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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 31, 2003   Volume 3, Number 35

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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Major Step Forward for Sport Pilot Rule Announced at EAA AirVenture
The new sport pilot and light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) categories passed a major milestone today when FAA Administrator Marion Blakey announced at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual EAA AirVenture fly-in that the FAA had completed work on the final rule. The rulemaking package has now been forwarded to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for review.

“This is a momentous step in the road to seeing sport pilot and light-sport aircraft become a reality,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “We expect the rule will prove to be a major safety enhancement, establishing a safety framework for an existing, unregulated segment of aviation. (read more)

AirVenture Cup, a Family Affair
Racers in this year’s AirVenture (AV) Cup began arriving at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after a frustrating extra day on the ground in Dayton, Ohio, waiting for the weather to clear. Other than a few low clouds this morning, the race leg from Dayton to here was in clear, smooth air, with little help or hindrance from the wind.
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FAA Administrator Blakey Makes First Trip to EAA AirVenture
Marion Blakey, who in September 2002 succeeded Jane Garvey as FAA administrator, makes her first visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. Scheduled to arrive at EAA AirVenture this morning, 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. (read more)

Right Brothers for the Wright Engine
One hundred years ago, the Wright brothers made the first powered flight and started an aviation revolution. So it seems appropriate that another set of brothers are playing an integral part in the re-creation of that historic flight 100 years later at Kitty Hawk. (read more)

Bombardier Announces New Aircraft Engines
Bombardier reviewed details of two new piston aircraft engines they believe will become mainstay powerplants of future general aviation aircraft at a press conference at EAA AirVenture yesterday. (read more)

Nellie Griess Revisits Her Past in EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor
In 1927 she was a hostess aboard a Ford Tri-Motor. On Tuesday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Greg Herrick, president of the National Air Tour Re-creation, presented her with an award sponsored by Ford Motor Company; she then took flight in a EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor. Meet 100-year-old Nellie Griess. (read more)

National Air Tour Planes and Pilots Announced
From 1925 to 1931 the National Air Tour helped speed the development of civil aviation in the United States, sending an armada of aircraft across the country and introducing much of America to the potential of flight. This September, that era will be re-created when more than two dozen vintage aircraft take part in the National Air Tour 2003. The aircraft and pilots participating in the event were announced at a press conference at EAA AirVenture on Wednesday. (read more)

Last Plane In
When no planes are flying overhead, you can almost hear the corn growing in the field beside the area where the last planes in are parked on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 grounds. About 200 yards before the end, someone has facetiously put up a sign that says, “Fond du Lac City Limits.” (read more)

Poberezny Greets Warren Buffet at AirVenture
Flight Safety International Chairman/CEO Al Ueltschi, who also serves as chairman of the ORBIS Board of Directors, is in Oshkosh this week providing tours of the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital. One of Ueltschi’s special guests Wednesday was Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns Flight Safety as well as Executive Jet Aviation (NetJets). Buffet flew in to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and visited for several hours. (read more)

A Whole Other Convention
The EAA AirVenture convention grounds at the Oshkosh airport are, for the most part, permanent facilities. Yes, preparations are required for each year’s convention, but the airport is already there, as are many of the buildings. (read more)

The Mighty Mustang Reviewed at AirVenture
Yesterday morning, a living legend among fighter pilots, C.E. “Bud” Anderson, told a group crowded around a P-51 Mustang what it was like in combat over Europe in World War II. “Can you imagine what a thousand bombers and fighters must have looked like over Germany?” Anderson said. He said it seemed the contrails from a large mission created its own overcast some days. (read more)

NASA ER-2 Jet Drops in From 65,000 Feet
What can catch a falling star, monitor hurricanes, and fly to Oshkosh above all the other traffic? One of only two NASA ER-2 earth science research jets, which arrived late Tuesday afternoon. (read more)

MacPherson Introduces Students to Excitement, Fun of Flight
Jeanne MacPherson, winner of the 2003 Freedom of Flight Award, says she loves all planes, but if she had to choose one as her favorite, it would be the Super Cub on floats and skis. “Being able to fly in the wild makes me appreciate that we have the freedom of flight that in other countries people must only dream about….” (read more)

Win More Than $2,500 in PLBs at Get Rescued! Forum
Internationally acclaimed aviation survival authority Doug Ritter is back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year introducing pilots to new affordable distress signaling technology, the 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon, PLB for short. These are essentially compact, pocket-sized personal 406 MHz ELTs (emergency locator transmitters). (read more)

Mooney Caravan Streams into AirVenture
The sixth annual Mooney Caravan, which arrived at Wittman Field on Sunday, turned into something of an exclusive event. Seeking to balance work and pleasure, organizers this year decided to limit the group to 42 aircraft (seven groups of six). (read more) 

Sawdust City Turns 150
Long before EAA and AirVenture—even further back than the Wright brothers’ airplanes—Oshkosh was a thriving city stretched along the banks of the Fox River. This year, amid the hullabaloo of the birth of aviation and the beginnings of EAA, Oshkosh is celebrating its own birthday—150 years. (read more) 

Anticipation and Arrival
There are few moments in the year that match the expectation of getting to Oshkosh. I always find myself filled with a mixture of eager feelings about the trip, but my principal interests are the flight out, the company that comes with me, the people I’ll see again, the new folks I’ll meet, and the airplanes and equipment I’ll see. If I had to pick, it would be the people that top my list of anticipated pleasures. (read more) 

Whittier to Receive Bax Seat Trophy
Bob Whittier was 7 when he developed an ear infection that, left undiagnosed for too long, soon robbed him of his hearing. 
“It made me more of a reader than most kids,” he says. “There’s a saying that deafness cuts a person off from people. I found that true.” (read more) 

Paul Poberezny to Receive Key to the City
EAA Founder Paul Poberezny has been selected to receive this year’s Key to the City Award, honoring distinguished personalities for contributions to the promotion and support of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the aviation community. Oshkosh Mayor Stephen Hintz will present the award at the annual Mayor’s Breakfast on Friday morning. (read more) 

Three Advances for Garmin
Agreeing to a purchase price of $38 million, Garmin International has announced plans to acquire UPS Aviation Technologies and rename the Salem, Oregon, firm Garmin AT. Garmin spokesman Jon Cassat said he expects the sale will become a done deal during the year’s third quarter. (read more) 

Meet WAC Pilots Today at IAC Pavilion
Several U.S. Aerobatic Team members who competed at the recent World Aerobatic Championships (WAC) in Lakeland, Florida, will meet the public today at 1 p.m. at the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) pavilion, hosted by IAC President Gerry Molidor. (read more) 

Aviation Explorers Give Young People Wings
Years ago Carl Helmle, head of Aviation Explorer Post 218 of Racine, Wisconsin, saw EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as a great opportunity for expanding the horizons of his young post members. In 1993 other posts became involved, resulting in what is now known as the Aviation Explorer Base. (read more) 

Around the Field
His other plane is a Nighthawk. Mike Engle and Michelle Olenoski are keeping an eye on the arrivals. They arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh from Arlington, Virginia, as part of the Mooney Caravan. (read more)

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