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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 29, 2003   Volume 3, Number 33

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.

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Streamed live to you from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003! - Showcase fly-bys - Live Air Show coverage - Arrivals and     departures - Taped and live interviews - EAA Information

The Latest News From Oshkosh - 

Welcome to Oshkosh! For one week a year there is no place on earth that brings together all the exciting aspects of flight as completely as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. As we celebrate 100 years of powered flight, it is the place to be because nowhere else in the world can you see aviation’s past, present, and future in action. (read more)

Centennial Celebrations, Cars, and Planes all at AirVenture 2003
Powered flight isn’t the only centennial celebration this year; 2003 also marks the 100th anniversary of Ford Motor Company. While the official commemoration took place in June, Ford Motor Company continues the celebrations by including a look at its past, present and future throughout its displays at AirVenture 2003. (read more)

Friends of Meigs Refuses to Surrender
The north-south runway at Meigs Field may be partly rubble, but its Friends still have dreams of blue skies and smooth concrete.
The Friends of Meigs Field is back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, collecting signatures on postcards that will be sent to Congress in a never-say-die campaign to defend the beleaguered island airport. In addition, the Friends will have cell phones available for Chicago residents to call their alderman for free and register their concerns and request action to overturn the mayor’s action. (read more)

Major EAA Awards Presented at Theater in the Woods Tonight
In a roundabout way, Ed Downs can attribute his more than 45 years as an aerospace professional to his childhood home. A group of Lockheed test pilots and engineers rented a garage across from his Van Nuys, California, home, and they let the 7-year-old Downs and his twin brother hang around. (read more)

NASA Helps Modern Fliers Understand Wrights’ First Airplane
When groups on both coasts of the United States wanted to create working replicas of the Wright brothers’ famous first Flyer for this centennial of flight year, historic NASA wind tunnels in Virginia and California provided full-size testing capabilities for these new Flyers. (read more)

History Makers - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh attracts aviation’s notables
EAA’s national conventions—from Milwaukee to Rockford to Oshkosh—have always drawn the famous and the notable, either by invitation or by attraction. The early years drew people who were well known in aviation society but anonymous to the world at large. (read more)

450 HP From 444 Cubic Inch 12 Cylinder
Nagel Engine Company has unveiled its 444 Twelve engine at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. As the name implies, the engine is a 444-cubic-inch, opposed 12-cylinder design. (read more)

Comanches Make First Group Flight to AirVenture
The venerable Comanche became the latest model aircraft to show up en masse for EAA AirVenture when a group flight of 25 of the vintage Pipers landed at Wittman Field on Sunday morning.  (read more)

Jeppeson Releases SIMCharts v3.0
Jeppesen has released SIMCharts v3.0, the latest version of its electronic charts for use with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight. (read more)

Bonanzas Return to Oshkosh
In the largest turnout since their record-setting formation in 1995, 82 Beechcraft Bonanzas landed at Wittman Field Sunday afternoon in the 14th annual Bonanzas to Oshkosh flight.  (read more)

Countdown to Kitty Hawk Taking Off
Want to know what it was like for Orville Wright that December day almost 100 years ago when the Wright Flyer lifted off the ground and actually flew? Well, that’s one of the experiences at the Countdown to Kitty Hawk pavilion at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003.  (read more)

Dormant Birds Roused for AirVenture
EAA AirVenture Museum’s vast plane collection includes several significant aircraft that reside in EAA hangars year round because of limited exhibit space. But during AirVenture, you can see 62 of them, including these unique birds, parked in places like Pioneer Airport, the Main Gate, and the Leeward Aviation Courtyard (just west of the KidVenture tent).  (read more)

Symphony 160 Purchase Gains $2,000 Flight Training Rebate
Flight training is everything. It opens doors to the thrill of flight, and it increases safety by improving skill levels in the cockpit.
As an incentive to purchase a Symphony 160, OMF Aircraft and its network of distributors are offering a $2,000 rebate on flight training. The offer is good for anyone who purchases a plane during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, or immediately after, and uses the training to earn a new FAA certificate or rating within two years. (read more)

EAA Members Choose EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan
EAA’s valuable membership benefit, the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, continues to gain in popularity among EAA members since its introduction at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002. (read more)

BIG Is What It’s All About
What if you need to ship something big? Not just big, but really big! You could put it on a truck with one of those “Oversized Load” signs, but what if it’s still too big? You could put it on a train, but there still may be size limits, not to mention the amount of time shipping by train takes. What you need is the Airbus A300-600ST Beluga, the world’s most voluminous transport aircraft. (read more)

Cirrus Adds SR22 Oxygen and Air-Conditioning Retrofits
Cirrus Design has announced it will soon offer supplemental oxygen and air conditioning for its SR22, as well as extended warranties.  (read more)

Estate Planning Workshops at EAA AirVenture 2003
EAA members have a unique opportunity to explore the pension and savings implications of the Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (“CARE”) Act, now making its way through the United States Congress. Two experienced estate planners and longtime EAA members will conduct workshops and, as requested, individual interviews regarding several new considerations in personal and family asset transfers. (read more)

Weather in the Cockpit - It’s Evolving Rapidly
When I flew to Oshkosh last year, the Bendix/King uplink weather system in my airplane was pretty new, and I hadn’t yet learned a lot about it. Since that time I have learned a lot. I still have a lot to learn, and other new “weather in the cockpit” systems are coming online all the time. It is an exciting business. (read more)

Blue Beret a Symbol of Honor and Service
The call came into the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) communications building—a plane was overdue into Wittman Regional Airport. A cadet took down the N number and information, and the search began.  (read more)

Yes, You Can be a Homebuilder!  and EAA is here to help
If you tell Wayne Ray or any of the people at the Homebuilders Headquarters at AirVenture 2003 that you are interested in building an airplane, be prepared. They will encourage you. Which may be an understatement. (read more)

Flying with the Iditarod Air Force
Oshkosh—Alaska's annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, held in early March, runs more than 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome. Billed as “the Last Great Race,” the Iditarod could not be run at all without the help of a dedicated group of Alaskan pilots known as the “Iditarod Air Force.”  (read more)

Around the Field - RV enhancements, bagpipers, and the world’s greatest boss
Bill Noel and his son, Alex, are sitting on the grass next to their silver RV-4. Planes are arriving on nearby Runway 36, and they’re enjoying the show.  (read more)


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