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Wright, Ford Descendants to Unveil Flyer at Ford Museum
The world’s only authentic reproduction of the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer, commissioned by EAA and built by The Wright Experience, will be officially installed during a special ceremony Friday at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The plane, the only authentic reproduction of the first successful powered airplane to actually fly at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, is being donated by Ford Motor Company to be permanently displayed in the museum’s “Heroes of the Sky” flight exhibit.
‘Angel 100’ Reaches Goal, Touches 102 Airports
Sixteen hours, nine minutes and 21 seconds after an early morning departure from Dulles International Airport on Wednesday, March 17, Lt. Col. Lindy Kirkland and Maj. Rob Krieg returned to cheering family members and friends, having touched 102 Virginia airports and raised awareness—and money—for Angel Flight East. The nonprofit organization provides free air transportation for those in need of medical treatment far from their homes through its volunteer fleet of pilots and aircraft owners. Operation Centennial Angel’s “Angel 100,” forced to wait a day due to bad weather on the East Coast, began at 5:10 a.m. and ended about 9:20 p.m.
FAA Administrator to Again Present 2004 National GA Awards at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
For the second consecutive year, the annual General Aviation National Awards will be formally presented during a special evening program at Theater in the Woods during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. The recipients of the 41st annual awards will receive their honors from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. They include: Douglas “Doug” Stewart, North Egremont, Massachusetts, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Gary Stephen Goodpaster, Cincinnati, Ohio, Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year; Keith Bryan Lewis, Spartanburg, South Carolina, Avionics Technician of the Year; and Walter Schuyler “Walt” Schamel, Winter Haven, Florida, Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year.
Young Eagles Announcement Video Clips on Website
You can view video clips of EAA's Young Eagles program last week at Van Nuys, California, where actor and pilot Harrison Ford was introduced by EAA President Tom Poberezny as the new EAA Young Eagles Chairman. Incorporated into a new opening page of the EAA Young Eagles website www.youngeagles.org, are clips showing the introduction along with comments from both Tom and the new Young Eagles Chairman. (Clips are available in both QuickTime and Windows Media formats.) A photo gallery and official bio of the new chairman is also available.
Two Washington State TFRs Reduced
A combined effort of EAA staff and its members, area pilots and aviation enthusiasts, and members of Congress resulted in the significant reduction of two Washington State temporary flight restrictions (TFR), effective March 16. Reduction of the Bangor and Port Townsend TFRs, put in place to prohibit flight operations near sensitive U.S. Navy operations following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, opens up a key VFR corridor along the western Puget Sound.
EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan Forums at Sun ’n Fun
Falcon Insurance Agency and EAA have scheduled a series of informational forums on the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan during the 2004 Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In, set for April 13-19, at Lakeland (Florida) Linder Regional Airport. A wide variety of topics include: Understanding the Aviation Insurance Marketplace; Don’t Buy It, Don’t Build It…Unless You Know You Can Insure It; Getting the BEST Aircraft Insurance at the BEST Price; Insurance for Sport Pilots & Light Sport Aircraft; Ultralight Insurance, the Good, Bad, and the Ugly; and Insurance for Sport Pilot Flight Instructors.
Sun ’n Fun Forums Feature Aviation Notables
The Florida Air Museum at Sun ’n Fun will host daily presentations by some of the most recognized names in aviation during the Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In April 13-19 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida. The museum offers presentations twice each day, at 11 a.m. 1 p.m.
Homebuilt Aircraft Council Supports MD-RA
EAA’s Homebuilt Aircraft Council member Jack Dueck presented a $5,000 check to Allan Mahon, president of the Canadian Ministers Delegates-Recreational Aviation (MD-RA) program on March 11, in London Ontario, Canada. The funds will help MD-RA provide training for additional inspectors and more accessible inspections for homebuilders throughout Canada. EAA Oshkosh, the EAA Canadian and Homebuilt Aircraft Councils support this important program for EAA’s Canadian homebuilding members.
Flabob's Youth Programs Going Strong
Throughout the school year, Flabob Airport, Riverside, California, is a field trip destination for area fifth and sixth grader students. Other times, a series of air academy programs is held for junior and senior high students, comprising the Thomas Wathen Foundation Youth Education Programs, EAA satellite programs designed to attract young people to aviation. About once a month during the school year, fifth and sixth graders travel to the airport where they spend a day learning aviation terminology, basic aerodynamics and the history of flight. They all participate in creating and launching miniature hot air balloons and in a paper airplane contest. At other times, representatives of the airport visit the schools to provide presentations on aviation.
Wagner, Riggs to Speak at WAMA Aviation Conference
EAA’s Ron Wagner will be a featured presenter at the 49th Wisconsin Aviation Conference, sponsored by the Wisconsin Airport Management Association on May 10-12 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Wagner will head a sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) roundtable discussion on May 11 from 4-5 p.m. The next morning, May 12, he’ll lead off the program with a complete update on SP/LSA.
Chairman of the EAA Legal Advisory Council attorney Harry Riggs will be the keynote speaker for the May 12 luncheon. Registration and exhibitor information, and a program schedule are available at the WAMA website.
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Track Eclipse Aircraft Certification Progress on the Web
Eclipse Aviation has a new section of its website dedicated to track its progress toward FAA certification of the Eclipse 500 jet. Eclipse's goal is to establish a new standard in Transparency that will benefit all stakeholders in the emerging Very Light Jet (VLJ) industry. “Track Our Progress,” provides a completely unprecedented window into the development and certification process for a new aircraft by posting more than 200 tasks and milestones leading up to certification of the Eclipse 500 in early 2006 and JAA Certification at the end of 2006. Each of these milestones has a due date and as the Eclipse 500 program progresses, the actual date each goal is achieved will be noted and the majority of completed milestones will be illustrated with photos and details.
Lancair Unveils ES-Pressurized and ES-2 Door
Lancair’s introduced the Fastbuild ES-Pressurized (ES-P) kit plane this week, along with a second door option to the existing Fastbuild ES kit. ES-P has carbon fiber wings and fuselage, is powered by the Continental TSIO-550C, 310hp engine, allowing for a cruise speed of 255 knots up to 24,000 feet within the comfort of a pressurized cabin. The ES-P still retains its 61 knot stall speed of the original ES, but the gross weight will increase to 3,550 pounds. More fuel capacity (105 gallons on board) provides a 1,200 statute mile range. The new second door option, available in July 2004, adds a completely fabricated fiberglass door to the passenger side of the aircraft, giving ES builders much easier access for all passengers. A comprehensive builder assist center for the new ES-P as well as the existing ES is available at Lancair’s Redmond, Oregon, headquarters, utilizing all tools, materials and jigs. To learn more, visit the Lancair website.
Vintage Aircraft Open House at Flabob
EAA Vintage Aircraft Chapter 33 hosts their fifth annual Open House at Flabob Airport on May 15. Some 200 antique and classic aircraft, dozens of vintage cars and hot rods, and 500 to 1,000 people are expected for the event. Planned events include give fabric covering demonstrations, radio controlled aircraft flying, welding demonstrations, and a flea market. “But, clearly, the emphasis is on socializing, looking at aircraft and watching them fly around in the pattern,” said Chapter President Leo Williams. Members will stage flights for the Young Eagles program and some of the lucky kids may get to fly in open cockpit biplanes. For more information or to make reservations for Young Eagles flights, contact Kathy Rohm at 909/683-2309, ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun ‘n Fun Receives ExxonMobil Grant for Aerospace Education Workshop
Sun ’n Fun’s 2004 Aerospace Education Summer Workshop will be underwritten by a grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation. The three-day workshop for middle school and high school teachers enhances classroom skills in math and science through the use of aviation. The workshop will be held on the Sun ’n Fun campus in Lakeland, Florida, and is an extension of the successful Educators’ Aerospace Workshop that is held during the annual fly-in. “Sun ‘n Fun will be able to further expand our year-round education programs,” said Sun ‘n Fun President John Burton. “This grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation creates an opportunity to teach the teachers, which enables us to reach and motivate a greater number of students.” For more information, visit www.sun-n-fun.org or call 863/644-2431.
15th Annual WAI Conference Wraps Up in Reno
More than $450,000 in scholarships and grants for flight, dispatch, management and maintenance training, as well as academic study, were awarded to more than 40 deserving candidates at the recently concluded 15th Annual International Conference Women in Aviation at Reno. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey delivered the keynote address that focused on about exciting changes to come in the airline and aerospace industry. More than 2,400 people attended the three-day gathering. For more information, visit www.wai.org.
2004 Rochester WINGS Program Set for May 8-9
The Greater Rochester (New York) International Airport hosts the third annual Rochester WINGS program for pilots and aviation enthusiasts from throughout the region on May 8-9. Pilots will have the opportunity to receive 3 free hours of flight instruction as part of the FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency Awards program. Area flight instructors will volunteer their time to help pilots achieve the next level of WINGS in one weekend. A seminar for non-pilots is also scheduled showing them how to assist the pilot with normal duties, such as communication or navigation, plus what to do in an emergency. Other programs focus on aircraft owner maintenance and engine rebuilding; avoiding runway incursions; and EAA Young Eagles flights by EAA Chapter 44. (Interested pilots call Dave Hurd at 585-226-2402, or e-mail email@example.com. A banquet on Saturday evening will recognize achievements of Area Women in Aviation. For more information, visit www.RochesterWings.com.
Correction: Windecker Eagle I Was First
Two weeks ago a story stated that the Beech Starship was the first composite aircraft certified by the FAA. Well, we heard from a few of you who pointed out that the Windecker Eagle I was in fact the first civil aircraft to be built almost entirely of fiberglass to be certified by the FAA, which occurred in December 1969. Thanks to all who provided the heads up!
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