22, 2008 Volume 8,
ISRAELI EAA MEMBERS HELP
CREATE AMATEUR-BUILDING RULE
New regs follow most U.S. rule provisions
U.S. officials propose new policy and enforcement changes for American
homebuilders, Israel's aviation authority has approved the first rules
allowing amateur-built aircraft in that country, capping four years of
work by Israeli EAA members and ultralight enthusiasts. The rules
closely mirror the current rules in the U.S., including the key "51
percent" provision that EAA has vigorously supported for the last
half-century and has led to the growth of the American homebuilt
aircraft community. The regulations allow an amateur builder to
construct an aircraft of nearly any specifications - without limits on
performance, materials, or complexity - so long as the amateur
personally carries out a majority of the aircraft construction
CESSNA TRAINING PACKAGE
WINNER ANXIOUS TO GET STARTED
Surls, EAA 306048, of Marshall, Michigan, has been an EAA member since
1988 and a frequent AirVenture Oshkosh attendee over the years. Although
he had some flight training several years ago, family obligations and a
career change prevented him from closing the loop and obtaining his
private pilot certificate. But thanks to the luck of the draw, EAA, and
Cessna, the 53-year-old pilot wannabe will soon fulfill his dream of
flight. Surls won the $5,000 Cessna Pilot Center Learn to Fly
flight-training package, held during AirVenture at the EAA/NAFI Learn to
Fly Discovery Center. Read
KINGS TO BE INDUCTED INTO
SAN DIEGO MUSEUM'S HALL OF FAME
and Martha King, who have each taught more pilots than any other
instructor in the history of aviation, are among the 2008 inductees to
the San Diego Air & Space Museum's International Hall of Fame. The
45th induction and gala ceremony is scheduled for October 25 at the
museum's Pavilion of Flight. Other members of the 2008 class include
Scott Carpenter, one of the Original Mercury Seven "Right
Stuff" Astronauts; The Tuskegee Airmen represented by Roscoe Brown
and Lee Archer; Dr. J. Robert Beyster, founder of Science Applications
International Corporation (SAIC); Steve Pisanos, of the original Eagle
Squadrons; and General Bob Cardenas, USAF Flying Wing Test Pilot.
John (EAA 332434/NAFI 9805) and Martha (EAA332436/NAFI 9804)
revolutionized the way pilots learn and are regarded by pilots
throughout the world as their personal aviation mentors. For decades
they have taught nearly half of the pilots learning to fly in the United
States. They continue to be avid students of aviation and are the first
couple to hold both every category and class of FAA rating on their
pilot and instructor certificates. Martha is the first and only woman to
achieve this. For more information of the event, call 619-234-8291 or
AVIATION COUNCIL ANNOUNCES DATES THROUGH 2011
Virginia Regional Festival of Flight
commits to three more years at Suffolk
its successful debut this year at the Suffolk Executive Airport, the
Virginia Aviation Council announced recently it will continue to hold
the Virginia Festival of Flight there through 2011. Future dates of the
event are May 30-31, 2009; May 22-23, 2010; and May 21-22, 2011.
Gordon Campbell, council
president, noted that the facility offered great opportunity for growth.
"With the 2008 fly-in under our belt, we have a much better idea of
how to utilize these excellent facilities and amazing support from the
city and the airport," he said. "Our focus will be recruiting
many more (volunteer) chairmen to plan and coordinate an expanded roster
of activities for next year." Read
44TH MID-EASTERN REGIONAL
FLY-IN NEXT WEEKEND
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.
'ALUMINUM OVERCAST' LANDS
IN NEW JERSEY THIS WEEK
weekend (August 22-24) EAA Chapter 73, of Caldwell, New Jersey, will
host the next leg of EAA's Salute to Veterans tour featuring EAA's B-17
Aluminum Overcast. From there the historic WWII bomber heads to Trenton,
New Jersey (August 26-27), hosted by EAA Chapter 78. The following
weekend EAA Chapter 186 will host a tour stop in Leesburg, Virginia
(August 30-31). Missions 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 and $425.
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF
Bending Aluminum Angle with a Wrench
you will need to change the bend on a piece of extruded aluminum angle.
video, Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft shows how this can be done
with a large adjustable wrench.
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.
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SPORT AVIATION ARCHIVES...
30 Years Ago This Month...
the August 1978 issue of EAA Sport Aviation, then-editor Jack Cox
reported Burt Rutan's Defiant had a successful series of test flights.
Jack wrote, "Burt Rutan's centerline thrust twin, the Model 40 -
now named the 'Defiant' - was initially test-flown on June 30. No
problems were experienced and, in fact, things have gone so well that as
of July 11, 28 hours of test flying had been accumulated. So impressed
was the FAA that restrictions were lifted after the first 5 days of
here for the complete article.)
Did you know that EAA
members have instant access to more that 50 years - that's 59,000 pages!
- of Sport Aviation magazine? Every page of every issue between 1953 and
2006 has been carefully scanned and archived so you can get more
out of your EAA membership.
Having instant access to
the knowledge and information in tens of thousands of articles
Searching by keyword, by
title, or by author and having results delivered right to your
desktop in convenient PDF format
building or restoration project, or looking up flying qualities of a
specific aircraft…and doing a deep dive into decades worth of
No more stacks of old
magazines cluttering up your garage or workshop
You just HAVE to check out
the new Sport Aviation online archive.
It's EAA's newest member benefit and it's easy to use. Just log in with
your user name and password. If you don't yet have a user name and
password for access to the EAA Members Only website, click here.
TO RECEIVE EDUCATION AWARD
Lee Siudzinski of EAA's education department has been named recipient of
the 2008 Dr. Mervin K. Strickler, Jr. Award in recognition of his
outstanding achievements in the field of aviation education. The
National Coalition for Aviation Education (NCAE) selected Siudzinski for
his promotion of aerospace and commitment to education throughout his
career. Siudzinski will receive the award at the 2008 National
Conference on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) scheduled for October
18 in Washington, D.C. NCAE established this award in 1995 to honor Dr.
Strickler's 50 years of contributions to aviation education.
OPPORTUNITY AT EAA
has an immediate opportunity available for a full time Aircraft
Maintenance Technician to perform servicing, maintenance and restoration
work on a variety of aircraft and ground support equipment. Qualified
candidates will have an FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification and a
minimum 2 years general aviation aircraft maintenance experience with
restoration experience desirable. Radial engine or vintage aircraft
experience; electrical troubleshooting and wiring skills; and Inspection
Authorization preferred. A valid driver's license and a good driving
record are required. (A CDL is a plus.) Must be able to work a flexible
schedule to include some evenings and weekends and have the ability to
To view a complete position
description and instruction on how to apply, visit the
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
18th Annual EAA Chapter 88 Midwest
Ultralight/Light Aircraft Rendezvous
Airpark, Edinburg, Illinois, August 22-24
All aircraft types welcome. No fees. auto fuel; drawings, open flying,
competitions, paper airplane contest for kids, R/C demos, concessions,
spaghetti dinner on Saturday, free camping - monitor 122.9. Contact:
Tommy Georges - 217-623-5772 (Send
Eugene Fly-Fest - Mahlon Sweet Field,
This event is a free fly-in and
public open house, co-hosted by the City of Eugene and EAA Chapter 1457,
and is open to all general aviation aircraft and pilots. It will be held
at the Lane Community College Maintenance Training Facility. Young Eagle
flights will be available. Food will be available for purchase on-site.
Several general aviation production and kit plane manufacturers and
aviation parts suppliers will be displaying their products. Forums will
be presented on various topics. 8 a.m-5 p.m. local. Contact: Phil
Groshong - 541-935-4129 (Send
For more information about these events,
or to find/submit others, visit www.eaacalendar.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': BRIG. GEN. JANET THERIANOS
General Janet Therianos was one of the first women to attend the U.S.
Air Force Academy when women were first accepted there in 1976. After a
grueling four years, Janet graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1980 and was
accepted into pilot training. At that time, women were not allowed into
combat squadrons, and Janet became a KC-135 tanker pilot in an aerial
refueling squadron. She progressed through the ranks from aircraft
commander to commanding a squadron of her own. In her 28 years of
service, Janet has held numerous staff positions as well, including two
tours in the Pentagon as deputy assistant to the Secretary of the Air
Force. Today, Brig. Gen. Therianos serves as the Director of
Intelligence for the Air Force's Air Mobility Command responsible for
the daily intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance activities of
114 mobility units worldwide. She also participated in EAA's
WomenVenture activities during AirVenture 2008. Watch
DVDS FEATURED AT
AIRVENTURE AVAILABLE AT AERONAUTICA
Speed and Angels
autographed copies of the DVD, Speed and Angels, are available while
supplies last at EAA Aeronautica. Signed by Producer Francesco "Paco"
Chierici and pilot Jay "Faceshot" Consalvi, the 95-minute,
wide screen documentary tells a story of two naval officers chasing
their dreams to become fighter pilots. The movie was showcased the past
two years at AirVenture and is available now for $19.99 (plus shipping).
or call 800-564-6322.
Warbirds in Review - In Their Own Words
AirVenture's popular Warbirds in Review program inspired this
award-winning documentary, In Their Own Words. The poignant video shares
stories of pilots and planes from the twice-daily presentations held
during AirVenture Oshkosh, featuring such icons as C.E. "Bud"
Anderson, Robin Olds, Bob Hoover, George McGovern, Robert "Shorty"
Rankin, Gunther Rall, Hal Weekley, David Lee "Tex" Hill, and
many more. The documentary recently won a Silver "Telly" Award
for Sleeping Dog Productions. (See
the trailer.) Priced at $30.99 (plus shipping). Order
online, or call 800-564-6322.
was played over the PA system during the Heritage
Flight featuring the F-22 Raptor and P-51 Mustang at
AirVenture this year. What is the name of the song
and the artist? Is it available for purchase?
The song you're referring to is “We Remember,”
written and performed by Dwayne O’Brien. The song
is featured on a CD called “Song Pilot” which
includes a number of other aviation-related songs.
We "Googled" the info and came up with this
website as a source.
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.
WEBSITE LAUNCHED FOR
KITBOX BUILDER COMMUNITY
TeamKitfox.com is a new online community for builders, pilots, owners,
and anyone interested in Kitfox series aircraft. Created and managed by
two-time Van's RV builder Randy Lervold, TeamKitfox.com was developed
after he started his third aircraft construction project, a Kitfox Super
Sport. "In researching the Kitfox I quickly realized that there
wasn't yet a robust central online community as there was for other
aircraft types," Lervold said. "As an RV builder I'd learned
how valuable this can be and so decided to launch TeamKitfox.com."
Visit www.teamkitfox.com to
ECLIPSE CONFIDENT IN
OUTCOME OF FAA REVIEW
Eclipse Aviation will cooperate
fully with the Federal Aviation Administration special certification
review, announced this week by the agency. Eclipse is confident the
review will find that the 500, jet was in full compliance with all
federal regulations at the time of its certification, and that all FAA
testing was completed with the highest degree of thoroughness, accuracy,
This is in response
to the FAA commencing a 30-day review of the Eclipse Aviation's very
light jet, the Eclipse 500 that began last week. The FAA convened a
special certification review team to look at aircraft safety,
certification of aircraft trim, flaps, screen blanking, and stall
speeds. These issues were the subject of service difficulty reports
filed by operators since the aircraft was certificated on September 30,
2006. The team will look at whether or not any of these issues were
raised during the certification process and if any of the issues are
currently a threat to safety.
a doubt, this special review will uncover what we already know - that the
Eclipse 500 marks the safest new airplane introduction into service in
20 years," said Roel Pieper, Eclipse CEO. "Customer safety has
always been a priority at Eclipse, and we look forward to this
investigation dispelling any inaccuracies about the certification of
this airplane for once and for all."
BENEFITS AIRVENTURE AVIATION EXPLORER BASE CAMP
The Aviation Explorer Base Camp on the EAA
AirVenture grounds now includes a storage shed and water, thanks to
funds from The Sporty's Foundation. This building will secure supplies
and equipment year round as well as serve as an on-site workshop for the
more than 100 Aviation Explorers who attend EAA AirVenture each year.
Foundation funds were also used to hook up the base to a water supply
with sufficient water pressure to suit needs of the camp.
While at AirVenture, Aviation Explorers
from posts throughout the nation participate in numerous activities, plus receive
training for directing traffic on the flight line. Aviation Exploring,
an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, is a youth development
program open to young women and men between the ages of 14 and 20. For
more information on the Aviation Explorer Base or other Aviation
Exploring programs visit www.aviationexplorerbase.com
GEORGIA GOVERNOR EARNS
Congratulations to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, who on July 22, 2008,
added rotorcraft helicopter privileges to his private pilot certificate.
Flying a Robinson R44, the governor dedicated his vacation time to
accomplishing his solo requirements and amassed a total of 66 hours
before he was ready to take the checkride. Governor Perdue holds a
commercial certificate with single and multi-engine ratings, and has
more than 2,800 total hours. His training took place at Blue Ridge
Helicopters, Inc., in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
FLIGHT SIM RECURRENCY TRAINING GAINS APPROVAL
Nashua Flight Simulator has recently been approved by many of the major
aviation insurance underwriters to conduct recurrent training for single
and twin-engine piston aircraft including high-performance models such
as the Beechcraft Baron 55/58, Piper Seneca, and the Beech King Air 90,
100, and 200. Each airframe recurrent training program involves 10 hours
of ground training in air traffic control and emergencies, aircraft
systems and weather, and FAR/AIM regulations. Nashua's recurrent
training programs utilize aircraft systems manuals and pilot operating
handbooks (POH). Pilots are advised to contact their insurance
underwriter or agent to determine the specific requirements surrounding
coverage and recurrent training qualifications. For more information
contact Steve Cunningham at 603-320-8723 or visit www.nashuaflightsimulator.com.