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Scheduled Activities

October 12-13 - PINEVILLE, LA - Chapter 614 Annual Fall Fly-In, 318-793-2992  

October 13 - CINCINNATI, OH - Warbird Squadron 18 WWII Big Band Hangar Dance, 513-621-9292

October 13 - HAMPTON, NH - Chapter 15 Pumpkin Patch Fly-In, 603-964-6749

October 13 - TRUCKEE-TAHOE, CA - Chapter 1073 Pancake Breakfast, 530-546-8515

October 13 - CLARKSVILLE, TN - Chapter 1284 & Outlaw Field Celebration sponsored Fly-In, 931-358-9862

October 13 - PELL CITY, AL - Chapter 1320 Fly-In Breakfast, 205-338-9500

October 13 - MINERAL WELLS, TX - Chapter 1318 Fly-In, guest speaker Bill Gunn

CANCELLED: October 13 - ALLOWAY, NJ - Chapter 216 Fall Festival, 856-582-2282

October 13 - HOLLISTER, CA - Chapter 1264 & Hollister Airmens Assoc. sponsored Annual Hollister Air Fair, 831-637-0559

October 13 - RIDGEWAY, VA - Chapter 970 Old Fashion Grass Field Fly-In, 540-956-2159

October 13 - BOWLING GREEN, KY - Chapter 1050 Fly-In Lunch, 270-782-8786, Rogeair@aol.com 

October 13 - DECATUR, IL - Chapter 274 Annual Chili Day, 217-795-2393

October 13 - BURGAW, NC - Chapter 297 Annual Fall Fly-In, (7NC1), 910-392-9141

October 13 - KENTON, OH - Chapter 1196 Chili Fly-In

October 13-14 - WINCHESTER, VA - Chapter 186 Spring Fly-In, 703-780-6329

October 13-14 - ALLIANCE, OH - Marlboro Volunteers, Inc sponsored Military Vehicle Show, 330-823-1168

October 13-14 - BECKLEY, WV - Southern West Virginia Fall Air Festival, 304-469-4174

October 13-14 - BROOKSHIRE, TX - Chapter 112 Fly-In & Pilot Proficiency Events, 281-256-3163

October 13-14 - GREAT BEND, KS - Great Bend Air Show and Fly-In, (GBD), 620-792-2401

October 14 - WOODLAND, CA - Chapter 52 Hangar Breakfast, 916-744-1727

October 14 - FULTON, NY - Chapter 486 Pancake Breakfast at Oswego Cty Airport (FZY), 315-598-4EAA

October 14 - WATERVLIET, MI - Chapter 585 Chili Hop/Hayride, 616-468-5530

October 17-21 - TULLAHOMA, TN - Staggerwing Beech Museum & Twin Beech 18 Society sponsored "Beech Party 2001, A Family Affair," 931-455-1974

October 19-21 - LAKE TEXOMA, TX - Annual Cedar Mills Marina Seaplane Safety Seminar Splash-In, 903-523-4222 ext. 232

October 20 - PONTOTOC, MS - Chapter 987 9th Annual Fall Fly-In, 662-489-4349

October 20 - HICKORY, NC - Chapter 731 Fall Fly-In, (HKY), 800-852-9113

October 20-21 - HOUSTON, TX - 17th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow at Ellington Field, 713-644-1018

October 20-21 - FORT WORTH, TX - Fort Worth/Alliance Airport sponsored "International Airshow," 817-461-8633

October 20-21 - CHESAPEAKE, VA - Chapter 339 Annual Fly-In (PVG) 757-486-5192

October 21 - DESHLER, OH - Chapter 636 Annual Chile Fly-In, 419-278-1373

October 22-25 - SAN DIEGO, CA - Illuminating Engineering Society sponsored "Aviation Lighting Seminar," 650-821-7756

Young Eagles Rallies

October 13 - PUNTA GORDA, FL - Chapter 565 Pancake Breakfast/Young Eagle Rally, Charlotte County Airport, 941-627-1700, thayerv@earthlink.net

CANCELLED: October 13 - MONROE, NC - Chapter 309 Young Eagles Flight for Special Kids, 704-843-2241

October 20 - LIVINGSTON, TX - Chapter 1222 Young Eagle Rally/Fly-In

EAA SportAir Workshops:
OCT 19-21, 2001, OSHKOSH, WI
Topic: RV Assembly

OCT 19- 21, 2001, CORONA, CA
Topic: RV Assembly
See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.

EAA Welcomes Chapter Leaders At Workshop
Last Saturday, EAA welcomed 45 EAA Chapter leaders from 23 Chapters to the Aviation Center for an EAA Chapter Leadership Workshop. The registrants included EAA members from as far away as Pennsylvania and Colorado for the workshop, which included topics such as recruitment and retention, business considerations, building a Chapter and other issues. EAA founder Paul Poberezny also spoke to the group on Saturday evening.

EAA Chapter leaders may now access the Chapter Leadership Workshop materials through the EAA web site, which includes an on-line slide presentation that can be downloaded.

This Month's Wallpaper

The massive C-17 "Globemaster" military transport, two of which appeared at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2001, is our featured desktop image for October. Download your copy today from the EAA website.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

October 12, 2001   Volume 1, Number 27

Welcome to EAA e-HOT LINE, the 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 ---

VFR Operations to be Restored in Some Class B Airspace
Updated: 10/11/01 10:47 pm

EAA has learned from ranking government officials in Washington late Thursday night that the Department of Transportation is expected to announce the resumption of VFR flight operations in certain enhanced Class B airspace today (Friday October 12). At this early stage, all indications are that VFR flights will be authorized in approximately half of the enhanced Class B airspace areas within the next few days.

While the timing for release has not been
established, the new procedures for conducting VFR flight in the announced areas will be presented in an FAA NOTAM that will be issued within the next day or two. Be sure to check the EAA website regularly for the very latest changes and updates on the release of enhanced Class B airspace as they develop.

Pilots are reminded to adhere strictly to proper flight procedures and be particularly sensitive to the impact their operations might have on people or places on the ground.  Remember to check NOTAMs
before EVERY flight and avoid flights near open-air assemblies, power plants, industrial complexes, reservoirs, and dams.  It is imperative that pilots exercise the highest levels of airmanship and common sense during these early stages of resumed VFR flight operations in enhanced Class B airspace.

Surface, or point of departure security continues to be the primary concern of the National Security Council working group and will be the key to restoring VFR flight operations in the remaining enhanced Class B airspace in the future. The anticipated reopening of some enhanced Class B airspace is the result of intense negotiations over the past week by a working group of the National Security Council that includes the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation and other National Security Council staff. Specific proposals for airspace procedures and surface security were provided to this group in recent weeks by EAA, NATA and NBAA to assist with this effort.

Analysis: VFR Operations in enhanced Class B airspace
Week-long NSC negotiations focused and productive 

As EAA reported on Monday, a National Security Council working group, consisting of numerous federal agencies, has been meeting continually since last Friday to develop a strategy plan for the resumption of VFR general aviation operations in enhanced Class B airspace. Other issues being addressed include the resumption of operations by foreign registered general aviation aircraft in U.S. airspace and GA operations at Washington’s Reagan National Airport. 

Since the beginning of negotiations, two core issues needed to be addressed. First is the question of intent and compliance with that intent; basically, “Do we know where the aircraft plans to go and is it doing what we expected?” Solving these issues generally involves airspace and air traffic procedures and proved to be the easiest to address. Based in part on input provided over the last several weeks by EAA, NATA, and NBAA, the working group developed a series of strategy proposals to address issues of intent early this week. 

In recent days, the focus of negotiations has been on the far more difficult question of point of departure security; or “How do we know that the operator and contents of the aircraft are who and what they ought to be?” Ensuring a satisfactory level of security at the nation's more than 16,000 landing facilities or perhaps more importantly, finding an acceptable alternative to point of departure security has dominated the negotiations this week. There is no shortage of ideas being floated to address this issue, but there is a genuine shortage of ideas that are both practical and have a high likelihood of success in terms of public safety and security. 

What is clear is that there is no “one size fits all” solution to the issue of point of departure security. Complicating the NSC negotiations is the fact that there will likely need to be a continuum of relatively customized solutions to address the vast differences in the types of landing facilities and the kinds of operations conducted from them. EAA is organizing an “airport watch” program designed to monitor activity and serve as a deterrent to illegal or unusual activities at private and smaller public use facilities. Similarly, NATA has proposed security measures for FBOs and non-scheduled commercial operations conducted under Parts 91, 119, and 135. On the heavier end of general aviation, NBAA has proposed a number of security procedures for corporate flight departments and business aviation. All of these proposals and many others conceived by the FAA and other members of the NSC working group form the basis for addressing the difficult issues of point of departure security. 

Steady progress is being made, though perhaps not as rapidly as we would like, toward releasing VFR operations in enhanced Class B airspace through constructive negotiations and the reasoned and considered industry input from EAA and other organizations. The issues are complicated and ultimate solutions must be successful ensure the safety and security of the American public, as well as be sufficiently reasonable for the general aviation community. We believe that this process is nearing completion and it is hoped that a gradual, incremental reinstatement of VFR operations in enhanced Class B airspace will begin soon. 

Since September 11, EAA has been working closely with a number of government officials in Washington who have the ability to channel constructive input and feedback to and from the National Security Council. We believe that this has proved to be a successful strategy that will bring about the most expeditious return of VFR flight privileges within enhanced Class B airspace, with a minimum of new restrictions and procedures. The situation is evolving on a daily, if not hourly basis. EAA will advise its members and other aviation enthusiasts regarding developments as they occur.

EAA Helps Ultralights Get Back Into the Sky
While certificated aircraft have received the lion's share of attention over the past four weeks, ultralight pilots have also spent a large amount of time concerned about their own flying privileges. The impact of airspace restrictions has caused confusion in some areas for ultralight pilots as well as for FAA officials, who have tried to interpret the NOTAMs as they apply to Part 103 (ultralight) operations.

EAA has spent considerable time working on airspace issues on a national level, but it's been just as important to maintain contacts on the local level, too. A local misinterpretation of a NOTAM can keep ultralights grounded, even when they may be flying just a short distance away. At those times, EAA has been assisting members and FAA in locating areas where those NOTAM interpretations may be inconsistent.

Some examples: 
In Miami, Fla., powered parachute instructors were receiving conflicting information from FAA regarding flight instruction within enhanced Class B areas. EAA government and ultralight specialists contacted local and national FAA officials to ensure NOTAM interpretations were correct and consistent. As result, local Flight Service and air traffic officials were aware that these instructional flights could be made.

EAA Ultralight Chapter 149 in the Tampa, Fla., area was having difficulty convincing local officials that ultralight flights were allowed in the airspace. EAA Headquarters representatives contacted the Tampa-area Flight Standards District Office to clarify the NOTAM, which resulted in the Chapter's 50-plus ultralights (and others in the area) being freed for flying once again.

In Kauai, Hawaii, EAA's efforts allowed a small ultralight flying school to begin operations and stave off possible severe economic hardship. EAA's intervention provided both local FAA officials and the flight school to have the proper NOTAM interpretation, allowing the flight school to resume operations.

EAA has received numerous words of thanks from ultralight pilots for clarifying the issue and contacting FAA Headquarters on their behalf when necessary. EAA will continue to ensure the numerous NOTAMs being released during this time are properly and consistently interpreted, providing flight privileges to all who are authorized.

Inhofe Amendment Successfully Attached to Aviation Security Act
Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), successfully attached an amendment (#1847) to the Aviation Security Act which was passed by the Senate Thursday night. The amendment requires the President to submit to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence a report containing (1) a description of the restriction, if any, on the use of national airspace put in place as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks and (2) justification for such restriction remaining in place.” EAA supports the amendment.

Demilitarization Issue Heats up
The DOD Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Senate Bill S.1438), now in Congressional conference committee, continues to contain a threat to warbird aircraft owners throughout the country. Language allowing the Department of Defense to require demilitarization of ex-military aircraft could still emerge in the final legislation ... (read more)
EAA Stops the FAA Presses!
As we noted in last week’s e-HOT LINE, the FAA released FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 20-27E, Certification and Operations of Amateur-Built Aircraft last week. After a quick review, EAA staff, EAA members and several type clubs noticed a major mistake. Paragraph 12e(2) stated that each letter of the required experimental amateur-built aircraft passenger warning "shall" be 3/8" tall. This size requirement was added to the document after all public reviews and just prior to printing.
EAA immediately called FAA to alert them of the error, which resulted literally halted the presses and release of the AC. A new revised document is being prepared and released to the public, containing the same passenger warning label requirements except the 3/8" letter height requirement will be deleted. When EAA receives the updated AC we’ll post it on the government and homebuilders websites.
Contact EAA at govt@eaa.org for more information. 

On The Flight Line ---

Van’s Announces Development of 4-Place RV-10
The folks at Van’s Aircraft ended speculation by revealing last month that they’re developing a four-place airplane, the RV-10.
A low-wing, all metal fixed tricycle gear (no taildragger) aircraft, the RV-10 is being designed for 200-260 hp engines. Van’s website says the RV-10 will be “a moderately fast touring airplane that will carry four somewhat-bigger-than-FAA-average people, a reasonable amount of baggage and about 60 gallons of fuel.” Van’s compares cross-country performance to that of a 180-hp RV-7/8.
Kits will be totally matched-hole, similar to the RV-7/9A kits Van’s sells today, with a quick-build kit coming later. Building time will be somewhat comparable (a little longer) to the RV-9A. 
Projected total cost with engine appears to be in the mid-$60,000 range, but that’s very preliminary. There’s a lot more about the RV-10 at Van’s website, www.vansaircraft.com

Aircraft Spruce Sets Sales Record At Corona Airport Event
The first Corona (California) Air Faire, aimed at educating the community on the value of local airports, was scheduled during the last weekend of September at Corona Airport. The September 11 attacks initially jeopardized its potential for success, so organizers asked nearby Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, whose sales were down sharply, to join them by changing the date of their fifth annual Open House to coincide with the Air Faire.
The combined event exceeded everyone’s expectations. Aircraft Spruce set an all-time record for single-day sales, while the airport had a number of significant aircraft on the ramp. Also, static displays and demonstrations were set up by local police officers and firefighters.
The number of fly-ins and the local turnout were a pleasant surprise. “There was a lot of pent-up desire to get out and fly, to go somewhere and do something that ties in with aviation,” said Aircraft Spruce President Jim Irwin. “People got in their aircraft and flew on Saturday, and a lot of them came in and made purchases they’d put off for several weeks.” Sales dropped dramatically after September 11, said Irwin, but business has been coming back slowly. “Being able to fly again made a big difference.”
Manufacturer’s reps on hand included Yaseu, Icom, Garmin, Light Speed, Sigtronics, Sennheiser, Flightcome and Superior Panel Tech.

NTSP Celebrates 20th Anniversary
National Test Pilot School, Mojave, Calif., marked 20 years of flight test training on Sept. 25. Since it was formed in 1981 by Sean and Nadia Roberts, NTPS has grown steadily. 
More than 3,000 students have been trained here in courses ranging from a two-week introduction to flight-testing, to a yearlong Masters level course. Students represent 30 different countries from 194 different organizations, covering nearly all the US and foreign militaries, civil certification agencies and aircraft manufacturers.
While most courses are taught at Mojave, off-site training also occurs. The school’s staff of 30 test pilots, engineers and support personnel, operate 28 dedicated aircraft of different types, ranging from the Hughes 500 helicopter to the supersonic Saab Draken. NTPS also has it’s own in-house simulation facilities for both aircraft and systems and currently holds the contract for initial and recurrent training of FAA test pilots.
NTPS graduates are in senior positions in research and development, certification test and evaluation and management throughout the world aviation community. Nearly all the aircraft are specially equipped with on-board instrumentation and recording equipment or state-of-the-art avionics, including FLIR and NVG.
Test pilot and flight test engineer students cover avionics and systems, simulators, stability and control and performance in a comprehensive course recognized by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
For more information, visit www.ntps.edu.

Meigs Field Opens After Being Closed One Month 
The City of Chicago finally reopened Meigs Field to IFR flight Thursday, exactly one month after it had closed due to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. The Friends of Meigs website notes that no specific reason for the protracted closure—or the abrupt opening—was given other than unspecified "security" issues. It’s been reported that the city received pressure to reopen the airport from the State of Illinois, with whom the City has an agreement to operate the airport at least until February 2002. The settlement agreement specifically states that if the City does not operate the airport during the five-year period, title to the airport reverts to the State of Illinois. It’s widely know that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley wants to close the airport and build a bird sanctuary.
Friends of Meigs expects the city to impose new security procedures on Meigs users and has requested a meeting with the City Department of Aviation to discuss how to improve airport security without unduly burdening airport users. No reply has been received to date.

WAI 2002 Scholarship Fund Exceeds $500,000
Women in Aviation International (WAI) announced $550,000 in committed funds for its 2002 scholarship fund. These funds will provide financial assistance to high school, college or university students, as well as other individuals pursuing an aviation career.
Scholarship awards range from $500 to $60,000 and will be presented at the 13th annual WAI conference in Nashville March 13-15, 2002.
The application deadline is Dec. 7, 2001. For additional information or to request an application, contact Women in Aviation International at 386/226-7996 or visit www.wiai.org

Garvey Appoints Sabatini to Replace McSweeny
FAA Administrator Jane Garvey has appointed Nicholas A. Sabatini, currently the director of the FAA's Flight Standards Service, as associate administrator for regulation and certification, effective Monday, Oct. 15, 2001. Sabatini replaces Thomas E. McSweeny, who is retiring from the FAA at the end of October. Sabatini, 65, will be responsible for the certification, production approval, and continued airworthiness of aircraft; certification of pilots, mechanics, and others in safety-related positions; certification of all operational and maintenance enterprises in domestic civil aviation; Development of regulations; civil flight operations; and the certification and safety oversight of some 7,300 U.S. commercial airlines and air operators.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question: Last month I had my airplane inspected by the FAA for an experimental airworthiness certificate. At the same time I sent in my application for the airworthiness inspection. I also sent my application for my repairman certificate. The airplane passed the inspection with no defects. I was under the impression that I would be illegible for the repairman certificate at that time. The inspector informed me that after I had flown off the 40-hour test period I could get it. I was also informed that I would have to go to the FSDO to give them my app. and take a test for the repairman certificate. Is this how it works?

I thought that just the fact that I did at least 51% of the work and the aircraft passed the inspection that I the builder was illegible for the repairman certificate at the same time the airworthiness certificate was issued. Any information that you can give me regarding this situation I would appreciate.

Answer: There is NO requirement in any FAA Regulation or other FAA document that requires you to complete your 40-hour test flight in order to receive your Experimental Amateur-Built Repairman's Certificate.

That said, if a DAR inspected your aircraft - he/she does not have the authority to issue the repairman's certificate - only an FAA FSDO Airworthiness Inspector does - so a visit to the FSDO is in order. Visit any time and when you get there ask for the "duty" Airworthiness Inspector. Each FSDO office is suppose to have at least one inspector in the office at all times (less lunch and coffee/donut breaks) to take care of the walk-in business. 

You'll need to take: 
1. Your repairman's application, 
2. Your aircraft registration, 
3. Your aircraft airworthiness form, 
4. The aircraft operating limitations, 
5. Your builders log, and
6. A photo ID (e.g., drivers license, etc.). 

Note: if they ask to keep the documents - let them make copies - don't let them keep the originals. (You can't fly without the originals.) 

The Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft Repairman's Certificate can be issued on the spot - there is no requirement to take any FAA tests to receive it. The FAA Inspector will probably talk to you about your airplane, inspecting your aircraft per FAR 43 Appendix D, etc.
Print it out and read it before you go.

As a side note for what it's worth - 99% of all DARs would have taken your application and forwarded it to the FSDO for their action. 

FAA Order 8300.10, chapter 25 covers the FAA FSDOs inspector’s responsibilities for issuing the repairman's certificate - it is very clear about what is required and your inspector was way off base with his testing or waiting period information.

Are you searching for an Aircraft STC? You can look it up on http://av-info.faa.gov/stc/
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