Fri, Feb 07, 2003
Vernon Goff of Omaha (NE) became the first EAA member to receive
special recognition for completing a homebuilt aircraft during
aviation's centennial year, as he finished a GlaStar I that will
make its first flight during 2003.
Mr. Goff (EAA #556507) received a certificate of accomplishment
plus a limited-edition Centennial data plate for his aircraft,
where he can list the make, model and serial number of the airplane
as required under Experimental/Amateur-Built regulations. He
received his special airworthiness certificate from the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) on December 17, 2002 - the 99th
anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight.
The EAA notes that N44VG (serial number 5469) is powered by a
190-hp NSI Subaru engine with an NSI CAP 200 propeller. Vernon
expects a cruise speed of 165 mph, climb rate of 1800 fpm, and fuel
burn of 6.5 gallons per hour. It’s IFR equipped and includes
a GPS, Strike Finder and Angle of Attack Indicator.
know that this centennial homebuilt will be the first of many that
take to the sky during this special year in aviation," said EAA
Executive Vice President Bob Warner. "By building and flying their
airplanes, these EAA members help maintain the legacy of the Wright
brothers, the first successful homebuilders."
To complete the IFR-equipped GlaStar project, Goff (pictured
with his wife, Alice) utilized the advice and expertise of a
volunteer EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor from EAA
Chapter 80 in Omaha.
Any EAA member who completes a homebuilt aircraft between Dec.
17, 2002 and Dec. 31, 2003, is eligible for the Centennial
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