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Another Great Success at Arlington

Congratulations to Jim Scott, Fly-In Manager, Barbara Tolbert, Executive Director, and all those involved with the safe and highly successful 2003 Northwest EAA Regional Fly-In last week in Arlington, Washington. Despite forecasts calling for rain and cold all week, the weather held up. Opening day on Wednesday brought large crowds of aviation enthusiasts, which continued through the week.

Preliminary numbers show gate attendance up roughly 15 percent, while the variety, quantity, and quality of aircraft was terrific – over 1,200 aircraft were registered.

EAA staff on hand included Bob Mackey, Timm Bogenhagen, Ron Wagner with volunteers Claudette Colwell, Doug Kelly, Carla Larsh, Leo Parent, Sharon & Daryl McPhearson, Jack Dueck, Bob Potter and Aileen & Ernie Nicolls. EAA Membership reports 670 EAA memberships.

Aircraft judging results are listed on the fly-in’s website, www.nweaa.org.

Get One of the Few Remaining Seats For B-17 Flights at EAA AirVenture

Our special announcement last week about B-17 EAA AirVenture flights resulted in a large influx of new reservations, according to tour coordinators. Aluminum Overcast will be in Oshkosh from July 28-August 7, with flights scheduled each day from July 29-August 1.

Make sure you don't miss out on this opportunity to fly in a genuine piece of living history. Call 800/359-6217 or by visiting www.b17.org to secure one of the few remaining seats at EAA AirVenture.

Aluminum Overcast is in Aurora’s (Illinois) Municipal Airport (ARR) this weekend (through July 21) and will be in Madison, Wisconsin at  Truax Field (MSN) July 25-27 before proceeding north to Oshkosh. Visit www.b17.org for complete tour information.

Flying to Oshkosh  Website a 'Hit'
Feedback by pilots to the new multimedia website, “Understanding Air Traffic Control at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,” is positive, judging from the reaction received via e-mail: Here are just a few comments received:

“This new addition to the AirVenture web site is just outstanding! Having flown in to AirVenture I know it can all be overwhelming when one arrives. This should really help. Great job!”...“Looks really good on first pass. Good show!”..."The photos and animation will undoubtedly help the first timer and those who haven’t been following procedures in the past. This information will make for safer operations."

The collaborative effort of the EAA and the FAA gives pilots better understanding of the unique procedures in place for EAA AirVenture. With more that 10,000 airplanes of all kinds flying into the convention, their safe coordinated operation is priority one and well-informed, alert pilots make everyone’s job easier.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services: I have a rebuilt I/O 360 engine with no engine data plate. One DAR said I need one made up and installed on the engine with my personal engine number. Another DAR stated I need nothing. Nobody else seems to know for sure. I do know that I can't have the original engine ID plate since it is now an experimental engine and it also has nonstandard parts inside. Do I need a data plate on the engine or not? Where in the FAR's does it state this?

While you are not required by regulation to have any identifying info on your experimental engine, we recommend that you do identify it in some fashion. There may come such a time that the engine might be separated from your airframe, and having it properly identified will make this separation easier to document. Also, keeping track of maintenance, repair, and overhaul info is made easier if the engine is specifically identified. As you are not required by regulation to identify the engine in any particular manner, you are free to decide how you might wish to accomplish this, but we feel that it is a good idea to identify the engine in some manner.
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.

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 29-August 4

July 18, 2003   Volume 3, Number 30

  News You Can Use ---

CBS Sunday Morning To Rerun EAA AirVenture 2002 Feature

EAA received word from the producers of the CBS Sunday Morning program that the segment about EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, first aired in August 2002, will air again on Sunday, July 20. In the Oshkosh area, Channel 5 (WFRV) broadcasts the show from 8-9:30. (Check your local TV listings for the appropriate time and channel in your area.) Those who saw the piece will recall this 8 to 10 minute piece was an outstanding overview of the event. With EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 fast approaching, the airing is extremely timely.

EAA Part of Effort to Overturn Michigan Pilot Background Check Law 
EAA continues to help fight and overturn a law on the books in the state of Michigan that calls for background checks on pilots. The state, in an extreme overreaction to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, created the law, which in EAA's opinion supercedes federal law and is therefore unconstitutional. EAA Legal Council Chairman Harry Riggs filed an amicus (Friend of the Court) brief on behalf of EAA, which was approved in federal court to give EAA legal standing in the case brought by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The State of Michigan had apposed EAA's involvement in the case but on July 16, the court upheld EAA's right to file in support of AOPA. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for July 24.
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Meigs Demolition Set; Daley-Appointed Board Votes to Finish Job
"The decision to close the airport has already been made." 
With those words, Chicago Park Board President Maria Saldaña denied any further discussion regarding lakefront Meigs Field's fate at a Wednesday (July 16) board meeting. The Mayor Richard Daley-appointed Saldaña said $1.5 million demolition contract has been approved, and work to finish the job begun by mayoral decree March 31 would commence within a month.
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Fixed Again, Boeing 307 Stratoliner Returns To EAA AirVenture 
Following a yearlong re-restoration project, Boeing's 307 Stratoliner, the world's sole remaining example of the first pressurized airliner, is returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The aircraft, scheduled to arrive Monday, July 28, will be on display at AeroShell Square throughout the convention.

The 307 made its public debut at EAA AirVenture 2001 after an extensive six-year restoration project. In March 2002, just before it was to be delivered for enshrinement in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., the airplane was forced to ditch over Elliott Bay, just west of downtown Seattle, Washington, when it ran out of fuel during a routine practice flight.
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U.S. Air Force Exhibit Showcases Aviation Heritage at EAA AirVenture 
The United States Air Force will present “Born of Dreams, Inspired by Freedom,” an exhibit showcasing its aviation heritage and leadership, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. Visitors will see highlights of airpower’s significant achievements and progress, plus get a glimpse of what to expect in the future. Twelve new, integrated exhibits display each of the Air Force’s major organizations, or “commands.” Over 150 graphic panels depict the technologies and achievements of the Air Force family.
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Annual Kick-Off to EAA AirVenture: The Gathering of Eagles 
Imagine having some of the most honored and legendary aviation personalities - spanning the Golden Age to World War II to space travel - together in one room: Sean D. Tucker. Scott Crossfield. Gene Cernan. Bud Anderson. Paul Poberezny. Tex Hill. John Miller. Bob Hoover. Patty Wagstaff. These legends and many more will join attendees at the annual gala Gathering of Eagles fundraiser, scheduled for Tuesday, July 29, at the AirVenture Museum.
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Advanced Weather Information During EAA AirVenture From Meteorlogix 
EAA AirVenture sponsor Meteorlogix will provide free access to FlightBrief.com through August 15, enabling pilots to generate a performance flight plan and file it from any Internet connection. To access the free service at www.flightbrief.com, use the "Log on to Site" link, then use “airventure@eaa.org” as the username and "airventure" as the password. During the convention, Meteorlogix will host 10 MxVision AviationSentry pilot briefing systems allowing attendees to view critical weather information.
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FAA Sport Pilot Staff To Appear at EAA AirVenture Sport Pilot Center
Mark Jacobs, manager of FAA’s National Sport Pilot Office, advised EAA today that members of his staff will be present at the EAA Sport Pilot Center from noon to 3 p.m. each day throughout EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, July 29-August 4. EAA’s Sport Pilot Center is located just east of the FAA Building on the EAA AirVenture site. EAA members and others interested in the sport pilot and light-sport aircraft rules are invited to stop by and visit with both the FAA and EAA staff throughout the week to have questions about the proposed rules answered. Manufacturers of light-sport-eligible aircraft will also display their aircraft adjacent the center.

MATS Connie On Display at AeroShell Square 
The MATS (Military Air Transport Service) Connie, a military version of the unique Lockheed Constellation, will appear at AeroShell Square; throughout AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 The MATS Connie, also known as a C121A, was delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and took part in the Berlin airlift. The aircraft also worked as a VIP transport, accumulating 16,000 hours of flying time during its Air Force career. Retired from the military in 1968, the airplane was purchased by the Christler Flying Service in 1970 and used as a spray plane over Canadian forests for some 14 years.
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EAA Members Save With Ford Partner Recognition Program
EAA's strong partnership with Ford Motor Company gives EAA members the opportunity to participate in the Ford Partner Recognition program. That means savings of hundreds – even thousands – of dollars on the purchase or lease of Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Volvo, Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles. Save money, time and hassle throughout the whole shopping experience. Start by getting your personal identification number (PIN) from the Ford website, accessed from www.eaa.org. (Just click on the EAA/Ford Program logo.) Take your PIN to your local dealership, select an eligible vehicle, and receive your special EAA Member pricing. It’s that simple! (You must be an EAA Member for at least 1 year to be eligible and the program is only available to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Introductory, Student, Complimentary, Library, School, and Corporate Memberships are ineligible.)

Mooney Caravan 2003 Focuses on Safety 
The 2003 Mooney Caravan plans to fly into EAA AirVenture on Sunday afternoon, July 27, from Madison, Wisconsin, but don't be surprised when there are fewer aircraft involved in this year's group fly-in compared to past years. 
That's because the Mooney Caravan is intentionally down-sizing its size in the interests of safety. It will be comprised of seven groups, each including six planes, for a maximum of 42 aircraft. Flight Leader/Procedures/FAA Liaison Bill Rabek explained this was done to create a safer, smaller and higher-performance experience.
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See Canon's Dawn Patrol Photos on the Web 
Dawn Patrol, a Canon-sponsored daily EAA AirVenture website event, features photos shot by convention visitors using Canon Powershot digital cameras supplied by Canon. Dawn Patrol takes place at 7 a.m. on four mornings during EAA AirVenture, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Shooters meet at the Canon Imaging Center building just west of the control tower, where Canon technical reps lead groups around convention grounds and show them how to get the most out of their cameras. Images shot are then forwarded to the EAA Web Development Team who post them on the EAA AirVenture website.
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Bellanca-Champion Club Activities At EAA AirVenture 
The Bellanca-Champion Club has plenty in store for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. Club representatives and volunteers will staff headquarters at the big type club circus tent next to EAA Vintage Aircraft's Little Red Barn. Visitors and members are invited to stop by for unique T-shirts, posters, etc., along with club publications, some new "goodies" and other informational materials. Visit the Bellanca-Champion Club website for more information.

EAA Tours 'n Travel Goes To The Reno Air Races
Reno Air Race fans have an opportunity to once again witness and participate in this exciting four day extravaganza of incredible air performances. This year's theme celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the USAF Thunderbirds. Participants will attend the races at Stead Field for three full days. Reserved seats, visits to the pits each day and attendance at the wrap-up awards ceremony and banquet are all part of the package. EAA Tours 'n Travel attendees will stay at the Peppermill Hotel & Casino. There's a limited number of hotel rooms so you are urged to make your reservations as quickly as possible. Member cost is $640.00 per person, with an additional $330.00 for single room supplement. Non-member price is $710.00 per person. All hotel porterage at the hotel, transfers to and from the air show, and the awards banquet are included, but air fare is not. For more information, call the EAA Tour Desk at 800-634-2153.

EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
At a flight centennial planning meeting in May 2000 David L. Wilson, EAA 95113, Galesburg, Illinois, told EAA President Tom Poberezny he’s have a centennial plane ready in 2003. David was true to his word, evidenced by his "Air Force Centennial Celebration Special Edition" RV-8. Certified airworthy by the FAA on June 5th, first flight was two days later. Read more about this special aircraft, David‘s second RV-8. 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'
Helen Mirr, Green Lake, Wisconsin, developed a passion for aviation as a teenager. “I just loved fast cars, airplanes, and trains, and I thought airplanes would be my selection,” she said. Well, they were. Helen’s experiences took her from flight training to the Civil Air Patrol to flying in C-47s and serving as a radio operator on a Flying Fortress B-17 during WWII. Read more about her aviation experiences on the Timeless Voices website.

On The Flight Line ---

American Capital Invests More in New Piper
American Capital Strategies Ltd. has purchased New Piper Aircraft’s secured bank debt and, in an effort to restructure its balance sheet and reduce its debt leverage, New Piper anticipates recapitalization will occur shortly. American Capital first invested in New Piper in 1998. “Despite what has been a particularly tough economic climate, said American Capital Senior Vice President and Managing Director Gordon O’Brien. “We think New Piper is now poised to become even stronger as the economy – and general aviation, in particular – rebounds.”
New Piper President and CEO Chuck Suma said the investment is “a major step in the right direction for New Piper” and that the company is now well-positioned “to weather the periodic turbulence in our industry and to continue to develop innovative designs in a systematic fashion, focused on customer expectations.”

Hartzell Propeller Certified For Da40 Diamond Star
Hartzell Propeller received FAA and Transport Canada supplementary type certificates (STCs) for its new blended airfoil, two-blade metal constant speed propellers on Diamond's four-place DA40 Diamond Star. Both the existing three-blade MT composite and the new 2-blade propellers will be available on newly ordered DA40 Diamond Stars. The new prop features advanced blade profile and shape, increased diameter, and a polished aluminum spinner. Overall performance improves and the maximum operating rpm, originally limited due to more stringent European noise requirements, is increased from 2,400 to 2,700 rpm, with no restricted RPM ranges or significant effect on noise. The metal prop weighs 13 lbs more than the three-blade composite MT prop. For more information, visit www.hartzellprop.com and www.diamondair.com.

New GPS Receivers From Tele Type
Tele Type’s new recreational receiver offers incredibly fast lock on time due to an enhanced GPS chipset and it’s lighter than previous receivers for a low cost of $169. The recreational receiver is also available bundled with Tele Type’s updated software for $239. Also shipping is the Version 3.0 WAAS receiver with low power consumption. This receiver has an advanced GPS chipset and manages to cut the power consumption of previous receivers almost in half without sacrificing the sensitivity or accuracy. To learn more, visit www.teletype.com.

Superior Announces Builder Options at Engine Build Center
Superior Air Parts, Inc. announced four engine assembly options for sport aviation customers at their new state-of-the-art engine Build Center in Coppell, Texas. Option one, (standard package) is a fully assembled and tested XP-360 Engine shipped from the Build Center to the owner’s location of choice for installation. With option two, owners visit the Build Center, get a short training course on basic operation and actually see their XP-360 being assembled and tested. Option three, owners get hands-on and build their own engine with guidance of a Superior Build Center engine-assembly technician. With option four, Superior supplies all of the necessary components of a SL 360 Engine Kit for the builder to assemble a 180 horsepower engine. For more information, visit www.xp-360.com. 

Sporty’s Supports Sun ’n Fun Campaign Fund
Sporty’s Pilot Shop has pledged $100,000 to Sun ’n Fun Fly-In’s “Share the Spirit” Capital Campaign. Sporty’s will be recognized as a campaign Platinum Partner, which aims to extend Sun ‘n Fun’s position as a year-round resource for aviation safety, education, preservation and youth outreach. Elements of the campaign include new educational facilities, an aircraft restoration workshop, museum expansion, increased endowment and program support.


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