October 21, 2005    Volume 5, Number 49

    


  


EAA B-17 Tour Officials Monitoring 'Wilma’s' Course

As the EAA Allied Victory Tour featuring the B-17 Fuddy Duddy enters its final stages in Florida, tour officials are closely monitoring the weather situation associated with Hurricane Wilma. This weekend’s tour stop at Jacksonville’s Cecil Field Airport (Oct. 21-23) is a go, says EAA Director of Flight Operations Sean Elliott, but it’s still too early to determine Wilma’s path. At this writing, the Category 4 hurricane was to the east of the Yucatan Peninsula with sustained winds of 145 mph.

“We’re keeping a watchful eye,” Elliott said. “As of now, Jacksonville is on as scheduled. As for the rest of the tour, we’ll have to wait and see which path the storm takes.”

Following Jacksonville the rest of the tour is scheduled as follows: Oct 25-26 Deland Municipal Airport; Oct 28-30 Orlando Executive Airport; and Nov. 1-2, Vero Beach Municipal Airport. Consult the EAA (www.eaa.org) and B-17 (www.b17.org) websites for any official tour information.

EAA’s Haunted Hangar Returns October 29-30

The spirits of Halloween and aviation come together in a special way at the EAA AirVenture Museum next Friday and Saturday, October 28-29, as the museum becomes home to the “Haunted Hangar” tours from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

Tour guides lead museum visitors on special flashlight tours of the EAA AirVenture Museum, visiting the ghosts of aviation history. This special event, one of fastest-growing Halloween activities in the Fox Valley, will feature spooky surprises and special treats throughout the tour, which takes place throughout the displays of the world-class facility.
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October 2005
EAA Desktop Calendar

Those who saw one or more of the special heritage flights during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 will never forget the sight – some of the most successful fighter aircraft in our nation’s history flying in close formation, including the P-38 Glacier Girl; an F-16 Fighting Falcon; an F-4 Phantom; and a P-51 Mustang. You can have this historic image on your computer desktop simply by visiting the EAA website.
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Dear EAA Members,
Young Eagles has been one of the most outstanding programs in EAA and aviation history. In this week’s e-Hotline you will read a report concerning the loss of three people during a Young Eagles flight. On behalf of all EAA members worldwide, I express our sincere condolences to the families who lost a loved one. 
  
When we were informed about the accident, we responded quickly. Young Eagles Executive Director, Steve Buss flew to Seattle to meet with EAAers and the organizations who participated in the event. We will provide support to all involved during this critical period.
  
Young Eagles has touched almost 1.2 million kids through the support of tens of thousands of volunteers. We are dedicated to its future. This program will continue to be an important part of EAA’s culture and aviation outreach.


Tom Poberezny
President
   
EAA Mourns Loss of Three in Young Eagles Flight
Experimental Aircraft Association members and staff are deeply saddened to report the loss of three individuals during a Young Eagles flight in the Greater Seattle, Washington area on Saturday, October 15. The victims were pilot D. Eugene Hokanson, 67, EAA 698284, of Mercer Island, WA; and his two passengers, Brittany Boatright, 15; Kandyce Cowart, 14.

The flight was part of an educational event in which local EAA volunteer pilots provided free Young Eagles flights to students at Aviation High School in South Seattle, an aviation-oriented vocational high school. Hokanson’s Piper Cherokee 140 airplane went down in the vicinity of Paine Field, an airport in Everett, Washington, just north of Seattle. The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to issue a preliminary report on the cause of the accident and continues its investigation.

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U.S. Sport Aviation Expo to Assess Hurricane Wilma Threat Friday
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo organizing committee will meet on Friday, October 21, to assess the threat posed by Hurricane Wilma, currently projected to make landfall in Florida on Sunday. Bob Wood, chairman of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, scheduled for next week, October 27-31, in Sebring, Florida, advised EAA today that the committee will obtain the latest projections for the storm’s path early Friday and then determine a plan of action for the event.
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EAA Reviews Proposed FAA ‘Flight Plan’
EAA provided input to the FAA’s Flight Plan 2006-2010, an annually revised blueprint that sets the agency’s short- and long-term strategic objectives. In a letter to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, EAA President Tom Poberezny thanks the agency for setting a course that should ultimately improve the agency’s efficiency and aviation system safety. Poberezny also made several suggestions based on what EAA feels are the plan’s shortcomings and significant omissions.
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FAA Updates Grant of Exemption For B-17, Spirit of St. Louis Flights
On October 19, the FAA issued an updated Grant of Exemption to EAA regulating the operation of its Spirit of St. Louis replica and Boeing B-17 Aluminum Overcast (N5017N) aircraft, as well as the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center’s Fuddy Duddy (N9563Z). This exemption represents a joint effort between the FAA and the historic aircraft community to standardize conditions and limitations throughout the vintage historic warbird industry for such flights. Because limitations were not consistent throughout the historic aircraft community, EAA hosted a meeting of other organizations and FAA officials at its Oshkosh headquarters on September 30, 2004, to craft a set of new standardized conditions.
   
Skystar Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Kitfox aircraft kit manufacturer ETG Corp d/b/a Skystar Aircraft, Corp. has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7. According to documents obtained by EAA, the filing took place on Friday, October 14, in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Idaho. Those documents show the company’s claimed assets totaled about $1.1 million, with liabilities of nearly $1.7 million. This filing came just in time to avoid new, more stringent law that took effect on October 17, 2005 under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.
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Help Available For Unfinished Projects
EAA members who need parts or assistance to complete a Kitfox should contact John McBean of Sport Plane LLC. John, an EAA Technical Counselor and former Skystar employee, has provided builder’s assistance and aftermarket help over the past several years. Sport Plane LLC can also provide landing gears and windshields. For more information, visit http://sportplanellc.com.

   
   
Sport Pilot Ground School Offering in Michigan
Destination Flight, Inc. will be holding a Sport Pilot Ground School course November 19-20 at the Three Rivers Airport (HAI) in Three Rivers, Michigan. The course fee is $200 and includes an ASA Sport Pilot Test Prep Book, 2005 FARS, Sport Pilot Practical Test Standard (Category/Class of Choice), E6B Flight Computer, Plotter and Chicago Sectional. For more information visit www.destinationflight.com/ground_school.html.
   
McLeod’s Polar Circumnavigation Attempt Cut Short
Gus McLeod’s (EAA 501072) latest attempt to circumnavigate the globe over both poles came to an abrupt halt this past week after mechanical problems forced him to land minutes after take-off from Maryland’s Montgomery County Airpark (GAI). McLeod took off on Sunday, October 16, and was forced to land 30 miles away at Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) when his homebuilt Firefly had a problem with the protective covering for the wheel. When he tried to take off a second time at FDK, the front landing gear collapsed.

“We’ve got a disaster,” McLeod told the Washington Post.. “I feel embarrassed. I don’t know what to say. . . . I don’t have a clue as to what failed or why it failed—all I know is it failed.”

In February 2004 he made it within 500 miles of the South Pole before the Firefly iced up and he was forced to land. In 2000, McLeod set the world record for a flight to the North Pole flying a 1939 PT-17 open-cockpit Stearman. He attended AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 and displayed his airplane on AeroShell Square.
   
Sun ‘n Fun Readies for ‘The Joy of Flight’ 2006 Fly-In
Preparation for the 32nd annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In continues with plans to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the first Space Shuttle flight and the lifetime career of Curtis Pitts. The 2006 event, themed “The Joy of Flight,” is scheduled for April 4-10 at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Florida. Sun ‘n Fun expanded its forums and workshop area in 2005, providing more opportunities to learn about everything from technical skills to building techniques and light-sport aircraft. Last year 160,000 people participated in the seven-day event, which traditionally heralds the start of the summer flying season. For more information visit www.sun-n-fun.org.
   
CAFE Works to Stage NASA ‘Centennial Challenge’ Competition
First announced during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, the Personal Air Vehicle Centennial Challenge (PAV-CC) is the first aeronautics competition in NASA’s Centennial Challenges program. A joint venture by the NASA and the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation, PAV-CC will award annual prizes totaling $250,000 to teams that can best design, develop, and demonstrate technology improvements in various general aviation capabilities.

NASA will provide the annual $250,000 to be awarded in prize money. To win prize money, teams must modify general aviation or sport aircraft to demonstrate the best performance in five technology areas. NASA predicts the technologies emphasized by this competition will have a quick impact on the general aviation industry and on public air travel. The cash awards will be presented at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006.

Since the grant funds are to be distributed to PAV Challenge winners only, CAFE is focused on generating the necessary resources to stage the competition. To learn more about the effort, visit http://cafefoundation.org/pav.htm. Information about Centennial Challenges is available online at http://centennialchallenges.nasa.gov.
   
Learn Fiberglass Building Techniques
SynergyAir in Eugene, Oregon, will host a weekend workshop, “Fiberglass Done Right,” October 28-29. The workshop features demonstrations, instruction, and hands-on practice led by experts with years of experience building, finishing and painting showplanes. Participants will learn the easy way to make fiberglass perform, from lay-up to final finishing. Registration is $350 and is limited to 50 people. For more information visit www.synergyair.com or call 541/913-0610.
   
PCAvionics Offers Free 30-Day MountainScope Demo
PCAvionics is now offering a free, 30-day demo of their MountainScope moving-map software. The CD-ROM comes with complete software and regional aviation data, and can be installed on a desktop, laptop or Pocket PC, with or without a GPS receiver. For a free demo CD or for more information, visit www.pcavionics.com, or call 877/444-4PCA.
   
Paint Tinting Machines Assure Quick Shipping
All Randolph and Poly Fiber paint distributors now have tinting machines in their facilities, making any color available for shipping in 24 hours. In the past the distributors had to send a request to the factory to blend paint colors and then drop ship them to the customer. The new machines also make paint pick-ups possible at outlet stores like Aircraft Spruce in Corona, California or Peachtree City, Georgia. For more information visit www.polyfiber.com or www.randolphaircraft.com
   
Chambliss Earns Fifth U.S. National Aerobatic Title
Aerobatic pilot Kirby Chambliss earned his fifth national championship last month at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Denison, Texas. He is only the second pilot to earn five championships. Chambliss took first place in the Unlimited Class with an overall score of 86.67 percent in his Red Bull Edge 540.

“Winning the U.S. Nationals once was always a dream, much less five times,” said Chambliss. “This is beyond my wildest imagination and I’m just honored to be among a group of such great aerobatic pilots.”
The victory means Chambliss will lead the 2006 USA Unlimited Aerobatic Team in the 2006 World Aerobatic Championships in Burgos, Spain. For more information visit www.redbulledge.com. Final scores in all categories can be found at www.usnationals.net/htmlfile/scores.php.
   
Chelton Autopilot Now Available For Rockwell 112
The FAA has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) to Chelton Aviation for the company’s digital AP-3C autopilot in the Rockwell 112. The autopilot has only three components, including the control unit that is installed in the panel. The autopilot effectively dampens turbulence, yielding a smoother ride due to direct linkage with an altitude gyro instead of the more traditional altitude averaging. Chelton AP-3C autopilots sell for $11,000, plus an STC installation kit. Attitude gyros, DG, or HIS are extra. The AP-3C is available for a wide and expanding range of single and twin-engine aircraft. For further information call 940/320-3330 or visit www.cheltonaviation.com
  

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