5, 2008 Volume 8,
EAA SWEEPSTAKES WINNER
CLAIMS HIS PRIZE
the past decade or so, Greg Thompson and his wife, Esme, have attended
AirVenture Oshkosh every year. However, a business trip conflicted with
the 2008 convention dates, so they couldn't come. As he does every year,
Thompson, of Fairfax, Virginia, entered the EAA Share the Spirit
Sweepstakes using the entry coupons received in Sport Aviation. This
year's Grand Prize: a new Cirrus SR20.
Thompson won the sweepstakes and on
Wednesday, September 3, was at Cirrus headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota,
to pick up his brand new airplane. "I'm still quite dumbfounded
about it," he said. "I never in my wildest dreams expected to
EAA, MID-EASTERN REGIONAL
FLY-IN SIGN SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT
Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In (MERFI), which takes place this weekend
(September 6-7), has reached a sponsorship agreement with EAA that
brings higher visibility to the event and clearly defines EAA's
continuing role in it. MERFI's new home is Grimes Field (I74) in Urbana,
Ohio, where final preparations are being made for the 44th annual
Under the agreement, EAA will provide
promotion and coverage of MERFI and also serve as a major sponsor of
aviation educational activities such as forums and workshops, along with
other considerations. Read
POBEREZNY SPEAKS AT FAA
GREAT LAKES REGION'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
President Tom Poberezny traveled to Des Plaines, Illinois, on Thursday
where he offered closing remarks at a special program for the FAA Great
Lakes Region headquarters 50th anniversary celebration. That program
also included words from FAA and local officials, as well as a program
highlighting the agency's first 50 years of existence. In 1958, an act of
Congress created the Federal Aviation Agency to replace the Civil
Aeronautics Administration. The agency changed its name to the Federal
Aviation Administration in 1967.
CLARIFICATION OF ELT
week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) sent out
notifications to U.S. aircraft owners regarding upcoming changes in
emergency locator transmitter (ELT) services. NOAA reminds owners that
after February 1, 2009, satellite coverage of 121.5 MHz ELTs will end
and that only ground-based monitoring will take place. NOAA recommends
that aircraft owners transition to the improved digital 406 MHz ELT
This has caused some confusion among
aircraft owners, many of whom feel they are now required to upgrade to
the 406 MHz units. Read
EAA'S FORD TRI-MOTOR EN
ROUTE TO THE EAST COAST
1929 Ford Tri-Motor is traveling to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, this
weekend, September 4-7, where it will be stationed at Capital City
Airport (KCXY) and offering once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to
experience the magic of flight in the world's first mass-produced
airliner. From there the historic aircraft heads to Trenton, New Jersey,
September 11-14, where it will be stationed at Ronson Aviation Inc. at
Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN). Advanced bookings for both of these stops
are now available online at www.FlytheFord.com.
EAA'S B-17 DESCENDS ON
EAA's Salute to Veteran's tour featuring the
B-17 Aluminum Overcast heads to Lafayette, Indiana, this weekend,
September 5-7, where the historic bomber will be hosted by EAA Chapter
256. The following week EAA Chapter 104 will host a tour stop in
Valparaiso, Indiana, September 9-10. From there it's on to Illinois
where EAA Warbird Squadron 4 hosts a tour stop at DuPage September
12-14. Flights at any one of these stops can be booked through www.b17.org
or by contacting EAA's B-17 Tour Office at 800-359-6217.
HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF
Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch
(Part 1 of 6)
of a series on how to build a sheet metal rib from scratch, Sonex
builder and staff member Kerry Fores walks you through how to lay out
your blank using the "magic washer" trick. We'll feature
succeeding parts of this series in the weeks to come.
Wrench Technique - Proper torqueing of AN bolts is absolutely
critical in aircraft construction. Oftentimes, builders will over-torque
when tightening nuts. In this episode, Wally Anderson shares some tips
on using torque wrenches and how to avoid overtorqueing when a torque
wrench isn't practical or available. Wally is a Technical Counselor and
member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council.
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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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Chapter 701 Fly-In, Mansfield Municipal Airport, Massachusetts
EAA Chapter 701 will be hosting its Annual Fly-In and Open House on
September 6, 2008 at Mansfield Municipal Airport (1B9), Mansfield, MA.
There will be aircraft judging, food, fun and more! The featured
aircraft this year are Cessna 120s, 140s and 170s but all aircraft are
welcome. Come and enjoy a fantastic fall day in New England!
Contact: Mike Vidal at 508-761-8012 or send an
Also the National Stearman Fly-In, a must-attend event of the
year for Stearman enthusiasts, continues through Sunday, September 7, at
Galesburg Municipal Airport, Galesburg, Illinois. Visit www.stearmanflyin.com
for more information.
And for more information about these events,
or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': JOE KITTINGER
Kittinger is an aviation legend. He is best known for the work he did in
the 1950s and 1960s on the Air Force's PROJECT MANHIGH making high
altitude balloon flights and PROJECT EXCELSIOR, where he flew the
Excelsior III balloon to an altitude of 102,800 feet before jumping out
and becoming the first person to exceed the speed of sound during free
fall, and setting the record for the highest parachute jump ever. Later
in his career Joe volunteered for combat duty during the Vietnam War,
initially flying bombing missions in B-26s and A-26s before becoming an
F-4 pilot and commander of the famed 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He
was shot down over Hanoi on May 11, 1972, and spent 11 months as a POW.
After the Vietnam War he continued his Air Force career until retiring
with the rank of Colonel in 1978, and has remained active in aviation
ever since. Watch
GREAT PRICES ON SOUVENIR
AIRVENTURE 2008 MERCHANDISE
wide variety of merchandise from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 is still
available, and at savings of up to $12 off the regular retail prices!
The Jansport hooded sweatshirt (pictured) has the stylish AirVenture
2008 design and features white body and red accents on the hood lining,
piping, cuffs, and waistband. It's available for only $47.99!
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
to bring part of AirVenture 2008 home to you? Here is your chance. Order
an EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 Pennant, the very ones that flew during
The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. These red and blue pennants
feature the 2008 AirVenture logo and can also include Tom Poberezny's
signature. Supplies are limited so order today at for more great offers,
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looking for the FAA website that provides the printable
application form for the re-issue of certificates to
comply with the new regulation having to do with the
English language. Can you help?
Sure, you can find the form here.
This is an International Civil Aviation
Organization's (ICAO) English language proficiency
requirement that went into effect March 5, 2008, but
the U.S. extended its compliance date to March 5,
2009. The new rule requires private, commercial, and
airline transport pilots with powered aircraft
ratings; flight engineers and flight navigators; and
control tower operators to have a certificate
verifying proficiency in the use of the English
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.
gigantic Boeing Dreamlifter made its EAA AirVenture
debut this year. It was on display on AeroShell
Square during its 24 hour stay in Oshkosh. Photo by
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.
BRS CHUTES ON MARTIN
JETPACK; UNIT SAVES 214
Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. (BRS) has
entered into an agreement with Martin Aircraft Company (www.martinjetpack.com)
to provide BRS emergency parachute recovery systems for all production
model Martin Jetpacks. Unveiled at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 on July
29, the Martin Jetpack is being billed as "the world's first
practical jetpack." BRS also announced that its product recorded
save No. 214 in Germany on August 25. The pilot of an FK14 Polaris lost
aerodynamic control of his aircraft upon encountering severe weather
near the city of Cologne. Realizing he was in a deteriorating situation,
he deployed his BRS emergency parachute system. The pilot subsequently
landed in a grove of trees and walked away with just a sight scratch on
his face. "We are indeed privileged to work for a company that has
designed, manufactured, and sold such a product which has saved so many
lives through the years," said BRS CEO, Larry Williams. Learn more
LIBERTY CLARIFIES FAA
Liberty Aerospace is setting the record straight after the FAA
mistakenly named the Liberty XL-2 as having undergone a Special
Certification Review (SCR) in 2008. The Liberty XL2 has never been the
subject of the review by the FAA. A press release regarding the Eclipse
Jet issued by the FAA on August 20, 2008, listed various other aircraft
that have, including the XL2. Liberty has been in contact with the FAA's
Small Airplane Directorate, receiving acknowledgement that the statement
was made in error.
With more than 130 aircraft in service,
Liberty has never received a Customer Service Difficulty Report nor has
the FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) against the XL2. In a
company statement, Liberty said the XL2 is certified to the strictest
FAA Part 23 standards and is the safest aircraft in production today.
For more information, visit www.libertyaerospace.com.
ECLIPSE AS NEW STRATEGY ADVANCES
Eclipse Aviation has established a new divisional structure in support
of the company's operational excellence strategy. Peg Billson,
previously the company's chief operating officer, has been appointed
president and general manager of the Eclipse Manufacturing Division.
Mike McConnell, previously vice president of sales and marketing, will
serve as president and general manager of the Eclipse Customer Division.
Mark Borseth, Eclipse's chief financial officer will lead the newly
established Process Improvement Teams to ensure the success of both
divisions. All three executives will continue to report to CEO Roel
Pieper as part of the executive management team.
The new divisional structure consists of two individual operating units
with a corporate infrastructure to ensure common processes, procedures,
and reporting. The manufacturing division will include engineering,
supply chain, quality, production, and flight operations. The customer
division will be comprised of marketing, sales, customer support,
product support and flight training. Learn more at www.eclipseaviation.com.
APPLY NOW FOR NASA
NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate will accept scholarship
applications from September 5, 2008, through January 16, 2009, for the
academic year beginning in fall 2009. NASA expects to award 20
undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in aeronautics
or related fields. Undergraduate students in their second year of study
will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and a summer
internship with a $10,000 stipend at a NASA center. Graduate students
will receive up to $35,000 per year for three years and two summer
internships at a NASA center with $10,000 stipends. Scholarship money
can be used for tuition and other school-related expenses. All
applicants must be U.S. citizens. For more details, visit: www.asee.org/nasaasp.
TRACKING SYSTEM FROM ARTEX
Artex, a manufacturer of emergency locator transmitters, has signed an
agreement with spidertracks ltd. to distribute the portable "spidertracks"
flight tracking system. The spidertracks unit allows tracking of
location, altitude, speed, direction, and date/time information of any
aircraft anywhere in the world. The coordinates are transmitted via the
Iridium network of 66 satellites to a secure server allowing access to
any designated recipient anywhere in the world via the Internet. For
more information, visit www.Artex.aero.