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B-17 Featured on 'Fine Living Channel'
Satellite and digital cable outlet the Fine Living Channel will feature EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast in the debut of its series, Fantasy Camp. The program was filmed in November 2003 during an EAA B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp, where attendees learn all about the famous Flying Fortress before going on an actual “mission.” The program debuts at 8 a.m. EDT and repeats on May 3 at 9:30 p.m. EDT and May 4 at 12:30 a.m. EDT. Please check your local listings for more information.
Koepnick Exhibit Opens May 5
A reminder that EAA’s award-winning chief photographer, Jim
Koepnick, opens a special exhibit celebrating his 20th year with EAA on May 5 at the EAA AirVenture Museum. The public is invited to attend
a free opening night program, which begins at 6:30 p.m. with a slide presentation in the Vette Theater, personal reminiscences, and expert tips on how to accomplish great aviation photography.
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It's hard to imagine the "Tin Goose" ever looking
better...Thanks to a fresh coat of paint courtesy of Gulfstream Aviation
and expert maintenance over the winter by EAA's crack aircraft
maintenance staff, EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is all set to celebrate
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AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2
"Launching the Next Century of Flight"
April 30, 2004
Volume 4, Number 17
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EAA Briefs Top OMB Officials on Sport Pilot
Response to EAA-initiated petition impresses federal agency
EAA continued the final push to make the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations a reality on Wednesday, as EAA’s Vice President of Government and Industry Programs, Earl Lawrence briefed top officials of the federal Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C.
Lawrence told the OMB officials, which included Donald Arbuckle, Deputy Administrator of Information and Regulatory Affairs, that sport pilot is the right amount of regulation at the right moment to benefit the general aviation industry. Lawrence was joined by Phil Lockwood and Eric Tucker, members of the light aircraft industry who, along with Lawrence, serve on the ASTM International executive committee that is creating manufacturing specifications for light-sport aircraft.
10,000-Plus Sign EAA’s Sport Pilot Petition
Support poured in from throughout the nation last weekend for EAA’s sport pilot/light-sport aircraft petition to the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), resulting in signatures from more than 10,000 EAA members, other pilots, and aviation enthusiasts. The petition drive ended early Sunday morning, April 25.
EAA’s Pioneer Airport Opens 2004 Season This Weekend
EAA’s Popular Ford Tri-Motor Refurbished For Airplane’s 75th Anniversary
Pioneer Airport, EAA’s popular re-creation of a 1930s aerodrome complete with grass runway, opens the 2004 spring flying season this weekend at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Visitors are invited to come take part in special programs as well as many vintage airplanes on display and in the air on May 1-2. They are also encouraged to participate in an ultimate interactive museum experience by purchasing a flight in one of these rare airplanes. One of those magnificent aircraft, EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, will be specially featured this year as is celebrates its 75th anniversary. In honor of its diamond jubilee year, the airplane was completely refurbished, including a refreshed paint coating compliments of Gulfstream Aviation’s Appleton, Wisconsin, Service Center.
Burt Rutan Presents ‘Fun at Mojave’ At Theater in the Woods
Aircraft design pioneer Burt Rutan will present a very special evening program at Theater in the Woods entitled “Fun at Mojave,” on Thursday, July 29, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. The presentation will most likely include the latest information regarding two major projects--White Knight/SpaceShipOne and GlobalFlyer--in progress at Rutan’s aircraft design company, Scaled Composites, located at Mojave Airport, California.
More Aircraft Confirmed
For AeroShell Square
The lineup at EAA AirVenture’s main aviation showcase, AeroShell Square, is
taking shape with the confirmation of several unique and rare aircraft this past week.
Newly confirmed aircraft include: A Curtiss TP-40 WWII fighter from Kermit Weeks' Fantasy of Flight; Carter Aviation Technology’s (CAT) revolutionary
CarterCopter gyroplane; the Sikorsky S-38 reproduction “Carnuba”
from SC Johnson Co.; A Raytheon
Beech Starship; two Russian WWII transports, an LI-2 and
IL-14; a T-6 Texan II (turboprop U.S. Air Force and Navy primary trainer); Janet McCullough’s
BT-13 and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Redtail P-51C; a
B-17G, Douglas SBD Dauntless, and Grumman F6F
Hellcat from the Lonestar Flight Museum; U.S. Army UAV
(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and Guardrail; and several Unlimited Reno air racers to be announced.
Already confirmed to appear are the Lockheed Super Constellation from the Save-A-Connie foundation and the U.S. Marines
Harrier Jet Updates on other pending aircraft will be included on the
EAA AirVenture website as they are confirmed.
U.S. Air Force Bringing ‘Total Force Exhibit’ to EAA AirVenture
The United States Air Force, which has exhibited at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for many years, will bring its “Total Force Exhibit” to this year’s Oshkosh event July 27-August 2. USAF will occupy 20,000 square feet of the building located along the flight line, just north of the FAA Control Tower. The Air Force facility will serve host to several heroes from Operation Iraqi Freedom and the war on terrorism, who will share their combat experiences and answer questions following their presentations. USAF air show performers and the crews from USAF static displays will be at the exhibit as well as AeroShell Square.
2004 AirVenture Homebuilder's Patch Features ‘Sonerai’
This year’s “I Brought My Homebuilt" patch for EAA AirVenture features a very popular aircraft design, the Sonerai. Pilots who fly their homebuilt aircraft to Oshkosh and register at Homebuilders Headquarters will receive a patch.
John Monnett, designer and EAA Homebuilt Hall of Fame member, unveiled the Sonerai I prototype at the 1971 Oshkosh convention. That very aircraft was donated to the EAA AirVenture museum. Hundreds of Sonerai I and II airplanes have been completed over the years, and plans for both models are still available from
Great Plains Aircraft.
'Get in The Mood' at This Year's Gathering of Eagles
EAA's annual Gathering of Eagles marks the opening of AirVenture Oshkosh, and this year's gala will take attendees back to the 1940s-USO style. The evening's festivities will take place in the AirVenture Museum and features The Airmen of Swing playing all the big band hits, costumed characters such as soldiers, cigarette girls, and swing dancers to show you the moves. Special guest for the evening is incoming Young Eagles Chairman, Harrison Ford. Proceeds from the July 27 event benefit EAA's Young Eagles for expanding the program beyond the flight.
EAA Air Academy: An Aviation Experience of a Lifetime
For 20 years, thousands of young people have participated in the aviation experience of a lifetime at EAA's summer aviation camps. This important stepping-stone can be a key point in both a camper’s personal development and appreciation for aviation. EAA Air Academy programs are administered and supervised by top-level instructors and aviation enthusiasts with more than 200 years of combined teaching experience. Camps take place at the EAA Museum and Leadership Center at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with lodging at the EAA Air Academy Lodge. By popular demand, EAA expanded the age range for the Air Academy to include camps for 10 and 11 year-olds. EAA now accommodates youths ages 10 to 18 through a wide range of camp experiences. To enroll or learn more about each camp, visit
www.airacademy.org or cal 888/EAA-EAA9.
EAA Air Academy also offers adults three different heritage camps featuring the B-17,
Spirit of St. Louis replica, and Ford Tri Motor airplanes. Visit
the EAA website for more details.
75th Anniversary of EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor
EAA celebrates the 75th anniversary of its prized 1929 Ford Tri-Motor passenger airplane, and the 75th anniversary of transcontinental air service, by taking this rare aircraft to selected cities in the Midwest this summer. Two “mini-tours” are scheduled with the aircraft, one running June 25-July 18 in Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois and a second tour to yet-undetermined Midwest cities in September. “As part of EAA’s mission of preserving our magnificent aviation heritage, we are very pleased to celebrate this historic airplane’s 75th anniversary by flying it to selected communities,” said Adam Smith, EAA AirVenture Museum Director. “We welcome everybody to experience true living history by flying in the world’s first mass-produced airliner or seeing it when we land in their area.”
Help Us Build the Future of Aviation?
The EAA Young Eagles team is developing an exciting new website for the Young Eagles program to be launched later this year, and would like to hear from EAA members who have professional web development skills. The website is planned to be a window to the whole world of aviation for kids between ages 8 and 17. In addition to sharing information about the Young Eagles program and EAA’s other youth education initiatives, it will nurture an excitement for aviation in young people, encouraging continued participation and long-term engagement.
On The Flight Line ---
ALERT: Eagle Engines, American Propeller Service, and Designer Props
Exhibit Visitors at Sun 'n Fun
Ameritech Industries, Inc., parent company of Eagle Engines, American Propeller Service, and
Designer Props, experienced a potentially devastating snafu on its way home from the recent Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In. The airline for the SNF exhibitor lost one of General Manager Bob Honig’s bags that contained actual product orders and sales lead information worth an estimated potential $650,000. Honig asks anyone who filled out information request forms at the company’s exhibit to call 800/292-7767 as soon as possible. There is also an on-line form people can access from the company’s website,
www.eagleengines.com , www.americanpropeller.com, or
Logan, Evernham Win Sun ’n Fun Air Races
Of the 35 airplanes competing in the Sun 100 and Sun 60 Air Races held during the recent Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In,
Rob Logan was the fastest, piloting his Lancair to an average speed of 263.232 kts over the 95-mile course to win the 300 hp-plus class.
Richard Keyt won the 180 hp class in his Polen Special at 227.557
kts, while Bill Harrison and his Lancair placed first in the 160-hp class at 198.258
kts. Richard Jankowski paced the 180-hp RV class at 204.254 knots in his RV6.
Winner of the Sun 60 was Tom Evernham, flying a Socata to 201.105
kts. Craig Payne won the Sportsman Class in a Nanchang, averaging 169.315
The annual races were co-sponsored by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, EAA, and Sun ’n Fun.
XCOR Receives the Second FAA Space Flight Permit
At Friday's (April 23) Space Access conference in Phoenix, Arizona, XCOR Aerospace received a Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) mission license from the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST). It was the second such license ever granted (the other belongs to Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites); however, it's the first for an RLV launched and recovered from the ground. The license allows XCOR (Mojave, California) to perform tests on its technology test vehicle, called the Xerus, which the company describes as being in the preliminary design stage
Company Offers Full-Scale Spitfire Replica Kits
Spitfire Aircraft Co. unveiled its prototype SAC Spitfire, a full-sized replica of the venerable British WWII fighter, at the Calaveras County (California) Airport Airfair Day on April 24. The prototype is proceeding toward completion and first test flights within two years, and the company is taking orders for kits and plans at a reduced cost. SAC airframe kits provide all the wood parts to construct a full scale replica Spitfire, Mks III through IX. Complete kits will also include all the necessary metal parts, systems, and accessories. For more information, visit
C-Mods' Belly Drain Kits STC'd For Cessnas
Creators and manufacturers of belly drain kits for Cessna Aircraft, C-Mods,
now has Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) to cover all early 172s and
182s incorporating a longer stem for easier draining. The new Belly
Drain Kit fits models 170, 172, 175, 177, 180, and 182. C-Mods belly
drain kits drain water and trash from the lowest point in the fuel
system, and can be installed in as little as 15 minutes. Complete kits
are priced at $25, or $30 for the extended valve kit. For more
information, visit www.comods.com,
call 919/471-9492, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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