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Proposed Amendment Places Major Restrictions on GA
EAA is encouraging its members to contact their congressional representatives to express their concern about a proposed amendment to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (HR 3798) that would place additional restrictions on general aviation beyond what has been deemed prudent and effective by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.
Standing-Room-Only Crowd Hears Tuskegee Heroes
One doesn't get many opportunities to see real heroes face to face, but two authentic heroes imparted some American history to a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday night at EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar. Richard Macon and Robert Martin, are two pilots who served with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the first African Americans to fly combat missions for their country during World War II.
EAA Works to Preserve Ethanol Labels at Autogas Stations
Wisconsin Assembly Proposed End to Labeling at Gas Pumps
EAA recently worked with the Wisconsin Ethanol Producers to help craft a compromise bill that ensures retail gas stations continue to inform customers of their use of gasoline with ethanol additives. State Assembly Bill 675 seeks to remove a requirement that gas stations label their pumps with the percentage of ethanol, unless the device dispenses reformulated gasoline at an airport for use as aircraft fuel. EAA, which holds a series of FAA supplemental type certificates (STC) that provide the right to allow aircraft owners to use auto fuels, argued that clear labeling was needed regarding ethanol in automotive gasolines for flight safety reasons.
EAA’s 2004 B-17 National Tour: A ‘Salute To Veterans’
EAA’s B-17 Flying Fortress bomber Aluminum Overcast, an example of one of the greatest military airplanes ever built, will visit more than 20 states this year during its 2004 “Salute to Veterans” national tour beginning April 8 in Oklahoma City. Stops in the western and southeastern United States highlight airplane’s 11th annual tour, which runs through this fall. Twenty-eight locations are already scheduled and more fall dates are being finalized. Over the past decade, thousands of aviation enthusiasts have flown in the renowned bomber, and tens of thousands more people have experienced aircraft ground tours.
(read more) Visit the newly updated B-17 website!
EAA Urges SC Members to Back Proposed Avgas Definition Change
EAA Government Programs sent an e-Alert to its South Carolina members and Chapter leaders asking them to contact their elected representatives to support Senate Bill 822 (S 822), which would benefit general aviation in that state. The proposal, presently pending review in the Senate Transportation Committee, proposes to change the definition of avgas from “avgas for piston-powered aircraft” to “gasoline and general aviation jet fuel manufactured exclusively for use in airplanes and sold for such purposes.” This change would place tax revenues on the sale of aviation jet fuels into the state aviation fund instead of into the state general fund.
A 'New' AirVenture Cup Race Planned For 2004
Entries are being accepted for aviation's premier air race for homebuilt aircraft - EAA's AirVenture Cup - and significant changes are in store for the annual pre-AirVenture Oshkosh event. This year's race will be a 400-mile "Speed Dash" on July 26, starting from Dayton, Ohio, Wright Brothers Airport (MGY) to Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) - from the "Home of the Wright's to the Home of Sport Flight." Previous races spanned two days and 1,000 miles, from Kitty Hawk to Dayton to Oshkosh.
No Appointment Necessary on EAA Members Site
Medical Assistance has a new shingle on the EAA Members Only home page at http://members.eaa.org. Easily recognizable (look for the doctor logo) and navigation friendly, the site houses up-to-date information on airman medical certification, the EAA Aeromedical Advisory program, and EAA Pilot Advocates. There are also useful resource links, articles, and downloadable FAA forms to help resolve a medical issue and keep you flying.
Virtual Flight Takes Off on Simulator Weekend
During EAA AirVenture Museum's annual Flight Simulator Weekend on February 28-29, visitors can experience virtual flight through many different simulation platforms. Get hands-on with a radio-control model simulator; instructional sessions on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, Microsoft X-Box and PlayStation 2- based flight simulators; kite and hot air balloon simulators; three-axis simulated flight in the popular MaxFlight F-16 full-motion simulator; and Combat Flight Simulator dogfight missions.
Timeless Voice of the Week
Howard Irving “Hi” Price, Bradenton, Florida, was a P-47 pilot with the 405th Fighter Group in Europe during WWII, and a P-51 pilot during the Korean War. “I never had a man shot down on any of my flights during two wars,” he says. “I got shot down twice, but none of my troops did. If there was a flak site that needed checked, I never let Blue 4 go down; it was always Blue 1 leading the way!” Not only did Hi lead the way, he managed to capture 272 German soldiers doing it. Read more about Hi’s unique wartime experiences on the Timeless Voices website.
On The Flight Line ---
NAA’s Most Memorable Aviation Records of 2003
Three United States transcontinental air speed records were among the most memorable aviation records of 2003, designated by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). Fred Coon and Dr. Mark Stolzberg flew a Grumman Cheetah from Santa Ana, California, to Kitty Hawk in 14 hours 53 minutes and 32 seconds for an average record speed of 159 miles per hour for a piston engine aircraft. On February 5, EAA member Steve Fossett and Douglas Travis averaged 726 mph on a 2 hours, 56 minutes, 20 second flight from San Diego to Charleston, South Carolina in a Citation X. The next day, Fossett and Joseph Ritchie set a turboprop record on the same route, averaging 546 mph in a Piaggio Avanti in 3 hours 51 minutes 52 seconds.
On December 16-17, Randolph Pentel and Mark Anderson recorded the fastest time to fly around the border of the continental U.S., 45 hours and 27 minutes, in a Citation Ultra. Also in December, William Watters, Raymond Wellington and Ahmed Ragheb flew a Gulfstream G550 for 7,546 miles, the longest distance without landing.
EAA member Bruce Bohannon set another altitude record last year when he climbed to 47,067 feet in his homebuilt RV-4 Flyin’ Tiger on November 15. Jon Jacobs set an ultralight record—distance in a straight line with limited fuel—on November 30, covering 170 miles with just 7.5 kilograms (about 2.7 gallons) of fuel in his Mitchell Wing b-10. And a radio-controlled model, the TAM-5, crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Controlled by Maynard Hill, Barrett Foster and David Brown, the model set a record for distance in a straight line, traveling 1,882 miles from Cape Spear, Newfoundland to Mannin Beach, Ireland, in just under 39 hours. For more information, visit www.naa-usa.org.
King is NATA 'Excellence in Pilot Training Award' Recipient
John King, co-owner and operator of the King Schools, was named the recipient of the prestigious 2004 Excellence in Pilot Training Award from the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). The award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership and excellence in the field of pilot training. King was recognized for the Practical Risk Management For Pilots course introduced in 2003. The award will be conferred during the NATA annual convention, May 18th – 20th in Las Vegas.
Sparrowhawk Makes First Flight
American Autogyro Inc.’s (AAI) SparrowHawk, an enclosed, centerline thrust, two-place kit-built gyroplane, made its maiden flight on February 25. “The SparrowHawk in flight handles, as was anticipated, very well,” said AAI President Jim Mayfield, who also serves as chief test pilot for AAI parent organization Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc. “During the first flight, basic handling qualities were quantified and found to be within predicted limits. The centerline thrust design, incorporating a generous horizontal stabilizer, ensures stability and increases safety. There will be no safer kit-built aircraft.” Initial kit components have been delivered to many AAI dealers who have begun manufacture and assembly. AAI plans to fly the aircraft at the upcoming PRA (Popular Rotorcraft Association) Bensen Days fly-in, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and Sun ‘n Fun. AAI will also offer the APV (Airborne Patrol Vehicle) configuration, a fully assembled aircraft designed specifically for low cost aerial observation to both US and international government agencies. For more information visit www.americanautogyro.com.
Aircraft Spruce Offers Real-Time Weather/GPS With NavAir
NAVAirWx converts a PDA, tablet PC or laptop computer into a full-functioning, moving map GPS system and is now available from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. Similar to a Garmin 295, NAVAirWx combines the best in weather data with a sophisticated navigation and flight planning system. It features a real-time weather overlay instantly updated through a broadcast satellite feed; current NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, echo tops and lightning strike information displayed at ranges from half-mile field to 2,500 miles; timing and distance information; nearest airports; or HSI homing. NAVAirWx is completely portable, and is the only in-flight weather solution available as a fully wireless system, using Bluetooth to connect the WX Radio to the display unit. A free 45-day trial version of NAVAirWx with full moving map functionality and canned weather data is available at www.airgator.com. For ordering information or for a free Aircraft Spruce catalog, visit www.AircraftSpruce.com or call (877) 4-SPRUCE.
Global Flyer Equipped With Chelton EFIS
Chelton Flight Systems' synthetic vision EFIS (Electronic Fight Instrument System) is the choice for the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer. EAA member Steve Fossett plans to fly GlobalFlyer non-stop around the world in April or October of this year. The EFIS will be the primary source of flight instrumentation and navigation for the round-the-world flight. This includes guidance from advanced FAA-certified Highway-In-The-Sky (HITS) predictive flight director and real-time moving map technology along the entire route of flight; seamless three-dimensional terrain modeling; monitoring engine performance fuel flow, waypoint ETAs, weather, and numerous other variables. Designed and built by Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites, the GlobalFlyer has to meet very exacting criteria for lifting an enormous load of fuel required for the circumnavigation. Chelton’s EFIS provides a large volume of navigation information along with aircraft performance data and engine function data in a compact, lightweight package. The two display units in the panel provide redundancy and serve the functions of over a dozen different instruments, saving tremendous weight and space. For more information on this historic flight visit www.GlobalFlyer.com.
HondaJet Using Garmin's G1000 System
A three-panel configuration of Garmin’s G1000 serves as the integrated avionics system on Honda Motor Co.’s experimental HondaJet prototype business jet. A 10-inch multi-function display (MFD) is flanked on either side by 10-inch primary flight displays (PFDs). The aircraft completed its first flight in December 2003, and is currently undergoing 200 hours of additional flight-testing at Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. “The G1000 offers leading-edge integration, quality engineering, system reliability and low cost of ownership—attributes that perfectly complement this exciting bizjet,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing.
All flight-critical data—from engine and flight instrumentation to navigation, communication, weather, terrain and traffic data—is presented digitally through the G1000. The result is increased situational awareness and reduced pilot workload. A fuel-efficient HF118 turbofan engine mounted in a unique over-the-wing configuration powers the eight-place prototype. The HondaJet also incorporates a new fuselage design, airfoil innovations and improved aerodynamic performance. For more on the jet, visit the World Honda website.
Fly-In and Win at FPA Fly-In April 10
Warbirds and civilian planes from all over the country are invited to “Fly In and Win” Saturday, April 10 Florida Pilots Association Fly-In, Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in central Florida. The event, hosted by the Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum in Kissimmee, features a buffet lunch, giveaways and raffle prizes, and behind-the-scene tours of the museum’s Warbird restoration projects including the B-17 “Liberty Belle.” Visitors will have a chance to win a flight in a WWII B-25 Mitchell Bomber, T-6 Texan or a MASH helicopter from Warbird Adventures, Inc. along with many other prizes. Contact KT Budde-Jones at 407-933-1942 or email@example.com for more information or visit www.floridapilots.com. (Rain date: Sunday, April 11.)
New Seaplane Exhibit at Catalina Island Museum
The Catalina Island Museum (Avalon, California) recounts its 75-year seaplane history with a recently opened exhibit. Included are photographs, on-loan artifacts and other educational displays that will be available through August. The Catalina Island Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is located on the ground floor of the Casino building. For more information, call 310-510-2414.
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