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

August 1, 2003   Volume 3, Number 36

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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FAA Administrator Signs Off on Sport Pilot Rule
The new sport pilot and light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) categories passed a major milestone Thursday when FAA Administrator Marion Blakey announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 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.
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FAA Administrator Generates Buzz at EAA AirVenture
The announcement that the FAA had signed off on the sport pilot rule was the highlight of EAA AirVenture’s annual “Meet the Administrator” forum, when FAA Administrator Marion Blakey addressed an overflow crowd at the Honda Motorcycle Pavilion yesterday during her first visit to EAA AirVenture. (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. (read more)

New Bose Headset X Has AdaptiSense
Building on the legacy of its Aviation Headset X, Bose combined the same acclaimed noise-reduction and comfortable fit with improved electronics and a new ergonomic design, making it more convenient and easier to use. In improving the headset, Bose engineers examined pilots’ flight habits to fulfill their charter to add features that allow pilots to concentrate more on flying by reducing distraction in the air and on the ground.
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BRS Debuts Parachute System for Sport Pilot / Light-Sport Aircraft
During the summer of 2003, BRS successfully completed a series of ultimate load drop tests that proved the company’s new whole-aircraft parachute system is up to the job…and then some. Designed with the higher speed European sport aviation market in mind, the BRS-1350 has the capacity to support an aircraft with a gross weight of 1,350 pounds at speeds up to 185 mph. (read more) 

FAA Administrator Honors National GA Award Winners
Thomas E. Hendershot of Littleton, Colorado, is the 2003 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year. Hendershot, who works for Frontier Airlines, has an airframe and powerplant (A&P) certification with an inspection authorization and has worked as an aviation professional for 47 years. (read more) 

Triple Airspace Capacity, Half Travel Time
An element of futurists within NASA says that by 2022 the airspace system can triple its present capacity while cutting doorstep-to-destination travel time in half. Representatives from NASA’s Ames, Glenn, and Langley Research Centers have come to EAA AirVenture to share their ideas with as many attendees as possible. (read more) 

Find the Shirt You Want at AirVenture
If it has airplanes on it, chances are one of the 23 EAA merchandise shops has it. “We have two buyers who go to three or four trade shows a year looking for things for our apparel and gift shops,” says Cathy Chomo, director of EAA merchandise management. “They go from exhibitor to exhibitor, looking for airplanes. I have just about everything that’s made about airplanes.”  (read more) 

Control Freaks—Handling Traffic at the World’s Busiest Airport
During this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, some 25,000 takeoffs and landings will be performed at Wittman Field, making this the world’s busiest airport. It’s an amazing ballet of arrivals and departures, choreographed on the fly by a handpicked team of FAA Air Traffic Controllers. So what’s it like working in the world’s busiest control tower? (read more) 

P-40 Was There When it Was Needed Most
The Curtiss P-40, yesterday’s EAA AirVenture Warbirds in Review subject, served throughout World War II. Ultimately surpassed in performance by newer fighters, the durable P-40 nonetheless earned fame for meeting the enemy in the early stages of combat. Allied pilots learned not to dogfight Japanese Zeros or Hayabusas in P-40s, but to use the P-40’s superior diving ability to make deadly runs at the enemy.  (read more) 

Wild Blue Wonders National Championship
Do you find yourself wondering how all those pilots who fly to EAA AirVenture navigate their way across thousands of miles to land at this little chunk of green earth called Oshkosh? Have you ever seen a rubber band powered model airplane trace a perfect path within the girth of a hangar graced with vintage warplanes? Do you feel hungry for a bit of afternoon live theater? (read more) 

Angel Flight America and AirLifeLine Announce Merger
Angel Flight America and AirLifeLine, the two oldest and largest charitable air transport organizations in America, have agreed to merge. Doug Breckenridge, chairman of Angel Flight America; Bill Ayer, chairman of AirLifeLine; and Randy Quast, president and CEO of AirLifeLine; jointly announced the merger at a press conference held at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. (read more) 

Hatz Off to a Classic Biplane
Wind, rain, and noise may turn practical people off to open-cockpit airplanes, but who can deny the romance and beauty of a Waco or a Marquart Charger? (read more) 

Stars of Tomorrow Shine at AirVenture
It’s not just about flying a good show. It’s about being a good person. That’s what aerobatic greats Mike Goulian and Sean D. Tucker have been teaching the inaugural class of pilots dubbed Stars of Tomorrow. The six, ranging in ages from 20 to 30, have spent part of the last year learning and training for this week’s performance at EAA AirVenture 2003.  (read more) 

New Development at OSH
EAA AirVenture makes Oshkosh and its airport the center of the aviation universe for one week each year, and that notoriety should make OSH a great place for other aviation businesses, too. Aviation businesses need buildings to operate in, and to satisfy the current and future demands, a new hangar and business complex is under construction, just west of the terminal building. (read more)

Exercising Pull - Tug Crew Displays Towing Prowess
Arrival at Wittman Field is the end of the journey for aircraft coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. But, for the crew at AeroShell Square, the area where this year the Orbis DC-10, the Airbus Beluga, and other noteworthy aircraft are on display, it’s only the beginning. (read more) 

A Passion for Authenticity
What do you do after you win an Antique Grand Champion trophy at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh? Immediately start on another project, or in the case of Richard and Sue Packer, two projects. (read more) 

Give it a Whirl - Seeing EAA AirVenture by Helicopter
Looking for a unique perspective on EAA AirVenture 2003? Throughout the event, helicopters operating from Pioneer Airport behind the EAA AirVenture Museum are giving visitors a bird’s-eye view of the gathering. (read more)

2003 Annie Awards Announced
Jim Campbell, editor in chief of Aero-News Network (ANN), announced the winners of the 2003 ANN Annie Awards at a press conference here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Tuesday morning. (read more) 

A Day at Oshkosh with Orville and Wilbur
It’s been almost 100 years since a pair of brothers from Dayton, Ohio, began the perfectly crazy but strangely compelling practice of flying around in little airplanes. From what I can tell, not much has changed in the hobby. (read more) 

Exhibitor Offers Original Hubble
The Aviation Antique Mall, a regular at the AirVenture Fly Market, has a unique and very rare item for sale this year, an original Charles Hubbell oil painting. According to Bob Hurd, owner of the Aviation Antique Mall, Charles Hubbell is considered the world’s best-known aviation artist-historian. His paintings or reproductions have hung in the White House and the Smithsonian and have become collector’s items for people who treasure aeronautical artifacts. (read more) 

History Takes Flight as Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight was introduced at EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk pavilion. This 20th anniversary edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator celebrates the first 100 years of powered flight. This latest version offers a combination of historic and modern aircraft, improved graphics, interactive 3-D cockpits, dynamic weather effects, and interactive multimedia content to celebrate history and teach the basics of flight. (read more) 

One Little Airplane Ride, That’s All it Takes
Karrie Shank, of Circleville, Ohio, isn’t quite as certain what she wants to do as her career; she wants to try it all as long as it involves airplanes. But she, too, attributes her interest in aviation to her Young Eagles flight in 2001 when she was 16. (read more) 

No Sounds of Silence Here
“What fun would the Blue Angels be if they didn’t make any noise?” John Altmann asked. The question is rhetorical. “They’d be just like birds flying around.”  (read more) 

LAMA Award Presented
Mike Loehle, president of Loehle Aircraft Corp., has been awarded the 2003 LAMA (Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association) President’s Award for Outstanding Individual in the light aircraft community. The winner of this prestigious annual award is chosen by industry peers. (read more) 

New Paint Schemes for Mooney
Mooney Airplane Company and Scheme Designers have completed new paint schemes for the Ovation, Ovation 2 DX, and Bravo DX. “These schemes create a dynamic new look for the Mooney line, with flowing lines and bold use of colors,” said Scheme Designers founder Craig Barnett. (read more) 

Honda and Continental Finish First Phase of HAP Engine Flight Testing
Honda and Teledyne Continental Motors announced that they have completed the first round of flight testing of a next-generation piston aircraft engine designed by Honda, and they are pleased with the results. (read more) 

First Special Edition Bonanza Finds Home
The special edition Centennial of Flight Beechcraft Bonanza at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 has a new owner. Randy Vinson of Abilene, Texas, has purchased the commemorative aircraft for use in his construction business. (read more) 

Sennheiser Sponsors Wings Around the World II Flight
Meet Wings Around the World pilot Polly Vacher at the Sennheiser booth Sunday afternoon. Wings Around the World II is Vacher’s second around-the-world flight in her single-engine plane to raise money for Flying Scholarships for the Disabled. The scholarship program seeks to empower the disabled through the challenge and thrill of learning to fly. Scholarships provide six weeks of ground school training and up to 40 hours of dual and solo flying. The charitable flight is being sponsored in part by Sennheiser. (read more) 

Cabin Pressure Monitor from Kelly
Kelly Aviation Company is demonstrating and selling its PCM 1000 personal cabin pressure altitude monitor and warning system at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. (read more) 

Around the Field
Philippe Heer and his two boys, Patrick and Michael, are here for their first EAA AirVenture. Although they’re originally from Switzerland, they now live in Kenner, Louisiana, which is near New Orleans. Philippe has been a pilot for 15 years. (read more)

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