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NOVA Presents 'Wright Brothers' Flying Machine'
The award-winning PBS series NOVA explores the Wright brothers' amazing achievements leading to the first powered flight with Wright Brothers' Flying Machine, airing Tuesday, December 16, at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings). Featured will be Ken Hyde and The Wright Experience, creators of EAA’s 1903 Wright Flyer slated to recreate that first flight at Kill Devil Hills the next morning.

Also featured are some of the world's foremost Wright experts, including Tom Crouch, Senior Curator of the Aeronautics Division at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and author of The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright; and John D. Anderson, Jr., Curator of Aerodynamics at NASM and author of leading books on aeronautical engineering.
For more program information, visit www.pbs.org/nova/wright.

Wright Dinner At EAA December 17
Tickets are still available for the December 17 banquet at EAA AirVenture Museum celebrating the Wright brothers' centennial and featuring special guest and speaker, acclaimed test pilot and Voyager co-pilot Dick Rutan. To order tickets are available by contacting Kate Robinson at 920-426-6869.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services: The September 2003 Sport Aviation has an article on tie wraps on page 79: "Cable Corral." It refers to and shows some low-profile cable ties. I have searched the aircraft supply catalogs to no avail. I have also inquired at my local FBO's mechanic’s station. The have heard of them but have never seen them and could not find them in any of their catalogs. Can you please advise me as to where I might find the manufacturer or distributor of these low-profile tie wraps?

Answer: The low-profile cable ties are manufactured by and available from the Cobra Cable Tie Company. You can find info on the low profile cable ties and place an order through Cobra's website, www.cobracabletie.com. You can also reach Cobra at 888-295-6255 or 508-881-0516.
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Upcoming Workshops 

December 12-14
Oshkosh, WI

Topic: RV Assembly

January 16 - 18
Corona (LA area), CA

Topic: RV Assembly

January 24
Oshkosh, WI

Topic: Test Flying Your Project

January 24-25
Oshkosh, WI

Topics: Introduction to Aircraft Building, Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Gas Welding, Electrical Systems and Avionics and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

December 2003
AA Desktop Calendar

Celebrate the first flight every day of December with this month's EAA desktop calendar depicting perhaps the most famous photo of all time. Inset is EAA's authentic 1903 Flyer replica, scheduled to recreate the epic event exactly 100 years later at the exact same site, on December 17, 2003. The monthly calendar is available from the EAA website.


EAA's Official Electronic Newsletter
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2

December 5, 2003   Volume 3, Number 57

  News You Can Use ---

50 Flags to Kitty Hawk is Complete
The final flag was delivered on November 30 to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, marking completion of EAA’s 50 Flags to Kitty Hawk program. National Park Service representatives welcomed Rick Raesz, EAA member pilot from Forth Worth, Texas, who made the final delivery from the Lone Star State that day. “The 50 flags program has been a tremendous success on several levels,” said EAA Executive Vice President Bob Warner. “It provided an opportunity for members to participate personally in the celebration. It was also an opportunity for individual members and states—and most did this—to bring additional visibility to the celebration of the centennial in their areas. Finally, it provided a tangible leftover—the flags—as a permanent reminder of what took place during the year.”
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GA Legal Defense Fund Established For Sued Pilots
A trust fund has been established to help provide defense resources for several Massachusetts pilots who are being sued by a group of property owners whose ultimate goal is to eliminate flight operations in legal federal airspace over their land. Steve Pennypacker, one of the pilot-defendants, said The General Aviation Legal Defense Fund would provide defense resources in these cases, which, if successful for the plaintiffs, could set off similar anti-aviation efforts in other parts of the country. The defense fund will help to defray out-of-pocket costs for the pilots, which could run into the tens of thousands of dollars.
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Flight Tests Resume for EAA’s 1903 Wright Flyer 
Proof-of-concept tests with EAA’s authentic reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer have resumed at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in advance of the planned December 17 re-enactment of the world’s first powered flight. The aircraft was damaged during flight tests on November 25, but repair work by The Wright Experience crew during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend returned the airplane to operational status in less than four days. “Fortunately, the airplane’s damage was not as severe as first feared and we have resumed our testing program,” said Ken Hyde, founder of The Wright Experience. “In recent days we’ve learned a tremendous amount on operational processes and in reading the wind, so we will be well prepared for the re-enactment.”
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Third Flight Made Wednesday
At about 1:15 p.m. EST Wednesday, December 3, Dr. Kevin Kochersberger successfully flew the Flyer for 12 seconds and a distance of 115 feet. It was Kochersberger's second flight in the aircraft, and the third overall.

EAA Participates in Aging Aircraft Meeting
Work on an FAA Advisory Circular for documenting approved substitute standard parts and materials was conducted at a meeting of the FAA Aging Aircraft Ad Hoc Committee held this week in Kansas City, Missouri. Representing EAA were Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence and Director of Aircraft Maintenance Daryl Lenz. The committee works with the FAA Small Airplane Directorate to develop materials that help small aircraft owner maintain and restore their aircraft.
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Second Date Sold Out For First Flight Centennial 
First Flight Centennial planners declared today (December 2) that general admission tickets for December 16 festivities at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, are sold out. Tickets for December 13-15 are still available at $10 apiece. (December 17 has been sold out since early October, and December 12 is a non-ticketed day.) Advance ticket sales end at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 7, but can be purchased until then between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET through www.wrightbrothers.reserveworld.com or 800/973-7327 (301/722-1257 outside of the U.S.).

In-person ticket sales will be conducted beginning at 9 a.m. on December 8 at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Visitor Center, in nearby Manteo. Walk-up purchases will be available while supplies last. Phone orders will not be accepted.

EAA Members Plan Flight Centennial Activities
Remember to go out and fly if you can on December 17 and when you’re back on the ground, let EAA know about it at EAAFirstFlightDay@eaa.org. We’ll feature flight reports and photos on a special web page for all to see.

Since last week, we’ve heard from several of you planning activities for the big day. Here are some examples:
  • Jim Robinson, EAA Ultralight Chapter 188, is planning a flight day at Erie Airpark in Pennsylvania.
  • EAA and VAA (Vintage Aircraft Association) member Rick Pellicciotti, Bartlett, Tennessee, will fly Young Eagle flights.
  • High School math teacher Bonnie Merkel will serve her students a cake decorated to commemorate the Wright brothers.
  • David Faile reports that members of Chapters 1208 and 166 will fly to as many airports in Connecticut as possible on December 17.

EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
Michael Schmitt, EAA 423918, Jasper, Indiana, decided to build his “Dream Machine,” a Velocity 173 Elite RG, following a visit to EAA Oshkosh 1992 and two years of careful study that included a visit to the manufacturer. The project, which he built as a long-haul IFR airplane, took 3,500 hours of build time and was completed in September 2003. Michael received many compliments from pilots and friends, but he got the most satisfaction when Scott Swing, Velocity president, told him, “Don't change a thing,” after his scheduled factory inspection. Read more about “Magical Thing” N72M on the centennial homebuilt website. Attention, builders: you have until December 31 to register your aircraft as an EAA Centennial Homebuilt. For details, visit www.eaa.org/homebuilders/centennial.asp.

Timeless Voice of the Week
In memory of the 62nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor this Sunday, December 7, this week’s “Voice” comes from a survivor of that “infamous” day. James F. “Jim” Gates, of Springfield, Missouri, was interviewed on June 3 during the EAA B-17 tour stop there. Jim was stationed at Hickam Field, Hawaii, serving as a bombardier with the 14th Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group when the attack broke out that Sunday morning, 62 years ago. Read about Jim’s experiences at the Timeless Voices website.

On The Flight Line ---

David Stone Named TSA Acting Administrator
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Tom Ridge has designated David Stone as Acting Administrator of Transportation Security Administration (TSA). He assumes the position vacated by former TSA chief Admiral James Loy, who was sworn in as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday, December 4.

Acting Administrator Stone retired from the U.S. Navy in 2002 after achieving the rank of Rear Admiral. He brings with him extensive operational and managerial experience, having commanded the Nimitz Battlegroup, served as Federal Security Director at the Los Angeles International Airport, and most recently, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff at TSA.

Adam A500 Plans First Quarter Certification, Delivery
Adam Aircraft is within a few months of achieving FAA certification and first delivery for its A500 twin piston, centerline thrust airplane, and is on schedule for fourth quarter-2004 certification and delivery of is A700 twinjet, President and CEO Rick Adam told on-line conference attendees on December 3. What’s more, plans are in development for a turboprop version—the A600—to be officially announced following A500 certification.
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Free AMT Conference Set For February in Southern California
The 2004 Aviation Maintenance Technicians and Aviation Safety Symposium will take place February 26-27 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in event building No. 14. Doors open at 7 a.m. both days with programs beginning promptly at 8:00. Attending IAs (Inspection Authorization) can use the symposium as renewal criteria in 65.93(a)(4) and can sign in, then take their verification card to their FAA District office. The event is free and no pre-registration is required. For information on offered programs, contact George Mahurin at 562-420-1755, george.Mahurin@faa.gov.

B-2 Stealth Bomber Goes on Display at Wright-Patterson Museum
The United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, will unveil the world’s first publicly displayed B-2 stealth bomber on December 16. The aircraft, actually a reassembled and restored B-2 ground test airframe, will go in the museum’s new 200,000 square-foot Eugene W. Kettering Building, which opened fully to the public last summer. Historically, public showing of stealth aircraft has been limited to air show fly-bys because of security concerns. “Adding a B-2 stealth bomber to our collection is very significant and unique, as this will be the only place in the world where the public can see a B-2 up close,” said Charles D. Metcalf, Museum Director. Air Force, museum and Northrop Grumman officials will christen the aircraft the “Spirit of Freedom,” during a special ceremony slated to begin at 4 p.m.

Participants Sought for Developing Standards on Hang Gliding Harnesses
The Hang Gliding and Paragliding Tandem Operations Task Group, under the Cross-cutting subcommittee of ASTM Committee F37 – Light-Sport Aircraft, is developing equipment standards relating to hang gliding harnesses used for tandem hang gliding operations. Those interested in participating in the development of these standards should contact Daniel Schultz (dschultz@astm.org) or Mike Meier (Mike@willswing.com).

High-Performance Aircraft Recurrent Training Seminar Scheduled in Florida
High Performance Aircraft Training, Inc., will conduct annual recurrent training for Lancairs and other high-performance aircraft January 17-18 in Sebring Florida. Training is specifically designed for fast, high-flying performance pilots and their aircraft. Topics covered offer a theoretical perspective with everyday, real-world, safe-flying applications. For more information please contact Pete Zaccagnino at 267-784-6104, Pete@lancairtraining.com, or David Hickman at 727-793-9302, Dave@lancairtraining.com. Participants can also register on-line at www.Lancairtraining.com.

Miller Electric Catalog Marks 75th Year
Miller Electric Mfg. Co.’s 2004 catalog commemorates the company’s 75th anniversary as well as the technical specifications, features, benefits and selection tips for complete line of welding and plasma cutting products and accessories. The catalog includes a glossary of welding terms along with descriptions of Miller “technology exclusives.” To order a copy, visit www.MillerWelds.com, or call 800/4-A-MILLER (800-426-4553).

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