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Young Eagles Rallies
Happening at EAA HQ This Weekend
New KidVenture Exhibit,
SportAir RV Workshop,
AirVenture Work Groups
EAA headquarters in Oshkosh,
Wisconsin, will be buzzing with activity this weekend.
EAA’s AirVenture Museum unveils
“KidVenture Gallery” on Saturday, May 15. The new 3,000-square foot exhibit is a fun-filled way to increase young people’s knowledge and enthusiasm flight, but it’s for kids of all ages. KidVenture Gallery includes hands-exhibits, simulators, more than a half-dozen separate aircraft cockpits, and much more. The gallery is supported by the Emil Buehler Trust.
SportAir Workshops has three sessions this weekend around the country including one at EAA Oshkosh. The RV workshop will draw up to 16 future homebuilders to Oshkosh seeking the required skills to build their own personal dreams of flight.
Also, on the EAA AirVenture convention grounds this weekend, two groups of volunteers will
conduct various work projects in preparation for the convention. Nearly 20 volunteers from EAA Chapter 439 and the Vintage Aircraft Association will be on
Q & A: Question
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Question for EAA Aviation
I was reviewing your list of aircraft eligible for operation by Sport Pilots.
Plane and Pilot magazine, in the November 2003 edition, "ASK P&P"
section, says that the Cessna 152, Piper PA-28-140, and Grumman AA-1 aircraft are certified aircraft that will meet the 1,233 lb category limit for Sport Pilot. I do not see these aircraft listed on your
website informational page for Sport Pilot. Is
P&P wrong or has there been a change in the proposed rules. I would be happy to fly a PA-28-140 if it meets the requirements. Can you shed some light?
The information you quote from Plane & Pilot magazine is incorrect. The aircraft mentioned
DO NOT qualify for operation by sport pilots specifications listed in
the NPRM. All these aircraft have gross weight limits well above the
1,232 lbs called out in the sport pilot proposal. The writer may have
mistakenly looked at the standard empty weights for this aircraft. However, it is the
maximum gross weight that is considered when determining whether an aircraft qualifies for operation by sport pilots, and these aircraft all have gross weight limits above the proposed maximum.
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EAA 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
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Official Electronic Newsletter
AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 July 27-August 2
"Launching the Next Century of Flight"
May 14, 2004
Volume 4, Number 19
News You Can
SpaceShipOne Soars to 212,000
Feet in Latest Test Flight
Scaled Composites’ SpaceShipOne completed its most impressive test flight Thursday from Mojave Airport, California--a reported 212,000 feet! EAA received the following report from Scaled officials:
“This morning, the SpaceShipOne team completed another successful test of key systems on the SpaceShipOne reusable launch vehicle
(RLV) and its carrier aircraft, White Knight. SpaceShipOne achieved 212,000 feet this morning. This flight marks an additional milestone for Paul G. Allen, Burt Rutan, and the innovative aerospace design team in their ongoing efforts to complete the first non-government manned space flight. The test is part of Scaled Composites' Tier One program, funded by Allen, Microsoft co-founder and CEO of Vulcan Inc.”
Paul Poberezny To Receive
Honorary Doctorate Saturday
Paul Poberezny, who founded and led the Experimental Aircraft Association as it grew into one of the world’s most significant aviation organizations over the past half century, will be honored by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh during the school’s spring commencement on
Saturday morning, May 15. Poberezny will receive an honorary doctorate recognizing his contributions to aviation, Wisconsin, and the Oshkosh area. The UW-Oshkosh honorary doctorate is the third received by Poberezny, who earlier had received honorary degrees from Milwaukee School of Engineering (1989) and St. Louis University (1991).
EAA AirVenture 2004 NOTAM Available for Download
A sure sign that EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is right around the corner: the AirVenture Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is now available for
download in Adobe PDF format at the AirVenture website. Also, the document is at the print shop and should become available early next month. Copies will also be
available through any one of 15 selected Automated Flight Service Stations (AFSS) throughout the country. You can
request a printed copy or simply call 800/JOIN-EAA and a copy will be mailed to you. New for 2004: Ready-made signs for the cockpit!
GA Legal Defense Fund Created to Fight Anti-Flight Efforts
A group of citizen-pilots in Massachusetts are banding together, and asking for financial support, to thwart legal action aimed at curtailing the freedom to utilize legal airspace over the state. The General Aviation Legal Defense Fund (GALDF) was established to raise the one hundred thousand dollars (or more) necessary to fight this effort, which could jeopardize the training and safety of general aviation pilots and passengers in New England. The case also threatens to impact other pilots who fly for business and recreation throughout the country, if this action becomes a precedent.
B-17 Update: Video Helping Officials Understand Incident
As analysis of the landing incident that damaged EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast continues at Van Nuys Airport in California, EAA officials are beginning to get a clearer picture as to exactly what occurred after the airplane touched down safely on Wednesday, May 5. EAA reported earlier this week that recently obtained video footage shows the entire incident from approach to touchdown, rollout, and gear collapse.
Unanimous: Nobody Likes National Air Tour NPRM
Eighteen individuals spoke against the National Air Tour Safety Standards (FAA-1998-4521) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) at the FAA’s public hearing held Tuesday, May 11, in Washington, D.C. Not one person who testified at the day-long public meeting spoke in favor of the
rule. EAA member Dave Humphreys, from Shephardstown, West Virginia, represented the organization at the hearing. Appearing on behalf of the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) and National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) was H.G. Frautschy, VAA Executive Director.
SWRFI Set to Fly This Weekend
Arrival Procedures Also Available on EAA
The 40th annual Southwest Regional EAA Fly-In (SWRFI) begins on Friday, May 14, and runs through Sunday, May 16, at the New Braunfels (Texas) Airport. The fly-in features forums, workshops, fly-bys, aircraft, and aircraft judging. EAA will also have the Sport Pilot Center up to answer questions on the pending rule. Honored guest Dick VanGrunsven, founder of Van's Aircraft, will receive the President's Award at the SWRFI awards banquet on Saturday night. For more information, including complete arrival procedures, visit
www.swrfi.org. NOTE: SWRFI Officials have received reports from people experiencing of intermittent problems trying to access their website. For this reason, EAA has posted the official
SWRFI Arrival Procedures on
its own website.
First 'Coupes And Cubs' Fly-In At Pioneer
A first took place recently at EAA’s Pioneer Airport, something that may lead to more similar-type events in the future. Accompanying the May 1-2 annual spring opening of the historic facility was by a Coupes and Cubs Fly-In. Part of the purpose of the fly-in was to see if pilots could comply with the rather stringent arrival and departure procedures at Pioneer. We’re happy to report that no problems were reported and the event was deemed a success.
40-nm TFR Expected for G-8 Summit
U.S. Hosts June 8-10 Meeting at Sea Island, Georgia
The last time the United States hosted the International G-8 Summit was 1990 in Houston, Texas, under President George Bush. On June 8-10, a different President George Bush will preside over the annual meeting of world leaders at Sea Island, Georgia, and the FAA has released some preliminary information regarding two expected temporary flight restriction areas that will be in place for the event.
FAA reports it will establish TFRs centered on each of the two main locations for the summit:
Malcolm McKinnon Airport (SSI)/St. Simons Island, which will have an outer restricted ring of 40 nm and a 10-nm no-fly zone; and Hunter Army Airfield, east of Savannah, which will have an outer restricted ring of 30 nm and a 10-nm no-fly zone.
Pilot Insecurity Rule Suspended (For Now)
TSA and FAA temporarily suspended a controversial rule opposed by EAA and other aviation organizations that empower the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to designate a person as ineligible to hold FAA-issued airmen certificates. The rule, spelled out in DOT Docket No. FAA-2003-14293 and TSA-2002-13732, orders FAA to pull an airman’s license if TSA informs the FAA in writing that a person poses a security threat. Also subject to suspension and/or revocation are flight engineer, A&Ps, and other FAA certificate holders, based on security grounds. EAA and other organizations oppose the rule because the exact security grounds are arbitrary and there is no means for affected individuals to see the evidence against him/her, or an avenue of appeal.
On The Flight Line ---
Garmin G1000 Certified in Diamond DA42 Twin Star
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics system in the Diamond Aircraft Industries DA42 Twin Star. It marks the first aircraft-level certification for the Garmin G1000, which is standard equipment on the DA42. A type certificate
(TC) was presented during a special ceremony Thursday morning at the 2004 Berlin Air Show. The G1000 has two 10.4-inch, high-definition, active-matrix LCD displays featuring XGA resolution (1,024 x 768) capable of presenting data in brilliant, sunlight-readable color. The primary flight display (PFD) replaces traditional cockpit instruments and digitally integrates flight information on a single, large-format display. The multifunction display MFD enhances a pilot’s situational awareness and provides all necessary information to make safe decisions during each phase of flight. The DA42 Twin Star is a four-seat, all-carbon composite, twin
FADEC-controlled Thielert turbo-diesel engine aircraft. For more information,
visit www.garmin.com and www.diamondair.com.
Wathen Foundation Seeks Restoration Project Donation
The Thomas Wathen Foundation, whose highly successful “Aeronca Project” restoration program at Flabob Airport, Riverside, California, benefits high school students, seeks the donation of a new project for the students. It’s looking for the bones of, for example, an old Aeronca Chief, a Funk, a Cub, a Stinson, or similar vintage aircraft, which the Foundation will arrange for transport. As the foundation is a charitable organization, the donor may be entitled to a tax write-off. Currently, 24 students between the ages of 14 and 17 are putting the finishing touches on an Aeronca Champ, which, upon final inspection, will be used to provide flight training for the students. These are kids who became Young Eagles, then Eagle Cadets and showed enough interest in aviation to be invited to join the successful restoration program. Potential donors should contact Kathy Rohm at the Wathen Foundation: 909/683-2309, extension 104; or
Oregon Aircraft Offers Visor/Shield, Heat Shields
Oregon Aircraft Design has created the Adjustavisor, a clip-on unit that virtually doubles the effective range of stock visors, adds contrast, and reduces glare and fatigue. There’s also a suction cup model for aircraft with canopies. The cups are strong enough and the visor assemblies light enough that they stay attached to any window through any most any maneuver. Adjustavisor measures 3.5 by 12 inches and is also available in custom sizes.
OAD also recently received a supplemental type certificate (STC) and parts manufacturing authority (PMA) for its Cessna Hawk XP (R172E through H, R172J and R172K) engine mount heat shields. The company already offers similar products for the C- 180, 182 and 185 model numbers. The pre-assembled heat shield kits come complete with mounting hardware, instructions and copy of the STC. For more information, visit
or call 503/267-1486.
Nominations Sought For Stinson Award,
The National Aviation Club is seeking nominations for it’s Katherine and Marjorie Stinson Award for Achievement, which honors a living woman for “outstanding and enduring contribution, a meritorious flight, or a singular technical development in the field of aviation, aeronautics, space or related sciences.” The award, whose prior recipients include Audrey Poberezny,
Jeanna Yeager, Patty Wagstaff, and Dr. Shannon Lucid, will be presented at the National Aeronautics Association
(NAA) fall awards dinner in Washington, D.C. Deadline for nominations is July 31,
NAA also seeks nominations for the 2004 The Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to a living civilian for his or her enduring public service in aviation. Last year’s award went to EAA founder Paul H. Poberezny. (Nomination deadline:
August 31, 2004.) For more information on both awards, contact Nicole Regele at 703/527-0226, or
Liberty Announces Surveillance Package for XL2
Liberty Aerospace, Inc. is getting into the domestic and international surveillance markets. The company announced this week the hiring of Colonel R Joseph A. Fucci as Director of Surveillance Programs. Fucci was responsible for acquiring and integrating various aircraft and surveillance systems as commander of the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, plus worked for numerous law enforcement agencies including the FBI. In addition, Liberty announced its XL2 aircraft platform outfitted with a high-resolution telescopic infrared and thermal imaging system for use in search and rescue, surveillance and reconnaissance, border and maritime patrol, and environmental monitoring applications. For more information, visit
Kings Schools Offer Weather Risk Management CD-ROM
Practical Risk Management For Weather, a new interactive CD-ROM course is now available from King Schools. The second in the Practical Risk Management Series, The course trains pilots to proactively recognize both VFR and IFR weather risks and their constantly changing reality. Pilots learn how to make essential weather-related decisions quickly and with confidence—both on the ground and in the cockpit. The course is approved for the FAA WINGS program. “Most pilots are aware that weather can be very unforgiving,” said John King. “It can, and does, kill. And the sad … truly tragic fact is that every weather-related accident could have been avoided! Nobody takes off intending to have a weather related accident and the new Practical Risk Management For Weather course will help every pilot avoid these accidents.” To learn more, call 800/854-1001 or visit
U.S. Air Force Museum Adds World War I Fighter
A French-made SPAD XIII, America’s World War I fighter aircraft of choice, has been added to the U.S. Air Force’s Museum in Dayton, Ohio. This was the type of plane in which aces Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker and Lt. Frank Luke Jr. became famous. The airplane bears the markings of Rickenbacker’s, in which he became America’s highest scoring ace of the war with 26 victories.
The museum received the SPAD XIII in April 1996 from the estate of Cole Palen, founder and former curator of New York’s famed Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome who died in 1993. A four-person team spent nearly 14,000 cumulative hours restoring the airplane.
The airplane will be a part of the museum’s Early Years Gallery, bolstering the museum’s collection of nearly 350 aircraft and aerospace vehicles. For more information, visit
FAA Headquarters Buildings Named After Wright Brothers
The FAA’s two downtown Washington, D.C. office buildings were renamed this week to honor the inventors of powered, sustained, controlled flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright. The measure, approved by Congress earlier this year, renamed the agency’s Federal Building 10-A at 800 Independence Ave., SW, the Orville Wright Federal Building, and Federal Building 10-B at 600 Independence Ave., SW, as the Wilbur Wright Federal Building. “This is a fitting tribute for two American icons,” said Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. “Aviation began with the Wright brothers’ dream of flight. Today, the Department of Transportation helps continue that dream as millions of travelers fly safely to locations throughout the world.” A formal ceremony hosted by Secretary Mineta and FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey will be held within the next few weeks.
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