February 25, 2005    Volume 5, Number 8


MERFI Looks to Revive Fly-In Reorganization meeting scheduled this weekend
Organizers of the EAA Mid-East Regional Fly-In (MERFI), held at the Marion, Ohio Municipal Airport, seek fellow EAAers who’d like to help revive the event this year.

The fly-in celebrated its 38th year in 2003, but was unable to have a MERFI in 2004. Although an event is scheduled for August 26-28, its future is in jeopardy. Fly-in Vice President Virgil Phillips has called a reorganization meeting for 1 p.m. this Sunday, February 27 at the airport.

All interested EAA members wishing to help revive MERFI are invited to attend. No advance registration is necessary to attend the meeting, but if you would like more information, call Virgil at 419/347-5737.

Monday is Final Day For Free Shipping
EAA offers free shipping on merchandise orders of $40 or more through Monday, February 28, 2005. Shop online at EAA at http://shop.eaa.org, or order through the Aeronautica catalog via our toll-free number 800/843-3612.
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Q & A: 
Question of the Week
Question for EAA
Government and Industry Relations:

Are there any plans to add the Graham Lee Nieuport plans-built aircraft to the official approved LSA listing? There are over 200 of these flying and many being built.


There is no "officially approved" light-sport aircraft (LSA) listing. Any aircraft certificated in any category that meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft as called out in 14 CFR 1.1 is eligible for operation by sport pilots. The aircraft does not have to be included on any specific list.

It is a sport pilot’s responsibility to ensure that the aircraft he wishes to operate meets the LSA definition.

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March 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the only place in the world that offers daily forums, workshops, and educational offerings on virtually anything to do with aviation. This month's desktop calendar image features the Aircraft Woodworking workshop. We'll highlight other areas of the annual convention as we lead up to the July 25-31 event. To get this image, visit the EAA website and choose from five different resolutions to best suit your monitor.
SpaceShipOne/White Knight Coming to
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005!

SpaceShipOne, the world’s first successful civilian-built spaceship that captured the world’s attention last fall by winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize, is coming to Oshkosh! The history-making spacecraft and its carrier aircraft, White Knight, have been confirmed for arrival at EAA AirVenture, the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. This is the ONLY planned public appearance of these two aircraft in one place.
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Melvill Discusses White Knight/SS1’s Only Public Appearance
Commercial astronaut and longtime EAA member Mike Melvill confirmed that he and aircraft designer Burt Rutan, also an EAA member, would fly the mated White Knight/SpaceShipOne aircraft to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005.
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Sport Pilot News
Poberezny Receives 2004 AW&ST Laurel Award For EAA's Sport Pilot, Young Eagles Work
EAA President Tom Poberezny was named recipient of a 2004 Laurel Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine for his "leadership and tenacity in achieving FAA implementation of the Sport Pilot category, which will open new avenues of opportunity for people to learn to fly and own airplanes." AW&ST also cited EAA's continuing emphasis on youth educational initiatives, including Young Eagles.

"I appreciate receiving this award that recognizes EAA's efforts in building aviation's future," Poberezny said. "Both the sport pilot initiative and Young Eagles are and will continue to engage more people in aviation." This is the magazine’s 48th Annual Aerospace Laurel awards.

Wagner to Attend Montana Aviation Conference
Ron Wagner, Manager, EAA Field relations will present a sport pilot/light-sport aircraft briefing plus meet with EAA members at the Montana State Aviation Conference in Butte, Montana, March 3-5. His presentation is on Saturday morning, March 5. Later that day Wagner will host an EAA Members reception at 1:30 p.m. in the Orphan Girl Room of the Copper King Lodge.

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Reminder: Sport Pilot Presentation in Lakeland
EAA invites EAA and NAFI members in the Lakeland, Florida, area to attend a special free presentation - Sport Pilot: A Member Briefing - on Friday evening, February 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sun 'n Fun Hospitality Center. Charlie Becker, Director of EAA's Aviation Services, will provide the latest on the new Sport Pilot rules and answer your sport pilot questions.
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EAA UFI Ground School at Oshkosh March 12-13
There is still space available in EAA’s Ultralight Flight Instructor Ground School scheduled for March 12-13 at the EAA Aviation Center. Attendees will receive two days of high-quality instruction on more than a dozen practical topics necessary to earn an EAA Ultralight Flight Instructor rating.
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EAA Warbirds of America Represents Members at Kansas City T-34 Meeting 
Door Opens For T-34s to Resume Flight
EAA Warbirds of America Executive Director Bill Fischer represented members at a public meeting with FAA and industry officials held February 15-16 in Kansas City regarding the status of Beechcraft T-34 aircraft. The FAA proposed short-, medium-, and long-term actions that could help return T-34s to airworthy status. Over 70 industry representatives were in attendance including the T-34 Association, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), and aircraft owners/operators.
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Hitchin’ a Ride: Use EAA AirVenture RideShare For Traveling to Oshkosh
Are you looking for a ride to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer? Or are you already planning to go but have space available in your airborne or land-bound vehicle to take along a fellow aviation enthusiast? A useful new feature on the EAA AirVenture website called RideShare will match drivers with passengers as the aviation world plans it journey to the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration July 25-31.
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GlobalFlyer Launch Could be Monday
Over the past week, the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer mission has gone from on to off…and apparently back on again. Thursday morning EAA received word that they’re back to “code yellow, with a high possibility of a flight attempt either Monday, February 28, or Tuesday, March 1.” Earlier in the week, pilot Steve Fossett nixed a February 25 launch because of unacceptable ground winds forecast at Salina (Kansas) Municipal Airport and turbulence during the flight’s ascent. Look for the latest information on www.eaa.org as updates occur.

Attention, EAA Artists:

Competition Deadlines About a Month Away

Adult Art Competition Entry Deadline Draws Near
Just a reminder to all planning to enter the 29th Annual Sport Aviation Art Competition, the deadline for entries is March 25, 2005. Artists can submit artwork in one of four categories, with the winner in each receiving a $250 award. “Best of Show” will be awarded $1,000. Please note that competition is open to all EAA members age 18 and older. For more information and entry forms, visit www.airventuremuseum.org/art.

Youth Artists: Make Paint Scheme For the Young Eagles GlaStar!
Entries for the EAA Youth Art Competition (ages through 17) are actual paint scheme designs for EAA’s Young Eagles GlaStar airplane. The winner in each of three age groups will receive a $100 cash prize, and the Grand Champion’s work will come to life on the actual airplane courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace. Entry deadline is March 25, 2005. More information, including entry materials, is available on the EAA AirVenture Museum website. For Specific questions, contact Mary McKeown at 920/426-6880.

EAA to Kick Off 2005 Fly-In Season At Sun ’n Fun
EAA is preparing for its activities at spring’s traditional fly-in season opener, the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Fla., which will be held April 12-18. EAA will offer information and opportunities for fellowship among EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts throughout the grounds during Sun ’n Fun, which began in the 1970s with critical leadership and support provided by EAA chapters. The fly-in subsequently has assumed its own identity as one of the country’s most significant aviation events.
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Cirrus Ups Investment in BRS
Cirrus Design became the second largest shareholder in Ballistic Recovery Systems when it recently exercised options to purchase 650,000 shares of stock, bringing its total ownership to 15.3 percent. “This investment gives us an implicit commitment and will insure this technology is incorporated into additional Cirrus designs,” said BRS President & COO Larry E. Williams. BRS has sold nearly 20,000 of its whole-plane parachute systems in 25 years, with over 177 documented lives saved. For more information, visit www.brsparachutes.com, and www.cirrusdesign.com.

Huffman Prairie Commemoration In September
When Wilbur Wright took flight from Huffman Prairie, Ohio, on October 5, 1905, it signaled a new age of human aviation. The Wright brothers’ Wright Flyer III became, on that day, the world’s first practical airplane. To commemorate the centennial of practical flight, the National Park Service and the United States Air Force will host two events on Huffman Prairie Flying Field—September 22-25 and October 5. Individuals and organizations are being invited to participate.
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Canadian Company Unveils Ice Detection Technology
MD Robotics, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, recently demonstrated its patented Ice-Cam, which detects ice on all surfaces, including roads, runways, and aircraft. Spectral reflectivity allows Ice-Cam to detect and identify the unique spectral signature of ice. NASA will soon test the Ice-Cam's ability to detect ice on the Space Shuttle's center tank, and the FAA along with Transport Canada, are part of a group that will review its ability to detect ice on aircraft before take-off. The same technology could also be placed on autos as an added safety measure during winter driving conditions. www.mdrobotics.ca.

MT-Propeller Marks 25th Anniversary
Gerd Muehlbauer founded MT-Propeller 25 years ago with six employees and 20 years of experience in the propeller business. Today there are 80 employees in Germany and United States that service a worldwide customer base. The company produces about 720 constant-speed and 150 fixed-pitch propellers a year, with 21 different certified propeller types with various blade types available. Products range from motor gliders to propeller turbines and fans for wind tunnels. To learn more about MT-Propeller, visit www.mt-propeller.com.

Keystone Aviation Expands Runway, Hangar Space
Keystone Aviation, fixed-base operator at the Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Connecticut, unveiled an expanded, 5,800-foot runway on January 5. Keystone worked with the support of the FAA, the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Division of Aviation and Ports. The FBO is also building a new 64,000-square-foot hangar, slated to be ready in October and boosting total hangar capacity to 200,000 square feet. Keystone offers 24/7 service, offering general aviation maintenance, an elegantly furnished executive conference room, gourmet catering, and courtesy vehicles. Visit www.keystoneavitat.com for more information.

NASA Offers Prizes To Students With Revolutionary Ideas
NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is offering up to four $9,000 fellowships to students with ideas that can dramatically advance the Vision for Space Exploration. The NIAC Student Fellows Prize program provides opportunities for creative college students to develop revolutionary advanced concepts in aeronautics, space, and the sciences. NIAC seeks concepts that stretch the imagination and that are based on sound scientific principles. Student fellows are required to team with an experienced mentor in an aerospace-related field from academia or industry. The deadline for proposal submissions is April 15, 2005. Awards will be announced in May. More information is available at:
and www.niac.usra.edu/index.html

Density Altitude Thermometer Available from Sporty's
Estimate density altitude prior to takeoff with Sporty's Density Altitude Thermometer. The 18-inch diameter thermometer displays temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit as well as the estimated density altitude based upon the current temperature and field elevation. Specify your airport's field elevation when ordering and a custom decal is affixed to the thermometer to display the estimated density altitude for your airport. Transient pilots will find it especially useful upon departing an unfamiliar field where performance is critical. Available for $34.95, the thermometer can be ordered at www.sportys.com or by calling 800/SPORTYS.

Whirly-Girls Celebrate 50th Anniversary in April
Whirly-Girls International will honor a half-century of female helicopter aviators at its 50th anniversary celebration April 28-30 in Washington, D.C. The event will feature a dedication at the Mayflower Hotel site of the first Whirly-Girls meeting; a commemorative banquet; and a tour of the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which will house a special exhibit featuring memorabilia of the first 118 members of the Whirly-Girls. More than 80 scholarships have been awarded to deserving women since 1968 when the first Doris Mullen Memorial Scholarship was awarded, including over $45,000 in 2005. Attendees must register by March 31. Registration and discounted hotel information is available on the Whirly-Girls website, www.whirlygirls.org.

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