September 21 - LANSING, MI - Chapter 260 Careers in Aviation, 708-672-9865
September 21-22 - Abilene, TX - Southwest EAA Fly-In, 800-727-7704
September 21-23 - PINE BLUFF, AR - 21st Annual KR Gathering at Grider Field
September 21-23 - CULLMAN, AL - Cullman Airport and Wallace State College Helicopter Dept sponsored 7th Annual North Alabama Rotorcraft Fly-In,
September 22 - MT. VERNON, IL - Chapter 1155 5th Annual Little Egypt
Fly-In/Verteran’s Reunion, 618-244-3303
September 22 - SALEM, IN - Washington County Pilots Assn sponsored Breakfast Gathering, 812-883-5858
September 22 - ALTOONA, PA - Second Annual Central States Assoc. Pennsylvania Canard Fall Foliage Fly-In at Altoona/Blair County Airport
September 22 - ASHEBORO, NC - Chapter 1176 Aerofest 2001, 336-879-2830
September 22 - KALAMAZOO, MI - Air Zoo Invitational Model Contest, 616-382-6555
September 22 - SAN JOSE, CA - Reid-Hillview Airport Day, 408-274-2459
September 22 - OCEAN CITY, NJ - Ocean City Municipal Airport sponsored Annual Air Festival, 609-399-0907
September 22 - MANSFIELD, MA - Chapter 701 20th Anniversary/Fly-In/Airport Open House, 508-339-3624
September 22 - WETUMPKA, AL - Chapter 822 Fall Fly-In, 334-279-8418
September 22 - GLENCOE, MN - Chapter 92, First Annual Brat & Corn Feed Fly-In, 320-238-2376
September 22 - BAKERSFIELD, CA - Pacific Wing & Ride Fly-In at Meadows Field, 619-834-5029
September 22 - FREEPORT, IL - Chapter 475 Fall Fly-In, 815-233-4484
September 22-23 - LEBANON, TN - Chapter 863 Annual Chapter Fly-In at (M54)
September 22-23 - NASHUA, NH - Second Annual Aviation Heritage Festival sponsored by Daniel Webster College,
September 23 - PORT CLINTON, OH - Chapter 1247 Fly-In at Carl Keller Field
September 23 - SIMSBURY, CT - Chapter 324 16th Annual Simsbury Fly-In, 860-408-0040,
September 23 - PALMYRA, IL - Old Flyers Reunion at Zelmer Memorial Airport, 618-778-5752
September 23 - SPRINGFIELD, SD - Airport Breakfast (KY03)
September 23 - LANSING, MI - Chapter 260 Pancake Breakfast/Fly-In, 708-672-9865
September 22 - MARIETTA, GA - Chapter 268 Fly-In Breakfast/Young Eagle Rally, 770-529-9023
EAA SportAir Workshops
· SEPT 21-23, 2001, OSHKOSH, WI
Topic: Lancair Assembly
SEPT 21-23, 2001, GRIFFIN, GA Topic: RV Assembly
See the complete schedule of
upcoming SportAir Workshops.
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The Official Electronic
Newsletter of EAA
September 14, 2001 Volume 1, Number
Welcome to a Special Edition of EAA HOT LINE,
the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
News You Can Use
EAA joins the rest of the nation
in remembering those who were killed or injured as a result the tragic
events of Sept. 11. We urge all EAA members to hold these victims and
their families in their thoughts and prayers.
This special edition of EAA E-Hotline is brought to you as an information source regarding general aviation and its status following the attack on America on Tuesday, Sept. 11. EAA hopes you find this information useful as we work to put general aviation back in the sky in the quickest, safest and most responsible manner possible.
What is the status of general aviation, particularly recreational aviation, at this point?
As of Monday morning, Sept. 17, general aviation flights (including business flights, recreational flights and other aviation activities) in the continental United States are starting to resume on a limited basis. It is critical that pilots who are allowed to fly at this time show the highest level of responsibility and decision-making skills to ensure that the remaining parts of the National Airspace System can also resume operations in the near future. How the aviation community handles these early steps will go a long way in determining how quickly the rest of the system will come up as well.
Regular announcements over recent days have allowed general aviation to resume many flight operations. General aviation flights generally are not allowed within 25 nautical miles of New York City and Washington, D.C. Those restrictions will be kept in place until further notice as officials continue to assess the recovery situation in those cities over the near term.
FAA is also permitting aircraft owners to evacuate their aircraft under visual flight rules (VFR) from harm’s way during the predicted approach of Tropical Storm Gabrielle within the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.
“We are restoring the national airspace system in a phased manner, after careful evaluation of the safety and security issues in each sector,” DOT Secretary Norman Mineta said. “Again, I ask the patience of the flying public. Please remember that we are recovering from a massive disruption and widespread shock. But very soon we will work our way back to full recovery.”
All pilots should carefully research all appropriate preflight information, including all temporary flight restrictions and airport notices, via DUATS and/or Flight Service Stations.
EAA, along with other aviation groups, remain in continual communication with government officials and agencies, elected leaders and others.
When will general aviation, including recreational flights, be allowed again?
As primary security, rescue and recovery priorities are met in these first days following the tragedies, and there are no disruptions in the limited airspace system that is open, focus will return to putting the remainder of general aviation operations back in the sky.
EAA understands that restrictions on general aviation are creating an economic hardship on many people and companies. Those economic hardships, as well as the potential resource of the general aviation community, are among the points to be considered to quickly and efficiently returning general aviation operations to the sky.
The National Airspace System is being opened in segments to maintain the highest levels of security. We urge all recreational pilots to understand that the current situation is unprecedented, and national security measures have top priority at this moment. It is up to all pilots to respect the temporary flight restrictions that have been put in place during this period. The level of responsibility and conduct displayed during this emergency period will help expedite the return of the remaining segments of the National Airspace System.
Restoring full general aviation operations continues to be EAA’s focus. EAA is working closely with other general aviation organizations seeking the return of “normal” flying activities, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA, available at
www.aopa.org) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA, available at
Is there anything I can do to be active in aviation at this point?
There are a number of options where individual aviation enthusiasts, EAA Chapters and other local aviation groups can participate by giving time, talent and financial resources in conjunction with your locally established charity and relief organizations. Such participation will help highlight the solidarity of the general aviation community behind the United States.
We urge people to reflect on the happenings of the past few days. We also encourage them to become active in community support efforts, such as blood drives. There may be opportunities for some pilots to fly emergency supply missions, such as blood transfers, under temporary flight restrictions currently in force. Check with your local Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Angel Flight organization to find out if your aircraft and flying skills can be used to help in any way.
If you would like to offer your aircraft to assist in the national emergency, download and fill out the application form in PDF format. Forms can be faxed to (202) 833-9668 or (202) 842-4063, or relevant information can be e-mailed to
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
and/or Angel Flight America, 888-662-6794, Fax: 1-757-318-9107, Email: email@example.com
Aircraft operators wishing to offer their aircraft and facilities to aid national emergency response should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Currently FEMA is overwhelmed with offers of support, and urges those wishing to offer their services to submit them VIA FAX to (202) 501-1439
What about ultralight flying?
Although ultralights are not officially considered aircraft, but vehicles, they are still subject to Federal Air Regulations, specifically, Part 103. No matter what we fly, aircraft or vehicles, the National Emergency has closed the National Airspace System (NAS) to all general aviation flights, including
ultralights. We urge ultralight enthusiasts to remain grounded until regular general aviation operations are again underway. Ultralight pilots who do fly during this National Emergency risk not only violation of FARs, but arrest and seizure of their aircraft/vehicle. There have been confirmed reports of pilots/aircraft being intercepted during flight, escorted to the nearest airfield, where the pilots were arrested. This is a very sensitive time for all, and it is imperative that we all respect the nature of the emergency facing this great nation of ours.
What does this mean for recreational aviation in the future?
It’s again important to understand that the nation’s primary focus is on internal security and finding those responsible for Tuesday’s tragedies. EAA and other aviation groups, as well as the FAA and aviation supporters throughout the federal government, are urging that full general aviation operations be restored as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The nation’s focus, however, remains on the matters at hand. As the National Airspace System returns to normal operations, other efforts will then again return for consideration. A common question concerns the status of the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft proposal. This, like all other “routine” projects at FAA, was overshadowed by the events on Sept. 11. EAA’s enthusiasm and support for this effort continues.
In the long term, EAA and other aviation groups continue to represent their members who enjoy the freedom of flight. That freedom is a representation of our unique opportunities in the United States and must be maintained. Every pilot can help maintain those freedoms by acting with the highest levels of responsibility and judgment in their personal flight operations. In this time of tragedy, the efforts to bring aviation back continue. EAA is working with everyone to ensure this happens quickly and safely. EAA will also continue to monitor the situation to ensure that no
unjustifiable restrictions are placed on the freedom of flight we have enjoyed.
Attention, Users of EAA Flight Planner:
Important Message from AeroPlanner.com
AeroPlanner.com has created the following message for registered users of its flight planning service,
including those accessing EAA Flight Planner.
The staff of AeroPlanner.com is deeply saddened by the events of Tuesday, and would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families of the victims in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.
We also know that thousands of General Aviation pilots and passengers are stranded throughout the country right now, and soon will be allowed to fly again and are currently planning those flights.
We ask that while planning the flight on AeroPlanner.com please notice the announcement on the top of each page inside of the red box. We are trying to keep up with current announcements from the Air Traffic Control System Command Center and have been posting links to these announcements on the web.
Please check the following websites for up to date information regarding current National Airspace System Status:
Also, be sure to check ALL NOTAMS and contact Airport Management before making plans. Most Airport Managers phone numbers can be found by looking up airport information here:
Once General Aviation Flights are allowed to commence, please call your local flight service station or call 1-800-WX-BRIEF to check current NAS status if you are planning to fly soon.
Please keep checking the current status of the National Airspace System to ensure safe flights for all.
Chapter Events This Weekend
As of Friday afternoon, VFR general aviation was still not permitted to resume operations in the National Airspace System. That being the case, several Chapters have contacted EAA to inform us and other members that they have postponed or canceled flying events scheduled for the weekend of September 14-16.
Planning for the Southwest Regional EAA Fly-in scheduled for September 21-22 in Abilene, Texas, continues, according to SWRFI officials. The event will be held regardless of the flight
restrictions, according to SWRFI Chairman Stan Shannon.
For all other events listed below, please call event organizers for more information.
Chapter 478, Leonardtown, Maryland, Young Eagles Rally/Fly-in September 15 at St. Mary’s County Airport has been rescheduled for October 20. Call 301-373-4505.
Chapter 846, Wadsworth, Ohio, 11th Annual Fly-In September 15, canceled.
Chapter 866, Titusville, Florida, Smilin’ Jack Fly-In September 15 canceled
As for the 27th annual Kentucky EAA Sport Aviation Weekend, organizers had originally decided to cancel their event. However, it was decided to keep the even open. Carroll Smiley wrote:
“It has come to my attention that some of our number do not want to give the terrorists the satisfaction of impeding our pursuit of happiness. Many members from around the region plan to drive in and get together to enjoy each other’s company, hangar flying, etc. Although formal events have been canceled, the food trailer will be there. So if you have a like mind, please drive in and join us.”
Happy Birthday, PHP!
We wish a happy 80th birthday today,
Sept. 14, to EAA Founder and Chairman of the Board Paul Poberezny, as well as many more years of health and happiness. Paul, as he usually is each year around his birthday, is currently in Reno for the
National Championship Air Races.
EAA Staff Comes
Through in Relief Effort
A hastily arranged collection drive by EAA staff to benefit the American Red Cross rescue and recovery efforts in New York City and Washington, D.C., has brought an outstanding outpouring from EAA staff members this week. Joyce Reynolds reports that about $2,000 had been raised by Friday afternoon.
Aerobatic Championships Wrap-up |
Last Friday, the final flights of the rain-plagued U.S. National Aerobatic Championships took place in Denison, Texas. Organizers did a marvelous job continuing the competition despite having only about 25 hours of decent flying conditions throughout the week.
For complete details on the event, visit the IAC website.
On The Flight Line
Avfuel to buy Texaco’s GA business
Avfuel Corporation, the nation’s leading independent supplier of aviation fuels and services, announced its intention to acquire Texaco’s general aviation business this month. The move satisfies a requirement the U.S. Federal Trade Commission made before it would approve the Chevron-Texaco merger.
This purchase is Avfuel Corporation’s seventh aviation acquisition, and the fourth public company division to be incorporated into Avfuel over the past decade. Other acquisitions include Pride Aviation, a division of Pride Companies, L.P. in 1988; Triton Fuel Group, a division of Triton Energy Ltd. in 1993; and PS Trading in 1998.
“The acquisition of this portion of Texaco’s General Aviation business takes Avfuel Corporation up to the next level in its mission to become an undisputed global leader in general aviation,” said Avfuel President Craig R. Sincock.
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Avfuel serves more than 700 branded dealers and 2,500 other aviation customers nationwide. Texaco GA operates facilities in California, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.
AvShop provides pilots with a way to demo the latest aviation programs with its free “Aviation’s Best Software” CD-ROM. Now you can test-fly the hottest IFR flight sims, PC-based logbooks and test preparation programs before committing to purchase.
The CD is packed with over 600 MB of aviation apps for PCs, Macs and handheld devices. Some of the titles include On Top 7, FlitePro, FlightLevel 2000 and more evaluation programs from such companies as ASA, Jeppesen, Elite, SureCheck Aviation.
To get a copy of “Aviation’s Best Software,” visit the “specials” section of www.avshop.com or call toll-free 800-805-9415.
Thunder Mustang Back In Production
The Thunder Builders Group (TBG) has announced an agreement in principle to buy the Thunder Mustang molds and intellectual property from GUT Works, L.L.C. of Lawrence, Kansas, and resurrect production of the Thunder Mustang.
TBG was formed in 1999 to ensure that its members—kitbuilders of the ¾ scale P-51D replica—would receive the necessary parts to complete their kits when Papa 51 Ltd. began to have financial difficulties. Papa 51 declared bankruptcy last December.
“Once we successfully accomplished that goal, our focus was directed to preserving the assets required to someday see this great P-51D replica go back into production,” said Malcolm Thomson, TBG’s designated spokesman and managing member. “That day is here!”
Three more of the 2,200 lb, 650 hp high performance airplanes recently made first flights.
Q & A:
Question of the Week
Government and Industry Relations:|
I recently purchase a Rans Coyote and it is coming up on it's annual inspection. We have a A&P on the field that is willing to do my annual but, he is unable to find the proper governmental regulations that give him the authority to do the inspection. He thinks it is in a AC circulator and is unable to find it. Could you help me find the proper government/FAA regulations to accomplish my
annual? - Via
The authority for the A&P to do the annual inspection is your aircraft's operating limits issued by the FAA. One of the last items in the limitations is one that reads (or similar to): "An experimental aircraft builder certified as a Repairman for this aircraft, or an appropriately rated FAA certificated mechanic, may perform the condition inspection required by these operating limitations."
Once finished he would make the following entry in your aircraft maintenance logbook:
"I certify that this aircraft has been inspected on (insert date) in accordance with the scope and detail of appendix D to part 43 and found to be in a condition for safe operation." The entry will include the aircraft total time in service, and the name, signature, certificate number, and type of certificate held by the person performing the inspection.
You can find more in-depth information at the following EAA members web page.
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