Wright B Flyer project receives challenge grant

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DAYTON, Ohio — Wright “B” Flyer Inc. has received another major gift to fund a new flying lookalike of the Wright brothers’ first production airplane.

The new Wright Model B lookalike will replace Wright “B” Flyer No. 1, also known as the “Brown Bird” or “Iron Bird,” which has been flying since 1982. The new airplane will be easier to transport to distant events and easier for the all-volunteer organization to maintain.

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One Week Wonder makes first flight

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At approximately 11:07 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, the airplane thousands of Experimental Aircraft Association members had a hand in building during the One Week Wonder project at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 flew for the first time.

With EAA’s Jeff Skiles at the controls, the Zenith CH 750 Cruzer N140WW departed Wittman Regional Airport’s Runway 9, quickly ascended to about 1,800 feet, did one circuit around the pattern, landed at 11:19 a.m., and taxied to EAA’s Weeks Hangar on the north side of the runway.

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Wright B Flyer launches new airplane project

DAYTON, Ohio — Wright “B” Flyer Inc., an all-volunteer organization that flies a lookalike of the Wright brothers’ first production airplane, has launched a project to replace its venerable flying machine.

The not-for-profit organization has been flying Wright “B” Flyer No. 1, also known as the “Brown Bird” or “Iron Bird,” since 1982. The one-of-a-kind airplane resembles a 1911 Wright Model B airplane, but its design meets modern airworthiness standards, and it’s built from modern parts and materials.

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Homebuilding okay in hangars

You probably know someone who is building an aircraft in a hangar at a publicly owned airport. It may surprise you to know that, until recently,  the FAA considered that activity outside the appropriate use of a hangar.

On July 22 the FAA released a proposed policy statement stating that the final assembly of homebuilt aircraft can be done in airport hangars at publicly owned airports.

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