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EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft is In the Mail!
EAA is celebrating the birth of a new magazine this week, as the premiere issue of EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft is off the presses and being mailed to members! This new magazine replaces Experimenter magazine, shifting its primary focus to the exciting proposed new sport pilot certificate and light-sport aircraft category, while retaining many of the former publication’s popular features. EAA members who subscribe to Experimenter will automatically receive the new magazine in their mailboxes soon. Any EAA member who receives EAA Sport Aviation can add an EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft subscription for $20 a year.
FAA Temporarily Retracts Sport Pilot Proposal
Action Allows FAA to Answer OMB Questions
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey ordered an administrative move on Wednesday, March 24, that keeps the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule on track for final approval this spring. She withdrew the proposal from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to answer several final questions about the rulemaking package. That maneuver saves the rule from facing a potential significant delay in its approval. By bringing the proposal back to FAA, Blakey can address OMB’s questions in the most expeditious manner and return it quickly for final approval.
EAA Wright Flyer Retired to The Henry Ford
EAA’s 1903 Wright Flyer was installed as the centerpiece of the “Heroes of the Sky” exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, on Friday morning, March 19. Edsel Ford II of Ford Motor Company presented museum president Steve Hamp with the same airworthiness certificate that EAA President Tom Poberezny transferred to Ford at the national Centennial of Flight celebration last December in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
Warner Speaks to Powrachute Dealers
EAA Executive Vice President Bob Warner spoke at the National Team Powrachute dealer’s meeting held last weekend at the company’s Columbus, Kansas, headquarters. Warner, who was accompanied by Earl Downs, contributor to EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine, told the 80 dealers in attendance EAA’s views on sport pilot/light-sport aircraft and the effect it would have on manufacturers. Warner also had the opportunity to receive an instructional flight with 2003 Powrachute Dealer of the Year, Morris Yoder, Hutchison, Kansas, in one of the company’s two-seat trainers.
Powrachute, a major contributor in the ASTM manufacturers standards powered parachute committee, manufactures FAA Part 103-compliant ultralights as well as two-place trainers that are anticipated to be for the sport pilot market.
Join EAA To Celebrate the Life of Steve Wittman
Reservations are still available for “Memories of Steve,” EAA’s special tribute in celebration of Steve Wittman’s 100th birthday on April 5. The program, slated for 6 p.m. in the AirVenture Museum Eagle Hangar, will feature unique recollections from the champion air racer and designer/builder’s closest friends, including EAA Founder and Chairman Paul H. Poberezny, biographer Aaron King, fellow air racer Bill Porter, and airplane designer John Monnett. Also seen will be exclusive selections of Steve from EAA’s movie and video archives. The event is free and open to the public, but those planning to attend should still make a reservation by calling 920/426-6880, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. A collection will also be held that evening in support of projects that sustain Steve’s memory. The Wittman Hangar at Pioneer Airport will be opened April 3-5 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for special guided tours featuring a new temporary display of rare Wittman artifacts drawn from the Museum’s collection.
Lakeside Quilters Gathering During EAA AirVenture
The Lakeside Quilters of Oshkosh will host its annual EAA Quilters’ Gathering on Thursday (July 29) during AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. The event featuring demonstrations, a market place, and display of members’ work takes place form 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Sacred Heart gymnasium, 505 Knapp St. Door prizes, a silent auction, and a raffle for a bed-sized quilt and other items is slated. For more information, contact Joleen Stadler, 920-235-9129, email@example.com.
On The Flight Line ---
Adam Aircraft Names New President
Veteran aviation executive Joe Walker was named president of Adam Aircraft this week by the Englewood, Colorado, manufacturer. Walker, who most recently served as senior vice president of worldwide sales for Gulfstream Aerospace, has a 25-year career in general aviation . He also is a former vice president of General Dynamics. "Joe Walker initially will play a key role in the expansion of Adam Aircraft's sales, marketing and customer support capabilities," said Adam CEO Rick Adam. "Joe has participated in the launch of close to 30 different aircraft ranging from light singles to ultra-long range business jets. As one of the most talented senior executives in our industry, Joe will provide the guidance and leadership necessary to ensure a successful launch for both our A500 piston-twin and A700 AdamJet." Walker also was with Cessna, where he played a key role in the success of the Citation product line including the launch of the CitationJet. He is an experienced multi-engine, instrument rated pilot. For more information on Adam Aircraft, visit www.adamaircraft.com.
Garmin Unveils Color GPSMAP 296
Garmin International Inc introduced the GPSMAP 296, a portable device that delivers color topographic mapping and terrain advisory alerting. The new unit features a 256-color, high-resolution (480x320-pixels) TFT transflective display for easy viewing in most lighting conditions. “Terrain awareness really sets the GPSMAP 296 apart from other aviation handheld devices,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. “The GPSMAP 296 allows pilots to see in vivid color not only where they’re going, but also where potential obstacles lie along the flight path—providing useful information that can help them avoid controlled-flight-into-terrain (CFIT) accidents.” Garmin’s GPS “Panel Page” depicts GPS-derived groundspeed, altitude, turn rate, course, heading, and vertical speed in a presentation similar to an Electronic Flight Information System. Garmin says the new units will be available in this April and will take fist orders at the Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In April 13-19. The suggested retail price $1,795 includes a yoke mount, automotive mount, cigarette-lighter adapter, AC adapter cable, USB-to-PC interface cable, low-profile remote GPS antenna, carrying case, free Jeppesen update certificate, and Trip & Waypoint Manager software. Learn more at www.garmin.com.
Vern Raburn Named 2003 'Aviation Visionary of the Year'
Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn was named 2003 Visionary of the Year by Professional Pilot Aviation magazine. The announcement was made at Pro Pilot’s annual Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment (PRASE) Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 24. Raburn also accepted invitations to join the FAA Research, Engineering & Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) executive council and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s presidential advisory board.
DARCorporation Offers On-Line e-Training
New and existing users of DARCorporation’s Advanced Aircraft Analysis (AAA) 2.5 software can now take advantage of monthly on-line training using WebEx Communications. With Internet access and a telephone, users can participate in small e-training groups with instructors who take the students through the program’s layout and organization, and show how to use advanced features. E-training is offered the second Monday through Friday of each month, totaling 15 hours (three hours per day). For more information, visit the DARCorporation website.
Superior Improves Push Rod Seals
Responding to some customers who reported its push rod seals didn’t install very well, Superior Air Parts’ Product Integrity Team (PIT) developed a new seal that provides a simple fix for the persistent problem. The suspect seals reportedly were hard to get seated and would sometimes leak. “Our PIT crew traced it to inconsistencies in the manufacturing process,” explained Keith Blockus, Superior’s sr. director of engineering and product development. Superior switched manufacturing processes away from the inconsistencies of machining the seals from a piece of frozen rubber to a state-of-the-art injection molding system that created a perfect circle every time. “The PIT Crew led the entire year-long process from design changes to manufacturing samples to customer testing and onto final production,” Blockus said. To avoid any confusion in the field, new seals are ‘Superior Blue” to contrast from the old white parts. PIT is a group of employees representing all facets of the company responsible for identifying and solving product performance and quality problems. www.superiorairparts.com.
New Metal Wing Now Available For The BD-4
An all-metal wing highlights the new design of the BD-4 aircraft, using honeycomb ribs and metal skin that has the appearance of a composite-type wing, says James R. Bede, President of BedeCorp, LLC. The metal wing is completely bonded with space-age adhesives that results in an extremely smooth skin free of rivets. It can utilize the original flap, ailerons and wing tips, and the new wing spars can be installed on the BD-4 original center section. For more information, visit JLN Distributors at www.jimbede.com, call 330-725-9911, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The new wing will be on display in Booth LD 006 at the Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida April 13-19.
AeroTraderOnline.com Records Impressive Growth
With a 141 percent increase in new and used aircraft listings and a nine-fold increase in dealers listed since 2003, AeroTraderOnline.com is one of the fastest growing online classified websites for aircraft buyers and sellers. This has led to large increases in traffic: more than two million visitors conducting six million searches annually. “The idea of buying and selling aircraft over the Internet has progressed tremendously, and we are capitalizing on this opportunity,” remarked David Bingham, business development manager. Individuals can list their aircraft for a nominal fee, while dealers and brokers can list their entire aircraft inventory. AeroTraderOnline.com also provides virtual tours, new model showcases, title search, and information about finance, insurance, refurbishing, appraisals, on-line charters, and other aviation links.
Hanusa to Review CAF Flight Operations
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has retained aviation consultant Dick Hanusa to lead implementation of a top-to-bottom safety program to, as CAF board member Doug Rozendaal said, “Send a loud and clear message to the entire CAF that we must change the way we do business if we wish to continue flying our warbirds.” Hanusa will review and evaluate CAF regulations, safety program, staffing and its accident/incident history, then recommend changes based on industry best-practices. Hanusa has been in aviation for 34 years, including an 18-year FAA career where he served as a operations inspector and operations unit supervisor. www.commemorativeairforce.org.
Warbirds Adventures Adds Fourth 'SNJ'
Warbird Adventures, Inc., Kissimmee, Florida, has added a fourth “Texan” to its fleet to make it the largest T-6/SNJ flight training operation in the United States The WWII advanced trainer--SNJ-6, Bureau number 112227, N454WA--will be fitted with a state-of-the-art, three-camera digital video equipment system that records each flight on both high-quality video and DVD. Modifications will allow pilots and non-pilots to experience the aircraft from the front cockpit, at the controls. Experienced instructors will teach both the aircraft’s flight characteristics history from the back cockpit just as they were designed to do over 60 years ago. Visit www.warbirdadventures.com for the latest information about the restoration and Warbird Adventures touring schedule.
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