July 29, 2004    Volume 4, Number 36


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July 27 - August 2, 2004

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$300,000 Raised at Young Eagles Gala
The newest chairman of the Young Eagles, Harrison Ford, was introduced to a welcoming throng of more than 700 attendees at the gala EAA Gathering of Eagles at the EAA AirVenture Museum last night. “I’m humbled, and I’m proud, and I’m eager to do what I can along with you,” Ford, who’s flown more than 200 Young Eagles himself, told the crowd of program boosters. (read more)

FAA Administrator Lands at EAA AirVenture Today
At last year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey drew large crowds as she promised to work with and support general aviation, and specifically the proposed sport pilot and light-sport aircraft rule. (read more) 

Young Eagles Volunteers Honored
When it comes to providing children free airplane rides and exciting them about the possibilities of flight through the EAA’s Young Eagles program, several members excel. That’s why they have been chosen to represent the estimated 85,000-plus volunteers who help make the Young Eagle program soar. (read more)

Exxon Offers AirVenture Special
For every two cases of Exxon Aviation Oil Elite 20W-50 you purchase during EAA AirVenture 2004, ExxonMobil will give you a Cash Card worth $25. You can use the ExxonMobil card to buy just about anything—including gas for your car—at participating Exxon and Mobil stations nationwide. Purchase Exxon Elite at the Exxon tent or online at www.eliteetc.com. Offer expires August 2, 2004.

‘Van’ Named Freedom of Flight Recipient
Dick “Van” VanGrunsven, founder of the most popular kit plane manufacturer in history, is the 2004 recipient of the EAA Freedom of Flight Award. EAA’s highest honor, the Freedom of Flight will be presented during the evening program at Theater in the Woods tonight. (read more)

Alex Sloan 2004 Bingelis Award Winner
The more Alex Sloan has learned, the more he has shared. That’s a key reason why Sloan, of Florence, Alabama, is receiving the Tony Bingelis Award on July 29 at the annual Homebuilders’ Dinner. Named after the late Tony Bingelis, the award recognizes an individual’s contributions to the homebuilt-aircraft community. (read more)

Oshkosh Has it All
I never know exactly what it is that I find so compelling about the abundant riches that we find at this annual gathering of people who love airplanes. Is it the possibility of a new product? Or the familiar reassurance that comes from a visit to a favorite part of EAA AirVenture? Maybe it is the solution to a pesky maintenance problem that can be worked out in the company of so many experts. Whatever it is, I revel in it. My own experiences over the past few days have re-created each of these pleasures once again. (read more)

Sport Pilot Tent Sees High Traffic
If the number of people in the Sport Pilot Tent is any indication, the new sport pilot and light-sport aircraft rule will usher in a new and exciting era in general aviation. (read more)

Business Could be Booming for New Supersonic Engine Inlet
There’s a crew at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 with high hopes for the future of supersonic flight. They’re from NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, and they brought a model of a parametric jet engine inlet they hope will facilitate supersonic cruising. The inlet is part of NASA’s exhibit at Oshkosh this year. (read more)

One-Millionth Young Eagle at EAA Air Academy
Andrew Grant waited patiently as the time for the drawing came near. He knew that you had to be present to win the control-line airplane, and with just five minutes to drawing time, it was just he and one other person present. He was optimistic that this time he would be the lucky one. (read more)

Administrator Blakey Honors National GA Award Winners Tonight
For the second consecutive year, the annual National General Aviation Awards will be formally presented tonight by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey at Theater in the Woods. They include Douglas “Doug” Stewart, North Egremont, Massachusetts, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Gary Stephen Goodpaster, Cincinnati, Ohio, Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year; Keith Bryan Lewis, Spartanburg, South Carolina, Avionics Technician of the Year; and Walter Schuyler “Walt” Schamel, Winter Haven, Florida, Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year. (read more)

NAFI Tip of the Day
Experienced pilots have often worked out simple solutions to many of the vexing questions that arise every day in the cockpit. Here’s a quick collection, guaranteed to save some time and frustration. (read more)

Tranquility Base: Seaplane Setting a World Apart
Paul Seehafer stood on the sun-dappled grass as a cool, gentle breeze blew in from Lake Winnebago. Floatplanes waited patiently at their moorings. “We consider this to be the crown jewel of EAA,” he said. (read more)

Around the Field
Dave, Matt, and Paul are three Nebraska boys sitting in the shade of a Tri-Pacer’s wing. The air show has just ended, and they’re watching the activity around the Classic camping area and out on Runway 36. (read more)

Teen Travelers
Many people feel a sense of freedom when they fly, especially if the trip is a long one. Scott Mainero and Heather McRoberts, both of Boulder, Colorado, are embracing this feeling as they travel across the country—Scott in a 1950 Luscombe and Heather in a 1947 Luscombe. (read more)

Rutan Appearances
Burt and Dick Rutan are perennial favorites of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh visitors. (read more)

Cessna Contributes to CAP Training Facility
The Cessna Aircraft Co. earlier this week presented the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) a $30,000 grant to help improve the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary’s Education and Training Center located on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport.
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Diamond DA42 Twin Star Debuts
Diamond’s new DA42 Twin Star arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 on Sunday from the company’s London, Ontario, factory. The arrival marked the North American debut of the diesel-powered twin. The DA42 is located at the Diamond Aircraft display. (read more)

NASM Dulles Facility is Worth a Million
The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center opened December 15 and fast became the most popular museum site in Virginia. After less than six months, the museum welcomed its one-millionth visitor on June 9. (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)

Maintaining Light-Sport Aircraft
In addition to simplifying the training and certification requirements for the coming crop of sport pilots, the new rule also recognizes that the existing one-size-fits-all maintenance requirements for certificated aircraft won’t be the best solution for light-sport aircraft (LSA). In fact, the new rule distinguishes between the many different types of LSAs when it comes to deciding how they must be maintained and who can work on them. (read more)

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