WASHINGTON, D.C. — Throughout 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board conducted a study of Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft to evaluate the safety of this growing and innovative segment of general aviation. In addition to using the information gathered during its accident investigations, the NTSB has been working with the FAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and individual owners and builders to evaluate a range of issues unique to this popular segment of general aviation.
From now on, anyone heading to the golf course at Edwards Air Force Base in California will take Crossfield Drive to the clubhouse, as the former Crest Drive was renamed for the legendary aviator and test pilot, Scott Crossfield, at a special ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 17, according to a report at EAA.org. Crossfield became the first man to exceed Mach 2 — in the D-558-II Skyrocket — on Nov. 20, 1953. He also was unofficially the first to fly past Mach 3. Read the full story here.
One of general aviation’s oldest alphabet groups, the Experimental Aircraft Association, has reshaped its organization to “to better fulfill its mission to grow participation in aviation.”
Chattahoochee Valley Chapter 677 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA 677), based at Columbus Airport (CSG) in Columbus, Ga., reports it carried 248 Young Eagles during 2011, including 13 who flew on Dec. 31.
The annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Electric Aircraft Development Alliance (EADA) are opposing a proposed Department of State rule that would place strict restrictions on the types of lithium-ion batteries that would be available on the commercial marketplace. EAA submitted comments to the State Department explaining that such limits could greatly hamper the further development of electric aircraft that has emerged in recent years, according to a report at EAA.org
Advance purchase admission tickets and camping are now available for the 60th annual edition of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The week-long event will be held July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
Four young people are on the path to fulfilling their aviation dreams as recipients of scholarships through the EAA Young Eagles Scholarship Program, which funds flying lessons and flight experiences for teenage student pilots interested in aviation and aviation careers.
If you missed seeing EAA’s B-17 on the Dec. 19 episode of the History Channel’s hit show Pawn Stars, you haven’t lost out — the show is available online through the Pawn Stars website. Richard Harrison, better known as “Old Man” on the series, and Austin Russell (Chumlee) visited Aluminum Overcast during its Oct. 11-12 tour stop at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT). George Daubner, EAA B-17 program manager, provided a ground tour, followed by a flight in the venerable bomber. Click here to watch.
EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor and parts of Pioneer Airport are featured in the major motion picture “Public Enemies,” which opened in theaters around the country July 1.