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UPCOMING EVENTS

Scheduled Activities
September 28-30 - OAKDALE, LA - Third Annual Cajun Campout Fly-In (L42), 337-639-4328
flyallen@bellsouth.net
 
September 29 - GREENVILLE, TX - Chapter 914 Annual Fall Gathering at Majors Field, 903-454-9579
brown@koyote.com

September 29 - FRESNO, CA - Visalia Municipal Airport sponsored "Wings Over Tulare County," 559-289-0887

September 29 - ARLINGTON, TX - Arlington Municipal Airport Open House (GKY), 817-465-7253

September 29 - LOUISVILLE, KY - "Wood, Fabric, & Tailwheels 2001" at Lee Bottom Airport (64I), 812-866-3211
mailto:NX21175TH@aol.com 

September 29 - APPLE RIVER, IL - Foster Field Airport (7A4) sponsored Aviation Appreciation Day, 815-492-2510
www.fosterfield.com

September 30 - CUMBERLAND, MD - Chapter 426 Fly-In Breakfast, 814-356-3773
mailto:dolly@bedford.net 

September 30 - ELKADER, IA - Chapter 368 Pancake Breakfast Fly-In

September 30 - GHENT, NY - Chapter 146 Fall Fly-In at Klinekill Airport (NY1), 518-851-2095

September 30 - ZELIENOPLE, PA - Chapter 857 Chili Fly-In, 724-457-9850 

September 30 - GROVE CITY AIRPORT - EAA Chapter 161, Annual Fly-in. Breakfast and lunch available
jeanschmidt@pathway.net

October 5 - MIDLAND, TX - Confederate Air Force Headquarters sponsored Grand Opening Celebration Aviation Nose Art, 915-563-1000 

October 5-7 - Evergreen, AL - Southeast EAA Fly-In, 334-578-1707
www.serfi.org

October 5-7 - DARLINGTON, SC - VAA Chapter 3 Fall Fly-In, 919-225-0713

October 5-8 - BAJA, MEXICO - LaPaz Fly-In
mailto:fcalbright@aol.com 

October 6 - HILLSBORO, OR - Chapter 105 Fly-In Breakfast, 503-681-0183
mailto:deanpsir@ftconnect.com 

October 6 - RICHMOND, KY - Chapter 892 Annual Willie Curtis Fly-In Breakfast, 859-986-4109
wrcurtis@juno.com 

October 6 - MAYVILLE, NY - Dart Airport sponsored End of Season Bash, 716-753-2160

October 6 - WILLCOX, AZ - Chapter 1291 sponsored "Rex Allen Days" Fly-In, 520-384-2992

October 6 - LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - Gwinnet County Airport Open House and 6th Annual 690 Hangar Dance (reservations recommended) 770-613-9501
www.eaa690.org

October 6 - MONTGOMERY, NY - Chapter 1280 Fall Fly-In (MGJ), 845-883-6267

October 6 - MADISON, IN - Aviation Awareness Fly-In/Airshow, 812-265-2803
csauer@SEIDAJA.com 

October 6 - CORNING, CA - Chapter 1148 Fly-In BBQ, 530-824-0644

October 6 - CARROLL CO., AR - Aviation Breakfast/Fly-In, 501-253-5784

October 6 - LINCOLNTON, NC - Lincoln County Airport Open House and Chapter 309 Fly-In. 9 am until 4 pm. Static and Flyby Displays, Food and Refreshments, 704-664-6097
www.EAA309.org
rdtdive@aol.com

October 6-7 - KALAMAZOO, MI - Free Fall Open House, 616-382-6555

October 6-7 - MIDLAND, TX - Confederate Air Force Headquarters sponsored "AIRSHOW 2001", 915-563-1000

October 6-7 - RUTLAND, VT - Chapter 968 Leafpeepers Fly-In, 802-492-3647
lloyd@vermontel.net

October 6-7 - Toughkenamon, PA - East Coast EAA Fly-In, 302-894-1094
www.eastcoastflyin.org 

October 6-7 - DELAWARE, OH - Chapter 27 Delaware Municipal Airport Fly-In, 740-363-0767

October 6-7 - WAUSEON, OH - Chapter 149 28th Mini Chili Fly-In at Fulton County Airport (USE), melva05@hotmail.com

October 6-7 - INDIANA, PA - Chapter 993 Jimmy Stewart Airport Festival (IDI)
bluswede@adelphia.net 

October 6-8- PORTERVILLE, CA - Mooney Mite Fly-In, 559-782-8925

October 7 - NOBLESVILLE, IN - Chapter 67 Fly-In Pig Roast, 317-773-5298

Young Eagles Rallies
October 6 - MARTINSBURG, WV - Chapter 1071 Fly-In Breakfast/Young Eagles Rally

October 5-6 - STOCKTON, CA - Chapter 52 Young Eagle Rally, 916-744-1727

October 7 - ADDISON, IL - Chapter 101 Young Eagles Rally at Schaumburg Regional Airport, 630-543-9213

October 7 - MIDDLESEX, NY - Chapter 504 Breakfast/ Young Eagles Rally, 716-554-3019
midair@localnet.com

EAA SportAir Workshops:
OCT 5-7, 2001, GRIFFIN, GA - Topic: TIG Welding

OCT 6-7, 2001, DENVER, CO - Topic: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Introduction to Aircraft Building, and What's Involved in Kitbuilding?

  
See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.

   


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

September 28, 2001   Volume 1, Number 24

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. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org 

News You Can Use ---

EAA Strongly Opposes Proposed Legislation Aimed at Flight Student Background Checks
EAA strongly opposes legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that would require flight students to undergo and pay for extensive background checks by FAA, FBI and CIA.

HR 2932 “Safe Skies Act of 2001" was introduced on Sept. 21 by Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. The bill calls for flight students to pay for federal queries into their personal background, “including information relating to any history of criminal activity or to any evidence of espionage or terrorism.” (At this writing, two additional House bills and one Senate bill have been introduced on this same subject. EAA staff is evaluating the possible impact of these various proposals. Visit the EAA website for latest information.)

EAA feels the federal government should use the tools and agencies we now have to check those people entering the United States, whether that’s Immigration and Naturalization Service, Customs or other agencies. “Flight schools have no direct responsibility for who is allowed to enter the country,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “Forcing student pilots to pay for background checks will make it harder to bring legitimate flight students into the system. Who decides where that ‘line’ is of who is qualified for flight training? If there is a false accusation, what redress is possible? It sets up background checks in the wrong areas.”

If enacted, the House bill would order the FAA Administrator to ensure that background reviews be completed within 28 days. “The infrastructure to perform the background checks that would be required simply doesn't exist to do the job in the 28 days required by the bill,” said Tom.

EAA is addressing this issue with members of Congress.
  
FAA Clarifies NOTAMs Covering Airshows, Ultralight Operations and Parachute Operations

From FAA Headquarters, AFS-800
To All Aviation Flight Standards Divisional Managers :

This to clarify the information contained in various NOTAMs with regard to part 103 ultralight operations, parachute operations, and airshows. This clarification has been coordinated with air traffic here at HQ.

Regarding Ultralight operations:
1. Outside enhanced Class B. - All part 103 ultralight operations (powered and unpowered) to include flight training under the training exemption issued to the four ultralight organizations. The flight training is for both solo and dual.
2. Inside enhanced Class B - All part 103 ultralight operations (powered and unpowered) to include flight training under the exemption issued to the four ultralight organizations. The flight training is limited to dual only.
3. Exemption holders are: USUA, EAA, ASC, USHGA.
4. There is NO requirement for a transponder inside of any (enhanced or normal) class B airspace.

Regarding airshows:
1. Airshows are authorized by FDC NOTAM 1/0356 for shows outside of enhanced Class B airspace.
2. Airshows are excepted from FDC NOTAM 1/0298 which establishes a TFR for major professional or collegiate sporting event or any other major open air assembly of people. Airshows are authorized by the FAA via waivers.

Regarding Parachute operations:
1. Parachute operations (to include demo jumps over congested areas) are authorized by FDC NOTAM 1/0356 for drops outside of enhanced Class B airspace for which a TFR has not been established.
2. Demo jumps may not be conducted into airspace above a major professional or collegiate sporting event or any other major open air assembly of people for which a TFR has been established.
3. Demo jumps are authorized for events for which a TFR has not been established.

NOTE: During the present situation, NOTAM information has been subject to constant change and it is extremely important that all pilots check with flight service for applicable NOTAMS prior to EVERY flight. Call 1-800-WXBRIEF (992-7433) for the latest information.

Three More New NOTAMs Issued by FAA Sept. 27 
The FAA has issued three new NOTAMs for the National Airspace System (NAS) effective September 27. 

FDC 1/0523 states that pipeline/powerline operators are now authorized to conduct either VFR or IFR operations in all NAS except in the restricted airspace around New York and Washington DC and around/over sporting events defined in FDC NOTAM 1/0298. An assigned ATC transponder code is required for either VFR or IFR flight.
FDC 1/0530 states that all pilots, airline, charter, and general aviation, are advised to avoid the airspace above or in proximity to site such as nuclear power plants, other power plants, dams, refineries, dams, industrial complexes or other similar facilities. Pilots are requested not to circle (loiter) in the vicinity of such site.
EAA note: Since most of these sites are not marked on any map and the term "industrial complex" has not been defined, we urge pilots to use common sense when looking for and avoiding such sites.
FDC 1/0532 states that all post maintenance flight tests, production flight tests, and acceptance flight tests in aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff gross weight of 95,000 pounds or less may be performed in the NAS by pilots certificated by the FAA, are under the control of a US company, pilots must use a test flight call sign, and aircraft comply with all other IFR procedures in effect. These procedures also apply to foreign registered aircraft. These flights may be done throughout the NAS except within the Boston enhanced Class B airspace and the TFRs around New York and Washington DC.

EAA note: FAA headquarters (9/27/01 @ 3:30 pm) has provided EAA with an interpretation of the above NOTAM.
1st: US company is defined as a "US Company" or a "US citizen" acting as a "manufacturer" of an experimental amateur-built aircraft or an independent A&P (US Citizen).
2nd: Test flight call sign - a VFR or IFR flight plan is required and in the remarks section enter "flight test per FDC Notam 1/0532". For experimental amateur-built aircraft operators and independent A&P's your call sign during the test flight will be, for example "N2345WB Test Flight." and
3rd: Comply with all other IFR procedures in effect - within enhanced Class B airspace only IFR operations are allowed, including all test flights. Outside enhanced Class B airspace, test flights can be either VFR (per FDC NOTAM 1/0356) or IFR. EAA needs to reinforce knowledge of operating limitations to builders/owners/pilots of experimental amateur-built aircraft, these state test flights can only be done VFR, e.g., no test flying within enhanced Class B airspace.

EAA and NAFI Provide Congressional
Testimony on Behalf of General Aviation, Flight Instruction Industries
EAA President and CEO Tom Poberezny participated in testimony by a panel of general aviation leaders before the U.S. Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation on Tuesday afternoon. The panel's urgent concerns: The prudent reopening of enhanced Class B airspace to allow some 40,000 aircraft currently grounded to fly again, and the dire economic straights in which many small GA-related business owners (FBOs, flight instructors, etc.) are facing under the continual flight restrictions.
(read more)
  
Warbirds Threatened by Another Demilitarization Provision
EAA and Warbirds of America are asking members to communicate their concerns to the Senate Armed Services Committee over Sec. 1062 of Senate Bill 1438, the Department of Defense Authorization Act. It's important to note that EAA and Warbirds of America do not object to this important appropriations bill; only to the section calling for the demilitarization of former military equipment, including warbirds. Please visit the EAA website for the latest information on this issue.
  
EAA to Co-Sponsor Wright Brothers International Symposium Oct. 22-25
EAA is a sponsor of an international symposium on the first century of flight, “They Taught the World to Fly: The Wright Brothers and the Age of Flight," scheduled for Oct. 22-25 in Raleigh, N.C.
(read more)
  

More than 150 airplanes turn out for SWRFI
EAA Southwestern Regional Fly-In (SWRFI) organizers fought through severe weather to hold the 38th annual SWRFI Sept. 21-22, at Abilene Regional Airport.
(read more)

Openings Available at Denver SportAir Workshop; Test-Flying Your Project Course in Columbus, Ohio
There are still some openings in all classes at the rescheduled EAA SportAir Workshops in Denver on October 6-7, as well as the new workshop, "Test-Flying Your Project ," slated to debut in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 13.
Denver class offerings include Introduction to Aircraft Building, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, and Sheet Metal. The Saturday evening course -- What's Involved in Building an Airplane -- will also be offered.
The one-day test-flight course helps an aircraft builder or restorer prepare for the first flight of a completed aircraft project, as well as develop a meaningful test flight program.
To register or for more information, contact EAA SportAir at www.sportair.com or call 800-967-5746.

On The Flight Line ---

DARcorporation Releases AAA 2.3

DARcorp, Lawrence, Kansas, announces the release of a new version of its popular Advanced Aircraft Analysis (AAA) design software. AAA, which is used by most major airplane manufacturers and aerospace universities in 35 countries, applies to most fixed wing configurations (civil and military aircraft). AAA allows students and design engineers to rapidly evolve an airplane configuration from weight sizing through detailed performance calculations and cost estimations.
DARcorp Vice President William Anemaat says that increased speed and improved networking capabilities make this an important upgrade. We are now 32-bit compliant,” he said. “Plus AAA now can hold multi-engine configurations for propeller planes.” The last upgrade, 2.2, arrived in January 2000.
While most major manufacturers are customers, DARcorp is looking to attract smaller companies and the kitplane market. Smaller, less expensive versions of AAA are available. DARcorp is working to improve the user interface, which Anemaat conceded was very technical. “Future versions will allow us to get into the kitplane market” he said.
For more information, visit www.darcorp.com.

Wright “B” Flyer Replica Arrives in Dayton
Dayton’s Inventing Flight, along with Greene County (Ohio) and the Dayton Aviation Heritage Commission, has acquired a 1911 Wright “B” replica. The aircraft will be on display at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field as a part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park exhibits, and will be owned and maintained by Wright B Flyer, Inc.
The Wright Model B, first flown over Huffman Prairie in 1910, is considered to be the first production airplane. This is the first airplane in which Wilbur and Orville incorporated a rear stabilizer, now called a traditional “tail.”
The Model B made what is believed to be the first airfreight shipment—from Huffman to Columbus, Ohio, a distance of 65 miles—on Nov, 7, 1910.
The replica was built by Tom and Nancy Valentine in the late 1970s to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Wrights’ first powered flight. They carefully copied the Franklin Institute’s (Philadelphia) 1911 B model and spent more than 30 months building it. This replica also appeared in the movie production The Winds of Kitty Hawk and was later put on display at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry for nearly 20 years.
The exhibit at Huffman Prairie was formally dedicated in August. For more information, visit www.inventingflight.com

Q & A: Question of the Week

Question: Where does the authority for military or bureaucrat alike come from that permits them to alter our ability to fly airplanes and train in them in "our" national airspace? It seems to be a fundamental question both EAA should be investigating and challenging. - Via e-mail

Answer: This is a history issue that must be traced to come up with the answer:
1. First, the airspace over the US is property of the U.S. government, just like the airspace over Canada and Mexico belongs to their governments.
2. The Air Commerce Act of 1926 delegated authority to "manage" this airspace to the Secretary of Commerce per act of Congress and President Coolidge.
3. The Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 created the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA) to act as the agent of Congress and the President to manage the airspace over the U.S.
4. December 1, 1941 - Congress authorized a change to the Act, allowing all pilots and aircraft in the U.S. to be federally certificated.
5. December 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor attacked.
6. December 13, 1941 - Congress and the president directed the CAA to take possession and assume control of all and any parts of the civil aviation system.
7. May 1, 1944 - United States vs. Drumm - Courts upheld the CAA authority to federally certificate all pilots and aircraft using U.S. airspace.
8. June 25, 1950 - South Korea invaded.
9. September 9, 1950 - Congress amended the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938, directing the CAA to develop and implement plans for security control of air traffic when US security is endangered. Authority to establish security zones in US airspace is established. Department of Defense and the CAA could prohibit or restrict flights that could not be effectively controlled, located, and/or identified. Also Presidential Executive Order No. 10197.
10. July 15, 1952 - Congress approved the plan for the "security control of air traffic" (SCAT), with the Department of Defense as lead in providing for national defense requirements.

Today, portions of these past acts and authorities are published in FAR 99. 

FAR 99.3(b) authorizes the establishment of "Defense Areas" - any airspace of the United States in which control of the aircraft is required for reasons of national security. 

FAR 99.7 "Each person operating an aircraft in an ADIZ or Defense Area shall comply with special security instructions issued by the FAA Administrator in the interest of national security and that are consistent with appropriate agreements between the FAA and the Department of Defense."

Bottom line - Congress and the President declared the entire US airspace system a "Defense Area" immediately after the September 11, 2001 attack. Then "consistent with appropriate agreements between the FAA and the Department of Defense" (FAR 99.7) the Defense Areas were slowly relaxed as the national emergency situation stabilized.

That's it in a nutshell - the restrictions in place today are based on Congressional and Presidential laws and Orders passed during previous times of national emergencies - WWII and the Korean Conflict.


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