Q & A:
of the Week Question for EAA Aviation
Is there a list of EAA inspectors or is there such a thing? I want to have someone look at an airplane for me and would like some help in this matter. The plane I want to have looked at is in North Carolina.
Yes, there are volunteer EAA members who provide their building
and piloting expertise through the EAA Technical Counselors and Flight Advisors
programs. You can find one near year by visiting the "Members Hangar" on the EAA website,
in with your last name and EAA member number to gain access. Mouse
over the "Building" menu, then click on "Technical
Counselors." There you can can click links to find either Tech Counselors or Flight
Advisors in North Carolina
Alternately, there is a link at the very top of the "Members Hangar" page, next to the EAA logo. You can click on "Technical Counselors" or "Flight Advisors" and go directly to the TC/FA page.
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Fly-Ins Take Flight the Next Two Weekends
The Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In is
ready to take-off next week, June 18-20, at the Yuba County Airport (MYV), Marysville,
California. You can learn all about the fly-in at the Golden West website.
Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In takes place the
following week, June 26-27, at Front Range Airport (FTG) in Watkins,
Colorado. Visit the
fly-in’s website for complete information.
EAA Desktop Calendar
When EAA Chief
Photographer Jim Koepnick selected his 20-year retrospective
collection of photos, this wonderful air-to-air shot of a Glasair
II at sunset was an easy choice. Visitors to the EAA AirVenture Museum
can see Jim's special exhibit, which will be up throughout the
summer, including AirVenture Oshkosh. Visit the EAA
website and choose one of five different resolutions to best suit
See You at the New EAA Member Village! The corner of Knapp Street and AirVenture’s main thoroughfare, east of the main gate will have a new look at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. This intersection is now a “must-go-there” destination called the EAA Member Village at AirVenture. It includes the EAA Membership Tent, EAA’s Sport Pilot Center, and an EAA Merchandise Tent. Previously this location was the Food Court which is now located south of the EAA
Wearhouse. (read more)
‘NXT’ to be Unveiled Where Nemesis Retired The public debut of the long-awaited NemesisNXT kit plane, direct descendent of the legendary Nemesis Formula 1 racer, is set to occur at the same place its predecessor retired: at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2004. Team Nemesis, headed by designer, builder and pilot Jon Sharp and his wife, Patricia, enjoyed an unprecedented run with the original Nemesis F-1 racer from 1991-1999. During that span, the airplane grabbed 47 victories in 50 starts (including 44 consecutive wins) and 16 world speed records, while also garnering several aviation awards. Upon retirement at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2000, the airplane was put on temporary display at EAA AirVenture Museum before being enshrined at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport in December 2003. (read more)
Jet-Powered Cozy to Display at EAA AirVenture
What would happen if you could put a T-58 jet engine with an experimental “hush” kit onto an experimental Cozy? The result is N722, a 7,500 fpm screamer that belongs to Greg Richter of Blue Mountain Avionics, and it has been confirmed as a display airplane at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh’s main showcase, AeroShell Square.
“There’s been a lot of interest in the plane as the first flying Rutan jet conversion,” Richter said. “We’ve had a steady stream of visitors flying in to see the plane, and they all ask where we’ll be on display at Oshkosh.” Answer: July 27-August 2.
Richter says he has no plans to sell plans for the conversion. “She’s just a WILD example of what can be done with a bucket, brush and some
Alex Sloan to Receive
Tony Bingelis Award Alex Sloan, an active Experimental Aircraft Association volunteer Technical Counselor, Flight Advisor and aircraft builder, as well as the first Chairman of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, has been selected as the 2004 recipient of the Tony Bingelis Award. The Bingelis Award recognizes an individual’s contributions to the homebuilt-aircraft community, and honors the memory and involvement of the late Tony Bingelis. Sloan will be recognized for his 30 years of contributions and service to EAA members and the homebuilt aircraft community. He will receive the award during the annual Homebuilders’ Dinner on July 29 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (read
KidVenture for Kids of All Ages Many new and exciting activities are in store for kids of all ages at the sixth KidVenture at EAA AirVenture 2004. The big tent, located just behind the Eagle Hangar at EAA AirVenture Museum, has become a destination all its own within the convention, operating from 9 a.m.- 3:30 July 27-August 1 and until 2 p.m. on August 2.
If there’s one term to best describe KidVenture, it’s hands-on. There’s more for kids to do, build, try-out and, consequently, learn about aviation than anywhere on the convention grounds. (read
FAA Renews EAA Chapter Drug-Testing Exemption
FAA Exemption 7111C, which allows EAA chapters to conduct charitable sightseeing flights without having to comply with the full FAR 135 and 121 drug-testing requirements, has been renewed by the FAA. The exemption permits EAA Chapters to conduct local sightseeing flights during daylight hours within 25 statute miles radius of the event airport.
Under the exemption, private pilots can act as pilot-in-command of such flights as long as they comply with FAR 61.113(d), which requires notification of the closest FSDO of the event. Pilots and event organizers are limited to four charitable sightseeing flight events per year under this exemption. (read more)
Aircraft Spruce Remains EAA SportAir
Sponsor Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company, the world’s leading aviation supply house, has renewed its sponsorship of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s SportAir Workshops for another year. The one-, two- and three-day hands-on training courses are held nationwide, teaching necessary skills and techniques to build a safe aircraft. With the
increasing interest in homebuilt aircraft throughout the nation, EAA’s SportAir Workshops, which cover all the key areas of aircraft building like sheet metal, fabric and composite construction, have become an essential resource for builders. (read more)
Rep. Sam Graves'
Enjoys Successful Fly-In EAA Young Eagles Director Steve Buss attended the first Tarkio Fly-in sponsored by Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO) on Saturday, June 5. Arriving at 06:45 in the EAA Young Eagles RV-6, Buss was directed to a parking spot near the FBO by Congressman Graves himself. Buss spent most of the morning with the airplane answering questions about the RV, EAA and the Young Eagles program and, and of course, AirVenture Oshkosh. He also spent time with Michael
Falencki, the Congressman’s Deputy Chief of Staff, who said Rep. Graves is interested in starting an EAA Chapter at Tarkio. (read
Hal Weekley To Speak at Smithsonian
EAA member and former volunteer pilot for the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast Col. Harold “Hal” Weekley
(USAAF, Ret.) will recount his experiences as a young man flying on dangerous bombing missions over Germany during a special interview session on June 24 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
In 2001, Weekley, EAA 169329, was one of the last B-17 aircraft commanders from World War II still flying. He made his last B-17 flight at AirVenture that year, a week after his 80th birthday. It brought an end to 58 years of piloting Flying Fortresses.
Aluminum Overcast is painted in the same scheme as Weekley’s 601st Bomb Squadron, 398th Bomber
Manual HAC Kit for Rotax Two-Strokes
Green Sky Adventures now has a manual high altitude-compensating (HAC) mixture control system for Rotax two-strokes. In manual HAC operations, it is paramount that control inputs are gradual and without wild fluctuation. This new HACman system works incrementally by conventional, precise vernier-type inputs. The vernier movement of the metering needle gives a motion rate of only .213 mm per half-turn. It also functions on the same principle as the company’s automatic HAC system, which mixes and controls venturi and float chamber pressure, but the mixture pressure is determined by pilot input. The manual HAC can be used as a standalone unit or in conjunction with the automatic HAC system. Call 888/887-5625 or visit
for more details.
Udvar-Hazy Center Records Millionth Visitor
This week, the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center welcomed its 1 millionth since opening to the public on December 15. Julie Malinowski of Ashburn, Virginia, was greeted by museum staff and reporters in the center's entrance way and presented with a special gift package and behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. Museum director Gen. J.R. "Jack" Dailey thanks visitors for their strong support of the mew facility and encourages them to return as more artifacts are added and a second phase of the facility--including a restoration shop and archives--is built. For more information, visit
EAA Young Eagles Garner Sporty Scholarships
Sporty’s Pilot Shop awarded two $1,000 Aviation Exploring scholarships to a pair of deserving high school students whose first flights were through the EAA Young Eagles program. The scholarship money may be used to advance any aspect of their aviation careers. Bradley A. Bormuth, 16, of Morganton, North Carolina, is a student pilot with plans to become either an airline or corporate pilot. He has 79 hours, 20 of which are solo. Charles E. Watson, age 17, of Lebanon, Tennessee, is a student pilot who plans to take his checkride this summer and hopes to have an instrument rating by the time he graduates from high school. His ultimate plan is to become an Air Force pilot, flying F-15s or F-22s. Aviation Exploring, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, is a youth development program open to young women and men 14-20. For more information, visit
Hoot Gibson to Receive Honorary Degree
Astronaut and EAA member Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson, a Cal Poly alumnus, will receive an honorary degree and deliver a keynote address at the university’s Spring Commencement ceremonies this
weekend. Gibson, EAA 219551, a retired U.S. Navy captain and NASA astronaut, is a member of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. He will address the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Orfalea College of Business, and the College of Engineering and will also receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.
He will be at EAA AirVenture this summer to perform with the Reno Unlimited
Third High Performance Ground School Held in Texas
High Performance Aircraft Training, with Lancair International, Inc., hosted their third Ground School on May 16, 2004 in New Braunfels, Texas. Seventeen people attended, including six for recurrency training. Course attendees receive vital information that is specific to the Lancair fleet, such as stall information on each Lancair model type; situational awareness; accident avoidance; GPS and WAAS; and weather. Instructor was Pete Zaccagino, HPAT president. HPAT will offer its next course at Lancair’s annual Labor Day weekend fly-in in Redmond, Oregon on September 3. To register for Ground School or recurrency Training, contact David Hickman at 727/512-3449.
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