July 28, 2004    Volume 4, Number 35


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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.

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EAA AirVenture Cup Pilots Happy With New Format
Responding to the fact that previous 1,000-mile, two-day EAA AirVenture Cup Races had run on schedule only once, race organizers this year changed the course to 500 miles flown over a single day. The race ran Monday from Dayton, Ohio, to a flying finish just south of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. After gathering at Fond du Lac the racers departed for EAA AirVenture, arriving en masse at 3:00 p.m. (read more)

The Great Circle Route to Healing
Out of sorrow are born hope and inspiration. Out of the shackles of infirmity comes the liberating miracle of flight. That’s the message CarolAnn Garratt of Ocala, Florida, personifies as she tells the story here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 of her solo flight around the world, undertaken last year. (read more)

Plenty in Store for EAA AirVenture Visitors from Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company and aviation have developed along parallel paths since both were born more than a century ago. Ford and aviation celebrated centennials last year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. That celebration continues this year as EAA launches the next century of flight, and for Ford, which plans a number of company-sponsored special events and activities at EAA AirVenture 2004. (read more)

Paul Wood Arrives Back at Oshkosh
EAA and EAA Warbirds of America member Paul Wood flew the perimeter of the United States earlier this month to raise money for needy children. On Tuesday, Wood arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 after he and his father, Bob, flew his 1999 Aviat Husky A1B to all four corners of the lower 48 states, a total of 10,880 nautical miles. It took the father-son team 110 hours and 13 minutes over the course of 20 days, averaging 98.7 knots, to complete the journey. They flew as the barnstormers did back in the early days of aviation: low and slow, visiting small town airports and grass strips, meeting and greeting people along the way. (read more)

Phil Lockwood Receives Raspet Award
Phil Lockwood says a floatplane ride in the Adirondack Mountains when he was 12 drew him to aviation. But ultralights have become his love and brought him success as an adult. Lockwood took his first ultralight flight in 1983 in a Maxair Hummer. “It was the coolest thing,” he recalls. “I look at faster airplanes as transportation, and I appreciate that. But I look at ultralights as pure fun.” (read more)  

EAA AirVenture Exhibitors Come in All Flavors
The scene was one of controlled chaos. With the official start of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 only hours away, countless exhibitors on Monday scrambled to get ready for the nearly 800,000 expected plane enthusiasts. (read more)  

Back to the Future
The Sopwith Camel is certainly one of the better-known World War I airplanes due to its association with Snoopy in Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip. But Sopwith made other airplanes as well. (read more)  

NAFI Tip of the Day
Making practical use of weather information. (

Dorothy Mirkes Remembered
EAA’s First Aid Building was filled to overflowing Monday afternoon. But it wasn’t soaring temperatures and high humidity bringing people in. It was a woman whom they all will deeply miss.Dorothy Mirkes, who served as chairwoman of the area since 1994 and who helped establish and build the Emergency Medical Services area for more than 30 years, died in May at the age of 78. (read more)  

NASA Crew at AirVenture to Talk About Mach 7 X-43A Flight
Some of the brainpower behind this year’s remarkable Mach 7 flight of the unmanned X-43A scramjet vehicle will describe their feat at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 tonight in a lively Theater in the Woods program beginning at 8:10 p.m. (read more)  

McGehee’s Barking up a Storm
You can hardly get Ollie McGehee to shut up. And that’s a good thing for EAA. McGehee probably has the most familiar voice at AirVenture. It has been that way for 33 years now. That’s how long he has been encouraging, urging, and cajoling people to buy tickets for a sweepstakes to win an airplane and aid the EAA AirVenture Museum. (read more)  

Getting Back to the Sky
There are a lot of pilots out there who aren’t quite sure what to make of the newly enacted sport pilot certificate and light-sport aircraft category. At first glance, I might appear to be one of them. For the past year and a half I’ve been lucky enough to have a one-eighth share in a really nice transportation airplane, a Cirrus SR22. It’s an amazing plane, with such high-tech amenities as flat-panel displays, leather seats, digital engine monitoring, traffic alerting, lightning detection, and a huge moving map. The works. The airplane is meant for going places quickly, safely, and comfortably. Every time I hit the skies in it, I feel like pinching myself. (read more)  

The Book on JetBlue
Even though David Neeleman refused to be interviewed for the book about his company, JetBlue, Flying High gives readers an in-depth look into his life and career and helps to explain the phenomenal success he has shared with his company. (read more)  

Volunteers Lead AirVenture Workshops
Building your own airplane is the basis of the EAA, says John Leitis, and he has been helping people do just that for more than 20 years. Leitis favors the classic welded steel-frame aircraft. Welding is what he teaches in one of the hands-on workshops that have been characteristic of the EAA since its beginning. (read more)  

Mooney Unveils New Products, Promotion, and Attitude
Mooney Airplane Company (MAC), the venerable manufacturer of certificated single-engine speedsters, got off to a fast start at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 when company aircraft set two records en route to the fly-in. An Ovation DX, a 280-hp normally aspirated single, piloted by Wes Dale made the 978-nm (nautical mile) trip from the company’s headquarters in Kerrville, Texas, in 5 hours, 8 minutes, and 59 seconds for an unofficial average speed record of 191.5 knots. Meanwhile, company pilot Mike Miles flew a new Bravo GX, its 270-hp turbocharged single, from Olathe, Kansas, to Oshkosh, covering the 421 nm in 2 hours and 10 minutes, for an average speed of 200 knots. The records will be certified by the NAA/FAI as an unlimited piston-engine record. (read more)  

Around the Field
A flight of one, and an investment in the future
Kevin Smith arrived at EAA AirVenture 2004 as part of the Bonanza Caravan. He was the final Bonanza in the arrival, just ahead of the twins. Due to the odd number of aircraft, unlike all the other groups of three, he made the hop up from Rockford as a flight of one. (read more) 

New Piper Goes Glass Again
The New Piper Aircraft Inc. announced this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 it is expanding the models on which glass cockpits are a factory option. The company’s PA-28 line—Warrior III, Archer III and Arrow—are now available with Avidyne’s FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck. As a result, customers interested in a new example descending from the venerable Cherokee line can specify a glass cockpit in their airplane. (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)

Sport Pilots Can Benefit From New Medical Rules
The FAA’s new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule was formally published yesterday and will become effective on September 1. One of the most-anticipated features of the new rule allows sport pilots to fly without a traditional FAA medical certificate. In effect, the new rule allows sport pilots to self-certify to the FAA that they are medically fit to fly, a concept already embodied in aviation regulations. Many attendees at EAA AirVenture have questions about the new medical rules. Here are a few of the most-common questions being asked around Oshkosh. (read more)

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