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EAA's Official Electronic
September 26, 2003 Volume 3, Number 47
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Isabel Crashes Virginia State EAA Fly-In Party
Most Agree With Decision to Continue Event
September 26, 2003 - After Hurricane Isabel swept through eastern North Carolina on September 18, it cut a swath of destruction through Central and Tidewater, Virginia, nailing Dinwiddie County Airport (PTB) with 75 mph winds and driving rain. The Virginia State EAA Fly-in Board decided before the hurricane hit that it would not cancel their September 19-20 event unless absolutely necessary. Although many volunteers had no power at home, had trees down and other storm damage, most showed up as scheduled to pitch in and make the fly-in happen.
William ‘Bill’ Turner Succumbs to Cancer at 81
Aircraft builder and lifelong aviation lover William “Bill” Turner, EAA 26489, passed away on September 24 in California after a lengthy bout with prostate cancer. He was 81. Bill served on the EAA Foundation Board of Directors when EAA was located at Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Bill’s son, Willie, wrote a touching tribute to his father and his love of aviation just after his death and graciously shared it via e-mail with the EAA organization, which Bill loved dearly.
“EAA was so important to him and he was such a part of EAA,” Willie said. “He’d been battling it (cancer) for a long time but he never gave in…he fought it until the second he died.”
National Air Tour Completes 4,000-Mile Journey
National Air Tour 2003 wrote a new chapter in aviation history on September 24 as dozens of aircraft and more than 80 volunteer pilots and crew from 20 states and Canada completed their 4,000-mile journey at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Throughout the 17-day tour, pilots and crew offered an up-close look at a flying museum of unique aircraft to hundreds-of-thousands of people across dozens of cities. People saw Sikorsky flying boats, tri-motors and rare Stearman, Eaglerock and Fokker airplanes—truly a “magical history tour.”
EAA, IAC Directors Fare Well at Reno
Congratulations to two Experimental Aircraft Association Foundation directors and one International Aerobatic Club director who finished among the leaders of their respective classes at the recent National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. Fred Telling, Foundation Director, placed a close second in the T-6 Class Silver race, finishing just 55-hundredths of a second behind Ken Dwelle, 8:10.53 to 8:11.08. Telling’s average speed in the T-6 Baby Boomer was 222.765 mph.
In the Unlimited Bronze race, Foundation Director Jimmy Leeward piloted his P-51D Mustang Cloud Dancer to a second-place finish with an average speed of 402.032 mph. Winner was Ron Buccarelli, also in a P-51D, at 407.200 mph.
And Vicki Cruse, IAC Director, flew her Glasair III Great Glass to a third-place finish in the sport class Silver race with an average speed of 260.194 mph. Race winner was Dave Morss, 272.922 mph in his Morss 320 Martin’s Legacy, with Kevin Eldridge finishing second in a Glasair III Last Minute, 267.485 mph. Morss is also well-known as the pilot of Polikarpov I-16 that appeared at EAA AirVenture 2003.
Shell Contributes $7,000 to Young Eagles Program
Shell Oil Products U.S. recently donated $7,000 to support the EAA Young Eagles, the program created in 1992 to introduce children and teens from ages eight through 17 to the experience of flying. The money, which will help support the overall program, represents proceeds from the sale of “AeroShell Flying Cow” T-shirts, plus donations on behalf of the Young Eagles for “Flying Cow” posters. Both items were available at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, and bore the image of “Orville and Wilbur” cows to commemorate the centennial celebration of powered flight.
Your Last Chance to See Exclusive Lindbergh Exhibit at EAA Museum
The Lindbergh touring exhibit from the Missouri Historical Society will end its successful run at the EAA AirVenture Museum on Sunday, October 5. The exhibit, which has drawn more than 100,000 visitors since its July 2003 opening, is the largest, most ambitious and most comprehensive exhibit that exists on the life of Charles Lindbergh. At over 5,000 square feet, it's also the largest and most ambitious exhibit ever housed at EAA AirVenture Museum.
First-Year Results Encouraging For EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan
Representatives from the Falcon Insurance Agency, administrator of the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, and Global Aerospace, the plan’s preferred provider, met at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh this week to review the plan’s inaugural year. Officials also continued product development discussions in anticipation of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) final rule. First-year results of the new plan, which was launched at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002, were described as “excellent.” Through their safe flying record, participating EAA members enabled the plan to achieve favorable results.
Joe Hebert Wins Lincoln Aviator-Kitty Hawk Edition
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, resident Joe Hebert took delivery of a limited edition 2003 Kitty Hawk Lincoln Aviator valued at more than $45,000 on Friday, September 19. Joe won the two-year lease by making the closest estimate for the number of balls inside of an Aviator on display during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. He guessed 4,962. The actual number was 4,963. The Kitty Hawk Edition Aviator is a luxury SUV created to honor 100 years of powered flight. Ford Motor Company also celebrates its centennial this year. The presentation took place Bothun Lincoln Mercury, Eau Claire.
EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Lewis Pinkham, EAA 535686, Waxhaw, North Carolina, began his amphibious Challenger II in November 2000 and, working mainly on some Fridays, completed it in May this year. Besides the floats, Lewis installed flaperons, a Warp Drive prop, and many other extras on N2079S. Read more about the airplane. 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'
Jim Younkin, EAA #68509, Springdale, Arkansas, is best known for his Golden Age air race replicas as well as his design of autopilots used in general aviation. “My childhood memories as far as aviation goes probably start around 1934, when my dad, a Ford dealer, was able to provide me with means of riding in a Ford Trimotor,” he said. “My brother, eight years older than I, got to ride in the Travel Air, which I envied him for.” Read more about Jim's story on the Timeless Voices website, www.timelessvoices.org.
On The Flight Line ---
ACS Issued For C-150/152 Tail Assembly Cracks
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Concern Sheet (ACS) proposing mandatory inspections for cracks and corrosion on the vertical tail attachment bracket and surrounding parts of Cessna 150/152 airplanes. The ACS was prompted by continued increases of Service Difficulty Reports (SDR) for bracket cracks in Cessna models 150, A150, 152, and A152. SDRs have continually risen from four in the 1970s, six in the 1980s, and 12 in the 1990s. So far this decade, 12 cracks have been reported, and 40 other SDRs were reported for cracks and corrosion in fittings as well as the stabilizer spar and its reinforcement. If cracks go undetected, vertical and/or horizontal tail assembly could possibly separate from the airplane.
First RV-10 Kit Shipped
Van’s Aircraft reports that their first four-place airplane kit, the RV-10, is now shipping, keeping to the schedule announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. The first box containing an empennage/tailcone kit was filled, sealed, and signed by employees (including company president Richard VanGrunsven) on September 25 to a woman in New York State. The RV-10, which first flew in May 2003, cruises 170 knots at 75 percent power, 152 knots at economy cruise (55 percent) and burns 10.4 US gallons (39 liters) per hour, according to Van’s flight-testing results. Gross weight takeoff distance is 500’ (158 meters), useful load is 1100 lbs (500 kg), and the large cabin holds four 6’3” (190 cm) adults. Van’s has averaged 110 new aircraft in the air annually the last 30 years, placing it among one the largest airplane producers of any type. There are 112 RV-10s currently on order. Visit www.vansaircraft.com for more information.
Liberty Receives TIA For XL2
Liberty Aerospace received its FAA Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the XL2 on September 19, paving the way for full FAA Type Certification, which the company expects to occur in October. The XL2 has the latest available technology and materials throughout the aircraft and can claim to be the first new piston powered OEM light aircraft in the world to receive a TIA with its FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) Teledyne Continental engine. The two-seat, U.S.-manufactured Liberty XL2 has a 48-inch cockpit, payload of 603 lbs, range of 600 miles, fuel consumption of 5.5 gph, a cruise speed of 132 knots, and lists for $129,500. FAA will begin flight-testing for FAR Part 23 certification on September 29. To learn more, visit www.libertyaircraft.com or e-mail email@example.com.
1903 Flyer Simulator to Hit the Road
EAA’ and Microsoft’s 1903 Wright Flyer Simulator has already delighted thousands of visitors to EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk touring pavilion and will now embark on a tour of several premier science and aviation museums. The simulator, which uses Microsoft's Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight, is flown using the same controls the Wright brothers used 100 years ago: a hand lever, hip cradle and throttle. Aviation enthusiasts young and old can climb aboard the cradle and attempt to virtually recreate 12 seconds that changed the world at: Boston, Massachusetts - Museum of Science, October 2-5; Baltimore - Maryland Science Center, October 9-12; Atlanta, Georgia – SciTrek, October 16-19; Dallas, Texas - The Science Place, October 23-26; San Diego, California - San Diego Aerospace Museum, November 6-10; Los Angeles - California Science Center, November 13-16; San Jose, California - The Tech Museum, November 20-23; and Toronto, Canada, Ontario Science Centre, December 4-7.
Quad City Ultralight Aircraft Marks 20th Year
Quad City Ultralight Aircraft Corp. celebrated 20 years of continuously manufacturing the popular Challenger line of aircraft with a fly-in at Erie (Illinois) Airpark over the weekend of September 20-21. More than 50 single and two-place Challengers flew into the airpark located 20 miles east of Moline, where the Challenger factory is located. Altogether nearly 80 aircraft participated in the fly-in. The airpark, owned by Jim and Sue Robinson, is home to 27 aircraft, including 25 Challengers.
SMA Receives STCs for Reims, C-182
The French national Civil Aviation head office (DGAC) delivered Supplementary Type Certificates (STC) for SMA’s 230 hp, Jet A-burning diesel engine SR305-230 for F182 and C182 aircraft on September 18. STC C81SF001 covers the installation of the SMA engine on Reims Aviation aircraft, while certificate CIM15SF001 is for Cessna 182s. A flight demonstration tour will begin by the end of October, in collaboration with Aviation Sans Frontière, the aircraft owner, with stops in France, Germany, Belgium, United-Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. To learn more, visit www.smaengines.com.
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