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EAA's Official Electronic
September 19, 2003 Volume 3, Number 46
News You Can Use ---
EAA Young Eagles Surpasses 970,000!
EAA Young Eagles Director Steve Buss announced this morning that they had just crossed the 970,000 milestone for registered EAA Young Eagles, leaving us with 30,000 to go to reach the goal of one million kids flown by December 17, 2003. What a tremendous effort by EAA Chapters, volunteers in the air and on the ground! We’re closing in, so let’s keep it going through these final three months.
'Discovery' Wright Brothers Special Premieres Tonight
Just a reminder that The Discovery Channel’s two-hour documentary, The Wright Brothers: First in Flight, premieres tonight (September 19), at 8 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. CDT. The program features extensive focus on EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk celebration, presented by Ford Motor Company, and the construction of EAA’s authentic reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer by The Wright Experience, Warrenton, Virginia. EAA President Tom Poberezny also appears in the documentary to describe the celebration’s significance along with EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk festivities, which culminate in the actual flight of the Flyer reproduction precisely at 10:35 on December 17, 2003 at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
Wright Family Fund Contributes to EAA’s Distance Learning Program
The Wright Family Fund, a charitable foundation administered by the descendants of the Wright brothers, has committed more than $37,000 to the EAA AirVenture Museum for EAA’s education and distance learning programs. The gift comes in conjunction with the much-anticipated centennial of powered flight in December 2003.
Experience Virtual Flight at EAA Flight Simulator Day
EAA AirVenture Museum visitors will have a unique, exciting opportunity to enjoy the real and virtual worlds of flight in the same location on Sunday, September 28, when the museum hosts a Flight Simulator Day. Visitors can enjoy EAA’s world-class aircraft collection and try their hands at Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight software, which will be available at several stations located throughout the facility. The new simulator software was launched at EAA AirVenture this summer.
Isabel Delays National Air Tour
Tour organizers and volunteer pilots on the National Air Tour 2003 decided to remain in Atlanta/Peachtree City-Falcon Field for an extra day to avoid potentially hazardous weather conditions from Hurricane Isabel. The planned route includes Greenville, South Carolina and North Carolina stops Winston-Salem, Wilson, and Kill Devil Hills, home of the Wright Brothers National Memorial. By extending their Atlanta stay, participants hope the weather improves enough to allow the tour to proceed. Officials say this will not significantly impact the rest of the tour’s schedule since they had planned a two-day stop in Kill Devil Hills. With the revised schedule, one day is now allotted. Check the revised schedule at www.NationalAirTour.org for the latest information.
Greenamyer Edges Vandam to Win 2003 Reno Sport Class
Darryl Greenamyer and his Lancair Legacy were only about two seconds faster than Rick Vandam’s Aero Super Charger Solution to win the Sport Class Gold race Sunday at the Reno National Championship Air Races held last weekend at Stead Field. Greenamyer turned the six-lap, 39.61-mile final in 7:19.80 for an average speed of 324.497 mph, edging Vandam’s 7:21.79 for 323.035. Sport Class Silver race winner was Dave Morss in Martin’s Legacy (Morss 320) who flew the final circuit in 8:42.91 for an average of 272.922 mph. “Silver” second was Kevin Eldridge in a Glasair III Last Minute, 8:53.54 (267.485).
Mackey to Lead Falcon’s New Oshkosh Office
Bob Mackey, EAA Chapter relations and risk management leader for the past 14 years, has joined the Falcon Insurance Agency to run its new Oshkosh, Wisconsin, office. Bob will administer insurance programs for several organizations, including those for the Experimental Aircraft Association, the International Aerobatic Club (IAC), and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI). (read more)
Top Performers Scheduled for Copperstate EAA Fly-In
Some of the top national air show performers will be featured at the 2003 Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-in October 9-12 at Phoenix Regional Airport (PRA) in Maricopa, Arizona. Air show performances take place from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon-3 p.m. on Sunday. Leading the list of returning performers are 2002 U.S. National Aerobatics Champion Kirby Chambliss (Zivko Edge) and aerobatic pilot Tim Weber (Extra 300) along with pilots Lon Arnold (Long EZ), Rob Harrison (Zlin 50), Jon Melby (Pitts S2B), Jason Stephens (MDM-1 Fox), and Sonny Weller (Pitts S2C). First-time performers are Kent Pietsch (Interstate Cadet), Eric Beard (Yak 54); Ed Hamill (Pitts S2C), Jim Maroney (Dehavilland Super Chipmunk), and Rhett Thompson (Sukhoi SU-26M). Sunday’s air show includes a radio-controlled aircraft demonstration featuring the Sun Lakes Radio Control Club. For more information, visit www.copperstate.org or call 520-400-8887.
EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Thomas Kozura, EAA 497009, Sparta, Michigan, first flew his beautiful Steen Skybolt on July 4 while, as he says, it was being filmed by a Japanese TV crew for a future program about homebuilding. Kozura won this year’s Outstanding Workmanship Award for plans built aircraft for the eight-year project, N51TL. 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'
Carl “Chub” Wheeler, Warrenton, Missouri, has aviation experiences that go back to the 1920s when he would haunt the grounds of Parks Field and Curtiss-Steinberg Airport in East St. Louis, Illinois, meeting a number of aviation legends along the way. “As a young kid my dad was a railroader and of course I wanted to be an engineer,” he said. “That all changed when I saw my first airplane, back after WWI when the barnstormers came through town. “From that time on it was aviation for me.” Read more about Chubb's story on the Timeless Voices website, www.timelessvoices.org.
On The Flight Line ---
Eclipse Flight Test Program Continues, Confirms Low-Speed Handling
Eclipse Aviation said this week continuing flight tests confirm the Eclipse 500 has favorable low-speed handling characteristics and systems operations. Current test bed Aircraft 100, which was built on production tooling, has completed more than 30 test flights over the past three months, allowing Eclipse to examine the jet’s low-speed characteristics up to 200 knots at altitudes below 18,000 feet. “I’ve led flight testing for a number of well known airplanes, but I must admit that this airplane has been the best yet,” said chief test pilot Bill Bubb. “I’m extremely impressed with its docile handling and stall characteristics." Eclipse President and CEO Vern Raburn added that the results “give us great confidence.” Aircraft 100 will complete planned flight-testing before year-end and will further investigate aircraft stability and stall characteristics while moving the CG to the far aft position, leading to an aerodynamic design validation prior to building the next aircraft. Altogether, there will be eight test aircraft in the Eclipse 500 test program, five further flight-test aircraft and two airframes that will be used for structural testing. For more information, visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
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