Does Not Affect 'Road to Kitty Hawk' Tour
The Official Electronic
Newsletter of EAA
August 15, 2003 Volume 3,
For those who attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh or followed the daily activities on the website, it was a great week. This year’s Convention exceeded my expectations and laid the groundwork for planning of AirVenture 2004. (Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar – July 27 through August 2).
The success of your convention is based upon many factors. At the core is the dedicated leadership of over 4,500 EAA volunteers, who, working with staff, have established a high standard that makes “Oshkosh” one of the premier aviation events in the world.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is more than a one week event. It works for its members the other 51 weeks of the year, especially in the government relations arena. “Oshkosh” hosts the largest gathering of aviation-related officials outside of Washington DC. It provides them the opportunity to meet representatives from all segments of the recreation and general aviation community. At AirVenture, they observe, first-hand, may of the programs and innovations that result from the efforts of EAA and its members. Our goal is not to simply host these officials, but to build relationships that will enable us to accomplish and facilitate our year-round effort.
“Oshkosh 2003” is behind us, but we are looking forward to completion of EAA’s centennial of flight celebration, Countdown to Kitty Hawk, which will culminate in Kitty Hawk, NC, on December 17, 2003. In addition, we are quickly closing in on our goal of flying 1 million Young Eagles by December 17th.
Thanks to each and every EAA member for your support and participation.
News You Can Use ---
Discovery Networks Focus on Birth of Aviation, EAA AirVenture in September
The Discovery Channel and its digital aviation network the Discovery Wings Channel will air special programming this month that EAAers - or anyone interested in aviation and the history of powered flight-won't want to miss. On September 17, The Discovery Wings Channel premieres Oshkosh 2003: The Centennial Edition, an EAA TV-produced recap of the recently held EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention. On September 19, a two-hour documentary, The Wright Brothers: First In Flight, premieres on The Discovery Channel, featuring extensive focus on EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk celebration and the construction of EAA's authentic reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer.
Lawrence Honored For Light-Sport Aircraft Work
Earl Lawrence, EAA Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs, received the Robert J. Painter Memorial Award from ASTM International and the Standards Engineering Society (SES) this week during the annual SES conference at New Orleans, Louisiana. Lawrence was honored for spearheading EAA's leadership role in developing light-sport aircraft design and manufacturing standards through ASTM's Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Committee, which he chairs.
Virtual Museum Features 'Innovations Gallery'
The EAA AirVenture Museum website’s Innovations Gallery Virtual Exhibit is up on-line providing a treasure trove of information on five unique airplanes featured in the new Innovations Gallery display. Explore photos and video segments describing the Taylor Aerocar, Loving’s Love, Van’s RV-3 prototype, the Thorp T-18, and Burt Rutan’s VariEze--airplanes installed in the EAA AirVenture Museum's exciting new Innovations Gallery. The exhibit was officially opened during the recent EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention, and you can see it with an Internet connection. Visit www.airventuremuseum.org and explore the Virtual Innovations Gallery, presented by Aviation Partners, Inc.
Order Your EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 Video or DVD
This year’s official souvenir EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 video is on sale now and begins shipping on October 1. If you were here, you’ll want to relive one of the most outstanding EAA conventions in memory. Those unable to attend the 2003 gathering can get a slice of what they missed as the aviation world got together to celebrate the 100th year of powered flight. See homebuilts, warbirds, ultralights, vintage aircraft, all the aircraft from AeroShell Square’s main showcase, and the world-class air show. You’ll get celebrity guests and interviews, the EAA Countdown to Kitty Hawk pavilion, the Lindbergh Museum exhibit and more.
EAA AirVenture Forums Available on Cassette
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh daily forums provide a wealth of aviation information; on average more than 100 forums occur each day of the convention. As a service to those unable to attend particular forums, EAA member Dave Yeoman and his wife, Mary, recorded nearly all of the forums held since 1972, (about 7,000 of them). These recordings can be valuable historical resources for everyone. You can purchase a cassette recording for $8 per forum, with an additional $1 shipping charge per order. Dave’s website (www.forums4.us) lists the forum titles for each year back to 1997; a complete list of all forums since 1972 can be purchased on a personal computer (PC) floppy disk format for a $1 charge. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-377-4188.
Pilots and Aircraft Prepare For National Air Tour 2003
Beginning September 8 in Dearborn, Michigan, a group of experienced aviators from more than 20 states and Canada will fly vintage 1920s and '30s era aircraft more than 4,000 miles across 21 states during the National Air Tour 2003. Pilots and planes for the historic flight re-creation of the National Air Tours that took place from 1925 through 1931were officially announced during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Thomas Wathen, Ray and Dave Stits Honored By EAA
Thomas Wathen, Ray Stits, and his son, David Stits were each singled out for special honors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. Wathen received a trophy during the evening program at Theater in the Woods convention Saturday for saving Flabob Airport, Riverside, California, and his work through the Thomas Wathen Foundation. Ray and David Stits were recognized for the founding and continuing vitality of EAA Chapter One-EAA's first-formed by Ray in 1953 at Flabob.
Wells Fargo Contributes to Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation
Disadvantaged students may be able to pursue their flight ambitions through a partnership between Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. and Wells Fargo & Company and facilitated by EAA’s Special Outreach with Aviation Resources (SOAR) program.
EAA AirVenture 2003 is Common Ground for Aviation Officials, Industry and Enthusiasts
Fly-In emerges as THE location to meet with general aviation enthusiasts
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh again proved to be the pre-eminent gathering place for all segments of the general aviation community, as the recently concluded event brought government and industry leaders together with aviation enthusiasts to build excitement at the dawn of aviation's second century.
EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
The 100th Centennial Homebuilt!
David Hulse, EAA 576009, Sacramento, California, is the 100th designated EAA Centennial Homebuilt with his GlaStar N646DG. This is David’s first aircraft project; he ordered the kit in 1998 and received his airworthiness certificate on June 17 this year. David did all the work, including the VFR panel, seats, upholstery, and paint. He notes, “I built composite nine gallon each auxiliary fuel tanks using the methods from Tony Bingelis books.” Read more about this special aircraft. To highlight the EAA Centennial Homebuilts' program, each week e-HOT LINE features one plane from the growing list submitted to EAA. Visit the EAA Centennial Homebuilts website for program details.
Sport Aviation on CD-ROM: The Complete Collection
Imagine having the entire collection of Experimenter/Sport Aviation magazine from 1953-2002 on a fully searchable, CD-ROM database. You can EAA's Sport Aviation magazine on CD-ROM collection is available in a newly updated version that includes Sport Aviation magazine images through 2002; an updated search database to include 2002 articles; and improved search capabilities from the original version. The CD-ROMs are fully searchable by author, subject, date, and full text. View every article, every advertisement, all the photographs, drawings, and letters from a half-century of publications. For those who have the original issue, the upgrade is available for $19.99, plus shipping and handling. New sets are $159, and both can be purchased through EAA Aeronautica website.
On The Flight Line ---
Aircraft Spruce Acquires Cozy Design Rights
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has purchased the rights to the Cozy III and Cozy MKIV experimental aircraft, effective January 1, 2004. Aircraft Spruce has been a supplier of Cozy materials kits and avionics since 1982. The Cozy III, a derivative of the Long EZ, was designed in 1980 and first flown in 1981. Since then over 800 sets of plans were sold, compared to nearly 2,000 sets of Cozy MKIV plans.
“The Cozy has been one of the most popular plans-built experimental aircraft in the history of composite aircraft,” said Aircraft Spruce President Jim Irwin. “We will be working with (Co-Z Development Corporation President Nat Puffer) to insure a smooth transition of the Cozy business and its high standards to Aircraft Spruce.”
Puffer commented, “Aircraft Spruce has provided fine service to Cozy builders over the years and we are confident they will do an excellent job in continuing to make Cozy plans, information packs and materials kits available to the homebuilt market.”
For more information, contact Aircraft Spruce at 877-4SPRUCE or visit www.aircraftspruce.com
New Aviat ‘Pup” Gets TC
The FAA has awarded a type certificate to Aviat Aircraft for its latest model, the “Pup.” The airplane is based on the Husky A-1B-- two-place tandem, high wing, tail wheel with identical height, length and wingspan measurements. But the Pup has a greater useful load, cruises at the same speed, and flies about 200 miles further on the same size fuel tanks. Plus, the Pup has 160 hp, instead of the Husky’s 180, uses a fixed pitch propeller and has no flaps for a 610 ft takeoff roll, 1050 fpm rate of climb, a service ceiling of 17,000 ft, and a landing roll of 595 ft. Introductory price is $110,000 for daylight/VFR configuration. For more information, call 307/885-3151 or visit www.aviataircraft.com.
Jeppesen Announces Online JAA Test Tool
Jeppesen has teamed with Oxford Aviation Training, Oxford, England, to provide an online test preparation tool for the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) Theoretical Knowledge examinations (JAA ATPL Online). The new program marries Jeppesen’s powerful testing engine with Oxford’s expansive database of proprietary sample ATPL test questions. About 3,000 proprietary questions cover all 14 subject areas of the JAA ATPL examinations and are available for 99.95 USD/euro for unlimited use for 45 days. Users are able to access the program in two modes—study and test. In the study mode, users access questions organized by topic area while the program keeps a running tally of the questions studied and provides the correct answer when a question is answered incorrectly. In the test mode, JAA ATPL Online generates a random test from a particular topic area and keeps a record of the last three test scores for each topic area. For more information, visit www.jeppesen.com.
National Aviation Day Celebration at Wright Memorial
The Wright Brothers National Memorial hosts a four-day celebration August 19-22 honoring Orville Wright’s birthday, National Aviation Day, August 19. The special day was established by presidential proclamation in 1939 to mark the milestone of manned, powered flight. The four-day celebration will feature a birthday celebration for Orville on August 19; speakers; exhibits; static aircraft displays, including the first NPS plane a 1928 Fairchild FC-2W2, and historic re-enactments. Normal park fees apply. For additional information, visit www.firstflightcentennial.org.
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