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UPCOMING EVENTS

This Week's
Scheduled Activities
September 21 - LANSING, MI - Chapter 260 Careers in Aviation, 708-672-9865

September 21-22 - Abilene, TX - Southwest EAA Fly-In, 800-727-7704
www.swrfi.org
 

September 21-23 - PINE BLUFF, AR - 21st Annual KR Gathering at Grider Field (PBF), 870-535-3294
blindate@seark.net

September 21-23 - CULLMAN, AL - Cullman Airport and Wallace State College Helicopter Dept sponsored 7th Annual North Alabama Rotorcraft Fly-In, 256-775-1011
wscc-flt@cneti.com 

September 22 - MT. VERNON, IL - Chapter 1155 5th Annual Little Egypt Fly-In/Verteran’s Reunion, 618-244-3303
www.eaa1155.org  

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 (AOO), 814-942-4653

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, RESCHEDULED: OCT. 20, 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)
LWILLI6318@aol.com 

September 22-23 - NASHUA, NH - Second Annual Aviation Heritage Festival sponsored by Daniel Webster College, 603-577-6625
www.dwc.edu/festival

September 23 - PORT CLINTON, OH - Chapter 1247 Fly-In at Carl Keller Field (PCW)
jpark@cros.net 

September 23 - SIMSBURY, CT - Chapter 324 16th Annual Simsbury Fly-In, 860-408-0040, jbellino@snet.net 

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 23-26 - DULUTH, MN - The 312th Bomb Group Assn. sponsored 53rd Consecutive Reunion, 218-245-3970, cgmewt@is;oml/me

EAA SportAir Workshops
Next 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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A unique aerial view of the "coolest place at AirVenture" - the EAA Seaplane Base - is the featured desktop image for September. Just visit the download page on the EAA website and follow directions.

   

  
The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

September 18, 2001   Volume 1, Number 21

Special Edition

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 ehotline@eaa.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.

VFR Flight Still Prohibited Except in Alaska
EAA hopes you find this information useful as we work to put VFR general aviation back in the sky in the quickest, safest and most responsible manner possible. Please visit the following links for continuous updates.

NOTAMs | Event Updates | FAQs | Relief Help | e-HOT LINE | Restricted Airspace Maps

A Message from EAA President Tom Poberezny
Updated 9/18/2001, 4:15 p.m. (CDT)
Efforts continue to return all general aviation flights to the skies. Part 137 agricultural and pipeline inspection flights were reactivated beginning this week. But we have heard from numerous EAA members, especially those involved in general aviation businesses, regarding the economic hardship caused by the grounding of VFR flying. Those economic issues support the No. 1 goal of EAA and its affiliate, the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) — returning general aviation to where it was prior to the events of Sept. 11.

As a result of national security concerns, the Dept. of Defense is currently responsible for the nation’s airspace. We are actively seeking more information on the issues that are keeping VFR flights grounded and when movement might be expected on those issues. Meanwhile, FAA is meeting with national security officials today (Sept. 18) on the possibilities to get VFR flights operating once again.

What economic hardships are occurring?
Late this morning, I talked with FAA Administrator Jane Garvey prior to her meeting with the National Security Council. Included on the agenda were airspace issues and VFR flights. It was a productive conversation, as Administrator Garvey concurred with EAA’s position that the continued grounding of VFR flight has caused tremendous economic ramifications within the GA community. She agreed that America’s aviation infrastructure is fragile and that suspension of any part creates enormous difficulties, as demonstrated by the airlines. This information was timely in advance of her NSC meeting. A balance must be maintained between national security issues and economic hardships. Along with communications received by EAA and NAFI, we are surveying GA and ultralight flight instructors, kit and accessory manufacturers, Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) and other business to gauge the depth of the economic difficulties. Such economic impact examples were among statements rushed to FAA Headquarters this morning. We continue gathering more of this material to support our position. This and additional information will also be included in EAA’s testimony before the House Aviation Subcommittee on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

EAA has also contacted the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) regarding relief for these businesses hit hard by the current restrictions. President Bush reiterated today his desire for the nation to return to normal business as quickly as possible. General aviation must be freed to join that recovery effort.

What can individual EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts do to help?
First of all, support your aviation organizations, whether it is EAA or one of the other organizations working diligently on behalf of general aviation. The united efforts of these organizations will do much to present the importance of general aviation.

Also, be ready to enjoy your freedom of flight when the VFR restrictions are lifted. It is important to show that these privileges are important and utilized. In addition, we may be coming back to members in the future, asking you to contact elected officials and support local aviation activities.
(Previous Messages >From Tom Poberezny)
  
Frequently Asked Questions -
 
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 www.nbaa.org). 

When can I fly VFR again?
Currently, all national airspace is under the control of national security authorities, not FAA or the U.S. Department of Transportation. EAA has been advised that this is because a viable threat remains from unmonitored small and large aircraft operations, including ultralights. FAA and DOT are in the process of presenting a plan to national security officials to return VFR operations to our nation’s airspace. An exact timetable for such a resumption has not yet been established.
  
Why is my small aircraft considered a risk?
National security officials at the highest levels of government will make the ultimate decision on the return of VFR operations. Currently, those officials believe there still are threats to security within the country. Therefore, they are taking unprecedented precautions to protect security. That includes prohibitions on unmonitored aircraft operations, which could be used by terrorists. 

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 these 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 airlift@nbaa.org or airlift@generalaviation.org and/or Angel Flight America, 888-662-6794, Fax: 1-757-318-9107, Email: angelflightamerica@erols.com or www.angelflightamerica.org/

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.

EAA Providing Assistance To Members
Several pilots have contacted EAA asking for assistance after being caught—in some instances by military intercept—in violation of the current no-VFR-flying NOTAM.
EAA is working with these members to help protect their personal flying privileges through the use of NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System forms, as well as referrals to the EAA Legal Advisory Council. The EAA Legal Advisory Council is available for free consultations to all EAA members regarding aviation legal issues. (Visit the EAA members only section of the EAA website for more information.)
We realize that there is a growing frustration among many EAA members who are not allowed to fly their aircraft VFR. This issue is being discussed on an hourly basis.
EAA cannot emphasize strongly enough to pilots: VFR flight is currently prohibited in the lower 48 states so don’t fly unless you are qualified to do so IFR under the specific regulations spelled out in the NOTAM. Also, IFR "pop-ups" are not authorized. All aircraft must have a discreet transponder code.
For complete information on the latest developments, check back to the EAA website for frequent updates.

Agricultural Aircraft Authorized
According to FDC NOTAM 1/0074, Part 137 (Agricultural Aircraft) operations are now authorized to fly VFR in the National Airspace System (NAS) provided they remain clear of Class B airspace areas. (See latest NOTAM.)

VFR Flight Ban Also Grounds EAA Young Eagles Program
As long as VFR General Aviation flights are not allowed, the EAA Young Eagles Program here is essentially grounded as well (outside Alaska). EAA is asking members and partner organizations in other countries to step forward and fly Young Eagles to keep the program strong until VFR restrictions are lifted ... 
(read more)

SWRFI Reports, "We are having the fly-in!"
The Southwest Regional EAA Fly-In (SWRFI) will go on as scheduled this weekend, Sept. 21-22, proclaimed Chairman Stan Shannon early this week. The 38th annual event will go on as planned at Abilene, Texas, Regional Airport (ABI).
(read more)

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:
http://www.eaa.org; http://www.nbaa.org; http://www.aopa.org
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:
http://www.aerochart.com/mapping/chart/aptsel.cfm
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.

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 employees contributed $2,185.53. In addition, Fergus Chapel held a special collection on Sunday and collected $164 for a total of $2,349.53. EAA matched this total for a grand total of $4,699.06.
  

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