21, 2008 Volume 8,
EAA, ARLINGTON FLY-IN
SIGN, NEW SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT
and the Arlington Fly-In, one of the nation's top recreational aviation
events, have signed a new working agreement that brings higher
visibility to the Arlington event and clearly defines EAA's role in the
popular fly-in. The agreement underscores the shared missions of the
Arlington Fly-In, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2008, and
EAA, the 170,000-member international organization that is dedicated to
the spirit of aviation. Under the agreement, EAA will provide extensive
promotion and coverage of the Arlington Fly-In, and also serve as a
major sponsor of aviation educational activities such as forums and
workshops during the event, among other considerations. Read
EAA CHAPTER 512 WORKING
TO REVERSE 'NO FIRST FLIGHT' RULING
and Chapter 512 in Placerville, California, are working together in an
effort to reverse a decision announced in early December 2007 that
prohibits first flights in homebuilt aircraft at the Placerville Airport
(PVF). The chapter first learned of the flight ban from an FAA inspector
who was at the airport performing an airworthiness inspection on
December 5. The inspector informed a builder that due to housing density
around the airport, first flights in homebuilts would no longer be
allowed, in accordance with FAR 91.305 which states: "No person may
flight test an aircraft except over open water, or sparsely populated
areas, having light air traffic."
The ruling forces several EAAers who are nearing completion of their
projects to make their first flights elsewhere, potentially adding more
expense - and certainly complexity - to finishing their airplanes.
RPA PLANS LARGE NANCHANG
CJ-6 FORMATION FLIGHT AT EAA AIRVENTURE
Aircraft to mark 50th anniversary at Oshkosh
RedStar Pilot's Association (RPA) is planning to mark the 50th
anniversary of production of the Nanchang CJ-6 with a 50-plane formation
of aircraft during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. The formation will be
flown during the EAA Warbirds portion of the daily air shows to
commemorate a half-century since the first flight of the Chinese
military trainer. This airplane was the first indigenous Chinese
aircraft design to be produced, and 50 years and 2,200 copies later,
it's still in production. Read
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF
Drilling Piano Hinges
week's Hints for Homebuilders video tip shows how to drill piano
hinges without measuring or marking. Piano hinges are often used to
attach control surfaces to the airplane. The instructor is Charlie
Becker, director of members programs at EAA, who is in the process of
building a Sonex.
Reaction to our Homebuilders Hints so far
has been fantastic! Here are some of the comments we've received:
- Bravos on the hints videos!
- This is in the true spirit of what
EAA means to me.
- This is a terrific feature --
please keep 'em coming.
- Please keep up the invaluable work
you do on behalf of every EAA member. I for one am proud to be a
member of the greatest organization on Earth.
- Thank you so much for the new
homebuilders videos. I think they're very well made, head and
shoulders above commercially available videos.
To submit ideas for future Hints for
Homebuilders, e-mail Info@EAA.org and
please put "Hints" in the subject line.
GOOFY BUILDER, PILOT A
RECORD-SETTING RECORD SETTER
Wood, EAA 515839, has received confirmation from the Fédération
Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) that he set a total of 29 world speed
records in his GlaStar, during the second "four corners"
flight around America in 2007. That achievement breaks the record for
the most FAI world records ever made in a U.S.-registered homebuilt
aircraft, exceeding Bruce Bohannon's 28 achieved in his modified RV-4,
the Flying Tiger. Wood, whose airplane is affectionately known as GOOFY
(N-600FY), flew his first four corners flight in 2005 promoting Young
STILL TIME TO ENROLL IN DETROIT AREA EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
is running out to register for the EAA
SportAir Workshops in Detroit, Michigan, at Willow Run
Airport, April 5-6. The Electrical course is already filled, but you can
still sign up to attend Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Sheet Metal,
and Test Flying Your Project. Act now to reserve your spot and start
building the foundation for your future flight dreams. For complete
information on these and other courses offered, visit www.sportair.com
or call 800-967-5746.
LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP
FOR EAA AIRVENTURE BAND
is still time to sign up to join the EAA AirVenture Concert Band and
perform at this year's convention, says organizer and conductor Elton
Eisele. "We are in the late stages for members to sign up for the
group," he said this week. The band, which debuted last year at
Theater in the Woods, currently numbers between 65 and 70 musicians, but
there is room for more.
"We have full instrumentation, except we need French Horns,"
Eisele said, but all instrument players are still welcome to register.
The deadline, however, is April 1, so act today if you wish to
OSHKOSH: THE SPIRIT OF
AVIATION NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD
popular demand, EAA's video, Oshkosh: Spirit of Aviation, is now
available on DVD! Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, an EAA member, pilot,
and chairman of the EAA Young Eagles program, Oshkosh: The Spirit of
Aviation presents an insider's look of people who share the passion for
aviation as they participate in "The World's Greatest Aviation
Celebration." The video is a great way to show those who've never
experienced Oshkosh a glimpse of what makes it special, year after year.
And for AirVenture veterans, it will make you yearn for July and the
chance to return to aviation's most beloved annual event. Read
FORTY ON THE 40TH: HBA
SEEKS 40 HATZES FOR AIRVENTURE CELEBRATION
was 1968 when John Hatz first flew the biplane dubbed CB-1 and later
named Happiness. Forty years later, the hundreds of builders, pilots and
owners of Hatzes want to celebrate. The Hatz Biplane Association (HBA)
decided that 2008 will be the year of "Forty on the Fortieth"
to be celebrated during the HBA Annual Meeting at Brodhead, Wisconsin;
and also, "H20" (Hatzes to Oshkosh). Read
ATTENTION HOMEBUILDERS -
DREAM JOB AVAILABLE
Do you want to spend your working hours
advancing the homebuilt movement? Can you infect other people with the
desire to build their own aircraft? Are you ready to turn your hobby
into a career? If you answered, "yes," to all the above then
we just might have your dream job! EAA is looking for a Homebuilders'
Community Manager to oversee the organization's programs and services
related to building your own aircraft. Read
EAA GETTING READY FOR SUN
"N FUN 2008
is busy making preparations for its annual participation at the Sun 'n
Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, which is just around the corner, April
8-13. At the gate, EAA members receive a special discount on admissions
so join or renew your membership and save.
Take part in "EAA Day" on Wednesday, April 9, featuring
special offers at EAA Member Village and our Prize Patrol - wear your
EAA Member button and you could win! That evening, EAAers are invited to
attend a Chapter Leaders recognition ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Sun 'n
Fun Pavilion, followed by "Catch the Spirit," a special
evening presentation featuring Tom and Paul Poberezny.
Throughout the week members are invited to stop by EAA Member Village,
where you can purchase advance ticket for EAA AirVenture 2008 (receive a
free copy of Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation DVD when you buy
your tickets at Sun 'n Fun); see the new EAA Calendar of Events in
action; receive free online aircraft insurance quotes; enter the Share
the Spirit Sweepstakes for a chance to win the Grand Prize Cirrus SR-20
or second prize RotorWay International's A600 Talon kit; and check out
exclusive EAA merchandise.
For those of you who cannot attend, fret not; EAA Publications staff
will be filing daily reports - including daily editions of e-Hotline
- from the fly-in, so visit www.EAA.org throughout the week. For more
Sun 'n Fun information, visit www.sun-n-fun.org.
TEENS SET NEW AVIATION
busy. Between sports, clubs and homework, it’s hard to find time for
anything else. But two 16-year-olds from California found time for
something else. And they set new world records Saturday while doing it.
Kelly Anyadiki became the youngest black female to solo in four
different aircraft on the same day. Jonathan Strickland established a
new record as the youngest black male to solo six different airplanes,
and a second record for soloing six airplanes plus one helicopter on the
same day. Read
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': LOUIE MARTIN
Martin enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on his 18th birthday,
January 23, 1941. Initially assigned to clerical school, he later signed
up for the Flying Sergeants program for enlisted men and was accepted
into flight training. After earning his silver wings, Louie transitioned
into the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and was assigned to the 7th Fighter
Squadron of the 49th Fighter Group based in New Guinea. He spent the
next 18 months dogfighting Japanese Zeros and attacking ground targets.
This is his
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many years I have indicated "RV8" as the
Aircraft Type when filing a flight plan by
telephone. This always went unquestioned. On the
last two occasions, I was told by the briefer that
this was not acceptable and that "HXB"
should be used instead.
aware of the meaning of "HXB". I am also
aware that the current ICAO Aircraft Type Designator
for a Van's RV-8 still is "RV8". Has
anything changed recently, and can you confirm the
correct term to use?
Great question! FAA Order 7340.1Z outlines the
authorized aircraft type designators – Chapter 5,
Section 1 (Encode), page 5-1-85, says that the
correct aircraft type designator for a Van’s RV-8
is “RV8”. It’s also listed as “RV8” in the
decode section of this FAA
Order (page 5-2-50).
same FAA Order outlines generic aircraft type
designators for all experimental aircraft, including
home-built aircraft. You’ll see on page 5-3-1,
that designator “HXA” can be used for
experimental aircraft with a cruise airspeed of 100
knots or less; “HXB” for aircraft with a cruise
speed of greater than 100 knots and up to and
including 200 knots; and “HXC” is for aircraft
with a cruise airspeed of greater than 200 knots.
These symbols should be used when the FAA has not
identified a permanent type designator (i.e., RV8)
your case you were 100 percent correct, RV8 is the
correct term to use and place on your flight plan.
So, the best response to the briefer would be: “I’m
using the FAA aircraft type designator RV8 as
authorized by FAA Order 7340.1Z, Chapter 5.”
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 email@example.com.
Collaborators, performing during their 2007
AirVenture debut, will return to Oshkosh this
summer. Team pilots include Sean Tucker, his son,
Eric, Ben Freelove, and Bill Stein. (Photo by Ken
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CESSNA INTRODUCES 350/400
TO SALES FORCE
Cessna Aircraft Company
recently introduced the new Cessna 350 and 400 aircraft to its Cessna
Sales Team Authorized Representatives at a conference in Bend, Oregon,
where the 350 and 400 are produced. Since Cessna acquired the assets of
the Bend plant in December 2007, the production facility has received a
complete facelift, including new signage, lighting, and customer center.
Cessna expects to deliver 150 350/400 aircraft this year and plans to
increase production rates in 2009 to meet customer demands. To learn
more, visit www.cessna.com.
GROUP FLIGHTS TO THE
The Bahamas Fly-In program
introduces pilots to the beauty of island life, catering to beginner and
veteran island hopping enthusiasts and flying associations from around
the world. Flying in the Bahamas is within the capabilities of the
lightest single-engine aircraft. The Bahamas Fly-In program provides the
extra security of traveling with an experienced lead pilot and the
camaraderie of exploring the islands as a group. Leaving the East Coast
of Florida, first landfall occurs at Grand Bahama Island or Bimini.
Multiple Fly-Ins are scheduled for 2008. Call 954-236-9292 or visit www.flying.bahamas.com
for more information.
K-STATE AT SALINA
FORMS RESEARCH CENTER
Kansas State University at
Salina has formed a new center for applied aviation research and
testing. The K-State Applied Aviation Research Center will advance
aerospace technology through application of research in propulsion,
airframe, avionics, and aviation training. The center is a cooperative
venture of K-State at Salina, the Salina Airport Authority, and the
Salina Chamber of Commerce. Kurt Barnhart, professor and head of the
department of aviation at K-State at Salina, who specializes in aviation
safety and human factors research, will head up the program. Learn more
SEBRING AVIATION TO
SHOW LSA AT CARIBBEAN AIR SHOW
John Hurst, manager of
Sebring Aviation, will participate in the British Virgin Islands Air
Show on April 18-19, 2008. It may be the first-ever appearance of a
Light-Sport Aircraft at any aviation event in the Caribbean, and the
first time island aviators and tourists will see the new Flight Design
CTLS. Sebring Aviation will also exhibit the CTLS at the new LSA Mall at
Sun 'n Fun from April 8-13, 2008. The new model will be presented, along
with 19 other LSA, at a special industry display just inside the main
gate of Sun 'n Fun. For more information, visit www.sebring-aviation.com.
AVAILABLE FROM FIREWALL FOREWARD
The New Firewall Forward of
Loveland, Colorado offers its Centrilube cam for the Lycoming O-320-H2AD
and the entire "76 Series" of Lycoming engines. The Centrilube
cam distributes oil directly to the lifter face, utilizing holes
strategically drilled in the cam lobes of a certified Lycoming cam. The
Centrilube modification utilizes a new or re-ground camshaft and
introduces no additional moving parts. A Centrilube cam demonstration
can be seen at Sun 'n Fun, booth N-2 April 8-12. For more information,
call 800-444-0556 or visit www.firewallforward.com.
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