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First Flight: EAA's 1903 Wright Flyer
EAA President Tom Poberezny received great news this afternoon (Thursday, November 20) from renowned test pilot, instructor Scott Crossfield: The Wright Flyer, built by The Wright Experience for EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk celebration, successfully made its maiden voyage this afternoon with Dr. Kevin Kochersberger at the controls. Poberezny, in Washington, D.C. chairing a GA Coalition meeting with the Transportation Security Administration, was able to personally convey heartfelt congratulations to Crossfield as the legendary pilot was at a National Air and Space Museum ceremony to commemorate his 50-year anniversary of becoming the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound (Mach II). Poberezny also spoke with Ken Hyde of The Wright Experience and the two were able to relish the long-awaited accomplishment. (Read official news release.)
Light-Sport Aircraft Expo Set For October 2004
An aviation exhibition dedicated solely to light-sport aircraft (LSA), titled the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, will be held at the Sebring (Florida) Regional Airport October 28-31, 2004. Phillip Lockwood, president of Lockwood Aviation Supply and a member of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Board, made the announcement at the LSA consensus standards meeting held in Tampa, Florida on November 20. The Expo will bring together manufacturers of light-sport aircraft (LSA) and LSA kits, providers of accessories and associated hardware, and those people with potential ownership and dealership interest in this new category of aircraft.
GA Airport Security Working Group Issues Final Report
Throughout the development process leading to a final report on general aviation airport security, EAA contended that attempting to categorize the more than 18,000 diverse general aviation landing facilities in the U.S. for the purposes of applying various security protocols was not a practical way to enhance security. Instead, EAA argued for a best-practices approach that marries the unique nature of each facility with existing resources available in the community. The just-released report was a product of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee's (ASAC) General Aviation Airport Security Working Group.
Warbird Community Bands Together to Prevent Future Demilitarization Threats
EAA and EAA Warbirds of America (WOA) led a strategy session on Capitol Hill with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and key members of his staff to discuss recurring demilitarization proposals and develop a strategy to ensure that historic warbirds would not be threatened by future legislation. Joining EAA and WOA in the session were representatives from the Classic Jet Aircraft Association (CJAA), Commemorative Air Force (CAF), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and the National Association of Aircraft and Communications Suppliers, Inc.
Pilots Fighting to Preserve GA Flight Privileges
Local pilots fear that a Massachusetts anti-general aviation group's attempts to halt lawful aerobatic flying and primary flight training operations above certain areas could have far-reaching effects on recreational aviation. They have formed the American Free Skies Association (AFSA) to seek constructive solutions through honest and open discussion with the nonflying public, while defending the freedom to fly against actions of the anti-GA group Stop The Noise (STN).
Sharing the Young Eagles Experience
A million Young Eagles flown have resulted in many unique, illuminating-and touching-stories and recollections from pilots, passengers and parents. We've received several responses already since our request to share Young Eagles thoughts was posted late last week, and we know there are countless others out there. What about you?
If you have a story to tell…like a 15-year old Connecticut boy who expressed his appreciation to his Flight Leader…or an appreciative mother of an eight-year-old who since his flight has consumed all things aviation…or a 500-mission pilot who let us know what life-changing effects flights had on some of the kids he's flown…let us know about it. Visit the EAA website for the details.
One more thing...
The Young Eagles Office reports that as of this week, it has exceeded the 2003 goal for the entire year, which was 130,000. At this writing, 130,919 kids were registered - an all-time record!
EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Tony Lewis, EAA 513857, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, ordered a Sonex kit while attending the 2002 Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In, received kit delivery the next month, and by January 2003, had the airworthiness certificate for N447XL. The Aero-Vee powered aircraft cruises at about 130 mph at 3,200 rpm for a frugal 4 gallons-per-hour fuel consumption. (Learn more about the airplane.) 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.
Timeless Voice of the Week
Col. Ronald “Jack” Layton, USAF (Ret.), of Rexburg, Utah, survived not one, but three bailouts over his amazing, and until 1989, top-secret flying career that spanned 1950-1974. Jack's interest in aviation began at age 8 after a ride in a low wing Fairchild, which he said "started an itch that I just had to scratch." During Jack's professional career, he flew for the Air Force, the CIA, and NASA in such well-known aircraft as the F-89, F-101, and the A-12, forerunner of SR-71 Blackbird. Read about Jack’s experiences (including the bailouts) on the Timeless Voices website.
On The Flight Line ---
Aerobatic Community Mourns Loss of Jose Aresti
Jose Louis de Aresti Aguirre, widely known within the aerobatic community and member of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) Hall of Fame, passed away on November 18 in Madrid, Spain at the age of 84. Aresti was most widely known for his work in developing the aerocryptographic system, or shorthand, for recording aerobatic maneuvers, more commonly known as the "Sistema Aresti" or Aresti System. His aerobatic figure diagrams allowed internationally competing pilots to communicate, even when they did not speak the same language. The Aresti System is accepted worldwide as the system of drawing aerobatic figures.
Wittman Getting New Control Tower
Funding for a new $4 million air traffic control tower at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH), home of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, was approved this week by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. The new tower will be about 85 feet tall (vision height), or 20 feet taller than the existing 40-year-old tower. Its location will be about 700 feet west of the current structure, at the northwest intersection of Knapp and Waukau streets. Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2004, with completion no later than July 15, 2005.
FAA Launches New Air Traffic Organization
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced initial details of the FAA’s new Air Traffic Organization (ATO) business structure, which consolidates air traffic services, research and acquisitions, and Free Flight Program activities into a more efficient organization. “Today is the first phase of creating a true, performance-based air traffic organization,” said Secretary Mineta. The ATO will consist of five major service units: En Route & Oceanic; Terminal Flight Services; System Operations; and Technical Operations. Other top-level positions include five staff-level business groups: Safety; Communications; Operations Planning; Finance and Acquisition, and Business Services.
National Aviation Hall of Fame Names 2004 Inductees
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) will enshrine four new members at its 43rd Annual Enshrinement Ceremony in Dayton, Ohio, on July 17, 2004. The Class of 2004 includes: William A. Anders, former Apollo astronaut and nuclear energy expert; the late Harriet Quimby, America's first officially licensed woman pilot; the late Jack L. Ridley, pioneering flight test engineer and pilot; and Patty Wagstaff, air show headliner and three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion. Founded in 1962 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964, the National Aviation Hall of Fame's mission is dedicated to honoring America's outstanding air and space pioneers. For more information, visit www.nationalaviation.org.
Cirrus Exceeds 60 Deliveries For the First Time in October
Cirrus Design Corp. set another sales record in October. For the first time in company history, total sales of its SR20 and SR22 aircraft exceeded 60 units for a single month (62). Total sales over the previous four months are 222 aircraft. Cirrus believes that the growth of the company is a positive sign for all general aviation. “We’re breathing new life into an industry whose growth was projected to be flat for a decade,” adds Bingham. “The increasing level of advertising, promotion and demonstration flights show that the industry is alive and well and is attracting a new generation of pilots to personal aviation,” commented John M. Bingham, executive vice president sales and marketing. For more information, visit www.cirrusdesign.com.
Jeppesen Releases Flitestar/Flitemap Version 9
Version “9” of Jeppesen’s popular FliteStar and FliteMap flight planner and moving map applications are now available. New features include downloadable and graphically displayed temporary flight restriction (TFR) NOTAMs; cloud bases in the profile view; wind aware routing; a new radio frequency report; improved terrain depiction; more robust fuel-planning capabilities; and several aircraft modeling enhancements. “Flite Star/Flite Map version 9 offers our customers new and much-requested features,” said Dan McGaw, business manager, flight planning. “More importantly, the new version sets the stage for further product integration with other Jeppesen electronic navigation products and services.” To learn more, visit www.jeppesen.com.
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