27, 2008 Volume 8,
RARE FORD TRI-MOTOR UP
FOR AUCTION IN JANUARY
Bidders Invited to Inspect Aircraft December 6-7
not very often an airplane of this pedigree becomes available on the
open market, but a completely restored 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor will
be auctioned on January 17, 2009, during - of all things - the 38th
Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The
airplane, NC9612, is one of the world's six remaining airworthy examples
(including EAA's well-known NC8407)). There is no set reserve on the
aircraft, meaning it will be sold to the last and highest bidder.
SEE AIRVENTURE ON-SITE
been reporting on the construction project under way on the EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh convention grounds, but now you can see for yourself
what being done with our virtual AirVenture
On-Site Tour map. You can view a panoramic series of photos from
more than a dozen locations, showing new roadways, buildings, new
configurations, and more. Click on a camera icon to zoom in on a map
section, then click on the black dots to see the mini galleries. (Hint:
you can use your arrows to navigate through the galleries.)
Meanwhile, don't forget to visit Steve's
AirVenture Site Blog for the latest insider updates on the project.
WHAT EAAERS ARE THANKFUL
"I am thankful for all the dedicated, caring and kind people you
meet wherever you fly. - R.M. ... "In aviation I am thankful
for everyone I have met, from the instructors I have had that gave me so
much insight, to the folks I just hangar fly with that have so many
years of experience I will probably never have." - L.M.
Those are just two of the many responses received to our question last
week, "What you are thankful for in aviation?" To read some of
the other responses we received, click
"On behalf of EAA, its staff, and volunteers,
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your families."
- Tom Poberezny, President
DISCOVERY CHANNEL TO
AIR PROGRAM ABOUT FOSSETT CRASH
Fossett: What Went Wrong? That's the question The Discovery Channel
aims to answer on Monday, December 1, in a special program investigating
Fossett's last flight on Labor Day morning, September 3, 2007, that
resulted in a fatal crash. Discovery's program description: "It's
the shocking story of the mysterious disappearance and death of the
greatest aviator in the world: Steve Fossett. The crash, the questions,
and the haunting answers you've never heard...until now." The
hour-long program will air at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, and again
a 2 a.m. (1 a.m.).
The Wonders of Weather Watching
weather last week kept us
grounded so we decided to take advantage of the opportunity and did a
little ground school on weather. When Jason first showed me a METAR, my
honest thought was, "Oh great, another language to learn." But
after a few minutes, I realized these are really fun to decipher. In
fact, I've been practicing this week on my drive to Texas and am already
getting quicker at reading them. Who would've thought weather could be
so fun? If you know of some weather tools worth recommending, please
share them with us on the blog.
Hopefully the weather will stay nice and next week I'll get airborne
again." - Brady
Brady Lane, EAA
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."
HOMEBUILDING HINT OF THE
'Installing a Nut in Hard to Reach Places'
When you assembling your aircraft, you will run into place where it
seems virtually impossible to be able to fasten a nut onto a bolt. Mark
Forss, an EAA staff member and SportAir Workshop instructor, shows some
techniques that can solve this problem.
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.
PAUL POBEREZNY TO ATTEND
50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT FOR EAA CHAPTER 48
years ago, EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny delivered the charter
to a new chapter based at the home of the Wright brothers, the Air City
EAA Chapter 48 in Dayton, Ohio. On December 12, Paul plans to attend the
chapter's golden anniversary celebration dinner, which will also honor
John Dyke, a longtime chapter member from Fairborn, Ohio, and 2008
inductee into the EAA's Homebuilders Hall of Fame. The dinner will be
held at the Dayton Engineers Club and costs $30 per person. For more
information, contact Moraine Air Park at 937-866-2489.
EAA'S SPORT AVIATION
ONLINE ARCHIVE: SALUTE TO APOLLO AT OSHKOSH '94
the October 1994 issue of EAA Sport Aviation, EAA compiled a
collection of comments from the Apollo astronauts who were here for the
"Salute to Apollo" celebration at EAA Oshkosh '94. The
assembled astronauts, representing each Apollo mission, were here to
mark the 25th anniversary of man's first lunar landing. They
included Buzz Aldrin, Bill Anders, Neil Armstrong, Frank Borman, Gene
Cernan, Michael Collins, Pete Conrad, Walter Cunningham, Charles Duke,
Dick Gordon, Jim Lovell, Jim McDivitt, Stuart Roosa, Wally Schirra, and
Al Worden. Read the
The Sport Aviation online archive
is a terrific EAA member benefit, giving you instant access to more that
50 years - that's 59,000 pages! - of Sport Aviation magazine,
from 1953 and 2006. And it's easy to use. Just log in with your user
name and password at http://members.eaa.org.
If you don't have a user name and password, click
APOLLO 8 COMMANDER FRANK
BORMAN TO SPEAK AT EAA WRIGHT BROTHERS BANQUET
of Frank Borman, the "Salute to Apollo" participant will be
the featured speaker at EAA's annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on
Wednesday, December 17. The banquet, held in the EAA AirVenture Museum's
Eagle Hangar in Oshkosh, will commemorate the 105th anniversary of the
Wright Brothers' first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. as well as the
40th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first manned spacecraft to orbit the
moon. To make a banquet reservation, visit EAA's secure
website. Cocktails open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 and the
keynote to follow. Read
WHERE ARE YOU FLYING THIS
Chapter 890 Fly-In Breakfast - Isbell Field EAA Hangar, Fort Payne, Ala.
Fifth Saturday Fly-In Breakfast - Serving a full breakfast with always
something new. Donation: $5 appreciated. Come join the fun and
camaraderie. For more information, visit www.eaa890.org or send
And for more information about these events,
or to find/submit others, visit www.EAAcalendar.org.
STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR
FANTASY FLIGHT CAMP
a fantasy come true! At the B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp December 12-14, 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.
B-17 SET TO WRAP UP
2008 TOUR IN ARIZONA
Next week marks the end of EAA's "Keep It Flying" B-17 tour
featuring Aluminum Overcast with the final stop at Deer Valley, Arizona,
December 5-7. EAA Warbirds Chapter 20 will serve as host for the finale,
after which the historic World War II bomber will make its way back to
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and the B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp. For more tour
information, call 800-359-6217 or visit www.b17.org.
POST" NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
Motor Company's latest Partner Post newsletter (3rd Quarter-2008) is now
available for download on the EAA website. This edition includes news
and information about the opportunity to purchase Jaguar and Land Rover
products using the X-Plan through December 31, 2008; 10 easy tips for
saving fuel; all-wheel drive options without the SUV; and more. Download
your copy today.
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK': DAVID MONROE
Monroe’s father was an airline pilot and his mother was a flight
attendant. By the time Monroe was 17 he had earned his private ticket
while working as a line boy at a Californian FBO and before long was
building time as a flight instructor. He eventually landed a job with
Wings West Airlines, and is now a 767 Captain flying international
routes for American Airlines. A 19-year “Oshkosh” veteran, Monroe
fell in love with the Eagles Aerobatic Team of Charlie Hillard, Gene
Soucy, and Tom Poberezny, and began taking aerobatic lessons in his
spare time. He eventually bought a Pitts and flew competitively, leading
to formation of The Aerostars, an aerobatic formation team flying
JUNIOR BOMBER JACKET
FOR YOUR 'JUNIOR PILOT'
Looking for that perfect gift for the junior
pilot on your holiday shopping list? Save 20 percent on this
vintage-inspired faux leather Junior Bomber jacket with faux fur trim
from Le Top, now only $47.19 for sizes 2T-4T, or $50.39 for sizes 5-7.
But you have to hurry…this offer is only available until December 3,
or while supplies last. Order online or by calling our toll-free number,
online or call toll-free, 800-564-6322.
EAA members get free shipping on domestic
orders over $25. International members receive 20 percent off quoted
shipping charges for orders over $25.
I had heard the FAA
Wings program could be used in place of a Biennial
Flight Review. Is this correct?
you can use the FAA’s Pilot Proficiency Program
(Commonly called the “Wings” program) to satisfy
the requirements of the flight review. (Again, this are no longer called a biennial
flight review - or BFR - simply flight review). This
is allowed by 14 CFR 61.56(e), which states:
person who has, within the period specified in
paragraph (c) of this section, satisfactorily
accomplished one or more phases of an FAA-sponsored
pilot proficiency award program need not accomplish
the flight review required by this section.
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.
The P-38 fighter Ruff Stuff shot from
above while parked in the Warbirds area at EAA AirVenture 2008.
Photo by Phil High.
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.
WORLD RECORD FLIGHT
ATTEMPT STARTS DECEMBER 3
Dash for a Cure: CarolAnn Garratt, EAA
673442, and Carol Foy, EAA 258216, are scheduled to depart on their
around-the-world flight next Wednesday, December 3, with hopes to raise
$1 million for ALS while setting a new speed record. They'll depart in a
Mooney from Orlando International. Both women have family members
diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). To learn more about the
project, including how to participate, visit www.alsworldflight.com.
Watch as CarolAnn and Carol discuss the flight in a
video shot during this past year's AirVenture Oshkosh.
PRODUCTION THROUGH YEAR END
Cirrus Design Corporation told its workforce this week that total
aircraft production for the month of December would be significantly
reduced. As a result, a number of employees will be subject to
short-term furlough at its Duluth, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North
Dakota, facilities. Affected employees will be returning to work on
January 5th, 2009. Domestic and International Sales, Customer Service,
Product Assurance, Engineering and Development, and the Vision Jet
program will continue unaffected. Learn more at www.cirrusdesign.com.
BEARHAWK PATROL KITS
Bob Barrows, designer of the two-place tandem Bearhawk Patrol, has Quick
Build kits for the Patrol available, and reminds readers that with its
lighter engine the Patrol fits the light-sport aircraft (LSA) category.
Quick-build wings for the Patrol are now in production at the AviPro
Aircraft, Ltd. factory. Recently conducted performance testing at LSA
gross weight (1320 lbs.) using power settings of 100 hp and 80 hp saw
400 ft take-off with a strong climb rate at 100 hp. Barrows adds that as
an experimental, the Patrol will provide "fantastic performance
with extra cruise speed and super load carrying ability." For more
information, call 540-473-3661.
ONLINE COURSE COVERS
LSA MAINTENANCE FOR A&Ps
Sport Aviation Specialties has launched a new online course to introduce
existing A&P mechanics to the unique maintenance and inspection
requirements for light-sport aircraft (LSA). The one-day course, which
is conducted via video and audio conferencing over the Internet, is
aimed at A&P mechanics who may have been reluctant to offer LSA
maintenance and inspection services, based on a lack of knowledge of the
rules, the equipment, and potential pitfalls. The course provides a
detailed grounding in all the information A&Ps needs to add LSA
maintenance and inspection to their service offerings. For more
information, call 904-206-0522, e-mail email@example.com,
or visit www.SportAviationSpecialties.com.
BE A VENDOR AT HEART
OF TEXAS LSA EXPO
The Heart of Texas LSA Expo will host its inaugural select-showcase of
the nation's light-sport aircraft manufacturers, part suppliers, and
service providers March 7-8, 2009, at Coulter Field Airport (CFD) in
Bryan, Texas. The event offers the only show of its kind west of the
Mississippi. With some spaces still available, applications are being
accepted for hangar and open-air concrete spots. For more information
call or write to Karl Preston at 979-412-1611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YEAR-END INCENTIVES PACKAGE
With Liberty Aerospace's 2008 Year End Incentives Package, all customers
taking delivery of a new Liberty XL2 prior to December 31, 2008, will
receive a year's worth of free fuel, free scheduled maintenance; free
insurance; no payments for first three months; a $5,000 deposit credit
where Liberty will match up to a $5,000 credit for any deposit a buyer
currently has placed on any other airplane; up to five hours of free
factory direct flight training in your new Liberty XL2; and up to
$75,000 tax savings. (The 2008 bonus tax depreciation will expire on
December 31, 2008.) Equipped with an IFR glass panel Aspen EFD 1000 Pro
Digital, the XL2 is the only IFR Certified aircraft that costs less than
$200,000. Some restrictions apply, so to learn more, visit www.libertyaircraft.com/flyfree.
DYNON ADDS AUTOPILOT
CAPABILITY TO GLASS PANELS
Dynon Avionics, Inc. released its new software, version 5.0 for both
their EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) and EMS (Engine
Monitoring System) products. This software upgrade is available free to
all existing EFIS-D10A, EFIS-D100, FlightDEK-D180, EMS-D10, and EMS-D120
customers and will ship with new instruments. Dynon's new autopilot
offers many advanced features to the experimental and light-sport market
because the autopilot controls are integrated into the EFIS, similar to
many expensive certified glass cockpit solutions. This allows for a
cleaner user interface, better redundancy, and lower overall cost. Learn
more at www.DynonAvionics.com.
NEW OIL SEPARATOR FROM
Sonex Aircraft, LLC has a new addition to its AeroConversions product
line - the AeroConversions Oil Separator. The unit is a welded and
powder-coated aluminum assembly designed to save oil vs. direct
overboard crankcase breathers in normal flight operations. In addition,
the product features an extra high-volume design offering enhanced
inverted flight performance in entry-level aerobatic aircraft, allowing
oil to be retained and returned to the engine during short-duration
inverted and limited negative-G maneuvers. Visit www.SonexAircraft.com
to learn more.
CESSNA'S 'SWISS ARMY
KNIFE WITH WINGS'
Authors J.D. Lewis and LeRoy Cook have a new book titled Caravan, an
exploration of the Cessna aircraft. Known as one of the most versatile
and robust aircraft ever produced, the Caravan has become the DC-3
workhorse of our current times. It's affectionately referred to as a
"flying SUV," "Suburban with a turbine," or
"aerial truck." The 304-page book features the Caravan's
colorful history, its innovative-yet-conventional aircraft systems,
interesting pilot stories, tips, and beautiful photography throughout
including two 8-page sections. Order from ASA at www.asa2fly.com.