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This Week's Activities
September 3-9 - GALESBURG, IL - 30th National Stearman Fly-In, 636-947-7278 (website)
September 6-9 - WATSONVILLE, CA - Watsonville Pilots Assn. sponsored Emergency Maneuver Seminar & Actual Flight Training by Rich Stowell, Master CFI, Aerobatic, 1-888-705-1747
September 7-8 - HEBER CITY, UT - Utah State EAA & Intermountain Fly-In, 435-654-4554
September 7-9 - Marion, OH - Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In, 419-447-1773
September 7-9 - SOUTH HAVEN, MI - 45th Annual Michigan Small Air Rally, 810-415-2766
September 8 - MUSCLE SHOALS, AL - Chapter 615 Cotton State Fly-In at the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport, 256-767-2015
September 8 - GREENVILLE, TX - 50th Anniversary of Raytheon, 903-457-6797
September 8 - MAYVILLE, NY - Dart Airport sponsored Breakfast Fly-In, 716-753-2160
September 8 - TRUCKEE-TAHOE, CA - Chapter 1073 Pancake Breakfast, 530-546-8515
September 8 - OSCEOLA, WI - Osceola Municipal Airport & Village of Osceola sponsored “Wheels & Wings 2001, 800-947-0581
September 8 - PELL CITY, AL - Chapter 1320 Fly-In Breakfast, 205-338-9500
September 8 - WILSON, NC - Chapter 1047 Annual Fly-In, 252-446-5588
September 8-9 - ORLANDO, FL - AeroElectric Connection sponsored Weekend Seminar, 316-685-8617
September 8-9 - GLENVILLE, NY - Empire State Aerosciences Museum sponsored Flight 2001 Airshow, 518-377-5129
September 9 - FULTON, NY - Chapter 486 Pancake Breakfast at Oswego Cty. Airport (FZY), 315-598-4EAA
September 9 - VERGENNES, VT - Basin Harbor Club sponsored 16th Annual Fly-In
September 9 - EASTON, PA - Chapter 70 Fly-In at Braden Air Park, 908-496-4970
September 9 - POTTSTOWN, PA - Pottstown Aircraft Owners and Pilots sponsored 47th Annual Fly-In Breakfast, 610-933-4422
September 9 - MT MORRIS, IL - Chapter 682 & Ogle County Pilots Assoc. sponsored Fly-In Breakfast, 815-732-7268
September 9 - DUBUQUE, IA - Chapter 327 Annual Fly-In, 319-582-3105
September 9 - MAPLE LAKE, MN - Chapter 878 and Wright Aero sponsored 15th Annual Fly-In, 320-963-5094
September 9 - TOMAH, WI - Chapter 935 Annual Fly-In Breakfast, 608-372-4173

Young Eagles Rallies
September 2 - WAYNESVILLE, OH - 9th annual Young Eagle Flight, Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In, sponsored by Chapter 284, at Red Stewart Airfield, 7 am-3 pm, 513-722-3227

September 8 - PUNTA GORDA, FL - Chapter 565 Pancake Breakfast/Young Eagle Rally, Charlotte County Airport, 941-627-1700
September 9 - HARTINGTON, NE - Airport sponsored Breakfast, Young Eagle Days
September 8 - DECATUR, IL - Chapter 274 Fly-In Breakfast/Young Eagle Rally, 217-795-2393

EAA SportAir Workshops
Next Workshop:
SEPT 15-16, 2001, DENVER, CO 
Topics: Fabric Covering, Composite Construction, Introduction to Aircraft Building, Sheet Metal, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding? 

See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

August 31, 2001   Volume 1, Number 18

Welcome to EAA HOT LINE, a new weekly e-mail newsletter for members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, its divisions and affiliates. This newsletter provides a quick summary of what’s happening at EAA, with direct links to the EAA website for the full story. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org 

News You Can Use ---

FAA Issues Final AD on Bell 47 Main Rotor Blade Grips 

Bell 47 owners and operators can derive some satisfaction from the final Airworthiness Directive issued on Wednesday by the FAA Rotorcraft Directorate, namely the concurrence on a 300-hour TIS inspection interval. But officials did not concur on retaining original TIS retirement standards.
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Announcing The Latest EAA Member Benefit: EAA Flight Planner!

EAA is pleased to introduce EAA Flight Planner™, a new member benefit available only through the EAA and our members only website. EAA members can now create complete flight plans by entering in the departing and destination airports - it's that simple. And it’s included as a benefit of every EAA membership!
Learn more ... Register now

Primed For a Super September at EAA AirVenture Museum

It’s hard to recall a September filled with as many things to do, see, and experience at EAA AirVenture Museum as 2001. Apart from its magnificent collection of rare aircraft and historic exhibits, the museum has special events and new features to thrill attendees throughout the month and beyond.
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"FAQ" List Added to EAA Sport Pilot Website

The new Sport Pilot Center at AirVenture Oshkosh 2001 provided a convenient place for enthusiasts to get the latest on the proposed Sport Pilot/Light Sport Airplane ruling from FAA. We've assembled a list of the most frequently asked questions asked during and since Oshkosh on our Sport Pilot website and provided the answers based on our current understanding of the proposed rule. At this writing, the NPRM is still being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.

Learn TIG Welding At EAA SportAir Workshops


EAA SportAir Workshops and Lincoln Electric have scheduled three comprehensive, three-day TIG welding workshops in the upcoming months at the Alexander Technical Center’s state-of-the-art welding facility in Griffin, Georgia. The workshops, taught by professional instructors from Lincoln Electric, will teach attendees everything about 4130 chromoly aircraft tubing and aluminum welding. Special discounts on the Lincoln Square Wave 175 TIG Welder and other Lincoln equipment will be available to all workshop attendees through the end of 2001.
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US National Aerobatic Championships Sept. 2-7 


Over 100 pilots will compete for title at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships Sept. 2-7 at Grayson County Airport, Denison, Texas. The event, presented by the International Aerobatic Club, begins at 2 p.m. September 2nd with exhibition flights and air show performances by some of the nation’s top aerobatic pilots. Admission to the event is free to the public. All the details of championship week are at the IAC website at www.iac.org.

Put the AirVenture Seaplane Base on Your Desktop This Month

A unique aerial view of the "coolest place at AirVenture" - the EAA Seaplane Base - is the featured desktop image for September. . It's easy to do. Just visit the download page on the EAA website and follow the directions. Also, by popular demand, our monthly desktop image is now available in larger 1600 x 1200 resolution.

Newsweek Cover Features EAA Member/Real Hero Rhonda Cornum

EAA member Rhonda Cornum (#401972), who was an Iraqi prisoner of war during Operation Desert Storm, was featured on the cover of the Aug. 20-27 issue of US News & World Report. Cornum was included as one of 20 people the magazine highlighted as “True Heroes: 20 men and women who risked it all to make a difference.” Rhonda and her husband, Kory, who is also in military service, have made several visits to EAA AirVenture over the past decade. Also featured in the magazine’s special section was Apollo 13 astronaut (and EAA member) Jim Lovell.

SAIB: This is How It's Supposed to Work!

When EAA and the FAA got together in 1999 to create the Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin procedure, recently issued SAIB No. CE-01-33 is what they had in mind.
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On The Flight Line ---

Meigs Receives Solid Support at Hearings; 6th Open House Slated Sept. 30

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he will close lakefront GA airport Meigs Field in about six months to put up a park, but it’s getting more and more difficult to find anyone on the record in favor of the move. Illinois Governor George Ryan restated his opposition to Meigs’ closing at a series of August hearings on Chicago’s congested airport situation, and he was not alone. In fact, senior representatives from four of the nation's largest civil aviation organizations testified in favor of saving Meigs Field during Governor Ryan's final hearing in suburban Tinley Park Aug. 27. One of the leaders was Barry Valentine, GAMA SVP-International Affairs and former acting FAA Administrator who is also a member of the EAA Board of Directors. Meigs is seen as a key reliever airport to help alleviate congestion at O’Hare and Midway airports.
Meanwhile, The Friends of Meigs, the non-profit organization fighting the closure, will hold its 6th annual open house on Sunday, September 30, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m right at the airport. Billed as possibly “one of the last chances for the public to experience one of the world’s most famous air strips,” the open house will feature EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor; a visit by Carlene Mendieta who is recreating Amelia Earhart’s cross-country flight in a rare 1927 Avro Avian biplane; plus tower tours, airplane rides, educational exhibits, and more. Visit www.friendsofmeigs.org for more information.
Threatened Colorado's Crested Butte Holds its Open House Aug. 25
Speaking of organizations trying to save airports, more than 50 aircraft and 300 aviation enthusiasts took part in the Friends Of The Crested Butte Airport Open House on Aug. 25. During the Wings Safety Program, Denver FAA Manager Monty Taylor and FAA Safety Counselor John Cameron both stressed the prerequisites of safe mountain flying and how the runway length requirements increase with elevation. More than 20 young people got their first airplane ride through the EAA Young Eagles Program.
The Crested Butte Fly-in and Open House is one of more than 15,000 events that EAA chapters organize each year throughout North America. It also emphasized the economic benefits that aviators bring to remote destinations such as Crested Butte and how mountain airports are vital in providing a safety link to local communities with Flights For Life aircraft.
New Video From King Schools Teaches GPS Approaches
The King Schools announces its newest advanced course, Flying GPS Approaches—Featuring the KLN 89B. The new two-video course is designed to introduce pilots to the efficiency of GPS navigation. In Part 1 pilots learn how to go beyond ‘Direct To’ and harness the power of an IFR GPS. The program goes from the basics of the GPS system, through the mechanics and details of manipulating flight plans with the KLN 89B—including how to enter, use, and modify them, even in the air—all essential groundwork for flying approaches. In Part 2, pilots learn how to call up, activate and confidently fly IFR GPS approaches with a KLN 89B. This video begins with an introduction to accessing and using stored database procedures with Departure procedures and STARs, followed by a review of the GPS stand-alone approach. Finally pilots will become familiar with manipulating the GPS for radar vectors & various overlay approaches. For more information or to order your copy ($79, plus shipping & handling), call 800-854-1001, e-mail sales@kingschools.com or visit www.kingschools.com.
ERAU To Celebrate 75th Year With Air Show Over the Ocean
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, plans a spectacular 75th Anniversary celebration in November featuring top air show performers and a concert by the legendary Beach Boys. Wings and Waves is scheduled for November 10-11 with air shows over the ocean both days featuring such top performers as the USAF Thunderbirds, Sean D. Tucker, Patty Wagstaff, Gene Soucy/Teresa Stokes, and others. For complete details, visit the ERAU website.

Q & A: Question of the Week

To EAA Government and Industry Relations:
I am a rotary wing/commercial/instrument as well as fixed wing/private pilot. What are the requirements for me to add an instrument rating to my fixed wing ticket? Thanks for your help.  - Via e-mail
The answer is in the FAA Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards book that can be found at http://av-info.faa.gov/data/practicalteststandard/faa-s-8081-4c.pdf. The required flight tasks to add an instrument rating to your private pilot - airplane rating (since you are an instrument-rated helicopter pilot) are found on page 15 in the "Rating Task Table." 
Your FSDO does have a copy of this, along with the CFIs at your local airport. You can obtain a copy of this by calling the Government Printing Office at 414-297-1304, or you can print the PDF file via the above link. (The document runs 50 pages long.) If you don't have a printer - printing companies like Kinko's should be able to print it for you.
Since you have a commercial helicopter w/instrument rating - why not kill two birds with one stone by spending a little more time in the aircraft and upgrade your private license by adding the "commercial" rating? Those tasks are minimal and can be found in the FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards book. Just look for the maneuvers table for the required maneuvers. Again, you can buy the book from the Government Printing Office or print it from the following link:
How can we help you?
To submit a question regarding government issues, email govt@eaa.org. If you have a question about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance or any other matter, email  infoserv@eaa.org.


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