26, 2007 Volume 7,
EAA APPLAUDS NOMINATION
OF BOBBY STURGELL AS NEXT FAA ADMINISTRATOR
applauds the nomination of Robert "Bobby" Sturgell as the next
FAA Administrator after President Bush forwarded that nomination to the
U.S. Senate for confirmation this week.
"Bobby Sturgell understands the issues that face EAA members and
has been engaged in those issues as Associate Administrator under Marion
Blakey," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president. "Bobby has also
had the opportunity to join us at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh over the past
several years, so he is very familiar with EAA and our members'
enthusiasm for flight. We thank President Bush for moving quickly on the
nomination and urge a speedy confirmation by the Senate, so work on
important recreational aviation issues will not falter." Read
HIGHER CLASS AVIATION
ESCAPES CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
Gaither, owner of Higher Class Aviation, was slightly out of breath when
he called EAA on Tuesday morning to report that his company's facilities
on the Ramona (California) Airport had been spared by the California
wildfires. Gaither said the fires had surrounded the airport, which was
being used as a home base for many of the firebombers that were dropping
water and fire-retardant on the fires. Most his staff had been evacuated
from their homes, and Roger Chase, test pilot for Higher Class, was
fighting to save his home from the rampant wildfires. Read more
STUDENT WINS EAA
AIRVENTURE VIDEO CONTEST
Joosten, a sophomore biology major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau
Claire, was the clear winner in the first EAA AirVenture Video Contest
that concluded last week. Joosten's entry, "EAA Sights and Sounds
2007," garnered nearly 80 percent of the final votes cast in an
online poll, earning her the contest prize, a new Canon HV20 High
"Wow, that's great," she said when told she had won the
contest. "Thank you so much for the good news!" Read
'GOLDEN WEST' 2008
PLANNING UNDER WAY
Golden West Aviation Association held its 2008 kick-off luncheon for
volunteers last weekend at the Mount Diablo Pilots Association building
at Buchannan Field (CCR) in Concord, California. EAA Chapter 393 hosted
the luncheon, which brought together Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In
committee chairpersons who will meet monthly to prepare for next year's
June 6-8 event at Yuba County Airport (MYV), Marysville, California. For
more information on the fly-in, visit www.goldenwestflyin.org,
or call 530-852-0321.
‘LIGHTER SIDE OF
HELICOPTER HISTORY’ AT EAA AIRVENTURE MUSEUM
Clothesline, crop-dusting, and vacuum
cleaner motors are all part of the fascinating aviation history that
will be explored at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh next Saturday,
November 3, when Bill Zierdt presents “The Lighter Side of Helicopter
History.” Zierdt, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, is a retired U.S. Army
Aviator who has flown airplanes, gliders, helicopters, and gyroplanes
since first entering flight school in 1959. His background includes
serving as a standardization instruction pilot for the Huey helicopter
series and a test pilot for the Cobra helicopter. Zierdt has lived much
of helicopter history and flown many of the aircraft featured in his
presentation. Read more
HEAD TO ORLANDO EXECUTIVE
TO SEE ALUMINUM
OVERCAST THIS WEEKEND
fans in Orlando, Florida, get the opportunity to see EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast
this weekend (October 26-28) at Executive Airport as the "Keep it
Flying" tour continues its extended swing through the Sunshine
State. EAA Chapter 74 will host the tour stop, then the airplane
heads for Vero Beach Municipal Airport October 30-31 (Chapter 99); Fort
Lauderdale Executive Airport November 2-4 (Chapter 133); and Naples
Municipal Airport November 6-7 (Chapter 1067). For the complete tour schedule, including
online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org,
or e-mail email@example.com
for more information.
LEARN HOMEBUILDING 'FROM
THE GROUND UP'
TV's series, From the Ground Up, was the first program dedicated to
the homebuilding and restoration of airplanes. It aired on the Discovery
Wings Channel several years ago, but it's now available on DVD through
EAA. The series takes you through all the steps of building an RV-8, from
inventorying parts to the first flight. The complete, four-DVD set is
available for $79.99, or for $21.99 each. Order
online today, or call 800-843-3612.
I am applying for a registration on an e-lsa
and have messed up the fireproof data plate. Is it
possible to get a new one? If so, please give me the
info to obtain it.
Yes, it's possible, and from EAA. You
can order the dataplate separately by calling our
membership services department at 800-843-3612 or
920-426-5912. Ask for catalog number E07002. Cost is
$4.99 (plus shipping).
Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues,
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
multimedia journalist Brady Lane captured this dawn
shot of Todd Therp, EAA 262024, strolling down a
line of P-51s during September's Gathering of
Mustangs & Legends in Columbus, Ohio. 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.
EDUCATION INITIATIVE STARTER PACKS
Sonex Aircraft unveiled this
week the Sonex Education Starter Pack, a scalable metalworking project
and curriculum guide designed to introduce aircraft construction skills
to young people. It's aimed at schools and community organizations that
might eventually build a Sonex Aircraft Complete Airframe Kit. Those not
intending to build a complete aircraft, the pack is a great way to
introduce metalworking and technical communication skills to students
within the context of aviation. Starter Packs are sold in 16-, 30-, and
50-student kits and additional materials can be purchased individually
to scale the project for virtually any class size. Teacher and student
guides are also included. For more information, visit http://education.SonexAircraft.com.
'SPREADING WINGS' GALA
TO HONOR STEVE FOSSETT
Wings Over the Rockies Air
& Space Museum will honor Steve Fossett's extraordinary aviation
achievements at the 2007 Spreading Wings Gala on November 2. Fossett's
wife, Peggy, will attend and receive the "Spreading Wings"
award on his behalf. The museum chose to honor Fossett in March 2007,
well before his September 3 disappearance in remote Nevada terrain after he
took off from Barron Hilton's Flying M Ranch. The world record-setting
pilot earlier expressed excitement about coming to Denver and receiving the
award. In a press release, the museum The Wings press release states
that the gala will celebrate Fossett's achievements, with the
support of his family and friends. Proceeds from the gala will benefit
Wings Over the Rockies and its Spreading Wings youth education programs.
For tickets and additional information, contact Kristin Love at
303-360-5360, ext. 110 or visit www.WingsMuseum.org.
ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH CESSNA
Manufacturing Corporation shareholders entered into an Asset Purchase
Agreement with Cessna Aircraft Company, consistent with the September
21, 2007 Letter of Intent between the parties. The combination of the
signed Asset Purchase Agreement and requisite deposit solidifies
Cessna's position as the "Stalking Horse" in Columbia's
chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. Additionally, Columbia officials
reported that revised bidding procedures have been approved and the
auction date confirmed by the court for November 27, 2007. For more
information, visit www.flycolumbia.com.
DIAMOND APPOINTS CHIEF
Diamond Aircraft announced
this week that Ken Harness is the company's new Chief Operating Officer
for North American operations. Harness will oversee engineering,
flight-testing, manufacturing, and quality for all aircraft at the
company's London, Ontario facility. Harness has more than 18 years of
experience, most recently at Eclipse Aviation where he was vice
president of engineering. For more information on Diamond Aircraft,
A new chart organizer from
Sporty's Pilot Shop's efficiently organizes charts and other must-have
cockpit items. It features six pockets, each designed to hold up to
three charts. The organizer also has room for a manual E6B, your pilot
certificate, pens, and more. It's available for $14.95 at www.Sportys.com,
or call 800-776-7897.
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