7, 2007 Volume 7,
FLIGHT DESIGN TO UNVEIL
NEW MODEL IN EARLY 2008
a recent meeting with EAA staff to discuss a larger presence at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh, Flight Design President Matthias Betsch and Flight
Design USA President Tom Peghiny shared this advance photo of a new
model of the CT, which will be unveiled publicly in early 2008.
The new airplane is a nose-to-tail redesign; virtually every aspect of
the CT was upgraded to provide an evolved airplane that better meets the
needs and desires of recreational pilots. But Betsch and Peghiny stated
the current CTSW will remain in production alongside this new
CESSNA PROVIDES PUBLIC
FORUM FOR SKYCATCHER COMMENTS
has received several comments via e-mail from members critical of Cessna
Aircraft's announced decision last week to assemble the Model 162
SkyCatcher in China. Members' concerns included loss of U.S. jobs and
consumer product safety issues. Cessna has posted its reasons for the
decision and comments the company is receiving at the Cessna SkyCatcher
A message from Jack Pelton, Cessna chairman, president and CEO, is also
included on the website.
STUDENTS LEARN THE FUN
WAY AT EAA SPACE WEEK
the end of this week (December 2-7) more than 1,700 Wisconsin students
grades 3-5 and 6-8 will have attended EAA's annual "Space
Week" at the EAA AirVenture Museum. By participating in hands-on
activities and demonstrations, students are studying the developmental
stages Burt Rutan went through when he designed his revolutionary
SpaceShipOne. "Students come from all over Wisconsin come to
participate in EAA's Space Week," commented Crystal Schroeder, EAA
Museum Educator and one of the event coordinators. "We hope the
activities help inspire children to be creative and innovative in the
same way Burt Rutan was with SpaceShipOne." Read
LAST CALL FOR NEXT WEEK'S
ANNUAL EAA WRIGHT BANQUET FEATURING BURT RUTAN
limited number of seats are available for next weekend's (Friday,
December 14) Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet in Oshkosh, EAA's 5th
annual commemoration of the Wright brothers' first successful powered
flight. Another aviation legend, Burt Rutan, is the keynote speaker in
the museum's Eagle Hangar. Join us at this special occasion. Cost is $35
per person for EAA members and $40 for non-members. Make your
reservation today today online,
or call 920-426-6880. Cash bar opens at 6 p.m. with dinner following at
TEXAS SENATOR TO BECOME
AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) will become the new ranking member of the
Senate Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee when Sen.
Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) retires, it was announced this week. Lott,
who has been a proponent of user fees for general aviation, recently
announced plans to retire by the end of the year. Hutchison will play a
key role in passing Senate Bill 1300 (FAA reauthorization), which is
currently being considered in the Senate. As it currently exists, SB
1300 contains an element of user fees - a $25 charge for IFR flight
plans in turbine aircraft.
"We welcome the Senator," said Earl Lawrence, EAA vice
president of industry and regulatory affairs. "She has a
significant background on aviation issues, and we're encouraged that as
a member of the Senate Commerce Committee she voted with GA earlier
this year on an amendment to remove user fees from the Senate
Bill." That amendment failed to pass by one vote.
NEW ISSUE OF 'REACH FOR
THE SKY' AVAILABLE
3 (November 2007) of Reach for the Sky,
EAA's learn-to-fly e-newsletter, is now available, and we're fast
approaching 5,000 subscribers! This month's issue features Part 2 of editor Steve
Krog's series, First Flight, which describes what a new flight
student can expect from the initial instructional flight. We've also
added a Q&A section featuring some of the questions subscribers are
asking, plus there's Dave Hirschman's Personal View, glossary terms,
this month's poll, and more. Learn
more about Reach For the Sky. Subscribe
EAA 'TIMELESS VOICE OF
THE WEEK' RETURNS
week we're reviving a weekly feature in e-Hotline, the "Timeless
Voice of the Week," which highlights video interviews from
our Timeless Voices of Aviation archive. Our first featured voice is
also a timely one. - Eds.
December 7, 2007 marks the 66th
anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Eighteen ships were
sunk or severely damaged, over 210 planes were destroyed or taken out of
commission, and nearly 2,500 military personnel were killed. While
shocked about the attack, most Americans called for a quick and decisive
retaliation against Japan, including President Roosevelt. The result was
the Doolittle Raid. Thomas C. Griffin was the navigator on the
ninth B-25 to launch off of the USS Hornet during that raid on April 18,
1942. This is his
CHILDREN'S AVIATION BOOKS
FOR UNDER THE TREE
Little Airplane - Read about the adventures of a balsa wood toy
airplane. Written by Mark S. James, illustrated by Harold Smelcer, 27
pages - $15.95
I Wish Santa Would Come by Helicopter - Santa has a very busy
schedule on Christmas Eve. But Maxie thinks that Santa should spend more
time with him. - by Amanda Haley, 24 pages - $9.95
The Year Artie Saved Christmas - During one stormy Christmas Eve,
Artie the Airplane gets a call from the North Pole and winds up saving the
day. (24 pages, $6.95. Buy the books online
or call 800-564-6322.
There's still time to order your EAA gift
and have it shipped on time for the holidays. Deadlines to
ensure timely delivery: UPS ground: December
14 - Express shipping: December 19 - Overnight shipping:
(U.S. shipments only - For orders outside the
USA, please call 920-426-5912 or e-mail
for shipping charges and schedules.)
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a little different for this month's EAA desktop
calendar. Taken from the EAA photo vault, it
features EAA Founder Paul Poberezny's creation, Li'l
Audrey, at an early EAA convention...and
that youngster peering out of the cockpit window?
That's EAA president, Tom Poberezny. Download the
image for your computer desktop at the EAA
website and choose among four resolutions to
suit your screen. You can also view and download any
previously used EAA desktop image.
COMPANY RETIRES RED
BARON PIZZA SQUADRON
The popular Red Baron Pizza Squadron, which
performed frequently at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show and was a
sponsor of KidVenture in 2007, is being retired by its owner, the Schwan
Food Company of Marshall, Minnesota. The squadron, which flew vintage
Boeing PT-17 Stearman World War II primary trainers, conducted more than
2,000 performances over the past 28 years. Read
Cessna Aircraft Company
finalized its purchase of select assets of Columbia Aircraft
Manufacturing Company on December 4, 2007. With the $26.4 million deal
now closed, the Bend, Oregon-based Columbia factory will now carry the
Cessna name, branded as the Cessna 350 and Cessna 400. Cessna Parts
Distribution and Cessna authorized dealers and service centers have
already begun plans to integrate sales and support of the new aircraft.
For more information, visit www.cessna.com/news.
MIDWEST SPORT AVIATION
OFFERS CHEETAH LSA
Midwest Sport Aviation now
offers the South African-sourced Cheetah XLS in kit form. The Cheetah
XLS is a high-wing tube and fabric aircraft, powered by a Jabiru engine.
"It is making the light-sport aircraft what it was intended to be;
affordable," said Steve Syvertson, vice president of marketing and
customer relations. Kits are priced at $21,950 (USD) and you can
complete the aircraft for around $35,000 with the Jabiru engine. The
first aircraft has arrived at the company's Richland Center, Wisconsin,
location, with two more kits arriving soon. For more information, visit www.mwsportaviation.com.
Vertical Power recently
launched its VP-100, the newest addition to Vertical Power's family of
solid-state switching systems for experimental and light sport aircraft.
The company says these units will replace dozens of modules, breakers,
and switches typically found in today's aircraft. The $3,495 VP-100 uses
microprocessors and solid-state switches to provide advanced electrical
system features, circuit protection, and simplified aircraft wiring. For
more information, visit www.verticalpower.com.
CubCrafters will sell its
27-year collection of used, pre-owned and even 'new old stock' Super Cub
and similar parts through online auction website, eBay. For nearly every
listing, CubCrafters has included "Super Cub PA18" in the item
title. For current listings, visit www.cubcrafters.com/ebay.
The company also announced an 800-pound useful load increase for all
Super Cubs. A recently approved supplementary type certificate (STC)
increases the gross weight of any PA-18 series aircraft to 2,300 pounds.
The "2300-Pound Gross Weight Increase" STC is best
incorporated while a Super Cub is undergoing a complete rebuild at
CubCrafters. However, an owner can install just one or two of the
various prerequisite STCs and modifications today to have all the
requirements in place for the weight increase in the future. For
complete STC details, visit www.cubcrafters.com.
AWARDED TO DR. AMY LANG
Dr. Amy Lang of the
University of Alabama has been awarded a 2007 Lindbergh Grant for her
project, "Reducing the Drag over Aircraft by Mimicking the Surface
Geometry of Bristled Shark Skin Scales." Dr. Lang will determine
whether the surface texture on the skin of fast-swimming sharks can be
copied and used to reduce the drag on aircraft. Dr. Lang received one of
14 Lindbergh grants awarded so far this year, the most grants issued by
the Foundation since 1985. Lindbergh grants are made in amounts up to
$10,580, a symbolic amount representing the cost of building Charles
Lindbergh's plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, in 1927. More than
$2.7 million has been awarded so far to 284 researchers. For more
information, visit www.lindberghfoundation.org.
SKY-TEC HAS ROTAX
Sky-Tec, manufacturer of
lightweight starters for general aviation piston engine aircraft, now
offers Rotax starters for 912 and 914-series engines. The company's
HD-type starters are 10 percent faster and draw 10 percent less current
than OEM HD starters, according to the company. To order, call Katherine
LAMINAR FLOW SYSTEMS
INTRODUCES REFINED SPEEDPANTS
Laminar Flow Systems is now
offering refined Speedpants for Piper PA-28 and PA-32 models. The units
are five times stronger, six pounds lighter, and more aerodynamic than
original Piper wheelpants, according to the company. For more
information, visit www.speedpants.com
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