19, 2008 Volume 8,
EAA CHAPTER LEADERS
EXCHANGE IDEAS AT FOURTH ACADEMY
well-attended and productive EAA Chapter Leadership Academy was held
over the past weekend, providing more than 20 participants with
opportunities to learn and exchange ideas to improve their local
aviation efforts. Twenty-two EAA members in chapter leadership positions
took part, representing 14 different chapters from throughout the
country. In large and small groups they talked about membership
recruitment, fundraising and new resources, and other topics. Read
EAA SPORT AVIATION HALLS
OF FAME TO INDUCT SEVEN MEMBERS
Seven individuals who have left extraordinary marks on aviation will be
inducted into the EAA Halls of Fame at the annual ceremonies scheduled
Friday, October 24 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. These individuals will be
honored for their contributions to the history, development, and growth
within their different areas of aviation affiliation, representing the
National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), the Vintage Aircraft
Association, the International Aerobatic Club, Warbirds of America,
Ultralights, and Homebuilders. The dinner and ceremony will be held in
the Eagle Hangar in the EAA AirVenture Museum. John Monnett, president
and founder of Sonex Aircraft, LLC, as well a member of the EAA
Homebuilders Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker. Read more
EAAER WINS SEVENTH RENO
“Tiger” Destefani, found the perfect way to end his long career at
the 44th Reno National Championship Air Races on Sunday. Winning.
Destefani, EAA 855959, of Bakersfield, California, took first in the
Breitling Gold Unlimited final at Reno Stead Airport, flying the P-51
Mustang Strega at a top speed of 483.062 mph. He was more than nine
seconds ahead of San Jose, California’s Dan Martin, EAA 531722, who
took second in the P-51 Dago Red. In third was Michael Brown, of Carson
City, Nevada, in his Hawker Sea Fury September Fury. Read
IKE CAUSES 'EXTENSIVE'
DAMAGE TO LONE STAR FLIGHT MUSEUM
EAA Warbirds of America pledges
Ike's destructive forces caused extensive damage to the Lone Star Flight
Museum in Galveston, Texas, but thankfully people and many of the
aircraft were evacuated before the storm, according to information
posted on www.lsfm.org. Read
FINAL STOP FOR EAA FORD
1929 Ford Tri-Motor will wrap up its summer tour this weekend when it
makes its final stop at Lawrence Municipal Airport (LWM) in Lawrence,
Massachusetts. The historic airliner will remain there for the weekend
before heading back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Advanced bookings for this
stop have ended, but walk-ups are welcome. EAA chapter applications for
the 2009 tour are now available online.
The application deadline for 2009 is October 15, 2008..
EAA'S B-17 UNDERGOING
Salute to Veteran's tour featuring EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast
is taking a break while undergoing required scheduled maintenance work
back in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this week. The tour resumes next week when
it heads to West Bend, Wisconsin, September 26-28, for a tour stop
hosted by EAA Chapter 1158. To book flights please call 800-359-6217 or
visit 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 3 of 6)
three of our series, Kerry Fores of Sonex aircraft demonstrates how
to use a fly cutter and a drill press to make lightening holes. Next
week: Part 4 - Form Blocks.
in Tight Places - During the course of your project, you'll likely
run into some tight spots that leave no room to drill a hole. In this
episode, Charlie Becker of the EAA staff shows several ways to overcome
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's Sport Aviation Online
Even Thirty Years Ago…Your Comments Mattered!
proposal by the FAA back in the mid-1970s called for creation of the
Custom Category for homebuilts, along with realignment of other parts of
the existing Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft Category. The new
category was requested by EAA, but when the proposal came out in 1974,
it was unacceptable because it was "too stringent and unduly
restrictive" and would therefore harm the homebuilt movement. EAA
urged members to submit comments in opposition of the proposed and as a
result of those comments, the FAA withdrew the proposal. .
."leaving us with the homebuilt regulations that have served
government and the people so well for the past quarter of a century…"
Click here to read the entire story that illustrates the influence of
public comments had then...and still have today.
To do your own archive searches, or
browse through a back issue (from 1953-2006), visit http://members.eaa.org
(log-in required). The Sport Aviation online archive
is EAA's newest member benefit and it's easy to use. Just log in with
your user name and password. If you don't have a user name and
password for access to the EAA Members Only website, click
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
& Canard BBQ Lunch Fly-In - EAA Chapter 1298, Brooksville, FL
Join EAA Chapter 1298 in Brooksville, Florida, this Saturday, 9 a.m.
- 4 p.m., for a BBQ lunch fly-in. Lunch will be served at noon.
Lunch menu includes premium burgers, brats, German potato salad, Italian
sausages and deserts for $6.00. Join EAA 1298 as they show off their new
chapter hangar. Rain date 9/21. For more information contact Dan Landry
at 352-397-5729, or visit www.eaa1298.org/.
KR Annual Gathering 2008
- Mount, Vernon, IL
Take part in the annual gathering of KR builders, flyers and friends
this Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Activities include engine and airframe seminars, flying KR's, as well as
great food served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the place to
be if you enjoy experimental aircraft and great camaraderie. Everyone is
welcome. For more information visit www.krgathering.org.
And for more information about these events,
or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': CHUCK AARON
Chuck Aaron was a child, he had a reoccurring dream of flying on a magic
carpet. At age 23 he began taking helicopter flight lessons, and as soon
as possible was working as a crop-duster building up flight hours. Over
the years he started and grew a successful helicopter business doing
airlift, charter, weather and traffic reporting, and helicopter
restoration and sales. In the 1990s he acquired three demilitarized
surplus Huey Cobras, and was able to restore them to flying condition.
These aircraft soon led Chuck into film and television work. He
eventually sold the Cobras, the last going to Dietrich Mateschitz,
founder of Red Bull and an avid aircraft collector. A conversation with
Dietrich led to the idea of a fully aerobatic helicopter routine. Today,
Chuck's dream of flying his own magic carpet has come true as pilot of
the Red Bull Helicopter. Watch
the video. Also see an in-cockpit
video of Aaron flying the Red Bull Helicopter at EAA AirVenture
EAA MEMBER SPECIAL: SAVE
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a 12 year-old Acro. Since the aircraft was new, in
1996, I have received and responded to just one
registration report sent by FAA some years ago.
Recently, we have been hearing more about
registration reporting, and the regs indicate that a
report must be filed with FAA every 3 years
(triennial report). I just received a form 8050-73
from FAA, indicating that it should be returned ONLY
if there are changes in the registration to report.
I'm confused. Exactly how do we comply with this
The current system requires you to respond to the
triennial report ONLY if the information shown on
the report is incorrect. If the information shown on
the form is correct you do not need to do anything
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.
CESSNA 162 SKYCATCHER
A crash involving Cessna's Model 162
Skycatcher light-sport aircraft prototype occurred Thursday while
performing a routine test flight near Douglass, Kansas. Cessna's test
pilot, who was the only person in the airplane, parachuted to safety
roughly 400 feet away from the wreckage, a Cessna spokeswoman told KAKE.
The pilot sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.
"Cessna has employees on-site and will continue to cooperate fully
with all authorities," she said.
HEARINGS EXAMINE FAA
CERTIFICATION OF ECLIPSE 500
Eclipse Aviation is responding to comments made this week in
congressional testimony by Inspector General Calvin Scovel of the U.S.
Department of Transportation regarding the FAA's oversight of Eclipse
500 certification. During the hearings held Wednesday, September 17, it
was alleged that the agency rushed to approve both the type and
production certificates despite safety concerns that had been raised by
a number of FAA certification engineers and aviation safety inspectors.
Some of the concerns included intermittent erroneous stall warnings,
avionics software issues, cockpit display failures, and flap movement
failures. Eclipse responded with a website, www.eclipsefacts.com,
which it uses to address several statements made during the testimony,
including those regarding single pilot and EASA certification.
REGAN JOINS AEROSHELL
Bryan Regan is the newest addition of the AeroShell Aerobatic Team.
Regan, former team lead of the Red Baron Pizza Squadron, will fill the
role of interim team lead while Alan Henley, team founder and lead
recovers from a serious injury sustained in late July. "I am glad
to be able to step in and help," Regan said. "While Alan
fights his battle to recover, it's a great feeling to jump in and help
this team keep going. I am looking forward to the experience. We'll just
take it one show at a time." Regan made his AeroShell Team debut at
the North Georgia Transportation Expo Air Show in Rome, Georgia, last
weekend. Learn more at www.naat.net.
GRANT APPS DUE OCT. 30
The Lindbergh Foundation is now accepting applications for its $10,580
Lindbergh-Lycoming aviation grant. This program is open to anyone
conducting an aviation/aerospace research project that will improve the
quality of life by balancing technological advancements with the
preservation of our environment. The deadline for applications is
October 30, 2008. For details on the Lindbergh Grants program, visit www.LindberghFoundation.org,
and click on the 'Grants' link, or call 763-576-1596.
SEAWIND IS BACK
Seawind announced that it has cleared a major hurdle to resuming
operation. All of the company's manufacturing assets and an 82,000 sq.ft.
building have been secured, leaving flight testing, certification, and
fundraising as remaining challenges. The company is taking advance
orders once again. Learn more at www.Seawind.biz.
NEW OWNERS OF FISHER
Paul Riedlinger announced that he has purchased Fisher Flying Products.
He plans to continue supplying kits, support, and customer service to
new and existing customer. Full-size plans and replacement parts will
continue to be offered, and the new owner plans to restart production on
a number of aircraft, including the Dakota Hawk and the R-80 Tiger Moth.
For more information, visit www.FisherFlying.com,
or call 905-532-9900.
ECi EXTENDS WARRANTY
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.