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Threat Level Returns (Mostly) to 'Yellow'
EAA Presses For GA Relief and Permanent Implementation of DC ADIZ Test Ingress/Egress Procedures
The U.S. government lowered the national terror threat level to yellow (elevated) from orange (high) today, but certain sectors, including aviation, will remain on heightened alert because of concern they could still be terrorist targets. Other areas kept on high alert include ports, nuclear facilities and certain major cities. EAA contacted the Transportation Security Administration this morning to press for ending GA-specific restrictions absent any specific and credible intelligence pointing to general aviation as being a threat. “As we understand it, the greatest concern over aviation security has been centered on threats against large commercial aviation enterprises,” said Doug Macnair, EAA Vice President of Government Relations. “We want to ensure that the TSA and the government as a whole do not paint all of aviation with a single large brush of heightened security if the intelligence does not support restrictions against general aviation.”
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 To ‘Launch The Next Century Of Flight’
The world’s greatest general aviation event, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is launching the next century of flight during EAA AirVenture 2004, which will be held July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The 52nd annual EAA gathering, which draws more than 10,000 airplanes and attendance in excess of 750,000 each year, will pay special attention to the what lies ahead for the world of flight, along with recognizing the legacy that has been built by a century of aviation.
“Over the past decade at Oshkosh, we have recognized the legendary aviators and aircraft that changed the world over the past 100 years,” EAA President and AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny said. “This year’s AirVenture theme, ‘Launching the Next Century of Flight,’ will look ahead to the amazing innovations that build on this legacy. Some of this new thinking is already becoming reality, assuring that the next century of flight will be as remarkable as the first 100 years.”
EAA Centennial Homebuilts Surpass 600 With End of the Year Surge
When EAA’s Aviation Information Services (AIS) developed the EAA Centennial Homebuilts program, it estimated that 500 builders would submit their projects for the special designation, which included a special commemorative data plate for those builders who completed their project between December 17, 2002, and December 31, 2003. That estimate looked to be about right as 2003 wound down…that is, until December, when a late surge of submissions pushed the overall total well over 600—651 at last count.
EAA, Warbirds of America Mourn Loss of Patti Schloss
EAA Warbirds of America and the warbird community is deeply saddened by the death of Patti Schloss, wife of EAA Warbirds of America President Michael Schloss. Patti passed away in New York on Thursday, January 8, 2004 due to an unexpected medical condition. Patti served as an EAA Warbirds of America volunteer for over 20 years, serving most noticeably as the Warbirds hotel coordinator at the Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. Her kind, helpful service to our members will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael, family and friends.
Funeral Services are set for Monday, January 12, in New York. Visit the Warbirds of America website for more information.
McLeod Hopes to Resume Flight Next Week
Gus McLeod plans to resume his attempt for the first polar circumnavigation flight in a single-engine airplane next week once engine work on his hybrid Velocity-Firefly airplane is completed and sufficiently tested, the pilot said Thursday. Work is being done at Velocity headquarters in Sebastian, Florida to replace the double-chrome cylinders with cast ones on the Lycoming IO 540 engine. With the chrome cylinders, the engine burns about a quarter of oil every three hours. "Chrome cylinders are great, they make the engine last a long time, but they're not good for this application because it was taking too long for the engine to break in," McLeod said.
GlobalFlyer Unveiled at Scaled Composites
Virgin Atlantic's sleek GlobalFlyer aircraft was unveiled today (Thursday, January 8) at Scaled Composites in Mojave, California, signaling the beginning of flight-testing for the single-engine jet that EAA member Steve Fossett hopes to fly solo non-stop around the world later this year. Fossett plans to make his attempt around April or October or later, depending on the favorable jet streams and the flight-testing results of the aircraft. The flight will originate from the central United States.
First AB-DAR Course Ready to Fly
While most of the aviation world was busy celebrating the centennial of powered flight December 16-18, several EAA staff members and others were focused on fine-tuning the FAA’s new amateur-built aircraft designated airworthiness representative (AB-DAR) initial qualification course at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Representing EAA were staffers Earl Lawrence, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs; Randy Hansen, government programs director; Joe Norris, senior aviation information specialist; and EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council member Joe Gauthier. Also participating in the course’s first run-through were several FAA inspectors and instructors from the FAA and Transportation Safety Institute (TSI). The assembled group determined that with minor adjustments, the course is ready for the initial class of 18 AB-DAR appointees scheduled to attend on January 27-29.
You Can Win With the EAA’s Sweepstakes!
When long-time EAA member Leonard Knitter received a phone call saying he had won the 2003 EAA Sweepstakes grand prize—a refurbished, better-than-new Piper PA28-140 Cherokee—he didn’t believe it; surely one of his friends was playing a practical joke. In fact, Len forgot he had even entered, which made winning even more surprising. “I just really support what EAA is all about and what they’re doing—especially with young people,” said Len, a regular AirVenture attendee as well as a Young Eagle pilot and Air Force veteran.
Insurance Tips: It's Checkout Time
Has your insurance agent ever said you needed to do something in order to qualify for insurance coverage? Maybe you had an old, large tree right next to your house and your agent said the company wanted you to cut the tree down before they would insure your house, property, liability, and contents. Or perhaps your aviation insurance agent said you would need five hours of dual instruction before you could fly solo or carry passengers because you didn’t have any time in the make and model airplane you were planning to buy. Welcome to checkout time!
Timeless Voice of the Week
For over 25 years, professional pilot and writer Michael Maya Charles, EAA 85990, Erie, Colorado, has written about aviation in several outlets, print and electronic. As a teenager Michael worked as a line boy at the airport, soaking up the aviation atmosphere and learning the ropes. As an airport employee, Michael was eligible for a 50 percent discount on flying lessons through the local FBO, which he immediately took advantage of. By age 16 he had soloed and by 17 he earned his private ticket. By 18 Michael had earned his commercial, instrument, and CFI ratings. Read more on the Timeless Voices website.
On The Flight Line ---
AeroConversions Additional Electronic Ignition System Now Available
AeroConversions, Inc. is introducing an additional electronic ignition system for its line of AeroVee Engines. This solid-state ignition qualifies the AeroVee as a "true" dual ignition engine. Advantages with the new system include better fuel economy and a bit more power. The retail price of $5,695 puts it right in the market for existing and new light-sport aircraft owners and builders. Sonex, ltd. is worldwide distributor of Aero Vee engine kits, For more information, visit www.AeroConversions.com.
Sonex Taking Orders on Waiex, Xenos Kits
Sonex, ltd. opens 2004 by announcing pricing of its new Waiex Sportplane and Xenos Sport Motorglider kits. The Waiex can be ordered for $12,685, while the Xenos is being launched with an introductory price of $17,495. Like the Sonex, both kits feature laser-cut parts, all welded components, formed aluminum, cherry rivets, fiberglass parts, machined spar caps, and formed ribs. Initial production is limited for both models, and first delivery dates are contingent on completion of the flight test programs, completion of blueprints, and receipt of parts from suppliers (who have been pressed to continue deliveries of Sonex Kits due to their popularity). A one-third deposit guarantees the price and secures a serial number. To learn more, contact Jeremy Monnett at 920/231-8297, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.sonex-ltd.com.
Six-Place Pipers Get FlightMax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck
New Piper Aircraft will offer Avidyne’s Integrated Flight Deck as optional equipment on its six-place Saratoga II HP, Saratoga II TC, 6X and 6XT, making them the only six-place aircraft on the market with this state-of-the-art avionics system. Designed and manufactured by the Avidyne Corporation of Lincoln, Massachusetts, the FlightMax Entegra system consists of two large, high-resolution sunlight-readable displays; an EXP5000 PFD with an integrated solid-state air data and attitude/heading reference system; and EX5000 multi-function display, more commonly found on corporate jet aircraft. The vacuum system on Entegra-equipped will be replaced with electric and pitot/static standby flight instruments, New Piper’s first implementation of a non-pressurized product with an all-electric flight instrumentation system. Narrowcast Datalink is optional for displays showing GPS location/positioning with Nexrad weather information. Molly Martin Pearce, Director of Sales and Marketing, said the equipment is certified in the U.S. for immediate domestic deliveries, and international certifications are being sought in the near future. For more information, visit www.newpiper.com.
Florida Pilot Association Fly-In April 10
The Florida Pilot Association has scheduled a fly-in on April 10 hosted by Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM). Museum admission, lunch and a chance to win a flight in a WWII Bomber are included with the $25 ticket. For more information, contact Herk at 813-355-7292 or email@example.com, or K.T. LaBudde at the Warbird Museum at 407-933-1942 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.floridapilot.com.
Students Create Light-Sport Aircraft Survey
To help with their project to design a single-place kit airplane for the new light-sport aircraft category, two students at Penn State University are looking for input from EAA members through an on-line survey. David Shelton, EAA 533694, and Andrew Balk, EAA 738235, designed and built an ultralight glider this past summer, which they submitted as an EAA Centennial Homebuilt. They now want to take on a larger project and seek input regarding desired performance, features, costs, etc. “Our airplane will be single-place and it will comply with LSA restrictions,” Shelton said. “It will utilize modern airfoils and perhaps some innovative manufacturing techniques. We have access to some great resources at school and we hope to have the prototype flying in about a year.” The survey will be available through February 5, 2004.
Oshkosh Cannon Insurance Office Moves To Wittman Terminal
Cannon Aviation Insurance's Oshkosh office has relocated from downtown to the Wittman Regional Airport terminal mezzanine. The new address will be 525 W. 20th Avenue, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 54902. Contact number and e-mail address for Peter Moll, Branch Manager, remains 866/601-1780, and email@example.com.
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