31, 2008 Volume 8,
PHP ADDRESSES AOPA EXPO
Founder and Chairman Paul H. Poberezny was featured speaker at
Thursday's opening day luncheon at the AOPA Expo in San Jose,
California. He thanked AOPA's Phil Boyer, who is stepping down as
president at the end of the year, for his longtime service to aviation
and for his leadership. Paul also spoke at length about his first flying
experiences in the Waco Primary Glider he restored, the early days
of EAA, and the ensuing years in which he and Audrey grew the
organization from a basement operation to a worldwide association. When
Paul concluded his 15-minute address, he received a standing ovation. Photo
credit: Mike Fizer
DNA TESTING CONFIRMS
REMAINS ARE FOSSETT'S
mysterious disappearance of Steve Fossett achieved closure this week as
DNA tests confirmed that bones found near his airplane crash site were
his, Madera County, California, officials announced Monday. The bones
were found by search teams on October 29 in the vicinity of the crash
site. A month earlier, hikers found Fossett's identification cards and
other items which led searchers to find wreckage of the airplane Fossett
was flying when he disappeared on Labor Day 2007.
In a statement issued by his widow,
Peggy, she stated, "I am hopeful that the DNA identification puts a
definitive end to all of the speculation surrounding Steve's death. This
has been an incredibly difficult time for me, and I am thankful to
everyone who helped bring closure to this tragedy."
EARNING HIS WINGS: FOLLOW
STUDENT PILOT'S JOURNEY ONLINE
four hours into my training and already I've had one of those
breakthrough moments! Being a fresh student, I must admit the first
couple flights were a little overwhelming-especially the landings. So
many things happening at once. But then the magic happened: Sometime
during our third flight, it all started to gel and I ended up doing 95%
of the landing. Wow! I know I still have a long way to go, but it's
happening-I'm learning to fly." - Brady
Brady Lane, EAA multimedia journalist,
is taking flight lessons in pursuit of his sport pilot certificate, and
he's sharing the experience in real time on EAA's website, "Earning
My Wings: A Video Blog About Learning to Fly." Go to the video
TRANSCONTINENTAL BIOFUEL FLIGHT
Sunday, November 2, Len Johnson landed safely at the historic First
Flight Airport (FFA) in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, completing his
transcontinental flight in a homebuilt, biodiesel-powered Cozy MKIV.
Johnson, EAA 660805, was welcomed by a group of supporters and was
presented a Wright Brothers National Memorial "Monument
Replica" from the First Flight Foundation. Read more
FAA RE-OPENS COMMENT
PERIOD ON PROPOSED 51% RULE POLICY CHANGES
Those people who did not submit comments to
the FAA's proposed changes to interpretation and enforcement of the
"51% Rule" will have another opportunity to do so following
action this week by the FAA. Citing the inadvertent removal of reference
materials for several days during a previous comment period, the FAA
announced this week it will accept further comments until December 15,
2008. These reference materials and other related documents are located
on the FAA website. Read
HOMEBUILDING HINTS OF THE
Routing Sheet Metal Parts
this week's tip, EAA staff member and SportAir Workshops instructor Mark
Forss shows how to use a router and wood templates to mass produce sheet
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 AGREES WITH ADS-B ARC FIXES
This week EAA submitted comments
in support of recommendations coming from the ADS-B Aviation Rulemaking
Committee (ARC) in their report dated September 26, 2008. Those ARC
recommendations largely supported EAA's original comments on ADS-B,
criticizing the cost, complexity, and lack of real benefits to
recreational general aviation owners and operators. Read
EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPS
FLY INTO ERAU-PRESCOTT IN 2009
Prescott, Arizona, campus of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University will
host a full slate of EAA SportAir Workshop courses the weekend of
January 10-11, 2009, at ERAU's state-of-the-art flight department at
Ernest Love Field. This will be the first SportAir Workshops held in the
region in eight years.
Courses offered include Fabric Covering;
Sheet Metal; Composites; Electrical; and What's Involved in Kitbuilding.
The workshop location is ideal for EAA members and other aspiring
airplane builders/restorers in the Phoenix, Flagstaff, Prescott, and
surrounding areas. Read
EAA'S B-17 TRAVELS TO
week the "Keep It Flying" tour featuring EAA's B-17 Aluminum
Overcast heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 7-9, where members of EAA
Vintage Chapter 10 will host the historic WW II bomber and participate
in flight missions. Next week the tour makes a stop in Hutchinson,
Kansas, November 11-12, followed by a tour stop in Denver, Colorado,
November 14-16, hosted Redstone College.
For more information on the B-17 tour or
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-EAA members.
Walk-up prices are $385 for EAA members and $425 for non-EAA members.
SIGN UP TODAY! EAA B-17
FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
a fantasy come true! At the weekend B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp, you will
get up close and personal with one of the most famous airplanes of World
War II. Immerse yourself in the stories of the aircraft's history as you
examine EAA's Aluminum Overcast, one of the few flying B-17s left in the
world. Top off the weekend with a once-in-a-lifetime, 20-minute flight
experience! Every effort is made to make this a true "fantasy"
experience for the aviation enthusiast - including privileged access to
various EAA facilities and specialists. Click
here for more information.
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Chapter 582 Pancake Breakfast, Metcalf Airport, Toledo, Ohio
Pancake breakfast, all you can eat, come hungry. This is our last
one of the year so do not miss it. Plenty of green grass to park on
unless it snows. Hangar is near the beginning of runway 32. Our new
hangar should be just about completed now. Glad to tell others how to
cut corners on building costs. For more information, visit www.eaa582.org,
or contact Marvin Homsley, 419-360-7414. (Send an e-mail.)
Chapter 983 Pecan Plantation Airpark Fall Fly-In, Granbury, Texas
Free Admission - Everyone is invited and there is something for all
ages. Lunch served for a small fee; Military Displays; Showcase Of
Airplanes; 100-plus static aircraft display & lots of aircraft
operations; Kids Bounce House (for young kids); "Patches" the
Clown (balloons tricks for young kids); Young Eagles flights - free
plane rides kids 8-17yrs, Flight times 1-2:30, first come, first
scheduled & flown (must sign up - parental signature required).;
Spot landing contest (For all arriving aircraft) Contact: Doug Crumrine,
817-559-4665, or send an e-mail.
And for more information about these events,
or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': RUSSELL KYLER
Kyler enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in September 1942, and was
trained to fly Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighters. Two years later he
was overseas with the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group,
8th Air Force based at Boxted, England. There Kyler was taken under the
wing of veteran pilot Boleslaw "Mike" Gladych, a Polish ace
who fled a Romanian internment camp to fight for France, and then for
England when France fell to Germany. Gladych and several other Polish
pilots joined the 61st on the insistence of U.S. ace "Gabby"
Gabreski. Gladych had a reputation of being an aggressive fighter pilot,
and he taught Kyler well; Kyler finished the war with 57 combat missions
and 2 enemy aircraft shot down. Watch
EAA'S 2009 'WORLD OF
let the New Year creep up on you without the 2009 EAA World of Flight
Calendar. Each month features stunning aircraft photographed by EAA's
award-winning photo staff. The calendar is the perfect size for
recording your appointments, and it makes a great gift idea, too. Order
online today for 12.99 each, or call our toll-free number,
I understand the old
Oshkosh control tower is scheduled for demolition
soon (if it hasn't already come down) and I was just
wondering is anything going to be saved from it and
if so, is there any possibility that EAA chapters
could get a hold of an item or two for historical
received several calls since the end of AirVenture
about the fate of the old control tower. It was
originally scheduled for demolition this fall, says
Wittman County Regional Airport Director Peter Moll.
"But an actual demolition date was never
established, and the best guess right now is that
won't happen until the late winter or early
spring," he said. The heat and plumbing are
turned off, but some remaining equipment in the
building belongs to the FAA and the agency needs to
the FAA has taken everything out, the building
becomes (per the tower construction contract)
property of Neenah-based Miron Construction Company,
which will raze the structure. Moll said that,
according to Miron, it would not be economically
feasible to demolish the building in such a way to
save any "souvenirs" that would be made
available to the public. The old tower will
definitely be torn down well before EAA AirVenture
Have a question?
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North American T-28s fly in formation during the
Warbird Spectacular air show at EAA AirVenture 2008.
Photo by Mark Forman.
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.
SAFETY ALERT ISSUED BY
AMD, ZENAIR EUROPE
Aircraft Manufacturing & Design LLC (AMD) and Zenair Europe each
issued official notices to all owners of Zodiac CH 601 XL models to
inspect and tighten all control cables per given specifications. AMD
issued a Special
Alert for all model CH 601s (as well as CH 650 models up to S/N
650-104) and Zenair Europe issued an Airworthiness
Directive for all Zenair Zodiac CH 601XL (ULM and Homebuilt Models).
100 DISCOVERY FLIGHTS
IN ONE MINUTE
Radio station KLUV in Dallas, Texas, offers half-price special
promotions to listeners. When Justin Shelley, director of sales at US
Flight Academy in Denton, Texas, heard about this, he contacted the
producer of the show and then took five of the station's announcers for
a Discovery Flight, the first flying lesson that may lead to a sport
pilot certificate. The announcers were so enthused with the Discovery
program that they raved about it on air. The radio station then talked
up a promotion whereby listeners would be directed to visit the
station's website on a certain day, at a certain time, in order to book
Discovery Flights at half-price. One hundred flights were booked in less
than a minute!
"Some people may never use their
certificates," Shelley said. "On the other hand, indications
are that quite a few of those who bought them did so with the support of
their spouse or parents, and have every intention of getting their
license." For more information on Sport Pilot training at US Flight
Academy, visit www.USFlightAcademy.com
or call 940-383-2484.
STC INCREASES USEFUL
LOAD OF CESSNA 182P AND 182Q
Technically known as FAA Supplemental Type Certificate SA03608AT, the
"Fresh Pick" STC increases the useful load (by 150 to 160
pounds) of Cessna 182P and 182Q airplanes manufactured from 1972 to
1980. This STC does it with no labor, parts, or installation costs. In
many cases, the airplane's ramp weight increases by 160 pounds. Although
the STC requires no parts or installation labor, it is still considered
a "major alteration" to the airplane under FAA regulations. As
unusual as the Fresh Pick STC is, calling for no physical changes to the
airplane, aircraft owners still follow the same process and procedures
as required for any STC. The Fresh Pick STC is available for $750. More
information, sample flight manual supplements, and an order form may be
found on line at www.182stc.com, or
CESSNA SKYCATCHER ON
TRACK, COMPANY OPTIMISTIC
Cessna Aircraft Company is on course to begin deliveries of the Model
162 SkyCatcher during the second half of 2009. This schedule matches the
timeline announced when the light-sport aircraft launched in July 2007.
Major program development milestones achieved since then include
prototype first flight March 8 and first flight of the first production
model May 1.
Cessna has also reported that it is
optimistic about single-engine pistons and turboprop sales. "While
the economic slowdown has created a difficult business environment, we
are encouraged by brisk activity from new and existing propeller fleet
operators placing almost 200 orders for 2009 production aircraft,"
said Jack J. Pelton, Cessna chairman, president, and chief executive
officer. In July, Cessna and the University of North Dakota (UND)
announced they had entered into a multi-year contract for Model 172
Skyhawks to be used for flight training in the university's John D.
Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Another long-time Cessna customer,
the University of Dubuque, has ordered 10 Skyhawks to replace its
current fleet of Model 172s.
Incorporating the latest technology has
buoyed single-engine piston sales and spurred record production levels
for the Cessna Caravan turboprop, which now features the Garmin G1000
3-screen glass cockpit and GFC 700 digital autopilot as standard with an
optionally available TKS ice protection system. Learn more at www.cessna.com.
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