18, 2008 Volume 8,
ROCKET RACING LEAGUE TO
DEBUT AT AIRVENTURE
First RRL exhibition race
scheduled in Oshkosh on Aug. 1-2
with so many aviation firsts through the years, EAA AirVenture will be
the site for the first exhibition race for the new Rocket Racing League,
as announced by the RRL in New York on Monday morning. These exhibition
races will include two Rocket Racers flying their "raceway in the
sky" via in-panel and 3D helmet displays.
BOEING 40C FLYING TO OSHKOSH THIS SUMMER
at EAA AirVenture 2008 will have the opportunity to view an airplane
that has been resurrected after 80 years, and a aircraft model that has
not graced the sky for 65 years, when a fully restored Boeing 40C
arrives at Wittman Regional Airport. Addison Pemberton of Spokane,
Wash., restored the aircraft that had been lost in an accident in
October 1928, using parts from that airplane and another obtained from
Alaska. The restored airplane made its maiden
flight in February 2008 and is now being prepared for the 1,400-mile
trip to Oshkosh. It is the only flying Boeing Model 40 in the
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF
Microstop Countersink Basics and
Gluing Gussets Using T-88
first of two EAA Hints for Homebuilders this week demonstrates the
basics of microstop countersinking. Mark Forss, EAA aviation information
specialist, shows the proper technique in using a countersinking tool to
ensure that flush rivets will be installed properly on your metal
building project. See
In our second "Hint," Timm
Bogenhagen, EAA's ultralight program manager, reveals a convenient way
to use an ordinary aluminum can to mix T-88 epoxy, then demonstrates how
to glue and staple a gusset onto a vertical fin. See
EAA invites readers to submit ideas for future Hints for
Homebuilders. Send an e-mail Info@EAA.org and
please put "Hints" in the subject line.
TWO WEEKS LEFT FOR EAA MEMBERS' CHOICE MOVIE
still have until May 2 to cast your vote in the EAA's Members'
Choice Movie Poll at the AirVenture website. To date we have more than
2,000 votes registered, which will determine which of 10 aviation movies
will be shown as a viewer's
choice during this summer's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at the EAA Fly-In Theater, sponsored by Ford Motor
Company and Eclipse Aviation. All movies shown during the week will be
projected onto a
five-story screen, and be introduced by celebrity presenters. Current
leader and presumptive winner is Air America, but there are still two
weeks left to vote, so visit www.airventure.org/movie/
EAA WELCOMES THIRD EAA
CHAPTER LEADER ACADEMY THIS WEEKEND
two-dozen EAA chapter representatives will arrive in Oshkosh this
weekend for the third EAA Chapter Leaders Academy. Participants will
engage in a variety of fun, fast-paced and fact-filled activities aimed
at generating ideas and suggestions to help strengthen and sustain their
local EAA chapters. They'll also have several opportunities to interact
with each other, as well as get to know the EAA staff members who
provide support to their activities throughout the year. Group
activities include an after hours tour of the AirVenture Museum, as well
as a side of "Oshkosh" they've never been able to experience
ORDER YOUR AIRVENTURE
also be available online later this spring
Updates to the EAA AirVenture 2008 NOTAM
have been completed and the document is currently being readied for
printing by the FAA. This 32-page booklet is an absolute must if you're
flying an aircraft to Oshkosh this year. It outlines all
arrival/departure procedures, radio frequencies, Wittman Regional
Airport details and much more. Although many of the procedures are
similar to previous years, there are updates in nearly every area to
enhance safety, efficiency and convenience.
If you're flying an aircraft to Oshkosh,
the EAA AirVenture NOTAM is required reading and should be part of a
pilot's preflight preparation. Read
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': HAROLD WELBORN
Welborn was a B-24 navigator with the 758th Bomb Squadron of the 495th
Bomb Group, 15th Air Force flying out of Italy during World War II.
Nearly shot down on only his second mission, Harold would go on to have
some very harrowing experiences through the course of his combat tour.
He shared his
story with Timeless Voices during Sun 'n Fun 2003.
B-17 TOUR CONTINUES IN
B-17 Salute to Veterans Tour featuring Aluminum Overcast visits famous
Van Nuys, California this weekend, April 18-20, hosted by EAA Chapter
40. Next week stops are scheduled at Modesto April 22-23 (Chapter 90);
and Hayward (Vintage Chapter 29). For information on how you can reserve
a once-in-a-lifetime flight mission aboard Aluminum Overcast, or to see
the entire tour schedule, visit the EAA
'ROSIE THE RIVETER'
8-inch set of resin bookends is designed by Chris Collicot based on the
"Rosie the Riveter' character from World War II. The figural
bookends have a timeless machine age-art deco touch. Made of resin,
they're available as sets or can be purchased separately. No bookshelf
is complete without them. Get the set of two for $35.99, or a single for
online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
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look inside the "Spirit of Goodyear" blimp
gondola, captured by EAA volunteer photographer Amy
Gesch, during the airship's 2007 visit to AirVenture
to the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration will
have another opportunity to see arguably the most
famous blimp when it returns to the convention this
this wallpaper image at the EAA
website, where you can choose among five resolutions to suit
your screen...or select an image from the archive.
TO SUPPORT AEROSPACE EDUCATION
Establishment of the Scott Crossfield Foundation, announced this week,
will continue and expand upon the lifelong work of the legendary
aviator. Its mission is twofold: to promote the A. Scott Crossfield
Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which recognizes and
rewards K-12 teachers for outstanding achievements in aerospace
education; and to support other organizations in the advancement of
aerospace and aerospace education. Read
DIAMOND D-JET SERIAL
NUMBER 003 MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Diamond Aircraft Industries'
D-JET serial number 003 completed its first flight, marking another
milestone in the company's D-JET personal jet program. The aircraft
departed from Diamond Aircraft's London, Ontario, facility for a
successful 1 hour and 25 minute flight with Chief Test Pilot Daniel
Ribeiro. The flight went exactly as planned with completion of all test
The D-JET is designed
specifically for the owner pilot, with attainability from both a
financial as well as pilot qualification perspective. For more
information, visit www.diamondaircraft.com.
ENROLLMENT OPEN AT
WATHEN AVIATION HIGH SCHOOL
After three years, the
Wathen Aviation High School (WAHS) is ready to expand operations to
include additional students in grades 9-12. The WAHS is a free public
charter high school on the grounds of historic Flabob Airport, owned by
the Thomas W. Wathen Foundation. WAHS uses aviation to inspire students
to learn about math, science, history, and technology. Students get a
chance to develop hands-on skills through a variety of projects at the
historic Flabob Airport, currently restoring a Stinson 108 to
airworthiness. Participation in the reconstruction efforts earns
students free after school flight lessons. Limited enrollment for the
fall 2008 school year is now open on a first come, first served basis.
Parent-Teacher Information night is scheduled for April 30. For more
information, call Kathleen Swift at 951-222-4466. Learn more at www.Flabob.org.
AMSAFE AIRBAG SYSTEM
AmSafe, Inc., a provider of
safety and securement products to the aviation, defense, and ground
transportation markets, announced plans for the aftermarket distribution
of its airbag system, the AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR),
to general aviation customers worldwide. Working with a number of OEMs
and independent operators, AmSafe has assembled a network of authorized
service centers with operations at over 450 locations around the globe
to sell, install, and service its aviation airbag system. Learn more at www.AmSafe.com.
XM RADIO TEAMS WITH
As part of XM Radio's
ongoing effort to provide pilots with a wide selection of XM WX-capable
display solutions, the company has teamed with AvMap. AvMap will offer
XM WX Satellite Weather as an option on its portable navigation systems
including the EKP-IV, the EKP-IV PRO, and the GeoPilot II Plus. To learn
more visit www.avmap.us or www.xmwxweather.com.
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