This Saturday, May 14, EAA AirVenture Museum hosts “Hops & Props,” a new fine food and beverage-tasting event coordinated by EAA, The Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper, and Fox River Brewing Company that will benefit EAA’s youth education initiative.
Don't miss the opportunity to sample unique beverages provided by microbreweries and distributors from across the region, plus enjoy elegant hors d'oeuvres catered by the Supple Restaurant Group, and live entertainment. (read more)
‘Laughter and Tears’ Available Only at Aeronautica
This 208-page coffee table book features the work of George Rarey, a P-47 pilot who documented his daily military life during World War II in drawings, which he sent home to his sweetheart and eventual wife, Betty Lou. Less than 400 copies remain and they’re only available through
Laughter and Tears is bound like a pilot's logbook in simulated leather with silver-embossed pilot's wings on the cover and colored Rareybird endpapers. It contains 135 of Rarey's wartime drawings, annotated with excerpts from his letters and the comments of the surviving pilots of the 379th Fighter Squadron. Also available are copies of five selected prints from the book.
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If I fly as a sport pilot using the driver’s license for my medical, does DUAT permit me access to their website since I do not have a third class FAA medical certificate?
Yes, DUAT (Direct User Access Terminal) is available to sport pilots. There are two providers of DUAT - DTC and CSC. To gain access to CSC DUAT, you simply mail a copy of your pilot certificate to them at the following address:
FAA DUATS Program – NMOC
Computer Sciences Corp.
15000 Conference Center Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151-3808
If you have access to a scanner, you can scan your certificate instead and e-mail it to
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for more info.
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EAA Desktop Calendar
We received a lot of
positive feedback on Jim Koepnick's terrific photo that appeared in the April 2005
edition of Sport Aviation illustrating new technological
advances in the GA cockpit. So we decided to use it for our May 2005
wallpaper calendar. Get a copy for your computer desktop today
at the EAA website.
In the Wake of DC
Airspace Incursion EAA Urges All Pilots to Remain Vigilant, Fly Responsibly Wednesday’s airspace incursion in Washington, D.C. in which a Cessna 150 strayed deep into the 15-mile Flight Restricted Zone, and the subsequent security threat it caused in our nation’s capital, should serve as a reminder to all pilots to be extremely vigilant in meeting their responsibilities as pilot in command. The pilot was flying through some of the nation’s most highly complex airspace. According to news reports, the aircraft en route from Pennsylvania to North Carolina violated the no-fly zone by wandering to within three miles of the White House. The airspace incursion caused the White House, U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court buildings to be briefly evacuated. (read more)
EAA Youth Art Contest Winner’s Work Becomes One-Of-A-Kind Airplane The final details are being applied to a one-of-a-kind airplane project that will make a young person’s prize-winning artwork a dazzling exterior for an airplane dedicated to EAA’s renowned Young Eagles program. EAA, Scheme Designers of Cresskill, N.J., and Gulfstream Aviation’s maintenance facility in Appleton, Wis., have teamed to apply the artwork of 17-year-old Aaron Mentkowski to a GlaStar aircraft.
Mentkowski, of Bay Village, Ohio, won this year’s EAA Youth Art Competition, which made his winning design the choice for the airplane’s paint scheme. (read more)
EAA Helps Beat Back Montana Ethanol Legislation
Montana aviation enthusiasts including many key EAA members are celebrating the governor’s signature on legislation that exempts 91-octane fuel from having to include ethanol additives. Working under the umbrella of AOM (Aviation Organizations of Montana) state EAA members joined members from the Montana Pilots Association, the Montana Aviation Trades Association, and AOPA to change the proposed legislation that would have required all auto fuel to include the ethanol additive. EAA was concerned because many aircraft cannot operate safely on fuel blended with ethanol products. (read
Join Gary Aldrich, Test Pilot Instructor,
in Young Eagles Chat Room Wednesday, May 18 Gary Aldrich, Lt Col, USAF (Ret), a Test Pilot Instructor at Edwards Air Force Base, California, joins the EAA Young Eagles Webchat on Wednesday evening, May 18, between 7 and 8 p.m. CDT. Aldrich is a 22-year Air Force officer and graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. He has flown more than 40 different types of military and civilian aircraft ranging from the Goodyear Blimp to an F-16. Aldrich also serves president of EAA Chapter 1000. (read more)
Experimental/Homebuilt Pilots Required to Have Category and Class Rating to Carry Passengers
On April 21, 2005, FAA Flight Standards reinforced a regulatory requirement for passenger carrying experimental/amateur-built aircraft pilots to have category and class ratings for the aircraft they intend to fly. The new Notice,
8700.42, also provides a "grandfather" clause allowing current pilots who do not possess the required ratings a limited window of opportunity (through August 31, 2005) to obtain them.
It is important to note that this affects only those pilots who wish to carry passengers in an experimental aircraft for which they do not hold the appropriate category and class rating. Pilots who do not carry passengers in their experimental aircraft, and pilots who already hold the category/class rating appropriate to the aircraft they are flying are not affected. (read
SWRFI Premiers in Hondo, Texas This Weekend The EAA Southwest Regional Fly-In (SWRFI) gets under way on Friday at its new home, Hondo Airport (HDO), in Hondo, Texas. After two years in New Braunfels, the Texas fly-in’s board chose to move the growing event to a venue that could offer more ramp and hanger space, better camping facilities, uncongested airspace, and plenty of room for future expansion. (read
Blue Thunder To Try For Speed Record at Golden West The Blue Thunder Mustang, piloted by John Parker, will attempt to set new world speed records in class C-1.c at the Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In, which takes place June 3-5 at Yuba County Airport
(MYV), Marysville, California. The airplane will try for the 3-kilometer and the 15/25-kilometer records, monitored by the National Aeronautic Association
Flying Heritage Collection Featured at Arlington Several rare World War I and World War II aircraft restored to flying condition will be on display at this year’s Northwest EAA Regional Fly-In, July 6-10, in Arlington, Washington. The aircraft, part of investor Paul G. Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection, are the result of extensive research efforts where original vendors reconstruct materials and to preserve their authenticity. (read more)
Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In Moves Date to October 1-2 The Virginia Council of EAA Chapters, Inc. decided to move the 2005 Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In to October 1-2 at the Dinwiddie County Airport (PTB). The Council made the switch because the previous date had several conflicts with other aviation events that would adversely impact attendance, both by vendors and the flying public.
This year will feature forums and workshops, aviation vendors, a special youth tent, and a control line model flying circle. Aircraft judging will be offered to those who request it. Pancake breakfasts and afternoon air shows are scheduled both days. For current fly-in information, including separate approach procedures for airplanes and ultralights, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit
www.vaeaa.org. (read more)
Adam A500 Receives FAA
Adam Aircraft received its FAA Type Certificate (TC) for the A500 Centerline Twin aircraft this week. Since October 2004’s rollout of the first customer aircraft, five others are in the production process as Adam aims for a capacity ramp-up goal of six aircraft per month between its Englewood and Pueblo, Colorado and Ogden, Utah facilities. The company expects to receive its Production Certification during the ramp-up. “We are very pleased for our team who worked so hard for this TC,” said Rick Adam, chairman and CEO. “I am also very happy for our customers who will be able to pilot their A500s soon. Working with the FAA, we have produced a next-generation twin that meets or exceeds the highest safety and regulatory standards.”
The A500, constructed of high-performance Toray carbon fiber material, produces a strong and aerodynamically efficient airframe. The centerline configuration for the twin Teledyne Continental TSIO-550 engines provides the reliability of two engines without compromising single-engine stability. Inside are seats rated to 26Gs; side-stick controls; airbags at the crew stations; and a flight deck with large Avidyne flat screen displays and Garmin nav/com systems. For more information, visit
U.S. Sport Pilot Expo Filling up Fast
Preparations and exhibitor registrations for the second (2005) U.S. Sport Aviation Expo are well ahead of the last year. “We have increased the number of aircraft exhibit spaces from last year and have filled over eighty percent of them to date,” says Chairman Bob Wood. “We are likewise making inroads toward filling the interior display spaces. This certainly speaks volumes about both the appeal of Light Sport Aircraft and the reaction of exhibitors to last year’s inaugural event.” The event is scheduled for October 27-30. Visit the updated website at
www.sport-aviation-expo.com, which includes the revised display area and schedule.
Four to Be Enshrined in National Aviation Hall of Fame
The National Aviation Hall of Fame will induct four new members at its 44th annual enshrinement ceremony in Dayton, Ohio on July 16. They include General
John R. Alison, considered by many to be “the Father of Air Force Special Operations” and member of the China-based 23rd Fighter Group during WWII, He’ll be presented by David Lee “Tex”
Hill, Flying Tiger Ace; Betty Skelton Frankman, legendary aerobatic pilot who in the 1940s became the first woman to perform the “ribbon cut,” presented by Dorothy Cochrane, Aeronautics Department curator for the National Air and Space Museum; the late
Nancy Harkness Love, who in 1942 organized the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and was the first woman to pilot the P-51, P-38, and B-17 aircraft, presented by Ann Hamilton Tunner, one of Love’s pilots in the third Ferrying Group; and the late
Benjamin R. (Ben) Rich, at Lockheed’s famed “Skunk Works” who participated in such projects as the XF-104 Starfighter, U-2, SR-71 Blackbird, and numerous others, enshrined by Dr. William Perry, the 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense. For advance reservations to the enshrinement ceremony, call 937/256-0944 ext. 10, or visit
Elite Adds G1000-Equipped Training Devices
Elite Simulation Solutions now has training devices equipped with Garmin G1000 integrated avionics systems. Several G1000-equipped versions are now available including a desktop iGATE and a Diamond DA40/42 developed in cooperation with Diamond Aircraft Industries. The G1000-equipped devices represent Elite's ongoing glass panel training device development following the launch of iGATE at last year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. For more information, visit
Minnesota CAF Wing Marks VE Day’s 60th Anniversary
The Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will lead the Wings of Freedom - Salute to Veterans air show celebration over the Memorial Day weekend at Red Wing (Minnesota) Regional Airport. CAF will have several aircraft on site, led by its B-25 bomber Miss Mitchell in the tribute to the millions of Americans living and dead who have defended our country in times of war. The May 27-29 event includes aircraft from World War II to Vietnam as well as uniformed re-enactors and ground equipment from 1940s. For more information about the air show, visit
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