25, 2008 Volume 8,
SENATE FAA FUNDING BILL
GIVEN PRIORITY STATUS
EAA's Doug Macnair, vice president of
government relations, reports that the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
(D-Nevada) accorded priority status this week to the Senate's version of
the FAA Reauthorization bill (S. 1300), meaning the protracted
legislation will be among the Senate bills considered in the coming
There is some evidence that the recent
problems in the airline industry are putting pressure on Congress to
move forward with an FAA authorization bill, which includes funding for
the Next Generation ATC system. In recent months, negotiations have been
ongoing between the Senate Commerce and Finance committees on how best
to fund the agency, with disagreements occurring over methods of
taxation and user fees.
LOG ON AT AIRVENTURE WITH
Wireless Internet access expanded in
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is
supplying one of most-requested items for campers at its event with an
expansion of free wireless Internet access this summer. Wi-Fi access
will be available in many areas of the North 40 aircraft camping area,
the drive-in Camp Scholler campground, and in the vintage aircraft and
ultralight camping areas. This access is provided free of charge to EAA
members and their guests in those campgrounds. Read
FAA ANSWERS EAA
CALL TO GRANDFATHER 51%-APPROVED KITS
As foreshadowed in an announcement made at
Sun 'n Fun last week by the FAA's Small Airplane Directorate manager,
the agency last week posted to the Federal Register a policy decision to not
re-evaluate any previously approved aircraft kits under its forthcoming
new policy on amateur-built certification.
"The policy published today
represents a significant victory in the EAA community's ongoing advocacy
to preserve the enormous recreational and educational value of the vast
majority of today's amateur-building practices," said Earl
Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory
EAA TO HONOR LONGTIME
EAA's Board of Directors is in Oshkosh this
week for its annual spring meetings, but there will also be a special
event held Friday evening to honor five members for their longtime
service and dedication to EAA. Each will be honored with a tribute video
at the Friday night event, but you can see them by clicking on their
names below. They are Robert
Gyllenswan (46 years); John
Parish, Sr. (34 years); Carl
Bury (26 years); Bill
Eickhoff (13 years); and Barry
Valentine (10 years).
We'll have more coverage from Friday
night's special event next week on www.EAA.org.
COMPASS HILL INSCRIBED
BRICK DEADLINE APPROACHES
is still time to arrange to have your personalized brick installed at
EAA's Compass Hill before EAA AirVenture 2008. The deadline for
applications is Thursday, May 15, which will ensure placement prior to
the convention along with recognition during this year's annual
AirVenture rededication ceremony set for Wednesday morning, July 30.
Located across from Memorial Wall and at the entry point to Pioneer
Airport, Compass Hill is a focal point for all who believe in the
timeless attributes of aviation and symbolizes the love of flight passed
between generations. Each brick inscription offers three lines with up
to 13 characters (including spaces) per line. To learn more about the
program, which helps support EAA's youth education initiatives, please
visit the EAA
website, or contact EAA's Development Department for more
information at development@EAA.org,
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Let EAA's Aviation Calendar of Events
help you decide
EAA Aviation Calendar of Events lists 53 different aviation events this
weekend and 1,299 future aviation events overall. One of the great
things about the calendar is it can give you a some place different to
fly, so beginning this week we'll highlight an event from the calendar -
just one of the many cool aviation events you can go to this weekend.
This week's pick:
Engine Round-Up, Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, 2008, 8 a.m.-noon, at
Jean Airport, Jean, Nevada. Free, alternative engine fly-in, engine
forums, fly-by, fly-mart, uncontrolled airspace. For more information: www.contactmagazine.com/Roundup.html,
or contact Patrick Panzera, 559-816-4332, editor@ContactMagazine.com
To find events in your area, click here or go to www.eaacalendar.org.
EAA MOURNS PASSING OF VAA
BOARD MEMBER DEAN RICHARDSON
Aircraft Association Director Dean Richardson of Stoughton, Wisconsin,
died Sunday at the age of 64. He would have been 65 on Tuesday.
Richardson, who also served EAA members as the chairman of Vintage
Aircraft Classic Judging and was the VAA’s representative on the EAA
Judging Standards committee, enjoyed flying and working on a wide
variety of aircraft, most of which were award-winning airplanes. Read
WANTED: AIRCRAFT FOR
AFFORDABLE FLIGHT CENTER DISPLAY
EAA is looking to hear from EAA members who
have (1) achieved their dream of flight in particularly cost-effective
ways and (2) would like to tell the aviation world how they did it. The
recently announced Affordable Flight Center (AFC) at AirVenture Oshkosh
2008 will feature numerous examples of low-cost flight, from homebuilts
to bargain vintage aircraft, light planes to ultralights. "If you
have economically built or restored an aircraft, or found a unique,
affordable way to own an aircraft, we want to hear your story,"
says EAA's Ron Wagner. Read
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF
Making non-slip zip ties
out this week's helpful homebuilding hint featuring instructor Earl
Luce, who demonstrates a neat trick on how to prevent zip ties from
slipping when fastened on tubing. Not only doe this hint work like a
charm, it looks great, too. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop
instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan
sets for the Wittman Buttercup. 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.
HURRY UP AND VOTE
IN EAA MEMBERS' CHOICE MOVIE
May 2, will be the final day to cast your vote on the AirVenture website
in the EAA's Members'
Choice Movie Poll. Help us select which of 10 aviation movies
will be shown as a special 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. We'll
announce the winner in the May 9 edition of e-Hotline.
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 CHAPTERS TO
PARTICIPATE IN 'MAKER FAIRE'
Several California EAA
chapters will participate in the 2008 Bay Area Maker Faire, coming May
3-4, at the San Mateo County Event Center and Fairgrounds in San Mateo.
Maker Faire is a two-day, family friendly event that celebrates the
do-it-yourself mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of all
ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things,
organizers say. Read
EAAer a Welcoming Sight For AirVenture
This is the first of a weekly series highlighting EAA's dedicated
Two years ago, Dennis Spivey was briefing a pair of new arrivals to EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh when he noticed they looked a little frazzled.
"Is it your first flight in?" he asked the women. "Oh God,
yes," she replied. "It was like a swarm of locusts out
there." So as he briefed them, he took a little extra time to
answer their questions and get them acclimated to "The Oshkosh
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': JOHN MILLER
Miller's involvement in aviation spans over 80 years, or as John likes
to say, "From Jennys to Jets!" The 102-year-old pilot was just
over four years old in 1910 when he saw Glen Curtiss land across the
road from his father's farm near Poughkeepsie, New York. At 18 he taught
himself how to fly a worn-out Jenny that a visiting barnstormer gave
him. After just a few flights he was barnstorming the airplane and
charging $5 per passenger.
John was the first person to own a
Pitcairn Autogiro; made the first transcontinental Autogiro flight in
1931; used an Autogiro to fly the mail off the Philadelphia Post Office
in the first scheduled rotary-wing aircraft operation in 1939; test flew
every Grumman Duck made by the Columbia Aircraft Corporation during
WWII, and flew for 25 years as a Captain for Eastern Airlines before
retiring in 1963 at age 58 with over 22,000 hours in his logbook. After retirement,
John operated his own charter service with a Bell 47 helicopter. When this
interview was done (in 2003), John was still IFR-current and flying
his own Bonanza, at 97 years young!
B-17 TOUR VISITS HAYWARD,
CALIFORNIA, THIS WEEKEND
Chapter 29 hosts EAA's
B-17 Aluminum Overcast at Hayward, California, this weekend
(April 25-27) as the
Salute to Veterans Tour continues. In the
upcoming week, the tour visits Concorde, California, (April 29-30)
hosted by EAA Chapter 393; and Napa (May 2-4), hosted by EAA Chapter
167. 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
SEIP AVIATION JEWELRY
ARRIVES JUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER'S DAY
Day is May 11, and that's just around the corner! Help celebrate her
special day with a beautiful Jim Seip aviation jewelry necklace,
handcrafted in the USA exclusively for EAA. It features a 14-karat gold
necklace with a high-wing airplane and a .05ct diamond in the center. Order
online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
For EAA Aviation Services:
I'm a flight
instructor considering purchasing a Titan Tornado
that has been qualified as E-LSA (experimental
light-sport aircraft). Can I instruct and rent the
aircraft to sport pilots? I have read 21.191(i)(1)
and EAA's Petition for exemption and still am not
clear as to what's allowed. You clarification is
or not a particular E-LSA can or can’t be used for
hire for flight instruction depends on how the
operating limitations were issued for that aircraft.
Most ELSA airworthiness certificates do NOT have the
for-hire training limitation. Most were issued
without that provision. A quick way to tell if a
particular aircraft has the for-hire training
provision or not is to simply look at the
airworthiness certificate. If it shows an expiration
date of 01/31/2010 then it has the training
provision. If the expiration on the airworthiness
certificate says “unlimited,” or “none,” or
is simply blank, the aircraft does NOT have the
for-hire training provision.
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.
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.
RDD THERM-X DE-ICING
SPECIAL INCLUDES AIRVENTURE TWIST
The recent release of EAA’s
Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation video inspired the RDD Enterprises, LLC
crew to help make their customers part of the AirVenture aviation
celebration. The company is offering a limited time offer on its Therm-X
electro-thermal airframe and propeller de-icing systems. The next five
customers who purchase complete Therm-X systems (airframe, prop, and
windshield protection) will enjoy two days’ accommodations and a
two-day pass to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 courtesy of RDD. For more
information, contact Justin Reimer at 541-504-0305 or Justin.Reimer@rddent.com.
Learn more about the Therm-X De-icing system at www.rddent.com.
'VIRGINIA AMBASSADORS' PROGRAM
The Virginia Department of
Aviation (DOAV) has resumed providing awards for its popular Aviation
Ambassadors Program, which encourages pilots and others to visit the
state's 66 public use airport facilities. Through a $10,000 grant from
the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society (VAHS), funded by its
partners Heart of Virginia Aviation, and Tecnam Aircraft, the program
awards that were eliminated
by budget cuts in February this year have been restored.
"The program has been running, but without the awards," said
DOAV's Betty Wilson. "We are thrilled to be able to once again
offer these items to individuals completing each level of the program.
And this grant came at the perfect time of the year, with people
beginning to fly more." For more information on the program, visit www.doav.virginia.gov.
KOLB FLYER SUPER SPORT
FLIES, PLANS OSHKOSH LAUNCH
The New Kolb Aircraft
Company's first production unit of its Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), the
Kolb Flyer Super Sport, flew on April 3, 2008. The flight test program,
which began six months ago, should be completed by the first week of
July. The company said that flight characteristics of the new LSA
surpassed its original goals. S-LSA certification is scheduled for mid
July and the aircraft will be introduced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008,
where orders will be taken for the first time.
The Kolb Flyer Super
Sport is a result of three years of design and development. While the
aircraft's fuselage, which weighs only 77 pounds, is made from
aerospace-grade carbon fiber, the wings and tail feathers are made from
6061-T6 and 2024-T3 aluminum. Design features include electric seats,
frise ailerons, electric trim and fowler flaps, wet wings, a Rotax 912S,
and bubble doors. For more information, call 606-862-9692 or visit www.kolbsport.com.
NEW TYPE CLUB FOR
INTERSTATE CADET/ARCTIC TERN OWNERS
The Arctic & Interstate
League is forming a type club to bring together owners, pilots,
mechanics, factory personnel, historians, and interested enthusiasts.
The club's goals include an aircraft locator service, a repository of
blueprints and technical data, parts locator service, and historical
data about Interstate airplanes, pilots, builders, and mechanics. The
first meeting will be held at the Vintage Red Barn at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2008 at the T.A.I.L. table. To become a member, contact Steve
Dawson at 262-642-3649; firstname.lastname@example.org;
or Wayne Forshey at 740-472-1481, W.A.Forshey@sbcglobal.net.
DESIGN COMPLETES ISO 9001 AUDIT
Showing Flight Design's
commitment to quality, the company recently completed ISO 9100 audits.
The March 2008 audit was made by the TÜV, which specializes in ISO 9100
(aerospace quality management systems) audits. TÜV is Germany's oldest
organization for technical approvals. Flight Design successfully
completed the first audit with a final report that did not show a single
discrepancy, according to the company.
The ISO 9001-2000 audit
includes Flight Design in Germany and its design and manufacturing
facilities in Kherson, Ukraine. "Flight Design and its employees
are very proud for this outstanding result," stated Betsch.
"Our whole team is highly motivated to continuously improve."
Learn more at www.flightdesign.com.
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