Young Eagles Rallies
Paper Airplanes, Half-Price Admission
at EAA Museum
Ken Blackburn, the world record holder for paper airplane flight, will again pass along his expertise and knowledge to budding airplane builders during Paper Airplane Weekend, scheduled for November 15-16 at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
Blackburn, a Missouri resident, holds the record for the world’s longest duration paper-airplane flight (27.8 seconds in 1998). He is also author of The World Record Paper Airplane Book and several other books. Blackburn will offer tips to aspiring airplane builders and present several construction and flying demonstrations each day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. In honor of the event, museum admission prices will be reduced 50 percent both days.
EAA'S B-17 Tour
Makes Final Stop
EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast wraps up the Road to Kitty Hawk
Tour this weekend at Cecil Field Airport
(VQQ), Jacksonville, Florida. The aircraft will be there through Sunday, November
16, for flight missions and ground tours. Visit www.b17.org
for more information.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation
FAR 45.22b states that two-inch N-Numbers are acceptable. Can I put 2-inch
N-numbers on my RV-6?
No, you can't, and here's why: The two-inch minimum registration marks (N-numbers) allowed by 14 CFR 45.22(b) apply to "small U.S.-registered aircraft built at least 30 years ago or a U.S.-registered aircraft for which an experimental certificate has been issued under §21.191(d) or 21.191(g) for operation as an exhibition aircraft or as an amateur-built aircraft and which has the same external configuration as an aircraft built at least 30 years ago."
The FAA guidance on this subject considers the "same external configuration" to mean that the new experimental aircraft is a replica of an aircraft that was built at least 30 years ago. The RV-6 is not a replica of an aircraft built at least 30 years ago, so the two-inch numbers aren't allowed.
That said, you can use three-inch minimum height, as allowed by 14 CFR
45.29(b)(1)(iii), which allows three-inch minimum height registration marks for amateur-built airplanes
with a maximum cruise speed of 180 knots or less. But if your airplane will have a maximum cruise speed of over 180 knots, then you need 12-inch registration marks.
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AT-802 on floats taken from near the seaplane base at last summer’s EAA AirVenture convention.
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EAA's Official Electronic
AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2
November 14, 2003 Volume 3,
Today is truly a day to celebrate! As of this
morning (November 13), we have successfully completed our initial goal of flying 1 million Young Eagles. If I had the opportunity, I would congratulate each of you personally for your role in reaching this historic milestone, but with an army of more than 85,000 volunteers who have supported the program over the past decade, this letter will have to express my appreciation.
The 1-million mark was reached because of you. You and your fellow members wholeheartedly believe in the mission of Young Eagles, which is to introduce young people to the world of aviation and provide an inspiring flight experience. You have now done that more than 1 million times since July 31, 1992. Many in the aviation world thought our goal was impossible. You proved them wrong. We can be extremely proud of what has been accomplished.
One in a Million!
Illinois Teen Andrew Grant Named the Millionth EAA Young Eagle
Pilot Rick Ellis, EAA 469164, Freeport, Illinois, was quoted in a recent local feature story about the EAA Young Eagles program: “Who knows? The millionth Young Eagle could be someone who flew out of this airport.”
That became a prophetic statement this week when 15-year-old Andrew Grant from nearby German Valley became the 1 millionth Young Eagle entered into EAA’s official register, the World’s Largest Logbook, to achieve the program’s lofty goal announced in 1992. Rick, president of EAA Chapter 475 and Young Eagle coordinator for both chapters 475 and 22, flew Andrew on October 25 at Freeport Albertus Airport (FEP). Andrew, son of Becky and Tom Grant, is a sophomore at nearby Forreston High School.
Both Rick and Andrew will be EAA’s special guests at the Centennial of Flight celebration
next month in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
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Speaks at Monument Dedication Ceremony
President Tom Poberezny delivered the keynote address during dedication
ceremonies for the "Monument to a Century of Flight" on November
8 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The monument, sponsored by Icarus
International and endorsed by the U. S. Centennial of Flight Commission.
The monument consists of 14 stainless steel, wing-foil shaped pylons
ranging in height from 10 to 20 feet and arranged in an orbital pattern.
It is located near the Aycock Brown Welcome Center and is the first major landmark visible to visitors coming to the Outer Banks via the Wright Memorial Bridge.
EAA President Also Greets 50 Flags Minnesota Flag Bearers
that day, Tom greeted Minnesota
flag bearers for EAA's 50 Flags to Kitty Hawk program, Kevin Rebman and Mike Parker,
at the Wright Brothers National Memorial's First Flight Airfield. Also present was Orville and Wilber Wright's great, great grandnephew, 13-year-old Keith Yoerg, who
accompanied the pilots on the last leg of the journey. Keith will be a featured speaker at both the December 12
opening ceremonies and the first flight recreation of EAA's 1903 Wright Flyer
on December 17. Ken Mann, Chairman of the First Flight Society and the
North Carolina First Flight Centennial Commission, joined Tom in welcoming
the Minnesota flag bearers.
EAA Air Academy 2004 Schedule
The EAA Air Academy 2004 session schedules are now available at www.eaa.org/airacademy. A one-of-a-kind experience, the summer program offers three camp levels for young aviation enthusiasts: primary (ages 12-13), intermediate (ages 14-15), and advanced (ages 16-18). Downloadable Air Academy application links are located on each camp web page for your convenience.
EAA Member Appreciation Weekend November 28-30
There will be an extra special welcome for EAA members at EAA AirVenture Museum over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Admission is free of charge when you show your EAA membership card, and every EAA member will receive a free gift. In addition, an exclusive pre-Christmas sale offers members a 25 percent discount on all toys, gifts, clothing, and jewelry, and 20 percent off books and videos. All attending EAA members can enter to win a brand new John Deere lawn tractor (pictured). Introduce a friend or relative to EAA membership through our Land-a-Member program and receive an EAA Thermos flask. The newly recruited member gets an attractive EAA duffle bag. What a grand way to start out the holiday season.
Tony Bingelis Award Nominations Sought
EAA seeks nominations for the second annual Tony Bingelis Award, which is given to an EAA Technical Counselors for dedicated service and/or significant contributions in assisting members homebuilt and restoration projects. The award will be presented at the annual Homebuilders Dinner held during AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. Nomination forms are available
at Homebuilder's Headquarters located on the EAA
member's website, or by calling 888/322-4636, ext 6864. The submission deadline is January 1, 2004.
Copperstate Numbers Way Up For 2003
numbers for the Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In, held October 9-12 at its new permanent home, Phoenix Regional Airport, were released this week and confirm its resounding success.
Fly-in officials reported 7,750 attendees (up 10 percent); 695 aircraft—475 show planes and 220 transient planes—(up 15 percent); a record 54 ultralights; 170 campers (up 41 percent), and 118 exhibitors (up 62 percent). Pilots flew 93 EAA Young Eagles during the event, up a whopping 215 percent over 2002. In the ultralight area, 30 attendees received introductory flight lessons. “We couldn’t be more proud of the success that Copperstate has enjoyed at our permanent location,” said Bob Hasson, Copperstate Fly-in chairman.
“I’d like to personally thank our great volunteer staff as well as everyone who attended Copperstate this year. Without their dedication and support, this event would not be possible.” For more information, including complete aircraft judging results in 11 show plane categories and 8 ultralight categories, visit
Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Steven A. Overhaug, EAA 574631 and Craig S. Dixon, EAA
282471, Cottonwood, Arizona, began their quick-build RV-8A project in November 2001.
In February 2003, N411CS flew for the first time and 135 hours-plus since. “My hat’s off to Van’s,” commented Steven. “The design and instructions where excellent, requiring very few calls (to the company).” Power comes from a 180 hp O-360A4A and a Sensenich fixed pitch prop.
Read more about the plane.
EAA has over 220 registered
centennial homebuilts featured on the EAA website. Builders have until
December 31 to register their aircraft for Centennial Homebuilt status.
Find out more about the program at www.eaa.org/homebuilders/centennial.asp.
Voice of the Week
Richard “Dick” Stouffer (1923–2003), EAA
8221, Urbana, Illinois - Dick was a B-17 pilot during WWII, a Captain for United Airlines, an avid photographer, an EAA volunteer for some forty years, an EAA Foundation Board Member Emeritus, an ordained minister, and a dedicated Timeless Voices volunteer. Sadly, Dick passed away recently (November 4) after a brief illness. Dick was a great supporter of EAA, and will be missed by many. We were fortunate to document Dick’s aviation memories during AirVenture 2002. Read his story on the
On The Flight Line ---
Avid Closes Doors, Looks to Relocate Operation
Avid Aircraft of Montana has shut down operations at its factory in Ennis, Montana, according to a recorded message on its company line. Callers hear the following message: “You have reached Avid Aircraft of Montana. We are looking to relocate the company at a more populated area of the country, possibly the Midwest. Therefore, the factory is shut down. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we will announce when we resume production. Thank you.”
FAA-ERAU Launch Inspector Training Program
The FAA and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) are launching a trial program this month to give new FAA inspectors broader training and save the agency hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. FAA general aviation operations inspectors will take courses at ERAU’s Daytona Beach campus using both simulators and light airplanes with identical electronics, instrument panels and handling qualities. “Embry-Riddle’s mix of high-fidelity simulation and popular general aviation aircraft has the potential to give our inspectors flight training of unprecedented scope and quality,” said Nick Sabatini, FAA associate administrator for regulation and certification. “This test program will help confirm those benefits before we decide to commit large amounts of funding.” Inspectors will practice flying procedures and responses to emergencies in Cessna 172 and Piper Seminole simulators, and then reinforce that training in the sky aboard the same type airplanes with matching equipment. The FAA estimates that equipment cost savings could be as much as $7,880 per student, or more than $646,000 yearly.
Visit www.embryriddle.edu for
XCOR Reaches Major Regulatory Milestone
XCOR Aerospace reports that its application for a commercial space launch license has been deemed “sufficiently complete” by the FAA’s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST). AST will therefore either to issue a launch license to XCOR within 180 days or notify Congress that it failed to do so. “We still have work to do, but this a major step toward being issued a launch license,” said XCOR’s Randall Clague. The launch license application is for an intermediate technology demonstration vehicle for sub-orbital space travel. Located in Mojave, California, XCOR is in the business of developing and producing safe, reliable, and reusable rocket engines and rocket powered vehicles.
For more about XCOR, visit www.xcor.com.
Enstrom Helicopter Appoints New President/CEO
Jerry M. Mullins is Enstrom Helicopter Corporation’s new president and chief executive officer, the Menominee, Michigan company announced this week. Mullins was president and CEO for Heli-Dyne Systems Inc., Hurst, Texas. He succeeds Peter Parsinen, who had been heading the company on an interim basis during its search for a long-term successor. Enstrom manufactures the three-place, piston-powered F28F and 280FX; and the turbine-powered 480B, available in five- and three-place configurations, as well as a law enforcement aircraft, the Guardian. Enstrom has delivered over 1,000 new helicopters to customers in over 40 countries since 1959. For more information, visit
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