Final Two Weeks
For EAA'S B-17 Tour
Remember that this list is representative. It is not exhaustive or all-inclusive. However, it does cover most of the common types that will fit the proposed LSA definition. Also keep in mind that the LSA definition may change slightly in the final rule. There may very well be some aircraft that are not on the list that will fit the final LSA definition.
EAA's Official Electronic
November 7, 2003 Volume 3, Number 53
News You Can Use ---
This Should Be the Big Week!
All eyes—and ears—will be on the EAA Young Eagles Office as it prepares to announce the 1 millionth child registered into the World’s Largest Logbook sometime in the coming week. When that occurs, EAA will have complete information, including all the details of Young Eagle No. 1,000,000 and the pilot who made the flight, on www.eaa.org. So stay tuned!
EAA Chairs Final GA Coalition Meeting with FAA
General Aviation Coalition (GAC) members met with FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and her senior management team on Wednesday, November 5, at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meeting represented the final coalition gathering with FAA to be chaired by EAA and EAA President Tom Poberezny, bringing to a close EAA's nearly two years at the helm. "It's been a challenging two years in the post-9/11 environment," Poberezny said. "Much of our tenure as chair was spent dealing with security and security-related issues, which is a significant departure from the traditional work of the coalition. We doubled our efforts by developing relationships with the Transportation Security Administration, establishing periodic meetings with TSA as well as continuing our relationship with FAA. We're pleased to be able to provide input to the people making security-related decisions that directly affect general aviation."
Convincing Vote Cast to Preserve Albert Whitted Airport
The voters of St. Petersburg, Florida, decided overwhelmingly in favor of saving Albert Whitted Airport (SPG) Tuesday in Tuesday's balloting. The vote was 72.59 percent in favor of keeping the airport open, 67.57 percent for the city accepting state and federal airport improvement grants, and 78.06 percent against taking half the airport and making a park, thereby effectively closing the airport. The vote affirms the public's strong preference to have a downtown gateway airport and soundly rebuffs efforts by the pro-park coalition formed earlier this year.
Jack Tunstill, EAA 328415, treasurer of the Albert Whitted Political Action Committee and a spokesman for saving the airport, was elated with the results. "We're feeling pretty good this morning," he said while standing outside Hangar 1 at SPG. "They (pro-park coalition) were all excited that they got on the ballot with 15,000 people who wanted to change St. Petersburg. Well, they only got 7,700 votes."
EAA Sends AB-DAR Aircraft to Oklahoma City
Four EAA aircraft arrived at the FAA/Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) in Oklahoma City this week for use in the upcoming FAA amateur-built designated airworthiness representative (AB-DAR) training course. Three outright aircraft donations include a 1998 Lancair Tigress; a 1979 Smyth/Pieper Sidewinder; and a 1965 Welsh Rabbit (Model A). EAA also provided FAA the use of its 1998 Buckeye Dream Machine powered parachute. These four aircraft will cover the vast majority of construction methods employed by homebuilders today, giving prospective AB-DARs sufficient hands-on training with which to perform homebuilt airworthiness field inspections.
'Hanging by a Thread' Exhibit Opens Sunday
Craig Wilson’s world-renowned aerial kite photography is featured in a new exhibit, “Hanging by a Thread,” which opens this Sunday, November 9, at EAA AirVenture Museum’s Gilbert Hanson Photography Gallery. The Madison, Wisconsin-based photographer, kite builder and flyer displays more than 40 stunning photographs of Midwestern scenery and aviation events, all of them taken from a camera mounted on a kite 600 to 1,200 feet above the ground. This unique method creates a fascinating low-altitude perspective. “I relish the opportunity to take my camera to places only birds and bugs go,” Wilson says. The exhibit will be in Oshkosh through April 16, 2004.
EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
In February 2003, three and a half years after starting, John L. Rahn, EAA 616095, Sycamore, Illinois, completed his beautiful Rotorway Exec 162-F. And just in time to fly to EAA AirVenture 2003, where he wound up winning a Gold Lindy – Grand Champion Rotorcraft. John called it one of the most rewarding projects he’s ever undertaken. John has documented the entire project from start to finish at www.rotorheads.cjb.net/. EAA now has over 220 registered centennial homebuilts featured on the EAA website. To read all about them and the program, visit www.eaa.org/homebuilders/centennial.asp.
Timeless Voice of the Week
Col. Harold “Hal” Weekley, EAA 169329, Mableton, Georgia, has the distinction of being the only B-17 Aircraft Commander to fly Boeing B-17 bombers in two millennia. As a combat pilot on his 20th mission, a “milk run” over Le Manoir, France during WWII, Hal’s ship was crippled by flak forcing the crew to bail out. Hal became the first airman from the 398th Bomb Group to escape back to England. In later years Hal was one of the chief touring pilots of EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast until his retirement in July 2001. Hal has over 5000 hours in the airplanes, spread over the 20th and 21st centuries. Read more about Hal’s amazing aviation career at the Timeless Voices website.
On The Flight Line ---
Ison Aircraft Sold, Becomes ‘JDT’
A group of investors based in Nappanee, Indiana, has purchased the assets and manufacturing rights to the former Ison line of aircraft, including the miniMAX, Hi-MAX and TriBike lines. The new company, now known as JDT, will be led by principals John Graber, along with South Africans Dave Trump, and Thinus Debeer. Other investors include Jim Holbrook, Larry Israel, and Lowell Farrand. JDT plans to be up and running sometime in December at its new 10,000 square foot manufacturing facility, located at the Nappanee Airport, 24751 U.S. Hwy. 6. “Our initial goal is to provide customer and dealer support on all models,” Holbrook said. People with questions can contact Holbrook via fax at 574-269-5007, or call Farrand at 260-894-3438.
Flightcom Celebrates 20th Year in Business
Flightcom Corporation celebrates its 20th year this month of designing and producing headsets and intercoms for flyers. Among its most successful headsets are the Denali active noise reduction (ANR) and passive headsets. They are among the more than 500,000 Flightcom headsets worn by pilots worldwide. The company also offers portable and panel-mounted intercom systems and the DVR panel-mounted digital-voice recording clock for help with checklists and recording ATC clearance instructions.
As part of its anniversary celebrations, Flightcom is sponsoring the For the Fun of Flying essay contest. In 50 words or less, pilots can submit their own personal reflections on what the “fun of flying” means to them. The top 20 contest winners will receive Flightcom headsets, intercoms, and other Flightcom products and accessories. For more details, visit www.flightcomm.com or call 800/432-4342.
Chelton Certifies Universal Nav and Autopilot Interface
Chelton Flight Systems received FAA certification of its AIU-1 Analog Interface Unit, which adds seven more TSOs to the FlightLogic EFIS. That means pilots can reduce their workload with the display of dual RMI/VOR, localizer, and glideslope, as well as marker beacon, ADF, radar altimeter, and conventional flight director on their EFIS.
Compatible with all existing avionics, the AIU-1 also allows advanced GPS roll steering to any exiting autopilot that supports a heading bug, which enables the autopilot to fly DME arcs, procedure turns, holding patterns, and even holding pattern entries with no pilot action required.
The AIU-1 is certified now and shipping as an option with the FlightLogic EFIS. For more information, contact Chelton Flight Systems at 208/389-9959 or visit www.cheltonflightystems.com.
Superior’s Engine Build Center Produces First Two Graduates
Superior Air Parts Inc. recently announced that John Nystrom, Jr., and Glenn Taylor are the first owners to build their XP-360 engines under Superior’s engine assembly program at the company’s engine build center in Coppell, Texas. Nystrom of Placitas, New Mexico, is building a Vans RV-7A, and Taylor of Kingwood, Texas, is building an RV-8A. The assembly program, which caters to experimental aircraft builders, offers four XP-360 engine building options—from receiving a completed engine to participating in the engine building process at the build center to assembling the XP-360 engine kit at home.
Both Nystrom and Taylor chose option 3, or to build their own XP-360 Engine from the ground up with one of Superior’s engine builders. Each graduate said they were satisfied and confident with their completed engine and learned a lot about engines. For more information on Superior’s engine assembly program, call 972/829-4609 or visit www.xp-360.com.
Carter Receives Quarter-Million Dollar DARPA Contract
Carter Aviation Technologies was recently awarded a $250,000 contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support development of their next generation propeller and rotor. The DARPA contract is a one-time agreement to gain a better understanding of Carter’s unique propeller and rotor technologies. DARPA, the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DoD), manages and directs selected basic and applied research and development projects and pursues research and technology where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions. Carter’s new prop measures 45 feet tip-to-tip with 50 square feet of lifting surface and weighs about 300 pounds. Design work for the new prop and rotor has been initiated. To learn more, visit www.CarterAviationTechnologies.com.
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