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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 2, 2003   Volume 3, Number 37

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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The Latest News From Oshkosh - 

FAA Clears EAA’s Flyer for Flight
The Wright brothers made their first powered flight in 1903, but only after conducting numerous tests and making necessary changes to ensure their safety and success. (read more)

In-Cockpit Weather Wars
One of the most exciting recent advances in flight safety technology has to be the delivery of real-time or near real-time weather data to the general aviation cockpit. Growing from just a few options only a year ago, all the major avionics producers now offer products, along with a number of independent solutions. (read more)

Burt Rutan to Discuss SpaceShipOne
Pioneering aviation designer Burt Rutan, who has continually expanded the envelope of personal flight over the past three decades, will be speaking about his latest vision—private travel into space—at two forums, today at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the large Honda Motorcycles Pavilion No. 7 in the Honda Motorcycles Forums Plaza. (read more)

‘Cross into the Blue’ at the Air Force Pavilion
The U.S. Air Force, a longtime staple of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, has a new look for aviation enthusiasts this year. Alongside the largest ever display at EAA, the Air Force’s newest recruiting tool offers visitors a chance to “cross into the blue.”  (read more) 

Paul Poberezny Presented with the Key to the City Award
For his vision, his contributions, and his friendship to the community, EAA Founder and Chairman Paul H. Poberezny received the 2003 Key to the City award Friday morning at the 14th annual Mayor’s Breakfast in downtown Oshkosh. (read more) 

A Special Thank You to EAA Lifetime Members
EAA Lifetime and First Wing members had the chance to “fly” the Wright Flyer simulator Thursday evening without having to wait in line. The private event in the Countdown to Kitty Hawk pavilion was EAA’s thank you to members who have made a lifelong commitment to the organization by becoming a Lifetime or First Wing member. (read more) 

NASA Awards Students
NASA Langley Research Center, along with representatives from Pratt & Whitney and NASA’s Glenn Research Center, will present awards to the winners of the 2003 Revolutionary Vehicle University Student Competition on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in the Honda Motorcycles Forums Plaza Pavilion 1. (read more) 

NASA Shows Secrets of Weightlessness in Microgravity Demonstration
NASA is showing EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 audiences how weightlessness affects everything from magnets to flames. The results surprise many visitors. Microgravity - the other term for weightlessness - occurs when a container and its contents fall at the same speed, explains exhibitor Richard DeLombard from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. When astronauts and their supplies float suspended in the International Space Station, they actually are under the effect of 90 percent of the Earth’s gravitational pull, DeLombard tells his visitors. The reason they appear weightless is because the International Space Station is actually falling around the Earth continuously as it orbits, just never making contact. (read more) 

Administrator Blakey: In Her Own Words
During her visit to EAA AirVenture 2003, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey met with AirVenture Today to talk about her impressions of the event. (read more) 

Eclipse Jets Ahead
The Eclipse 500, the light jet originally priced at under $1 million (in year 2000 dollars), has been one of the most captivating development stories in general aviation over the past five years. AirVenture Today talked to Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn yesterday to discuss the program and the progress of the past year. The biggest advance, Raburn said, has been the switch to a new powerplant. (read more) 

Administrator Announces New Pilot Certificate
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey announced during her EAA AirVenture forum Thursday, that, effective immediately, the FAA will begin issuing a new style airman certificate card. (read more) 

Yeager to Fly One-Millionth Young Eagle
By the end of 1992, the year the Young Eagles program started, 8,000 kids had their names in what was called the “world’s largest logbook.” Eleven years later, there’s no doubt it is the largest. The Young Eagles program has taken up 945,950 youth as of Wednesday, and is well on its way of reaching its goal of 1 million by December 17, 2003, the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight. (read more) 

Win $500 Naming the New Pitts
Steen Aero Lab announced the latest addition to the long line of aerobatic aircraft from master designer Curtis Pitts, the Pitts Model 14, a two-seat aerobatic biplane designed around the 400-hp Vedeneyev M14PF nine-cylinder radial. (read more) 

The Learning Experience at EAA AirVenture
There’s no better place on earth for the aviation enthusiast than Oshkosh during EAA AirVenture. Where else can you listen to famous speakers, see well-known airplanes, and watch a spectacular air show—every day? If that whets your appetite for learning, you can attend forums on training pilots to land the space shuttle, the prospects for private manned space flight, and aircraft design. (read more) 

4,000 Hours in his VariEze
“I never anticipated it would fly that much,” said Klaus Savier, of his VariEze, which he has flown for an extraordinary 4,000 hours. “It’s so convenient to be able to hop in and go.” (read more) 

Carter Copter Mu-1 Barrier Attempt Set
Carter Aviation Technologies has announced that it will attempt to break the Mu-1 barrier with its Carter Copter on November 22, 2003. The attempt will be held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, in conjunction with an event sponsored by the Organization for Sport Aviation Competition (OSAC). (read more) 

Born to Crash
After putting half a million bucks and 40,000 man-hours into its homebuilt project, EAA Chapter 424 is going to make an around-the-world flight that will culminate with a crash landing on a closed strip in East Wenatchee, Washington. Crazy? (read more) 

EAA Makes Dreams Possible
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is a celebration of the possible over the practical, perseverance over obstacles, and dreams over reality. It’s a week out of the year when everyone with a passion for anything and everything that flies can take time to dream. (read more) 

Cirrus Soars at First Flight Celebration
As the aviation industry gears up for the First Flight Centennial Celebration, December 12-17, 2003, Cirrus Design announced at EAA AirVenture that it and the National Park Service Outer Banks Group have joined forces to enhance the celebration. The First Flight Centennial will be adding a Technology of Flight exhibit created by Cirrus Design. The exhibit is a mobile museum that features visual, tactile, and textual information regarding advancements in aviation. (read more) 

Bob Hoover Holds Crowd’s Attention at Warbirds in Review
From spontaneous applause upon his arrival to appreciative remarks from the audience, Bob Hoover had an impromptu fan club of about 350 EAA AirVenture visitors crowding around Rudy Frasca’s Spitfire XVIII Friday as Hoover and Frasca discussed Spitfires and flying. (read more) 

Jack Olcott New Chairman of BE A PILOT
Jack Olcott, immediate past president of the National Business Aviation Association, is the new chairman of BE A PILOT (BAP); it was announced yesterday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. Taking over the reins from Phil Boyer, president of AOPA, Olcott said, “Engaging the public, as BE A PILOT does, builds public acceptance of aviation…. It is truly an honor.”  (read more) 

Ultralight Spirit of ‘03 Nears Completion
Those ultralight folks down at the far south end of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds expect that they will complete construction of a special plane, the Spirit of ‘03, by the time this year’s convention ends. (read more) 

Pilot Aims for Historic Polar Circumnavigation
Polly Vacher called her husband on May 28 and said she was on top of the world. She was speaking literally. Vacher is on her second trip around the world, but this time she is aiming to become the first person to make a solo polar circumnavigation of the globe. (read more) 

Around the Field
Waco fans and a gang from Slobovia Outernational. (read more)

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