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SWRFI Set For Next Weekend

We're only a week away from the opening of the 40th annual Southwest Regional EAA Fly-In (SWRFI), May 15-15, at their new home, the New Braunfels (Texas) Airport. Honored guest Dick VanGrunsven, founder of Van's Aircraft, will receive the President's Award to join the ranks of past recipients including Tony Bingelis, Paul Poberenzy, Charles Duke, and Duane Cole.

SWRFI has two days of forums, workshops, fly-bys, aircraft, and aircraft judging. Enjoy the Texas hospitality in a family travel destination city. For more information, visit www.swrfi.org.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question for EAA Government and Industry Relations:
I'm very confused by all the different types of Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) areas, who can ask for them and who activates them. Is there a source or any type of documentation, other than the FARs, that describes TFRs?

Believe it or not your question is a common one. In this day and age when TFR knowledge can prevent a USAF F-16 or a U.S. Customs Blackhawk helicopter from flying formation with you, the more information you can review, the better you will understand the TFR system. And that knowledge will help prevent those unwanted formation flights.

FAR part 91 covers the regulatory requirements of TFRs, but is missing a lot of pilot-usable information. The FAA also provides just one short paragraph (29-7) in Order 7400.2, Procedures for Handling Airspace Matters. The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), paragraph 3-5-3, contains a more in-depth discussion of TFRs.

On May 20, 2004 the FAA will issue a revised Advisory Circular (AC) 91-63C, titled “Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs/TFR) that offers a more detailed and current look at all the different types of TFRs that you will be faced with during your everyday VFR and IFR flying. While not “available” yet, you can request a paper copy by faxing or mailing a request for the AC to:
U.S. Dept. of Transportation
Subsequent Distribution Office
DOT Warehouse, SVC-121.23
Ardmore East Business Center
3341Q 75th Avenue
Landover, MD 20785
(Fax) 301/386-5394

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Upcoming Workshops 

May 14-16
Oshkosh, WI

Topic: RV Assembly

May 14-16
Griffin (Atlanta area), GA

Topic: TIG Welding

May 15-16
Griffin (Atlanta area), GA

Topic: Finishing and Spray Painting

May 22-23
Frederick, MD 

Topics: Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems and Avionics, Gas Welding, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

May 2004
AA Desktop Calendar

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 it's 75th anniversary this spring. Its home, EAA's Pioneer Airport, opens in May. Place this "like-new" vintage aircraft on your desktop at the EAA desktop calendar page.


EAA's Official Electronic Newsletter
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2
"Launching the Next Century of Flight"

May 7, 2004   Volume 4, Number 18


News You Can Use ---

EAA Maintenance Crews Assessing B-17 Damage
EAA members, aviation enthusiasts step up with support
EAA aircraft maintenance teams arrived in California on Thursday morning to assess the damage to the B-17 Aluminum Overcast as the airplane suffered a landing gear failure after safely landing at Van Nuys Airport late Wednesday afternoon. The B-17 had arrived at Van Nuys to begin a scheduled stop on this year’s national tour, which featured numerous appearances on the West Coast.

EAA’s Director of Aircraft Maintenance is heading a team that planned to take their first extensive look at the airplane Thursday afternoon and begin assessing the extent of the damage. The airplane is currently parked at the Van Nuys Airport and has been secured following Wednesday’s incident.

A final decision on a timetable will be made after the complete damage assessment is completed.

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from EAA members, who in their usual spirit, have stepped forward with offers to help in many ways,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny.
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Oshkosh Destination Draws Aviation Notables to EAA Headquarters
John and Martha King from the King Schools; Paul MacCready, the father of human-powered flight; and X Prize Foundation representatives Erik Lindbergh and David Knight visited EAA’s Oshkosh headquarters on Wednesday, May 5. The group of aviation notables had been attending a meeting of the Lindbergh Foundation Board this past weekend where John and Martha were installed as newly appointed members.
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EAA Opposes Proposal to Expand Detroit Class B Airspace
EAA, NAFI, and IAC members, along with other general aviation groups, learned about a planned expansion of the Detroit Class B airspace at an FAA public hearing on April 27. The plan shows an expanded area to the northeast and the southwest, plus raising the Class B airspace ceiling from 8,000 feet to 10,000 feet MSL. The Class B area due east of the airport that lies within Canadian airspace will not be modified and those ceilings will remain at 8,000 feet MSL due to international agreements.
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Global Executive Says Sport Pilot Will Benefit Industry
Sport pilot/light-sport aircraft will favorably affect the aviation insurance business, said Global Aerospace Executive Vice President John D’Angelone, a keynote speaker at this week’s 28th annual Aviation Insurance Association conference in Las Vegas Nevada. “We believe that the new FAA sport pilot certificate and light-sport aircraft options will have a significant positive impact on our business,” he said during an outline on significant general aviation opportunities emerging in 2004 and beyond. Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft were highlighted as important initiatives for the future of general aviation.
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“Hoot” Gibson Sets New C-1a World Speed Record
Robert “Hoot” Gibson established a new (unofficial) speed record in class C-1a (661-1,102 pounds) when he flew his 100-hp, 845-pound Cassutt racer an average speed of 238.14 mph in a 100 km closed-circuit course on April 28. That breaks the 20-year-old mark of 229.41 mph flown on July 31, 1984, by James Miller in the Miller GEM 260. Gibson beat the standing mark by well over 1 percent, the margin required by the National Aeronautic Association for new speed records.
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Can-Am Partnership Now 'International Federal Partnership'
Federal Pavilion Readies For AirVenture in New Location
To more accurately reflect the make-up of their current participants, the AirVenture Can-Am Partnership has changed its name to the International Federal Partnership (IFP). The new name, prompted by the recent addition of the Bahamas Customs and Civil Aviation agency, allows more flexibility to add other countries without repeated name changes. The partnership welcomes two U.S. agencies this year (the Transportation Security Administration [TSA] and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) as the Federal Pavilion prepares for its 14th year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Members met recently at EAA headquarters to plan for the fast-approaching event.
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Volunteer Opportunities Still Available For POP Team
The POP (Protect Our Planes) Team has volunteer openings to join its team from Monday, July 26 (the day before the convention) through Sunday, August 1. POP patrollers help ensure that people abide by Oshkosh rules on the AirVenture flight line: no smoking except in designated areas, and no food or drink around aircraft. Volunteers must be at least 14 (ages 14-17 need a parent/guardian with them) and enthusiastic. No experience is necessary—all you need is a smile—and there’s a place for people of all fitness levels. It’s a great way for families and/or groups to enjoy EAA AirVenture “from the inside.” If you’re interested in volunteering, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ProtectOurPlanes for more information.

EAA Quilt Block Contest Entry Deadline is June 1
Those planning to enter EAA’s increasingly popular AirVenture Quilt Block Contest have until June 1 to submit their quilt blocks. Entries may be up to 12 inches per side and should have an airplane or propeller theme. Winning submissions, showcasing the creativity of quilters from across the country and around the world, will be displayed in the EAA AirVenture Museum during AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. Photos of last year’s winners and 2004 contest details, including an entry form, can be seen on the AirVenture website.

Goulian Debuts Castrol Aviator CAP 232 At Sun ’n Fun
Aerobatic Champion and EAA member Michael Goulian debuted his CAP 232 show plane at the recent Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In. The new paint scheme represents his new sponsor, Castrol Oil, which Goulian will represent at about 15 air shows throughout North America this season. Included in that circuit will be general aviation safety events and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004, July 27-August 2 For more information, visit www.mikegoulian.com and www.airbp.com.

On The Flight Line ---

Aircraft Spruce Open House Celebrates New Location May 22
Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. celebrates its new Peachtree City, Georgia facility with an open house on May 22. Mark Forss of EAA’s SportAir Workshops will be there conducting three informational forums, How To Get Started In Homebuilding; How To Register and Certify your Homebuilt; and Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft educational forums. He’ll also conduct a sheet metal demonstration. Also featured during the day will be several manufacturer’s demonstrations and promotions; display aircraft including warbirds; a raffle; kids activities, and more. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. Pilots are invited to fly into Falcon Field (FFC). The Commemorative Air Force will provide complimentary shuttle service. For more information, call 800/831-2949, 770/487-2310, or e-mail info@aircraftspruce.com.

X Prize renamed 'Ansari X Prize'
A multimillion-dollar contribution to the X Prize Foundation announced in Los Angeles Wednesday prompted a name change in the $10 million X Prize. It is now the Ansari X Prize following the gift from Iranian-born businesswoman Anousheh Ansari and her brother-in-law Amir, made on the 43rd anniversary of astronaut Alan Shepard’s suborbital flight into space.

Enter ATS Tool Kit Giveaway
Looking for a serious upgrade to your homebuilder’s workshop? Then you’ll want to enter Aircraft Tool Supply’s 30th anniversary giveaway, which will award a lucky winner with one of its popular Deluxe Homebuilder’s Tool Kits valued at $1,420.95. The kit has all the tools and equipment needed to assemble Van's RV series, and also is an excellent toolkit to assemble other metal aircraft like the Murphy Rebel, Elite, Maverick, and Super Rebel; The Precision Aero Mustang S-51D; and the Skystar Kitfox. Visit www.aircraft-tool.com and click on “Win This Kit” for information on how to enter. Or call 800/248-0638 between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET and speak to an ATS sales rep. All entries must be received by November 1, 2004.

Double Your Hangar Size with ARM Aero-Lift
ARM Aerospace’s Aero-Lift provides two hangars for the price of one by letting you store two airplanes in almost any hangar. The cantilevered, single-post lift can raise a 2,500-pound aircraft of any gear configuration, allowing ample space underneath for a second aircraft, car, boat, whatever. The Aero-Lift has been adopted by FBOs, general aviation and sport aviation pilots, and aeroclubs in the United States and overseas as a solution for scarce, expensive hangar space. The Aero-Lift is also perfect for maintaining or cleaning the belly and gear of your aircraft. For more information, visit www.armaerospace.com or call 520/886-7329.

An Aviation First: AMD Alarus Certified With Inflatable Restraint System
Aircraft Manufacturing & Development (AMD) recently became the first general aviation FAR Part 23 aircraft manufacturer to install a certified inflatable restraint system. AMD’s Alarus includes the AMSAFE Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR), which received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) on April 26. The Alarus is a two-place, side-by-side trainer certified for VFR-Night-IFR, Utility-Normal, spin certified (optional) and now with seatbelt airbags. The inflatable restraint system is a standard type, three-point seat belt with a small airbag pouch attached to the lap harness. A black box between the seats activates two cylinders behind the seats that inflate the airbags in the event of a prolonged 9G forward load on the airframe. Very hard landings will not set-off the system. The airbag is inflated in front of the person for a few seconds only, where the person goes forward into the airbag. For more information, visit www.AMSAFE.com and www.flyalarus.com

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Engine For Eclipse 500 Has Impressive First Run
Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) successfully completed the first run of its new PW610F turbine engine that will power the Eclipse Aviation Corp Eclipse 500 Very Light Jet (VLJ). The engine achieved its rated takeoff thrust of 900 pounds after only five hours during the test run, which took place on May 4 at Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. The PW610F is on track to undergo flight trials on P&WC’s flying test bed in August 2004 and deliveries of the first prototype engines to Eclipse are expected to begin in early December, said Alain M. Bellemare, President, P&WC. Vern Raburn, Eclipse president and CEO, said first flight of the production conforming Eclipse 500 with the P&WC engines is on schedule to take place in the fourth quarter this year. Certification of the dual-channel FADEC PW610F is expected in the first quarter of 2006 and customer deliveries of the Eclipse 500 are expected to begin shortly thereafter.
www.eclipseaviation.com; www.pwc.ca 

UND Flying Team Regains SAFECON National Title
The University of North Dakota (UND) Flying Team regained the national title after placing first in the National Collegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) on April 27-May 1 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Competing against 31 of the nation’s top flying programs from 11 regions around the country, UND took first with a score of 124, followed by Embry-Riddle Prescott (96) and Western Michigan University (90). The competition consists of 11 events, four flying events and seven ground events, which test a variety of piloting skills. It was UND’s 14th national championship in the past 20 years.

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