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The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA
Celebrating 100 Years of Powered Flight
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 July 29-August 4

July 30, 2003   Volume 3, Number 34

During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, e-HOT LINE will be published on a daily basis with current news and events directly from EAA AirVenture. Visit the EAA AirVenture website for full coverage of the event. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org.

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Pilots of the Century
With all the ritz and glamour of the Emmy Awards, the “Pilots of the Century” were announced Tuesday as part of EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk celebration. (read more)

Lindbergh - Big as Life
A new 5,000-square-foot exhibit at the EAA AirVenture Museum is as big as the life of the aviation pioneer, Charles Lindbergh, it highlights. Created by the Missouri Historical Society, the temporary exhibit profiles the life and accomplishments of Lindbergh, the first person to make a solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  (read more)

Replica of Famed Hughes Racer on Display
Almost 70 years after Howard Hughes flew the original into the record books as the fastest aircraft in the world, the newly completed replica of the Hughes Model 1B (aka the Hughes H-1) arrived at EAA AirVenture, where it’s on display on AeroShell Square. (read more)

‘Vrystaaat!’* - A Dream Realized
In 1994 Chalkie Stobbart purchased a kit airplane; admittedly money was exchanged, but it was also a purchase fueled by a dream. A dream that the finished airplane, with him piloting it, would attend EAA AirVenture 2003. To many such a dream is not too difficult to realize. However, Stobbart is a South African Airways Training Captain on Boeing 737-200s and was building his airplane in South Africa. (read more)

What Does it Take to Fly One Million Young Eagles?
EAA is on the verge of accomplishing what 10 years ago seemed unthinkable: providing one million children with their first flight in an airplane through the EAA Young Eagles program. EAA is now in prime position to cross that lofty threshold by its self-imposed deadline of December 17, 2003, the centennial of powered flight. (read more)

One Little Airplane Ride, That’s All it Takes
One little airplane ride, 20 or so minutes long. That’s all. Yet the Young Eagles program is already showing big results. (read more)

Legendary Bentwing Bird, the Corsair, Reviewed
The inverted gullwing shape of the huge blue F4U-5 Corsair dominated a circle of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh visitors crowding around the big fighter yesterday to hear air show pilot Dale Snodgrass and owner Jim Read talk about the vintage warbird. (read more)

Pilots! Fly Your Aircraft in the Flyby Pattern!
This year, plan to fly your aircraft in the flyby pattern located at runway 36/18. Open every day at AirVenture from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., flights will consist of takeoff, one flyby, and recovery. The “Grass-Roots Flyby” is open to homebuilts, antiques, classics, past award winners, light aircraft, and chapters or clubs. (read more)

NASA Supersonic Jet Twists its Wings like the Wright Flyer
The people and aircraft gathered at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 to celebrate a century of powered flight include a special NASA F/A-18 at AeroShell Square with the ability to twist its wings to cause the airplane to roll. That’s a new twist on a very old theme—wing warping—originally exploited by Wilbur and Orville Wright a century ago. (read more)

From Maine to Oshkosh, via Meigs
Overcoming an alternator failure, an emergency landing at a closed airport, and a missing airworthiness certificate, Richard Randall and Dick Green made it to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Tuesday. (read more)

Around the World in a Motorglider
They’re still friends. At the two-thirds point of their around-the-world flight, their platonic relationship remains intact. Now all they have to do is survive the last few legs back to Buochs, Switzerland. (read more)

'Giving Spectators the Benefit of the Doubt’
Jim LeRoy admits it wasn’t easy. He and his wife made a lot of sacrifices and spent a lot of money, in fact too much, trying to get his career started. At times he thought about giving up because he was tired of living in a home filled with furniture bought at garage sales. (read more)  

Teachers Celebrate with Centennial Activities
Certified educators and school board members attending this year’s EAA AirVenture Teacher Day Thursday will be treated to a host of aviation activities and seminars that are certain to start their creative propellers turning. This year, educators have even more opportunities as we approach the 100th anniversary of powered flight. (read more) 

ORBIS: Saving Sight Worldwide
Cheng Lang was 12 years old when he had a cataract extraction that failed. His vision became worse than before, and doctors feared doing surgery on his other eye, afraid of similar results. (read more)

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Beetles
Gary Doehling is looking for some new bodies so he can reunite the Beetles. The Volkswagen Beetles, that is. Doehling is the EAA’s manager of vehicle maintenance, and part of his job is to keep the convention fleet of familiar cars running. Key staff members and volunteers have used them as transportation on the grounds ever since EAA first came to Wittman Field. (read more)

Chazz Humphrey Lightens His Load
Chazz Humphrey, chairman of the EAA Ultralights area, has decided to step aside after EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003, having spent 10 years at the helm. Bart Gaffney, current vice chairman, will assume the chairmanship. (read more)

Just Another Year
Somewhere in the peaks of the southern Andes or the wilds of upper Mongolia, there may be a pilot who doesn’t know that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight. But the rest of us would have to be both deaf and blind (a highly unlikely combination for a pilot) not to have heard about the anniversary, the Countdown to Kitty Hawk, or any of the rest of the hoopla. (read more)

Young Eagles Climbing High as Milestone Nears
Charlie Gunderson and Craig Johnston can’t remember a single Young Eagles flight where a child hasn’t been excited about the ride. But, if children take their Young Eagles flight at Oshkosh during EAA AirVenture, children are more than excited. (read more) 

One Little Airplane Ride, That’s All it Takes, Part II
Take Drew Baird, of Raleigh, North Carolina, for example. He logged his official Young Eagles flight on September 7, 1997, then 13 years old. He remembers the date as if it was yesterday.  (read more) 

Paul I Re-created in Tabletop Size
There’s hardly a more recognizable airplane around EAA than Paul I, the P-51D Mustang flown for 25 years by the association’s founder, Paul H. Poberezny. (read more) 

Historic Appearances
One paragraph. In a four-page newsletter. That’s how Paul Poberezny announced plans 50 years ago for the first annual EAA fly-in. The following month, June 1953, Poberezny put out a plea for airplanes in EAA’s mimeographed publication, the Experimenter. When the first EAA fly-in rolled around on September 12-13, 1953, 21 aircraft were on hand at Milwaukee’s Curtiss-Wright Airport. In later years, EAA would play host to historic aircraft. Here are a mere fraction of the notable aircraft that have appeared at AirVenture. (read more) 

Echo Flight Plans E-sat Data Release
The Flight Cheetah MFD will allow pilots to overlay satellite land imagery on their moving-map display, providing a view of the terrain below. Should an emergency happen in IFR conditions or at night, the ability to separate areas of buildings and trees from emergency landing fields could save lives. (read more) 

Around the Field
One of the great pastimes here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003 is to sit at the edge of the North 40 camping area, along the fence of the east/west runway, and watch all the planes arrive. (read more)


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