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EAA Members Outbuild Cessna, Other GA Manufacturers
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its 2003 GA Airplane Shipment report on Wednesday, February 11, which showed that piston-powered aircraft production rose last year, with a 9.5 percent increase worldwide (from 1,731-1,896) and 6.3 percent increase (1,496-1,590) in the U.S.
Comparing EAA members’ production to the production runs of single-engine piston manufacturers for almost the same period, EAA members produced more single-engine aircraft than any single GA manufacturer!
EAA Young Eagles Program Receives Laurel Award
EAA members are not the only ones who think the Young Eagles program is pretty special. Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine recently awarded the program one of its prestigious "Laurel" honors for 2003.
The annual "Laurel" awards honor those individuals and teams who made significant contributions to the international field of aerospace during the past year. In its award proclamation to EAA, published in the February 2 issue, Aviation Week & Space Technology stated that "many of these children have grown up and gone on to earn their private pilot's licenses and choose aviation as a career, in large part because an EAA member introduced them to aviation and ignited an interest in flying."
EAA AirVenture Museum Acquires Tuskegee Airmen Trainer
The EAA AirVenture Museum is preparing the Eagle Hangar for a rare piece of World War II history—a North American T-6 Tuskegee Airmen trainer. This national treasure, serial number 93392 (current registration N426DB), is one of two known to exist.
The Tuskegee Airmen is a fine example in aviation history of men overcoming discrimination. While Allied soldiers were fighting against Anti-Semitism in Europe during World War II, the U.S. Army Air Corps maintained its racial segregation policies among its own troops.
Call for Entries - 2004 EAA Sport Aviation Art Competition
EAA is accepting entries for the 2004 EAA Sport Aviation Art Competition. Now in its 28th year, the art competition is the longest running aviation art contest and a showplace for some of the best aviation art in the country.
Works executed in two-dimensional media (sorry, no photography) with an aviation theme, particularly this year's theme "Launching the Next Century of Flight" are eligible. Jury selection, however, will focus on media portraying EAA interests: homebuilt aircraft, aerobatics, warbirds, vintage aircraft, and flight instruction.
Louisiana EAA Fly-In Series Set for 2004
EAA sponsors several fly-ins, but the Louisiana EAA Fly-In 2004 has something different to offer aviation enthusiast. Rather than one weekend of events, the Louisiana EAA Fly-In holds a series of 11 events from March through November around the state.
The fly-in series actually began last year when several Louisiana EAA Chapters revived a similar series that ended in the early 1990s to celebrate the centennial of flight "Our goals were to raise aviation awareness of the general public and increase aviation activity," said Jim Riviere, the series coordinator. After a successful turnout, more than 150 aircraft participated in several events, the group decided to officially make it an annual event.
EAA Air Academy Adds Summer Session for 10-11 Year Olds
The EAA Air Academy, the nation's longest-running aviation camp, is opening the world of flight this summer to children ages 10-11. Called Young Eagles Camp I, the session runs from June 12-16 and offers this inquisitive age group a fast-paced introduction to the world of aviation with plenty of hands-on activities. It uses small-group activities and close counselor relationships to present the basics of flight in a "science camp" format that is a unique combination of fun and discovery. As with other Academy sessions, Young Eagles Camp I is based at the EAA Aviation Center and the Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh.
Insurance Tips: The EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan Is Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft Ready
The new rules on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) are getting very close to reality. This new FAA rule will be the biggest advancement in recreational aviation since the FAA rules allowing individuals to design and build airplanes of their dreams! But can you get insurance? You bet!
EAA Members considering SP/LSA as an opportunity to get back into recreational aviation or to earn their certificate can feel confident that the EAA aircraft insurance plan is SP/LSA ready! For those who buy, build, or rent LSA, you will also find insurance available for ownership and rental of LSA in the EAA Plan.
Timeless Voice of the Week
This week’s “Voice” is Henry “Hank” Johnson, EAA 356573, of Bonita Springs, Florida. Interviewed during AirVenture 2003, Hank, a former president and CEO of Spiegel Inc. and an esteemed member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, attributes his success in the business world to his military service. He was a B-17 pilot with the 493rd Bomb Group flying combat missions out of Debach, England, during WWII.
Read about Hank’s experiences on the Timeless Voices website.
On The Flight Line ---
Texas Aviation Hall Of Fame Call For Nominations
The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Class of 2004. Located at Galveston International Airport, the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame honors the aviation heroes and pioneers of Texas who have made lasting achievements to the advancement of aviation.
Eligibility is open to any native Texan or Texas-domiciled business responsible for outstanding aviation achievement conducted within or outside the state. Non-native Texans or businesses that performed significant aviation achievements within the state are eligible as well.
Selected nominees will be officially inducted at the 6th Annual Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on November 13, 2004. For more information or an application, contact the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame at P.O. Box 3099, Galveston, TX, 77552; phone at 888/FLIGHT-8; or visit on the web at www.lsfm.org. Nomination deadline is April 16, 2004.
Professional Prop and Exhaust Solutions
Professional Pilots Inc, Lowell, Indiana, recently received STC approvals for the installation of a Hartzell 80-inch Top Prop constant speed propeller and the installation of its New High Performance Exhaust System on Piper Super Cubs with engines ranging from 150 to 180 horsepower. The performance on both ends is increased significantly due to the ability to keep the RPM at the most optimum speed during all phases of flight. The company's improved exhaust system could also be an asset to homebuilders with limited cowling space, similar to the Super Cub. For more information, visit www.propilotsinc.com, or call 219/696-8726.
Garmin G1000 New Choice for Mooney Aircraft
Mooney Airplane Company announced that it will offer the Garmin G1000 all-glass integrated avionics system on the new Ovation2 GX and Bravo GX models beginning in the third quarter of 2004. Right now the company is in the certification program, but it anticipates completion by mid-summer. Mooney made it clear, however, that it will continue to feature the current technology panel as standard on the current Ovation2 DX and Bravo DX models.
Mooney officials cited satisfying customer needs and the G1000's excellent record for the integration of primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, and engine data on two large 10.4-inch high-resolution, glass displays, as reasons for the change. And by offering both technologies, the company feels it can please current and future customers. Visit www.Mooney.com for more details.
MyAirplane.com Prepares for Heavy Traffic
Aviation information company MyAirplane.com recently upgraded its hardware to accommodate visits on its website from the large and diverse community of pilots and aviation enthusiasts. Besides offering VFR sectionals, NOAA approach plates, and VFR terminal area charts for free, the website is handy for looking up kit builders by model or manufacturer and searcing for aircraft background information using N-numbers, also at no cost. For more information about its services, visit to www.MyAirplane.com.
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