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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 4, 2003   Volume 3, Number 39

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 - 

Ed Lu, Flight Engineer and Science Officer on board the International Space Station, took this picture Saturday, August 2, as he passed over EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at about 215NM.

EAA AirVenture 2003: One of the best ever
The final figures won’t be in for a while yet, but by virtually every indication—attendance of people and planes, participation in activities, workshops, and forums, exhibitors, and vendors—EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 has been one of the best ever, EAA President and AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny said. (read more)

Amateur-built Aircraft Operations Approved in Bahamian Airspace
A new travel option was opened to thousands of homebuilders Saturday when the Bahamas Civil Aviation Department announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that registered amateur-built aircraft can now fly in that country. (read more)

EAA Working for its Members
While attendees enjoy the sights and sounds of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, for the EAA staff the event is one of the most important working weeks of the year, as Earl Lawrence, EAA’s vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, explained in an interview with AirVenture Today yesterday. (read more)

New Utility for a Classic
When Glenn Larson approached his dad, Brad Larson, about putting floats on the family’s 1939 Cessna Airmaster C-165, Brad said “absolutely no.” Brad wanted the airplane to be flown and to be stored in a hangar instead of floating out in the lake all summer exposed to the elements. (read more)

International Visitors Flock to Oshkosh
Over 2,100 international visitors from Albania to Zimbabwe, attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, coming from a total of 65 nations. (read more) 

Convergence on Fuel Cell Technologies at EAA AirVenture
The “E” in EAA–Experimental–suits a group of college students who gathered Saturday around the prototype Advanced Technology Products fuel cell aircraft to the south of AeroShell Square. Winners in a NASA Advanced Vehicle Concepts and Systems student competition, the students, from the United States and Great Britain, have proposed and designed a twin-engine corporate air taxi powered by two electric motors driven by fuel cells. (read more)

Skyraider Warbird Reviewed
It’s a single-engine warbird capable of hauling as much as a B-17 heavy bomber, and it served the United States from the late 1940s into the early 1970s. Owner/pilot Michael Schloss told a crowd at the Warbirds in Review session yesterday that the Douglas AD (later A-1) Skyraider holds the distinction of being the last aircraft in U.S. service to destroy a target with aerial torpedoes, which Navy Skyraiders used against a North Korean dam. (read more) 

Pursuing the Dream, Confronting the Challenges
Tim Garrett, an advanced aircraft designer at Boeing, hoped to have the Zenith Zodiac XL he’s building finished in time to fly it to EAA AirVenture 2003, but demands of work and family intervened. (read more) 

Civil Air Patrol Cadets Sweep Wild Blue Wonders National Competition
It was a tough fight, but when the wheels of the last rubber-band powered model airplane touched the floor of the Eagle Hangar Friday afternoon, Civil Air Patrol Squadron 091 of Port Angeles, Washington, sponsored by the Museum of Flight in Seattle, became the 2003 Wild Blue Wonders National Champions. (read more) 

Avionics Innovations on Display
Innovations in avionics continue to pack panels with more power and performance at lower costs, and there’s no better place to see the results of the trend than EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Several manufacturers have unveiled new products that underscore the progress at this year’s event. (read more) 

AirVenture Lindy and Warbird Awards (read more) 

Flight Service, a Pilot’s Best Friend
The Flight Service specialists are the pilots’ friends, said Darrell Mounts. And general aviation pilots seem to agree. Mounts is the director of the northwest mountain region of the National Association of Air Traffic Specialists. That is the union that represents the 2,500 Flight Service briefers and specialists at some 61 general aviation airports around the country. (read more) 

EAA AirVenture Museum
EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport portrays a time when the magic of flying charmed a nation. It’s a place to savor the sights and sounds of vintage flying machines in their “natural habitat.” (read more)

EAA Memorial Wall Inductions
“This is a difficult time because we lost loved ones,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny, “but the depth of our pain is in direct proportion to the love we felt for them.” (2003 inductees) 

New Scale Model Exhibit at EAA AirVenture Museum
Among the new temporary exhibits at the EAA AirVenture Museum is a collection of scale model aircraft—made of paper. They are built from commercially printed kits in scales from 1/160 to 1/33. They range from a simple profile model of the Rutan Voyager to precise scale models with detailed engines and interiors, accurate markings, and moving parts. (read more)

Salvaging AirVenture Vacations
The staff at the EAA AirVenture First Aid Station is well equipped to treat ailing vacations. “Basically, we’re here to salvage people’s vacations,” said Russ Zehnacker, a nurse from Delaware who has been donating his time to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for 12 years. “Some people have been saving for years to come here. (read more) 

Thanks, Canon!
Canon was recognized for 25 years of sponsorship. Canon’s free services open with a Dawn Patrol at 7 a.m. when 120 digital cameras are available to photographers led on shooting assignments by Canon representatives. (read more) 

Getting the Word Out
The U.S. economy may have slumped the past couple of years, but exhibitors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 report a steady business climate at this year’s fly-in. (read more)

Old Enough to Drink (and fly)
It was a flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh much like one in any other in a homebuilt airplane, a mad scramble to get everything done, an overnight stop for weather, and a failed magneto, except this flight was by one of the most well-known homebuilt projects in the United States. (read more) 

GAMA Hosts Industry Roundtable with Secretary Mineta and Chairman Engleman
Saturday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) hosted a roundtable discussion with top government leaders, including Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Ellen Engleman. (read more) 

Aerocet Introduces Composite Amphibious Floats
Aerocet Inc. announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 that it has received FAA certification on their Amphibious Model 3400 Composite Floats, the culmination of five years of engineering and testing.
(read more) 

Around the Field
This final Monday is the quiet day here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. It’s a day to wind down, relax a bit, visit a few of the rows of planes that you missed in the earlier excitement, finish that last minute shopping, and spend some time with some of your Oshkosh friends before heading home. (read more)

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