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July 25, 2003 Volume 3, Number 31
News You Can Use ---
FAA Administrator Makes First Trip to EAA AirVenture
Marion Blakey, who succeeded Jane Garvey as FAA Administrator in September 2002, makes her first visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. Scheduled to arrive on Thursday morning, July 31, Administrator Blakey will be on convention grounds throughout the day and part of Friday, meeting with leaders of virtually all elements of general aviation present at the convention, from homebuilts and vintage to ultralights and light-sport aircraft; from warbirds to aircraft type clubs and small airplanes.
Mandatory Test Ordered for Capewell Ripcord Pins
Capewell Components LLC, manufacturer of ripcords, cable assemblies and parachute hardware, has issued a mandatory service bulletin to test ripcord pins after several reports of pins breaking. The company received customer reports of four pins that broke under very low force, each on the blade section of the pin, approximately 1/8 inch (3 mm) from the shoulder of the pin. The problem affects the military, skydivers, and pilot emergency chutes. The broken pins were among deliveries to Capewell customers in the first half of 2002 and include part number MS70107 (angled); PS70107 (angled); 61C4304 (angled); and 55A6480 (terminal). Capewell has an on-going investigation to determine the cause. To obtain a test block from Capewell, e-mail Bill Ehler at email@example.com, providing your name, address and phone number. To learn more, visit www.capewell.com/PIAPIN.pdf.
Basler Donates Fuel For EAA’s B-17
Just as EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast was being prepared for its final pre-AirVenture tour stop in Madison, Wisconsin Thursday, Basler Flight Service, Oshkosh, presented EAA with 500 gallons of 100LL fuel for the aircraft—a $1,019 donation. EAA President Tom Poberezny accepted the generous donation from Basler Turbo Conversions President Thomas Weigt and Line Service Manager Brian McBryde, made in recognition of what EAA does for aviation.
SA2OSH in Canada, Heading For Oshkosh
Latest report from the four pilots flying from South African to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003: They arrived safely in Goose Bay, Canada, on Wednesday. They plan to visit some fellow EAA Chapter members while there, then it's on to Johannesburg, Michigan. Planned arrival at Wittman Regional Airport is for late Sunday or early Monday. For trip details, visit www.sa2usa2003.com.
Estate Planning Workshops at 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.
AirVenture Cup a Family Affair
Out of the record 86 entries for the sixth annual Klein Tools EAA AirVenture Cup Race that gets under way this weekend, eleven (13 percent), consist of father-and-son/daughter teams; 10 are father and son, while one father-daughter tandem is set to fly in the unique 1,000-mile race for homebuilt aircraft. The AirVenture Cup unites three of aviation's most historically significant locations-Kitty Hawk, Dayton, Ohio, home of the Wright brothers, and Oshkosh-and is set to begin on Saturday with registration and time trials at Kitty Hawk's Dare County Airport. On Sunday, they're off to Dayton for the race's first leg. Come Monday, they'll be crossing the finish line at AirVenture Oshkosh, over Lake Winnebago's Warbird Island.
Powered Parachute Consensus Standards Available Online from ASTM
The powered parachute (PPC) consensus standards, which were completed in late spring, are now available for purchase on the American Society of Testing and Materials, Int’l. (ASTM International) website.
Early Bird: AN-124 Cargo Jet Drops Off Three Planes
The second-largest flying airplane type in the world, Antonov's AN-124, landed at Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport on Wednesday morning to deliver three Russian Beriev Be-103s scheduled to be on display at next week's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In. The AN-124 also carried all the tooling and equipment necessary to re-assemble the Be 103s, along with maintenance and engineering personnel. Beriev will receive an FAA type certificate at AirVenture for the twin-engine aircraft. While the AN-124 has attended EAA in past years, most recently about 1990, it will depart on Thursday. (See photos)
Blakey to Present Airworthiness Certificate for EAA's Wright Flyer
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, who is scheduled to be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 31-August 1, will present EAA President Tom Poberezny with the airworthiness certificate for EAA's authentic reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer at a special ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at the EAA Countdown to Kitty Hawk Pavilion. The airworthiness certificate will authorize the Flyer reproduction to fly a historic re-enactment of the Wright brothers' first flight near Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Dec. 17, 2003.
WSI Provides Aviation Weather Services
WSI Corporation will provide three weather services at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, including access to WSI's information through the Oshkosh Temporary Flight Service Station (FSS); daily weather forecasts in AirVenture Today, official convention newspaper; and through a special WSI-hosted website.
EAA Ultralights Prepare for EAA AirVenture
EAA Ultralight Chapter 1, the Microlite Flyers, based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, knows what it takes to get ready for the biggest recreational aviation showcase on the planet—EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. On Saturday, July 19—just 10 days before the gates open to the public—39 of its members were out in force at the EAA Ultralight Barn, located south of AeroShell Square, along the southern flight line of Wittman Regional Airport’s runway 27.
Take flight in a 2003 Lincoln Aviator-Kitty Hawk Edition!
Attendees at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 will find many new and exciting products at the Ford Motor Company Pavilion, including the new Lincoln Aviator Kitty Hawk Edition. Built in honor of the 100th anniversary of powered flight, this unique luxury SUV from Lincoln features Aviator’s signature combination of roominess and agility, plus unique exterior features like Kitty Hawk Edition badging; a sleek, monochromatic black design with a rear spoiler; sporty, 17-inch chrome wheels, and more. On the inside is West African mink zebrano wood that recalls the luxury custom aircraft of the 1930’s; while black leather seating surfaces and thick floor mats each featuring the Kitty Hawk logo. The 2003 Lincoln Aviator Kitty Hawk Edition is a very limited production model. EAA members can take advantage of Partner Recognition savings and put a Lincoln Aviator or other Ford Motor Company product on their driveway today. To learn more about Ford Partner Recognition Program, click on the the EAA/Ford Partner Recognition link at www.eaa.org.
EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Bruce Lina, EAA 585609, East Aurora, New York, built his Kitfox Series 5 in just less than 3,000 hours over the course of four years. Like many homebuilders, Bruce went through many of the trials and tribulations associated with building an airplane, but found it to be ultimately a very rewarding experience. N199CL received its FAA airworthiness certificate in June. Read more about this special aircraft. 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'
John Crane, a lifelong resident of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, got the urge to fly after his brother became an Aviation Cadet in 1941. John received initial flight training in Piper J-3 Cubs and Stearman biplanes, then spent the war years flying Navy PBY Catalinas on night patrol hunting for German submarines in the Bermuda Triangle. Today, John serves as a docent at EAA's AirVenture Museum where he leads tour groups. Read more about John’s experiences on the Timeless Voices website, www.timelessvoices.org.
On The Flight Line ---
Garmin Buys UPS Aviation Technologies
Garmin International announced it would acquire UPS Aviation Technologies, Inc. for $38 million in cash. Once approved and completed, UPSAT will become Garmin AT and will continue operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin International. UPS AT, Salem, Oregon, is the acknowledged leader in Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) technology and is working with the FAA in developing the Safe Flight 21 and Alaskan Capstone programs.
Sonex Flies New Aircraft Designs
Sonex, Ltd. plans to unveil two new aircraft designs at AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, and on Saturday, July 19, they flew for the first time. Sonex President John Monnett, pilot on all three flights, flew two configurations of the new Xenos N212XS, a two-place all-metal motor glider. The first was powered by a Jabiru 3300 engine, the second (Xenos N112XS) by an Aero Vee 2180. The third aircraft test flight was Sonex’s new Y-tail, appropriately named the Waiex. (Y-tail - Experimental). Both of these new designs will be unveiled at AirVenture 2003, which gets under way on Tuesday, July 29 at Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh.
Cirrus Makes PFD and MFD Standard on All Aircraft; Launches New ‘SRV’
Cirrus Design will be the first personal aviation manufacturer to equip all its new aircraft with an Avidyne FlightMax® Entegra PFD (Primary Flight Display) and a Multi Function Display (MFD) as standard equipment. “We recognize that 21st Century technology in the form of a 10.4” Primary Function Display supported by another 10.4” Multi Function Display makes flying safer and more intuitive by improving situational awareness.” said Cirrus President and CEO Alan Klapmeier. Cirrus also revealed it would debut a new VFR-only model, the SRV, at AirVenture Oshkosh next week.
This just in: Cirrus honors the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight with a commemorative Centennial Edition SR22, announced Thursday. The aircraft’s paint scheme is the linen-white color of the Pride of the West Muslin wings on the original Wright Flyer, and a Centennial Edition logo featuring the Wright Flyer appears on the vertical stabilizer. The Centennial Edition SR22, which will be on display at Oshkosh, includes all factory-installed options available on the SR22 plus a host of additional special features. To learn more about it, visit www.cirrusdesign.com.
Glacier Girl Garners Multiple Honors
Glacier Girl, a fully restored Lockheed P-38F rescued from beneath the ice in Greenland, received Rolls-Royce’s Aviation Heritage Trophy as well as National Aviation Hall of Fame’s People’s Choice Award Trophy Sunday at the 2nd annual Eastern Region – National Aviation Heritage Invitational Award Ceremony at the 2003 Vectren Dayton Air Show. Former astronaut – Neil Armstrong and Rolls Royce President James M. Guyette presented trophies to J. Roy Shoffner, Middlesboro, Kentucky, aircraft owner.
New Piper Purchased by American Capital Strategies
Following soon after last week’s assumption New Piper Aircraft’s secured bank debt, American Capital Strategies formally assumed ownership of the aircraft manufacturer this week, securing 94 percent of the Vero Beach, Florida company’s voting equity. American Capital purchased $57 million of Piper’s senior debt for $34 million, exchanging $22 million of that for common equity in Piper. American Capital Chief Operating Officer Ira Wagner said, “With an iconic brand name in the general aviation industry, we are confident Piper will enjoy great success as the general aviation industry rebounds.”
New Glastar Launches Sportsman 2 + 2
New Glastar this week unveiled what it calls the Glastar’s “Big Brother,” the Sportsman 2 + 2. The Sportsman has a roomier cabin and a third door for back seat passengers (51 inches tall max) or bulky cargo--340 pounds more than the original Glastar, or a useful load of nearly 1,000 lbs, The Sportsman has a 3,001-ft takeoff roll, climbs from sea level at 1,300 fpm, and cruises at 160 mph/140 kts, with a max speed of 171 mph/145 kts. Enlarged flaps provide positive control in slow flight. Landing speed is 49 mph/43 kts. The Sportsman jump-start kit is designed for tundra tires, floats, or skis and can be built with fittings to allow quick, easy conversion from tricycle to tail wheel or floatplane. For more information, visit www.newglasair.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or 360/435-8533, ext. 232.
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