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Photo Exhibit Opens May 5
EAA’s award-winning chief photographer, Jim
Koepnick, opens a special exhibit featuring some of his most memorable photos shot during his 20 years here on May 5 at the EAA AirVenture Museum. The public is invited to attend opening night program, which includes a slide presentation in the Vette Theater, personal reminiscences, and expert tips on how to accomplish great aviation photography. Koepnick’s work appears in EAA and division publications and has also been feature in national magazines
Life, Time, Flying, Town and Country, Men's Journal
and Popular Mechanics. The exhibit will be open through the summer in the AirVenture photo gallery.
Teaches Kids About Aviation
Wild Blue Wonders, a book by
Flying Magazine west coast editor Lane Wallace, teaches the components of aviation
to middle school-aged kids. The book provides analogies relating to flight, for example, how a curve ball in baseball relates to lift and Bernoulli’s Principle. Available for
$19.95 at EAA Aeronautica.
To order you copy, visit the Aeronautica
For more great sale items, visit http://shop.eaa.org.
Q & A: Question
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Question for EAA Aviation
Can someone tell me if the new rules for sport pilot/light-sport
aircraft would include the piloting of my 1946 415C Ercoupe? It seems to meet the criteria for the
planes: two-seater, low-HP, low-weight, etc. If not, could you tell me specifics as to why it wouldn't be included?
The answer to your question depends on what the sport pilot final rule calls out regarding the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA). If the LSA definition
remains as it originally appeared in the proposal (NPRM), then the Ercoupe 415C will not qualify, as it's gross weight is above the 1232-lb limit and it's landing-configuration stall speed is above the 39 knot limit. However, we suspect that the final rule will include some adjustments to the LSA
definition that may include the Ercoupe 415C as eligible for operation by sport pilots.
I suggest you keep watching the sport pilot web site (www.sportpilot.org)
for info and updates. Once the final rule is made public, we will post specific information as quickly as
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AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2
"Launching the Next Century of Flight"
April 23, 2004
Volume 4, Number 16
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Representatives Join EAA in Urging OMB to Approve Sport Pilot Rule Now
Two senators, five U.S. Representatives submit petition with thousands of signatures
EAA’s efforts to finalize the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule drew the support of seven members of Congress this week, as these elected officials were invited to join EAA members and aviation enthusiasts in urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the rule “in the most expeditious manner possible” when it receives the proposal back from the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The elected officials, who are also pilots or knowledgeable aviation supporters, include Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Michael Crapo (R-ID); and Congressional representatives Sam Graves (R-MO); Tom Petri (R-WI); Robin Hayes (R-NC); Vernon Ehlers (R-MI); and Dennis Rehburg (R-MT). Each signed the letter addressed to OMB Director Joshua B. Bolten, expressing strong support for the
FAA’s proposed rule, Certification of Aircraft and Airman for the Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft (Docket No. FAA-2001-11133).
Join the Sport Pilot Petition
Petition Drive Ends April 25
In less than a week, thousands of EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts have signed a
petition to the federal Office of Management and Budget urging it to expedite release of the proposed sport pilot/light sport aircraft rule when it returns from FAA in the next few weeks. This rule is a huge step for those who are looking to overcome personal time or financial burdens that keep them from pursuing their aviation dreams, or for those who want a viable way to return to the sky.
If you haven’t made your voice heard, do it now. Join the petition drive in less than two minutes by visiting the
EAA website. This petition will go directly to the OMB as a show of support from the aviation community for the opportunities available through what’s commonly known as the “sport pilot” rule.
Public Hearings Scheduled For National Air Tour
Comment Period Extended Again
In a notice posted on April 20, the FAA extended the official comment deadline to June 18, 2004, for the National Air Tour Safety Standards (FAA-1998-4521) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). FAA has also scheduled three public hearings on the controversial NPRM next month, on May 11 in Washington, D.C., and two sessions on May 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The public meetings and additional public comment time will help government officials “consider the concerns of those who may be most affected by the proposed rule,” according to the April 20 notice.
Looks Back On Busy Fly-In
Congratulates Sun 'n Fun Officials on
Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In, the traditional opening to the summer flying season, provided a number of opportunities for EAA President Tom Poberezny to meet with industry and government representatives, as well as manufacturers and enthusiasts.
During the “Meet the FAA” presentation, FAA Deputy Administrator Bobby Sturgill and discussed general aviation safety, noting that amateur-built aircraft’s fatal accident rate has lowered significantly in the past 18 months. “EAA’s proactive programs, including the Flight Advisors and Technical Counselors, should be credited with
making a significant difference in safety, which is a top priority for the FAA,” Poberezny said. He spoke with senior FAA staff following the presentation to further discuss programs and education that will continue positive safety records.
EAA Salutes Its Volunteers
The Experimental Aircraft Association would not exist as it is today were it not for the thousands of dedicated volunteers who donate their time and talents to myriad efforts throughout the year. This week, April 18-24, EAA joins the nation in formally saluting its thousands of volunteers during National Volunteer Recognition Week.
“The basic premise of EAA has always been ‘members helping
members,’” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “Volunteer service
has been an essential part of EAA since the first members stepped
forward to create the organization in 1953.
Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In 2004
Aircraft Judging Awards
Judges at the 30th Annual Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In announced the award winners in eight aircraft categories,
following the recently concluded event in Lakeland, Florida. To view the
results, visit the EAA
EAA AirVenture Forums Schedule Now Available
The EAA AirVenture Forums scheduling team has posted the initial schedule of EAA AirVenture forum presentations on
www.airventure.org. Hundreds of presentations feature virtually any aviation topic, including aircraft design, history, vintage aircraft, family aviation, medical certification, piloting, insurance and of course, sport pilot/light-sport aircraft, to name a few.
Confirmed returning presenters include aviation humorist
Rod Machado; revolutionary designer Burt Rutan, plus a host of individuals from NASA, Aircraft Type Clubs, aircraft designers, builders, historians and enthusiasts.
The forums presentation scheduling process is ongoing and new presentations are added every day. The final schedule is expected to be complete in mid-May. For continuous updates, visit
the EAA AirVenture website.
EAA AirVenture Exhibitor Space Filling Up
The past two EAA AirVenture Oshkosh gatherings set records for the number of exhibitors and 2004 is looking more and more like a continuation of that trend. EAA Convention Headquarters reports reservations for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh are filling up at an even greater pace.
“We’ve had a very good response from exhibitors,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “This points to a strengthening of the economy overall including the aviation industry. EAA AirVenture is the focal point, where the new aviation products and services are introduced to the public. As we help launch the next century of powered flight, the fact that we are very strong or ahead of schedule reinforces that. Along with the exhibitors who have reserved space, we’re very enthusiastic about this year’s convention.”
'Super' Masters of Disaster
Return to EAA AirVenture
When the X-Team and the Masters of Disaster made their stunning debut at EAA AirVenture last year, it was unlike anything ever seen along the famous Oshkosh flight line. The attraction, featuring aerobatic aircraft and flame-belching jet trucks, returns this year bigger and better, says veteran air show performer Jimmy Franklin. We caught up with Jimmy recently for a preview, and the pilot famous for flying the jet-powered Waco described this year’s “Super Masters of Disaster,” or “Super M.O.D.” It’s a can’t-miss EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 attraction Wednesday through Sunday (July 28-August 1).
Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In Moves To New Location
The Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In, June 26-27, moves 31 miles southeast to a new venue for 2004, to the Front Range Airport (FTG), located on the I-70 corridor just six miles southeast of Denver International Airport. The fly-in had been at Longmont Airport for the past 25 years. FTG has a pair of eight thousand-foot runways, with acres of ramp space for parking and tie-downs. The fly-in will feature a fly market; more than 20 forums on topics ranging from mountain flying to airplane construction; an air show featuring local and national performers each day from 12-3 p.m.; and beautiful custom-built aircraft and antique-classics. For more information, visit
www.rmrfi.org and the airport website,
SWRFI Approaches in New Braunfels, Texas
for the Southwest Regional EAA Fly-In are getting ready for their 40th
annual gathering, set to arrive in three weeks at their new home, the
New Braunfels (Texas) Airport. With 1,000 acres of grass, there's lots of ramp room for vendors
(more than 50 aviation vendors have reserved space) and aircraft. SWRFI has two days of forums, workshops, fly-bys
and aircraft judging, along with Texas hospitality in a family travel destination
city. For more information, visit www.swrfi.org.
Last week we referred to 2004 Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame inductee John S. Wilder as the state’s former Tennessee Lt. Governor but he is in fact the current and longest serving Lt. Governor in the nation. At age 80, Wilder is also an instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot and flies his beloved twin Comanche Jaybird from his private airstrip to Nashville on a regular basis. Thanks to Thomas D. Smith, EAA 185871, for the heads up!
On The Flight Line ---
Bohannon Breaks Own
Aiming For 50,000 at Oshkosh
When pilot Bruce Bohannon introduced the Exxon Flyin’ Tiger at the 1999 Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In, he said it was built for one purpose: to set at least 10 aviation world records in five years. Well, five years later, he arrived at Lakeland, Florida, with 24 time-to-climb and altitude records under its cowl.
And that’s what he did, breaking his own time-to-climb standard for 9,000 meters (Class
C-1, C-1b) on April 17. He not only broke the old mark of 15 minutes, 35 seconds, he blew it out of the sky with an unofficial time of less than 10 minutes.
Bohannon later discovered he bested earlier 6,000 meter time-to-climb
world records as well. What's next? FL 500: He’s aiming to surpass 50,000 feet this year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004.
Poly-Fiber Acquires Randolph Products
Poly-Fiber, Inc., Riverside, California, has acquired the aviation division of Randolph Products, Inc. Randolph has manufactured coatings for fabric and metal aircraft since 1932. Poly-Fiber will continue to produce and distribute the majority of Randolph products at its Riverside facility under the name Randolph Aircraft Products. Jon Goldenbaum, Poly-Fiber manager, says customers should notice no change with the product. “We are going to continue to produce Randolph Products using the same formulas and distribute them through the same companies,” he said. All major distributors will have color tinting machines at their locations, allowing them to produce colors in-house. This will provide the customer with immediate access to all Randolph butyrate and Ranthane colors. Most products will be available to distributors within a few weeks. Randolph dope products are used in conjunction with Ceconite fabric. For additional information, call 800/362-3490 or email
Carter Looks to License Landing Gear
During a Sun ’n Fun press conference, Carter Aviation Technologies announced it is working with autogyro maker The Butterfly, LLC to develop a superior landing gear system. The project, which may lead to Carter’s first external licensing agreement, uses a patented Carter strut, “Smart Strut,” which works with TBL’s G-Force gear to provide 16 inches of stroke at the wheels. A patented mechanical valve determines the impact energy and applies the proper pressure to vary the deceleration rate based on the aircraft’s impact velocity – without exceeding gear load limits. The valve works without external sensors and automatically adjusts to handle any combination of impact velocity and weight up to its design limits. During proof testing, the gear was able to absorb 1,200 feet-per-minute landing impacts with a 3000 lb gross weight with no damage. When final tests are complete Carter and TBL will look at a licensing agreement. “Our whole research and development program is geared toward increasing safety and efficiency within the aviation industry,” said Carter President Jay Carter, Jr. “We are extremely pleased with the results that we are achieving with the Monarch. I believe this new system represents a quantum leap in safety for autogyros and we are excited about its future impact. For more
information, visit www.CarterAviationTechnologies.com.
Kings Elected to Lindbergh Foundation Board
John and Martha King of King Schools have been elected to serve on the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of human life by encouraging a balance between technology and our environment. Established in 1977 through the leadership of Neil Armstrong and Jimmy Doolittle. The Foundation provides grants each year in amounts up of $10,580 (a symbolic amount representing the cost of the "Spirit of St. Louis" in 1927). It has awarded more than $2.25 million throughout the world. For information on the Lindbergh Grants application process and Lindbergh Foundation membership, visit
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