unlimited Racers Return to EAA AirVenture 
A trio of unlimited racers, some of the fastest piston-engine airplanes ever produced, will make several demonstration flights and be on display during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The "Reno Unlimiteds" are representative of the airplanes that compete every September at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. The three include "Cloud Dancer," a P-51 flown by Jimmy Leeward; the Sea Fury "Riff Raff," piloted by former U.S. astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson; and the No. 57 Super Corsair owned by Bob Odegaard.
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EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Donald "Rube" Waddell, EAA#: 646776, Panama City, Florida, spent about two years building his beautiful Curtiss JN-4D “Jenny” replica, his first project. It’s powered by a four-cylinder Jabiru 2200, and awaiting inspection for its first flight. 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.

Timeless Voices: 'Voice of the Week'
Carl Stracka, Appleton, Wisconsin
Carl was a B-24 pilot with the 455th Bomb Group in Italy during WWII. Protected by the famous Tuskegee Airmen of the 332nd Fighter Group, fighter opposition was rarely a problem for the 455th but, as Carl can testify, flak was always a companion on the bomb runs. Read more about Carl’s aviation experiences on the Timeless Voices website.

Northwest EAA Regional Fly-In Begins Wednesday

July 9-13, Northwest EAA Fly-In, Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO) Arlington, Washington. Look for a report in next week's e-HOT LINE as well as on the EAA website.

On The Flight Line ---

Lancair To Sponsor Flight-Training Seminar at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Lancair International, Inc. has hired High Performance Aircraft Training Inc. to conduct flight-training seminars at major air shows—including EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003—as well as individual instruction around the world for all Lancair pilots, the company announced this week. “This is the first step towards the implementation of a professional initial and recurrency training program that will not only make us better Lancair pilots, but should in the immediate future allow for our owners to obtain insurance at a much more affordable rate,” said the Lancair company’s new owner Joe Bartels. The first seminar is at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and will be an all day program for any Lancair pilot needing recurrency training. An additional day in flight will need to take place within 90 days after the seminar to complete the program. Cost is estimated at $200 for the Oshkosh seminar, and $900 for the day in flight. Visit High Performance Aircraft Training for more information or call Pete Zaccagnino at 267/784-6104.

Pilots Can Win Over $1,500 in Door Prizes at AirVenture Forum
Aviation journalist and survival authority Doug Ritter returns to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year to introduce new, affordable distress signaling technology, the 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon, or “PLB” for short. These are essentially pocket-sized personal 406 MHz ELTs. Ritter, editor of Equipped To Survive, will give away two PLBs: a GyPSI 406 provided by ACR Electronics; and a Fastfind 406 PLB from McMurdo Pains Wessex; along with other survival gear worth a total of over $1,500 at his AirVenture forum - “Get Rescued! - Personal Locator Beacons Have Arrived (and Will Save Your Butt)” - on Thursday, July 31, 5:30- 6:45 p.m. in the Aircraft Shopper Online Pavilion 05. Ritter will discuss the benefits and limitations of these PLBs, which just became U.S.-legal as of July 1. “Unlike an ELT, they are reliable, affordable and useable not just for flying,” Ritter says. “The FAA recently recommended PLBs as a practical backup to 121.5 MHz ELTs for those not ready to upgrade to an expensive, though far superior, 406 MHz ELT.”

Rotax Receives DOA Status
Bombardier-Rotax recently received approval to act as an International Design Organization according to European JAR-21 aviation law (Joint Aviation Requirements). DOA status (Design Organization Approval) gives the company complete approval rights of minor changes on certified aircraft engines and control over the timing of both minor and major changes. This accreditation also provides Bombardier-Rotax with the authority to approve certain type of technical documentation related to certified aircraft engines. Bombardier-Rotax is now looking to obtain the international Production Organization Approval (POA) according to JAR-21.
TBO Increases on Rotax 914 Engines From 1,000 to 1,200 Hours
Time Before Overhaul (TBO) for the Rotax 914 engine series has been increased from 1,000 hours to 1,200 hours, Bombardier announced this week. TBO increases are for all 914 series engines in the field, subject to the performance of applicable service bulletins. The company received approval from the Certificate Authority Austro Control GmbH (ACG). The company recently announced increased TBO for the 912 series. www.rotax-aircraft-engines.com

Tempest Announces Vacuum Pump Kits For Homebuilts
Aero Accessories Inc’s new Tempest vacuum pump kits include all the necessary components for a homebuilder to install a dry vacuum pump pneumatic system on their aircraft. The pumps can driving up to two gyro instruments and are available for both clockwise and counter-clockwise rotating accessory cases. Both types are available with either new or overhauled dry vacuum pumps. Visit the Tempest folks at booth D79 & D80 at EAA Air Venture Oshkosh 2003 for more information on the kits. www.aeroaccessories.com, 800-822-3200. 

Old Rhinebeck to Start Weekend Shuttle Service From Kingston Airport
From July 12 through October 12, Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum and Airshows offers a free shuttle service to and from the Kingston-Ulster Airport (20N) to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome for those flying in to see Saturday and Sunday air shows. The shuttle runs every half hour from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. before the shows with return trips to 20N starting at 4:15 afterwards. “Pilots from all over the Northeast have said to me that they’ve always meant to fly out to Old Rhinebeck for a visit, especially for the weekend air show, but getting to the Aerodrome site was always a problem,” said Stephen Cunningham, Managing Director/CEO. The Aerodrome’s 2000-foot grass strip is not suitable for most aircraft. “Now, pilots can fly to the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York and easily take in this unique and internationally known attraction.” Kingston/Ulster, located on the Hudson River, has a 3,100-foot by 60-foot paved runway and is expanding to accommodate more aircraft tie down spots. Pilots should call River Aviation at 914/336-8400 for additional airport information. Call Old Rhinebeck, 845/752-3200 in advance of departure to reserve a shuttle seat. www.oldrhinebeck.org

Aircraft Spruce’s 2003 ­ 2004 Catalog Now Available
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty’s annual catalog for 2003-04, “Celebrating A Century Of Flight,” is now available. The new 660-page catalog features everything from homebuilders’ basic building materials to cleaning supplies, tools to books, prop spinners to tailwheels and everything in between--more than 35,000 items. “A half century ago, with the founding of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the personal quest for a means to fly was assured and encouraged,” says Aircraft Spruce President Jim Irwin. “It¹s been an honor to be a part of it all.”
New items, including avionics, tools, and pilot supplies, will also appear in the company’s on-line catalog at www.aircraftspruce.com. For product information or to order a free catalog, call 877/4-SPRUCE, or e-mail info@aircraftspruce.com.


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