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EAA Bids A Fond Farewell To Norm Petersen

After Friday, it just won't be the same around EAA headquarters. One of the true institutions of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Norm Petersen, spent his final day as an EAA employee on Oct. 26 and became officially retired after 20 years. Norm will stay involved as an AirVenture volunteer and remain active in Chapter activities. But those of us at EAA will have to adjust to life without Norm's endless stream of "Ole and Sven" jokes, his limitless vault of aviation knowledge, and his genuine friendship. In a special presentation at the Aviation Center Friday morning, EAA President Tom Poberezny called Norm an "outstanding personality on the EAA staff" and presented him with a framed commemorative photograph. A reception was later held in Norm's honor at the PHP Conference Center on Convention Grounds.

From EAAers everywhere, thanks, Norm. Good luck to you and your wife, Loretta, in your retirement!


Scheduled Activities

October 27 - NEW BERN, NC - Chapter 1171 Fly-In & FAA Seminars at Craven Regional Airport (EWN), 252-638-4729

October 27 - VERO BEACH, FL - Exchange Club of Indian River and the Vero Beach Municipal Airport sponsor Vero Beach Aviation Day, 561-234-2824

October 27-28 - MESQUITE, NV - Canard 2001 Get-together

October 27-28 - LYONS, OH - Newbury Airfield (280H) sponsored 28th Annual Mini-Chili Fly-In, 419-923-7662

October 28 - CUMBERLAND, MD - Chapter 426 Fly-In Breakfast, 814-356-3773

November 2-4 - JEAN, NV (OL7) - T-34 Fly-in - Info: 702-631-0018

November 2-4 - LAKELAND, FL - Wings 'n Things - Family Fun Fest, ISAM museum at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-in site, 863-644-2431

November 3 - LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - EAA Chapter 690, Flying Start Program & Pancake Breakfast. 770-613-9501.

November 3 - GREENSEA, SC - EAA Chapter 1167, 4th Annual Fly-In and BBQ. GPS FAA designator S-079. (843) 307-0508.

November 3 - SANTA MARIA, CA (at Santa Maria Museum of Flight-Vintage Hangar) - EAA Chapter 499 - Fly-in & 1902 Wright Glider Replica Unveiling, (805)922-8758

Young Eagles Rallies

-- See the complete schedule of Young Eagle events at the Young Eagles website.

Oct. 27 - Fairfield Municipal - Indianola, IA Chapter 135 - Alan Core 515-961-4524

Oct. 27 - Canton Ingersol Airport - Canton, IL Chapter 832 - Dale Schultz 309-362-2785 

Nov. 2 - SIERRA VISTA, AZ - Sierra Vista Municipal Airport - Chapter 776 - Clifford Van Vleet 520-378-2517

Nov. 2 - COLUMBIA, SC - Cub-Owens Downtown - Chapter 242 - Dennis Perry 803-796-0439

Nov. 3 - Pocahontas, AR - Nick Wilson Field (M70) - Chapter 437 - Tom King 870-892-5627 

EAA SportAir Workshops:
NOV 03-04, 2001, LAKELAND, FL - Topics: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Fabric Coverings

NOV 03-04, 2001, SHAWNEE, OK - Topics: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Electrical Systems and Avionics, Fabric Coverings, Introduction to Aircraft Building, What's Involved in Kitbuilding?, Gas Welding 

NOV 09-11, 2001, OSHKOSH, WI - Topics: Velocity Assembly
See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

October 26, 2001   Volume 1, Number 31

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 ---

EAA Urges Movement on Sport Pilot NPRM

EAA has contacted Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, asking for involvement to help push the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft proposal from the inactive status it has held since the events of Sept. 11. In a letter to Secretary Mineta, EAA president Tom Poberezny noted that the reasons that justified Sport Pilot when Mineta praised the proposal during a visit EAA AirVenture 2001 remain.

Poberezny, who also praised DOT and FAA for their leadership to restore the national airspace system since Sept. 11, said that Sport Pilot is an outstanding way to boost the general aviation economy through new student starts and aircraft ownership. Poberezny asked Secretary Mineta to expedite the latest responses to the Office of Management and Budget’s questions on the proposal. 

Chicago Airspace Poll A Lopsided Win For GA
More than eight out of 10 respondents said it is safe to open Chicago airspace to private/small planes in on-line poll conducted Thursday. The Daily Herald newspaper and Chicago NBC Channel 5 asked the question, "Do you feel it's safe for Chicago to open its airspace to private or small plane aviation?" 869, or 81.5 percent of the 1,066 respondents said "yes" to the question. The poll was publicized by the Friends of Meigs Field, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is preserving Chicago’s lakefront downtown airport. Chicago mayor Richard Daley, who has long pursued the closure of Meigs Field in downtown Chicago so the city can develop a park at the site, is questioning a federal clearance that opens the airport to VFR traffic. Daley said he will fight to keep a portion of Chicago’s enhanced Class B airspace closed to such traffic.

Meanwhile, EAA Continues To Work For Opening All U.S. Airspace 
The resumption of VFR operations in 12 additional cities this week was more good news for general aviation. But a significant number of aircraft owners and operators, those located at airports within three remaining Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) areas of New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston, remain on the ground. EAA continues its efforts to gain release of these facilities for normal operations while also seeking financial support for aviation businesses that have been financially damaged over the recent weeks. We'll stay on top of the issues, so visit the EAA website www.eaa.org for the latest updates.

EAA Chapter 103 and SkyStar Announce Unique Collaboration

SkyStar Aircraft Corp., Caldwell, Idaho, announced a history-making collaboration this week with several members of EAA Chapter 103, located in nearby Nampa: Individual Chapter members will kit-build up to 18 identical Kitfox airplanes together. As many as 20 members will eventually own aircraft, some jointly, and one airplane will be sold to raise funds for the Chapter. The airplanes will all be Series 6 in taildragger configurations powered by Rotax 912-S engines and GSC props. Each will also carry the same paint scheme (to be determined).  (read more)

House Conferees Push to Remove Warbird Demilitarization Language
EAA and the Warbirds of America are maintaining contacts with Congressional leaders as a House/Senate conference committee continues its discussions on a military authorization bill that, on the Senate side, contained language allowing demilitarization of surplus military articles now in civilian ownership, including warbird aircraft.
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EAA Flight Planner Integrates TFRs Into Flight Plans
EAA’s Flight Planner and AeroPlanner.com were enhanced this week to include Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) areas in flight plans. And it’s easy to get, whether as standalone information or incorporated into the EAA Flight Planner service. AeroPlanner.com checks the NOTAMs every morning to get the latest updates on most TFRs. This information is then incorporated into EAA Flight Planner so you can see exactly where the most current TFRs are along your planned flight route.
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Paper Airplane Weekend Draws 1,800 at AirVenture Museum
More than 1,800 visitors turned out for EAA’s first Paper Airplane Weekend at the Museum on Oct. 20-21. World paper airplane endurance record holder (and longtime EAA member) Ken Blackburn was on hand to show children and adults alike the finer points of making paper airplanes. Ken, author of The World Record Paper Airplane Book, set the world flight duration record of 27.6 seconds with a hand-launched paper airplane in 1998. He’s in the Guinness Book of World Record.

Hundreds of visitors threw their efforts into a paper airplane competition, which tested three areas of paper airplane design: distance, accuracy and endurance. The best effort over the weekend from over 2,000 timed attempts was 10.3 seconds! See the complete list of winners on the EAA website.

FAA Issues Revised AC 20-27E
A corrected version of FAA’s Advisory Circular (AC) 20-27E Certification and Operations of Amateur-Built Aircraft has been released by the FAA and is now available to EAA members as a .pdf file on the EAA’s Members Hangar website. To view the AC, log in at http://members.eaa.org, click on government, then Advisory Circulars.

Limited Openings Remain for Velocity SportAir Workshop
Those building or considering construction of a Velocity kit plane can develop the skills they need during the EAA SportAir Workshop in Oshkosh on November 9-11. Some limited openings remain in the workshop, which will be based at the EAA Aviation Center. (read more)

AirVenture named one of the “100 Best Events” on the Continent
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2002 has garnered an important distinction as one of North America’s “100 Best Events” according to the American Bus Association (ABA), the leading group for motor coach operators and tour companies in the nation. The “100 Best Events” were selected by an elite tourism industry selection committee as the top entertainment values to both tour groups and individual visitors from around the world. The 50th EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which will be held July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, was the only aviation event selected by the ABA. All “100 Best Events” are featured in the October issue of Destinations magazine, the monthly magazine for motor coach tours and travel.
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EAA Air Academy Receives ACA Seal of Approval
The EAA Air Academy, the longest continuous residence aviation camp in the country, has received accreditation from the American Camping Association (ACA), the nation’s leading organization of camp professionals who assess camp quality. The Academy consists of more than a half-dozen residence programs, specializing in aviation knowledge and experiences, for ages 12-18. The individual programs range from five to 10 days each summer, based at the EAA Aviation Center’s Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh. (read more)

On The Flight Line ---
AvFuel Announces 2001 Scholarship Winner
Avfuel Corporation, the nation's leading independent supplier of aviation fuels and services, announced Brian Miller, Virginia Beach, as the recipient of its fifth annual AVTRIP Aviation Scholarship. The award, $2,000 in scholarship funds and a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. Miller, a corporate pilot and flight instructor for FHC Services, inc., won the award with his thought-provoking essay on the various obstacles that face people who want to learn to fly, including money, time and confidence. Miller plans to use the award to pay for helicopter training.

Armstrong Winner of 2001 Hillard Trophy
As the points leader on the United States Team at this year's World Aerobatic Championships, Robert Armstrong, Athens, Ga., was awarded the 2001 Hillard Trophy. Armstrong placed a close second at the World Championships held in Spain last summer and presented the most serious American challenge to an individual World Aerobatic Champion since 1988. Armstrong's performance helped the US team to a solid bronze medal finish. The Hillard Trophy was created in 1996 in honor of Charlie Hillard, who became America's first world title winner in 1972. Charlie's teammates Gene Soucy and Tom Poberezny  captured the team gold medal that year as well.

Sporty's Announces 2002 Sweepstakes
A lucky person will win a brand new Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP in Sporty's 2002 sweepstakes, announced on Oct. 17. The 180 hp aircraft, which lists for over $180,000, will be equipped with a full Bendix/King IFR package. The winner will be selected at random from all Sporty's Pilot Shop and Wright Bros. Collection orders received from July 5, 2001-July 3, 2002. The drawing will be made on July 10, 2002, and the winner or an immediate family member must hold a valid pilot's certificate on the day of the drawing. This is the 17th year if the sweepstakes and the 20th airplane to be awarded by Sporty's.

Q & A: Question of the Week
Question: I am expecting to get sign-off from my DAR this weekend, but I'm not sure how I can fly my RV6A for the required 25 hours of Phase 1 test. The airplane is at Essex County Airport (CDW) in the enhanced Class B airspace for NYC. We can only fly with an IFR flight plan at this time, or with an instructor as VFR. I believe neither of these conditions is compatible with the VFR solo requirements for phase 1 test. I am willing to ferry the airplane out of the ECB airspace and do the testing in a normal environment. Any Ideas?

Answer: There are no restrictions currently in effect that would prevent you from test flying your new aircraft VFR from Essex County Airport. Being located inside the New York Class B "Mode C veil" you are required to have a transponder and be squawking 1200 during each of the test flights.

The NOTAMs read as follows:
1. No Part 91 flight operations of any kind within 18 nm of the JFK VOR/DME.
2. Only Part 91 IFR flights within the 18 nm to 25 nm radius of the JFK VOR/DME - plus limited VFR flight training.

To ensure you don't run into problems, EAA strongly recommends you file a VFR flight plan (not mandatory) for each flight and in the remarks block write "Part 91 VFR test flight per FDC NOTAM 617 Part II, item 11." That will alert the locals that you will be flying and will let them know that you are aware of the current NOTAMs.

When your aircraft is certified this weekend - make sure the inspector does not assign you a test flight area within 25 miles of the JFK VOR/DME - if he/she does you'll have a fancy paperweight, at least until that portion of the New York airspace is opened.

As an additional note, once the test flights are finished you will be grounded, as the New York enhanced Class B area has not been opened to general VFR flight by Part 91 pilots. By then we hope the airspace will be open and you can just continue flying...but read the NOTAMs to be sure.

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