Birthday, Paul Poberezny!
Best wishes to EAA Founder and Chairman, Paul H. Poberezny, who
celebrates his 82nd birthday on Sunday, September 14. He'll spend the
special day where he and Audrey always do the second weekend in
September--Nevada--where Paul serves as Chief Judge
during the annual Reno National Championship Air
Races. "We got 495 mph from the Bearcat and 492 from Dago Red, so
it should be an interesting finish on Sunday," he said earlier
today. Have a great day, Paul!
Young Eagles Rallies
For Aluminum Overcast B-17
The Road to Kitty Hawk Tour resumes this weekend for EAA's B-17
bomber, Aluminum Overcast when it appears at the Waukesha
(Wisconsin) County Airport (UES) September 12-14. Next week (September
16-17) the tour reaches Evansville (Indiana) Regional Airport (EVV),
then it's on to Millington, Tennessee's Municipal Airport (NQA) for
three days of flights, September 19-21. Those wishing to reserve a
flight should visit www.b17.org for
complete tour information.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
Information Services: Is a good grade of auto gas ok for the Rotax 912/912S engines or is Av gas the only approved fuel?
The Rotax 912 series engines were designed to run on unleaded automotive fuel. According to the operator manual for these engines, the minimum anti-knock index (AKI) fuel for these engines is as follows:
912 - AKI 87 (unleaded regular)
912S - AKI 91 (unleaded premium)
The engines are also approved for 100LL aviation fuel.
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EAA Desktop Calendar
Jim Wright's Hughes H-1B replica was one of the most popular aircraft
on display during the recent EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Convention. We pay
tribute to Jim, who was tragically killed in an August 4 crash while
piloting the aircraft home, with this month's calendar image. It's now
available from the EAA website.
EAA's Official Electronic
AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2
September 12, 2003 Volume 3,
News You Can Use ---
Poberezny Briefs COF Commission, Meets FAA Officials In Washington
EAA President Tom Poberezny and the other five appointed members of the United States Centennial of Flight (COF) Commission met on September 9 at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Tom reviewed EAA’s successful Countdown to Kitty Hawk events to date and previewed events leading up to and including the national centennial celebration this December at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. During his two-day visit to Washington, D.C., Tom also met with FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, numerous FAA senior managers, key representatives of Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta’s staff, and the Office of the Chief Counsel.
Delivers EAA Flag to Kitty Hawk
Executive Vice President Bob Warner personally delivered an EAA flag to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty
Hawk, North Carolina on Thursday, September 11, as a part of the EAA and National Park Service 50
Flags to Kitty Hawk program. Warner and his wife Noel Marshall arrived
in their RV-6A to help honor the victims and heroes of 9/11/01. The
program grew out of Warner's participation in the "Flight Across America" program last year, where pilots from each state flew their state flags to New York City
on 9/11 to
show unity and support for general aviation.
Makes Big Splash in Popular Mechanics
The cover story in the October 2003 issue of Popular Mechanics includes an exciting, seven-page feature on sport pilot and light-sport aircraft by Norman Mayersohn, a frequent visitor to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. It includes many photos of aircraft that could be part of the light-sport aircraft fleet when the rule is finalized in
the near future. In the article, EAA is recognized as the “expert” for these new categories, a leadership role the organization has maintained since the proposal’s conception.
LSA 'Emergency Parachute' Standard Released for
The ASTM light-sport aircraft (LSA) committee continues to make good progress toward development of the consensus standards for the proposed new category of aircraft. The standard "Specification for Airframe Emergency Parachutes for Light-Sport Aircraft," has been completed and released for final review and ballot. Members of the ASTM committee have until September 19 to complete their review and submit any changes or corrections. For the latest information on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft, visit
D-Wings’ EAA AirVenture Special Moved To October
The Discovery Wings Channel has re-scheduled the hour-long AirVenture 2003 special produced by EAA Television, Oshkosh 2003: The Centennial Edition. The program, originally set for Sept. 17, is now scheduled for late October. EAA will announce the new date as soon as Discovery Wings Channel confirms it. Meanwhile, The Discovery Channel's Sept. 19 documentary, The Wright Brothers: First in Flight, will air as scheduled at 7 p.m. (CDT) as originally scheduled.
National Air Tour 4,000-Mile Journey
On Monday morning, Edsel B. Ford II flagged the official start of the 2003 National Air Tour at Willow Run Airport (YIP) in Ypsilanti, Michigan, as more than two dozen museum-quality, rare airplanes took to the skies. The tour, sponsored by the Aviation Foundation of America, Inc., commemorates a series of extended flight demonstrations that introduced much of America to safe, reliable air travel in the 1920s and '30s. The event, which actually completes the route of the 1932 air tour that was aborted due to the Depression, will stop in 26 cities before it’s through.
EAA Observes Patriot Day, September 11
On Patriot Day, September 11, EAA joined the nation in remembrance of the lives lost on September 11, 2001, and in salute to those who continue fighting in far away lands to ensure our freedom. EAA's flags flew at half-staff throughout the day, and EAA staff observed a moment of silence at noon to honor the September 11 victims and heroes, as well as those who were touched on that day and since.
Virginia Gears Up For 7th Annual State EAA Fly-In
Hundreds of homebuilt, antique, classic, and certificated aircraft will celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight at the 7th Annual Virginia State EAA Fly-In, September 20-21 at Dinwiddie County Airport (P2B). The fly-in, about five miles southwest of Petersburg, has drawn upwards of 650 aircraft and 4,800 attendees in past years. A record number of exhibitors is registered for this year.
Space Available at
Spirit of St. Louis Fantasy Flight Camp
There’s still room left to sign up for EAA’s
Spirit of St. Louis Fantasy Flight Camp, which takes place October 3-5 at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. EAA operates the world's only two seat, dual control replica of Charles Lindbergh's famous airplane, and
has the only flying replica assigned Lindbergh's original registration number, N-X-211 Camp participants will be immersed in the aircraft’s history for the entire
weekend, capped by a 30-minute flight during which campers can actually take the controls. To sign up or learn more, visit the
AirVenture Museum website or call 800/236-4800, ext. 6820.
Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Our latest EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week comes from down under; Geoff Hamilton, EAA 365476, Victoria, Australia, built his Jabiru SP 500 between April 2002 and July this year. Over the 15 months, Hamilton spent about 1,000 hours building the aircraft and another 300 hours painting it in his purpose-built workshop.
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
Voices: 'Voice of the Week'
Anna Wiley, Jefferson City, Missouri, was born in Czechoslovakia in 1930 and spent her teenage years under the thumb of both Nazis and Communists during and after World War II. Interviewed during the July 9 Jefferson City tour stop of EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast, Anna’s story is one of survival. Living close to a key oil refinery in Czechoslovakia, she experienced more than her share of regular allied bombings, but persevered through the horrors of war, including the
Holocaust. Read more about
Anna's story on the Timeless Voices
On The Flight Line ---
DHS, TSA Urge Continued
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration remain concerned about
Al Qaeda’s continued efforts to plan multiple attacks against the United States, which may involve aviation. But with no specific information on individual targets or dates for potential attacks, DHS encourages the aviation community to continue the same level of vigilance in following security procedures. General aviation aircraft owners, operators, and airport operators are encouraged to:
Secure unattended aircraft to prevent unauthorized use.
Verify the identification of crew and passengers prior to departure.
Verify that the persons on board know baggage and cargo.
Where identification systems are in place, encourage employees to wear proper identification and challenge persons not wearing proper identification.
Direct increased vigilance to unknown pilots and/or clients for aircraft or helicopter rental or charters – as well as unknown service/delivery personnel.
Be alert to aircraft with unusual or unauthorized modifications.
Be aware/alert of persons loitering in the vicinity of aircraft or air operations areas – as well as persons loading unusual or unauthorized payload onto aircraft.
Be aware/alert of persons who appear to be under stress or the control of other persons.
Be aware/alert of persons whose identification appears altered or inconsistent.
Persons should report suspicious activity immediately to local law enforcement and the TSA General Aviation Hotline at 866-GASECURE (866-427-3287).
FAA Certifies New Piper 6XT
Just seven months after project launch, New Piper received FAA type certification for its 6XT, a turbocharged, fixed-gear version of the six-place Saratoga II aircraft. The aircraft’s normally aspirated version—the 6X—was type certified in July.
“Our team’s experience and the excellent working relationship we have with the FAA allowed us to obtain this certificate in such short time,” added President and CEO Chuck Suma. “Coupled with the six months it took us to bring the 6X through certification and to market, we are achieving world-class timing on moving aircraft from concept to customer.”
Both aircraft are powered by the 300 HP Lycoming engine for top speeds of 153 kts (6X) and 165 kts (6XT). They comfortably seat six people in a club-arrangement and feature quick-release rear seats to increase load-carrying capacity. The standard equipped list prices are $338,400 and $358,400, respectively. To learn more, visit
Velocity Offers XL-5 Option
Velocity Aircraft has a new “Dash 5” option for its XL model, which includes an upgraded interior with more space and useful load, a larger engine and a host of other features. The company wants potential customers to come and see the factory-built Velocity XL-5 for themselves at its Sebastian, Florida headquarters.
The “5” stands for an extra seat aft, for five overall, allowing three people to fit in the expanded (49-inch) bench seat, with 50-inch shoulder width area. A larger baggage area is joined by extra useful load, which means a bigger engine and better brakes.
A new dual, interconnected rudder pedal assembly with toe brakes comes standard with the Dash 5 option. This allows full rudder deflection during crosswind landings, without worrying that the brakes are engaged. The Dash 5 Edition is available as an option to the existing Velocity XL on both the fixed-gear or retractable-gear versions. The introductory price of the Dash 5 Edition option is $3,000, and is immediately available for new Velocity XL kit buyers.
Velocity will also offer a Dash 5 retrofit kit for Velocity XL owners in the field, at a cost of $3,500. Special Dash 5 components, such as the Cleveland brakes, toe-brake pedal assembly, and drop down keel, will also be available as individual subassembly options.
For more information, visit www.velocityaircraft.com.
Teledyne Mattituck Offers 100 hp Continental For Experimentals
Teledyne Mattituck Services, Inc., an aftermarket supplier and overhauler of piston engines for general aviation, has a extensive program for experimental homebuilders. The TMX Experimental Engine program offers homebuilders a variety of engine configurations for their projects.
For Wittman Buttercup and Tailwind, Hatz CB-1, Cassutt Racer and Cub Replica builders, the Continental 100 HP TMX O-200 Carbureted engine might be just the ticket. Each engine is assembled with all new, FAA PMA-approved components and come completely assembled and tested for $14,500, configured for fixed pitch props.
TMX engines are shipped with Slick Mags and Harness, Precision Carburetor, Bendix fuel injection or FADEC, Magna-Flight lightweight starter & ring gear (where applicable), spark plugs and fuel pump. All engines are test-cell run and inspected prior to shipment. For more information, visit
PAMA Calls for Required Maintenance Training
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is calling for required training programs and training regulations for all aviation maintenance professionals to “complete the circle of aviation safety." The Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) are specific in training requirements for pilots, flight engineers, flight attendants, and dispatchers, but not for maintenance technicians. "It is necessary to equally apply these standards to aviation maintenance professionals as well," said PAMA President Brian.
"The time is right for FAA to apply standardized training requirements to ensure the airworthiness of our fleet and the safety of our passengers." PAMA asks that all maintenance technicians and other industry professionals assist FAA in achieving this important safety goal. An Aeronautical Rulemaking Committee (ARC) is convened to review FAR Parts 135/125. The far-reaching impact of this review will also affect many other regulations, including Parts 121, 91, 119, and 25. PAMA is a member of the both the ARC Steering Committee and Airworthiness Working Group. Input on improvements to FAR Part 135/125, whether it is to strengthen the training and duty time requirements, or to amend any other provision of the regulations, can be provided online at
www.dms.gov, Docket Number 13923.
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