7, 2007 Volume 7,
MASSIVE SEARCH CONTINUES
FOR STEVE FOSSETT
of Thursday (September 6) afternoon, authorities in Nevada and
California were continuing their search for record-setting pilot Steve
Fossett, who was reported missing after failing to return from a flight
on Monday, September 3. The search involves local, state and federal
authorities, as well as the Civil Air Patrol, and is covering 10,000
square miles surrounding Barron Hilton's Flying M Ranch near Yerington,
Nevada, where he departed in a Bellanca Super Decathlon at 9 a.m. local
Fossett, a longtime EAA member who set
several unique aviation records over the past 15 years, has been a
frequent visitor to EAA AirVenture through the years, most recently this
summer when he spoke at Theater in the Woods about the record-setting
altitude flight of the Perlan glider. He also flew the Virgin Atlantic
GlobalFlyer to Oshkosh in 2005 after that aircraft completed the first
around-the-world, non-stop solo flight. In 2002, Fossett became the
first man to fly around the world in a balloon. He was inducted into the
National Aviation Hall of Fame this past July.
SEE VIEWS OF ANTIQUE
AIRPLANE ASSOCIATION LABOR DAY FLY-IN
Norris of the EAA Aviation Services department traveled to Blakesburg,
Iowa, over Labor Day weekend to attend the Antique Airplane Association
and Air Power Museumís annual fly-in. Click
here to see a photo gallery from the event.
EAA MOURNS PASSING OF TWO
William T. Piper Jr. (EAA 538930), scion of the aircraft family
that made the Piper Cub world famous, died at age 95 on August 24. He
was born in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, on September 8, 1911. A pioneer in
general aviation, he joined the company founded by his father upon his
graduation from Harvard University in 1934. He became president in 1968.
In 1970, he was named chairman of the board, by which time Piper had
manufactured 86,000 planes, many of them during World War II. He
remained chairman until 1973 when the company was sold and moved to Vero
Dr. Paul B. MacCready Jr. (EAA 133393), died on August 28, 2007.
Dr. MacCready had a lifelong interest in aviation, receiving his private
pilot's license at age 16. He founded AeroVironment in 1971 with the
vision of "doing more with much less." With this philosophy
firmly entrenched throughout the company, AeroVironment pioneered a
succession of groundbreaking vehicles including the Solar Challenger,
the Sunraycer, and the General Motors Impact.
"On behalf of EAA members, I note with sadness the death of Dr.
MacCready, who became known as 'the Father of Human-Powered Flight' in
1977, when his Gossamer Condor made the first sustained controlled
flight powered solely by its pilot," said EAA President Tom
Poberezny. "His Gossamer Albatross I set a record for being the
first human-powered plane to cross the English Channel, in 1979. All
EAAers and members of the aviation community will mourn his loss and
send condolences to his family."
returns to session today, September 7, and they are expected to begin
their final debate on the FAA Reauthorization Act. Itís important for
every EAA member to be involved. If you havenít already done so, be
sure to contact your Congressional representatives and personally let
them know how you feel about user fees. To find out more and what you
can do, go to
SEE NEW WITTMAN CONTROL
TOWER ON EAA'S WEBCAM
Pioneer Airport Webcam on EAA's AirVenture Museum website has added a new
menu option that allows users to view the new Wittman Control Tower
scheduled to become fully operational in time for EAA AirVenture 2009.
Mounted on the roof of the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this
interactive webcam can be controlled remotely in 90-second intervals by
anyone with a computer and access to the Internet. The webcam controls
allow you to move the camera in any direction you choose, including the
ability to zoom in on objects with great detail. Go to www.AirVentureMuseum.org/webcam,
click on "Launch the WebCam Viewer," double click
"Control," and when you get control of the camera, select the
last item in the pull-down menu (New Wittman Control Tower).
AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2007 RADIO INTERVIEWS NOW ONLINE
to the AirVenture website can now access 12 new EAA Radio interviews
from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. These interviews cover a wide range of
aviation topics including ATC Safety and Communications, the FAA
Aviation and Space Education Program, Wisconsin Air National Guard, the
Sonex Electric Airplane, Thielert Diesel Engines, and others. EAA Radio,
a division of the EAA AirVenture Com Center or "Green Gang,"
is heard locally on AM 1210 and FM 100.7 during the week of AirVenture,
plus is broadcast live on the web. Visit http://www.airventure.org/radio/archives.html
to hear the newly posted content.
SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR SPEAKERS BUREAU
EAA is assembling a new chapter resource, the EAA Speakers Bureau, to assist chapters in scheduling high quality programs and find guest speakers to put on a presentation or program for their meetings. Speakers who register with EAA headquarters will be included in this online resource with relevant contact and presentation information. Chapter leaders will be able to search for potential guest speakers and invite them to meetings.
B-17 'KEEP IT
FLYING' TOUR STOPS IN 'THE QUEEN CITY' THIS WEEKEND
Warbirds of America Squadron 18 will host EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast
during a "Keep it Flying" tour stop September 7-9 at Municipal
Airport-Lunken Field. September 11-12, the Flying Fortress visits
Bloomington, Indiana's Monroe County Airport for a stop hosted by EAA
Chapter 650, then it's off to Romeoville, Illinois, and Lewis University
Airport for a visit hosted by Warbird Squadron 4.
For the complete tour schedule, including online reservations for flight
missions, visit www.B17.org, or e-mail email@example.com
for more information.
EAA 'HALLS OF FAME' DINNER
EAA will welcome eight new members to its
Halls of Fame on Friday, November 9, recognizing each of their
contributions to the history, development, and growth within their
different areas of sport aviation (National Association of Flight
Instructors; Vintage Aircraft Association; International Aerobatics Club;
Warbirds of America; Ultralights; and Homebuilders). Induction ceremonies
will be held in the Eagle Hangar in the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
Alan Klapmeier, co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Cirrus, will be the
keynote speaker. Those wishing to attend the induction ceremonies and
dinner can order
their tickets online.
GET YOUR OWN EAA AIRVENTURE
OSHKOSH 2007 PENNANT
is your chance to obtain a part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. AirVenture
pennants, the very same that were flying during "The World's Greatest
Aviation Celebration," are now available. These red and blue pennants
feature the 2007 AirVenture logo and can even be ordered with Tom
Poberezny's signature. Price is $35 (signed or unsigned). Supply is
limited so order yours today online
or by calling 800-843-3612. (Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.)
According to it's website, DUATS is only available
to people with a U.S. pilots certificate AND a
medical certificate. Why are sport pilots excluded?
Pilots who do not hold a medical certificate (glider
pilots, sport pilots, etc.) are eligible to use
DUAT. Check the DUAT
websites for the provider you wish to use for
Have a question?
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EAA Chief Photographer Jim
Koepnick captured the pterodactyl-like AirCam over
central Florida during the 2007 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at
Lakeland, Florida, for the September cover of EAA
Sport Aviation. Download the image for your computer at the EAA
website and choose among five resolutions to suit
your screen. You can also view and download any
previously used EAA desktop image.
FAA HAS NEW WEBSITE FOR FLIGHT SERVICES ASSESSMENT
The FAA has a new, web-based
comment/complaint form designed to be used by the FAA, pilot community,
and other government organizations that are serviced directly by
Lockheed Martin Flight Services (LMFS). Lockheed Martin consolidated 58
flight service stations into 3 Hub and 16 continuing sites in February
2007. Jeanne Giering, Manager Flight Services Safety and Operations,
said the web-based form would allow the FAA to automatically number,
track, and process complaints more timely. To send Flight Services
Program Operations Office Feedback/Comments, visit www.fsfeedback.gosysops.info
and follow the onscreen instructions for signing in.
OFFERS NEW FLIGHT-PLANNING TOOL
Airguide Publications now offers Flight
Guide Online, a new flight tool for pilots. Flight Guide Online offers
flight-planning information such as airport data, services, fuel, food,
and transportation and lodging. The company says airport diagrams and
airspace graphics are updated frequently. Flight Guide Online is
designed to complement Flight Guide airport and frequency manuals.
Eleven western U.S. states are currently available, with more coming
soon. For more information or a free trial, visit www.FlightGuide.com.
AEROPOINT RELEASES 1.5
TON JACK SERIES
AeroPoint Industries, LLC, has released its
1.5 Ton Jack Series, which the company says was designed and built with
small aircraft builders/owners in mind. AeroPoint jacks utilize an
all-mechanical system to negate the ill effects of potential hydraulic
failure. This allows the jack to maintain positive holding power during
and after jacking, eliminating the need for backup safety holding
devices. For more information, visit www.AeroPointInd.com.
ROTAX ISSUES SERVICE
The following mandatory Rotax Service
Bulletins and additional expanded instructions have been released:
- SB-912-055UL/SB-914-036UL - Inspect for tight fit of oil filter
for Rotax engine type 912 and 914 series
Rotax Owner Assistance Network (ROAN) is also releasing a new website
and an expanded information video to help clarify information given in
SB-912-055/SB-914-036. These new service bulletins and the expanded
information video may be downloaded from www.Rotax-Owner.com.
The new website features information on education, information and
support services including more expanded instructions and technical
information, how to find a Rotax service center, a trained ROAN
technician, or an approved training course.
AIRCRAFT SPRUCE ADDS
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty is a new
distributor of Beyerdynamics HS300 aviation headsets. The HS300 is a
lightweight, low head pressure standard headset, featuring noise
attenuation of approximately 30dB. An added feature allows users to plug
in their mp3 music players or cell phones. To learn more, visit www.AircraftSpruce.com,
or call 877-477-7823.
NEW BUBBLE DOOR ON
Fantasy Air USA announced a new standard
bubble door on the Allegro light-sport aircraft. The composite wrapped
door provides an additional 3 inches to the width of the 46-inch wide
cockpit. Headset holders have also been added for both passenger and
pilot doors. The cloth and Velcro straps have been moved to the center
of the cockpit, allowing unobstructed entry. To learn more about the
Allegro, visit www.FantasyAirUSA.com.
Sporty's offers an easy way to be safer on
flights over water with the new Single Cell Life Vest. Sporty's vest is
high-visibility yellow, with an emergency locator light that
automatically activates in water. The compact, 14-ounce vest inflates
with just one tug on a cord, activating a replaceable C02 cylinder. The
life vest is available for $49.95 from Sporty's website, at www.Sportys.com,
or call 800-776-7897.
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