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C-SPAN To Cover Centennial of Flight
Those unable to attend the December 17 flight re-enactment by EAA's 1903 Wright Flyer can tune into the C-SPAN cable television network for live coverage of the First Flight Centennial Celebration festivities on December 17. Morning coverage will be offered up to and including the flight, scheduled to take place at 10:35 a.m. ET, weather permitting.

Also planning event coverage are the Early Show (CBS); The Today Show (NBC), and CNN. More than 700 media credential requests have been received, including many from overseas representing such nations as Germany, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, and the Voice of America.

Wright Banquet, Centennial Events Online

EAA’s members only site, http://members.eaa.org, will provide an Internet broadcast on December 17 featuring live events from the Centennial of Flight banquet held at EAA’s Oshkosh headquarters, including keynote speaker Dick Rutan. Also shown will be video highlights of events conducted earlier in the day during festivities at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, including footage of EAA’s reproduction1903 Wright Flyer as it recreates the first successful flight. Additional footage will include greetings from aviation notables attending the event at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The broadcast begins at approximately 7:30 CST. After logging into the EAA members site (this requires your EAA number), click on the link, “Video Stream from the Centennial of Flight Banquet.”

Celebrate the Wright Brothers at EAA Aeronautica
EAA’s Aeronautica Gift Shop has a limited supply of commemorative Countdown to Kitty Hawk gear to help you celebrate 100 years of powered flight on December 17 and beyond…but it’s going fast. A wide selection remains of shirts, ties, hats, and other apparel; books and videos; assorted gift items; special commemorative jewelry; models and mock-ups, and more.

For example, our Wright Brothers Collector Series T-Shirt #1 has EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk logo on the sleeve and features the 1901 & 1902 Wright Gliders. Originally $14.99-$16.99, they’re on sale for $11.99-$12.99.
Visit the Countdown to Kitty Hawk section of EAA Aeronautica on-line store for complete descriptions, or call 800/843-3612 to place your order today!

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Aviation Information Services: I have lost several documents, including my pilot’s license, experimental repairman certificate, medical certificate, and my EAA membership card. Can you tell me what I need to do to replace them?

Answer: To replace your pilot, repairman, and medical certificates, you'll need to contact the FAA Airman Certification Branch, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Visit this link at the FAA website for more information about replacing your certificates.

You can also call the Airmen Registration Branch for information at 866-878-2498. Ask them to fax you temporary copies of your certificates so that you can legally operate under the privileges of your certificates while you wait for your permanent replacement certificates.

As for your EAA card, your message has been forwarded to EAA Membership Services, and they will get a replacement out to you right away.
How can we help you?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.
We are pleased to provide this info to EAA members as a membership benefit. To ensure that this service continues, renew your membership or join EAA today by calling 800/843-3612 or 920/426-5912.

Upcoming Workshops 

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 12, 2003   Volume 3, Number 58

  EAA Provides Online Centennial of Flight Coverage
EAA will provide full coverage of the December 12-17 Centennial of Flight Celebration at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, throughout the event on the EAA and EAA Countdown to Kitty Hawk websites. In addition to photos and features, EAA Publications staff will provide unique perspectives and reports on the event through EAA’s exclusive Countdown to Kitty Hawk Web Log. Be sure to revisit the sites frequently for continuous updates!

News You Can Use ---

EAA a Strong Presence at Udvar-Hazy Ribbon Cutting
EAA was well represented at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the spectacular companion facility to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, on Thursday morning, December 11. EAA President Tom Poberezny and his wife, Sharon, International Aerobatic Club President Gerry Molidor, Burt Rutan, Bob Hoover, and John and Martha King were joined by more than 2,000 aviation enthusiasts at the ceremony led by the museum’s director, retired Marine Corps Gen. John “Jack” R. Dailey.
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Friends of Meigs Makes Case For Reopened Airport-Park
On Thursday, the Friends of Meigs Field presented its proposal, “Parks and Planes,” at the Chicago Park District board budget hearings, and today asks aviation enthusiasts everywhere to express their support through a special message to the board, accessed from its website, www.friendsofmeigs.org. FOM’s proposal, presented before a large contingent of airport supporters including many EAA members, combines a re-opened airport with new parkland—the Bessie Coleman Skypark—and a new Chicago Air Museum.
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EAA Works to Help Resolve Johanson Situation
While EarthRounder Jon Johanson remains at McMurdo Base in Antarctica attempting to find a way off the ice shelf with his RV-4 (pictured), at least all the stakeholders involved are now in contact with one another thanks to EAA’s efforts. Vice President of Government Affairs Doug Macnair collected and distributed contact information of all appropriate parties to U.S. State Department and National Science Foundation officials and Johanson and his support team. He also provided the State 
Department with vital technical information  regarding Johanson’s aircraft. It is hoped now that all parties are in contact, the situation can be successfully negotiated.
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All Sides Intent on Helping Johanson, Aircraft Go Home
EAA member Jon Johanson, who landed at the joint United States (McMurdo)/New Zealand (Scott) Base in Antarctica after making a record overflight of the South Pole on Monday, is now trying to make arrangements to leave the base. EAA is in direct discussions with polar operations officials at the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is seeking a resolution to the unfortunate situation. 
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Johanson Sets Polar Flight Record in Homebuilt Aircraft
Australian pilot Jon Johanson, EAA 265714, became the first person to fly a homebuilt, single-engine aircraft over the South Pole on Monday December 8, in what is also believed to be the first solo, fixed-wing aircraft, long-distance flight over the pole. Johanson made the record, non-stop flight in his custom RV-4 “VH-NOJ” from Invercargill, New Zealand, to the joint United States (McMurdo)/New Zealand (Scott) Base in Antarctica. The total flight distance was 3,345 nautical miles flown in 26.5 hours.
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AB-DAR Course Registration Opens
The FAA’s Airworthiness Certification Branch has officially announced that sign-up for the amateur-built designated airworthiness representatives (AB-DAR) course is available. The course will satisfy Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) and FAA Standardization requirements for AB-DARs to perform functions for the issuance of experimental amateur-built airworthiness certificates.
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Discovery To Show First Flight Recreation on December 17
Same-day coverage of EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk celebration, including footage from the planned recreation of the Wright brothers’ first flights in EAA’s 1903 Wright Flyer authentic reproduction, will be broadcast on The Discovery Channel at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 17. The program will also include portions of Discovery’s acclaimed program, The Wright Brothers: First In Flight, which contains significant coverage of EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk celebration, presented by Ford Motor Company, and the construction of EAA Flyer by The Wright Experience, Warrenton, Virginia.

Ultralight-Led Cranes Reach Florida Destination
Sixteen whooping cranes following three ultralight aircraft reached their winter home at Florida’s Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Monday, December 8, at 9:59 a.m., after a 54-day, 1,225-mile migration from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin. The endangered birds left Necedah on October 16, following Operation Migration, Inc., pilots flying Cosmos Trikes. This is the third time whooping cranes made this unique, assisted migration from Wisconsin to Florida.
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EAA AirVenture Museum Activities Mark Centennial 
The EAA AirVenture Museum is celebrating the centennial of powered flight in grand style December 13-20, with a full week of activities to inspire and entertain aviation enthusiasts of all ages. Highlighting the week’s events will be a live showing, via satellite, of the re-creation of the Wright brothers’ first flight from Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Wednesday, Dec. 17. This flight, in an exact reproduction of the Wrights’ 1903 Flyer, is the centerpiece of EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk celebration, sponsored by Ford Motor Company. On the evening of Dec. 17, renowned test pilot Dick Rutan will be the featured speaker at a banquet hosted by EAA that commemorates the Wrights’ 12-second flight that changed the world.
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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.

Some more EAA members have written to us with their activity plans for the big day: 
  • The Friends of Dalton Airport and EAA Chapter 77, Flushing, Michigan, plan a December 17 members’ pot luck chili supper at 6:30 p.m. at the EAA clubhouse. Local Dalton pilots will be asked to take someone they know up on a flight if possible during the day. (Chapter 77 members also built a one-third scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer this past summer.)
  • The Indianapolis Aero Club holds a 100 Years of Flight party on December 17 at the Martin House Hotel.
  • Mr. And Mrs. David Walston, Beaumont, Texas, will visit Kitty Hawk on December 16, return home on the 17th and hopefully fly their Cessna 172XP, N1335V, for a trip around the pattern, day or night. "What a way to celebrate 100 years of flight! (Thank you Orville and Wilbur.)"

EAA Centennial Homebuilt of the Week
After spending three years building and another three years flying his Christen Eagle, Dr. J.H. Byland, EAA 34133, Osage Beach, Missouri, sold the Eagle, learned to fly helicopters and eventually purchased a Hummingbird helicopter kit. N38AB took 11 years to build, using genuine helicopter parts from an S-52 and powered by a Donavon V-8 Chevy engine. Learn more about the project on the centennial homebuilt website. Attention, builders: time is growing short: 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
Next week brings us December 17th – the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first successful controlled, powered flight at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina by Orville and Wilbur Wright. They were indeed the first successful homebuilders. This week, we pay tribute to another homebuilder by the name of Wright, Jim Wright (1950-2003), EAA 589976, Cottage Grove, Oregon. A self-taught engineer, Jim was best known for his immaculate recreation of the famed 1930s Hughes H-1 racer. Tragically, Jim and the airplane were lost in a fatal accident on his flight home from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003. We were honored to interview Jim during his visit to Oshkosh last summer. Read the transcript on the Timeless Voices website.

On The Flight Line ---

OMF GmbH Declares Bankruptcy; North American Operation To Restructure
OMF GmbH, the German parent company of OMF Aircraft, declared bankruptcy in Germany on December 9, triggering a restructuring plan for OMF Aircraft Inc. of Three-Rivers, Canada. OMF Aircraft manufactures and markets the Symphony 160, a two-place, high wing, single-engine aircraft based on the GlaStar design. Two other aircraft are in development - the diesel/Jet-A powered Symphony 135D and the four-place Symphony 250 (formerly the Symphony 4).

The German company, which was established in 1998 and employed 60 people, had a very aggressive business plan and was highly leveraged with a significant debt load, said Paul Costanzo, President of OMF Aircraft. “A drastic change in the value of the Euro caused the company to be in a position where operations could not generate the necessary cash to survive,” he said. “It’s a tragedy. All of us at OMF Aircraft feel for the employees of OMF GmbH and the Stinnes Group, particularly Matt and Derek Stinnes, who have been the visionaries behind the Symphony product line. The seed they have planted here in North America has all the ingredients necessary to become a very successful enterprise.”

Now controlled by the Société Générale de Financement du Québec (SGF), OMF seeks new investment partners that it will allow it to resume operations in May 2004. Costanzo said about $5 million is needed, which would make available about $4 million in previously committed funding. “Our intent is to finalize the new financing as soon as possible, to resume deliveries against our backlog of over 40 aircraft and to complete of the development of the Symphony 135D and Symphony 250.”

Lancair Celebrates 100th Delivery
In the month when the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers first successful powered flight, the Lancair Company celebrated the 100th delivery of a Lancair Columbia certified aircraft, a Columbia 350. The blue and white airplane, decorated with a special graphic commemorating the 100th delivery and 100th anniversary of flight, was delivered on December 8 to its Central Oregon owner. “This delivery is symbolic in that the Lancair Company has seen more than its share of challenges, but we’ve persevered and today our outlook for the future is limitless,” said Lancair President Bing Lantis. “I don’t know how Orville and Wilbur felt after their flight a century ago, but we’re very excited.” Lancair is currently working to achieve FAA certification for its turbocharged Columbia 400, a model based on the normally aspirated 350. To learn more, visit www.Lancair.com

Eclipse Picks UK Firm For Empennage Assembly
Hampson Industries PLC of the United Kingdom will manufacture the empennage assembly for the Eclipse 500 jet, Eclipse Aviation Corporation announced Wednesday. The $380 million agreement represents the largest single contract ever awarded to Hampson. Its Aerospace Fabrications & Assemblies Division will assemble the complete empennage structure of the aircraft, including component parts and large, stretch-formed components. Completed assemblies will be delivered direct to Eclipse's manufacturing facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on a just-in-time basis. Hampson is currently a principal supplier to leading aerospace manufacturers including Airbus, Boeing and Rolls-Royce PLC. Hampson will supply assemblies for pre-production aircraft in 2004, followed by an expected rapid build up in support of Eclipse's production plans from 2006 going forward. 

CarterCopter Resumes Flight Tests
Carter Aviation Technologies (CAT) resumed tests of it innovative CarterCopter on December 6. During Saturday's test, the aircraft achieved a maximum altitude of 900 feet AGL and a maximum speed of 108 mph. However, the high oil temperatures shortened the test flight and the oil coolers will be moved to remedy the problem. It was the flight for the prototype since a damaging wheels-up landing last spring. Carter has scheduled a series of short test patterns before more strenuous flight-testing begins. For more, visit www.CarterAviationTechnologies.com.

LanShe Delivers First Lake-250
LanShe Aerospace, Fort Pierce, Florida, delivered its first aircraft, a SeaWolf version of the Lake-250, to the Galapagos Islands on December 6. Purchased by the U.S. Department of Interior, the aircraft was donated through U.S. Aid to the government of Ecuador and will be used for maritime patrol. With the external fuel tanks, it has a total fuel capacity of 156 gallons, giving it as much as 14 hours of un-refueled endurance. The company expected to deliver its next Lake in early 2004 and achieve a production rate of one aircraft per month by spring. LanShe also manufactures Micco aircraft. For more information, visit www.lansheaerospace.com.

Aircraft Spruce Launches 2004 Monthly Sweepstakes
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty will launch a new monthly sweepstakes in 2004 that will award prizes to lucky winners selected at the end of each month. At the beginning of each month, beginning January 1, everyone who orders any kind of product, service, or free catalog, will automatically be entered in the sweepstakes for that month. Monthly winners will be notified on the first of the ensuing month, at which time Aircraft Spruce will announce the next month’s prize.

The first prize of the year is a Prop Lock from Wilson Locking Systems. The compact and simple mechanical device effectively immobilizes any propeller-driven aircraft from J-3 Cubs to King Airs and retails for $245. Entries received in January will be eligible. February’s sweepstakes prize is a leather bomber jacket. For more information, visit www.aircraftspruce.com.

AIAA Awards 60 Flight Training Scholarships
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Evolution of Flight campaign and Cessna Aircraft Company recently awarded $1,000 Learn to Fly scholarships to 60 deserving future pilots. These scholarships will enable promising students (ages 16-25) to begin or continue the pursuit of their private pilot license. Scholarships will be administered through Cessna Pilot Centers in the recipients’ local area. In addition to the monetary award, winners receive a computer-based private pilot multimedia training system from Cessna that combines sequenced flight-training material with accompanying flight lessons. For a list of the winners, visit the AIAA website.

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