News and Views July 8, 2005    Volume 5, Number 27


Reserve Your B-17 Seats for EAA AirVenture Mission

Reserve your seat on the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center's Fuddy Duddy B-17G for an actual mission flight at the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. EAA's “Allied Victory B-17 Tour” is currently thrilling aviation enthusiasts in the Western U.S., making its way eastward to Oshkosh for the July 25-31 event. To book an AirVenture flight or to learn more, visit the EAA B-17 website, or call 800/FLY-NB17 (800/359-6217).

What is your favorite area to visit while at EAA AirVenture?

'Allied Victory'
B-17 Tour

July 7-10
Minneapolis, MN
Anoka County Blaine Airport

July 12-13
Superior, WI
Richard I Bong Airport

July 15-17
Wausau, WI
Wausau Downtown Airport


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July 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

Our July calendar features the aerobatic prowess of Sean D. Tucker, Mike Goulian, and Ed Hamill maneuvering over EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. Look for Tucker and Goulian at EAA AirVenture 2005. Visit the EAA AirVenture website to get the air show performance schedule. Visit the EAA website to download a copy of the July 2005 calendar.

Mel Asberry To Receive EAA’s Bingelis Award
Mel Asberry of Farmersville, Texas, is the 2005 recipient of EAA’s Tony Bingelis Award, recognizing his involvement as an active volunteer Technical Counselor, Flight Advisor and aircraft builder. Asberry will receive the award during the annual Homebuilders’ Dinner on Thursday, July 28, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, which takes place July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
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Wing Corrosion Forces CAF to Abort B-29 Fifi’s Oshkosh Plans
B-24 Diamond Lil Still Scheduled to Appear
EAA received word Thursday, July 7, that the Commemorative Air Force will not be able to bring its B-29 bomber Fifi, the world’s only flying example of the type, to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 because of significant corrosion found in the left wing during the airplane’s annual inspection. CAF representatives say they are still flying its B-24A (LB-30) Liberator Diamond Lil to Oshkosh. This airplane is the world’s oldest flying four-engine aircraft and has been in service continuously since prior to WWII.
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Culp Sopwith Pups, Special Biplane Plan
Group Flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

On July 20, two 1916-era Sopwith Pup reproductions and a Culp’s Special biplane will depart Shreveport, Louisiana’s Downtown Airport (DTN) bound for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. Designer and builder Steve Culp will fly his blue, white and red Sopwith Pup accompanied by Howard Ham in his red-and-white Pup #2, and Charles “Doc” Hamm, owner of the Culp’s Special, on the two-day, 728 nautical-mile journey.
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Food Network Looks for Unique Tailgaters at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Al Roker Productions, Inc. will visit Oshkosh for the first two days of EAA AirVenture 2005—Monday, July 25, and Tuesday, July 26—in search of extraordinary tailgating set-ups to include in a special two-hour program to air October 6 on the Food Network. If you think your party, camping group, or special meal really stands out in the crowd, they would like to know about it. Whether you’re featuring mouth-watering food, the latest in high-tech appliances, interesting figures and personalities, or all of the above, they’d like to hear from you.
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Miss Champion Still Coming to Oshkosh, But Not in Time For EAA AirVenture
Plans to ferry the Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogiro Miss Champion to Oshkosh in time for EAA AirVenture 2005 had to be canceled this week by aircraft owner Steve Pitcairn due to family circumstances. In February, Pitcairn had announced his plans to donate the rare 1931 autogiro to EAA to take its place alongside EAA’s restored and airworthy Pitcairn Mailwing and PA-39 autogiro in the Pitcairn Aviation Hangar at historic Pioneer Airport. That will now have to wait until late August or early September, he said.
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Rare Gathering of Tri-Motors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005
A one-of-a-kind reunion of at least nine vintage tri-motors from around the world will make for an unforgettable gathering during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport. Among the assembled tri-motors scheduled to attend are: Grand Canyon Airways’ 1929 Ford 5-AT-74 and Greg Herrick’s 1927 Ford 4-AT-10; Dornier DO-24 amphibian; Junkers Ju-52 tri-motor; Stinson high-wing and low-wing models; an original Bushmaster Tri-Motor; and a one-of-a-kind Kreutzer Air Coach. EAA’s 1929 magnificently restored Ford Tri-Motor 4-AT-E will be part of the gathering as well, flying throughout AirVenture with seats available to the public.
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Pre-AirVenture Auction Continues
Bid to Golf with Burt Rutan, Brian Binnie at Kohler Courses
The eBay bidding for a chance to play golf at Kohler, Wisconsin, with aviation icon Burt Rutan and SpaceShipOne pilot Brian Binnie is running briskly since opening on Tuesday this week. Two exclusive golf packages are up for bid through July 15; one at Blackwolf Run and the other at  PGA 2004 host Whistling Straights. Click here to learn more or to place your bid for the Gathering o Eagles.

Lots in Store at Ford Hangar During AirVenture
While you're at EAA AirVenture, don't forget to stop by the Ford Hangar and check out all the things they have to offer, like: Ricky Rudd Autograph session, Monday 1-3 p.m; Carroll Shelby: Up Close and Personal Wednesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m; Racing, roll stability control, aircraft and Wright Flyer simulators; Motorcraft #21 NASCAR race car; Free Rockwell climbs; Auto show Concept Cars; Mustang ground and air demo during Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday air shows.

Receive a Ford 2005 collector's hat and enter a drawing to win the racing grand prize - a VIP experience at the NASCAR Ford 400 in Miami. And remember, EAA members can save on purchase/lease of eligible Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Volvo, Land Rover and Jaguars. Stop by and see how.

EAA's RideShare can be a convenient way to get to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - More rides and requests are being posted every week, so check it out today!
EAA, Members’ Persistence Pays Off
Ohio Finally Rolls Back $100 Aircraft Registration Tax
EAA joins its members and Ohio aviation enthusiasts in celebrating the rollback of that state’s unfair aircraft registration tax from $100 per aircraft to $15 per seat. On June 30, Governor Bob Taft signed the fiscal year 2006-07 state budget that included the change. The state first raised the tax from $6 to $100 in 2003.

EAA first became aware of this issue in May 2003 when EAA Life Member Ben Gleason e-mailed the
Chapter office warning of a proposal to sharply raise the state aircraft registration tax. The new amount essentially treated a two-place airplane the same as a 25-seat corporate jet.
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Northwest EAA Fly-In Runs Through Sunday
The 37th annual Northwest Regional EAA Fly-In (NWEAA) at Arlington Municipal Airport, Washington, is under way runs through Sunday, July 10. Organizers expect more than 1,600 aircraft and 60,000 participants in this year’s week of aerial demonstrations, hands-on workshops, educational forums and aircraft judging. Paul G. Allen's Flying Heritage Collection of rare World War I and World War II aircraft will highlight the event. NWEAA is now the largest EAA regional fly-in. EAA is on site with a membership services area and extensive merchandising tent, as well as leading several forums and workshops. Arlington also features more than 150 exhibitors, daily air shows, and military fly bys. For complete information, visit
Eagle Flight Concludes Phase I
Boise, Idaho, pilot Jared Aicher successfully completed Phase I of “The Eagle Flight” last Friday, July 1. Aicher spent 33 days (May 28-July 1) flying around the country in a Cessna 172, giving free Young Eagle flights to kids along the way. His journey brought him to Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport on May 30-June 1, where he and Dustin Berlin, a Utah Valley State College flight faculty member flying a DiamondStar, met with local EAA Chapter members and provided several Young Eagle flights.
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Vimy Replica Successfully Recreates Epic Flight
The Vickers Vimy World War I bomber replica that highlighted EAA AirVenture 2001 and landed at Oshkosh in May has successfully recreated history’s first transatlantic flight. EAA members Steve Fossett and Mark Rebholz flew the aircraft, NX71MY, from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Clifden, Ireland, July 2-3. The flight lasted a little over 18 hours with tail winds reported at 120 miles/100 kts per hour along the way.
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Cause of CarterCopter Emergency Landing Disclosed
Carter Aviation Technologies’ (CAT) released additional information this week on the June 17 emergency landing that occurred at Texas’ Olney Airport, damaging the prototype CarterCopter beyond repair. Anita Infante, CAT spokesperson explained that an initial investigation by Carter of the day’s second test flight shows that the aircraft was flying at 160 mph when the bolts holding the drive pulley to the propeller driveshaft broke.
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Seawind Logs 2000th Hour
The proof of concept Seawind, N46SW, logged its 2000th hour during a trip between Pennsylvania and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada, where the aircraft nears certification. Dick Silva, president, has flown all but 60 of the 2000 hours. ‘‘We had always hoped that we would, some day, certify the Seawind,” said Silva. “We have reached another milestone. We have engaged a DAR test pilot, a back up pilot and a flight engineer who are preparing the flight test plans for approval by Transport Canada.”
With 1,308 water landings and over 1,800 land landings, the proof-of-concept Seawind is slated for a factory-remanufactured engine after EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. For more information call 610/917-1120, or visit
CZAW To Debut New LSA At EAA AirVenture
Czech Aircraft Works (CZAW) expects to debut its new light-sport Aircraft, the Parrot, at EAA AirVenture 2005 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 25-31. The all-metal Parrot was designed around the Sport Pilot rules and features a full-cantilever metal wing, a ‘glass’ shape in real metal, a forward-hinged canopy, and plenty of payload. Powered by a Rotax 912ULS, with full tanks the Parrot can carry two full-sized people and 30 pounds of baggage at well over 100 kts. The Parrot is the second original design from CZAW, which debuted its Mermaid amphibian at Sun ‘n Fun 2004. After AirVenture, the Parrot will complete its flight-testing before being offered as both a ready-to-fly airplane and a quick-build kit for homebuilders.
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Commercial Aviation Scholarship Available
Women in Corporate Aviation, Intl (WCA) and the Cessna Aircraft Company are offering another scholarship this year open to men and women interested in pursuing a career in business and corporate aviation. The scholarship winner will be announced at the 2005 National Business Aviation Association Conference November 15-17, 2005 in New Orleans. The award includes a Commercial Student Pilot Kit from Cessna and $500 from WCA to be paid to the recipient’s flight school to assist the candidate in completing their commercial license putting the scholarship value at $800. Guidelines can be found at online at and applications must be postmarked by September 10, 2005. Applicants must have their Private Pilot License and Instrument Rating at the time of application as well as a second-class medical certificate.
Sporty’s Offers Battery-Free Flashlight
A flashlight that uses neither batteries nor bulbs is now being offered by Sporty’s as an essential addition to pilot emergency equipment. Shaking this flashlight for 30 seconds will provide 10 minutes of bright LED light through the Faraday Principle of Electromagnetic Energy, making this a perfect emergency or back-up flashlight. The tough, waterproof battery-free flashlight is available for $19.95 and can be ordered at or by calling 800/SPORTYS.  

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