6, 2008 Volume 8,
WARBIRDS IN REVIEW PLANS
ANOTHER SPECTACULAR AIRVENTURE LINEUP
Corsair…MK 5...Spitfire…F-16…B-25…Hellcat…P-38 - these and
other legendary military aircraft will be featured during twice-daily
Warbirds in Review presentations at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Here’s
your chance to see some of history’s greatest aircraft up close, with
real insider perspectives from their owners and pilots. Daily
presentations take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. just south of the
Warbirds Café near the EAA Ford Tri-Motor. "When I start putting
the pieces of the puzzle together that becomes the Warbirds in Review
schedule, I'm never quite sure how they will fit, or how the finished
picture will look," said Connie Bowlin, program organizer since its
2002 debut. "I think we have a really nice picture this year.
WOMEN'S INVOLVEMENT IN ALL AREAS OF AVIATION
Women aviators from around the world will
have several opportunities to encourage other women to explore the
limitless possibilities of flight when they gather at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2008, July 28-August 3. And who knows? They may even wind up
being part of a world record! WomenVenture, a joint effort by EAA and
Women in Aviation International (WAI), aims to attract women as new
pilots through the presentation of programs, seminars, speakers, and
events during the week. One of the special initiatives planned is a
giant logbook that will track the number of female pilots attending this
year. Read more
HIGH HOPES FOR AIRVENTURE
hope 40 Hatzes will attend this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the
biplane's 40th anniversary of its first flight. But even if they don't
reach that number, they're optimistic about setting a record for the
most Hatzes to congregate in one place.
"We really don't have a number of
how many Hatzes will fly to Oshkosh; that will depend on the
weather," said Chuck Brownlow, of Waupaca, Wisconsin, and past
president of the Hatz Biplane Association. "We're hoping to get the
largest gathering ever - at least 15 or 16." Read
LAWRENCE TO DISCUSS 51% RULE ON SATURDAY AT GOLDEN WEST
aircraft rules will be in the news at this weekend's Golden West
Regional Fly-In at Marysville, California. Earl Lawrence, EAA vice
president of industry and regulatory affairs, hosts a forum to discuss
possible changes in the FAA's administration and enforcement of
Amateur-Built rules and the "51% Rule" - the FAA requirement
that amateur builders compete "the major portion" of an
amateur-built aircraft. He'll speak at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.
EAA CRITICAL OF FAA
AIRCRAFT RE-REGISTRATION PROPOSAL
EAA is opposing increased costs and mandates
that would be placed on the flying public by an FAA plan to require a
fleet-wide re-registration and subsequent three-year renewal process for
aircraft owners. Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) FAA-2008-0188 is
the agency's response to an agency-perceived need to tighten up aircraft
registration in the interest of national security. But EAA contends it's
an unneeded and expensive proposal that will add significant costs to
already overburdened aircraft owners. Read
PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE ONLINE
hundreds of the world's leading aviation authorities delivering close to
1,000 individual presentations at nearly 45 locations spread throughout
the expansive EAA convention grounds, planning your week at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 can be, in a word, challenging. Fret not, eager
aviation enthusiasts, because you can plan your visit to The World's
Greatest Aviation Celebration with EAA's integrated presentations and
workshops schedule database, and the preliminary version is now
available at www.AirVenture.org/forums.
EXTENDED FOR AIRVENTURE CUP RACE
deadline to apply for the 2008 AirVenture Cup Race has been extended to
June 13, 2008, to accommodate any pilots who still wish to participate.
This year the race will begin in Mitchell, South Dakota, on Sunday, July
27, the day before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh opening day. The finish line
will be in Dodge County, Wisconsin, south of Oshkosh, with aircraft
gathering at that county's airport in Juneau (UNU) before proceeding on
to Oshkosh later in the day. For more information on the race rules and
classes, or to fill out a race application form, visit www.airventurecup.com.
If you have other questions, e-mail Whyte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF
'Turnbuckle Safetying' and
#1: If the work is accessible, a very sure way of driving flush
rivets is backriveting, which is essentially a reversal of the normal
riveting procedure. In this
video, Technical Counselor and SportAir Workshop Instructor Jack
Dueck shows how to do it.
Safetying a turnbuckle looks really complicated but it really isn't. In this
video EAA's Joe Norris of the Aviation Services staff demonstrates
the double wrap method of safetying a turnbuckle.
If you have a hint to share with your
fellow EAAers, we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a note at Info@EAA.org,
and please put "Hints" in the subject line.
EARN YOUR FAA INSPECTION
SportAir Workshops is offering two ELSA Inspection courses for airplanes
this month. The first, in Frederick, Maryland, is coming up June 13-15.
A second course, in Arlington, Washington, will be presented June 20-22.
This weekend workshop will give you the knowledge and credentials to
personally complete the annual condition inspections for your airplane
with an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft airworthiness certificate.
The ELSA Inspection course is offered at
a discounted price of $299 for EAA members. For complete details about
the course, or to register for the seminar, call EAA SportAir Workshops
at 800-967-5746 or go to www.sportair.com.
BUILDING' DEBUTS THIS MONTH
Have you ever dreamed of building
your own aircraft, but felt overwhelmed? EAA's newest SportAir Workshop,
"Discover Aircraft Building," is designed to help aviation
enthusiasts of all knowledge levels kick start their dream of building
their own aircraft. Offered the weekend of June 28-29 in North Andover,
Massachusetts, and hosted by EAA Chapter 106, this intensive, two-day
course offers hands-on instruction in the four basic techniques of
aircraft building: Wood Construction, Composite Construction, Fabric
Covering, and Sheet Metal Assembly. The course is being offered to EAA
members at a special price of $195. Many people have signed up, but
there are still some seats available.
Don't have time to devote two days? On
Saturday evening (June 28), EAA will present "What's Involved in
Kit Building," a 2.5 hour seminar that covers the basic of how to
get started, including planning, selection, workshops, building,
certification, flight testing, insurance, and more. The seminar also
includes a pizza dinner and a special resource guide for all attendees.
This seminar, offered at the same location, is only $25 for EAA members.
For more details visit the Workshops
section of SportAir's website, or click
here for a schedule of upcoming workshops offered this year. Register
online or call 800-967-5746 to sign up today!
REMINDER: DISCOUNT ENDS JUNE 15 FOR
ADVANCED AIRVENTURE TICKET PURCHASES
Tickets can be purchased online at any
The deadline to take advantage of the discounts available for
advance AirVenture purchases is June 15, but you can still buy your admission
online at any time before or during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Take
advantage of the "buy now and save" offer and receive $2
discounts for daily admissions and $5 discounts for weekly admissions.
To buy your advance AirVenture admission, click
'GO AIRPORT CONNECTION'
OFFERS SHUTTLE SERVICE TO AND FROM AIRVENTURE
If you plan to travel to
AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 from the Milwaukee or Chicago area, Go Airport
Connection might be your best option. The transportation service will
offer shuttle bus runs to Oshkosh from General Mitchell International
Airport (MKE), in Milwaukee, as well as Chicago's O'Hare International
Airport (ORD) and Midway Airport (MDW). Special discounts are available
for reservations booked
online at least 48 hours in advance. For less than 48 hours notice,
please call 877-380-1176.
GET YOUR EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM
your free EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) booklet
today by ordering from EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322, or order
online here or download
here. The NOTAM contains the Special Flight Procedures in effect for
Wittman Regional Airport and alternate airports from 6 a.m. CDT on
Friday, July 25, to 11:59 p.m. CDT Sunday, August 3, 2008. EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh runs from July 28-August 3. For additional EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 information, including advance
ticket purchasing, visit www.airventure.org.
BURT RUTAN STEPS DOWN AS
PRESIDENT OF SCALED COMPOSITES
Rutan has stepped down as president of Scaled Composites, LLC, the
company announced Wednesday. Rutan, SpaceShipOne inventor, EAA Lifetime
Member, and a pioneer of the homebuilt aircraft movement, gave up his
day-to-day responsibilities at Scaled, the company he founded in 1982.
Rutan will remain at the company as chief technology officer and
chairman emeritus, while Doug Shane, the company's vice president, takes
over as Scaled's president. Read
CONQUERS CHALLENGING COURSE, CONDITIONS IN DETROIT
a disappointing "wind-out" that grounded pilots on Saturday,
Kirby Chambliss, EAA 261512, of Flying Crown Ranch, Arizona, scored a
thrilling first-place finish during the Red Bull Air Races' first visit
to Detroit, Michigan/Windsor, Ontario, Canada last weekend. A crowd
estimated at 750,000 turned out to watch the high-performance flying and
aerobatic competition from both sides of the Detroit River. Read
the slide show
HARRISON FORD FLIES YOUNG
fans of Harrison Ford were eagerly awaiting the opening of Indiana
Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a group of children in
San Bernardino County, California didn't have to wait to see the
megastar. Ford was giving them an airplane ride. The EAA Young Eagles
Chairman flew seven kids in his 1958 DH-2 deHavilland Beaver at the
Chino Airport on April 12 during an EAA Chapter 92 Young Eagles Flight
Rally. A total of 32 youths received free airplane rides that day.
ECONOMICAL OPTION FOR ATTENDING AIRVENTURE
Make your annual trek to EAA AirVenture more affordable by using
RideShare, a free online service that pairs people looking for
transportation to Oshkosh with those who may have a spare seat
where you can view all the rides offered and all the rides requested. Or
use the 'Quick Search' buttons to focus your search your search, or
search by state. If you wish to post your information and have a ride to
offer, or are looking for a ride, click the 'Offer/Request a Ride' link
to fill out a form with your information. Your personal information will
not be shown on these pages. Instead, a link to contact you is provided.
An e-mail will be sent to you from the interested party, and it is your
option to reply or contact that party.
20TH QUILTERS GATHERING
SCHEDULED DURING AIRVENTURE
The Oshkosh Lakeside Quilters Guild will
host the 20th annual EAA Quilters' Gathering during EAA AirVenture on
Thursday, July 31, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Oshkosh Senior Center
Annex, 200 North Campbell Road. The event, which attracts convention
attendees from all over the world, will include a quilt show, hourly
door prizes, quilt raffle, silent auction, make and take, show and
share, a sales table, and quilt store vendors. Lunch is available. There
is no fee at the door and parking is free. For more information, please
or call 920-303-5582.
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Buggies-n-Blues Fly-In, Mandan Municipal
Airport, Mandan, North Dakota
aviation-related events take place across the land this weekend,
including EAA Chapter 1008's Buggies and Blues Fly-In on Sunday, June 8,
in Mandan, North Dakota.
including free all-day transportation to the downtown Buggies-n-Blues
festival. Fly in for breakfast, and then see over 500 classic cars, auto
exhibits, food vendors, and live music throughout the day.
more about this event, or find/submit others at www.eaacalendar.org.
FLY-IN REBORN IN VIRGINIA
After a one-year hiatus and some significant
logistical changes, the new Virginia Regional Festival of Flight is set
to launch on June 14-15 at the Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ). The
fly-in operated for a decade at Dinwiddie County Airport as the Virginia
Regional EAA Fly-In. Organizers say he move to SFQ offers exciting
possibilities for increasing the full range of fly-in activities,
including forums, workshops, aviation vendor displays, aircraft
demonstration flights, activities for young people, and acres of parking
for attendees either flying or driving in. For complete information on
the fly-in, visit www.VirginiaFlyIn.org.
LANCAIR EVOLUTION WAS NOT FLYING DEMO RIDES...
the June issue of EAA Sport Aviation, in a caption accompanying a photo
of the Lancair Evolution, we incorrectly stated the Evolution was
"hopping rides" at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida.
While the aircraft was parked in the staging area for demo flights, it
was not giving demo rides and was only parked there in preparation for a
fly-by of the event. We incorrectly assumed it was giving rides, and we
regret the error.
EAA'S B-17 ALUMINUM
OVERCAST STOPS IN DENVER
week Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado,
hosts EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast (June 4-8), as part of EAA’s
Salute to Veterans Tour. The historic airplane will be stationed at
Centennial Airport (APA), where guests will have the opportunity to take
flights and talk with veterans who actually flew in the B-17 during
WWII. The plane will then head back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where it will
undergo a 120-hour maintenance inspection before it heads to Cedar
Rapids, Iowa (June 20-22) for its next tour stop. For complete tour
information, visit the EAA
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': RUSTY SACHS
Sachs was a medivac pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 362
during the Vietnam War from August 1966 to September 1967. After the
war, Rusty later became a Master Certified Flight Instructor and served
as the Executive Director of the National Association of Flight
Instructors before retiring in 2007. In
this interview, Rusty looks back on his days in the Marine Corps and
some of the intense events he experienced during the Vietnam War.
JUST IN TIME FOR FATHER'S
DAY, JUNE 15 - SAVE ON TONY BINGELIS BOOKS
part of our Father's Day special, EAA members receive special discounts
on Tony Bingelis books for one week. For only $69.99 you'll receive all
four Bingelis bestsellers - a savings of $20 off the regular, non-member
price. Or, pay only $22.00 on any single Bingelis book purchase and save
$5 off the non-member price. Choose from Engines, Firewall
Forward, Sportplane Builder, and Sportplane Construction.
online, or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322..
EAA Aviation Services:
There has been some discussion between CFI's around
the airstrip about when a sport pilot can fly, that
is, what is 'daytime'? Is it dawn to dark? Some
state that it's legal to fly 1/2 hour before sunrise
to 1/2 hour after sunset, others claim it's sunrise
to sunset. Can you offer any insight to the rule?
definition of “night” is found in FAR 1.1. It
reads as follows:
the time between the end of evening civil twilight
and the beginning of morning civil twilight, as
published in the American Air Almanac, converted to
A sport pilot is
prohibited from flying at night (ref: FAR
61.315(b)(5)), so they may not fly between the end
of evening civil twilight and the beginning of
morning civil twilight. Evening civil twilight
usually ends 28 to 30 minutes after sunset. You can
find out exactly when civil twilight ends in the
evening and begins in the morning at this
website (or this
Remember that the
aircraft must display navigation lights from sunset
to sunrise, so if the sport pilot wishes to take
advantage of that time between sunset and the end of
civil twilight, or in the morning between the
beginning of civil twilight and sunrise, the
aircraft must be equipped with navigation lights.
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.
performer Kyle Franklin flew his Super Cub in the
2007 AirVenture air show, but this year look for the
veteran flier in his Waco. This month's calendar
photo was shot by EAA AirVenture photographer
this wallpaper image at the EAA
website, where you can choose among several different
resolutions to suit
your screen...or select an image from the archive.
ANNOUNCES AUTO GAS APPROVAL PROGRAM
Recognizing global concerns about the
immediate and long-term availability of aviation grade 100LL fuel,
Lycoming Engines announced an unleaded automotive gasoline approval
program for its standard compression ratio O-360 and IO-360 product
lines. Unleaded 93 AKI automotive gasoline conforming to either Euro
Norm EN228 or ASTM D4814 will be the basis of this Lycoming specified
fuel. Supplemental requirements within the scope of the existing
standards will be stated as necessary for safe operation in aviation
applications. Approval is expected by fall 2008. This program will be an engine
approval only. Aircraft certification approval must be obtained
separately to permit operation with this fuel. Learn more at www.lycoming.com.
ECLIPSE TAKING CURRENT
CUSTOMER ORDERS FOR '400' JET
Orders from others to begin at AirVenture
Eclipse Aviation announced its order book is now open to current
customers for its new model 400 single-engine jet, a production version
of the concept jet first displayed at EAA AirVenture last year. The
announcement came Friday (May 30) at the annual "E-rrival"
customer event in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Deposits from non-customers
will be accepted starting at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, slated for July
28-August 3. Read
X-AIR RECEIVES ASTM
X-Air has received the ASTM consensus
standard acceptance from the Seattle FAA Manufacturing Inspection
District Office for Special Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA). X-Air began
pursuing the S-LSA status just six months ago. "LSA category is a
critical part of the future of aviation and we are proud to be a part of
it," Mark Mahnke of X-Air said. "Paralleling our certification
program, we have been preparing our production facility in anticipation
of the approval so that we could respond to the market
immediately." The X-Air LS is a low cost entry-level 3-axis
aircraft that comes standard with flaps, trim, ICom radio, Dynon engine
monitor, and basic flight instrumentation. Optional equipment includes
extended fuel capability, Garmin GTX 327, and Garmin 396/495/496, among
other options. X-Air is taking orders with a $1,000 refundable position
For more information visit www.X-AirLSA.com
or e-mail info@X-AirLSA.com.
MURPHY AIRCRAFT TO
SELL RENEGADE LINE
The Murphy Renegade, the biplane designed by
Darryl Murphy and built by more than 800 customers of Murphy Aircraft,
is up for sale. Darryl is selling the design, rights, calculations,
manuals, customer lists-and the parts business-for the existing fleet.
Hardware includes "enough extrusions for maybe 50 airplanes,"
plus the extrusion die drawings, all fixtures, molds, tooling, and a
considerable spare parts inventory. The parts business continues to be
strong, and the kits have been selling at the rate of "8-12 a year,
pretty steadily-and I haven't been promoting the Renegade for
years," Murphy said. Murphy Aircraft will continue to support the
Renegade builders and parts business until the proper buyer is
contracted, and Darryl is willing to continue for a limited time as a
consultant. For more information, contact Darryl at MURSales@MurphyAircraft.com.
US AVIATION TO OPEN
SHOWROOM; OFFERS FREE RATING
Following US Aviation's establishment of a
complete Sport Pilot training program in Denton, Texas, the company
plans to open a new showroom and maintenance program for light-sport
aircraft (LSA). The company, a dealer for REMOS, Breezer II, Explorer,
Skylark, Tecnam's Sierra, Bravo, and Eaglet, will have multiple models
on hand for LSA buyers. In addition to a growing inventory, US Aviation
has sent staff members for Rotax Engine service training, which is used
on all the LSAs the company sells. The company now offers a free Sport
Pilot rating for anyone who purchases a new light-sport aircraft from
its inventory. Learn more at www.USSportPlanes.com
or call 866-383-2400.
SPORT PILOT TRAINING
Future pilots can now train for the sport
pilot certificate at Historic Flabob Airport in a new two-seat Tecnam
P92 Echo Super. "We are excited to be one of the few places in
Southern California where pilots can learn to fly in a Light Sport
Aircraft (LSA)," said Larry Lubak, owner of Gotta Fly Aviation. The
new Tecnam LSA at Flabob Airport is available for beginners, and for
pilots who have already earned their certificates as a modern rental
alternative. "All of us hope the new Sport Pilot regulations passed
by the FAA will make flying more accessible to a lot more people,"
said John Lyon, executive director of the Wathen Foundation, owner of
historic Flabob Airport. "Our mission is to promote aviation."
For more information, contact Gotta Fly Aviation at 951-778-0255.
NEW PPC TRANSPORTATION
D&M Trailer LLC is a new company that
offers trailers for Powered Parachutes (PPC). The company came about
after its founders listened to complaints from fellow pilots about
trailering problems and rising gas prices. Company representatives say
the new trailers offer options others lack, such as a wired-in trickle
charger with receptacles, and color and graphics choices. Standard
features include a door assist system and a front wheel chuck. Wheel
straps and tie downs are included to hold the PPC in place. The trailer
offers multi-tasking ability; two motorcycles or ATVs fit well and the
trailer can double as a camper. Visit www.ppcxlt.com
to learn more, or
call 920-565-3774 or 920-982-0981.