July 26, 2004    Volume 4, Number 33

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The Latest from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
July 27 - August 2, 2004

During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004, e-HOTLINE will be published on a daily basis with current news and events directly from EAA AirVenture. Visit the EAA AirVenture website for full coverage of the event. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org.
Launching the Next Century of Flight
One year ago, the aviation world focused on the centennial of powered flight, the world-changing accomplishments of the Wright brothers and EAA’s yearlong celebration Countdown to Kitty Hawk. Well, it’s one year later, and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is ready to lead aviation once again, this time boldly forward to launch the next century of flight. (read more)  

Special Pre-Convention Program at Theater in the Woods
How do die-hard EAA regulars start their EAA AirVenture Oshkosh experience? By attending “An Evening With Champions,” the unofficial kickoff program at Theater in the Woods on convention eve, Monday. The Aviation Speakers Bureau (www.aviationspeakers.com) brings wonder, humor, and drama. This evening, we are also fortunate to have one of aviation’s most requested speakers, Captain Al Haynes. (read more)

Newest Welcome Wagon Delivered
The newest Welcome Wagon was delivered to EAA and President Tom Poberezny on Friday before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Welcome Wagons provide special ferrying services for arriving homebuilders, taking them from their planes to Homebuilders Headquarters registration, and then back to Homebuilt Camping or other campsites. (read more)

Pietenpol Covering Project in the Aeroplane Factory
One of the many cool things about EAA AirVenture is the workshop area, where there’s always an interesting project under way offering plenty of learning opportunities. One such special project there this year will appeal to tube and rag enthusiasts and aviation historians alike. (read more)

NAFI Tent is Flight Instructors Headquarters
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has much planned this year for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, centered at the NAFI Flight Instructor Headquarters tent. HQ will again be located just west of the Wearhouse on Knapp Street, adjacent to Convention Headquarters. (read more)

EAA’s Jim Koepnick Displays ‘World of Flight’ Exhibit
When you’re at the EAA AirVenture Museum, don’t miss the special 20-year retrospective exhibit featuring selected works of EAA’s award-winning chief photographer, Jim Koepnick. Jim chose some of his most memorable photos shot during his two decades at EAA, including still shots, aerials, and best of all, his stunning air-to-air photos of homebuilts, production airplanes, vintage aircraft, and more. The museum’s special AirVenture hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, then 8 a.m.-8 p.m. through Sunday, August 1. On August 2, the museum remains open until 6 p.m. (read more)

WSI Provides Weather Information Before and During EAA AirVenture
Enthusiasts and pilots can access WSI’s information at more than a dozen locations on and around Wittman Regional Airport including EAA’s Flight Operations and Membership Tent, as well as the FAA’s Oshkosh Temporary Flight Service Station (FSS). In addition, WSI provides a daily three-day weather briefing on page one of EAA’s official daily newspaper AirVenture Today and through a special WSI-hosted website. (read more)

Worship Services on the EAA AirVenture Grounds
Several services for worship are held on EAA AirVenture grounds. (read more)

Weather Channel to Broadcast Live from EAA AirVenture
On-Camera Meteorologist Stephanie Abrams will broadcast live weather reports for The Weather Channel on Saturday, July 31st and Sunday, August 1st from EAA AirVenture. In addition to reporting on local Oshkosh weather, Stephanie will showcase AirVenture highlights and feature live interviews. (read more)

C-130 Aeromed Makes First Visit to 2004 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The Experimental Aircraft Association’s showcase of unique aircraft has grown larger for this year’s 52nd annual AirVenture fly-in, July 27-August 2, in Oshkosh. A C-130 Hercules from the 440th Airlift Wing in Milwaukee, along with a team of  medical personnel and equipment from the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, will be the first C-130 aircraft in Aeromed configuration featured at EAA’s AeroShell Square main showcase ramp. (read more)

Members-Only Open House Tonight
EAA members kick off the 52nd EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at the EAA Member Village tonight starting at 6 p.m. with free food, good friends, and cool drinks in the EAA Membership Tent. (read more)

‘After-Hours’ Programs at EAA Member Village
EAA’s new Member Village will feature several after-hours events for EAA members at AirVenture Oshkosh. Special gatherings will include appearances by such people as Burt Rutan, AirVenture air show performers, and other notables. (read more)

Special Privileges in Store for EAA Members at AirVenture
EAA membership has its privileges at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Every member attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 will receive an EAA Member Perks book when passing through registration. The book includes special members-only coupons, discounts, and other perks such as a coupon to ride the Wright Flyer Simulator, an entry form to win a John Deere Gator, ICOM radio giveaways, and many more! (read more)

Type Clubs Plan Gatherings at AirVenture
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the one place that brings together aircraft type club members from throughout the country, even the world. Here is the schedule of type club dinners and meetings for this week.  (read more)

Old Homebuilders Building Receives New Life as POP HQ
When the new EAA Homebuilders Headquarters was built this past spring, a decision was needed regarding what to do with the old building. At the suggestion of EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny, the old HQ was assigned to the Protect Our Planes (POP) volunteer effort and relocated to the northeast corner of the Theater in the Woods site. (read more)

EAA AeroScholars Opens Door to New Aviation Generation
See demos at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The Experimental Aircraft Association is opening a new door in aviation education as the AeroScholars Web program opens for public enrollment, with demonstrations for interested persons during EAA AirVenture 2004, July 27-August 2, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. (read more)

KidVenture Gallery Opens at EAA AirVenture
You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy the new KidVenture Gallery within the EAA AirVenture Museum. The 3,000-square-foot exhibit, which opened May 15, includes simulators, aircraft cockpits, and much more. It is located in the rear of the museum, next to Hangar X, and is a short walk from the KidVenture campus. Like KidVenture activities, the exhibit is meant to spark a child’s interest in flight through a variety of hands-on activities. (read more)

NASA Celebrates Air and Space at EAA AirVenture 2004
Change is in the air–and in Aeronautics–at NASA this year. As the agency responsible for air and space developments embraces a new vision for space exploration, a basic realignment of various NASA enterprises places Aeronautics, the first “A” in NASA, under its own spotlight. Formerly the Office of Aerospace Technology, the new emphasis on aeronautics was created, NASA officials explain, “to reflect NASA’s commitment to aviation research and aeronautics technologies for the nation’s civil and defense interests.” (read more)

Can-Am Partnership Changes Name
Federal Pavilion readies for EAA AirVenture in new location

To more accurately reflect the makeup of their current participants, the EAA 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 changes. The partnership also welcomes two U.S. agencies this year—the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (read more)

Enter Sixth Annual EAA Patch Jacket Contest
Bring your EAA Patch Jacket to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 and enter the sixth annual EAA Patch Jacket Contest. The Patch Jacket coordinator will help you fill out a contest entry form and snap a few photos of your jacket. (read more)

Déjà vu All Over Again
The sport pilot rule is a rule now and that is just great. I did watch the proceedings on this with a strong sense of déjà vu.
I was on the committee that worked on the recreational pilot certificate in the early ’80s. As we started out, it was to be much as the sport certificate though not with a corresponding aircraft certification. It was, in reality, envisioned as a certificate for heavier and more powerful ultralights, which required no certificate to fly. I have forgotten the weights we were considering but the limit would have been far below the 1,320 pounds in the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule. (read more)

NAFI Tip of the Day
How to sound like a pro on the radio
Most new pilots are perplexed by radio communications. This is completely normal. Don’t worry about it. Here are a few brief but helpful hints. (read more)

First Wing Society Seminars Planned Tuesday and Wednesday
Over the years, many EAA members and friends have joined the First Wing Society, a group of visionaries who have built a strong endowment at EAA through direct giving or a bequest. (read more)

Homebuilders Headquarters Has New Home, Camping Area
Homebuilders Headquarters has a new home at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and homebuilders have a new camping area, both a short walk from the forum and workshop areas. (read more)

Around the Field
A two-plane family, two bikers, and a long-distance traveler

Bill Newton came to EAA AirVenture this year from North Carolina by way of Alaska. About a month ago he left his home in Wallace, North Carolina, and headed to Bellingham, Washington. There he joined up with a group of four other planes and spent two weeks touring Alaskan towns like Ketchikan, Juneau, Anchorage, and King Salmon. They spent a few days at each stop visiting the local sites. (read more)

See the Future of Flight at Theater in the Woods
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh always provides entertaining and informative evening programs at the Theater in the Woods, but this year’s lineup is one of the most impressive ever assembled. In keeping with this year’s theme, plenty of attractions will certainly help launch the next century of flight, including NASA’s X-43 Mach 7 team; ever forward thinker and SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan; Ansari X Prize Founder and Chairman Dr. Peter Diamandis with foundation trustees Gregg Maryniak and Erik Lindbergh; and world record-holding pilots Jon Sharp (Nemesis NXT designer) and Bruce Bohannon (Exxon Flyin’ Tiger). (read more)

Sport Pilot News ... 
Sport Pilot - New Rule Highlights
The FAA’s newly issued sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule throws open the door to the experience of aviation. This rule covers pilot certification, medical standards, flight instruction and instructor certification, aircraft certification, aircraft production, aircraft maintenance, and repairman certification. Together, these provisions reduce the time and money requirements necessary to get in the air, while upholding safety standards for this type of flying. (read more)

Transitioning to Sport Pilot
The September 1, 2004, effective date of the FAA’s newly issued sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule is generating an enormous amount of interest among EAA members and attendees during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. Complete briefings are scheduled during the fly-in, and the new rule will play a major role, with a large Sport Pilot Pavilion located at the center of the EAA AirVenture grounds and EAA and FAA personnel ready to answer questions and distribute information on the new rule. Those interested in transitioning to a sport pilot/light-sport aircraft certificate have the following options. (read more)

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