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FRANK BORMAN TO SPEAK AT
EAA WRIGHT BROTHERS MEMORIAL BANQUET
and space legend Frank Borman will be the keynote speaker at this year's
EAA Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet, scheduled for Wednesday, December
17, in the Eagle Hangar of the EAA AirVenture Museum. EAA's annual
commemoration of Orville and Wilbur Wright's first successful powered
flight will also mark the 40th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 8 space
mission held in December 1968, in which Borman, EAA 300174, served as
TSA PROPOSAL ENSNARES
is concerned that new security proposals put forth by the Transportation
Security Administration last week are very likely to impose highly
restrictive operating requirements on a number of historic Warbirds and
vintage aircraft, many of which are flown in tribute to those who fought
to secure the very freedoms now being threatened. Read
NEW EPA PROGRAM COULD
THREATEN AVGAS AVAILABILITY
EAA working to ensure current and future
GA fuel supply
Announcements made by the Environmental Protection Agency today could
further tighten the screws on our nation's general aviation fuel supply,
making EAA's ongoing advocacy and work on fuel-related issues
increasingly relevant and urgent.
The EPA announced a broad-sweeping
program of air-quality testing and monitoring to enforce newly adopted,
and considerably more stringent, standards for allowable levels of lead.
This program entails EPA scrutiny of numerous industries and commercial
activities involving lead emissions. As part of this effort, the EPA
will direct state governments to examine whether general-aviation
activity at certain airports contributes to unacceptable levels of lead
in the air. The new standards lower the allowable amount of lead to
one-tenth of previously accepted levels. Read
WORLD'S ONLY CIVILIAN
HARRIER DEBUTS AT VIRGINIA AIR SHOW
world's first - and only - civilian-owned Harrier jump jet made a
flawless debut performance on Saturday, October 11, at the 9th annual
Culpeper Air Fest in Virginia. Art Nalls, EAA and Warbirds of America
member, acquired the Sea Harrier FA/2 from Britain's Royal Navy in 2005
and has spent the last three years getting it back into flying shape.
His 12-minute demonstration flight closed the air show and included
several high-speed passes (one clocked at 537-kts) and the Harrier's
trademark hovering exhibition at about 100 feet AGL Read
MAJOR JUDGMENT AGAINST
EAA, NORTHWEST FLY-IN REVERSED
This week, an appeals court in the State of
Washington reversed a $10 million judgment against EAA and the Northwest
Regional Fly-In in a case regarding a 1999 accident at the Northwest
Fly-In at Arlington, Wash. The court directed entry of judgment in favor
of EAA and the Northwest Fly-In.
"We are pleased with the decision
from the Court of Appeals in the State of Washington that reversed an
earlier decision, and released EAA and the Northwest Fly-In from the
previous judgment," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "We
believe the unanimous decision of the appeals court properly reflects
our position in this case."
The court's decision can be found at www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/59519-9.unp.doc.pdf.
FIFTH CHAPTER LEADERS
ACADEMY HELD AT OSHKOSH
leaders, 12 EAA chapters, six states - that was the makeup of last
weekend's fifth EAA Chapter Leaders Academy held at the EAA Aviation
Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A total of 138 attendees representing 107
chapters have now attended Leaders Academy weekend programs, where they
have numerous opportunities to interact, share, and learn from each
other as well as EAA staff members. Read
Upcoming EAA Chapter Leaders Academy
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 to email@example.com.
ADS-B COMMENT DEADLINE
a reminder for those intending to comment on the FAA's proposed ADS-B
(Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) implementation plan have
less than three weeks to do so. The FAA reopened the docket for comments
through November 3, 2008, to allow the public to weigh in on 36
recommendations from an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) that
reviewed the (ADS-B) process. EAA broadly supports the ARC
recommendations, but has several areas of emphasis.
2008 EAA SPORT AVIATION
HALL OF FAME INDUCTION NEXT WEEK
limited number of tickets are available for the annual EAA Hall of Fame
induction dinner and program, scheduled for Friday, October 24, at the
EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Keynote speaker is John Monnett,
president and founder of Sonex Aircraft, LLC, and 2001 EAA Homebuilders
Hall of Fame inductee.
The 2008 inductees include: Bill
Pancake, Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame; John
W. Dyke, Homebuilders Hall of Fame; William
B. "Bill" Finagin, International Aerobatic Club Hall of
Loehle, Ultralight Hall of Fame; Connie
Bowlin, Warbirds of America Hall of Fame; and Joan
E. Mace and Charles
"Don" Fairbanks, National Association of Flight
Instructors Hall of Fame.
To make an online reservation, visit the
EAA website, or call 800-236-1025.
EAA SEEKS INFORMATION
culture and offerings foster a community in which members help members
accomplish more - both individually and collectively - within an
environment of inspiration, innovation, encouragement, and support.
That's the spirit of aviation. As a membership association, EAA simply
helps to facilitate this sharing by connecting this community and
In that same spirit, EAA has a unique
opportunity for a talented professional and capable leader with a
passion for technology and broad-based knowledge of best practices for
all aspects of the information technology (IT) environment to serve the
organization as the head of information technology. This position will
play a key role in driving EAA's IT strategy into an exciting new future
for the organization to increase member value and operational
For more details about the position,
EAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer
INSURANCE TIP: FLIGHT
INSTRUCTION IN YOUR AIRPLANE…MAKE SURE YOU'RE INSURED
By Bob Mackey, representative for the
EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency
you an FAA certificated flight instructor (CFI)? Do you occasionally
give flight instruction or biennial flight reviews (BFR)? Does your
airplane insurance cover flight instruction or a BFR given in your
airplane…even if you don't charge for it? There's a lot of
misinformation out there about how insurance covers the airplane owner -
or doesn't - if you are give flight instruction or a BFR to someone in
your airplane. There's also confusion about how a CFI is covered under
an airplane owner's insurance if a CFI gives instruction to the owner of
an aircraft in the owner's airplane. Read
SEE EAA'S ALUMINUM
OVERCAST IN ATLANTA AREA THIS WEEKEND
EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast
will be flying missions at the Gwinnett County Airport outside Atlanta,
Georgia, October 17-19 at a
tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 690. Next week, EAA Chapter 276 welcomes
the historic aircraft to Jackson, Mississippi's Hawkins Field October
21-22, before the tour continues its sweep through the South next
weekend (October 24-26) in Dallas, Texas at Arlington Municipal Airport.
To book a flight at either one of these
stops 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.
EAA SPORTAIR TIG WELDING
COURSE HAS OPENINGS
some limited space available the EAA SportAir TIG Welding Workshop
scheduled October 24-26 (Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday) at the
Alexander Technical Center in Griffin, Georgia. Expert Lincoln Electric
instructors teach the basics of Tungsten Inert Gas welding using
Lincoln's state-of-the-art Precision TIG 185 welding units. Attendees
are assigned their own set of welding equipment, spending most of the
workshop gaining hands-on experience welding mild steel, stainless,
aluminum, and 4130 steel tubing. The course is $359 for EAA members,
$399 for non-members. To register, or to learn more, visit the EAA
SportAir Workshops website, or call 800- 967-5746.
EAA's Sport Aviation Online:
Assisting EAA with its Sport Aviation archiving efforts
member's story...and challenge
John Craparo, EAA 752840, loves the EAA Sport Aviation online
archive! When he learned that EAA was planning to make all the articles
ever printed in EAA Sport Aviation available online, he immediately
contacted EAA President Tom Poberezny and asked how he could help.
Why was John so passionate? Here's his
story in his own words, plus the
article he references -"How to Control Fuselage and Landing
Gear Alignment," from the June 1974 issue. Currently all issues of
EAA Sport Aviation through December 2006 are archived; some 59,000 pages
of technical treasure and inspiration.
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 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
Fly-in and Starduster Homecoming - Flabob Airport, Riverside, California
The Biplane Fly-in and Starduster Homecoming will be held at historic
Flabob Airport, home of EAA Chapter One and birthplace of Starduster
Aircraft. Everyone welcome, amateur built biplanes are especially
welcome, Starduster attendance is almost mandatory!
Fun, food and flying machines. Don't miss
it! Call Kathy Rohm at Flabob Airport at 951-683-2309 X104 for lodging
and transportation information.
For further information and details,
EAA Chapter 1343 Breakfast Flyin &
Young Eagles Rally - Gallatin, Tennessee
Breakfast Fly-in and Young Eagles Rally. Everyone welcome! Drive in or
Fly in, Come join the fun!
Contact: Ray Woodson at 615-477-2663, or send
And for more information about these events,
or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
BORN WITHOUT ARMS EARNS SPORT PILOT CERTIFICATE
Cox of Tucson, Arizona, became the first person without arms to earn a
Sport Pilot Certificate last week. An Able
Flight scholarship winner, Jessica passed her checkride on October
10th after several months of training with instructor Parrish Traweek in
his Ercoupe 415C. With its unique control system, the Ercoupe proved to
be the right airplane for her to fly using only her feet (she does not
use prosthetic arms).
"I highly encourage people with
disabilities to consider flying," Jessica said. "It not only
empowers you but also helps others realize that people with disabilities
are adept at attaining privileges that a small percentage of society
takes part in. It helps reverse the stereotype that people with
disabilities are powerless into the belief that they are powerful and
capable of setting high goals and achieving them." Learn more about
Jessica at www.rightfooted.com.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': LEE "DUTCH" EISENHART
member Lee "Dutch" Eisenhart (#339642) was a P-51 pilot with
the 504th Fighter Squadron of the 339th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force
during World War II. Dutch flew combat missions over Europe, and later
flew T-6 Mosquito-armed reconnaissance flights during the Korean War.
Dutch retired from the USAF in 1970. Sadly, Dutch made his final flight
last week on October 8, 2008. Watch
20 PERCENT OR MORE ON A WIDE VARIETY OF MODEL KITS
is the time to build that aircraft model. A variety of model kits are
available at special discount prices, including the B-17, Ford Tri
Motor, Piper Super Cub, Wright Flyer, Curtis Jenny and many more.
Savings are valid while supplies last through October 31. Order
online or call our toll-free number, 800-564-6322. And take
advantage of our EAA Member Special of FREE SHIPPING on domestic orders
of $50 or more through October 31.
a person holding a 3rd class medical should be
denied renewal due to failing the medical exam and
choose not to go through the process to try to
regain a 3rd class medical, what would be the steps
needed to then obtain a LSA license?
Unfortunately there is no alternative. If your most
recent application for an FAA medical certificate
was denied, revoked, suspended or withdrawn by the
FAA, the only way to take advantage of sport pilot
privileges is to reapply for a 3rd class FAA medical
certificate and have a valid medical issued. Once
you have a valid FAA medical certificate (regular or
special issuance) you will have the option of
allowing it to expire, at which time you can then
switch over to sport pilot operations using your
valid U.S. state drivers license in lieu of the FAA
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.
Brett Brock captured this beautiful Cessna 182 on floats
at the AirVenture Seaplane Base this year.
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.
BID ON A RED BARON
The Schwan Food Company will
put up for auction four Boeing Stearman biplanes that were used as part
of the Red Baron Squadron flight team. In addition to the planes, the
auction includes Red Baron Squadron support trailers, merchandise, and
hundreds of surplus Stearman parts.
The auction will be held
at 11 a.m. on October 25 by Maas Companies at the Red Baron Museum at
the Marshall, Minnesota airport, located at 1632 West College Drive.
Three of the planes are being sold in flying condition, including a 1943
A-75, a 1942 PT-17, and a 1942 PT-13D. A fourth aircraft is a partially
disassembled 1941 PT-17.
Those unable to attend
can bi online at www.ProxiBid.com.
For more information, contact Maas Companies at 507-285-1444 or visit www.maascompanies.com.
NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
HONORS TUSKEGEE AIRMEN
The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field, Tuskegee,
Alabama, is now recognized as a national landmark. A grand opening was
held on Friday, October 10 at the site, which serves as testament to the
all-black 99th Fighter Squadron and 332nd Fighter Group of World War II
whose combat performance and civilian struggles have earned them
legendary status. Thousands of people were on hand, including some of
the surviving airmen. Learn more about the new historic site at www.nps.gov/tuai/.
EAA MEMBER WINS OLC
Jim Payne, EAA 240618, a glider pilot from Rosamond, California, won the
2008 Aerokurier Online Soaring Contest (OLC). Jim outscored 10,981
pilots in this year-long contest to become the 2008 OLC World Champion.
The contest scores each pilot's six longest flights adjusted for the
performance of the sailplane. Jim's top six flights totaled 5,697 miles
for an average of 949 miles per flight. His longest flight was 1,115
miles. Total flight time for the flights was 62.9 hours. Five of the
flights were flown in an ASW-27, a single-seat racing sailplane with a
49-foot wingspan; the sixth was flown in an ASH-25.
SEEK LSA OPINIONS
Online survey to aid in LSA design
A team of final year aeronautical engineering students at Loughborough
University in the United Kingdom have been tasked with designing a new
light-sport aircraft (LSA) for the United States market. Over the next
few months they will be generating a number of concepts, one of which
will progress to the detailed design phase in 2009. As part of the
concept phase, the students would like to gain an insight into the
preferences of potential end users in terms of aircraft performance,
configuration, and cost. To that end, the students have posted
a short online survey online. Anyone with an interest in aviation is
invited to participate. There is no need to answer any questions the
reader feels are irrelevant. If you have expertise in the area of LSA or
can provide additional contacts, the students will appreciate those
insights as well.
RRL EARNS FAA
EXPERIMENTAL EXHIBITION CERTIFICATE
Rocket Racing, Inc. has been granted an Experimental Exhibition
Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the first
of its next-generation Rocket Racer that has been selected as the
baseline design for the fleet moving forward. This exhibition type
certification marks the first time in the FAA's history that a
production level rocket powered aircraft has been cleared to perform
exhibition flight demonstrations at more than 20 venues across the U.S.
The DKNY Bridenstine Rocket Racer vehicle, built on a Velocity Aircraft
airframe and equipped with liquid oxygen and alcohol engines
manufactured by Armadillo Aerospace, was used in test flights to
demonstrate the Rocket Racer's stability, safety, performance, and
reliability to the FAA. Learn more at www.RocketRacingLeague.com.
MUSTANGS & LEGENDS
DVD AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
The Gathering of Mustangs & Legends DVD is now ready with a special
pre-order price of $24.99 (plus shipping) for those who order by October
31, 2008. The DVD will officially release November 28 with pre-orders
shipping the week of December 1, ready for Christmas gift-giving. The
90-minute commemorative DVD captures footage from the once-in-a-lifetime
Gathering of Mustangs & Legends air show, which featured the largest
number of P-51 Mustangs in one location since World War II and many of
the "Legends" who flew or maintained the aircraft.
GLASS COCKPIT DVD FROM
Sporty's has a new DVD that may answer your questions about flying with
glass cockpits. Richard Collins explores three glass cockpit systems in
both Cessna and Cirrus aircraft, highlighting the Garmin G1000 found in
the Cessna 182 and Cessna 400. You'll see the G1000 in action during
several instrument approaches. Collins also provides an overview of the
Avidyne FlightMax Entegra found in the Cirrus SR 22. The 81-minute DVD
is available for $25, or may be downloaded for $9.95. Order at www.sportys.com
or call 800-776-7897.