As you're walking around AirVenture 2004, you're more than
likely to hear this: "Red 3, Red 3, this is Green 1, come
The colorful call signs are assigned to an equally colorful fleet
of Volkswagen Beetles operated by EAA, a tradition that stretches
back more than three decades. A rainbow of VW "Bugs" is the chief
form of transportation for many EAA staff and volunteers.
The Federal Aviation Administration's long-awaited Final Rule
authorizing Light Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilots on July 20, 2004
is a watershed document that recognizes and legitimizes a new
simplified category of aircraft, pilot training, and system of
maintenance. Noteworthy are the strengthened maintenance
requirements that this rule incorporates over the original rule
proposed some four years ago.
By Tyson V. Rininger
Sitting alone, quietly on tarmac, Bloodhound 200 was about to
take her final flight. Surrounded by software engineers, research
and development workers, former Grumman employees and lots of
Tomcat fans, the NF-14D's stood proud despite the patchwork paint.
BuNo 163416 was the star of the show. Everyone wanted their picture
taken with her.
Texas Pilot Wrongly Dinged For Presidential TFR Bust
Del Hinton and his family were minding their own business,
taxiing to park after a trip from Arlington Municipal Airport (TX)
to Shreveport (LA) to visit the casinos Saturday. Imagine their
surprise when, as they pushed their Cessna T210N (file photo of
type, right) into its hangar, an airport worker said the Secret
Service wanted to have a chat with them.
By ANN Contributor John Ballantyne
In the Notice of Proposed Rule Making for sport pilot, FAA
reported that it was responding, in part, to a petition from an
ultralight association for modest changes to the ultralight
regulation, FAR Part 103. With the publication of sport pilot last
week, [18 years later], it's readily apparent that ultralight rule
FAR Part 103 will remain unchanged for now.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released the
following update on its investigation of the November 12, 2001,
crash of American Airlines flight 587, an Airbus A300-600, in Belle
Harbor, New York, which resulted in the deaths of all 260 persons
aboard and 5 persons on the ground.
By Aleta Vinas
What did you miss last year at Oshkosh? How about listening to
history and then a mere 11 months later seeing it happen? Last
year, innovative aviation designer Burt Rutan spoke about his
coveted SpaceShipOne, the leading project to be the first private
re-usable manned craft able to successfully achieve sub-orbital
For those of you who can't get enough of Klyde Morris, the most
outspoken ant in aviation, ANN and Klyde creator, Wes Oleszewski,
are please to present a jumbo fix of Klyde. It's a new book
entitled, "Spring Loaded to the Ticked Off Position."
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A Fascinating Collection Of Triva To Enjoy Along Your Way
By Aleta Vinas
Ever wonder how many hot dogs are sold at Oshkosh EAA
AirVenture? How many volunteers donate their time? Wonder no more,
here are some little know facts about the air show, some are from
2002, some from 2003. A special thanks to Dick Knapinski of EAA for
seeking out these facts.
As Apex Aircraft sets up its display in Oshkosh, the company has
something big to crow about. On July 2, the Small Aircraft
Directorate of the FAA issued a letter to Apex Aircraft approving a
major change to the CAP10B.
By Aleta Vinas
The name Jamail Larkins may not yet ring a bell but it will
– soon and for a very long time to come. At the ripe old age
of 20 Jamail already has 650 hours of flight time in thirty-six
different aircraft. That’s more types than most of us get to
fly in our entire lives as pilots.
By Aleta Vinas
Have you filled out your 8710-1 to get your 8710-7? Did you
choose an ACE? Simply put, how do the airshow pilots receive their
Aerobatic Statement of Competency (8710-7)? How did the folks that
will be dazzling audiences at Oshkosh EAA AirVenture in a matter of
days (and at other airshows around the country) get permission to
throw themselves and their aircraft around the sky?
"She was unaware of a great amount of hijacking threat
information from her own intelligence unit, which, in turn, was not
deeply involved in the agency's policy making process."
Source: The 9/11 Commission's final report,
indicating former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey was anything but in
the loop about possible hijacking threats prior to the terror
attacks on New York and Washington.