14, 2007 Volume 7,
FEATURED AIRPLANE SUFFERS
SEVERE DAMAGE IN EMERGENCY LANDING
week we featured a photo of Mary and Bob Hanson standing proudly in
front of their recently completed re-creation of a 1929 Alexander Bullet
airplane. That very day (Thursday, December 6), Mary was involved in an
emergency-landing incident with the airplane in Arizona. Thankfully, she
suffered only a few bumps and bruises. The airplane, however, did not
fare as well. "A total write-off," Bob said. Read
EAA COORDINATES FORUMS
FOR UPCOMING SEBRING LSA EXPO
will participate in many major aviation events in the coming year, the
first of which is just around the corner. The fourth U.S. Sport Aviation
Expo is scheduled for January 17-20 at the Sebring Regional Airport in
Florida, and EAA has again coordinated the Expo's educational offerings,
with nearly three-dozen light-sport aircraft-related aviation forums.
The forum and workshop schedule, including a number of EAA staff-led
sessions, is available now at the event's website, www.sport-aviation-expo.com/workshopforums.htm.
CESSNA'S PELTON TO CHAIR
EAA GATHERING OF EAGLES COMMITTEE THROUGH 2009
is pleased to announce that Jack J. Pelton, chairman, president, and CEO
at Cessna Aircraft Company, has extended his chairmanship of the EAA
Gathering of Eagles Committee for two more years. That aligns with the
company's pledge to serve as hosting sponsor of the event through 2009.
The Gathering takes place each summer during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
People representing all corners of the aviation community come together
at the Gathering to affirm and raise funds to help support EAA's
youth-inspiring, educating, and history-preserving work. Read
BRIAN BINNIE TO REPLACE
BURT RUTAN AT FRIDAY'S WRIGHT BROTHERS BANQUET
has been informed that, due to illness, Burt Rutan will be unable to
attend EAA's annual Wright Brothers Banquet in Oshkosh this Friday,
December 14. He had been scheduled to deliver the keynote address. In
his place will be pilot Brian Binnie, who flew SpaceShipOne's Ansari X
Prize-winning flight in October 2004. Binnie's flight won the $10
million X Prize for successful civilian space flight. He will bring his
personal experience as one of just two successful civilian astronauts
who flew in the SpaceShipOne program. Read
'FLY' THE EAA SWEEPSTAKES
AIRCRAFT ON YOUR COMPUTER
you know that the popular virtual globe program Google Earth contains an
"Easter egg" - a hidden feature - for aviation enthusiasts? It
has a built-in flight simulator that allows users to "fly" two
aircraft, an F-16 fighter and a Cirrus SR22, anywhere in the virtual
world. EAA's 2008 "Share the Spirit Sweepstakes" aircraft is a
new Generation Three Cirrus SR20, you can try flying the "22"
for free right on your PC! Read
THE SKY' SURPASSES 5,000 SUBSCRIBERS
than 5,000 aviation enthusiasts are now signed up to receive Reach for the Sky,
EAA's learn-to-fly e-newsletter! We're presently working on issue 4
(December 2007), which will be e-mailed before Christmas. Learn
more about Reach For the Sky, or subscribe here.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK' - JEAN MCCREERY
years ago this month, a unique organization in U.S. aviation history, the
Women Airforce Service Pilots, more well-known as the WASP, was
disbanded after serving America during World War II. Jean McCreery
was in WASP Class 44-W-10, which was the last class of women to train with the
U.S. Army Air Forces at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. She served
for 10 days as a WASP pilot at Randolph Field, Texas, before the entire
program was canceled on December 20, 1944. Click
here for her story.
MAKE YOUR OWN 'PLANS-BUILT'
ignite your little one's dreams of flight by building their very own pedal
plane. Choose from a variety of plan sets, including the Gee Bee, Pitts,
Christen Eagle, P-51, AT6/SNJ, and many more. Order
online or call 800-564-6322.
Not Too Late to Shop EAA for ChristmasÖ
Guaranteed delivery by December 24 on all orders of $50 or more if
ordered by December 20! Orders over $50 will be charged at the standard
(7-10 day) shipping rate! Only available on in-stock items, U.S.
orders only. Express delivery is not available to APO, FPO, P.O. Box, or
( For orders outside the
USA, please call 920-426-5912 or e-mail
for shipping charges and schedules.)
NEW FORD 'PARTNER POST'
Motor Company's new Partner Post newsletter (Fourth Quarter-2007)
is now available for download on the EAA website. In it you'll discover
news and information on Ford's award-winning new vehicles; how Ford's new
SYNC technology is redefining in-car communications; some important
changes to the X Plan - EAA-Ford Partner Recognition Program; and more. Download
your copy today.
I am building an RV-9. Of the many first fight
pictures I have seen, all of the RV aircraft are not
painted. Is there a regulation that says I can't
paint my plane until its FAA inspection or first
welcome to paint your aircraft right away if you'd
like. Some builders like to leave the aircraft
unpainted until they complete all or most of the
flight testing, so that if any major adjustments
need to be made they donít have to worry about
marring their expensive paint job. Others choose to
paint their aircraft right away. Itís up to you.
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a little different for this month's EAA desktop
calendar. Taken from the EAA photo vault, it
features EAA Founder Paul Poberezny's creation, Li'l
Audrey, at an early EAA convention...and
that youngster peering out of the cockpit window?
That's EAA president, Tom Poberezny. Download the
image for your computer desktop at the EAA
website and choose among four resolutions to
suit your screen. You can also view and download any
previously used EAA desktop image.
RFSC RELEASES FIRST
ROTAX APPROVED TRAINING PROGRAM
The Rotax Flying and Safety
Club (RFSC) has been working closely with Rotax Austria and will be the
first training organization to release the new factory-approved 4-stroke
training program. The RFSC program will be the only authorized training
program available in the United States and South America. "This is
the first major effort for widespread engine maintenance training that
will be needed to support the light-sport aircraft (LSA) growth we
envision, and to ensure there are trained technicians available to fix
our members' Special LSA engines," said Earl Lawrence, EAA's vice
president of industry and regulatory affairs.
The courses will be broken down by engine type and training level, and
will be available after January 1, 2008, from an Authorized RFSC
Training Facility. The RFSC currently has four training facilities in
the United States. Beginning January 1, 2008, RFSC will list course
dates, contact information, and locations of ROTAX Repair Centers at www.rfsc.info.
ADAM AIRCRAFT A700
ACHIEVES TIA MILESTONE
The Adam Aircraft A700
program has accomplished a major milestone by receiving its first Type
Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the FAA. With this endorsement, the
Adam Aircraft Flight Test Program is entering into a new phase where FAA
representatives are authorized to begin flight testing on the A700 for
FAA certification credit. "This event confirms we are on target for
achieving FAA certification of the A700 in 2008," said Duncan
Koerbel, president. In order to secure type certification of the A700,
Adam Aircraft will have four flight test aircraft dedicated to TIA
tasks. To learn more, visit www.AdamAircraft.com.
CHINA MANUFACTURING AGREEMENT
Liberty Aerospace Inc. and
Anyang Angel Aero Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. (3A)
announced the launch of a 600 aircraft manufacturing agreement and that
3A has initiated the construction of a new factory at the Anyang Airport
in Henan designed for the manufacturing of the Liberty XL-2. The new
plant is part of a definitive contract to purchase and build 600 Liberty
XL-2 aircraft for use in the Peoples Republic of China. Liberty
Aerospace and 3A expect this number to increase. The factory, when
complete, will be capable of manufacturing 100 aircraft per year. Prior
to factory completion, 3A will take delivery of aircraft built in the
United States to meet the current demand for training. Aircraft
purchased and built by 3A will be utilized at the Science and Technology
University and at its current flying school located at Anyang. Learn
more about Liberty Aerospace at www.LibertyAircraft.com.
AIRCRAFT PARTNERS WITH CFI CAROL WALKER
American Legend Aircraft
Company has partnered with FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and
Certificated Flight Instructor, Carol Walker, to provide tailwheel
instruction specific to the operation of the company's Legend Cub.
Walker has flown more than 4,000 hours in more than 40 types of
tailwheel aircraft. As a full time flight instructor, she will provide
tailwheel instruction and private pilot check rides. For more
information on the Legend Aero, visit www.legend.aero.
BUILD A PLANE ADDS
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Build A Plane, a non-profit
organization that works with the FAA to promote aviation education,
added five industry leaders to its advisory board. They are Ed Bolen,
president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association; Peter
Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers
Association; Bruce Landsberg, president of the AOPA Air Safety
Foundation; Mathew Desch, Chairman and CEO of Iridium; and James
Lauerman, president of Avemco Insurance Company. The new members join
Tom Poberezny, president of EAA; Jack Pelton, chairman, CEO, and president
of Cessna Aircraft; and Burt Rutan, president of Scaled Composites.
Build A Plane solicits aircraft donations and then distributes them at
no charge to high schools across the country. Applications are growing
and the program needs aircraft donations immediately. Build A Plane is a
501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. For information, visit www.BuildAPlane.org.
INTRODUCES THIRD GENERATION LSA
Eleven years after the first
CT entered production; the Flight Design Team is introducing its new
CTLS. Similar to preceding CT models, the changes address customer
requests over the last two years. Seats have been redesigned and the
noise level reduced. The cabin has been re-sculpted to add volume and
light. The engine installation and fuel system have been reworked and
new construction materials have improved durability and outside weather
resilience. For more information, visit www.FlightDesign.com.
Will Whitehorn, president of
Virgin Galactic, announced that the company expects its White Knight II
(WK2) aircraft's last engine to be delivered in January 2008, and that
SpaceShipTwo (SS2) would be assembled by June for a test flight in July,
according a report on www.FlightGlobal.com.
The company is calling 2008, the "year of the spaceship." On
January 23, the designs for the carrier aircraft and its spaceship will
be unveiled and by March the SS2's simulator will be completed.
Construction of the first WK2 and SS2 is 60 percent and 50 percent
complete, respectively. Virgin Galactic is aiming to sign a commercial
agreement this month for use of New Mexico's planned Spaceport America.
The company now has $30 million in paid tickets and deposits. Half of
its approximately 200 signed customers have experienced the SS2 flight
profile in a centrifuge.
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