12, 2008 Volume 8,
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: A DAY
week we will remember what happened on September 11, 2001. It's hard to
believe that seven years have gone by since those fateful events.
We must always remember. Those events
changed the world and our view of it. It was even more impactful for all
of us involved with aviation. Even though commercial aircraft were used
in those terrorist attacks, our entire aviation world was altered as
never before. It brought more scrutiny on all types of flying. Read
EAA MEMBERS' COMMENTS
FOCUS ON POTENTIAL ADDED BURDENS TO BUILDING
EAA members are not shy about sharing their opinions of FAA's proposed
policy changes in the 51-percent rule for aircraft builders. The comment
period, which runs through September 30, has already drawn hundreds of
responses from those who have built or may build an aircraft.
EAA maintains that instead of creating
additional burdens that could hinder growth in the homebuilt community,
FAA should instead enforce the existing amateur-built aircraft rules and
abandon proposals that would impose new and complicated requirements for
documenting and reporting an amateur aircraft builder's work. Read
'GUSTAV' DESTROYS CHAPTER
244 HANGAR IN LOUISIANA
Monday morning Hurricane Gustav impacted the lives of thousands of
Louisiana residents, as the Category 4 hurricane made landfall off the
south coast near Cocodrie. Strong winds and area flooding caused severe
damage throughout the state, including the destruction of EAA Chapter
244's club hangar located at False River Regional Airport (HZR) in New
Fortunately, no aircraft were damaged in
the process," said Clayton Decoteau, president of EAA Chapter 244.
"We don't have any damage estimates at the time, but judging from
the pictures I've seen it will likely need to be rebuilt from the ground
Louisiana Fly-In Series Proceeds as Planned
Despite hurricane damage throughout the state, the 2008 Louisiana
Fly-In Series will continue with its planned schedule, with the next
fly-in scheduled to take place this Saturday at Ruston Regional Airport
(KRSN) in Ruston, Louisiana. Hosted by EAA Chapter 836, the
"Freedom Fly-In" will celebrate American freedoms, one of
which is our freedom to fly. The event will include food, fly-bys,
aircraft judging, and a special speaker presentation by test pilot,
author, and Vietnam helicopter pilot Lou Barber, at 12:30 p.m. For
additional details on this or future Louisiana Fly-In Series events,
NEW LIFE FOR MERFI
Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In Finds New
Home in Urbana, Ohio
By Bill Wilson, EAA 466133
years is a long run for any event. The Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In, held
for the first time in Urbana, Ohio, this year, is the elder statesman of
regional aviation gatherings. The last two years at Marion and
Mansfield, Ohio, have been problematic and MERFI welcomed the
opportunity to relocate. This year's event, held September 6-7 at
Urbana's Grimes Field (I74), drew respectable crowds and a smattering of
exhibits, but also tapped the great strength of the central Ohio
aviation establishment to feature an outstanding WWII aircraft
restoration exhibit courtesy of the Shiffer Family Foundation. Read
FUNERAL SERVICES SATURDAY
FOR ERICA SIMPSON
Scholarship fund established for fallen
pilot, IAC Director
services for Erica Simpson, IAC director and commercial pilot, will be
held Saturday, September 13, in her hometown of Port Wing, Wisconsin.
Simpson, 32, died September 6 in an aircraft accident during a practice
flight at Reno's Stead Field where she was preparing to compete in this
week's annual National Championship Air Races & Air Show. According
to the FAA spokesman Ian Gregor, her aircraft, a Cassutt IIIM Little
Lynn, suffered a catastrophic structural failure as she was performing a
roll during the flight. Simpson last competed in the race's biplane
class in 2006, and this year was planning to fly in the Formula One
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
TRAVELS TO THE NORTHWEST IN OCTOBER
EAA SportAir Workshop program will be in the Seattle area with three of
our most popular classes on October 18-19: Sheet Metal Basics,
Electrical Systems and Avionics, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding. The
workshops will take place at the Arlington Fly-In facilities on the
Arlington Municipal Airport in Washington.
Sheet Metal Basics presents the essential
elements of metal aircraft construction. During this session you'll
learn about materials and fasteners, and will work to building a small
sheet metal wing section. All tools and materials are supplied.
Electrical Systems and Avionics will cover the basics of antenna
mounting, coaxial cable installation, radio systems wiring, soldering
and crimping components, alternator and electrical system requirements,
and the installation of electrical systems. Participants will also
complete several hands-on practice projects. EAA member price for each
course is $289. Read
EAA'S FORD TRI-MOTOR
TRAVELS TO TRENTON
1929 Ford Tri-Motor will touch ground at Trenton Mercer Airport in
Trenton, New Jersey, today, where the historic airliner will remain
through the weekend. Advanced bookings for this stop have ended, but
walk-ups are welcome. From there, the Tri-Motor will travel to Lawrence
Municipal Airport in Lawrence, Massachusetts, September 18-21. Advanced
booking for this stop are now available online.
To check on the flying schedule at the current
tour stop only, please call 920-371-2240. There will be a recorded
message if they are not able to fly due to weather or mechanical
EAA'S B-17 TOURS THROUGH
weekend EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast flies to DuPage, Illinois, to visit
with EAA Warbird Squadron 4, September 12-14, as part of EAA's Salute to
Veteran's tour. From there, the tour takes a weeklong break before it
heads to West Bend, Wisconsin, September 26-28, to meet with members of
EAA Chapter 1158. To book flights please call 1-800-359-6217 or go to www.b17.org.
Pre-book prices are $359 for EAA members and $399 for non-members.
Walk-up prices are $385 for EAA members and $425 for Non-EAA members.
HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF
Making a Sheet Metal Rib From Scratch
(Part 2 of 6)
two of our series, Kerry Fores of Sonex aircraft walks you thru how
to cut out your rib blank from a piece of aluminum stock using the Malco
snips. Next week: Part 3 - Lightening holes.
Cotter Pins - In this week's second hint, Joe Norris, EAA
Homebuilding Community Manager, demonstrates two ways of using cotter
pins to safety fasteners on an aircraft: the standard method and the
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.
EAA WELCOMES FOURTH
CHAPTER LEADERS ACADEMY
weekend, a number of Chapter leaders from around the country will be in
Oshkosh for the fourth EAA Chapter Leaders Academy. This on-going series
is designed to bring chapter leaders and EAA staff together to learn
from one another and provide input and ideas to improve chapters locally
and internationally. More than 90 chapter leaders from throughout North
America have attended the first three sessions and there is space
available in upcoming months. So what is it like to attend? Take a look
video from April's session.
Upcoming EAA Chapter Leaders Academy
October 10-12, 2008; January 23-25, 2009; February 27-March 1, 2009;
March 27-29, 2009; September 18-20, 2009; October 16-18, 2009.
For more information, or to reserve a
spot, please send your contact information and your session preference
MORE THAN $42,000 IN
"AEROSCHOLARSHIPS" NOW AVAILABLE
donor support has provided more than $42,000 in scholarships for EAA's
AeroScholars program this academic year, allowing many high school
students ages 14-18 the opportunity to learn math and science through
the accredited online aviation courses. AeroScholars also gives students
a valuable head start on college, as they can earn up to six college
EAA's Sport Aviation Online
Forty-Four Years Ago…Reno is Born
week marks the 44th
National Championship Air Races at Reno, Nevada, and in 1964, EAA
Sport Aviation's August issue provided a preview of the first-ever
event. Running from September 12-20, Reno was billed as "the
biggest race meet since the last Cleveland Air Races in 1949."
Planned was a 2,500-mile cross-country race and 21 heats of
closed-course racing for seven different classes of airplanes. An adult
season general admission ticket covering all nine days would set you
back $3.50-or nearly $24 in today's dollars. Click
here for the complete preview, including confirmed racers from that
first year, or visit http://members.eaa.org
(log-in required) and conduct your own search.
Having instant access to
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Searching by keyword, by
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building or restoration project, or looking up flying qualities of a
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No more stacks of old
magazines cluttering up your garage or workshop
The Sport Aviation online archive
is EAA's newest member benefit and it's easy to use. Just log in with
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WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Regional Fly-In, Bartlesville, OK (DATE CHANGE!)
The 51st Annual - Celebrating THE YEAR OF THE LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT
(Airport construction project made the date move necessary -- tell your
friends!) Learn more about the event at www.tulsaflyin.com,
or contact Charlie Harris at 918-622-8400, or send
North Eastern Builder's
& RV Forum - EAA 486 Hangar (KFZY), Fulton, NY - Open to ALL
homebuilders. Hands-on workshops for welding, rib building; fabric
covering, riveting. Seminars on First Flight Safety, wiring, FWF, Glass
cockpits, etc. Numerous aircraft for viewing. Food and camping
available. Prices for this years event are yet to be set.. Please call
the pilot's lounge w/questions, 315-598-4322.
And for more information about these events,
or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': RICHARD GREENHUT
Greenhut joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1988. After many years of
volunteer service, he worked his way up to Commander of the CAP's New
York Wing. In August 2001, Greenhut took command of the CAP's entire
Northeast Region, encompassing nine states. Two weeks after taking
command, terrorists carried out the September 11 attacks, and Colonel
Greenhut led CAP relief efforts, including making the first civilian
flight after the attack on the morning of September 12, 2001. Watch
EAA MEMBER SPECIAL OF THE
MONTH: TONY BINGELIS BOOKS
part of our Members Special for September, EAAers save $20 when
purchasing the complete set of our four best-selling Tony Bingelis
books. Order the set by September 30 and you'll receive all four books -
Engines - a treasure of information for all aircraft builders,
restorers and mechanics; Firewall Forward - engine installation
for amateur-built aircraft; Sportplane Builder - construction
methods for amateur builders; and Sportplane Construction - an
essential handbook for light-aircraft homebuilders - for only $69.99. Order
online, or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322.
the annual condition inspection for an experimental
aircraft, if it was performed on Oct. 15, 2007, is it
due Oct. 15, 2008 or Nov. 1, 2008?
The answer to your question depends on how your
aircraft's operating limitations are worded. The
operating limitations, issued to your aircraft by
the FAA as a part of its airworthiness certificate,
contains the requirement for the condition
inspection. In most cases it is worded to require
the inspection each "twelve calendar
months". So long as the word
"calendar" is included the inspection
expires at the end of the 12th month. For example,
an inspection completed on the 15th of September
2008 would be valid until the 30th of September
However, if your
operating limitations are worded so as to require
the inspection within "12 months"
(excluding the word "calendar") the
inspection expire on the date, 12 months later.
(This would be the 15th of September 2009 in the
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.
CIRRUS TRIMS WORKFORCE
Cirrus Design Corp. let go 100 workers this week, according to a report
from the Duluth News Tribune. Seventy-one workers lost jobs in
Duluth, Minnesota, while 29 were cut from the Grand Forks, North Dakota,
plant, amounting to an 8 percent workforce reduction.
Brent Wouters, Cirrus' president and
chief operating officer, was quoted as saying, "We're in a
difficult economic environment that has impacted the aviation business.
We're not selling as many airplanes as we'd hoped to this year."
Cirrus had planned to boost its
production from 14 to 16 airplanes per week this year, but Wouters said
the company chose to continue operations at its previous capacity,
because of weaker than anticipated sales. To learn more about Cirrus
aircraft, visit www.cirrusdesign.com.
NEW ONLINE GROUND SCHOOLS
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide Campus, through its
Office of Professional Education, is expanding its online course
offerings. The university recently launched a series of aviation
specialty courses to cover new technologies and processes for flight
crews. These new aircraft-specific ground schools are now available to
cover the most modern airliners manufactured by Boeing and Airbus. For
more information, visit www.erau.edu/professionaleducation,
call 386-226-7694, or e-mail email@example.com.
OPEN HANGAR DAY AT
Zenith Aircraft Company's 17th annual Open Hangar Day and Fly-in takes
place next Saturday, September 20, at the Zenith factory location at
Mexico Memorial Airport (MYJ) in Mexico, Missouri. Aviation enthusiasts,
especially builders and owners of Zenith Aircraft kit planes, are
invited to drive or fly in for the day. Several workshops and a builder
banquet are scheduled for Friday. Production facilities will be open for
tours and new Zenith aircraft models will be displayed on Saturday. To
learn more, visit www.zenithair.com/news/oh2008.html
CANADIAN-REGISTERED 'TOP CUB' DELIVERED
The first Canadian-registered CC18-180 Top Cub was delivered to Canada,
a historic event for Yakima, Washington-based CubCrafters. Bernard
Brossard of Montreal, Quebec, the plane's owner, said, "I just want
to take few minutes of your time to tell you how happy I am to see my
new Top Cub sitting in my hangar back home. I can tell you the wait was
worthwhile." For more information, visit www.cubcrafters.com.
ECi EXTENDS WARRANTY
COVERAGE ON TITAN CYLINDERS
Engine Components Inc. (ECi) has extended warranty coverage on its Titan
brand cylinders from 1 to 3 years, parts and labor. "This change
reflects the confidence we have that the quality of our Titan cylinders
exceeds that of any other," said Glen Golden, ECi's president.
"Over the last two years our company has invested an incredible
amount of resources into improvements to our Titan cylinders."
Learn more at www.eci.aero.
ACQUIRES ASHBY FIBERGLASS GLARESHIELDS
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has acquired a line of fiberglass
glareshields from Dennis Ashby of Paris, Texas. Designed to eliminate
glare on the faces of panel instruments, these fiberglass glareshields
are a one-piece hand laminate with a molded Naugahyde texture and are
designed to tuck under the aircraft windshield from the front, covering
the top of the instrument panel. Ashby Glareshields are in stock now at
Aircraft Spruce and are available for most Cessna, Piper, Beech, and
Mooney aircraft models. For more information contact Aircraft Spruce at
877-477-7823 or visit www.AircraftSpruce.com.