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B-17 Seats Filling Fast For EAA AirVenture ‘Missions’…

Seats for EAA AirVenture flights on EAA’s WWII B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast are selling at a brisk pace, according to tour coordinators. The aircraft, currently making its way north on the "Road to Kitty Hawk" tour, will be in Oshkosh from July 28-August 7, with flights scheduled each day from July 29-August 1.

If you want to experience a once-in-a-lifetime thrill of flying in a genuine piece of living history you need to act quickly and make your reservation by calling 800/359-6217 or by visiting www.b17.org.

…While the Tour Continues
Aluminum Overcast is in Indianapolis, Indiana, through this weekend before heading to Peoria, Illinois, and the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (PIA) for July 15-16. After that, the pre-EAA AirVenture tour stops at Aurora’s (Illinois) Municipal Airport (ARR) from July 18-21, then makes a stop at Madison, Wisconsin’s Truax Field (MSN) July 25-27.

Visit www.b17.org for complete tour information.

EAA AirVenture Homebuilder Patch Honors 'Tailwind'

In honor of the Wittman Tailwind's 50th anniversary, this year’s “I Brought My Homebuilt” patch features a Wittman Tailwind. Every pilot who flies in a homebuilt aircraft and registers their aircraft at Homebuilders Headquarters will receive the patch featuring the Wittman Tailwind. A large group of Tailwinds is expected at this year’s convention to honor Steve Wittman's outstanding design. For more information on the Tailwind gathering, visit the EAA AirVenture website.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services: Will any certificated aircraft that meet the light-sport aircraft category requirements be allowed to fly as light-sport aircraft?

Type certificated aircraft that meet the definition of a light-sport aircraft will be eligible to be flown by sport pilots. However, they will continue to be type certificated aircraft. Certification of these aircraft will remain as is, and will not be changed to a light-sport aircraft (LSA) category.

Sport pilots will be allowed to fly any aircraft that meets the definition of a LSA, regardless of which category the particular aircraft is certificated in. There will be no need to change the certification of the aircraft.
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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 11, 2003   Volume 3, Number 29

  News You Can Use ---

Spectacular Lindbergh Exhibit Opens to the Public This Weekend
The Missouri Historical Society's celebrated Charles Lindbergh exhibit begins its three-month run at EAA AirVenture Museum on Saturday. Museum visitors, and, in two weeks, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh visitors, are in for a real treat. Honoring EAA AirVenture Museum's 20th anniversary, the Lindbergh exhibit is the most ambitious and most comprehensive effort ever created to honor the first person to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. The EAA museum staff has really worked overtime to put it all together.
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Northwest EAA Regional Fly-In Under Way
The Northwest EAA Fly-In, Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO) Arlington, Washington, is well under way and continues through Sunday, July 13. Early reports indicate a very well-attended fly-in, with weather described as "perfect." Attendance has increased on each of the first three days, with Friday and Saturday expected to be the largest attendance days. EAA Program Marketing Manager Ron Wagner reports a steady stream of aviation enthusiasts at the Sport Pilot tent, asking questions and gathering information regarding the upcoming sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule. Inquiring minds include many aircraft engineers from the Seattle area. In addition to the many outstanding aircraft flying into Arlington, spectacular air shows and many people at the forums and workshops were reported. For more information on the fly-in, visit www.nweaa.org.

EAA Aircraft Maintenance Earns FAA 'Silver Diamond Award' 
The FAA presented its Silver Diamond Award of Excellence to the EAA Aviation Foundation honoring EAA's aircraft maintenance staff and B-17 tour mechanics during a special ceremony on Wednesday at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh. Principal Maintenance Inspector Timothy Anderson from FAA's Milwaukee Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) presented the award, which is given in recognition of EAA's commitment to excellence in the latest aircraft maintenance methods and technologies.
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Sport Aviation on CD-ROM Update Now Available
The latest upgrade to the popular Sport Aviation on CD-ROM collection is now available. Including the entire collection of Experimenter/Sport Aviation magazine from 1953-2002, the upgrade is part of all new set purchases. The upgrade includes Sport Aviation magazine images through 2002, an updated search database to include 2002 articles, and improved search capabilities from the original version. The CD-ROMs are fully searchable by author, subject, date, and full text. You can view every article, every advertisement, photographs, drawings, and letters from a half-century of publications.
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Estate Planning Workshops at EAA AirVenture 2003
EAA members have a unique opportunity to explore the pension and savings implications of the CARE Act, now making its way through Congress. Two experienced estate planners and long-time EAA members will conduct workshops and, as requested, individual interviews regarding several new considerations in personal and family asset transfers.
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Federal Pavilion Gears up For 13th Year at EAA AirVenture 
There’s one place at EAA AirVenture that brings together numerous United States and Canada federal agencies under one roof for the convenience of AirVenture attendees: the EAA AirVenture Federal Pavilion, which will host the Can-Am partnership’s 13th year. The building is located along the flight line two buildings north of the EAA Sky Shop.
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Get Fuel Prices Nationwide With Free FBO Index
EAA FlightPlanner, working with partner AeroPlanner.com, has launched a new feature to assist pilots in their flight planning, and just in time for Oshkosh. Now you can find out information about fuel prices at thousands of locations throughout the United States with the new index map of fixed-base operators (FBOs). And the only place it's available is through the EAA website.
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Beechcraft Roars Back to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003
Raytheon Aircraft will display its entire Beechcraft product line at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, plus become involved in a number of EAA AirVenture activities, including KidVenture, “Bonanzas to Oshkosh” (B2OSH), and the AirVenture Cup Race. Raytheon will also announce a significant donation to the EAA AirVenture Museum during the annual aviation gathering.
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Knowledge and Experiences Shared at EAA AirVenture Museum Speaker’s Showcase 
Some of the most compelling aviation personalities will appear at EAA AirVenture's Museum Speaker Showcase during this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 29-August 4. Included on the schedule of more that 70 presentations throughout the week are astronaut and last man to set foot on the moon, Capt. Gene Cernan, who will give his reflections on the Apollo space program; and Academy Award-winning actor Cliff Robertson, who will share his personal aviation and movie experiences.
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Seminars Focus on Flying Safely to EAA AirVenture 
EAA Chapter 304 and the Detroit Aviation Safety Counselors will present a safety seminar on flying safely to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at Jackson County Airport-Reynolds Field (JXN) on Tuesday, July 15 from 7-9 p.m. Counselors will explain the Oshkosh Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and talk about flying to and from EAA AirVenture safely. Pilots and student pilots are encouraged to attend. (The seminars meet requirements for the FAA WINGS Program.) For more information, e-mail safetycommitteeasc@yahoo.com

Chicago Alderman Calls for City Council Hearings on Meigs 
Cites Safety Decline Since Late-March Closure 
At Wednesday's (July 9) Chicago City Council meeting, Alderman Joe Moore (D, 49th Ward) introduced a resolution calling for public hearings into the adverse effects of closing Meigs Field and consideration of reopening the airport. Moore, a supporter of Chicago parks, cited numerous reports of safety problems since the Meigs' closure on March 31, saying events since the closure "sound like a disaster waiting to happen." He outlined his resolution at a joint press conference with the Friends of Meigs Field (FOM) earlier in the day.
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Rakhmanin Wins World Aerobatic Championship Gold
Sergey Rakhmanin led a Russian sweep of the top three places Thursday as he captured the World Aerobatic Championships held at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, as he moved into first place on the final event. Rakhmanin edged Svetlana Kapanina, who held first place going into the final round of the four-round competition and was aiming to become the woman to win the overall world title. Men and women compete in a single division in national and world aerobatic flying competitions.
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EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
We travel across the pond for this week’s centennial homebuilt of the week. X. Carlos Pintos Barreiro, EAA 9000241, from Vigo, Spain, built his Toxo, EC-ZIK, is less than a year—from April 2002 to February 2003. The aircraft is an original Spanish kit design from C.A.G. (Construcciones Aeronauticas de Galici), powered by a Jabiru 3300 engine and constant-speed Airmaster prop. 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'
Harold Weiss of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a veteran with over 40 years of service to his country, was a Navigator/Bombardier during WWII, and an Army pilot with Wisconsin’s 32nd Division, 120th Field Artillery Battalion after the war. As a kid, he would ride his bicycle out to a small grass strip near Stevens Point, Wis., to watch pilots give two dollar rides in open cockpit biplanes. Read about his unique aerial “kill” during the war on the Timeless Voices website.

On The Flight Line ---

Edsel B. Ford II is Honorary Chairperson For National Air Tour
Edsel B. Ford II will serve as honorary chairperson for the National Air Tour (NAT) 2003, the historic flight re-creation of the National Air Tours that took place from 1925 through 1931. Just as his grandfather did for the original Tours, Ford will flag-off the start of the Tour when it departs Dearborn, Michigan on September 8. He will also present trophies to participants at the completion. More than 25 rare, vintage aircraft, including at least three Ford Tri-motors, will fly approximately 4,000 miles during a 17 days in 26 cities. The Tour is expected to return to Dearborn on Sept. 24. To learn more, visit www.NationalAirTour.org.

Antique & Classic Fly-In Next Month
More than 200 aircraft are expected at the annual Antique and Classic Fly-In September 6-7 at Hassell Field, Clifton, Tennessee. The event is held in conjunction with the River Bend festival. Prizes, supplied by AeroShell, will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Antique, and Best Warbird. Proceeds from the Fly-In go towards the restoration of the Bristol Beaufort and the Westland Lysander of the Bristol Heritage Collection at Hassell Field. For more information, call (615) 383-9090.

Four Jabiru Planes Meet FAA 51% Rule
Jabiru Aircraft, the Australian aircraft kit manufacturer, reports that all four of its J-Series fast-build composite aircraft kits achieved acceptance on the FAA’s 51% list. Models covered are the J400 (4-place) and J200 (2-place); the new J450 4-place (with larger wings at the same gross weight), and J250, which the company expects to be light-sport aircraft eligible. For more information, visit www.suncoastjabiru.com, www.usjabiru.com, www.jabirupacific.com, and www.jabirucanada.com.

Unexploded WWII Bombs Uncovered at Diamond Plant
Diamond Austria employees evacuated a construction site in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, recently when two unexploded bombs were found during excavation for the company’s new 100,000 square foot composite facility. During World War II, the Wiener-Neustadt Airport was production site of thousands of Messerschmitt Me 109 fighter planes and, thus, a main target for Allied bombers. Coincidentally, Diamond’s North American manufacturing facility in London, Ontario, Canada, was the site of Central Aircraft Ltd., which built Mosquito Bombers for the Allies. The new manufacturing facility will help Diamond handle increased demand for its products and the upcoming production of the DA42 Twin Star and the recently announced D-JET. Products made there will be used at existing factories in Wiener Neustadt and Canada. For more information on Diamond Aircraft, visit www.diamondair.com.

Symphony 135-TDI Makes First Test Flight
OMF Aircraft’s two-place, diesel-powered Symphony 135-TDI made its first flight in mid-June over Neubrandenburg, Germany. Powered by Thielert Aircraft Engine’s 135 hp Centurion 1.7 power plant, OMF sees this as a positive fist step toward mass-producing an aircraft offering lower direct operating costs, increased fuel efficiency and availability (diesel/JetA), and lower noise levels. The Centurion is a FADEC-equipped, turbocharged, four-cylinder, four-stroke, four-valve in-line diesel engine that can burn diesel or jet-A fuel in any mixture. It uses common rail direct injection and is liquid cooled, using a wet-sump oil system and an electronic control unit. Certified by the JAA in Europe to JAR-E requirements, take-off power is 135 hp, with maximum power available at altitude. The company is currently pursuing FAA certification. Test pilot Frank Hoffman, who flew the aircraft for about 90 minutes, compared the test flight performance to the Symphony 160. OMF aims for certification for the European market by the end of the year. To learn more, visit www.omf-aircraft.com.

T-Birds to Headline ERAU Wings and Waves 2003
The U.S. Thunderbirds will lead an all-star cast of air show performers at Wings & Waves: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s Celebrates the Centennial of Flight in Daytona Beach, Florida November 8-9. Other performers include many of the top aerobatic pilots scheduled to perform at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention: Patty Wagstaff, Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes, Kirby Chambliss and Michael Goulian, among others. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu and click on Wings & Waves.


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