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The Official Electronic
Newsletter of EAA
August 29, 2003 Volume 3, Number 43
News You Can Use ---
'Best Practices Guide' Now Available on EAA Website
Hard Copy to Be Mailed in September
The FAA's Best Practices Guide for Maintaining Aging General Aviation Airplanes is now available for download in PDF format on the EAA website. The FAA plans to mail hard copies of the guide to U.S. owners of single- and twin-engine aircraft with reciprocating engines built on or before 1974 in the second half of September, according to Marv Nuss of the Small Airplane Directorate. EAA, along with several other aviation organizations, contributed to the best practices guide, which provides excellent guidance for owners and type clubs to develop checklists and other information specific to a model type.
New Zealand Ambassador Visits EAA
John Wood, Ambassador to the United States from New Zealand, led a large group of visitors from his country and Australia to EAA headquarters in Oshkosh Friday morning. The group numbered about 700 people, many of whom had driven across the United States from California on motorcycles they had sent ahead for the Harley-Davidson centennial. “What a fantastic day to be here,” Ambassador Wood said after deplaning EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor at Pioneer Airport. “This aircraft alone was quite an experience—I even got to sit up in the cockpit.”
EAA Welcomes ‘Jumbo Tour’ From Japan
About 300 Japanese Harley-Davidson enthusiasts will take a little bit of Oshkosh back to the Land of the Rising Sun thanks to a special event at EAA headquarters coordinated by the company in conjunction with its 100th anniversary celebration. Jerry Wilke, Harley’s vice president and general manager of Asia-Pacific Rim & Latin America operations, brought six busloads of tourists to enjoy the AirVenture Museum, Pioneer Airport, and a pig roast luncheon in the Leeward Courtyard.
EAA Forwards AC 20-27 Comments to FAA
EAA’s review of the FAA’s proposed revision to AC 20-27, which regulates the certification and operation of amateur-built aircraft, is complete and its resulting comments and recommendations were mailed to the FAA this week. EAA’s comments are based on the Government Relations Department review and include significant input from EAA’s 1,250 volunteer Technical Counselors (TC) and Flight Advisors (FA).
Pioneer Marks 1,000th Young Eagle Flight of the Season
Charles D. Pegorsch, 13, Waupaca, Wisconsin, became EAA Pioneer Airport’s 1,000th Young Eagle of the summer flying season Saturday when he flew in EAA’s RV-6A during the British Wings and Wheels weekend. Charles was one of 32 new EAA Young Eagles flown at the golden age airport. It was Charles’ first-ever ride in a small airplane, piloted by Pioneer volunteer Ken Kellner, Neenah, Wisconsin. Ken and Pioneer’s other volunteer pilots reached their goal to fly 1,000 Young Eagles this summer, which is also significant because each flight was done in a two-place, homebuilt airplane.
British Autos, Aircraft Side-By-Side at Pioneer
EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport enjoyed a true British invasion last weekend as 190 vintage British autos and several English aircraft were on display for the first EAA British Wings and Wheels Weekend. Visitors got to see, among other types, scores of MGs, Triumphs, Jaguars, Austin-Healeys along with aircraft like a rare Percival EP-9, and a DeHavilland Chipmunk owned by Victor Stottlemeyer, Waukesha, Wisconsin. EAA’s Pitcairn Autogiro, an American design, fitted right in thanks to its of its Anglicized paint scheme.
EAA SOAR Coordinator Elected to IBAC Board
Horace Sanchez, EAA Special Outreach with Aviation Resources (SOAR) Coordinator, was elected to the International Black Aerospace Council (IBAC) Board of Directors. IBAC facilitated a meeting during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 that brought together many of its key members and other black aviation organizations.
IBAC is made up of representatives from NASA, FAA, Negro Airmen International (NAI), Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (TAI), the Air National Guard, and several key universities and aviation organizations, including EAA. The organization was founded in 1996 to improve aviation opportunities for African Americans and other minorities.
EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Martin Poettcker, EAA 492981, Kanata, Ontario, Canada, spent five years building his Zenair Zodiac from plans he purchased in 1995. Calling it a “thoroughly enjoyable experience,” Poettcker learned a number of new techniques along the way. A Subaru EA81 engine powers the aircraft. A member of EAA Chapter 245 he remarked, “I look forward to many enjoyable hours of testing and flying.” Read more about the 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.
Timeless Voices: 'Voice of the Week'
Harry Combs, EAA 709430, Wickenburg, Arizona, has had a full life in aviation. He designed airplanes, ran FBOs, was a flight instructor, rescued Lear Jet from ruin in the 1970s, served his country in the military, and wrote a definitive book about the Wright brothers, Kill Devil Hill: Discovering the Secret of the Wright Brothers. While away at prep school in Connecticut, Harry convinced his older roommate to take him to St. Louis to learn to fly. “I learned to fly for $100,” Harry explained. “It you took 10 hours of course that would be $10 an hour – a lot of money in those days. You were supposed to do it in less than that. Well, I did it in 3 hours and 15 minutes!” Read more about Harry’s experiences on the Timeless Voices website, www.timelessvoices.org.
On The Flight Line ---
Fly Baby Plans Are Available Again
We received word from Ron Wanttaja that the plans for the Bowers Fly Baby 1A are back on the market. The late Pete Bowers’ son and stepdaughter, plus old family friend Keith Laird have taken over the plans business and are ready to fill orders, Roy said. The price is the same as before ($65). The Fly Baby was Pete’s answer to EAA’s member challenge to design, build and submit plans for a low-cost, easy-to-build, and easy-to-fly folding wing airplane. Pete won the award with the Fly Baby in 1962. He later designed a biplane version of the aircraft, the 1B, plans for which will soon be available as well. Those interested in plans should mail a check made out to “The Estate of Peter M. Bowers” to:
The Estate of Peter M. Bowers
c/o Alison Berghmans
7010 Beach Drive SW #5
Seattle, Washington 98123
Cirrus Completes Aircraft No. 1,000
Cirrus Design marked another significant milestone this week: completion of its 1,000th airplane, a Centennial Edition SR22. The Duluth manufacturer has produced 1,000 aircraft within four years of its first delivery, something that hasn’t been done in the last 50 years. In these four years, Cirrus has grown from approximately 30 employees in 1994 to nearly 850 today. “We have gone from producing nine planes in 1999 to production of 450 planes planned for this year,” says company Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer David Coleal. “It took 36 months to produce the first 300 planes and only 18 months to manufacture the next 700 aircraft.” The company set a new record of 51 planes sold in July and this month is on target to continue the trend. For more information, visit www.cirrusdesign.com.
Spin Chute Malfunction Forces Lancair Test Pilot to Bail
Test Pilot Len Fox, an FAA designated engineering representative, parachuted to safety on Wednesday morning after the prototype Lancair Columbia 400 he was testing was unable to land safely due to the failure of a test recovery system. The aircraft crashed in a field near Millican, Oregon, east of The Lancair Company’s Bend, Oregon headquarters. During the test flight, which involved a series of spin recoveries, Fox intentionally forced the aircraft into a further spin and, when attempts to recover failed, deployed a “spin chute,” a small parachute that is attached to the aircraft’s tailcone during flight testing. The chute worked as designed and Fox recovered from the spin, but it failed to jettison and the aircraft was rendered unfliable. “When testing a new aircraft, it is put into extreme situations to evaluate how it will behave,” said The Lancair Company President Bing Lantis. “It is essential for people to realize that the accident today was the result of a malfunction of an auxiliary safety system, installed only on test aircraft, during extreme flight conditions.” The spin chute is designed to be released by the pilot once the aircraft is recovered. Should the primary mechanism fail, a back up system is designed to cut the cable that holds the spin chute to the aircraft. Both the primary and back up systems failed, and Lancair is investigating the cause. “We will begin investigating the cause of the accident immediately and won’t be undertaking any similar flight testing until we’re certain that the cause has been identified and corrected,” Lantis said. www.lancair.com
Bombardier Recreational Products Sale Announced
Bombardier Inc. announced this week it had reached an agreement in principle on the sale of its recreational products business. When the deal is finalized, expected in mid-fall, Bain Capital will be 50 percent owners, while members of the Bombardier family will hold 35 percent of the company and the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, 15 percent. The recreational products company includes the popular Rotax line of aircraft engines.
NAA Announces First Public Benefit Flying Award Winners
Six individuals and organizations will receive the fist ever National Aeronautics Association (NAA) Public Benefit Flying Awards on September 10 at a ceremony held at the U.S. Capitol Building. Winners are: David Altman, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Distinguished Flying Volunteer award. David flew more than 220 patient and medical transport missions for Angel Flight East. Kevin Sell, Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, Distinguished Volunteer award. Kevin is President and co-founder of the Volunteer Pilots Association, dedicated to medically critical transportation. Tom Goodwin, Sacramento, California, Outstanding Achievement in Support of Public Benefit Flying award. Tom is founding spirit behind AirLifeLine, which merged with Angel Flight recently. He pioneered the concept of volunteer pilots flying medical cargo and needy patients in their own planes. Also honored in the category was Mercy Med + Flight, Fort Worth, Texas for becoming the first successful, nationwide, free, crewed volunteer air ambulance. Angel Flight of Oklahoma, Volunteer Pilots Association, and all other groups cooperating to fly relief missions following September 11, 2001 will receive the Public Benefit Flying award. Finally, the Civil Air Patrol, Champion of Public Flying award. For 62 years, the CAP has trained thousands of Cadets to assist with a wide variety of public service needs, including search-and-rescue and disaster relief missions.
3M Elevates Aerospace Unit to Division Status
3M’s aerospace business was recently elevated to division status within the company. The 3M Aerospace and Aircraft Maintenance Division supplies products and solutions to aircraft manufacturers. Sandra Tokach, aerospace department manager since 2000, will continue to lead the new division to further expand 3M’s presence in the aviation industry.
Miller Buyer’s Guide Makes Choosing Plasma Cutting Products Easy
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has a new free Plasma Cutting Buyer’s Guide that explains the air plasma cutting process, its benefits over oxy-fuel and mechanical cutting methods and typical applications. The guide explains features to look for in a plasma cutter (e.g. cutting capabilities and speed, and portability) and provides product specifications, new products and several new technologies like Auto-Line, Auto-Link, Wind Tunnel Technology and Fan-On-Demand. TO get yours, visit www.MillerWelds.com or call 800/4-A-MILLER (800-426-4553).
Stinson Reunion in September
Stinson owners/enthusiasts are invited to fly or drive to the 19th annual Byron Smith Reunion at Goshen (Indiana) Municipal Airport (GSH) September 27-28. For more information, contact Dave James at firstname.lastname@example.org or Grant Cook at email@example.com.
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