Young Eagles Rallies
Overcast Resumes Road to Kitty Hawk tour
After an extended tour stop at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh, the EAA Aviation Foundation's B-17 Bomber, Aluminum
Overcast, heads back out on its Road to Kitty Hawk tour, beginning
this weekend, Aug. 8-10, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Flights will be available
at the Cincinnati Municipal Airport-Lunken Field (LUK). The following
week (Aug. 12-13) the tour heads to North Philly, Pennsylvania, Northeast Philadelphia Airport
(PNE), and August 15-17 visits the New York City area with a stop at
Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale.
For complete tour information, visit the B-17 website at www.b17.org.
Phillips 66 Honors Chuck
Charles P. (Chuck) McLean, who introduced young people to aviation in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, received the 2003 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award on July 30 during a formal ceremony at
EAA AirVenture. A decorated Army combat officer of two wars and a civilian pilot since 1948, McLean organized local efforts to give more than 2,400 youths in this sparsely populated area -- including hundreds of American Indians and Hispanics -- their first aviation experiences.
Membership Convention Drawing Winners Announced
Richard Thompson, Proctor, Minnesota, was this year’s winner of the John Deere Gator at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. The drawing, held at the EAA Membership Service Pavilion on Monday, August 4, was made by volunteer Duane Barnhart, Waipahu, Hawaii. Other EAA Member winners: John Violet, ICOM handheld receiver; and Greg Balestrieri, A-2 leather flight jacket.
Thanks to all EAA Members who visited the EAA Membership Service Pavilion during the week, and congratulations to the winners!
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
I have a question on gross weight limits. Has the FAA left the gross weight at 1232
lbs. for light-sport aircraft? My gross weight is 1250, so all I need is
18 lbs. for my 11AC Chief.
We do not yet know the exact details of the sport pilot final rule. While we expect that the FAA may adjust the maximum allowable gross weight for light-sport aircraft, they are not allowed to release any details of the final rule until it is published in the
Federal Register. So we do not have a definite answer to your question at this time.
The FAA has moved the sport pilot rule to the DOT for their final approval. From there, it will go to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for their final approval. After clearing these two agencies, the rule will go back to the FAA for publishing in the
Federal Register. It is at this point that we will finally be able to see the document.
Keep an eye on EAA's sport pilot website, www.sportpilot.org,
for updates as the rule completes these final steps.
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Jimmy Franklin thrilled the flight line faithful time and again at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh with his jet-powered Waco. You can put this dramatic shot on your
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AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2
August 8, 2003 Volume 3,
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What a Week It Was!
Stats Confirm: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2003 Was Special
EAA President Tom Poberezny called EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 one of the best ever, and the figures released this week verify that sentiment.
Estimated attendance was 770,000, up from about 750,000 a year ago. Aircraft on the ground, both at Oshkosh and surrounding airports, numbered approximately
11,000. That included a record 2,960 registered showplanes, 200 more than the previous record.
“I’ve never seen so many (airplanes) parked at the airport,” Poberezny commented.
AirVenture Oshkosh 2003: Highlights -
Trying to pick out the high points of an
EAA AirVenture like the one we've just been through is difficult: there
were so many to choose from. But the following events and activities
undeniably qualify as very special moments.
Flip a Coin:
That will decide who will fly EAA's 1903 Wright Flyer authentic
reproduction on December 17 (weather permitting). Both Kevin Kochersberger,
and Terry Queijo were named "Pilots of the Century" and both
will fly the aircraft, but the coin flip will determine who goes first,
just like Orville and Wilbur did it 100 years ago. (read more)
Movin' on (Sport Pilot,
that is): FAA
Administrator announced Thursday that the sport pilot/light sport aircraft
rule had finally left the building (FAA HQ,, that is) and that it has her
full support and backing. Later in the week, Transportation Secretary
Norman Mineta said, "It won’t take long once it gets to my office
to get cleared." (read more)
Speaking of Administrator Blakey: EAA Government staff had a full
agenda for the Administrator on her first Oshkosh visit. She saw or met
with representatives from virtually all areas of general aviation,
including Homebuilts, vintage, warbirds, certified, and ultralights/light
planes. In fact, on Friday morning she took to the skies with Tom Peghiny
in one of his Flightstars. Administrator Blakey, along with her staff, saw
aviation as only Oshkosh could show it. She also unveiled a new
pilot certificate at her Meet the Boss session Thursday.
World Class Lindbergh Exhibit: AirVenture visitors were treated to
something very special: the Missouri Historical Society's Charles
Lindbergh exhibit. Long lines throughout the week and wonderful comments
from visitors attested that this was one of the year's top single
attractions. (read more)
AV Cup Sets Record: EAA's AirVenture
Cup, sponsored by Klein Tools, attracted more aircraft, 87, than ever
before, which made for some interesting logistics when the weather soured
on the second leg of the 1,000-mile journey (Dayton). Aircraft arrived to
an enthusiastic crowd on Tuesday-opening day, rather than Monday.
Historic "power generators": Two brothers from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, have made four Wright 1903 engines, including the one that will power EAA's authentic replica on December 17.
The two will play an integral part in the first flight's re-creation at Kitty Hawk later this year. Meet Jim and Steve Hay, Countdown to Kitty Hawk's
Revisiting her past: In 1927,
was a hostess aboard a Ford
Tri-Motor during the National Air Tour. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003,
she received an award sponsored by Ford Motor Company and took flight in a EAA’s 1929 Ford
Tri-Motor. For Nellie, it was a fond trip down memory lane. (read more)
AirVenture on the Water:
Seaplane welcomed 129 aircraft this year, second-most ever. Those who took
time out to visit this year got a taste of why it's so popular down by the
water. Let's just say they take life at a much more relaxed pace along
Lake Winnebago. (read more)
Meigs Won't go Quietly:
that actually occurred before AirVenture described how pilot Richard Randall, 63, Standish,
Maine, made an emergency landing at the closed Meigs Field in Chicago
while en route to Oshkosh. He eventually made it to Wittman Field and EAA
got his story. (read more)
reproduction: The Spirit of Wenatchee, Inc., an organization made
up of EAA Chapter 424 members and others, spent 40,000 hours building a replica 1930 Bellanca Model J
Miss Veedol to re-create a 1931 circumnavigation flight which marked the
first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean. (read more)
On top of the world: British pilot
Polly Vacher made a point to stop at Oshkosh on her second trip around the
world, which is an attempt to become the first person to make a solo polar
circumnavigation in her Piper Cherokee Dakota. She headed off for the
rest of her trip three days after the convention. (read more)
Cleared for takeoff: EAA's authentic
reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer was approved for its December
17, 2003 flight when FAA Administrator Blakey presented its airworthiness
certificate Friday at a special ceremony held in the Countdown to Kitty
Hawk pavilion. The Flyer may operate only within designated areas, it may not be operated over densely populated areas, and aerobatic maneuvers are forbidden.
SRO for Neil Armstrong: The first man to set foot on the moon
attracted upwards of 5,000 people for his appearance at Theater in the
Woods on Friday night. The Apollo 11 commander described the Wright
brothers’ experiments of a hundred years ago that culminated in another
famous first: the first powered flight in 1903. (read more)
Rutan shows how he'll do it:
Burt Rutan held two AirVenture forums
last week to outline his plans for private manned space flight. The three-person craft,
SpaceShipOne, will be carried to about 50,000 feet by a twin-turbojet aircraft called White
Knight then launched from there.
Homebuilts to the Bahamas: For some time, EAA had worked on
obtaining authorization from the Bahamian government for
aircraft to fly in Bahamas airspace. Late on Saturday, the announcement
came through, offering homebuilders a new destination. (read
Seattle team wins WBW title:
The competition was very close, but in
the end, the Civil Air Patrol team sponsored by the Seattle Museum of
Flight emerged as champions of the EAA Wild Blue Wonder competition, held
Friday at the EAA AirVenture Museum. (read
Oshkosh view from space captured: NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu, EAA 500374, provided quite a treat for fellow EAAers on the ground when he e-mailed several images of Oshkosh from the International Space Station this week. Serving with the Expedition 7 crew on the International Space Station, he was able to look down about 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, and take a few pictures.
On a very sad note...
closing day of AirVenture, Jim Wright was flying his beautiful Hughes H-1
replica home to Oregon. Nobody knows exactly what happened as he was
flying over Yellowstone National Park, but something went terribly awry
causing a fatal crash just north of the Old Faithful geyser. EAA joins the
rest of aviation in mourning Jim's loss, and sends sincere condolences to
his wife, Betty, his team members, and all those who knew him. (read
AirVenture Today reporter James Wynbrandt, whose story
on Jim and his airplane appeared in the Wednesday, July 30 issue,
thoughts about the tragic crash.
On The Flight Line ---
DeltaHawk Delivers Beta Test Engines,
Demonstrates Flight Engine
Building on successful first flight and current flight testing of its 160-hp DH160V4
diesel aircraft engine, DeltaHawk will make a limited number of beta test engines available to application development partners
following AirVenture 2003. Included in the beta program are the Upright and Inverted DH160 and DH200 series engines. These engines will meet homebuilders needs for both tractor and pusher type aircraft. Beta engine deliveries have already begun and will continue at an accelerated pace through the end of 2003.
The DeltaHawk powered Velocity test bed aircraft will be making demonstration appearances at the Copperstate
EAA Regional Fly-in, October 9-12, and at the centennial celebration at
Kitty Hawk in December. Other appearances will be made at local and regional shows on an as available basis.
For more information, visit www.deltahawkengines.com.
PreciseFlow Oxygen Converter Launched at EAA
Precise Flight Inc. introduced PreciseFlow, an oxygen conserver designed to deliver oxygen in the pulsed manner to meet FAA requirements for demand flow that adapts to individual physiological needs, as opposed to the more conventional continuous-flow systems. This “intelligence,” coupled with the fact that it is not battery- or software-dependent, allows PreciseFlow to be the only certifiable pulsed cannula device on the market.
The company says the system's conservation rate, versus continuous systems on the market, is roughly triple at the 16,000-
to 18,000-feet range and, at lower altitudes, at least double. To learn
more, visit www.preciseflight.com.
700 and Counting for RotorWay Exec 162F
RotorWay International announced at the start of EAA AirVenture that the
company had sold its 700th Exec162F helicopter kit, to an Australian
customer. The Exec 162F has sold in 50 countries and is used for cattle
ranching, forestry work, agricultural spraying, police surveillance as
well as recreation. For more on RotorWay, visit www.rotorway.com.
Fina-CAF AIRSHO set for September 27-28
The Canadian Snowbirds will headline the Fina-Confederate Air Force AIRSHO
at the Midland International Airport. Aircraft expected to appear include
the world's only flying B-29 Superfortress; He 111 Heinkel Bomber; SB2C
Helldiver; P-39 Airacobra; P-63 King Cobra; A-26 Invader; P-51C Mustang; B-24/LB30
Liberator; B-17 Flying Fortress; TBM Avenger; SBD Dauntless; F6F Hellcat; F8F
Bearcat; C-46 Commando; and many more. For more information, visit www.airsho.org.
Extra Aircraft Ready for Take-Off
Extra Aircraft made its U.S. debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and the newly formed company is here to stay, said Ken Weaver, president of the company that is the U.S. sales and marketing arm of Extra Flugzeugbau, the German aircraft manufacturer. The company has a long and well-known reputation in the aerobatic aircraft segment, launching the business/touring class of aircraft in more recent years. Extra displayed the Extra 400 along with the airplane’s creator (and company founder), Walter Extra. The company also debuted the EA-500 turboprop. For more information, visit
Correction: New Glastar takeoff roll
Last week's item about the new Glastar Sportsman 2 + 2 contained a
typographical error in reference to the takeoff roll. In fact, the
aircraft has a
300-ft takeoff roll, not 3001 feet as indicated previously. For more information, visit
www.newglasair.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call
360/435-8533, ext. 232.
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