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The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA
Celebrating 100 Years of Powered Flight
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 July 29-August 4

July 28, 2003   Volume 3, Number 32

During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, e-HOT LINE will be published on a daily basis with current news and events directly from EAA AirVenture. Visit the EAA AirVenture website for full coverage of the event. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org.

The Latest News From Oshkosh - 

Celebrating 100 Years of Powered Flight
Just shy of 100 years ago, Dayton, Ohio, bike shop owners Orville and Wilbur Wright were on the verge of unlocking the secret of powered flight. Their breakthrough achievements, culminating with the first manned flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, set off an innovation chain reaction unlike anything the world had ever seen—one that continues to this day. We are now to the point where personal flight into space is not only conceivable, it’s on the horizon. (read more) 

Fixed Again: Boeing 307 Stratoliner Returns
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. (read more) 

Who Will Fly the Flyer?
On Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m., EAA and its Countdown to Kitty Hawk partners Ford Motor Company, Microsoft and Eclipse Aviation will announce the Pilot of the Century. The pilot selected—Dr. Kevin Kochersberger of Honeoye Falls, New York; Terry Queijo of Trappe, Maryland; Ken Hyde of Warrenton, Virginia; or Chris Johnson of Manassas, Virginia—will fly EAA’s 1903 Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 2003, weather permitting. All four pilots were first introduced to the public at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. (read more) 

Special Pre-Convention Program Tonight at Theater in the Woods
Seasoned attendees know that An Evening With Champions, the unofficial kickoff program for EAA AirVenture, is the best way to begin your week of fun at Oshkosh. The Aviation Speakers Bureau (www.aviationspeakers.com) presents four of their aviation speakers to entertain the early birds. (read more) 

Enter EAA’s 5th Annual Patch Jacket Contest
If you brought your EAA Patch Jacket to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, you can sign up to be a contestant in the fifth annual EAA Patch Jacket Contest. To enter, stop by the Children’s Airplane Activity Center (east of the Forum Buildings and south of the Warbirds) between 1 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. The Patch Jacket Coordinator will help you fill out a contest entry form and snap a few photos of your jacket. (read more) 

Experiences Shared at Speaker 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. (read more) 

NASA Shows a Century of Flight at AirVenture 2003
NASA brings its special new touring Centennial of Flight exhibit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, along with the scheduled arrival of two exotic NASA research jet aircraft, plus the return of some time-honored favorite displays in the two NASA buildings, spreading over 16,000 square feet. (read more) 

‘Warbirds in Review’ Returns to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Imagine being up close to some of the most storied military aircraft in the annals of armed conflict—P-51D; F4U-5 Corsair; F-16 Fighting Falcon; MKVIII Spitfire—then having the opportunity to hear stories of the men who flew them, all in an informal AirVenture setting. That’s what the Warbirds in Review program is all about, a daily mini-seminar about legendary aircraft, Tuesday through Sunday (July 29-August 3), which debuted at EAA AirVenture 2002 to rave reviews. (read more) 

AirVenture Celebrates ‘The Chapter Experience’
2003 is unquestionably the milestone year for aviation, thanks to Orville and Wilbur Wrights’ century-old success at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. But in 1953, 50 years after that momentous achievement, another notable first occurred: On the heels of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s formation earlier that year, EAA’s Chapter 1 was formed at Flabob Airport, Riverside, California. That local hotbed of homebuilding activity, home to such aviation legends as Ray Stits, Lou Stolp, Ed Marquardt and Clayton Stephens, saw EAA as the perfect organization with which to grow their movement. (read more) 

Instructors, Test Your Preflight Skills and Win at AirVenture
Flight instructors will again have the opportunity to win great prizes at EAA AirVenture during preflight contests Wednesday through Saturday at the Flight Instructor Headquarters. Between 0900 and 1200, a Cirrus SR22 will be bugged with 10 different squawks that render it unairworthy. Perform the preflight inspection, identify the bugs, and you could win, place, or show. (read more) 

‘Like a Big Swap Meet’ - Buyers, Sellers Connect at EAA AirVenture Aeromart 
This is Kettle Moraine (West Bend, Wisconsin) EAA Chapter 1158’s fifth year running Aeromart at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh—”a big aviation swap meet” Chairman Mark Landvetter calls it. (read more) 

KidVenture for Kids of All Ages
Kids love EAA AirVenture. They love the unique array of aircraft and activities gracing the flight line. The air shows dazzle and delight them. And the showcase AeroShell Square…wait until they get a load of that Airbus Beluga! But when kids just want to be, well, kids, they head over to the back of the AirVenture Museum for a visit to KidVenture, open every day of the convention from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (except 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, August 4).  (read more) 

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. You can access FlightBrief.com through the AirVenture website, www.airventure.org. (read more) 

Forget Your Tiedowns for the North 40? See EAA Chapter 444
Tiedowns are required for all aircraft parked in the North 40—the area along Runway 9/27. For those of you who forgot to bring tiedowns, EAA Chapter 444 of Appleton, Wisconsin, has a solution. The members of Chapter 444 will sell you a set of tiedowns for $20 and install the ground anchors for you. When you leave Oshkosh, you can take the tiedowns with you, or Chapter 444 will buy them back for $10. (read more) 

Behind the Scenes of AV 2003 - No Task Too Big or Too Small
EAA staff, volunteers, and so many others perform thousands of behind-the-scenes tasks, from the miniature to the colossal, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, to prepare for EAA AirVenture. This year was no different. Tim Johnson, a member of the AirVenture Museum’s restoration team, rid the Paris diorama of all its dust and dirt in the Spirit of St. Louis Exhibit. Manned with a backpack vacuum and small cleaning attachment, Tim painstakingly vacuumed the miniature city made of Legos. “There must be a million Legos in that exhibit,” said Tim. Actually, there are 40,108 Legos, give or take a few, according to EAA security guard Bruce Baier, whose two sons helped build the exhibit in 1989. Whatever the exact number, Paris never looked better. (read more)

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 parked airplanes to the Homebuilders Headquarters in an EAA Welcome Wagon. These modified minivans, 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. (read more) 

Couple Meet, Then Wed at AirVenture
With the sound of an airplane buzzing overhead, Tom Brown and Rhonda Fronczak said “I do” to each other on Saturday, July 26, at EAA’s Fergus Chapel. That in itself is not terribly unusual—weddings are held there all the time. Tom and Rhonda’s story is, however, worth an explanation. The now Mr. and Mrs. Brown met by chance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2001, two years ago to the day of their nuptials, near the Ultralight area. (read more) 

Sport Pilot Center Opens at EAA AirVenture
With the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rule looming ever closer, EAA again operates its Sport Pilot Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. The center, located east of the FAA building. Convention visitors can get the latest information regarding pilot certification, eligible aircraft and ASTM  standards, and training requirements. Manufacturers of light-sport-eligible aircraft will also display their aircraft adjacent to the center.
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National Air Tour Aircraft at EAA AirVenture
More than a dozen vintage and classic aircraft taking part in this fall’s re-creation of the National Air Tour (NAT) will be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. They will be on display parked just east of the Red Barn in the Vintage Aircraft Association area. (read more) 

Getting Here is Half the Fun
Most of us pilots can identify with the motto of the Cunard Steamship line that promised, “Getting there is half the fun!” In fact, for us, getting to most places is often much more than half the fun–it’s the reason we fly. The fun of being here at AirVenture may be equal to that of the flights to get here. This year, getting to Oshkosh, was supposed to be more fun for me because the panel of my Cessna Cardinal was going to be fitted with some of the latest and greatest avionics available. (read more) 

ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital On Display at AeroShell Square
One of the world’s most unique examples of a humanitarian aircraft, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital, is on static display at the showcase ramp, AeroShell Square. The ORBIS is a modified DC-10 airliner that flies to developing nations around the world each year, working to save sight through hands-on training, public health education, and improved access to eye care. (read more) 

2003 Type Club Dinners and Meetings at AirVenture
EAA is the one place that brings together type club members from across the country, even the world. Here is the schedule of type club meetings and dinners for the week July 29-August 4. (read more) 

Federal Pavilion in 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. (read more)

Around the Field
John Vasos is attending his first ever EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. He first learned to fly in the late ’60s when he was 18. “Me and my buddy decided we wanted to be bush pilots in Alaska.”  So for $7 an hour in a Cessna 150, and another $5 for an instructor, John managed to solo in about 15 hours. He had a few flying adventures back then, but financial reality eventually forced him to quit flying.
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