15, 2008 Volume 8,
SOME 'LUCK O' THE IRISH'
FOR EAA YOUNG EAGLES RAFFLE WINNER
was Thursday, July 31, the night of the annual Gathering of Eagles
fundraiser at AirVenture, and Michael Kenny was en route to joining his
colleagues from Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd. when suddenly his phone rang. The
37-year-old Irishman saw it was from his father, Patrick, who was
calling from home in Cork, Ireland.
"He just won a car in a raffle, a
Ford Mondeo," Kenny told Donna Shackleton later as he plunked down
$100 for ticket #1172 in the 2008 EAA Young Eagles Raffle. "I feel
really lucky." Read
TRAINING ORDERED FOR WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA VFR PILOTS
The FAA issued a long-anticipated final rule
this week requiring "special awareness'' training for any pilot who
flies under visual flight rules (VFR) within a 60-nautical-mile (NM)
radius of the Washington, DC DCA VOR/DME. The rule becomes effective on
February 9, 2009, and involves training developed and provided by the
FAA at www.FAASafety.gov. The FAA
says its primary focus is to educate the pilot community in an effort to
reduce the number of unauthorized flights into the D.C. Air Defense
Identification Zone (ADIZ) and the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ). Read
CANARD BUILDER GROUPS
HELP ATTENDEE FROM ISRAELI ESCAPE GREENLAND
taking a little longer for Yair Gil (EAA 703228) to return to Tel Aviv,
Israel, from AirVenture 2008 than he had planned. Last week, Gil's Cozy
MK-IV suffered a broken nose gear strut upon landing at Kangerlussuaq
Airport (BGSF ) in Sondre Stromfjord on the Western Coast of Greenland.
After being stranded there for more than a week awaiting delivery of a
new strut, it appeared that the determined efforts of his fellow canard
builders to get him the needed parts would have him back in the air as
early as Thursday (August 14). Read
PIPISTREL TEAM AGAIN THE
BIG WINNER IN NASA GA TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE
handed out a total of $97,000 in prize money at the 2008 General
Aviation Technology Challenge held last week at the Charles M.
Schultz/Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California. The
competition, managed by the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency
(CAFE) Foundation, challenged competitors to demonstrate innovations
that would lead to aircraft that are safer, more affordable, easier to
fly, and also have less of a negative impact on the environment and on
the communities that surround airports. The largest prize awarded -
$50,000 for the aircraft with the overall best safety features - went to
Vance Turner's team from El Dorado Hills, California, flying a modified
Pipistrel Virus. That team also won prizes for the shortest takeoff
distance and best angle of climb and shared the lowest cabin noise
FLY-IN TO HOLD 44TH EVENT
44th annual Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In has a new home at Grimes Field
(I74) in Urbana, Ohio, and preparations are being made for the September
6-7 event. The large grounds in beautiful southwestern Ohio will feature
homebuilt and vintage aircraft; a B-17 restoration shop; the Grimes
Flying Lab museum; seminars and forums; youth activities; a pancake
breakfast each morning; and an on-field Café and restaurant featuring
homemade pies. Gates are open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, and all
aircraft types are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.merfi.com.
EAA'S B-17 EN ROUTE TO
week EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast travels to Lawrence, Massachusetts
(August 15-17), hosted by EAA Chapter 106, as part of EAA's Salute to
Veterans tour. On August 19-20, the historic WWII bomber will head to
Oxford, Connecticut, to visit members of EAA Chapter 1443, then it's on
to Caldwell, New Jersey, for a stop hosted by EAA Chapter 73 August
22-24. Flights on the historic WWII bomber can be booked through www.b17.org
or contact EAA's B-17 Tour Office at 800-359-6217.Pre-book prices are
$359 for EAA members and $399 for nonmembers; Walk-up prices are $385
for EAA Members and $425 for Non-EAA Members.
EAA'S ANNUAL "GOOD
OL' DAYS" CELEBRATION THIS WEEKEND
weekend visitors to EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will
take a "step back in time" as part of EAA's "Good Ol'
Days" celebration, held August 16-17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The event
offers a genuine historic experience for visitors of all ages,
re-creating what airports were like during the early days of air travel.
Come and see the excitement and adventure of early flight brought back
to life. You'll meet characters from the past, rediscover the folklore,
crafts and skills of old-time aviation, and weather permitting, see some
truly incredible vintage airplanes take to the skies! For more
information, contact museum services at 920-426-4818 or by email at email@example.com.
the video from last year's event.)
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF
Simple Welding Jig
spend a lot of time building an elaborate welding jig if it all you're
making is a simple, one-off part? In this
week's video, Earl Luce demonstrates how to keep it simple with a
piece of plywood, a few nails and makeshift heat shield fashioned from
scrap metal. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer
EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman
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.
SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS GEAR UP FOR LATE SUMMER - EARLY FALL
the conclusion of AirVenture and summer drawing to a close, now's the
time to get your current or future aircraft building project on the fast
track with an EAA SportAir Workshop course. The SportAir program is
gearing up for intensive late summer, early fall sessions at locations
around the country. Featured weekend courses, which generally include
Sheet Metal, Fabric Covering, Composite Construction, Test Flying your
Homebuilt, and What's Involved In Kitbuilding, are upcoming in Denver,
Colorado, September 6-7; Nashua, New Hampshire, September 26-27;
Riverside, California October 4-5; and Indianapolis, Indiana, November
1-2. The popular Van's RV Aircraft Assembly courses will be presented in
Oshkosh August 23-24; Riverside, California, September 6-7; Frederick
Maryland, October 11-12; and Boston, Massachusetts, November 8-9. While
space is limited in each course, there are still openings at each
LEARNING TO FLY TO CALIFORNIA
weekend EAA's Learn to Fly Discovery
Center hits the road when it travels to Camarillo, California for EAA
Chapter 723's "Wings Over Camarillo" event (August 16-17).
Guests will have the opportunity to attend presentations, speak with
certificated flight instructors about various aspects of recreational
flying, and experience virtual flight through simulator stations while
visiting the Center. Read
OPPORTUNITIES AT EAA
is looking for a Technical Aviation Specialist in our Aviation
Services department. This position is responsible for responding to
technical inquiries by members and staff; maintaining knowledge of
general aviation issues and best practices in aircraft homebuilding,
restoration, and piloting; and presenting technical forums. Qualified
applicants will have experience as an aircraft builder, possess their
pilot certificate, have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret
technical procedures and government regulations, and proficiency with PC
operations MS Word, PowerPoint and Internet research. An FAA Airframe
& Powerplant certification with an Inspection Authorization, EAA
Technical Counselor and/or Flight Advisor experience, and aircraft
restoration experience is preferred.
To view a complete position
description and instruction on how to apply, visit the
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Van's Homecoming - EAA Chapter 292
Hangar, Independence, Oregon
unique opportunity to get together with RV pilots and builders at
Independence Residential Airpark. See RVs in various states of
construction. Friday Barbeque; Saturday pancake breakfast; fly-outs to
local attractions, Saturday night banquet and Van's speaker. Lodging
available with pre-registration. Visit www.eaa292.org/rvflyin
or send an
USO Dance - South Middleton Fire Hall,
Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania
EAA Chapter 122 USO Dance honoring WWII veterans. Dance to the '40s
big band sounds of The Gettysburg Big Band. Food available for purchase.
Tickets available at the door - $15 per couple/$8 per person. Contact:
Dennis Carney, 717-258-6402, or send
For more information about these events, or to find/submit others, visit www.eaacalendar.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': LARRY ERNST
Larry Ernst's career in the U.S. Navy began at Ohio State University in
the early 1960s when he joined the Navy's ROTC program. His long service
career would take him through two combat tours flying F-4 Phantoms
during the Vietnam War, stints at the Navy's TOPGUN school as both
student and instructor, test pilot school, and serving as the last
commander of the famed aircraft carrier USS Midway. (Watch
2009 EAA WORLD OF FLIGHT
CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE
2009 World of Flight Calendar features stunning aircraft
photographed by Jim Koepnick and Bonnie Kratz, EAA's award-winning photographers.
The calendar is the perfect size for recording your appointments, plus
includes important major fly-in dates, such as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2009 (July 27-August 2). The World of Flight Calendar makes a great
gift, and you can order yours in plenty of time for the holidays. Order
online, or call toll-free 1-800-564-6322..
have a few questions on the rules governing BFRs
(biennial flight reviews).
have a Private Pilot SEL with a glider rating. I
have allowed my medical to lapse. I have a current
BFR taken in a glider. Will the one BFR cover all
the privileges of my license or will I need to get
another BFR for the SEL portion? Will a SEL BFR
cover the glider rating?
A pilot needs only one flight review in any aircraft
for which he/she is rated. Your flight review in a
glider would be valid in all aircraft for which you
are rated, including powered airplanes.
opposite would also be true; meaning that your
flight review in a powered aircraft would be valid
in your glider as well.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
at AirVenture presents some interesting photo
opportunities. Last week Phil High of EAA's
AirVenture photo staff used special lighting to
create this beautiful shot of a Hawker Hunter parked
on the Warbirds ramp.
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.
'DILIGENTLY' TO DEVELOP 'OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE,' PROFITABILITY PLANS
Eclipse Aviation announced Thursday that its executive management team
"is working diligently to develop a plan to achieve operational
excellence. We are evaluating every aspect of the company and we will
announce a plan to profitability by the end of the month." The
company also flatly denied rumors that it was looking to relocate
production facilities for the Eclipse 500 outside the United States,
contrary to media reports. Last week Eclipse reported at the FAA had
issued an updated Airworthiness Directive (AD) regarding inspection of
the Eclipse 500 throttle quadrant assembly (TQA). That replaced the
Emergency AD issued in June, allowing aircraft tested under the previous
AD to complete TQA testing during their next scheduled aircraft
maintenance visit or within the next 60 days. Aircraft not previously
inspected must be tested under the new AD within 30 days. TQAs that fail
inspection are required to be replaced before next flight. For more
information, visit www.eclipseaviation.com
LAMA PRESIDENT'S AWARD
GOES TO A EUROPEAN FOR 1ST TIME
Matthias Betsch, owner of German
aircraft manufacturer Flight Design, became the first European ever to
receive the Light Aircraft Manufacturers (LAMA) President's Award this
year. Flight Design builds the most popular factory-built LSA in the
United States. Betsch was selected among 90 award nominees. (The winner
is the person receiving the most nominations.) LAMA created the
President's Award in 1991 to recognize outstanding leaders in the light
aircraft community. The permanent trophy is displayed in the EAA AirVenture
Museum in Oshkosh. For more information, visit www.lama.bz.
EAA MEMBER HONORED BY
Col. Mary Feik, EAA 102696, of Annapolis, Maryland, was honored by the
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) recently, in recognition of "more than 65
years of personal and professional dedication to aviation and aerospace
education as a teacher, mentor, pilot, engineer, and outstanding leader
to America's youth." An honorary life membership was presented to
Feik, a member of Maryland Wing's Annapolis Composite Squadron, during
the National Board and Annual Conference held at the Gaylord Palms,
Kissimmee, Florida, on August 9. One of the highest honors the
organization can bestow, the honor is reserved for members exhibiting
the highest level of dedication through their outstanding contributions.
Feik piloted a variety of craft, flying more than 6,000 hours in
fighter, attack, bomber, cargo, and training aircraft to determine
flight, maintenance, and safety training requirements. One of her
primary assignments was to design and build the Captivair,
affectionately known as "Mary's Little Lamb," an experimental
prototype training device for pilots using an operational P-51C
"Mustang" on pylons used as a standard design in training
pilots in other high-performance fighter aircraft. Read more about Col.
Feik on the CAP
HISTORIC AIR MAIL
FLIGHT BEGINS SEPTEMBER 10
Addison Pemberton, Larry Tobin, and Ben Scott will fly the 2008
Transcontinental Air Mail Re-enactment Flight in three historical
aircraft: a 1928 Boeing 40C (the one appearing at AirVenture this year)
flown by Pemberton, a 1927 Stearman C3B flown by Tobin, and a 1930
Stearman 4E flown by Scott to honor the pioneers of U.S. commercial
aviation. The flight is authorized to carry official U.S. mail for the
post office between New York and San Francisco, and each stop will
include an education program. The flight departs New York's Republic
Field (FRG) on September 10 with expected arrival in California six days
later. Follow their progress at www.airspacemag.com.
Piper Aircraft announced this week that its piston aircraft deliveries
are up 18 percent. The company also announced that overall deliveries
for the first half of 2008 are up 13 percent over the same period last
year and that its PA-46 luxury aircraft models are registering record
deliveries. "In the last three years, Piper has moved forward on
virtually every front, from new product introductions to strong sales,
from strategic alliances to breaking into an entirely new segment with
our all-new PiperJet," said James K. Bass, Piper president and CEO.
Learn more at www.piper.com.
KANNAD ELT GETS
The Kannad 406 AF-Compact Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) received
certification by Industry Canada/ Transport Canada (TCCA). The 406
is specially designed for all light aircraft, fixed wings and
helicopters and can be fitted with a whip or rod antenna depending on
the aircraft. Kannad has responded to the Search & Rescue (SAR)
needs of aviation customers since 1987. For more information, visit www.kannad.com.
CANADA ISSUES TYPE
CERTIFICATE FOR CC18-180 TOP CUB
CubCrafters has received type certification from Transport Canada for
its CC18-180 Top Cub. This certification allows new, certified,
ready-to-fly Cubs to be delivered to customers in Canada for the first
time ever. Approval is on both floats and wheels. The CC18-180 was
certified in the U.S. in December 2004. For more information, visit www.cubcrafters.com.
Cloud 9 Aerosports, Inc. is hosting a Repairman Course for weight-shift
control aircraft on the weekend of November 1-2, 2008 in Kersey,
Pennsylvania. To register for the course contact Mike Huffman of Sport
Aviation Specialties at: 1512 Game Trail, Lawrenceville, Georgia, 30044,
call 904-206-0522, or visit www.SportAviationSpecialties.com.
For lodging information and to make reservations for the buffet lunch,
contact Bob or Lori Keech at 814-885-6125 or 814-512-0025 or send an
email to: email@example.com.