July 27, 2004    Volume 4, Number 34


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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.

AirVenture Cup Race Results

Celebrating Aviation’s Future
On behalf of the members of the Experimental Aircraft Association—welcome to Oshkosh! For more than half a century EAAers have welcomed everyone with an interest in aviation to our annual convention, which has become the world’s premier celebration of flight. Each year participants from all aspects of aviation come to Oshkosh to proudly show and share their contributions to aviation’s future. They debut their innovations at EAA AirVenture not only because it is one of the largest aviation gatherings in the world, but also because it encompasses the full spectrum of aviation. (read more)

Bonanza and Mooney Pilots Celebrate Mass Arrival
What’s better than flying to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in your own plane? Arriving with dozens of friends flying their own models of your beloved aircraft. That axiom was demonstrated again on Sunday with the mass arrival of Beechcraft Bonanzas and Mooneys at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. (read more)

Before Cubs There Were Jennys
There was a time when any small airplane in the sky was labeled a Piper Cub, at least to the less-aviation-savvy portion of the population. But that was after the Cub had become a popular airplane. Before that time, the uninitiated were likely to call every airplane a Jenny. Chances were pretty good, at least in the first years after the war ended, that they were right. (read more)

Designees Take Guesswork Out of Building
When David H. Faile of Fairfield, Connecticut, finished building his RV-6, he figured it would take weeks or even months before he could schedule an airworthiness inspection and be able to fly. (read more)

Repairs ’R’ Us
Emergency aircraft repair center helps fix what’s broken

By the time EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 ends, some 250 to 300 airplanes will have been helped back in the air, thanks to the Emergency Aircraft Repair center, just south of the Vintage area. (read more)

Avionics Roundup
WSI Corp. delivers in-cockpit weather for Garmin 430/530 owners

WSI Corp. today is scheduled to announce its award-winning WSI InFlight cockpit weather system now available for display on Garmin’s popular 500 and 400 series multifunction avionics. WSI’s offering includes 2 KM resolution WSI NOWrad radar mosaics as well as graphical and textual U.S. METAR data delivered via continuous satellite broadcast to these displays. Aircraft owners with an existing Garmin 500 or 400 series device may simply purchase and install the new WSI InFlight Dash 5 system from a WSI InFlight authorized dealer, and then subscribe to WSI InFlight service to receive data. (read more)

50 Years Young and Still a Good Idea
Back in 1962 David Keith of Ocala, Florida, asked for and received a brochure for a Courier airplane from the Helio Aircraft Corporation. Keith kept the brochure—still in its original envelope—along with a deep desire to own a Courier as he flew some 135 different rental airplanes over the years. Three-and-a-half years ago, he finally realized his dream and purchased a well-taken-care-of 1968 example of the type. (read more)

The Future of the Aero in NASA’s Quiver
NASA is evolving a plan for the future that defines a significant return to the exploration of deep space even as the agency reaffirms the importance of aeronautics—the first “A” in NASA. Reorganization at NASA headquarters earlier this year set aeronautics apart as its own office, returning it to the status it enjoyed earlier in the Agency’s history. (read more)

NAFI Tip of the Day
Descending with a plan

Many pilots struggle with planning their descents from cruising altitude and arrivals after a cross-country flight. It doesn’t need to be a struggle. A little planning—and some basic math—can help. (read more)

You Could Win a Range Rover in the Young Eagles Raffle
Want to wow your neighbors with a new 2005 Range Rover worth more than $70,000? You can, if you are the lucky winner in this year’s Young Eagles Car Raffle. Ford Motor Company has donated one of its sleek sport utility vehicles as part of its continued support of EAA’s Young Eagles program. (read more)

EAA Promotes Aviation, Not Fear
How many clichés are there to describe that there are two sides to every coin? Oops. Didn’t even make it through the first sentence without acknowledging there can be both a carrot and a stick. Darn. Did it again. (read more)

EAA Thanks Ray Fiset for 50 Years
A lot has changed since EAA’s early days. But there has been some constants, one being Ray Fiset, Quebec City, Canada, who this year celebrates his 50th year as an EAA convention volunteer. Ray got a special visit Monday from EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny and EAA President Tom Poberezny, who presented him with a special plaque in recognition of his half-century of service. (read more)

Around the Field
Two famous bikers, and a father & son from Wichita
Sam and Dennis Gill are a little bit famous. Their 1976 172 Skylark II was one of the first aircraft parked in the North 40 this year.
Its picturesque position, all by itself in the grass, far out from row 1, led to it being a popular photo subject. And one picture was featured in the local newspaper. (read more)

Warbirds in Review Expanded to Two Daily Aircraft Presentations
Some of the most storied military aircraft in the annals of armed conflict—the P-51D Mustang, F4U-5 Corsair, P-40 Warhawk, B-25 Mitchell, F-86 Sabre—will be subjects of the Warbirds in Review programs at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. This popular series began two years ago as informal in-depth discussions on famous military aircraft, featuring the airplanes, their owners, and those who flew them. These daily mini-seminars have become so well attended that organizers have decided to hold two sessions per day, from Tuesday, July 27, through Sunday, August 1. (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)

What is a Light-Sport Aircraft?
Now that the sport pilot rule and accompanying certification requirements for light-sport aircraft (LSA) are a reality, the details found in both rules are getting greater attention. The questions of what is and is not an LSA and how an aircraft meeting the new rule’s definition can be used are hot topics at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. (read more)

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